The Weekly Word
Thought for the Week

If we were to describe Jesus in just one word, I believe that word would be love .  Jesus showed a special love toward the outsiders - the poor, the oppressed, the sinners, and, yes, women.  When was the last time, you showed special love to an outsider?  If we say that we love Jesus, then we have no choice but to love the outsiders. Jesus said: "If you love me, you will keep my commandments."  And what's more, it how we obtain God's own love.  Jesus explains, "They who have my commandments and keep them are those who love me; and those who love me will be loved by my Father, and I will love them and reveal myself to them."

As hard as it may seem, to be loved by God and by Jesus, we must show a special love toward outsiders.  And each time we do, we will find joy in our fulfillment of Jesus' commandments and in the knowledge of the Holy reward for which we strive.

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?
  • 8:30am: Holy Communion Rite II
  • 9:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available  
  • 10:00am:  Holy Communion Rite II
  • 11:30am: Hospitality  
  • 1:00pm-4:00pm Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  • 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.

  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
  • End of Year School Program at 6:00 p.m.  All are invited

50th Birthday Party for Bob Henryin Parish Hall 2:00-4:00pm
Upcoming Events
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.

Wednesday, May 24
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, June 11 . 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
Judy Ludlow & Ruth Henry

Bill Frick & Heidi Couchman
Morgan Callin

Vestry Greeter:
Nick Graham

Lay Readers
8:30am: Richard Stillman
10:30am: John Dieter & Kay Callin
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Gail & Andre Avots

Jeanie Grant

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

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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