APRIL 22, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
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My Word

 I consider myself pretty “connected.” After all, I own, use, and have in an interconnected network 3 computers, 3 ipads, and 2 iphones. My documents are stored in the cloud, and my phone is also my music player, my alarm clock, my newspaper, and even my Bible and Prayer Book!

So, imagine how difficult I found life to be earlier this week, when my phone went for a spin in the washing machine!! Out of touch, having to find work arounds, I will admit to being a bit more than a little discombobulated.

But it’s just a phone, an item that can easily be replaced. The experience of being without direction, without active links, though; well, it really made me think. Isn’t this sort of how many of us get through life anyway? Without an active prayer life, without a deep and active faith, aren’t we all just a bit discombobulated? 

I don’t mean to suggest that Christians have it all figured out. After all, I’m still hoping to figure out what I want to be “when I grow up.” Rather, I do want to suggest that prayer, and a faith life that demands much of me, both serve as a type of connection and orientation for life. This Easter season, as we celebrate the life, death, and resurrection of our Lord; it may be time for a quick question. Are you connected? Is your equipment up to date and working? Is all of your life synchronized? Do you have a back up? Maybe time to plug in again.

-Fr David
PRAYER DURING THIS TIME OF TRANSITION
As we continue to let the work of listening to God to discover His desires for St. Francis, let us pray:
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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, Page 816 )
PRAYER REQUESTS
Open to All
You are invited to submit to your prayer requests here, which will be received by office staff and included in the Parish prayer list. If received after 4:00pm on Wednesdays, of your indicate that you would prefer to keep your prayer confidential, a member of the clergy will address your prayer privately.
SUNDAY SERVICE TIME
All are Welcome
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9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

9:30am: Children's Chapel

10:30am: Hospitality
(Coffee and Conversation)
NEW NEW ADDRESS FOR NOAH SCHAEFER
Noah was moved, again and then again. **Sigh** Keep those cards and letters going to him. He is going to be the new kid on the block and we all know how hard that is.

Noah Schaefer
TDCJ#02178942
Smith Unit (SM) – Texas State Prison
Lamesa TX  79331-1898
WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST.FRANCIS?
How to Get in Touch
with Father David
Fr. David has been with us at St. Francis now for almost a month. Probably worth keeping for a bit. But you may be wondering how to get in touch with him. Or even when he is with us. So, just for the record, and to help getting in touch with him. Fr. David Krause is at: (972) 838-3603. That’s his mobile number and feel free to get in touch with him at any time. (It’s why we pay him the big bucks.)

His email is: frdavidkrause@gmail.com . He’s usually in Temple on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, but that does occasionally change with weekly events. And, of course, you can always get a message or call to him through the church office. 
FRIDAY APRIL 2O (TOMORROW) HOLY COW CAT SURVEY DEADLINE

If you have not filled out the Holy Cow Congregation Assessment Tool, please do so now. The deadline is this Friday, April 20. We have had a very good response so far, but your input is also vital in this very important endeavor.

If you have any problems or questions, please call Ruth Henry at 254-541-0060.
Thank you and God bless.
The CAT survey team
Confirmation
Preparation to Begin
One of the ways we are able to step up to our responsibilities, one way that we can learn about our faith, one of the ways that we deepen our understanding and develop our faith is Confirmation, 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 Deacon Tamara or Fr David .
FOLLOW US ON SOCIAL MEDIA

Stay up to date with the latests news, photos and events by following us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram . It is also a great way to stay in touch or make friendships with your fellow parishioners. Have photos of a St. Francis event you have attended? Email them along so that we can share them with others
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Evangelism Tool Kit
Every baptized Episcopalian has vowed to proclaim with our words and our lives the loving, liberating, and life-giving good news of Jesus Christ.

Through the spiritual practice of evangelism, we seek, name and celebrate Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of all people—then invite everyone to more. The Evangelism Toolkit helps us to live into that call.

COLLECT FOR THE FOURTH
SUNDAY OF THE EASTER SEASON

O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people: Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer Page 225 )
( Lectionary for Fourth Sunday in Easter)
ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, April 22
  • Holy Eucharist Rite II

Wednesday, April 25

Thursday, April 26
  • 9:00am: Garden Day
Meditation Garden
Featured Plant of the Week
In the Meditation Garden near the Columbarium plants mentioned in the bible have been placed, along with signs with the Biblical source.

