The Weekly Word
Thought for the Week
I'm one of those people who worry much more than I ought to.  The source of the anxiety really isn't important - I can worry about things over which I have complete control - and I can worry about things which I have no influence over.  Of course, I do not want to have this troublesome trait, but I guess It was handed down to me through parents and grandparents.  The most interesting thing about this characteristic of mine is that lately I've noticed that a common source of anxiety is making sure that everyone around me is happy - which we all know, is nearly impossible - yet I often still  find myself wrapped up in the happiness of others.

Now, the larger problem with such behavior, by myself or by anyone else, is that working to ensure the happiness of others is often done at the expense of my own well-being.  And the same may be true for you.  And I believe that's because if we focus too much on others, we cannot focus on ourselves.  The very glad news for you and for me is that by focusing on God, we are free to allow others to be happy (or not happy) on their own through the love of God.  By focusing on God, we are able to allow God to turn God's focus upon us, filling us with God's peace and God's joy.  By focusing on God, you and I are released from the terrible burden of trying to do that which is almost impossible and serves as a detriment to our own ability to find joy.

Grant us, O Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, on God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessings+
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.

Wildscape Head's Up!

You may notice over the next couple of months, changes in the trees around the close and sanctuary.  We will be removing the Bradford Pear trees, which are at the end of their life spans, losing large branches, and causing buckling in our sidewalks.  In place of them we'll be planting some Texas natives that will give us some fall color and some spring blooms.

Parish Partnership

We have been asked by the diocese to partner with St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Orange, TX in their Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Orange received over 60" of rain in under two days. Homes had 3' - 5' of standing water and up to 85% of them do not have flood insurance.Not only were homes destroyed, but cars too. I have spoken to Fr. Keith Giblin, Vicar, at St. Paul's. He is relieved and grateful for any assistance we can provide. It is my hope that we form long term relationships and friendships with the people of St. Paul's. Watch this space for further news on how we can help.

Grace and Peace, Deacon Tamara

What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
 
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 24
  • 8:30am: Holy Communion Rite II
  • 9:30am: St. Francis Rookies Group
  • 9:30am-11:30am: Childcare is available  
  • 10:30am: Holy Communion Rite II 
  • 12:00pm:  Vestry Meeting

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 26
  • Tuesday Solace
  
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27
 
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 28
  • Garden Work Day: Join us for garden workday every Thursday at 8:00am
Upcoming Events
Project Angel Tree Meeting - Sunday, October 1st

Project Angel Tree 2017 has changed! St. Francis will be participating and has applied to sponsor children in the Temple/Belton/Little River Academy area. Angels are needed for coordination with caregivers, purchasing gifts, wrapping gifts, and sponsoring a Christmas party. If you would like to learn more on how you can help, please join us for a meeting in the Parlor following the 10:30 service on Sunday, October 1st.

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, October 8. 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
Karen Fredenburg & Kyla Sherrard
Ushers:
Glen & Heidi Couchman
Acolyte(s): 
Garrett Mooney & Noelle Dieter

Vestry Greeter:
Jeff Callin
Lay Readers
8:30am: Don Miller
10:30am: Cole Mooney & Nick Graham
 
Organist: 
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:

Hospitality:
Ann Chastang
 

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

September 24 Anniversary
Lawson & Jeanie Grant

September 26 Birthday
Mark Brown

September 29 Birthday
Cole Mooney



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