The Weekly Word
Thought for the Week
Lent ends with Palm Sunday (sometimes called Passion Sunday) and marks the start of Holy Week.  The rites we observe on Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday provide a liturgical experience of the last days of Jesus' earthly life, as well as the time and events leading up to his resurrection.  The Book of Common Prayer contains special liturgies for each of these days.

As I do each year, I strongly urge each one of you to attend all of the Holy Week services at St. Francis as a way of fully remembering with your heart, your soul, and your mind the sacrifice that Jesus made for you and for me and for the world.  After having done so, Easter Sunday just may take on a new meaning
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.

Visioning Update April 9
Deacon Tamara and I have been analyzing the data collected at the Visioning Event, including the Evaluation Forms.  The results will be presented to the vestry and discussed this Sunday.  Soon, Visioning Teams will be formed to begin the redevelop St. Francis to be the church that we aim to be.  More information will be shared as the process progresses.

Blessings+
Fr. Brad


Holy Week Worship at St. Francis  
Maundy Thursday - April 13
6:00pm: Holy Eucharist

Good Friday - April 14
6:00pm Stations of the Cross
6:30pm Liturgy for Good Friday

Easter Sunday - April 16
7:30am (Sunrise service in the Garden Chapel with music)
10:30am Holy Eucharist (Please provide your children with fresh flowers to flower the Cross)

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?
 
SUNDAY, APRIL 9
Palm Sunday
  • 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 (We will gather in the Garden Chapel for the Liturgy of the Palms before making our way to the nave)
  • 10:30am: Children's Chapel  
The Gift Shop will be offering 20% off of Easter decor.

TUESDAY, APRIL 11
  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 12
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) 
  • Lenten Worship Service: 5:30pm   
  • Read the Bible (6 pages a day): 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Registration is closed.   
  • Read the Bible (12 pages a day): 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Registration is closed.
     
THURSDAY, APRIL 13
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
  • Maundy Thursday Liturgy: 6:00pm.
FRIDAY, APRIL 14
  • Stations of the Cross at 6:00 pm
  • Liturgy for Good Friday at 6:30 pm
Upcoming Events
 

WORSHIP AND CONCERT SERVICE 
Sunday, May 7
10:00am

On Sunday, May 7 a very special service will take place at St. Francis. The southern gospel musical group Amazed will be at St. Francis.  The members of the group feel called to minister to God's people and spread God's Holy Word through the power of song.  Their mission is to see souls brought to Christ; they are deeply humbled and honored to be called to serve Almighty God.

A unique service of Holy Eucharist will be intertwined with the concert, designed to be a first of its kind at St. Francis.

Because it takes the musical group 2+ hours to set up, there will be no 8:30 service on that Sunday, providing an opportunity for the entire congregation to worship together.  But, this special event is not just for us - invite your friends; check the St. Francis Facebook page for the announcement, and click "Like," and make plans for you and your family to attend what promises to be a wonderful experience.

Blessings+
Fr. Brad

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
Gail Avots, Chris Sedonic & Ruth Henry

Ushers:
Jana Deakins & Bob Henry
Acolyte(s):
Morgan Callin & Collin Wilson

Vestry Greeter:
Cindy Allen

Lay Readers
8:30: 
Bill & Linda Frick 
10:30am: John Dieter & Lawson Grant
 
Organist: 
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Heidi & Glen Couchman

Hospitality:
Jan Wilson
 

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

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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