St. Francis Church

Sunday, November 16 was the twenty-second Sunday after Trinity. Bishop Hartley based his sermon on the Epistle for the day, Philippians 1:3, “I thank my God upon every remembrance of you…for your fellowship in the gospel from the first day.” This Epistle is a letter of encouragement written while Paul was in prison to the church in Philippi in northern Greece, the first church Paul founded in Europe, and its theme is relationship. He tells his readers that Christianity is a common faith for everyone and that we are all partakers of the Gospel: God will not forget us as long as we do our part.

In announcements, Bishop Hartley reported on a visit he and Mrs. Hartley made to Jordan Willard in the hospital in Springfield and reported that Jordan is much better; we hope to have him back with us soon.

On November 7th my sister and I drove to Springfield for the funeral of our cousin, Maxine Kester Ellison, who died there at the age of 90. Maxine was the daughter of Ernest Kester and Carrie Denny Kester. Her late husband Herman Ellison was my sixth grade teacher in Ava and many other probably remember him as a teacher.

Friday evening I attended a fundraising event for the Springfield Ballet given at the Historic Firehouse No. 2 on Commercial Street and enjoyed food by Café Cusco, desserts by Elle’s Patisserie and music by Smokey Folk Jazz Band.