The Weekly Word
  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.

Project Angel Tree
There are still tags available on the Project Angel Tree for those who wish to participate as "Shopping Angels".

REMINDER: Gifts should arrive in the Parish Hall by 11 December. If you are bringing wrapped gifts, please remember to place the Angel Sticker on your gift. This sticker depicts the child who is receiving the gift as well as a personal message from their parent.

If you are bringing unwrapped gifts, please remember to place the sticker with the gifts, so that our "Wrapping Angels" can place the sticker on the gift.

"Wrapping Angels" will wrap gifts between services, and after the 10:30 service, Sunday December 11.

"Delivery Angels" will deliver the gifts to the children, Saturday, 17 December.

If you would like to help out as a "Shopping Angel" "Wrapping Angel" or "Delivery Angel", please see Roiann Ludlow, between services and after the 10:30 service, on Sunday, 27 November. Thank you. God Bless. Have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving!
St. Francis Gift Shop Opportunities 
Volunteers are needed to help extend the St. Francis Gift Shop hours during the month of December.  This is the only month each year that we strive to be open each business day.  In order to facilitate this, we are asking for your help in staffing our shop.

We will maintain our regular hours on Thursday and Friday from 10:30 am to 5:30 pm and on Saturdays from 10:30 am until 2 pm with our regular volunteers.

Our extended hours for the Christmas season in December, will be Monday through Wednesday from 10:30 am until 4:00 pm.  An experienced angel volunteer or board member will be working beside you and no prior experience is necessary.  You can volunteer to assist with a shift for as little as 2 hrs. or the entire day.  

You may discover the immense satisfaction of working with our Gift Shop Angels and may want to volunteer on a regular basis in the future.  Volunteers are eligible to receive a 15% discount on your Christmas shopping needs.  St. Francis Gift Shop supports the mission of our church and is completely managed by volunteers.

A sign-up sheet will be available Sunday, in the Narthex, or contact Judy Ludlow, jlludlow@att.net, or any Board member. Thank you for your consideration of helping us to extend our shopping hours during December.
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The Gift Shop Board


Signup for an Online Advent Calendar
The Brothers at the Society of Saint John the Evangelist are inviting us to help create an online Global Advent Calendar.  To sign up for the Global Advent Calendar and watch it come alive with images from all over the world as we await the coming of Christmas, go to AdventWord.org and signup for the daily AdventWord meditation and respond with an image of your own on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. Watch the Advent Calendar grow each day.
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What's Going on at
St. Francis this Week?
 
SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27
First Sunday in Advent
  • 8:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II 
     
  • 10:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
     
  • 10:30am  Children's Chapel
     
  • 11:30am Hospitality   
     
  • Childcare is available from 9:30 until 11:30am  

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 29
  • Tuesday Solace (See description below)
     
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 30
Upcoming Events

FEED MY SHEEP HOT MEAL
Wednesday, 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

SHOEBOX MINISTRY UPDATE
The Daughters of the King have taken over the Shoebox Ministry, benefiting the Temple women's shelter.  We will be collecting items to go into shoeboxes.  What will be needed are basic toiletries, such as shampoos, soaps, razors, deodorant, facecloths, toothbrushes and paste, combs and brushes.  We also require empty shoe boxes.  These items can be left in the parlor on Sundays and will be collected and packed on Dec. 4th .  If you have any questions regarding this, please call Martha Hoyt  Thank you.

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, December 11.  To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
 
Churches Touching Lives for Christ (CTLC) :  The collection item for December 2016 is a Toy for children 18 months - 12 years old. The CTLC Christmas Room will open on December 6th through the 24th for parents of children needing presents. They need help keeping it stocked. Alternatively, a Blanket, new or gently used, may be donated.Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.
Ministers in the Lord's Service

Altar GuildJudy Ludlow & Ruth Henry

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

Vestry Greeter: Lawson Grant
Lay Readers
8:30: Cindy Allen
10:30 John Dieter & Nick Graham

Organist: Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel: Karen Fredenburg
Hospitality: Tammy Schaefer
 

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

November 27 Birthday
Mary-Ellin Simmons

November 28 Birthday
Nicole Vernon

December 2 Birthday
Ruth Henry



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