St. Francis Episcopal Church in Rutherfordton, NC

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Episcopal Explanations: Stations of the Cross

Sometimes called the “Way of the Cross,” the stations are a devotion to the Passion of Christ that recalls the events of Jesus’ life from his condemnation to his burial. It imitates the practice of early Christians who visited the places of Jesus’ Passion in the Holy Land. The first stations outside Palestine were built in Bologna in the fifth century, and the practice of walking the Stations became common in the fifteenth century due to encouragement from the Franciscans. Although the number of stations has varied through the years, typically there are fourteen stations, each including a cross and an artistic representation of the scene. The Episcopal Book of Occasional Services notes that eight of the stations are based on events recorded in the gospels. The remaining six stations are based on inferences in the gospels or “pious legends.” Outside at St. Francis, there are permanent Stations of the Cross along the stone wall that surrounds the church. Inside, there are temporary stations that hang along the walls of the church during Lent. Although the Stations of the Cross has been part of St. Francis’ Lenten offerings in years past, it was dropped from the schedule this year because no one stepped forward to lead it. Following inquiries from several folks, we have added it to the calendar at 5:30 pm on the remaining Tuesdays and Thursdays of Lent, excluding Maundy Thursday, April 13. If you are willing to lead the Stations on any of those days, please add your name to the signup sheet in the Narthex. On days when no leader is identified, participants will share the leadership parts. CFB+

Welcome Table, March 27, 2017

St. Francis Church will be hosting Welcome Table at First United Methodist Church, Rutherfordton, on Monday, March 27. The menu is Beef Rigatoni, Salad, Bread, Dessert, and Beverages.
Desserts are needed this month. Please bring desserts to the parish hall kitchen by Sunday, March 26.
If you can help by preparing a dessert or if you can help in any way with preparation for the meal on Monday, March 26, please contact Sherry Campbell (828-288-3801 or

Worship Leader Traingings

If you are one of the many wonderful folks who volunteer on Sunday mornings, or if you would like to be, please plan to attend one or more of the following meetings to be held on Saturday, April 8. Each meeting will last no more than 30 minutes. If you cannot attend, please contact the church office.

9:00-9:30 Greeters
9:30-10:00 Ushers
10:00-10:30 Lectors
10:30-11:00 Eucharistic Ministers

Community Lenten Services

Please join the Rutherfordton Ministers at 12:00 noon on Wednesdays during Lent for a short service of prayer, preaching and singing. Here are the dates and locations of this year’s services:

March 29 2nd Baptist Church The Rev Andrea Purcell

April 5 St John AME Zion Dr. Keith Stephenson

April 12 No Wednesday service in Holy Week

April 14 St. Francis Episcopal Church Good Friday Liturgy

April 16 Rutherfordton Town Cemetery Dr. Sydnor Thompson
7 a.m. Sunrise Service Breakfast following at First Baptist Church, Rutherfordton

Mid-Week Eucharist with Healing

Don’t forget our midweek Service of Healing with Holy Eucharist each Wednesday evening at 5:30 pm in the Commons Room of the Parish House. Anointing for healing is part of the service but is not a requirement for those who attend. All are welcome!

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January - April
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8:00 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m.-Christian Formation 
10:30 a.m.-Holy Eucharist Rite II (with choir) 

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Coming Events

Sunday, March 26

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, March 27

7:30 a.m. - AA
5:00 p.m. - Welcome Table

Tuesday, March 28

6:00 p.m. - AA

Wednesday, March 29

7:00 a.m. - Joe Middleton Group
12:00 p.m. - AA
5:30 p.m. - Healing Service with HE
6:45 p.m. - Forgiveness Class
7:00 p.m. - Choir Practice

Thursday, March 30

Friday, March 31

Saturday, April 1

9:00 a.m. - Church Work Day

Sunday, April 2

8:00 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:00 a.m. - Coffee Hour
9:30 a.m. - Christian Formation
10:30 a.m. - Holy Eucharist Rite II
12:00 p.m. - Potluck

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