St. Francis Church News

Sunday, July 28 was the ninth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Ist Corinthians 10:1, “I would not that ye should be ignorant how that all our fathers were under the cloud…and all were baptized unto Moses…” In this passage St. Paul uses the story of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness to warn his readers about replacing God in our hearts and exhorts them to remember that we are like the Israelites in the wilderness, under God’s protection.

We were happy to have as our guest our friend, Jay Kavanaugh, who has been in Ava to do geneology and make repairs on family grave markers. We also had our guest, Lincoln Connell’s girlfriend, Hannah from Warrenton, MO. who was visiting the Connell family before leaving for college. Lincoln has already begun his college career at West Point.

On July 20 Chandler Connell and I had dinner at Gilardi’s Restaurant in Springfield then attended a performance of the Broadway musical “Damn Yankees” at the Missouri State University Tent Theater. It was an excellent performance which we both enjoyed in spite of the fact that the warnings and the audience had to take shelter in the lobby of Craig Hall.

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