August 23, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
My Word
What in the world is going on?

In August St. Francis was kind enough to really lean into some experiments in the Sunday services. I was not proposing to add dancing, extending the length of the sermon, or even just asking folks if they had accepted Jesus as Lord, and inviting those who hadn’t to come to the front, nothing too radical.

We sang some new songs, prayed the Prayers of the People in a slightly different manner, and even slightly tweaked the way we sang. Overall, I found the parish folks to be very open to trying new ideas. You understood that Summer was the perfect time for trials and experiments of new things. Some seemed to work well and meshed well with us. Others...well, we surely will not be using that bit of song that we have been using right after the Lord’s prayer.

I want to compliment you all on your flexibility. Are any of these changes going to be permanent? It depends, I am thrilled by the fact that so many folks have felt free to comment, encourage, and even discourage some of these changes. That was exactly the idea I was going for. Let us see what we can do and what we like doing. The most important part is not if I like it, nor even if one or two of us do; we must ensure that our style of worship and prayer fits the group as a whole. 

This coming Sunday, we are going to try one last bit of something just a bit different. Earlier this month we had a Hymn Singing Sunday, where we sang a lot of hymns from the hymnal. The last Sunday in August I thought we should try a contemplative, prayerful style of singing. In the green paperback hymnal in our pews, the one entitled Songs of Wonder, Love, and Praise , there are several short hymns from the Taize Monastery in France. These short hymns are only a line or two in length, and meant to be sung five times or so. The idea is to encourage a quiet, meditative space.

I don’t think that this would work on a permanent basis, but as a spot within our service, they might work nicely. We have been using a Taize hymn as our response to the Prayers of the People this month. The piece that begins “O Lord, Hear Our Prayer,” that’s from the Taize Hymnal .

Will we continue to do this? At most, we will only occasionally incorporate some of these experiments from the summer into our services. The frequency depends upon how much you enjoy it, and, more importantly, how helpful you find it to your own prayer life. 

Come give it a try. You might be surprised at what church can be like.
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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
PROPERTY COMMITTEE
PROJECT UPDATE

Karen Fredenburg and Cindy Allen completed the painting in the vesting room, and all looks clean and fresh again.

Thanks ladies!
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Did You Know?
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sol·ace • ˈsäləs/
noun
noun: solace; plural noun: solaces
comfort or consolation in a time of distress or sadness.

One of the very first ministries of St. Francis with which I came into contact was the Solace gathering on Tuesday afternoons. Each week, a slightly different group of folks gather to help give some of our more seasoned members of the area community, a place to gather, a group to identify with, some time away from primary care givers (and for many of those caregivers, some time differently focused), and an all around wonderful time.

I’ve spent time with these folks, and can only marvel at the ongoing work, love, and ability to draw in volunteers from around the community they show week in and week out. And this coming September marks the 10th anniversary of this vital and unique ministry.

With very little outlay of cash, with hearts that open wide, and with determination to see the face of Christ in each of our guests, this group has shared the best of St. Francis church. If you see someone who has volunteered to help out, thank them. If you would like to help, let them know. If you can’t figure out how to do either, keep them in your hearts and prayers!
FOURTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
Grant, O merciful God, that your Church, being gathered together in unity by your Holy Spirit, may show forth your power among all peoples, to the glory 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.

( Book of Common Pray e  r Page 232 )

Lectionary for this Sunday

ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, August 26
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • vestry meeting

Tuesday, August 28
  • 1:00pm: Tuesday Solace

Wednesday, August 29
  • First day of school at St. Francis

Thursday, August 30
  • 8:00am: Garden Day
Meditation Garden
Today's featured garden plant is the Mexican Olive Tree (no olives yet–we will keep you updated).


 A Song of Ascents.
Happy is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways. You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be happy, and it shall go well with you. Your wife will be like a fruitful vine
within your house; your children will be like olive shoots around your table. Thus shall the man be blessed who fears the Lord. The Lord bless you from Zion.
May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life. May you see your children’s children. Peace be upon Israel!

DO YOU RECOGNIZE THESE?

Older Hymnals are sometimes easy to remember and bring back to mind. Many of us may have had special times singing from these books. But their time has passed, and especially for some of these books, the chance they may be used again in church is slim. So, as we were cleaning out some of St. Francis’ storage space, we ran across small collections of each. Before passing them along to congregations that may wish to use them, a few folks here have asked if they might have personal copies. If you would like one, they are available in the great hall on Sundays after church.

