The Weekly Word
Almighty God, you have poured upon us the new light of your incarnate Word: Grant that this light, enkindled in our hearts, may shine forth in our lives; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.


Prayer During this Time of Transition

Hear us, O Lord, as we come to you for guidance. Give us patience during this time of transition at St. Francis. Help us to be responsive to the needs of each other and to follow where you lead us. May St. Francis become new not only through its leadership, but also through the unity of its members. Amen.


Sunday Service Times 
  •  8:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available
  • 10:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

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.

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Episcopal Diocese of Texas (EDOT) 2018 Council Lay Delegates Needed

Every year The EDOT meets to do the annual business of our Diocese. This is called Council.  This year Council will meet in Waco (not Houston)  - just up the road - from the evening of February 15th and concluding on February 17th.

Four (4) lay delegates are needed to represent St. Francis Episcopal Church .

Please prayerfully consider becoming a lay delegate and representing your church. Currently the fee is $200, but will go up to $225 after 12/31. The church pays for your registration fee . If you would like to be a lay delegate or have any questions about what is involved, please see Deacon Tamara or Senior Warden, Lyn Miller. You may also visit http://www.epicenter.org/council/

Church Events Calendar
There is so much happening this month and the next! It may be hard to keep straight or am I the only one?! Here is a list of " save the dates !" Please attend as many as
possible.

DATE
EVENT
January 7, Sunday, 12:00pm
Vestry Meeting -  Ever wonder what your Vestry does? Ever thought about serving on the Vestry, but didn't know what it involved? Please come to the "no commitment" meeting on this day, satisfy your curiosity, and have your questions answered!
January 21, Sunday
Annual Parish Meeting.

There will be one (1) service at 9:30am followed by our Annual Meeting. It will be a potluck brunch.


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What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
 
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 31
  •  8:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available
  • 10:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II


MONDAY, JANUARY 1
Happy New Year!
  • Office Closed

TUESDAY, JANUARY 2
  • Tuesday Solace

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 3


THURSDAY, JANUARY 4
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am

SATURDAY, JANUARY 6
The Epiphany!

Upcoming Events
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 during the school year at 9:30am 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 to Feed My Sheep. Our next scheduled sack meal preparation is Sunday, January 14 . To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
 
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for January 2018 will be SOUP.  Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

ST. FRANCIS GIFT SHOP: As most of you know, the gift shop must have two workers at all times.  We are in desperate need of volunteers.  This is a great time to ask your best friend to sit with you and a great time to socialize and catch up. Please consider, just 3 1/2 hours a month and we will put you on the schedule.

ST. FRANCIS CHOIR: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!" Notice the passage does NOT say we have to have a beautiful voice to praise God! We are looking for new choir members. We practice at 9:30am before we sing at the 10:30am service. So come join us!

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Ministers in the Lord's Service
Sunday December 24
 
Altar Guild
Ruth Henry, Kyla Sherrard & Lyn Miller
Ushers:
Jana Deakins & Frank Pugliese
Acolyte(s): 
Noelle & John Dieter

Vestry Greeter:
Barbara Walsh
Lay Readers
8:30am: Richard Stillman
10:30am: John Dieter & Peggiann Jones

Organist: 


Children's Chapel:


Hospitality:
Sheri Macchi
 

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

DECEMBER
December Anniversary 28
Stewart & Nancy Smith

December Birthday 31
Julia Lawyer




JANUARY
January Birthday 2
Nida Brown

January Birthday 3
Linda Frick




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