AROMATIC RESIN TREE
(SWEET GUM TREE)


Then their father Israel said to them, “If it must be so, then do this: take some of the choice fruits of the land in your bags, and carry them down as a present to the man—a little balm and a little honey, gum, resin, pistachio nuts, and almonds.
UPCOMING EVENTS
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 25:
Webinar: Hybrid Faith Formation

If you’re looking to “flip” your faith formation classroom or combine in-person gatherings with online/at-home faith practices, this webinar is for you. Join e-formation to tackle these 21st century topics of faith formation and digital ministry. 3:00pm EST Register!
SATURDAY, MAY 5:
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to Speak

All are welcome in Good Shepherd, Austin on Saturday, May 5 to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to speak about discipleship. The Church will have formation opportunities leading up to this event, as well as following, centered on "Becoming Disciples." Contact the Church for more details.
SATURDAY, MAY 5:
Woman to Woman Retreat
St. Joseph’s Episcopal Church,

Learning to dance with God through the pain isn’t easy. The dance steps won’t make the pain go away like a magic formula, nor does it mean there won’t be any more times of suffering. We learn to be brave because we are with the Lord of the Dance. Email Sisters of the Promise to RSVP. Space is limited, so hurry!
MAY 4–6:
Discovery Retreat. Have you felt a call to leadership or ordination?

The Discovery Retreat is a weekend gathering about discovering how God-given gifts and talents might be used in the mission of the Church. The retreat is open to all confirmed members of EDOT who wish to take the time and make a commitment to discern their vocation.

For more info on the retreat click here. Download the brochure . To register, visit  this page . RSVP taken until last minute.
FRIDAYS, MAY 4–25: 10:00-11:00AM
Forming Adult Christians Online Workshop

Christian Formation is a life-long endeavor, yet the church often drops the ball after Confirmation. In this discussion-based workshop we will study techniques, theory, and research, and then use these to create plans for our individual churches. If you are interested in applying, contact Rebecca Hall .

Cost: $100
Limit: limit 6 participants
SUNDAY, MAY 20:
Pentecost

The “birthday” of the church, is the promised arrival of the Holy Spirit, to inspire and empower the witnesses to Christ. It’s customary to wear red to church this day, as well as to hear the faint rustling of the wings of the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 2: The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. Read more.
FRIDAY, JULY 13:

Join us at the Minute Maid Park as the World Series Champs Houston Astros face the Detroit Tigers. Christ Church Cathedral Houston will host a free hotdog cookout from 5:00–6:30pm, so make sure to come early as food and drink are on a first come first serve basis. Parking is available in the garage on San Jacinto St, across from the Cathedral. For tickets, email Astros rep Brent Broussard or call (713) 259-8316. Download to Calendar
SPRING 2018:
Spring Events at St. Francis School

  • May 8: School Graduation Ceremony: This is an evening service, and space will be at a premium. Should you wish to attend, consider parking in the gift shop lot, or even as far from the church as possible. Seating in the choir loft is available to make our guests feel welcome.

  • April 26: Wheel a Thon (Pledge Forms available this coming Sunday) Proceeds go to shared aspects of our building. This is a pledge per mile (?!) ridden by our students. Pledge sheets will be available in church on Sunday. Funds go to the fabric of the building and grounds. How far can they go?

  • May 13: Mothers’ Day and A Thank you for St. Francis Students: The last Sunday before the end of the school year falls on Mothers’ Day. What a great way to celebrate and give thanks to those who nurture and support us!  Teachers, staff, students and parents are all invited to a special day of Thanks.

  • May 16: Final Pick Up Day for Students, A Thank You for Parents: On this day, we give thanks to the parents who entrusted their children to us for the year.  On the first day of school, we had folks welcome and meet the parents as they dropped their children off.  Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not only say thank you, but when they came to pick up their children, we likewise met the parents in the parking lot with our best wishes for the Summer?

  • May 17: Year's Final Day of School: Thursdays are not “full school days”, as some students don’t go all 5 days during the week.  So, this is the actual last day of classes, but not all students will be there.
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FALL 2018:
Pastoral Care Course for Youth and Children's Ministers

Youth ministers and Christian educators consistently provide pastoral care to young people, to their complex family systems, and to adult volunteers, usually without systematic training or education. In Fall 2018 the Iona Center will offer a pastoral care course specifically for youth ministers, Christian educators, and family ministries coordinators.

