The Weekly Word

St. Augustine of Hippo wrote, "Without God we cannot; without us, he will not." Augustine was getting at the tightrope we walk. It is the tightrope of Divine-human interface. It is the intersection of God's Sovereignty and our responsibility. It is the converging of supernatural power and human effort.  And it is a rather messy, mysterious place to be: How hard to I need to work? How active must I be for fruitfulness? What does God do and what do I do? Does my effort even matter? Is it mainly up to me to be faithful and diligent and disciplined? Add a dozen more questions and we see the importance and the complexity of this interface.

In our time, I think we are in the pendulum shift that is well on the side of human effort and not understanding the sovereign, divine, empowering side. We have the tendency to look for new techniques, methodologies, formulas, and skills that will "make the difference" in both ministry and the workplace. We do not naturally think of nurturing and deepening our relationship with God when things are not going well. As Scottish theologian William Barkley put it, "We think too much of what we can do and too little of what Christ can do through us."

"With God all things are possible," said the angel to expectant Mary. That must be the source and the root of all our confidence in undertaking the important work God gives to every generation of his people. In our time and place you and I are the instruments - the hands, feet and voices - to accomplish what God is seeking to do in and for the world. Each of us has been given at least one gift of the Spirit toward this end. Encouraged by St. Francis of Assisi ("If God can work through me, he can work through anyone") we must use those gifts expecting that Christ Jesus is working through us. "Without God we cannot; without us, he will not."  What we do does matter.

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

Lay Eucharistic Visitor Ministry
There is a need for Lay Eucharistic Visitors to take home communion to members of our congregation who are unable to be with us on Sundays.  The burden will be light (once a month at the most) and you will be providing a ministry of healing, hope and presence to those who need it.  If this is something that might interest you, then please see Deacon Tamara.  

Gift Shop
Our first of the month sale will be July 3rd.  Items may be purchased for 20% off the regular price. 

Diolog: The Texas Episcopalian
Are you receiving the Dialog quarterly magazine published by the Episcopal Diocese of Texas?  If not and you would like to, then please let Frances know!  

Consider Joining the Team
Over the years our Junior Wardens have often personally contended with all of the Church's maintenance issues as they arose. This has placed a rather heavy burden on these very dedicated parishioners.

Prior to Fr. Brad's departure for sabbatical, he introduced the following idea. He would like to see a "Junior Warden's Team" consisting of several folks with more flexible schedules whom might take turns addressing minor issues as-needed. The minor issues that you can expect are the type of things that can pop up in your own home where an expensive professional  is not needed.   For example, a clogged sink in the kitchen or bathroom.  Or a leaky faucet.  Simple, routine fixes that do not require a great deal of expertise or time.
Frances would keep the list of team members whom she could call on to address a maintenance issue or complete a simple chore as they arise. As each issue arose she would make calls until she found someone whom might help. Of course, a record would be kept, so that things are not unfairly assigned.

Fr. Brad believes this will be light duty & your role would not be covering the heavy maintenance demands of the Parish. We have moved to regular workdays where parishioners come together for lawn care, interior cleaning, and simple repairs. Larger jobs are now being handled professionally.

Please let John Dieter know whether you are willing to be part of this important ministry by joining the team and/or if you wish to discuss the details further.
Contact John via his email jnidieter@gmail.com or by phone at 254-423-0356.
Thanks very much!

Boxes for Feed My Sheep (FMS)
We are in need of copy paper size boxes to transport the sack meals we make on the second Sunday of each month.  Being able to use the boxes instead of the bins will make it easier on the volunteers who take the sack meals each month to FMS as they would not have to wait for the bins to be emptied and then find a way to bring the bins back to the church.

A couple of volunteers are needed to pick up the food for the July 10th sandwich making and sack meal preparation. Please let Deacon Tamara know by July 3 if you can help out..


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WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST. FRANCIS THIS WEEK?
 
Sunday, July 3     
  • 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
     
     
Monday, July 4   
  • Independence Day!  The office will be closed!.
Tuesday, July 5    
  • Tuesday Solace: 1:00-4:00pm in the Parish Hall. (See description below). 
    **Tuesday Solace will be on holiday. It will resume Tuesday, July 12.**  
Wednesday, July 6
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
    **Currently on summer break!** 
Thursday, July 7
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
Saturday, July 9

 
UPCOMING EVENTS
  • Sunday, July 10 - Backpack Buddies!
    Our annual outreach to provide school supplies to kids in need will begin!  More information will be available soon - watch for it!
  • Monday, July 18 - The Face of Mercy at Cedarbrake Retreat Center
  • Take a day of retreat and ponder Pope Francis' invitation to experience God's unconditional love so we can share it with others! As the Year of Mercy continues we will listen to the words of Jesus and insight by Pope Francis to embrace mercy more deeply in our lives and bring this gift to others. Cedarbrake's Brian Egan, Beverly Collin and Fr. Joseph Nisari will lead these reflections. The retreat starts at 9am.  Lunch and mass will be part of the day; the cost is $35.  You can register online or by phone, 254.780.2436.  The retreat is open to all!
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, July 10  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 GuildHeidi Couchman & Judy Ludlow  

Ushers: Len & Ruth Henry
Acolytes: Steffanna Wojtaszek

Vestry Greeter: Terry Whitley
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: Don Miller
10:30 Service: Lawson Grant & Nick Graham 

Organist: Debra Johnson 
 

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

Birthday, July 6:
Summer Pryor
 
 
Birthday, July 10:
Victoria Wojtaszek

Birthday, July 11: 
Celeste Wojtaszek

 Anniversary, July 12
Jason & Christina Culp

Anniversary, July 12
Pete & Karen Fredenburg

Birthday, July 13: 
Adelaide Heckman

   
Birthday, July 15: 
Sheri Macchi

Birthday, July 16: 
Jo Cooke

Anniversary, July 16
   Drs.Dudley & Vivian Baker
Birthday, July 21: 
Len Henry  
 
Birthday, July 24: 
Shelley Smith
 
Anniversary, July 24
Dr. Hanes & Rolinda Brindley
 
Birthday, July 25: 
Peggy Flores
 
Anniversary, July 28
Don & Peggy Flores

Birthday, July 29: 
Heidi Couchman

Birthday, July 31: 
Shirley Strasburger




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