The Weekly Word
 
When I think of all of the decisions each of us must make every single day, multiplied by 365 days each year, it seems overwhelming.  Some decisions are easy - what to wear, what to eat.  Some decisions are really difficult - accepting a certain job, buying a house, how to care for a loved one who is ill.  When we find ourselves torn in deciding which direction to take in a given circumstance, we need to remember that we have already been given a direction to take - the direction that leads to eternal life.  And that particular path is found in the Word and example of Jesus Christ, our Lord and Savior.  To see that path amidst the obstacles and darkness of indecision requires prayer that God Grant us so perfectly to know God's Son Jesus Christ to be the way, the truth, and the life, that we may steadfastly follow his steps in the way that leads to eternal life.  The way of Jesus is the way of peace - peace even in the multitude of decisions that are placed before us.

Blessings+
Fr. Brad. 

Sympathy is extended to Happy Smith on the death of his son-in-law,Richard Dailey. Please pray for Happy and his daughter, Sandy Dailey.

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.


Thank You
On behalf of our family and myself I want to express thanks to the members of St. Francis for the tremendous support we have experienced during Joanne's recent illness and death. The outpouring of kindness in the form of prayers, cards, food, phone calls and visits has been overwhelming.  The Wildscape guild was one of Joanne's great loves and the many donations to this fund in her memory is very touching.  The love we both experienced here at St. Francis ment so much to both of us during this difficult time.  We both express many times how happy we were to be a part of the St. Francis family.  Thank you so much for your support.

Sincerely,
John Millican and Family

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 18th 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 1st, 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.

Can't quite make the 9am Backpack Ministry on Wednesdays?  Then this ministry may be the one for you!  Focus on Hope Outreach Services is in need of volunteers to help distribute free meals to after school care programs at Tarver Elementary and Kennedy Powell Elementary from 2:00pm-4:00pm, Monday through Friday.  Please call 254-458-4882 or visit www.fhos.org 
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EPISCOPAL SCHOOL SUNDAY & PARISH-WIDE PICNIC SUNDAY, APRIL 24th

The children from our preschool and their families, along with the school faculty and staff will join in worship at the 10:30 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+

With more rain forecasted for Sunday April 24th, a determination will be made on Sunday morning on whether to use the deck adjacent to the playground.  If you can assist with setting up, please meet in the parish hall at 9:30am.  If the weather is good we will move tables and chairs out to the deck.  If it isn't we will set up in the parish hall.       
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 24   
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am Children's Chapel (Sunday School for ages K-5th Grade)
     
  • 11:30am Parish Wide Picnic!
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am
     
  • Noon Vestry Meeting in the Parlor
     
Sunday, April 24
  • Episcopal School Sunday and Parish-Wide Picnic
Monday, April 25
  • Creative Writing Workshop: 2:00pm in the Parlor
     
Tuesday, April 26   
  • Tuesday Solace: 1:00-4:00pm in the Parish Hall. (See description below).
     
Wednesday, April 27   
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
Thursday, April 28 
  • Garden Work Day:
    Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
UPCOMING EVENTS 
  • Ascension Day Worship in the Garden Chapel, Thursday May 5
    We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Holy Eucharist at 12:30pm in the Garden Chapel. Those who so desire may move to the Great Hall immediately following the service for a Brown Bag lunch and fellowship. (Or we may enjoy an outdoor picnic if the weather allows)
    - Fr. Brad+
     
  • Women of St. Francis will meet on Thursday, May 12 at 11:30am in the Great Hall.  We will be organizing the kitchen cabinets and drawers.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Drinks will be furnished.
     
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
: Hot dogs & Hamburgers

Altar Guild: Judy Ludlow & Kyla Sherrard
Ushers: Pete & Karen Fredenburg
Acolytes: Cole & Garrett Mooney  

Vestry Greeter: Hanes Brindley
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: Bill & Linda Frick
10:30 Service: John Dieter & Pete Fredenburg 

Organist: Debra Johnson
 

April Birthdays & Anniversaries 

April 25 Birthdays: 
Stewart Smith, 
Dr. David Stewart, III

April 25 Anniversary:  
Allen & Julia Ann Popelka

April 25 Anniversary: 
Allen & Julia Ann Popelka

April 26 Anniversary: 
Mark & Nida Brown

April 27 Anniversary: 
Nick & Erika Graham

April 29 Anniversary: 
Larry & Rose Bednarezyk













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