Meeting in person at the beginning and end of this course, the rest of the classes will meet via videoconference. Participants will set personal educational goals and present pastoral encounters for feedback from peers and instructor.
If you are interested in learning more, contact The Rev. Sarah Knoll Sweeney sarah.knollsweeney@iona.ssw.edu

UPCOMING YOUTH EVENTS
JUNE 25–July 1:
Diocesan Music Camp

Camp will be expanded this year with more options for instrumental music (including hand bells) for youth in rising grades 6-12. Campers live in the college dorm at Blinn College . Tuition includes room, board, all supplies, local trips to the Blue Bell Aquatic Center, Horseshoe Junction Fun Park and outreach music performances. Scholarships available. Pottery and art are part of the week's fun. Call Dr. Linda Patterson with questions at (979) 836-7248 extension 13 or Register here Add this event to your Calendar.
JULY 4–9:
Episcopal Church Young Adult Festival

The festival is scheduled to run concurrently with the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in Austin this summer. The Young Adult Festival is designed for 18–30 year olds to meet peers from across the globe, pray and learn together, engage in the church’s legislative process and help discern God’s call for the Episcopal Church. Register !

The cost for the event ranges between $300 and $675 depending on the housing choices. Registration deadline for those traveling to Austin is May 1 and includes five nights of housing, a Sunday morning brunch, General Convention registration, and all Young Adult Festival programming. Registration deadline for commuters is May 31 . Space is limited; registration will close registration when spaces are filled.

If you wish to stay up-to-date on Festival, Young Adult news, and Campus Ministry news, please join their Facebook page and make sure to also follow it so it will appear in your feed. You can also sign up for their newsletter .
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JULY 17–25:
SUMMA Student Theological
Debate Society

SUMMA provides a way for high school students to build their faith through intellectual channels. Founded in the confidence that knowledge and reason are foundational to faith, SUMMA offers fun, friendship and the opportunity for a deepened and more thoughtful faith. Held at the Univ. of the South, applications open until July 1. Register Today!
JULY 22–28:
Reach Mission Trip

St. Andrew's, Pearland is hosting youth and their sponsors, along with Reach Mission Trips who will be repairing storm damage in Brazoria County. Partial scholarships available through the Diocese.
  • $419 per person
  • Entering 6–Graduating 12 grade

Contact Reach Mission Trips. Visit their page for more info. View their video about the trip to the right.
AUGUST 3–5:
Intermediate Urban Mission Retreat: Houston by C.U.S.E.

All rising 4th–6th graders are invited to spend the weekend at their Cathedral. Activities include serving in the community, riding the Metro, sleeping over in the Tree house youth space and worshiping at the 9:00 service along with their families Sunday morning. This weekend will introduce our intermediate students to the life-long call of service and worship while learning the value the Church and world place on their unique gifts and talents with Cathedral Urban Service Experience C.U.S.E. in downtown Houston.

NOVEMBER:
Texas Episcopal Service Corps

Texas Episcopal Service Corps invites young adults from across the country to apply for a year of service, community engagement, and vocational discernment in and around the city of Houston. Texas ESC communities provide a place where young adults live alongside one another in intentional community while thoughtfully and critically serving both the church and the world. Apply here.
VIEW A FULL LIST OF EVENTS ON THE DIOCESAN CALENDAR
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 9:30 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 schedule sack meal preparation is Sunday, May 13 .

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
Altar Guild:
Heidi Couchman
& Karen Fredenburg                                 

Readers :
Lawson Grant
& Richard Stillman

Acolytes:

Ushers :
Glen Couchman
& Pete Fredenburg

Hospitality :
Jeanie Grant            

                                      
Children's Chapel:
Lyn & Tommy Miller
Vestry Greeter:  
Linda Collins


Organist:
Debra Johnson

APRIL BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
APRIL 22 ANNIVERSARY
Pat & Roiann Ludlow
APRIL 25 BIRTHDAY
Dr. Stewart Smith
APRIL 25 ANNIVERSARY
Allen & Julia Ann 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
Make sure to take some time to walk around the gardens, find some peace in God's nature, and admire all of the Wildscape Guild's hard work!