The Weekly Word

The moral tone of a community depends on the character and civic virtue of its citizens. Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth" and "You are the light of the world."  So a question: What kind of people are we producing here at St. Francis in order to invade and season and preserve and illumine and expose all the areas of our common life? English theologian, Dr. John Stott made the same point: "You know what your own country is like. I'm a visitor, and I wouldn't presume to speak about America. But I know what Great Britain is like. I know something about the growing dishonesty, corruption, immorality, violence, pornography, the diminishing respect for human life, and the increase in abortion.

"Whose fault is it? Let me put it like this: If the house is dark at night, there is no sense in blaming the house. That's what happens when the sun goes down. The question to ask is, 'Where is the light?' If meat goes bad, there is no sense in blaming the meat. That is what happens when the bacteria are allowed to breed unchecked. The question to ask is, 'Where is the salt?' If society becomes corrupt like a dark night or stinking fish, there's no sense in blaming society. That's what happens when fallen human society is left to itself and human evil is unrestrained and unchecked.

The question to ask is 'Where is the church?'"

Our culture is not yet in a free fall, just a steady decline that seems to be picking up momentum. And if pop culture is the pulse of the nation, then we need to be placed in intensive care.

Are we living up to our identity as salt and light? Or do we only acknowledge this on Sunday? I leave you with an old Franciscan blessing: "May God bless you with discomfort at easy answers, half truths, and superficial relationships so that you may live deep within your heart. May God bless you with anger at injustice, oppression, and exploitation of people, so that you may wish for justice, freedom, and peace. May God bless you with enough foolishness to believe that you can make a difference in this world, so that you can do what others claim cannot be done."

You are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Don't lose the one, and don't hide the other. Add value everywhere you go. We are a small part of a grand resistance against all that is wrong with our world. We are people who belong to Jesus Christ. Don't ever underestimate the power of a committed minority.

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

The St. Francis Foundation is an excellent way to mark life's milestone events or to honor and memorialize loved ones into perpetuity.  Please consider a gift (which will be tax deductible) to the Foundation to celebrate a birthday, remember an anniversary, or to memorialize a loved one.  The proceeds from any such gift will be used to support and benefit our own St. Francis Episcopal Church in Temple Texas. Check needs to be marked in memo for the St. Francis Foundation.  

Regional Discernment committees are replacing local discernment committees to provide the Seeker with a broader community input into his/her discernment. We are now in the process of recruiting members from local churches to be trained to serve on Regional Discernment committees.  There is an urgent need for nine members from congregations other than St. Christopher's, Killeen and St. Paul's, Waco.  We all have spiritual gifts and if yours is helping others discern a call or vocation then contact Deacon Tamara if you would like to explore this ministry.

The school is looking for recycled (cleaned) glass jars the size of baby food or small jelly jars for use in the classrooms. If you have any, please simply leave them on the bench outside our office. We appreciate the help!  

Wendy Thibeault, Director  

Volunteers are needed to pick up the food from Sam's Club for Feed My Sheep (FMS) Sundays.  The next FMS Sunday is August 14th.  The food will need to be picked up by Saturday, August 13th and delivered to the church.  If you can help, there is a signup sheet on the narthex table or please see Deacon Tamara.

New E-mail for John & Ann Booze:
September 2-4, 2016
Join us a Camp Allen for a fun-filled family weekend that's made in the shade! Our packages include a two-night hotel accommodations, six buffet meals, and activities for all ages. This 1950s-themed retreat is topped off with a burger bash, drive-in movie, and sock hop!

Rock Climbing Swimming Giant Swing Canoeing 
Zip Line
Skeet Shooting
Horseback Riding Discovery Dome
Worship Service Archery  Fishing Lessons Adventure Summit
Bird & Reptile Classes Paddleboards  Crafts Guided Hikes
Giant Water Slide Hayrides Mountain Biking

What's Going on at
St. Francis this Week?
Sunday, July 31     
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II 
  • 9:45 am Sunday Breakfast Club
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
    • Blessing of the Backpacks!
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am 
Monday, August 1   
  • Volunteers are Needed!  On Monday 1st, we will deliver the BackPacks to Edwards Academy (behind the Temple High School stadium.  If you can help it would be much appreciated. Please meet at the church at 9:00 a.m.
  • CTLC Backpack Buddies Assembly, 9am - 11am

Tuesday, August 2, 9, 16, 23 and 30   
  • Tuesday Solace will not meet.  Will be on vacation. (See description below). 
Wednesday, August 3
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
    **Currently on summer break!** 
Thursday, August 4
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.

Upcoming Events
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13, 8am - 10:30am

We are going to have a brief work "morning" Saturday, August 13th to spruce up the grounds for our UMHB Kickoff to Fall / Back to school on August 28th. We'll start around 8 am and close it down no later than 10:30.  Cindy Allen & John Dieter    

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 August 2016 is P-Nut Butter & Jelly (in plastic jars). 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
& Karen Fredenburg

Ushers: Mike & Judy Ludlow
Acolytes: Noah Schaefer
& Steffana Wojtaszek

Vestry Greeter: Lyn Miller
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: Richard Stillman
10:30 Service: 
John Dieter & Lawson Grant
Organist: Debra Johnson 

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

August 1 Birthday:
Robert Cortinez   
August 1 Birthday:
Richard Stillman

August 2 Birthday:
Dr. Kerry Brady

August 4 Birthday:
Leah Gendron
August 6 Birthday:
   Cindy Allen

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