The Weekly Word
Thank You for Your Pledge
Along with your fellow parishioners, I am so very grateful for your financial support of the work of St. Francis in the past and for the coming year.  Not only does pledging help the Vestry in its work of creating an annual budget, it is a tangible measure, between ourselves and God, of our gratitude to God for all that God has bestowed upon us.

If you have not already done so, please respond by either:
  1. Mailing your Pledge Card to Frances in the church office
  2. Emailing your Pledge to Frances at
  3. Phoning in your Pledge to Frances in the church office (254) 773-4255
  4. Dropping your Pledge Card in the collection plate on Sunday (additional cards & envelopes are available on the table in the narthex)

It is only with your financial support, and mine, that St. Francis is able to continue to make the love of God known in our worship, our hospitality, and our outreach to those beyond our campus - as has been done for the past 50 years, and as we seek to continue in ministry together.

Fr. Brad
Vestry Election Process Based on Prayerful Discernment
The process by which vestry members are elected at St. Francis is a process of Prayerful Discernment by those who feel they may be called to this ministry of church leadership.

The process takes place as follows:
  Discernment Session - Sunday November 20 at Noon
o    Any who feel they might be called to the ministry of vestry member, including former vestry members, are strongly urged to attend this session led by the Rector (Fr. Brad) and Acting Senior Warden (Chris Sedonic) in which the responsibilities and expectations of vestry members are presented.
o    At the end of the session, each attendee will be given a nomination form on which she/he may indicate if she/he would like to nominate herself/himself to run in the vestry election. This form may be returned within 2 weeks to the church office Attn: Senior Warden, giving each attendee time for meaningful discernment, after having attended the Discernment Session.
o    Because attendance at this session is required for one to be included in the regular
nominations, any who wish to attend but are unable to do so should contact the Rector or Acting Senior Warden prior to the December 6
th session to make other arrangements. In other words, everyone will be given an opportunity to participate in this process.
o    While anyone may encourage another to run in the vestry election, nominations will only be accepted from the individual seeking election.
o    The purpose is to ensure that only those who are willing to commit themselves to this ministry are nominated.
Floor Nominations
o    Self-Nominations will be allowed from the floor during the Annual Parish Meeting.
Project Angel Tree
Greetings All,

I have wonderful news, this Christmas Season, St. Francis Episcopal will be participating in Project Angel Tree. This is a national program through the Prison Fellowship and facilitated in Bell County through the J.A.I.L. (Jesus Acts in Inmates Lives) Ministry. Project Angel Tree distributes Christmas gifts to children in Bell County who live with someone due to the fact their parent(s) are incarcerated.

How does this work? It's simple. St. Francis will sponsor 25 children in the Bell County area, and we, (the "Angels"), will purchase and deliver 3 wrapped gifts to each of the children. Project Angel Tree will supply us the names and information for each child. Three wrapped gifts will include a clothing item, a toy, and a gift that depicts the true meaning of Christmas.

How can you get involved? We will need "Angels" to sponsor the child, that would mean purchase and wrap the gifts, or someone to shop for a sponsored child. We will need gift wrappers, and "Angels" to deliver the gifts to the children during the Christmas week. The delivery "Angels" will need to work in teams of 2 or more, to help distributing the gifts.
This is a wonderful ministry, and in the true spirit Christmas, giving a gift to a child, who may not have a gift due to the current situation of their parent.

More information will be available soon, but please consider sponsoring a child, and participate in being an "Angel".

If you have any questions or wish to be an "Angel", please contact the Project Angel Tree Coordinator, Chris Sedonic, call (254) 624-1759, or email

  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
2017 Nominations for diocesan elections are now open.  There are several lay positions open.  These include Executive Board, Standing Committee and Deputy to General Convention. The deadline for nominations is November 10, 2016. A full list and job descriptions for open positions can be found here. For all other Council information, please visit

What's Going on at
St. Francis this Week?
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II 
  • 9:30am Assemble 200 sack meals for Feed My Sheep!
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am  Children's Chapel
  • 11:30am Hospitality   
  • 11:45am  Altar Guild Meeting  
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am  

  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am.

Upcoming Events

November 24
Thanksgiving is just around the corner and Feed My Sheep has set up their sign-up sheets to volunteer and to bring food for the meal. Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our SignUp on
To volunteer:
To bring food:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on  Note: does not share your email address with anyone.

December 2-4
Glory in the Stable, an Advent retreat at Camp Allen, features Andrew Lazo and Christin Ditchfield. It will take place December 2-4 and conclude following breakfast on Sunday. Take advantage of this time for reflection and prayer to begin your Advent journey. Churches that send five participants may bring a sixth participant for free.  If you are interested, please let Deacon Tamara know. Find out more on the Camp Allen website at .

December 21
Back by popular demand!  I was approached by several folks telling me how much they enjoyed doing the hot meal for Feed My Sheep last December and could we do it again?  Well of course we can!  There were a limited number of dates available, none on Saturday and December 21st was date that seemed the best.  It is understood that many have pesky day jobs and will not be available on Wednesday to help serve, but dishes can be made ahead of time and heated on the actual day.  Details will be forthcoming right after Thanksgiving.  Grace and Peace, Deacon Tamara

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 schedule sack meal preparation is Sunday, November 13th.  To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) :  The collection item for November 2016 is Chilli. Even though the weather is still warm, it will turn colder and a bowl of chili can hit the spot!  It is also time for our annual Winter Coat Closet Cleanout!  If you have gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, or sweatshirts that you no longer wear, then please donate them to CTLC.Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.
Ministers in the Lord's Service

Altar GuildTammy Schaefer & Kyla Sherrard

Ushers: Philip Okeson & Chip Schaefer
Acolytes: Cole & Garrett Mooney

Vestry Greeter: Chris Sedonic
Lay Readers
8:30: Richard Stillman
10:30 Kay & Morgan Callin

Organist: Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel: Peggy Hughes & Shelley Smith
Hospitality: Jeanie Grant

This Week's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances and let her know!

November 14 Birthday
Judy Ludlow

November 18 Birthday
Lyn Miller

November 21 Birthday
Yoshie Wajima

November 21 Anniversary
Fr. Brad & Lisa St. Romain

November 25 Birthday
Larry Bednarczyk

November 25 Birthday
Marjorie Lewis

November 27 Birthday
Mary-Ellin Simmons

November 28 Birthday
Nicole Vernon

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