The Weekly Word

One of the places in the world where Christianity is growing fastest is South Korea. An American went there to find out why they were so successful. Predictably, he asked a Korean pastor about church programs. "You Americans are all alike," was the response. "You want to know about our programs, but you never ask about our prayers." Is that because our lips are guided by our brains and not by our hearts?
Peter Marshall once began a Senate session with the prayer: "O Lord, forgive us for thinking that prayer is a waste of time, and help us to see that without prayer our work is a waste of time."   It's only when we recognize our total dependence on God that we can truly pray. Abraham Lincoln, burdened with the enormous weight of a Civil War, said, "I have been driven to my knees by the overwhelming conviction that I had nowhere else to go. My own wisdom, and that of all about me, seemed insufficient for the day."
Dare we hope that same statement could be said of us? That we are:
  • people who constantly approach the Father through Jesus Christ?  
  • people of humility, faith, and openness?
  • people who know we must first listen to God before speaking to him?
  • people filled with the desire to learn God's will and to share it with others?
  • people who not only pray, but are devoted to prayer - people who pray from the heart?
The 17th Century Puritan preacher Thomas Brooks said that "God hears no more than the heart speaks, and if the heart be dumb, God will certainly be deaf." Let's pray from the heart.

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 is extended to the Lee Phelps' family on the loss of Bobbie.

Feed My Sheep - June 12
It is the 2nd Sunday of the month and Feed My Sheep Sunday!  At 9:30am, please join the fun as we put together sack meals for those in need.  You will also get closer to getting those 10,000 steps a day - a goal I have not quite been able to reach yet!  As a bonus, breakfast will be provided at the Sunday Breakfast Club!  After the 10:30am service, folks are needed to take meal sacks down to Feed My Sheep.  Thank you!  Deacon Tamara

The Cup of Life Day of Reflection - June 22
Cedarbrake Catholic Retreat Center, in Belton, is offering a Day of Reflection on Wednesday, June 22 nd , 9:00am-2:30pm.  "Anyone thirsting for a more intimate life of prayer will find a wellspring of enrichment in The Cup of Life authored by Sister Joyce Rupp. The ordinary cup that we use each day can serve as a vessel that connects us with daily life. The cup is filled with symbolism: the broken cup, the chipped cup, the empty cup and the blessing cup. All serve as reminders that God uses the ordinary things to connect us to the extraordinary. Join us as we explore our own cup of life. Cost is $35 and includes lunch."  To find out more or to register, visit or call (254) 780-2436.

Children's Chapel
The Children's Chapel is on summer break and will return on the 2nd Sunday in September.  We need the assistance of two adults present in Chapel each Sunday.  If you would like to explore this ministry, please let Heidi Couchman or Deacon Tamara know.  Safeguarding God's Children course is required.

Sunday Breakfast Club
We will be continuing our recent tradition of Sunday Morning Breakfast Club during the summer months of June, July and August.  Please sign up for one Sunday this summer.  It is suggested that breakfast be ready by 9:45 and that any pick up leftovers (e.g., muffins, fruit, juice, biscuits, etc.)  be left out for those visiting after the 10:30 service.  You may turn in receipts if you wish to be reimbursed.  Thank you!  Contact Karen Fredenburg if you have any questions. (254-721-7295).

Dr. Glen & Heidi Couchman are in charge of breakfast this Sunday, June 12th.

Christmas in July for children in foster care
Every year, the Bell County Child Welfare Board purchases Christmas gifts for children in foster care. With over 500 kids in care, you can imagine what a huge undertaking this is. This year they have decided to start early with a special "CHRISTMAS IN JULY" event!  The Bell County Welfare Board is in need of partners to make this fundraising event a success. 

From July 1-31st, they are asking that a Christmas tree be placed inside a church or business. This tree can be one we already use for Christmas decorating, or one can be brought to our location and set up in the narthex, parish hall or gift shop.  A person, or team of people, will then be assigned to come deck out our tree in red, white and blue. They will attach ornament donation cards in the amounts of $25, $50, $75 and $100. We can choose an ornament with a specific donation amount, and mail a tax deductible donation directly to the Bell County Child Welfare Board.

If you think St. Francis should partner in this community outreach, please let Deacon Tamara know during the Sunday Breakfast Club!

Weekly Word 
If you have items for the Weekly Word, please send them to Frances or to Deacon Tamara by Wednesday of each week.
Bring the family out to Minute Maid Park in Houston for the annual Episcopal Night with the Astros on  as they host the Chicago White Sox. Come early to enjoy hot dogs and fun at a pregame cookout at Christ Church Cathedral. For ticket information contact Brent Broussard at  or (713) 259-8316 .
Sunday, June 5     
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II 
  • 9:30 am Feed My Sheep sack meal preparation!
  • 9:45 am Sunday Breakfast Club, provided by the Couchmans!  
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am Children's Chapel (Sunday School for ages K-5th Grade) Currently on Summer Break! The Chapel returns on the 2nd Sunday in September
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am
Tuesday, May 14    
  • Tuesday Solace: 1:00-4:00pm in the Parish Hall. (See description below). 
Wednesday, June 15
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
    **Currently on summer break!** 
Thursday, June 16
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am. 
Shoe Box Ministry: T he Shoe Box Ministry has been suspended until further notice.  Please do not donate any further items. 

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, June 12 . To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.  
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) : The collection item for June 2016 is Meals in a Can (Chili, Spaghetti, Ravioli, Stew, etc) . 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 & Sharon Hughes  

Ushers: Philip Okeson & Chip Schaefer
Acolytes: Steffanna Wojtaszek & Noah Schaefer

Vestry Greeter: Terry Whitley
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: Bill & Linda Frick
10:30 Service: Kay Callin & Lawson Grant

Organist: Debra Johnson

June Birthdays & Anniversaries 

June 10 Birthday: 
Dr. Glen Couchman
June 11 Birthday: 
Wanda White

June 12 Birthday: 
Garrett Mooney 

June 18 Birthday: 
Sally Hibbeler 

June 25 Birthday: 
Truman New

June 25 Birthday: 
Nick Graham   




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