July 5, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
My Word – Change

As I write, I am so very impressed with a statement made by our own Texas Bishop, Andy Doyle, at the General Convention in the last couple of days. The House of Bishops was debating a proposal to begin the process of revising the 1978 Book of Common Prayer. The House of Deputies had already approved the proposal, one in which we were to expect a new Book of Common Prayer in the year 2030. However the Bishops were much more concerned about this idea.

Several Bishops rose to speak against this idea for differing reasons. Some were concerned that this is not a moment of theological clarity on the part of the Church as a whole, very unlike the renewed stress that Baptism gave us in the last revision process. Others were concerned about the idea of producing a new book, when technology might make the very idea of one central book an anachronism.

Doyle rose to speak saying that, honestly, he simply was not sure that the Church would, at this time, complete this task correctly. He would rather wait for clarity and certainty. Doyle was sure some changes were needed, and would support efforts to find these, but we should proceed with caution, and yet also with boldness .

As I write, the outcome of this decision is still unresolved. The House of Bishops has passed one version of the resolution, the House of Deputies another, and amendments have been written.

There is an interesting lesson here for us at St. Francis. Changes are coming. There will be a new priest, and with that comes new ways of operating. As your interim, I am going to try and set the stage for some of that, and that means that there are changes coming to worship, the tone and style of the way that we do things.

One very important point in all of this is that I am pretty sure we will not get things exactly right immediately. I once promised a church that I would make just about every mistake possible. I cannot promise you much better than that, but as we try things out, please feel free provide comments, constructive criticism and any other kind of feedback.

There will be ideas that we try for awhile, and then dismiss. The flags in church are up until Labor Day and then they will come down. n early August we are going to sing a bit more than usual on the first Sunday. Then, at the end of the month, we are going to sing music from Taize, France, slightly different from what we normally sing.

I have an idea about doing a somewhat different version of the Prayers of the People. See what parts you like. Let me know either way, and if change frightens you... relax. It is only for a short time, and anything that we do not like will not be permanent.

But let us be cautious,
and yet bold .
-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 PRAYERS

There has been some confusion about people to be prayed for listed in the Sunday bulletin. THIS LIST IS SEPARATE FROM THE PRAYER WARRIORS' GROUP, although some of the names may appear on both. 

The Sunday Bulletin list was set up on a month-to-month basis. At the beginning of each month the previous list is cleared. New names may be added throughout the month, but are cleared at the end of each month. This method helps us pray for people who are currently in need.

If you want someone on the Sunday List for an indefinite period of time, you will need to add them again at the beginning of each month. You can also call the Prayer Warriors to let them know if you want someone prayed for an indefinite period of time, but their name will not automatically appear on the list in the bulletin). 

To request a prayer to be listed in the bulletin, please call Frances at
(254) 773-4255 or email her at stfrancis@stfrancistempletx.org
 
For the Prayer Warriors, please contact Roiann Ludlow at (254) 913-3555 or (254) 780-1527 or by email  roipat@sbcglobal.net .
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: Sound the Alarm
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the Sound the Alarm event taking place on Saturday, July 28 in Belton. I promised you more details and here they are.

The Heart of Texas Red Cross has teamed up with the Belton Fire Department to install 800 fire alarms in Belton homes who need them. Why? Every day 7 people die in home fires. The installation of smoke alarms can help prevent these deaths.

120 volunteers are needed. No that is not a typo. 120 volunteers are needed to register, install, and educate. You will be trained and no experience is required. All equipment will be provided as well as refreshments.

Volunteers are needed to:
  • Install the alarms. All equipment is provided. You will need to be able to climb a ladder.

  • Educate the family about home fire safety while the alarm is being installed. No ladder climbing required.

  • Registration of volunteers.

  • Logistics, the checking in and out of equipment.

