St. Francis Church

Sunday, October 13 was the twentieth Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Ephesians 5:15, “See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise reclaiming the time, because the days are evil.” In this passage St. Paul exhorts his readers to exercise self-discipline and to “look around,” the meaning of circumspect, and be aware of the pitfalls of the material world; trust in God and not in the ways of the world. To live a Christian life we must make choices.

We are glad to have Rita Fancher back with us from her trip to England. The Connell family reported that they enjoyed a good trip to Eureka Springs on Friday.

Saturday I drove to Springfield to attend and Octoberfest put on by the Springfield Regional Opera with much German food and music by members of the group. The Master of Ceremonies was singer Sean Spyres, well-known to Ava since his mother, Terri, taught music at Ava High for many years. Sean and other members of the group sang solos, then he led us all in singing some German songs and a dance teacher gave polka lessons. Sean’s brother, Michael and his wife, Tara Stafford, who are having success as professional opera singers in New York and Europe, were there also and sang a duet from “La Traviata” in which Tara sang the lead in the SRO’s production last spring.