The Weekly Word
MARCH 12, 2017

I know you've heard a lot about the upcoming Visioning Event.  You may have asked yourself, "Why bother? We've done this type of thing before and nothing ever changes."   Let me say that what is planned is not something that has been done at St. Francis before.  Additionally, it is imperative that the follow-up work be carried out to its total completion.

What an opportunity for us to have before us!  God has called us to this place as stewards to care for God's Church and its mission.  I can't wait to see where God will lead us.

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.

Visioning Event Re-scheduled for Saturday, March 25
The congregation will gather for coffee and preparation at 8:30 am so that our facilitator can start precisely at 9:00 in order to be finished no later than 1:00 pm.

There will be light snacks available throughout the day.  You are invited to bring something to share with others.

This is your chance to make meaningful change to your church, and that can only happen if you are present and participate. I do hope to see you all there as begin a new course(s) in our effort to serve God as the servants God has called us to be.

Fr. Brad

Lenten Programs and Worship
at St. Francis

Wednesday Evenings Following Ash Wednesday
5:30 pm: Worship Service - March 8th Service: Service of Reconciliation: Reconciling Ourselves with God (Forgiveness and God's Absolution for our failings)
6:00 pm: Light Supper
6:30 pm: Read the Bible in 90 Days (see below)
All are invited to attend any or all of the scheduled events for Wednesday evening.

Sunday Morning Christian Formation- March 12
(Will Take Place After the Feed My Sheep Sack Meals are Made)
Please join with Deacon Tamara and Fr. Brad each Sunday at 9:30 am for Living Well Through Lent: Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind.  

What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
Second Sunday in Lent
  • 8:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 9:30am: Feed My Sheep Sack Meal Preparation, ( Living Well Through Lent: Listening with All Your Heart, Soul, Strength, and Mind will take place afterwards)
  • 9:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available
  • 10:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am: Children's Chapel
  • 12:00am: Vestry Retreat

  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) 
  • Lenten Worship Service: 5:30pm   
  • Read the Bible (6 pages a day):  3:15pm in the Parlor. Registration is closed.   
  • Read the Bible (12 pages a day): 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Registration is closed.
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
  • Happy St. Patrick's Day

Don't forget to set your clocks an hour ahead at midnight on Sunday, March 12.

Spring forward!
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, May 14 . We are skipping April due to Holy Week activities. To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for March 2017 is Fruit Cups.  Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

Ministers in the Lord's Service
Altar Guild
Gail Avots & Kyla Sherrard

Pete & Karen Fredenburg
Steffanna Wojtaszek & Noah Schaefer

Vestry Greeter:
Lyn & Tom Miller

Lay Readers
Don Miller  
10:30am: Lawson Grant & Pete Fredenburg
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Lyn & Tom Miller

Len & Ruth Henry

This Month's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances!

March 14  Birthday
Alice New

March 14  Birthday
Alicia Go

March 14  Birthday
Jimmy Murchison

March 15  Birthday
Dudley Baker

March 16  Birthday
Jan Pugliese

March 18  Birthday
David Lewis

March 23  Birthday
Ed Cooke

March 25  Anniversary
Mike & Judy Ludlow

March 27  Birthday
Martha Hoyt

March 28  Birthday
Ron Lockwood

March 28  Birthday
Tommy Strasburger

March 28  Birthday
Don Flores

March 29  Anniversary
Richard & Sheri Macchi

March 30  Birthday
Gel Detrick

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