SPEAKING OF OLD HYMNALS...CLOSET CLEANING TIME!

St. Francis has been doing some closet cleaning. Thanks to the dedicated work of Cindy and Jerry Allen, the vesting room in the church has gotten a closet cleaning, and a paint job! As a part of the closet cleaning, we found some older hymnals used in the 1970’s and 1980’s. Before they are sent along, not really going to be used here at St. Francis any longer, we want to make sure that anyone who might wish a copy gets the chance to take one home. They will be available in the Great hall after church next Sunday.
Calling All Artists, Craftsmen & Fans of Etsy!
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St. Francis is blessed to have a number of talented, gifted folks as members. Maybe you can paint, work in wood, sculpt, or assemble collages. If so, we are in need of your help.

In early October, St. Francis will be hosting our annual Patronal Festival—St. Francis Fest! This year’s auction and fundraising for charitable purposes, comes with a slight twist. What if we asked those of us who can create, to make a little something to help raise a bit of money? Not for the budget, not for the coming Rector, not for ourselves. What if we raised a bit of money for helping others?

If you paint, sculpt, work in wood or other materials, produce anything that you might find on Etsy, we are asking if you would consider donating some of your precious talents to our good cause. 

More information on St. Francis Fest to come, but for those who might donate, and need time to get your project prepared, please start now !
A GREAT BIG THANK YOU
TO FATHER DAVID

A great big thank you to Fr David for your kind words about Tuesday Solace in last week's Weekly Word! We truly appreciate your love and support and prayers for this program. All of the Volunteers are so blessed each week to be with this group of folks—singing, exercising, praying, playing, eating, and laughing together.

––The T.S. Volunteers
and Len Henry, Director
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St. Francis Gift Shopp
St Francis Gift Shop is now reopened. Regular hours are:
  • Thursday and Friday,
10:30am-5:30pm
  • Saturday 10:30am-2:00pm.

Come check out our new look and our summer clearance.
UPCOMING EVENTS
September Events
CAMP ALLEN HOSTS FALL & WINTER RETREATS FOR ADULTS:

Camp is not just for kids and youth, Camp Allen is hosting several events for adults this year. Reserve your spot now! For more information and to register, please visit www.campallen.org .
6th ANNUAL CRU SUNDAY:
September 2
St. Francis Episcopal Church

ONE more week until our Annual Cru Sunday!

Cru Sunday is an annual tradition for St. Francis. We host the Cru (UMHB University of Mary Hardin Baylor Crusador Crusader) football team and coaches, and feed them Chip’s Smoking BBQ and homemade sides, provided by the congregation. Sign up to bring a side and / or take on a job for that day with Chris Sedonic or Karen Fredenburg.

Please sign up on the sign up sheet, located in the Narthex. Also, Chris Sedonic will be available before and after service Sunday to sign up with. 

Volunteers are needed to bring a side dish and/or help one of the following committee chairpersons:

  • Gail Avots: Decorations
  • Mike Ludlow: Parking
  • Jerry Allen: kitchen crew
  • Everybody: clean up.

Please wear your St. Francis Episcopal Church “Supports the Cru” or any purple or gold shirt you have!
SERVING ON THE SEARCH COMMITTEE AND NOMINEES:
ASAP
St. Francis Episcopal Church

In another week or two, St. Francis' Profile should appear on the Diocese's search site. At that point, Rev. Francene Young will set up a time to train our Search Committee. If you would like to serve or know someone who would be good at in that position, nominate them or yourself very 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 September 2018 will be Peanut Butter & Jelly (plastic jars - no glass). 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
Sharon Hughes &
Kyla Sherrard
     
Readers :
Don Miller &
Lawson Grant

Acolytes:
John & Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Frank Pugliese &
Jana Deakins

Hospitality :
David & Ann Chastang


Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Linda Collins


Organist:
Debra Johnson

Social Media at St. Francis
Don't wait for the Weekly Word! Stay up to date with the latest news, photos and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NOW Pintrest too! It is also a great way to stay in touch or make friendships with your fellow parishioners.

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.
AUGUST BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
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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