The Weekly Word
FEBRUARY 12, 2017

God has blessed each one of us in so many ways. Our health, our friends and loved ones, our vocations, food and water to sustain our bodies, and life itself are just a few examples.  With so much abundance poured down upon us through our loving and generous God, it is easy to take our blessings for granted.  We may even reach a point when we no longer acknowledge God as the provider of our abundance.  And we know that nothing could be further from the truth.

A line in a song from the Broadway play Godspell tells us: All good gifts around us are sent from Heaven above. So thank the Lord; thank the Lord for all His love.

I hope you will join me in a deliberate practice of - First: remembering that God is the giver of all things.  And Second: remembering and giving thanks to God whenever we hear, taste, see, or feel things that bring us joy and wonder - things that come only from God's abundant grace and God's love for each one of us.

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.

2017 Capital Campaign - 100% Participation

You should have received in the mail a pledge card allowing you to participate in a campaign to reduce the budget deficit. The letter that accompanies the card explains the details.

I am asking you to fill out the card and return it - even if you are already tithing.  My request for 100% participation is to ensure that each of us have considered in prayer our responsibility to give back to God in a way that truly represents our gratitude as stewards of God's gifts - 90% of which we get to keep! Please pray on this matter for discernment of the best use of the gifts God has placed in your care.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, the victory, and the majesty.  For everything in heaven and on earth is yours. Yours, O Lord, is the kingdom, and you are exalted as head over all.  (For more see Book of Common Prayer, 377)

Fr. Brad

Feed My Sheep Sunday
We will not be making sack meals on Sunday, February 12th!  Our next Feed My Sheep Sunday will be on March 12th.  A volunteer is need to pick up the food from Sam's on Saturday, March 11th.  Please see Deacon Tamara if you can do this!  
What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
  • 8:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 9:30am-1:30am: Childcare is available
  • 10:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am: Children's Chapel  
  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) 
  • Read the Bible: 3:15pm in the Parlor. Registration is closed.
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.

Upcoming Events

February 25

Professional Visioning Coach Elizabeth Ann Gates will be at St. Francis to lead our congregation in developing a future vision for our parish.  Ms. Gates worked with our ve
stry during the Fall to develop a current Mission Statement and set of Core Values (see below) that align with how we see ourselves, today.  

All participants in the event will have an opportunity to contribute to the conversation that will conclude with a vision for our life in ministry.  One or more groups will be formed to work over the coming months to form strategies to make our new vision a reality.

The event will begin on Saturday morning at 9:00 am and end by 1:00 pm.  I strongly urge that all members of St. Francis attend as we identify new ways in which we may continue to build up the Kingdom of God.

Fr. Brad+

Mission Statement of St. Francis Episcopal Church:
To make God known through Worship and Service to others as a loving community.

Core Values:
     God's Creation
     Service to others
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, March 12 . To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for February 2017 is Hot Chocolate.  Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

THE DAUGHTERS OF THE KING: The Daughters of the King is a lay order for women who are communicants of the Episcopal Church or churches in communion with it or churches that are in the Historic Episcopate. Members undertake a Rule of Life, incorporating the Rule of Prayer and the Rule of Service. By reaffirmation of the promises made at Confirmation, a Daughter pledges herself to a life-long program of prayer, service, and evangelism, dedicated to the spread of Christ's kingdom and the strengthening of the spiritual life of her parish.  The Shoebox Ministry, benefiting the Temple Women's Shelter, is the selected service project.
Ministers in the Lord's Service
Altar GuildKaren Fredenburg & Sharon Hughes

Heidi Couchman & Jana Deakins

Cole & Garrett Mooney 

Vestry Greeter:
Cindy Allen

Lay Readers
Peggiann Jones  
10:30am: John Dieter & Morgan Callin
Organist: Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
helley Smith & Peggy Hughes
Donna Walker-Nixon

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

February 12  Birthday
Ann Booze

February 17  Anniversary
 Chip & Tammy Schaefer

February 20  Birthday
David Chastang

February 20  Anniversary
 Glen & Heidi Couchman

February 20  Anniversary
 Bill & Linda Frick

February 21  Birthday
Jean Sykes

February 22  Birthday
Barbara Walsh

February 23  Birthday
Lysianne Giles

February 24  Birthday
Judy Verdun

February 25  Birthday
Lawson Grant

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