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Ash Wednesday Services

Posted on March 3, 2014 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Those who wish to begin their observance of Lent by participating in an Ash Wednesday service have 2 opportunities this Wednesday. If you wish to start your day with the imposition of ashes and the Eucharist come to St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church at 8:30 pm. If you want to celebrate in the evening, come for the imposition of ashes and the Eucharist at Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church at 7 pm. The Very Rev. Chris Todd will preach a homily entitled "Preparing for the Banquet" at both services and churches. This will be the first in a sermon series that will continue on Wednesdays during the joint Lenten Supper and Services which will alternate between each church. The potluck meals will start at 6 pm and the worship services at 7 pm. The first will be held at St. Francis on March 12. The public is invited.


Posted on February 19, 2014 at 5:45 PM Comments comments (0)

St. Francis in the KeysBargain hunters will want to get up early to and stay late at the Annual Yard Sale at St. Francis in the Keys. Because the sale begins this Friday and Saturday at 8 am. Yardsalers will discover great deals on furniture, boat gear, appliances, tires, TVs, cool toys, electronics, books, housewares, collectables, clothes, and more. But as the hour approaches noon on Saturday, outrageous discounts will appear. You can keep your energy up as you shop with delicious items from the bake sale as well as hamburgers, hotdogs, soda and fresh hot coffee. The Yard Sale goes from 8 to noon both days. 

Christmas Week at St. Francis

Posted on December 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM Comments comments (0)

St. Francis in the Keys will kick off its celebration of Christmas week with the Greening of the Church after the 8:30 am service on Sunday the 22nd.  Come to decorate the sanctuary and stay for the delicious lunch afterwards.


Christmas Eve‘s worship will begin with Lessons and Carols at 6:30 pm Tuesday, during which readings from the nativity narratives in the gospels will alternate with the appropriate carols. The Holy Eucharist for Christmas will follow at 7:00 pm. The annual candlelit singing of “Silent Night” will again be a highlight of the service. Fr. Chris will preach a homily entitled "The Light of Hope." And there will be plenty of fabulous Christmas food and drink after the service.  

Father Chris is now Dean of the Keys

Posted on November 20, 2013 at 2:50 PM Comments comments (7)

The Rev. Chris Todd is now officially the Very Rev. Chris Todd, following his installation as the Dean of the Florida Keys. He was elected at the Keys Convocation in October and then installed at the Eucharist celebrated Friday November 8 at the 44th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Southeast Florida. As Dean, Fr. Chris will attend the Executive Board meetings and Deans meetings 6 times a year, voting on Diocesan actions and acting as a voice for the 5 Episcopal parishes in the Keys. He will also convene the Keys Clericus, a nearly monthly meeting of the local clergy.

Below is a picture of the 3 newest Deans in the Diocese: The Very Rev. Earl Henry of the Broward Deanery, the Very Rev. Chris Todd of the Keys Deanery, and the Very Rev. John Tidy of the North Dade Deanery.  


Annual Blessing of the Animals

Posted on September 30, 2013 at 10:10 AM Comments comments (0)

All creatures great and small are invited to the annual Blessing of the Animals Sunday October 6 at St. Francis in the Keys Church. Celebrated on the Sunday following the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, pets of all kinds will be blessed and given a St. Francis medallion. The Celtic liturgy will emphasize the beauty of God's creation. The music will be drawn from the prayers and songs of the saint known as “God's troubadour.” Father Chris Todd will preach on what we can learn about being better people from dogs. The service starts at 8:30 am. Delicious food for all attending, both human and non-human, will be served after the worship.

Easter Sunday Schedule

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Between St. Francis-in-the-Keys Episcopal Church and Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church there will be no reason to miss Easter this year with 3 services to choose from. For the 13th year in a row, the 2 churches will celebrate a joint Easter service outside at the water’s edge. Hymns celebrating the resurrection of Christ will be sung as the sun rises over the water and behind an outdoor altar. The Rev. Chris Todd will preach the last in his Lenten series, entitled "I Am the Alpha and Omega,"  and preside over the communion celebration. The service will begin at 6:45 am on March 31 at the end of Bogie Road on Big Pine Key. Afterwards, the 2 churches will enjoy a delicious breakfast at Lord of the Seas. Everyone is invited to both events.


St. Francis will hold its Easter service at the church at 8:30 am. There will be an Easter egg hunt for children after the service on the church grounds and great coffee, beverages and goodies for everyone.


Lord of the Seas will celebrate Easter at the church at 10:30 am. An Easter egg hunt will be held after the service for all children. Food and beverages will be served to all who attend as well.


