The Weekly Word
  As you probably know, I will be going away on sabbatical leave on June 1st. I will return to St. Francis on Sunday August 28th.  A large portion of my time away will be spent renewing relationships with family members in Louisiana.  This is also a time of rest and renewal for my body, mind, and spirit. Fr. John Wells and Deacon Tamara will provide for worship services and pastoral care, and Senior Warden Lyn Miller, along with the vestry, will continue to care for the temporal matters of the parish.

My time away from St. Francis is also an important time for each person in our congregation. It is an opportunity to discern a future vision for our parish - through reflection, prayer, and or new or deeper involvement in ministry.

The thought of discovering new directions for our work in building the Kingdom of God is exciting to me, and I hope that it is exciting to each of you, as well.    
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
Please update your address book.

  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

Congratulations to Jerry and Cindy Allen on the arrival of their granddaughter, Penelope Rose Henry, born April 21, 2016,  weighing 5lbs 15oz, 18. Proud parents Chris and Lacy Henry.

Houston Area Floods
Donations are being accepted for the recent flood victims through the Diocese of Texas. Please make checks payable to The Episcopal Diocese of Texas, marked "Houston area flood relief," and mail to: 1225 Texas St., Houston, TX 77002

Let There Be Light!
The lightbulbs in the nave's ceiling need to be changed.

This involves:
   *     Moving the chairs & the altar.
   *     Changing the bulbs (using a lift).
   *     Moving everything back.

#1 will begin @ 1:00 pm Friday, May 6th & will require at least 8 people.
#2 will begin @ 7:00 am Saturday, May 7th & will require 4 people.
#3 will begin no later than 5:00pm Saturday & will also require at least 8 people.

Please consider helping. Let Fr. Brad or John Dieter know if you can help.
John's email is:   
His phone number is: 254-423-0356 (leave a message)          
Sunday, May 8    
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 9:30am Feed My Sheep Sandwich and Sack Meal Preparation
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am Children's Chapel (Sunday School for ages K-5th Grade) 
  • 11:30am  Delivery of Sack Meals to Feed My Sheep
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am
Monday, May 9 
  • Creative Writing Workshop: 2:00pm
  • Gift Shop Board Meeting: 5:15pm
Tuesday, May 10     
  • Tuesday Solace: 1:00-4:00pm in the Parish Hall. (See description below).
Wednesday, May 11     
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:00am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below)
Thursday, May 12
  • Garden Work Day:
    Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.
  • Men's Breakfast at 7:30 at Cracker Barrel.  Please join us.

  • Women of St. Francis will meet at 11:30 in the Great Hall.  We will be organizing the kitchen cabinets and drawers.  Please bring a sack lunch.  Drinks will be furnished.


We are looking forward to a great night of fellowship with Church and School members when the Round Rock Express takes on the Oklahoma City Dodgers on June 4th at 6:05 p.m. at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.We will meet at St. Francis Episcopal for anyone wanting to carpool at 2:00 p.m., and then proceed to the ballpark where we will tailgate prior to the game. We plan on having hotdogs, chips, cookies and drinks.

For more information please contact
Chris Sedonic at or (254) 624-1759; or
Tammy Schaefer at or (254) 721-6907.

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 .

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

: Kay Callin

Altar Guild:
Tammy Schaefer & Karen Fredenburg    

Ushers: Jana Deakins & Bob Henry
Acolytes: Morgan Callin & Hannah Wilson 

Vestry Greeter: Hanes Brindley
Lay Readers
8:30 Service: 
10:30 Service: Kay Callin & Pete Fredenburg

Organist: Debra Johnson

May Birthdays & Anniversaries 

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 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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