The Weekly Word
Thought for the Week
I want to express my great gratitude to all who attended the Visioning Event and contributed to our initial work in planning for the future of St. Francis. It was encouraging to hear and to sense the excitement of the participants that affirms their love and care for their church. It was as though we stood on the mountaintop that day. And now it is time to come down to the valley and do the work of turning our dreams for this church into realities.

The most important question that each of us can ask ourselves at this point is: What am I willing/able to do differently? What gifts have God given me that I can use to help St. Francis in fulfilling its mission? As I said in this past week's sermon, there is no one to do this work but you and me. No one can do it for us.

May God grant us the energy, the wisdom, and the patience to commit ourselves to listen to where God is leading each of us in fulfilling His will.

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.

Just a reminder Parish Workday, Saturday, April 1st.

Lenten Programs and Worship
at St. Francis

Wednesday Evening March 29
5:30 pm: Lenten Worship Service
6:00 pm: Light Supper
6:30 pm: Read the Bible in 90 Days

Sunday Morning Christian Formation- April 2
Please join with Deacon Tamara and Fr. Brad each Sunday at 9:30 am for Living Well Through Lent: Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.  

What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
Fifth Sunday in Lent
  • 8:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 9:30am: Living Well Through Lent: Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind
  • 9:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available
  • 10:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am: Children's Chapel  
  • 12:00pm: On April 2, after church (around noon), we will be participating in a walk through the labyrinth. Anyone who wishes to join in, may do so. For those who have physical constraints, please join us and sit and meditate in the Garden Chapel or in the Meditation Garden (by the Columbarium).
After the 10:30 service today, April 2nd, the Gift Shop  will be open and with a purchase you get 20% off.

  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) 
  • Lenten Worship Service: 5:30pm   
  • Bereavement Support Group : 3:15pm in the Parish Hall. Registration is closed.   
  • Read the Bible (12 pages a day): 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Registration is closed.
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.

Upcoming Events
Saturday, April 29

You may know CPR and the Heimlich maneuver. You can call 911. But can you administer first aid in a mental health crisis? It's easy to tell when someone is having a heart attack, is choking, or can't breathe. But what does depression look like? Anxiety? What would you say to a person you know who says they are thinking about suicide? How can you help in a panic attack? Mental Health First Aid teaches you how to help someone developing or experiencing a mental health crisis.

It is free of charge and open to all ! Lunch is provided. Space is limited to 30 participants so register early at . Any questions or if you need help registering, please see Deacon Tamara .
Ongoing Ministries
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 TX

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 scheduled sack meal preparation is Sunday, May 14 . We are skipping April due to Holy Week activities. To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for April 2017 is Canned or Pouched Tuna or Chicken.  Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

Ministers in the Lord's Service
Altar Guild
Ann Booze & Lyn Miller

Karen Fredenburg & Heidi Couchman
Collin & Ian Wilson

Vestry Greeter:
Lyn Miller

Lay Readers
Richard  Stillman 
10:30am: Kay Callin & Nick Graham
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Lyn & Tom Miller

Margie Lewis

This Month's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances!

April 1  Birthday
Jamey Wilson
April 5  Birthday
Harry Macey
April 7  Birthday
John Booze
April 9  Birthday
Delilah Stewart

April 9  Birthday
Morgan Culp

April 21  Birthday
Chip Schaefer

April 22  Birthday
Terry Frey

April 22  Anniversary
Pat & Roiann Ludlow

April 25  Birthday
Stewart Smith

April 25  Birthday
Dr. David Stewart II

April 25  Anniversary
Allen & Julia Ann Popelka

April 26  Birthday
Vivian Baker

April 26  Anniversary
Mark & Nita Brown

April 27  Anniversary
Nick & Erika Graham

April 29  Anniversary
Larry & Rose Bednarczyk

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