The Rev. Chris Todd will preach at each service. His sermon can be found on his blog, Preacher of the Night (


Holy Week Schedule

Posted on March 15, 2013 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)



As events move towards their climax in the story of Jesus, Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church and St. Francis-in-the-Keys Episcopal Church will celebrate the turning points in the drama during Holy Week. On March 28 at 7 pm, parishioners from both churches will commemorate Maundy Thursday together. The service will be preceded by foot washing, and the Eucharist will celebrated afterward followed by the stripping of the altar. The service will be held at Lord of the Seas. The public is invited.


On Good Friday the Rev. Chris Todd will participate in the Community Good Friday Service held at Big Pine United Methodist Church. The service runs from noon till 3 pm. Father Chris will preach on 2 of Jesus’ statements from the cross. His sermons will later be posted  on his blog, Preacher of the Night (


That night at 7 pm, folks from both churches will celebrate Good Friday at St. Francis. The service will feature music by the Lord of the Seas choir as well as the Stations of the Cross, done by the children of the 2 churches.


Everyone is invited to every service and event.



Russell Wiggins 1921-2013

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM Comments comments (1)

     Russell George Wiggins was born in Tampa on December 19, 1921 to Thomas Wiggins, a Florida native, and his wife, Violet, a native of England. Russell graduated from Miami Edison Senior High in 1939 and joined the Naval Reserve in 1940. He completed aviation mechanic school 2 days before the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was asigned to a PBY patrol squadron at Pearl Harbor. He participated in the Solomon Island campaign and the Battle of Santa Cruz.

     After 6 years in the service, Russell returned to Miami and worked as an auto mechanic. In 1949, Russell Wiggins married Margaret Ann (Drye) Ayers. He worked at Sears for 30 years, beginning as a mechanic and retiring in 1981 as M.V. Equipment Manager.

     Russell and Margaret were members of the Church of the Resurrection in Biscayne Park for 30 years, where Margaret served on the Altar Guild and Russell served on the vestry as Senior Warden. When they retired to the Keys, Russell and Margaret were asked by the Rev. Blount Grant of St. Columba in Marathon to find a place in Big Pine Key to put a mission. Russell helped organize St. Francis-in-the-Keys, helped build the church and made by hand the base of the baptismal font, the aumbry, the torches and other features around the altar. Margaret served as Director of the Altar Guild; Russell served on the vestry as Senior Warden.

     Russell nursed his wife through her final illness and spent his last days with his daughter Judy Swink and her husband Carl in LaBelle, FL, dying February 18, 2013. Besides his daughter, Russell is survived by his stepson Lloyd Ayers, his son Steve Wiggins, 16 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren.

     Services will be held Saturday, March 2 at 1 pm at St. Francis-in-the-Keys.

Shrove Tuesday, Ash Wednesday and Lent

Posted on February 9, 2013 at 12:15 AM Comments comments (0)

To celebrate an early Lent, St. Francis in the Keys Episcopal Church and Lord of the Seas Lutheran Church  are having a traditional Shrove Tuesday pancake dinner on February 12 from 5 to 7 pm at St. Francis. The guys are cooking for once!  

The season of Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, February 13th. For those wishing to observe the holy day before starting their day, St. Francis in the Keys will hold a service with the imposition of ashes at 8:30 am. For those wishing to observe Ash Wednesday after the tasks of the day, Lord of the Seas will hold a service with imposition of ashes at 7pm. The Rev. Chris Todd will preside at both services. 

For the rest of Lent, St. Francis will continue with its tradition of doing Lenten dinners with Compline with Lord of the Seas. The two congregations will alternate hosting a supper and service each Wednesday with the meal at 6 pm followed by a brief Compline service at 7. The Rev. Chris Todd will continue a sermon series begun on Ash Wednesday, focusing on the 7 "I Am" statements Jesus makes in John's gospel. As usual the season will climax with a joint Easter Sunrise service on the water on March 31. 

The first dinner and worship will be held on February 20 at Lord of the Seas. All are welcome.    

Lord of the Seas is at 1250 Key Deer Blvd, not far from Watson Field. St. Francis-in-the-Keys is the church with the red doors at 1600 Key Deer Blvd, a mile and a half from the stoplight on Big Pine, just south of Watson Blvd. For more information, call 872-2547 or 872-3612 or see either church's Facebook page.

The Bible Challenge

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

We're going to read the Bible in 1 year, most of us using the method outlined int The Bible Challenge: 3 chapters from the Old Testament, 1 from the Psalms, and 1 from the New Testament, 6 days a week. They'll be posted on our church's Facebook page: Reflections by the Rev. Chris Todd will be posted on his blog: Please join us! Here's the website for the challenge is: