August 9, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
My Word

" לפיכך נברא אדם יחידי בעולם, ללמד שכל המאבד נפש אחת", מעלים עליו כאילו איבד עולם מלא; וכל המקיים נפש אחת, מעלים עליו כאילו קיים עולם מלא. ‏"

This last Sunday, St. Francis did something just a bit different in our Sunday worship. I had been asking you all for your favorite hymns for a bit, and we sang many of them in church, more than we usually sing—lots more. In order to keep the length of the service from getting out of hand, we only sang a few verses of each, but we even sang the sermon. Afterwards, several folks said that it was a nice break. It is one thing I like to do during the dog days of Summer to have just a little fun in church.

Other musical practice was the introduction of a musical response to the Prayers of the People, and during the Communion Prayer at the breaking of the bread. The first, I think, went over pretty well. The second was a bit tougher, as the music was a bit more unfamiliar to most of us. However, overall, I think that both were strong enough to continue that experiment for the rest of the month. I had hoped that we would give some new music a try in August, and this seems to fit the bill.

As you may recall from our Holy Cow assessment, the three things that this congregation really values , and wants to take this opportunity to improve are:  Sunday Worship, Musical Life , and Meaningful Outreach . Well, already this month, we are trying something new in worship, using some new music, and had a life saving outreach project. Deacon Tamara, working with the Red Cross, inspired some volunteers to help install smoke alarms in homes across Belton. Each one has the potential to save a life. 

You may have heard the Jewish saying, “ Whoever destroys a soul, it is considered as if he destroyed an entire world. And whoever saves a life, it is considered as if he saved an entire world.” (In Hebrew above) It’s from the Jerusalem Talmud, the ancient collection of Jewish commentary on the Scriptures. In which case, our folks may have saved the whole world.

Along with these experiments, comes the necessity to make sure to solicit, and really hear, feedback from the members of the congregation. In August we will try some new music. We will tickle the liturgy ever so slightly, and we will continue to reach out to the world in love.

This coming Saturday in Salado is a Dinner Benefitting Feed my Sheep and Sunday is Feed My Sheep Sunday . Can you join us for an evening of fellowship and stay to help make up sack lunches? Each one feeds someone who is short of food and necessities.

None of these things are all that dramatic in themselves. But together, they show that the life and faith of this congregation continues to develop and evolve so that when the Fall arrives, St. Francis will take off…
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-Fr David Krause

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, or 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)
WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST.FRANCIS?
A Note from Deacon Tamara: Feed My Sheep Benefit!

 Did you know that Feed My Sheep (FMS) provides a lot more than a hot or sack meal 365 days a year, to the homeless and food insecure? Did you know that breakfast is also provided several times a week? Did you know that FMS and Temple College partner to provide education for those who were unable to complete high school? Did you know that FMS and Temple ISD collaborated this summer to provide children a meal and assistance with their reading skills? Did you know that FMS provides a free medical clinic for children every 3 rd Saturday? Did you know that FMS helps to reconnect the homeless with their families by providing bus or train tickets? Did you know that everyone, including the director Jim Hornsby, are volunteers and receive no compensation for their work at FMS? 
Please help FMS out and attend the “Dinner in the Country” fundraiser at Caliber Oaks on Sunday, August 12 th . It is come and go between 1pm and 4pm. The suggested donation for the meal is $12.00. There will be a silent auction.

If you are unable to attend, but would still like to help, go online to feedmysheeptemple.org and Donate . Donations made through PayPal are safe and secure.
DO YOU HAVE A THUMB YOU ARE WILLING TO SHARE?
Green thumb? Brown thumb?
Any thumb at all?

Wildscape Guild is looking, for new members who can help on Thursday mornings, but also for folks who are willing to splash some water on sunbaked plants, between our Thursday waterings. Feel free, if you notice pots that look sad, to grab a hose or douse them from the sink. It takes a village, when it’s so hot this early in the summer.

See Ruth Henry , Karen Fredenburg or Cindy Allen for questions about joining us...or just show up on Thursday morning with work gloves and your favorite tools between 8:00 and 9:00am
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“One is nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth.” Dorothy Frances Gurney
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Property Committee Update
Richard and Sheri Macchi completed the insulation the wall and boarding in the new storage building.You are amazing! Our new storage area is ready to use!

The box has been mounted. Now the AED needs to put in the box!
TWELTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

( Book of Common Pray e  r Page 232 )

Lectionary for this Sunday

ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 12
Feed my Sheep Sunday
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, August 14
  • 1:00pm: Tuesday Solace

Thursday, August 16
  • 8:00am: Garden Day

  • St. Francis Gift Shop: Will reopen with back to school specials.If you have a special need, please contact us and we will gladly help.
Meditation Garden
Today's featured garden plant is the Wild Milkweed. This serene environment with benches and a fountain is perfect for meditating and listening for His voice.

I am a rose of Sharon,
     a lily of the valleys.
As a lily among brambles,
     so is my love among maidens.
As an apple tree among the trees of the wood,
     so is my beloved among young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
     and his fruit was sweet to my taste.
He brought me to the banqueting house,
     and his intention toward me was love.
Sustain me with raisins,
     refresh me with apples;
     for I am faint with love.
O that his left hand were under my head,
   and that his right hand embraced me!
I adjure you, O daughters of Jerusalem,
   by the gazelles or the wild does:
do not stir up or awaken love
until it is ready!
UPCOMING EVENTS
August Events
RECOVERY:
POST-DIVORCE WORKSHOP:
August 11 • 9am–12pm

Last year 876,000 marriages ended in divorce. This life-changing event can be overwhelming. Join us for this complimentary workshop as we explore and offer solutions regarding the financial, emotional and physical challenges of divorce.
 
Presenters include:
Dee Kerr, CFP
Dr. Kerri Pearson, LPCS
Darla Reeder, Yoga & Meditation Expert

Seating is limited. Please call,
(254) 770-3022 to reserve your seat.
September Events
CRU SUNDAY:
September 2
St. Francis Episcopal Church

Cru Sunday is our annual celebration of the UMHB (University of Mary Hardin Baylor) Crusader Football Team, a day of joyful worship followed by plenty of good food! 
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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR...

  • Don't forget that St. Francis Fest is coming up!

  • The date for the next vestry meeting will also be announced soon.
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 1:00-4:00 PM 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.

CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC)
The collection item for August 2018 will be Cereal . Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

THE WILDSCAPE GUILD
The Wildscape Guild's purpose is to provide a beautiful and welcoming outdoor environment at St. Francis' church for all God's creatures—including humans. We seek an awareness of God's presence in fellowship, in silent meditation, and in all the sensual joys of planting and harvesting in the care of creation. We are filling the grounds with native and adapted plants that will support birds, butterflies, and other wildlife as well as saving water and preventing erosion. We hope to make the gardens a living classroom to encourage the love of the outdoors in children at the school. We meet every Thursday at 8:00am . Please feel free to come by with your gloves and favorite tools. We would love to have you!.

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!

We still need more choir members.  Our group is small enough that when a couple of members have to be absent, we are left really short. With more people we would be able to do more & different kinds of music. You do not have to have a big or beautiful voice because as in math, the whole (choir) is greater than any of its parts (members). We are a fun & companionable group and will welcome YOU! Come try singing with us & then decide if you want to join us!
MINISTERS IN THE LORD'S SERVICE
Altar Guild
Gail Avots, Ethelene Rodriguez & Kim Carpenter
     
Readers :
Cole Mooney & John Dieter

Acolytes:
Garrett Mooney &
Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Ruth Henry & Philip Okeson


Hospitality :



Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Marjorie Lewis


Organist:
Debra Johnson

Social Media at St. Francis
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Click any of the circular icons to the left and either create an account and follow and like us. We are followed and following many Social Influencers in our space so it would be a great way to hear from the Anglican Communion and others.
JULY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
AUGUST 8 ANNIVERSARY
Mark & Hulda Burger
AUGUST 9 BIRTHDAY
Carole McCall
AUGUST 10 BIRTHDAY
Angela Hartwick
AUGUST 14 BIRTHDAY
Gary White
AUGUST 15 BIRTHDAY
Deacon Tamara Clothier
AUGUST 17 ANNIVERSARY
Len & Ruth Henry
AUGUST 17 ANNIVERSARY
Kerry & Cynthia Brady
AUGUST 18 BIRTHDAY
Roiann Ludlow
AUGUST 24 BIRTHDAY
Carole Cortinez
AUGUST 27 BIRTHDAY
Nancy Smith
AUGUST 27 BIRTHDAY
Ty Summey
AUGUST 28 BIRTHDAY
Frances Ford
AUGUST 30 ANNIVERSARY
Gary & Wanda White
Take time to walk around the gardens. Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.

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