The Weekly Word
2016 is (thankfully) ending.  From all that I have read, heard and experienced it will be a year that many, including myself, will be happy to have behind us!  It is time for a New Year - 2017 - a new beginning and a clean slate.  How can we do this?  There was a meme floating around Facebook that can help:


To take the time to reflect and acknowledge what is good is powerful habit.

There is a prayer tradition in Ignatian Spirituality called the Examen .  It is more of an attitude than a prayer. Each day you set aside time for thankful reflection on where God has been in your day.  You write the note that will fill the jar using God as your lamp and pen.  In the note, you give thanks because the day, regardless of what has happened, is a gift from God.  There will times when your note has your shortcomings and failures.  But good comes from learning from those times.  Finally, you look forward to the next day and ask God for what you need.

Whether we keep a jar of notes or use some other method of noticing the good that surrounds us, we build a shield of God's resilience and presence that will help us weather any storms that may happen in 2017.  Grace and Peace,  Deacon Tamara

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.

What's Going on at
St. Francis this Week?

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 30
  • Office Closed
     
SUNDAY, JANUARY 1
Happy New Year!
  • 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: Hospitality
 
 MONDAY, JANUARY 2
  • Office Closed

TUESDAY, JANUARY 3
  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
     
WEDNESDAY, 
JANUARY 4
THURSDAY, JANUARY 5
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
     
FRIDAY, JANUARY 6
  • The Epiphany Service, 12:30pm, Outdoor Chapel (weather permitting)


 

Upcoming Events

SEEKING SERENITY AMIDST GRIEF:
BEREAVEMENT GROUP AT ST. FRANCIS
Begins Wednesday, January 11
Grief is the pain that results from any significant loss, especially the death of a loved one. Mourning (the act of grieving) has no time limit and should be viewed as a process, not an event.  Participation in a bereavement group offers one a sense of community with others who share a common experience that exists in no other venue.  While we may never "get over" the death of someone we love, through the redeeming grace of God, we can move forward in life in the new reality that someone we love is no longer with us on Earth.
If you are grieving the death of a loved one, I invite you to begin a journey toward peace in a Bereavement Group that will meet every other week on Wednesday afternoons from 3:00-4:30pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church. The Group begins on January 11 and ends April 19 for a total of 8 sessions.  To register, please contact the church office - 254 773-4255 or email stfrancistemple@stfrancistempletx.org.



READ THE BIBLE IN AS LITTLE AS SIX PAGES PER DAY
Begins Wednesday, January 18

Accomplish something millions have said is a life goal - read thru the entire Bible. Using the new Bible in 90 Days program you will go from Genesis to Revelation in just 6 pages a day. Join us as we experience the Bible together. Turn your aspiration into inspiration!
The group will meet every other Wednesday afternoon from 3:00-4:00pm at St. Francis Episcopal Church beginning January 18, 2017 and will end in early June.  The cost for materials is $20, and financial aid is available. Please register as soon as possible to ensure that we have enough materials for all participants. You may register by contacting St. Francis Episcopal Church at (254) 773-4255 or stfrancistemple@stfrancistempletx.org .  


CEDARBRAKE DAY of REFLECTION - WOMEN OF FAITH
Monday, January 16: 9:00am-2:30pm
Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center

We will spend this day reflecting on the gifts of five women whose courageous actions impacted the world. (Sojourner Truth, Thea Bowman, Maya Angelou, Rosa Parks and Harriet Tubman) Their fearlessness and faithfulness changed lives because they embrace the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Come and learn about these incredible women; who they were and what they did.  Beverly Collin will facilitate this day.  The cost is $40 and includes lunch.  Register here: https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=9329ee 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.

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, January 8. To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
 
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) :  The collection item for January 2017 is Mac & Cheese.  Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.
Ministers in the Lord's Service

Altar GuildGail Avots & Heidi Couchman

Ushers: Ruth Henry & Bob Henry
Acolyte(s): Hannah & Ian Wilson

Vestry Greeter: Hanes Brindley
Lay Readers
8:30 
Cindy Allen
10:30am Lawson Grant & John Dieter
Organist: Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel: Heidi Couchman
Hospitality:
 

This Week's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances and let her know!
January 1 Birthday
Pruitt Davis

January 2 Birthday
Nida Brown

January 3 Birthday
Linda Frick

January 8 Birthday
Bruce Flanigan

January 9 Anniversary
Takeshi & Yoshie Wajima

January 10 Birthday
Takeshi Wajima

January 14 Birthday
Ethelene Rodriguez

January 14 Anniversary
Vic & Alicia Go

January 15 Birthday
Vic Go
January 18 Birthday
Lyn Miller

January 25 Birthday
Rolinda Brindley

January 25 Birthday
Waverly Stewart

January 25 Birthday
Addy Pryor

January 25 Birthday
Dorene Mundell

January 27 Birthday
Gregg Strasburger

January 27 Anniversary
David  & Ann Chastang
January 30 Birthday
Trudy Johnson
January 30 Birthday
Pruitt Davis

January 30 Anniversary
Bruce & Kathy Flanigan





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