The Weekly Word

Words have power. Words can hurt or heal, tear down or build up. Paul teaches us that the Holy Spirit wants to shape the character of Christ within us. A clue to how well we respond to the Holy Spirit is found in Living Bible version of James' epistle: "If anyone can control his tongue, it proves that he has perfect control over himself in every other way." While St. Paul often takes us to the heights of the mystery and wonder of faith, St. James is the one who speaks on a level where the rubber meets the road. His whole epistle is a kind of, "Thanks, I needed that!"
Consider for a moment the wonder of our ability to hear. When we hear a sound, a physical movement enters our ears and then the inner ear activates 24,000 little nerve endings, which then transmit tiny electrical pulses through the limbic system, eventually causing the pituitary gland to send hormones into the body. Our whole physical system reacts when we hear words, especially words of care or condemnation. The ditty we recited as children ("sticks and stones ...") simply isn't true. Words from an unbridled tongue that is " set on fire in hell" (per James) can hurt.
When we hear words that bring us pain or anxiety, this physical-chemical reaction takes 72 hours to subside in most people. No wonder some people live in a perpetual state of gloomy agitation. It also tells us that expecting someone to "just get over it" is asking the physically impossible. And the reality is that most people are more sensitive than we want to admit.
Take this short true or false quiz:  (1) I have never hurt another person with my words;  (2) I have never repeated something about another person that I did not know for certain was absolutely true;  (3) I never engage in idle talk about other people and their lives.
Was that a "thanks, I needed that" test? I used to tell my parochial school kids that once something is said it's like trying to put toothpaste back into the tube. But the poet said it better: "Thoughts unexpressed may fall back dead but even God can't kill words after they're said!"
I encourage you to read the Book of the Wisdom of Sirach in the apocrypha. There you will find wonderful, pithy comments about speaking, such as "The lips of babblers speak of what is not their concern" and "The mind of fools is in their mouth..."
James wrote, "Look at ships. Although they are so large and driven by fierce winds, they are turned by a very small rudder whenever the pilot desires." We are the pilots and our tongues are the rudders that determine the course of our lives and the lives of others. James suggests that if we're able to control the tongue, it is evidence of maturity in our relationship with Christ. It is evidence that Jesus Christ is the Master Pilot working in our hearts to control the rudders of our tongues.

Shalom, Fr. John+

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.

General Announcements

Sympathy i s extended to Kyla Sherrard on the loss of her father, Don Cooper; and to Terry Frey on the loss of his wife, Judy.
I want to thank everyone who participated in last Sunday's Feed My Sheep sandwich making and sack filling!  It was a great turnout from the entire congregation and shows the power of prayer.  I have been praying and have asked the Daughters of the King to pray for this ministry.  Thanks be to God for all of you!  
I want to remind everyone that there are many ways to participate in this ministry that doesn't necessarily involve making sandwiches or filling sacks.  These include opening ziploc bags; opening the meat, cheese and bread packages; picking up the food from Sam's, donating the cardboard boxes that are used to transport the sack meals and actually transporting the sack meals to Feed My Sheep.  On occasion, help will be needed to pass out the sack meals. Even if you have only a small role in this ministry, it is important and valued!  

Thank you again,  
D eacon Tamara
For a number of years, St. Francis has participated in a community wide project to provide backpacks and school supplies for some of the less fortunate children in the Temple school district. We have been asked this year to provide supplies for 50 girls, kindergarten through 2nd grade.  The cost of an average backpack and supplies is approximately $40.

We ask that you consider sponsoring a child or several children.  Having a new backpack and a complete set of supplies will enable these children to feel special and will give them a great start to their learning experience. There will be a sign up list in the parish hall after each Sunday service beginning this Sunday, July 10th and continuing until July 24th . When you sign up, you will be given the supply list, and an identification number to attach to the backpack.  

If you prefer, you may give a check donation with "BACKPACK BUDDIES" written in the memo space, but we encourage you to shop for your student.  Any additional funds raised for this project will be used to provide each student with a pocket cross or pocket angel.

You may bring your full backpack any time between now and July 31st to the church office.  Please let us know if you also would like to help deliver the backpacks on August 1st . This worthwhile ministry is supported by many of our local churches in Temple, and St. Francis has been involved in this outreach since it's inception.  We hope you will continue to support this ministry!

Thank you, BackPack Buddies Chairs
Gail Avots
Karen Fredenburg
Heidi Couchman

What's Going on at
St. Francis this Week?
Sunday, July 17     
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II 
  • 9:45 am Sunday Breakfast Club
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am
Tuesday, July 19   
  • Tuesday Solace: 1:00-4:00pm in the Parish Hall. (See description below). 
Wednesday, July 20
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
    **Currently on summer break!** 
Thursday, July 21
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.

Upcoming Events
Monday, August 1, 9am - 11am

CTLC has requested St. Francis' help in the assembly of their backpacks.  All the supplies and backpacks will be at CTLC.  Volunteers will put them together in assembly line fashion.  If your schedule permits, please consider doing this outreach - even if you can only come for an hour your help will be greatly appreciated!  We did this last year and it was a lot of fun! (This is a separate request from the above request to provide a backpack and school supplies.  You can do both!)

Saturday, August 20, 11am

The Gift Shop Board will be hosting their annual "Angel Appreciation Luncheon" on Saturday, August 20th at 11:00 am. Invitations will be forthcoming

Saturday, August 27, 9am - 2pm

The Women of St. Francis are invited to a Quiet Day sponsored by The Diocese of Texas ECW and The ECW of St. Alban's in Waco.  Now you may be telling yourself that St. Francis does not have an ECW.  But if you are a woman and you attend an Episcopal Church, then you are by definition in the ECW - Episcopal Church Women .  

Martha Hoyt is working on getting a group together to carpool up to Waco.  If you would like to participate, then please contact Martha or Frances.   

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 T X
**Currently on Summer Break!**

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 schedule sack meal preparation is set for Sunday, August 14  To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.  
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) :   The collection item for July 2016 is Breakfast Cereal. 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: Jana Deakins & Bob Henry
Acolytes: Noah Schaefer & Morgan Callin

Vestry Greeter: Chris Sedonic
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: Don Miller
10:30 Service: 
John Dieter & Kay Callin
Organist: Debra Johnson 

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

Birthday, July 21:
Len Henry

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