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Words from Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael B. Curry:

“Be not afraid!” Often in the gospels, fear grips the people of God, and time and again, either the angels, or Our Lord himself, respond with the same words of comfort: “Be not afraid.”

. . . . . . In the Book of Leviticus, God says to the people of Israel that, “the foreigner who resides with you shall be to you as the citizen among you; you shall love the foreigner as yourself, for you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.” Accordingly, we welcome the stranger. We love our neighbor. The Episcopal Church has long been committed to resettling refugees in our own communities fleeing violence and persecution.

The 2016 Lenten Series at St. Francis will address these issues during three sessions. Our goals are:

  • To continue to feel comfortable with our Biblical imperative to welcome the stranger.
  • To increase understanding about Islam and our Muslim brothers and sisters amongst us.
  • To reduce fear about refugees (from Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan in particular).
  • To understand the process of refugee resettlement.
LENTEN WEDNESDAYS:
  • Feb. 17 Basic information about Islam: Dr. James Taneti (Presbyterian native of India, graduate of Union Theological School in Richmond, resident of Goldsboro, who is currently teaching world's religions for Mt. Olive University in New Bern
  • Feb. 24 Commonalities between Islam and Christianity and being a Muslim living in Goldsboro: Dr. Wahid Akhtar and others
  • March 2 Understanding refugee resettlement and the vetting process: Susan Husson, Executive Director of Interfaith Refugee Ministry
  • March 9 Evening Prayer, possibly led by youth of St. Francis
All are welcome — invite your friends. A light covered-dish supper of salads, sandwiches, and soups will be at 6:00 pm with program following (about 6:30 pm). Sign up on the Tower in the Parish Hall or contact the church office at 919.735.9845 or parish@stfrancisgoldsboro.org so that we may prepare for guests.

Our Mission Statement

As a Christian community, we seek to share the Gospel by welcoming all people, nurturing them through Word and Sacrament, and equipping God's people to serve others in Christ's name.

St. Francis Episcopal Church
P.O. Box 11406
503 Forest Hill Dr.
Goldsboro, NC 27532
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Fax: 919-735-9893
E-mail:
parish@stfrancisgoldsboro.org
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