History of St. Francis Church

History of St. Francis Church

St. Francis Church was organized in October 1954 as a mission of Holy Trinity Parish. The first service was held at Irving Park Elementary School in November 1954, with 104 people attending. A charter scroll, which is framed and in the narthex, was signed in the Octave of Epiphany 1955. At that time, 180 baptized people formally transferred their membership to the new mission. Construction of the church building began July 1955, with the cornerstone lain in October of that year. The first service at our present Lawndale location was held on Christmas Day 1955. St. Francis became an independent parish in union with the Diocese of North Carolina in 1956.

 

Six rectors have served St. Francis Church over the course of its 65 years. The Assistant Rector of Holy Trinity, the Rev. Peter C. Robinson, became the first rector in 1954, and served for 20 years. Fr. Robinson was succeeded by the Rev. Roland M. Jones, who led St. Francis from 1974–1984. The Rev. Frederick J. Warnecke, Jr. served the parish from 1985–1999, followed by the Rev. Michael D. Schnatterly (2001–2004). After a couple years of transition, the Rev. Michael M. Moulden was called in 2007 and served as rector until 2015, when the current rector, the Rev. Milton C. Williams, Jr., was called. 

 

  • 1955 Groundbreaking
  • Sanctuary Construction (1)
  • Sanctuary Construction (2)
  • Peter Robinson
  • Sanctuary Construction (3)
  • Cornerstone Ceremony (1)
  • Original St. Mike
  • Cornerstone Ceremony (3)
  • Cornerstone Ceremony (2)
  • Sanctuary (1)
  • Sanctuary (2)
  • 1955 Completed Sanctuary
  • 1955 Western Union
  • Service (1)
  • Service (2)
  • 1961 Sanctuary
  • 1964
  • Nancy & Blake Clark Wedding
  • 1963 March - Parish Expands
  • 1966 EYC Pancakes
  • 1966 Nov. EYC
  • 1976 Making the Kneelers
  • 1978 Ted Vorhees
  • 1978 Cabaret
  • 1979 parish hall construction (1)
  • 1979 parish hall construction (2)
  • 1979 parish hall construction (3)
  • 1979 parish hall construction (4)
  • 1985 Flowering the Cross
  • 1992 Brother Justice Blesses Animals
  • 1994 Book Sale Banner
  • 1994 Book Sale
  • 1996 Wise Men
  • 1996 Fred Warneke
  • 1997 New Organ
  • 1997 New Organ with Pat
  • 2015 Groundbreaking-Ceremony (1)
  • 2015 Groundbreaking-Ceremony (2)
  • 2015 Summer Picnic
  • 2015 Outreach - Car Blessing
  • 2015 The Christmas Pageant
  • 2016 Book Sale
  • 2017 Palm Sunday (1)
  • 2017 Palm Sunday (2)
  • 2017 Palm Sunday (3)
  • 2017 Palm Sunday (4)
  • 2017 Palm Sunday (5)
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