The Weekly Word
Thought for the Week

In our Collect for this Sunday, we pray to faithfully to confess God's Name. How do we make known the Name of our God? By following Jesus. As we walk on the path that Jesus forges for us, we become image bearers of God. In a world of selfies, it is our faces and our actions that reflect the love and mercy of our Creator. It is no doubt challenging to stay on this path and we will often stray. But Jesus always welcomes our return with love and mercy.

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Grace and Peace, Deacon Tamara

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.

Trunk or Treat,
October 27, 6:00-7:30pm

Our school is having their annual Trunk or Treat fun event. Donations of wrapped candy will be gratefully accepted. They can be left in the parish or school office. This event will be held in the church parking lot from 6:00-7:30 pm on October 27th. Please join the kids and their parents, and enjoy the festivities!

Thank you,
Cheryl Jones
Project Angel Tree 2017
Project Angel Tree meeting Sunday, Oct 29 th at Noon . We will gather to organize and plan this year's event. Angels are needed in the following areas:
Coordinate with Caregivers - Phone calls to each of the caregivers to verify the child's information and to give details on our event. Additional phone calls to invite to the Angel tree Party
Gift Shopping- Sign up Angel Shoppers, Maintaining tags and Angel ornaments on tree. Organizing Angel Shoppers to purchase the 3 gifts per child.
Wrapping- Wrapping, tagging, and organizing all gifts.
Angel Tree Party- Plan, coordinate, set up, and host a Christmas Party for all participants to receive their gifts on Saturday, Dec 16 th .
Please join us to share our love of Christ to the children St. Francis are sponsoring and spread Christmas Joy, Love, and Praise.
Feed My Sheep Update

I wanted to let you know that our Sack Meal making for November 12th has been canceled. Additionally, as you know, I serve on the Board for Feed My Sheep and there have been two changes implemented that I would like to share with you:

  1. In order to help curtail the trash that is left on the streets, recipients will be given a choice, effective 11/6, of eating a hot meal inside and leaving the clamshell in the trash bin before leaving or taking a sack meal to go. This means less sack meals for us to make! We will only need to make 100 sack meals instead of 200!
  2. In an effort to be more environmentally friendly, groups are being asked to phase out using plastic sacks for their sack meals and instead begin to use paper sacks.

Thank you so much for supporting this ministry!

On a personal note, I wanted to let you all know that I will be on pilgrimage to the Holy Land from October 29th through November 12th. I request your prayers during my absence for a safe and spirit-filled journey.

Deacon Tamara
What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
  • 8:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 9:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available  
  • 10:30am:  Holy Eucharist Rite II 

  • Tuesday Solace
  • Weekend Nutritional Backpack Ministry: 9:30am at CTLC - 702 West Avenue G, Temple TX (See description below) 
  • Due to Clergy Conference and Deacon Tamara's trip to Israel, Fall Bible study will be on hiatus until Wednesday, November 15th.
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am
Upcoming Events
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 during the school year 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 .

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, December 10 .   We will be skipping November.
To learn how to get involved, please see Deacon Tamara.   
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for October 2017 Adult and/or Children's Socks. (Did you know this was the #1 item requested by the homeless?)  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.

ST. FRANCIS CHOIR: "Make a joyful noise unto the Lord!" Notice the passage does NOT say we have to have a beautiful voice to praise God! We are looking for new choir members. We practice at 9:30am before we sing at the 10:30am service. So come join us!

Ministers in the Lord's Service
Altar Guild
Sharon Hughes & Ethelene Rodriguez & Kim Carpenter
Tommy Miller & Ruth Henry
Collin & Ian Wilson

Vestry Greeter:
Jeff Calllin
Lay Readers
8:30am: Don Miller
10:30am: Kay Callin & Lawson Grant
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:

Mike & Judy Ludlow

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

October 23 Birthday
Betty Vernon

October 26 Birthday
Bill Frick

October 29 Birthday
Cynthia Brady

October 29 Birthday
Kyla Sherrard

October 29 Birthday
Fr. Brad St. Romain

October 30 Birthday
Frank Pugliese

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