The Weekly Word
My Word

Last week I wrote a bit about surprises. Good ones, things that caught us off guard, things that caught us up short.  This week, as we get ready to enter into the Trideum (Three days: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday and Easter) I'm again returning to the theme of surprises. Partly because I'm simply convinced that perhaps the biggest stumbling block that many of us have in our faith lives, is the conviction that we know the answers to the questions of life already. We know what kinds of things preachers say. We know about the needs of the church, and about the needs of real people in our lives. We know what kinds of things the church can offer, and where it falls short.

But, suppose for just a second, that we really don't know as much as we think that we do. What if God has an idea that really might seem like it comes out of left field? What if there is a resource, a surprise, a gift, that really does make all the difference? And what if that gift could be so simple, yet so life altering?

No, I'm not saying that I have all of the answers. Nor that I will be able to solve all of our problems. But I do think that at least part of what Easter is all about, is the fact that we should all be surprised by how easy life is supposed to be. And what God has in mind is a whole lot different than what we think it should be like.

This year, listen to what we say during our services. Look at how we act. Stretch out and feel the fabric of our gatherings. Taste that the Lord is indeed sweet. Yes, you might even want to take a sniff. Does it smell like church? Or is there something going on that just might surprise us all?

Fr. David
Prayer During this Time of Transition
As we continue the work of listening to God to discover heavenly desires for our St. Francis community , let us pray:

Gracious Father, we pray for thy holy Catholic Church. Fill it with all truth, in all truth with all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, strengthen it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of Jesus Christ thy Son our Savior. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, p 816)

Sunday Service Times 
  • 7:30am: Sunrise Service at the Outside Chapel (Easter Vigil, leading to renewal of Baptismal Vows, but does not conclude with Eucharist)
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite I
     

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See our  Christian Formation  page for more information on programs for infants, toddlers, children,youth and adults.


Prayer Requests 

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.

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Vestry Wish List
Looking for ways to help?
Tell a vestry member if you are going to take care of one of these, or would like to pitch in towards one...

  1. Four-sided frontal for our altar
    (about $300--talk to Kyla)

       
  2. Major organ revamp and repair 
    (about $10,000--ask Debra or choir member)
     
  3. AED (automatic external defibrillator) 
    (about $1,700--talk to Heidi)
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Confirmation Preparation to Begin

One of the ways in which we step up to our responsibilities, one way that we learn more about our faith, one of the ways in which we deepen our understanding and develop our faith: Confirmation is the sacrament of grown up life in Christ.
It is perhaps one of the least understood, but most important moments of the life of Grace.

Interested? Confirmation can only be administered by a Bishop, we happen to have one coming in the Fall, and now is the time to prepare. A course of preparation will start soon, but if you are interested, please contact either Deacon Tamara or Fr. David .
Collect for Maundy Thursday

Almighty Father, whose dear Son, on the night before he suffered, instituted the Sacrament of his Body and Blood: Mercifully grant that we may receive it thankfully in remembrance of Jesus Christ our Lord, who in these holy mysteries gives us a pledge of eternal life; and who now lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?

FRIDAY, MARCH  30
Office Closed
  • Good Friday Service:
    • 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross
    • 6:30pm: Proper Liturgy for Good Friday 


 
 

SUNDAY, APRIL 1
Easter Sunday
  • 7:30am: Sunrise Service at the Outside Chapel
    (Easter Vigil leading to renewal of Baptismal Vows,
    but does not include Eucharist)
     
  • 8:30am: Easter Brunch
     
  • 9:30am: Easter Eucharist    

 


 

MONDAY, 
APRIL 2
Office Closed

 


 

 

THURSDAY, APRIL 5
  • 9:00am: Garden Work Day, Join us every Thursday!
     
Upcoming Events

April Events
April 8: Feed My Sheep Sunday!
Please make plans to join us in the parish hall to package up 100 meals for Feed My Sheep, a Temple, faith-based ministry for the homeless and needy of our community. They provide free hot meals and sack lunches seven days a week.

May Events 

May 5: Presiding Bishop to Speak in Austin
All are Welcome at Good Shepherd, Austin on Saturday May, 5 at 10:00am to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak about discipleship. The church will have formation opportunities leading up to this event as well as following centered on "Becoming Disciples." Contact Good Shepherd for more information.

May 23 : Discovering Your True Self,Detaching From Your False Self
The retreat will be based on the book by Fr. Richard Rohr entitled, The Immortal Diamond. Deep within us is the true self; however it has been hidden by who or what we thi nk we should b e. We will spend the day identifying the false image we hold on to as we ask the Lord to show us the beauty of our true selves. Bev Collin, assistant director of Cedarbrake will present this day.
Upcoming Diocesan Youth Events
April 13-15 : Happening
Happening provides a method through which one's spirituality may be developed, nourished, lived, and shared in fellowship. Those attending Happening (high school student and adults) listen to thought-provoking and challenging talks given by members of the youth staff and clergy. These talks are designed to help the participants to get to know God. After each talk, the opportunity is given for questions and discussion in small groups. Register HERE.
April 13-15 : Youth Encounter Spirit (Y.E.S.)

A Youth Encounter Spirit (Y.E.S.) weekend brings together members of the 6th-8th grade youth of the Diocese of Texas as a Christian community. The focus is on "who Christ is." Y.E.S. helps foster a clearer appreciation of self, richer relationships with others, and a deeper experience with Jesus. The weekend is designed to provide an atmosphere of openness where participants can ask questions and have the freedom to explore answers without fear of judgment. Music and games are a very important part of the weekend.
  REGISTER HERE.  


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. 

FEED MY SHEEP SACK MEALS (FMS):  On the 2nd Sunday of each month, all are invited to gather in the Parish after the 9:30am service to prepare 100 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, April 8 .
 
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for April 2018 will be Cereal. 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 8:30am before we sing at the 9:30am service. So come join us!

Ministers in the Lord's Service
Sunday April 1
 
Altar Guild
Lyn Miller & Kyla Sherrard

Ushers:
9:30: Jana Deakins & Bob Henry
Acolyte(s): 
9:30: Collin & Ian Wilson
Vestry Greeter:
Barbara Walsh
Lay Readers
7:30: Don Miller & Richard Stillman
9:30: Bill & Linda Frick

Organist: 
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
No Chapel

Hospitality:
Easter Brunch
 

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

April 2018

April 1 Birthday
Jamey Wilson

April 5 Birthday
Dr. Harry Macey

April 7 Birthday
John Booze

April 9 Birthday
Morgan Culp

April 21 Birthday
Chip Schaefer

April 22 Anniversary
Pat & Roiann Ludlow

April 25 Birthday
Dr. Stewart Smith

April 25 Anniversary
Allen  & JuliaAnn Popelka

April 26 Birthday
Dr. Vivian Baker

April 26 Anniversary
Mark & Nida Brown

April 27 Anniversary
Nick & Erika Graham

April 29 Anniversary
Larry & Rose Bednarczyk



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