The Weekly Word
 
It is that time of year when we expect things to "wind down." The school year ends, the weather is turning warmer, and many folks prepare for summer vacations. Regardless of the time of year, the Holy Spirit remains with us, helping us to lean away from the tendency to wind down when it comes to seeking to obtain God's promises. It's through our love for God that we have any chance of obtaining those promises. In loving God, we are strengthened and directed toward loving others. And as we know, those two things - loving God and loving others - comprise what Jesus refers to as the first and second greatest commandments. To live with these two things at the forefront of our daily lives is to live in the highest obedience to God.
   
Blessings+
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.

General Announcements

Father Brad Has a New Email Address
revbrad@stfrancistempletx.org
Please update your address book.

Thank You
Dear St. Francis Congregation,
St. Francis Episcopal School staff and I would like to send you all a heartfelt THANK YOU for everything you have done and continue to do for our wonderful school.  We truly appreciate the hard work you put into Episcopal School Sunday each and every year.  It means the world to the staff and myself that you take the time to recognize and thank us for all we do to carry on the wonderful legacy of our school since its origins in 1971.  St. Francis Episcopal School is a treasure to our community, a mission that we strive to uphold each and every day and a sanctuary in the world of education where we still hold strong to the importance of a traditional, loving foundation in the early years of learning.  Thank you for supporting us, coming to our aid when needed and trusting us to maintain the outstanding reputation St. Francis has and will continue to have in the future.  We cannot begin to express enough how your words of encouragement and love fill our hearts with joy!
Many blessings, Wendy Thibeault
Director of St. Francis Episcopal School

Thank You
Thanks to all who helped with Episcopal School Sunday and the Parish Picnic!  From planning the event, to setting up out on the school deck, to grilling the hot dogs and hamburgers, to manning the bake sale table and to cleaning up, you all worked like an army to make this a special day and celebration.  I am grateful to each one of you.  It is through you all that I see the work of Christian Fellowship and Love. 
Peace,
Deacon Tamara

Lay Eucharistic Visitor Training Offered - Sunday, May 1st, 11:40am
Lay Eucharistic Visitor (LEV) Training will be offered on Sunday, May 1 st , in the nave after the the 10:30am service. It will last approximately 30 minutes. A LEV is a lay person authorized to offer home communion to members of our congregation who are unable to attend Sunday worship services.  All are welcome to discover or rediscover this vital Lay Ministry of our Church.  Please let Deacon Tamara know if you will be attending the training.   

Focus on Hope Outreach Services
Can't quite make the 9am Backpack Ministry on Wednesdays?  Then this ministry may be the one for you!  Focus on Hope Outreach Services is in need of volunteers to help distribute free meals to after school care programs at five local elementary schools from 3:15pm - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday.  You do not provide the food.  You only help pass it out!  Please see Deacon Tamara if you are interested.  Or call 254-458-4882 or visit   www.fhos.org
   
Gift Shop
Our first of the month sale will be this Sunday, May 1. Items may be bought for 20% off the regular price. The monthly board meeting will be at 5:15 on Monday, May 9th.

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WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST. FRANCIS THIS WEEK?
 
Sunday, May 1   
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am Children's Chapel (Sunday School for ages K-5th Grade)   
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am
Tuesday, May 3    
  • Tuesday Solace: 1:00-4:00pm in the Parish Hall. (See description below).
Wednesday, May 4    
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
Thursday, May 5 
  • Garden Work Day:
    Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
  • Ascension Day Worship in the Garden Chapel
    We will celebrate the Feast of the Ascension with Holy Eucharist at 12:30pm in the Garden Chapel. Those who so desire may move to the Great Hall immediately following the service for a Brown Bag lunch and fellowship. (Or we may enjoy an outdoor picnic if the weather allows)
    - Fr. Brad+
 
UPCOMING EVENTS 

Monday, May 9
  • The monthly Gift Shop board meeting will meet at 5:15
  • Creative Writing Workshop: 2:00pm in the Parlor  

Thursday, May 12
  • Men's Breakfast at 7:30 at Cracker Barrel. Please join us
  •  Women of St. Francis will meet on Thursday, May 12 at 11:30am in the Great Hall.  We will be organizing the kitchen cabinets and drawers.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Drinks will be furnished.

ONGOING MINISTRIES
Shoe Box Ministry: T he Shoe Box Ministry benefits the women and children who are housed in the Women's Shelter, having left abusive situations. This ministry provides them with basic hygiene items, such as washcloths and toiletries. Donations of these items may be brought to the narthex on Sundays or to the Church Office on weekdays.

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 .

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, May 8 . To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.  
 
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) : The collection item for May 2016 is powdered  milk . Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays. 
Ministers in the Lord's Service

Hospitality
: Jan Wilson

Altar Guild:
Gail Avots & Chris Sedonic   

Ushers: Philip Okeson & Chip Schaefer
Acolytes: Noah Schaefer & Collin Wilson 

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

Organist: Debra Johnson
 

May Birthdays & Anniversaries 

May 1 Birthdays:  
Andre Avots, Jana Deakins, Frank Johnson  
May 1 Anniversary:  
Jamey & Jan Wilson

May 2 Birthday 
Jilene Gendron

May 5 Birthdays:  
Robbie Brown,
Jonnie Gendron
May 7 Birthday: 
Rowan Pryor
May 8 Birthdays: 
Chuck Taylor, Collin Wilson
 
May 10 Birthday: 
Sharon Hughes
 
May 11 Birthday: 
Gabby Bates
 
May 14 Birthday: 
Rose Bednarczyk,
Steffanna Wojtaszek
May 18 Birthdays:  
Hanes Brindley,
Jeff Callin
May 19 Birthday: 
Helen Ratliff    
May 20 Birthday: 
Al Dusek
May 26 Birthdays: 
Chris Sedonic,
Bob Henry
    
May 26 Anniversary: 
Frank & Jan Pugliese

May 27 Anniversary: 
Lee & Bobbie Phelps

May 30 Birthday: 
Mike Ludlow   
May 30 Anniversary: 
Andre & Gail Avots




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