The Weekly Word

The political conventions are over. The candidates from both parties will do their best to convince us to give them our votes. I suspect many folks have already made up their minds and will soon become weary of rhetorical ping-pong filling the air and increasingly vehement commentary on social media. We Americans are blessed with the right of free speech without censure (the PC police not withstanding), but sometimes I really want to say, "Thank you for not sharing!"

We would be well advised to be quick to hear and slow to speak.  This is in the Bible, and it's there for a good reason (see James 1:19).  When we listen, we attract attention.  When words are fewer people take greater notice. I do believe that we Christians are obliged to speak out on matters of morality and social justice; but I also believe the conversation must be respectful and most assuredly, apolitical. Political discourse has no place in the church. In a parish setting St. Paul's charge to the church in Colossae is fitting: "Set your minds on things that are above, not on things that are on earth" (Colossians 3:2a). With regard to American politics and its participants (something about which we each have an opinion), I recently came across a commentary by Darin Meeks that puts the present presidential race in proper perspective, regardless of one's political leaning:

"Long after this election is over Trump and Hillary will still be rich. Half of us will be able to claim we 'won.' The other half will have four years to say 'that's why I didn't vote for ____.' Just remember that we live in a different America. We don't get to hop on a private jet and fly away from our community's problems. We are what make this country what it is, not the President. He/she will not stop crime in our neighborhoods, he won't stop people from stealing your identity, and she will not stop anyone from shooting up our local night clubs. Hillary will not come to teach your children right from wrong, but you can. Trump will not come to your home and teach them math, but you can. WE as a UNITED people with sound morals, values and ethics can make this country whatever we want. Vote for whomever you want, but remember WE are the ones who shape our communities, not them."


Shalom, Fr. John+

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

Volunteers are needed to pick up the food from Sam's Club for Feed My Sheep (FMS) Sundays. The next FMS Sunday is August 14th. The food will need to be picked up by Saturday, August 13th and delivered to the church. No shopping involved. Just picking up and delivering to the church. If you can help, please let Deacon Tamara know by Sunday, August 7th.There is also a signup sheet on the narthex table for future months.

It has been brought to our attention that some of the kitchen drawers show the presence of some unwanted visitors.  Pest control is on the job, but to see if their efforts are paying off we need some volunteers willing to clean out the drawers and the cabinets. Not all the drawers and cabinets have "presents," but all should be checked and cleaned as needed.  This will let us continue to monitor the situation and keep our kitchen pest free!  Please let Frances know this week if you can help out.  Thank you!  Deacon Tamara 

Thank you to all who contributed to the 2016 Backpack Buddies!  And especially to the co-chairs who organized this important outreach to our community: Gail Avots, Heidi Couchman and Karen Fredenberg.  In addition to our 50 backpacks, several of us gathered at CTLC to stuff additional backpacks on Monday, August 1.  Our backpacks and efforts were combined with 68 other churches backpacks and efforts to provide backpacks stuffed with school supplies to 1500 children. The Body of Christ hard at work in the community of Temple!  

Well Done!
What's Going on at
St. Francis this Week?
Sunday, July 31     
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II 
  • 9:45 am Sunday Breakfast Club
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am 

Tuesday, August 9   
  • Tuesday Solace on Summer Break through August. It will resume in September. (See description below). 
Wednesday, August 10
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
    **Currently on summer break!** 
Thursday, August 11
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
Upcoming Events

Wow!  This past year has flown by and now we are gearing up for school days, football games, cooler weather (?), rally day, and so many more exciting things.
Last year's Cru Sunday was another amazing team effort!  So many of you contributed in numerous ways to help make the UMHB football team and staff feel a part of our church family.  The vestry with the support of many of you has decided to initiate the 4 th Annual Cru Sunday and we need everyone's help.

Last August many of us worried that we would not have enough food to feed all the players; instead we fed them, the women's shelter and others.  The players were blessed with a meaningful church service, a delicious meal, take home bags of cookies and brownies, and a pocket cross to carry with them through the season.  We will start signing up for various duties this Sunday, August 7th.

The following is a draft of committees and volunteers. If you are willing to help on one or more of these committees, please contact the person listed below.
  • Church set up (chairs)   -
  • Nursery - we may need one extra volunteer -
  • Tables/Chairs - Chris Sedonic
  • Decorations/plates/silverware - Karen Fredenburg
  • Drinks - Chris Sedonic
  • Hospitality -
  • Parking - Mike Ludlow
  • Pocket Crosses - Gift shop board
Chip Schaefer will once again be providing the meat, and we, of course, hope each of you will sign up to bring one on more dishes.  The signup sheet will be in the Narthex.  Please bring your dishes in the tin pans provided next to the signup sheet.  God Bless you


Sometimes in life, it is difficult to embrace God's love. We oftentimes fall into the belief that we have little value or purpose in life. Yet, scripture tells us that we are "fearfully and wonderfully made" and that God cares deeply about the most intimate details of our lives. So if you feel like there seems to be something missing in your life, join us in taking the next step in becoming the person God is calling you to be. This retreat will be led by Cheryl "Max" Maxwell. Cost is $35 and includes lunch. 

To Register: or call 254-780-2436.
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.
**Currently on Summer Break!**

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
**Currently on Summer Break!**

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, August 14  To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.  
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) :  The collection item for August 2016 is P-Nut Butter & Jelly (in plastic jars). Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.
Ministers in the Lord's Service

Altar GuildLyn Miller & Tammy Schaefer 

Ushers: Philip Okeson & Chip Schaefer
Acolytes: Morgan Callin & Hannah Wilson

Vestry Greeter:
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: Cindy Allen
10:30 Service: 
Kay Callin & Nick Graham 
Organist: Debra Johnson 

This Week's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances and let her know!

August 7 Birthday:
Ian Wilson   
August 8 Anniversary:
Mark & Hulda Burgar

August 9 Birthday:
Carole McCall

August 10 Birthday:
Angela Hartwick
August 11 Anniversary:
   Frank & Trudy Johnson

August 12 Anniversary:
   Pete & Karen Fredenburg

August 12 Anniversary:
Pete & Karen Fredenburg

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