The Weekly Word
Thought for the Week
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We continue forward in our walk with Christ as the year progresses.  The Bible Study groups are engaging with God as they deepen their relationship with our Creator.  The Bereavement Support Group concluded in April, and half of the participants were not members of St. Francis, highlighting our impact as a resource to the local community.  We were treated to the music of southern gospel group Amazed on May 7, providing an opportunity to experience Sunday worship in a new way. Of course, our Visioning Event has helped to point us toward the church we aim to be over time.

Now is a perfect time for each of us to ponder the question: "Who is God calling me to be?"  In other words, what is it I can do to further the Mission of God's Church as it relates to St. Francis Episcopal Church?  A church is only as effective as the work of its people.  God needs you and me to do the work to which God calls each one of us.  Our first step is to listen with our hearts for God's call, and then, to consider how the gifts that God has given to us may be used to God's Glory.  Lastly, we must act and commit ourselves to whatever it is we feel that God is leading us.  In these steps, we will ensure the continual progress of God's Church on Hickory Road.

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.

What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
 
SUNDAY, MAY 7
  • 8:30am: Holy Communion Rite II
  • 9:30am: Feed My Sheep Sack Meal Preparation. Delivery can be made before or after the 10:30am service.
  • 9:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available  
  • 10:00am:  Holy Communion Rite II
  • 11:30am: Hospitality  
     
TUESDAY, MAY 9
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  
WEDNESDAY, MAY 10
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:30am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) The starting time has been changed to 9:30am to cut down the congestion from competing "stuffers." 
  • Read the Bible  (6 pages a day): 3:15pm in the Parish Hall. Registration is closed.  
  • Read the Bible  (12 pages a day): 6:30pm in the Parish Hall. Registration is closed.

THURSDAY, MAY 11
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
Upcoming Events

ST. FRANCIS SCHOOL END OF THE YEAR PROGRAM 
Thursday, May 18
6:00pm
St. Francis School end of the year program, Thursday, May 18th at 6pm in the church. Reception following in the great hall.
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GRADUATION  
Sunday, May 21
Following the 10:30 Service
Please join us  for a reception Sunday, May 21st, following the 10:30 service for cake, punch and refreshments to honor Morgan Callin who is graduating from high school.

SAFEGUARDING GOD'S PEOPLE CERTIFICATION CLASS
Wednesday, May 24
8:30am
A certification class in Safeguarding God's People will be offered by Deacon Tamara on Wednesday, May 24, starting promptly at 8:30am. This course is a Diocesan requirement for Tuesday Solace volunteers, Gift Shop Angels and vestry members. If you were certified previously, but it was more than 4 years ago, then you will need to take the class again. Before taking the class you must complete an interview, online application and background check. Please see Deacon Tamara for these items and to sign up for the class.
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 9:30am 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 .The starting time has been changed to 9:30am to cut down the congestion from competing "stuffers." 

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 to Feed My Sheep. Our next scheduled sack meal preparation is Sunday, May 14 . To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
 
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for May 2017 is Powdered Drink Mix (Kool-Aid, Crystal Light etc.). Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

ST. FRANCIS GIFT SHOP: As most of you know, the gift shop must have two workers at all times.  We are in desperate need of volunteers.  This is a great time to ask your best friend to sit with you and a great time to socialize and catch up. Please consider, just 3 1/2 hours a month and we will put you on the schedule.

Ministers in the Lord's Service
 
Altar Guild
Ann Booze & Chris Sedonic

Ushers:
Philip Okeson & Bob Henry
Acolyte(s):
Steffanna Wojtaszek

Vestry Greeter:
Bill Frick

Lay Readers
8:30am: Peggiann Jones
10:30am: Cole Mooney & John Dieter
 
Organist: 
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Karen Fredenburg

Hospitality:
Jessica Dieter
 

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

May 14  Birthday
Rose Bednarczyk

May 14  Birthday
Steffanna Wojtaszek

May 18  Birthday
Hanes Brindley

May 18  Birthday
Jeff Callin

May 19  Birthday
Helen Ratliff

May 20  Birthday
Alvin Dusek

May 26  Birthday
Chris Sedonic

May 26  Birthday
Bob Henry

May 26  Anniversary
Frank & Jan Pugliese

May 30  Birthday
Mike Ludlow

May 30  Anniversary
A ndre & Gail Avots





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