August 2, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
My Word

"Sing to the Lord a new song; sing to the Lord, all the earth"– Psalm 96

I grew up with the Beatles and my first record album was one of theirs. In fact, now I own all of their records. Their music has made a discernible impression on my life. From the lilting lyrics of “In My Life,” to the simple fun of “Octopus’s Garden.”

Is our church music really any different in its ability to make an impact? There is a story, apocryphal I’m sure, that upon his death bed, Martin Luther regretted the chaos and confusion that the latter stages of the Reformation had caused. He is supposed to have said, “I should not have given them the Bible, but more music instead.”

Much of the average person’s theology is formed through the experiences of their lives. However music, as my generation found out, can be a formative and powerful tool in expressing that discernment process. As we gather to worship on Sundays, I’m pretty certain that the Book of Common Prayer is matched by the Hymnal in their shared effect on us. Whether we pay attention to the lyrics or not, I’m convinced that, regardless, they begin to soak into our very souls.

That is one reason why I have asked for this coming Sunday, August 5th, to be a Sunday featuring music and song. We will sing many of our favorite hymns. Perhaps not every verse of every hymn, but more than what you may be used to. In place of the Gloria at the beginning of the service, there is the option for a hymn of praise. Let us praise in song! As a response to the readings, there is the option for a hymn, psalm, or anthem. Let us sing!

Let us lift up our voices when given the chance. We are also going to try a couple of new bits of service music this month. Perhaps they will catch on, and perhaps not. Please do not hesitate to let me know what you think, and remember, we are not called upon to make beautiful music, but a joyful noise. I usually create more of the latter myself.

Also, while I deeply appreciate the talent that so many St. Francis’ folks have brought to our musical life, I, personally, have not been given a musical gift in the traditional sense. Appreciation is my musical gift.

So, if you enjoy music, come and immerse yourself in a service that is a bit different. If you, like me, appreciate good music, come see what is possible. If you just try to follow where others lead, like me, come and contribute your support. Together, let’s see what it is that our fellow parishioners like, what is popular, and what our theology in music truly says about us. .
-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?
Anita Guerra, Chris Sedonic, Linda Collins, Sharon Hughes gathered together at lunch. Anita was installer. Chris was an educator. Linda was a documentarian. Sharon was an educator. 
EMT Intern Trent, Belton Firefighter & Paramedic John, Belton Firefighter & Paramedic James. Installers for Sharon Hughes and Deacon Tamara. I was a documentarian.
Linda, Chris, Sharon and Tamara (group shot taken by Anita) This was taken after lunch before we headed out.
A Note from Deacon Tamara: Sound the Alarm SUCCESS!

 There are several hundred households in Belton that are safer after the Sound The Alarm event last Saturday. St. Francis joined many others and had two teams out there on that day. Chris Sedonic, Anita Guerra, and Linda Collins along with Belton Firefighter, Eric, installed 30 smoke detectors in homes that had none.

Sharon Hughes and yours truly along with Belton EMT/Paramedics James, John, and trainee Trent, got off to a late start but visited 13 homes. At each home that we visited we were greeted with gratitude after a bit of skepticism — you mean you will install the smoke detectors for free ? We were welcomed into homes. We had offers of food and drink. We met grandparents, parents, children, widows and widowers. Even those households who turned us down treated us with kindness. Each household we visited we made a connection.

There was no shaking the dust off our feet. At the end of the day we were all tired, hot, and sweaty, but each one of us had smiles on our faces. We returned to our homes with joy in our hearts, knowing that, as Chris put it, “we did a wonderful service for families in Belton.”
Chris, Anita, Firefighter Eric, Linda. Taken at the end of day. Hot but joyful.
Trent, James, and John. Trent and John are supervising James installing the smoke detector. Or how many firefighters does it take to install a smoke detector?!
All of us with Eric at the end of the day. We all slept really well Saturday night.
Equipment Truck
Orientation
The equipment we took out: ladder, smoke detectors, drill, paperwork. The Red Cross was really organized and had everything laid out for us. 
A Volunteer for Delivery is Needed!
We Have Been Asked This Year to Provide for 50 Elementary Students
On August 3rd, at 5:15, the backpacks that St. Francis has gathered and blessed with our prayers and fond wishes will be delivered to the public Schools. However, as you may notice, there are quite a few of them. We are in need of one (maybe two) folks who might be available to help deliver these. Do you have a vehicle that might hold some or all of 50 backpacks? Are you available on the 3rd from 5:15 to 6:30? Please let Karen Fredenburg or Heidi Couchman know of your availability. Thank you.
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!
Next Sunday (August 5 th ) is our Hymn-singing Sunday!
We will be signing a lot of favorite hymns from suggestions made by the congregation. Even the sermon will be a light and loose commentary on music, faith and our understanding of the Gospel in song!
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ELEVENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
Let your continual mercy, O Lord, cleanse and defend your Church; and, because it cannot continue in safety without your help, protect and govern it always by your goodness; 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 5
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II


Tuesday, August 7
  • 1:00pm: Tuesday Solace


Thursday, August 9
  • 8:00am: Garden Day


Meditation Garden
Today's beautiful featured garden plant is the Passion Flower. A fountain and benches provide a pleasant environment for meditating and listening for his voice.

Do Not Worry

25  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  26  If then you are not able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry about the rest?  27  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  28  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you—you of little faith! 
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.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2018:
Dinner in the Country & Silent Auction Benefiting Feed My Sheep

1:00–4:00pm but feel free to come and go as you please.

$12.00 per plate requested donation.

There will also be a silent auction for which they are soliciting donations. If you or your business have something you'd be willing to donate, please call Staci at 512-775-7999.

More information at 
GREATEST JOURNEY
ORNAMENT PROGRAM:

After receiving shoebox gifts from Samaritan’s Purse and the Operation Christmas Child shoebox collection, many children are invited back to participate in the Operation Christmas Child discipleship program, The Greatest Journey.

This month, we invite you to take part in keeping the journey going through our Greatest Journey Ornament program. Simply purchase an ornament for $6—found in stores only—and you’ll send the 12-lesson course, The Greatest Journey, and a New Testament to a child in need.
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!
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KEEP AN EYE OUT FOR...

  • Cru Sunday will be Sunday September 2. Details about who will be setting up signups soon.
  • Don't forget that St. Francis Fest is coming up!
  • The date for the next vestry meeting will also be announced soon.
MINISTERS IN THE LORD'S SERVICE
Altar Guild:
Karen Fredenburg &
Ruth Henry
     
Readers :
Kay Callin &
Richard Stillman

Acolytes:
Collin & Ian Wilson
Ushers :
Bob & Len Henry


Hospitality :
Peggiann Jones


Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
 Barbara Walsh


Organist:
Debra Johnson

JULY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
AUGUST 6 BIRTHDAY
Cindy Allen
AUGUST 7 BIRTHDAY
Jeanne Winters
AUGUST 7 BIRTHDAY
Ian Wilson
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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