The Weekly Word
ANNUAL PARISH MEETING
SET FOR SUNDAY, JANUARY 29

I We'll gather in the Parish Hall following the 10:30 service for snacks and beverages before commencing the business of the meeting at Noon. Three new vestry members will be elected, and at this time nominees are: Ruth Henry, Frank Johnson, and Barbara Walsh.  Also, we will approve two newly appointed members to the school board and new members of the gift shop board.
While attendance at every Annual Parish Meeting is important, this year it is even more so, as we will discuss some issues of great importance relative to the future of St. Francis. Therefore, I urge you to make every effort to attend.
Blessings+
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.

Thank You 

I want all of you to know how grateful I am for the generous bonus I received at the end of the year.  In addition to the financial gift, I am grateful for the thoughtfulness behind the gift.  To be the recipient of such thoughtfulness is truly a blessing.

Blessings!
Fr. Brad


Thank you all for my bonus this year!  To know that you think of me is the true gift.  It is my honor and pleasure to serve at St. Francis with such wonderful folks!  

Grace and Peace,
Deacon Tamara


Many thanks to you all for thinking of me this Christmas season. I am truly appreciative for your gift and kind wishes.

In gratitude,
Caroline

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

SUNDAY, JANUARY 15
Second 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: Hospitality

MONDAY, JANUARY 16
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
     

 TUESDAY, JANUARY 17
  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)

WEDNESDAY, 
JANUARY 18
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) 
     
  • Read the Bible in as Little as Six Pages per Day: 3:00pm

 

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
     
Upcoming Events


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@sbcglobal.net .  

COME CELEBRATE PETE FREDEDBURG DAY
Sunday, January 22: After the 10:30 Service
We will honor Pete as the AFCA Coach of the year and coaching his team to a win at the Division III National Championship. Come toast Coach Pete and Karen with cake and coffee during coffee hour on Sunday, January 22 after the 10:30 service.

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 . We are skipping February on account of Diocesan Council. 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.

SHOEBOX MINISTRY: The Daughters of the King have taken over the Shoebox Ministry, benefiting the Temple Women's Shelter. We will be collecting items to go into shoeboxes.  What will be needed are basic toiletries, such as shampoos, soaps, razors, deodorant, facecloths, toothbrushes and paste, combs and brushes.  We also require empty shoe boxes. These items can be left in the parlor on Sundays and will be collected and packed on February 5th.  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Martha Hoyt. Thank you.  

NEWS FROM ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL SCHOOL
Dear St. Francis,

We would like to wish all our parishioners a very Happy New Year!  It is always exciting and refreshing at the start of a new year.  May 2017 be all you hope it to be.  
We would like to introduce a new staff member to our team.  Mrs. Amanda Strickland joins us this year as a Two's teacher.  Mrs. Strickland comes to us from Salado where she has been a substitute teacher for SISD.  

Our school is having a fabulous school year, our students are growing and learning and thoughts have already turned to registration for the 2017-2018 school year.  Registration for our currently enrolled and alumni families begins February 13 and opens to the public February 23 with a Winter Open House at 6:00pm.
 
The school is continuing to accept bids on the renovation project for the metal building.  If you know of a contractor in the area that would be interested, please have them contact our Director, Wendy Thibeault at director@stfrancispreschool.org

This month, the school will be collecting pre-packaged snack items to donate to our Salvation Army who provides after school care for local children.  We will be collecting these food donations all month long.  Example of items being accepted: individual size packages of gold fish crackers, fruit snacks, apple sauce, animal crackers, etc.  Donations may be dropped off in front of the school kitchen in the hall.  Thank you!  

Many Blessings, Wendy Thibeault
St. Francis Episcopal School
Wendy Thibeault, Head of School
(254) 773-3009
254-307-1341 (after hours)

Ministers in the Lord's Service

Altar GuildAnn Booze & Chris Sedonic

Ushers: Len & Ruth Henry
Acolyte(s): Cole & Garrett Mooney

Vestry Greeter: Lyn Miller
Lay Readers
8:30 
Don Miller
10:30am Kay & Morgan Callin
Organist: Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel: Lyn & Tom Miller
Hospitality: Lyn & Tom Miller
 

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

January 30 Birthday
Trudy Johnson

January 30 Birthday
John Dieter

January 30 Anniversary
Bruce & Kathy Flanigan



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