The Weekly Word
     Even though Easter Sunday is now past, the excitement and joy of our Easter celebration is not ended. The Easter Season is only just beginning. We celebrate what is referred to as the Great 50 Days of Easter, but even when those 50 days are ended, our celebration is not meant to. As Christians, our faith finds its foundation in the death and glorious resurrection of Jesus Christ. For us, the significance of Easter never ends. Easter is our joy; Easter is our hope; Easter is the way in which we are reminded of the deep and unending love that God has for each one of us.  

Blessings+
Fr. Brad.

Sunday Service Times 
  • 8:30am and 10:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am: Children's Chapel (Sunday School for ages K-5th Grade)
  • Childcare is available from 9:30am until 11:30am
See our Christian Formation page for more information on programs for infants, toddlers, children, youth and adults.
 
You are invited to submit your prayer requests here. Submission of your prayer request will be received by a member of our office staff and in the included in the parish prayer list. If received  after 5:00pm on Wednesdays, or you indicate that you would prefer to keep your prayer confidential, a member of our clergy will address your prayer privately.

General Announcements

Father Brad Has a New Email Address
revbrad@stfrancistempletx.org
Please update your address book.

Consider Lay Reading ...
Serving as a Lay Reader is an important church ministry. At each service, we read scripture and usually assist clergy with Holy Communion. It's a wonderful way to serve the Lord & the Church. We are particularly looking for readers at the 8:30 service but encourage folks from the 10.30 service to also apply. Most lay readers serve once a month. It is perfectly fine if you wish to just read and not serve at Holy Communion. Please contact clergy if you are interested or speak/email John Dieter. John's email is jnidieter@gmail.com 

Safeguarding God's People Training Offered - Saturday, April 23, 9:00am
Safeguarding God's People Training will be offered on Saturday, April 23rd, in the Great Hall. This training, led by Deacon Tamara, is required for all who would like to offer home communion as well as vestry members and Tuesday Solace volunteers.  Training will start promptly at 9:00am and last approximately three hours.  Please let Deacon Tamara know if you will be attending the training by April 18 th or contact her if you have questions.

Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training Offered - Sunday, May 1, 11:40am
Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) Training will be offered on Sunday, May 1 st , in the nave after the the 10:30am service.  It will last approximately 30 minutes. A LEV is a lay person authorized to offer home communion to members of our congregation who are unable to attend Sunday worship services. All are welcome to discover or rediscover this vital Lay Ministry of our Church.  Please let Deacon Tamara know if you will be attending the training.   

INVITE WELCOME CONNECT SUMMIT AT CAMP ALLEN, APRIL 28-30

The Invite-Welcome-Connect national summit registration is open. The Summit features dynamic speakers that include the Rev. Dr. Hillary Raining, the Rev. Marcus Halley, the Very Rev. Carol Wade, and the Rev. Jimmy Abbott. Workshops on how to use the Invite-Welcome-Connect materials will be held in addition to a number of practical offerings from those who have used the resources in their own churches. These materials provide excellent congregational development tools that include creative, concrete resources to form a strategic, intentional, and transformational newcomer ministry. Send a team, grow your church. Find out more here  . If the cost to attend is an obstacle, please contact Fr. Brad for scholarship funds.
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WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST. FRANCIS THIS WEEK?
 
Sunday, April 10  
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
     
  • 9:30-10:15 Feed My Sheep: All are invited to assemble sack lunches in the Parish Hall
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am Children's Chapel (Sunday School for ages K-5th Grade)
     
  • 11:30am Hospitality time in the Parish Hall (Snacks, Beverages, & Conversation
     
  • 11:30 Volunteers are needed to deliver the sack lunches to Feed My Sheep.
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am
 
Monday, April 11
  • Gift Shop Board Meeting: 5:15 in the Parlor 
Tuesday, April 12  
  • Tuesday Solace: 1:00-4:00pm in the Parish Hall. (See description below).
     
Wednesday, April 13    
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
     
  • The Women of St. Francis will meet at The Meridian, 4312 S. 31st., Temple on Wednesday, April 13 at 11:3 am. Our hostess will be Adelaide Heckman and the cost of the lunch is $10.00. Please RSVP to Frances by Tuesday, April 12
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  •  St. Francis Fest Meeting: 1:00 pm in the Parlor
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Thursday, April 14 
  • Garden Work Day:
    Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
     
  • Men's Breakfast:
    7:00am at Cracker Barrel     

UPCOMING EVENTS
Sunday, April 24  
  • Episcopal School Sunday and Parish-Wide Picnic
    The children from our preschool and their families, along with the school faculty and staff will join in worship at the 10:30am service. We'll hear the children sing, and we'll honor the school staff. After the service, all are invited (from the church and school) to enjoy a picnic lunch on the deck adjacent to the playground. I hope that you will be able to attend. - Fr. Brad+

     
ONGOING MINISTRIES
Shoe Box Ministry: T he Shoe Box Ministry benefits the women and children who are housed in the Women's Shelter, having left abusive situations. This ministry provides them with basic hygiene items, such as washcloths and toiletries. Donations of these items may be brought to the narthex on Sundays or to the Church Office on weekdays.

Tuesday Solace: Tuesday Solace is a free service supporting families affected by Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia and takes place from 1:00 -4:00pm at the Parish Hall. Allowing caregivers respite time, the program provides music and singing, fun, social activities, and loving care to the participants.

Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: Each Wednesday morning at 9:00am volunteers gather at CTLC (Churches Touching Lives for Christ) to fill 400 backpacks for the WNB Ministry. CTLC is located at 702 West Avenue G, Temple T X .

Feed My Sheep Sack Meals (FMS) : On the 2nd Sunday of each month, all are invited to gather in the Parish at 9:30 to prepare 200 sack lunches for our neighbors who have limited access to food. The lunches are delivered after the 10:30 service to Feed My Sheep by those who may wish to volunteer. Our next schedule sack meal preparation is set for Sunday, April 10   . To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.  
 
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) : The collection item for April 2016 is Fruit Cups . Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays. 
Ministers in the Lord's Service
 
Hospitality: Jessica Dieter

Altar Guild: Sharon Hughes & Lyn Miller
Ushers: Mike & Judy Ludlow
Acolytes: Garrett & Cole Mooney   

Vestry Greeter:
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: Cindy Allen
10:30 Service: John Dieter & Lawson Grant

Organist: Debra Johnson
 

April Birthdays & Anniversaries 

April 1 Birthday:
Jamey Wilson

April 5 Birthday: 
Dr. Harry Macey

April 7 Birthday: 
John Booze

April 9 Birthdays: 
Delilah Stewart, Morgan Culp

April 13 Birthday:
Devin Johnson 
April 14 Anniversary: 
Larry & Rose Bednarezyk

April 17 Birthday:  
Judy Frey

April 18 Birthday: 
Hayden Pryor

April 21 Birthday:
Chip Schaefer

April 22 Birthday:
Terry Frey

April 22 Anniversary: 
Pat & Roiann Ludlow 

April 25 Birthdays:
Stewart Smith,
Dr. David Stewart, III
April 25 Anniversary:
Allen & Julia Ann Popelka

April 26 Anniversary:
Mark & Nida Brown
April 27 Anniversary: 
Nick & Erika Graham



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