The Weekly Word
JANUARY 29, 2017

With the Annual Parish meeting upon us, I am led to step back from the busyness that comes with preparing for the meeting and completing the required Parochial Report.  And in this stepping back, I am able to consider the work, the community, and the spiritual life of all of us here at St. Francis.  Mostly, I find myself hopeful in what may lie ahead, even with the challenges and eventualities we are sure to encounter.  I'm hopeful because I see a community in which love for one another and for others is a defining attribute of this congregation.

I am indeed hopeful, and I am surely grateful to be in the midst of such abiding love.

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.

Annual Parish Meeting AND Photo 
Set for Sunday, January 29 

Immediately following the 10:30 service, we'll gather in front of the altar for the Annual Parish Photo.  After the photo, we'll move to the Parish 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.

Fr. Brad
Consider Lay Reading...
Serving as a Lay Reader is an important church ministry. At each service, we read scripture and usually assist clergy with Holy Communion. It's a wonderful way to serve the Lord & the Church.

We are looking for readers at the 10:30 service. Most lay readers serve once a month. It is perfectly fine if you wish to just read and not serve at Holy Communion.

Please contact clergy if you are interested or speak to/email John Dieter. John's email is

What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
Fourth 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:  Annual Parish Meeting AND Photo


  • 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 at 3:15pm

  • 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 vestry 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
March 6-8, 2017
For the 14th year, Camp Allen and UTMB's Center for Spirituality of Aging within the Sealy Center on Aging invites you to the conference Abundant Living: Nourishing your Spirit . This is a time to embrace aging as a creative journey of inner peace and to awaken new passion and purpose for living.  Learn from scholars about aging and enjoy music, canoeing, nature walks, cooking, art, fly fishing and labyrinth walks.  
Packages include two nights of hotel lodging at Camp Allen, seven buffet meals, socials and programming.  Register by 2/01/17 and receive an early bird discount! To learn more call 939-825-7175 or visit  Or you can speak to Deacon Tamara who attended last year and will be going again this year!  
Conference Rates:
Double Occupancy: $200 (per person) Early Bird Price: $185 (register by 2/1/17)  
Single Occupancy: $245 (per person)  Early Bird Price: $225 (register by 2/1/17).  
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 forFebruary 2017 is Hot Chocolate.  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.  
Ministers in the Lord's Service
Altar Guild:
Gail Avots & Tammy Schaefer

Chip Schaefer & Philip Okeson

Ian Wilson & Steffanna Wojtaszek 

Vestry Greeter:
John Dieter

Lay Readers
Peggiann Jones  
10:30am: Cole Mooney & John Dieter  
Organist: Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel: Shelley Smith & Peggy Hughes
Hospitality: Sheri & Richard Macchi

This Week's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances and let her know!
January 30 Birthday
Trudy Johnson

January 30 Birthday
John Dieter

January 30 Anniversary
Bruce & Kathy Flanigan

February 2 Birthday
Jason Culp

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