The Weekly Word
FEBRUARY 5, 2017

In Matthew's gospel lesson this week, Jesus instructs His listeners: "...let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven."  Whether we realize it or not, each of us possesses a light within ourselves.  And that light is the light of Christ, placed in our hearts at our baptisms.

If if feels like that light has gone out or been taken away, perhaps it would be helpful to take time this week to seek out your Christ light.  As dim as it may appear, once found it brilliance will bring light to your life and the lives of all those around you so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.

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

What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
Fifth 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  
  • 11:30am:  Daughters of the King Meet in the Parlor
  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) 
  • Bereavement Support Group: 3:15 in the Parlor. Registration is closed.
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
  • 168th Diocesan Council, Galveston
  • 168th Diocesan Council, Galveston
  • 168th Diocesan Council, Galveston

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 GuildHeidi Couchman, Ethelene Rodriguez & Kim Carpenter

Happy Smith & Karen Fredenburg

Morgan Callin & Hannah Wilson 

Vestry Greeter:
Lawson Grant

Lay Readers
Richard Stillman  
10:30am: John Dieter & Kay Callin
Organist: Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Lyn & Tom Miller
Jan Pugliese

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

February 5  Birthday
Lee Lewis

February 5  Birthday
Tom Detrick

February 6  Anniversary
Ron & Barbara Lockwood

February 8  Birthday
Tammy Schaefer

February 8  Anniversary
 Jarrod & Summer Pryor

February 9  Anniversary
 Jeff & Kay Callin

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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