Date: Saturday, July 28,
10:00am–4:00pm

Meet at Immanuel Lutheran Ministries, 1215 S Wall St, Belton

There will be a signup sheet available this Sunday or you can email me at revtamara@stfrancistempletx.org

I need to be able to give the Red Cross a count of the volunteers, so please let me know as soon as possible. Remember to invite your friends and family to help with this community event! Many volunteers are needed. This is a great way to show the community our St. Francis spirit! You just might help save a life!

Ancillary pre-canvassing event: On Friday, July 20, starting at 10:00am, volunteers are needed to walk the neighborhood where the alarms are to be installed and place hangtags announcing the event on the doors. Just walking and hanging tags. No ringing doorbells! You will get your steps in! See me if you are interested in helping out.
SUNDAY FLOWER
PRICES ARE RISING

Recently we ordered flowers, nothing fancy, but with tax and delivery charge, ended up paying $75.00! Flower prices have gone up !

As a result the cost of our Sunday flowers has increased. We had been paying $40 for the two arrangements. The cost is now $30 for each arrangement, so $60 for two. If that is not in your budge, consider two individuals or families giving together. Another possibility would be a ministry or group contributing together for an occasion.
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2018 Backpack Buddies
We Have Been Asked This Year to Provide for 50 Elementary Students
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For a number of years, St. Francis has participated in a community wide project to provide backpacks and school supplies for some of the less fortunate children in the Temple school district. We have been asked this year to provide supplies for 50 first grade boys and girls.

The cost of an average backpack and supplies is approximately $40.

We ask that you consider sponsoring a child or several children. Having a new backpack and a complete set of supplies will enable these children to feel special and will give them a great start to their learning experience. There will be a sign-up list in the parish hall after each Sunday service beginning this Sunday, June 24th and continuing until July 29th. When you sign up, you will be given the supply list, and an identification card to attach to the backpack.

If you prefer, you may give a check donation with "BACKPACK BUDDIES” written in the memo space, but we encourage you to shop for your student.

Thank you for your continued support of this ministry.
God Bless, Backpack Buddies Chairs
Karen Fredenburg & Heidi Couchman
Liturgy, preaching, witness at the Hutto Detention Center on July 8, 2018.
Take Action by writing Congress:  bit.ly/tecasylum


EIGHTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
O Lord, mercifully receive the prayers of your people who call upon you, and grant that they may know and understand what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to accomplish them; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

( Book of Common Pray e  r Page 231 )

Lectionary for this Sunday

Bishop Griselda Delgado del Carpio of Cuba receives an outpouring of applause and congratulations after the House of Bishops votes unanimously to welcome Cuba back to the Episcopal Church
Photo Courtesy of Episcopal News Service

ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, July 15
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, July 17
  • There will be no Tuesday Solace for the month of July

Thursday, June 19
  • 9:00am: Garden Day
The Search Progress
While some folks may think that this process is taking longer than it ought to, and others may wonder why we just can’t simply keep the priest that we currently have, the search process is steadily and surely moving forward. In June the Vestry received the results of the Holy Cow Survey, which resulted in a multitude of data sets, which the Vestry is currently analyzing and discussing. The wealth of data is extremely helpful in not merely creating a profile of who we are as a congregation, but is also exceptionally beneficial in diagnosing and researching long-term trends and behaviors. Please feel free to strike up a conversation, or ask a question of any member of the Vestry. Since Summer is upon us, the work is advancing mostly behind the scenes at the moment, but next month the Vestry aims to have completely evaluated this material and begun the work on naming a Search Committee.

We are working meticulously and deliberately on this step, which does take a considerable amount of time. This was one of the primary recommendations of the Holy Cow! Consultants. Taking the time to search carefully should yield a significantly more successful result. In the meantime, Father David will be with us. Regular reports from the Vestry and from the Search Committee (when named) will be forthcoming. For now, enjoy the Texas heat, and know that all is proceeding according to plan.
WE WANT YOU TO JOIN US IN THE CHOIR!

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! 
Do You Have a Favorite Hymn?
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Do you have a favorite hymn that you really enjoying singing? Something that we don’t do often enough? Or even something that is not in the Episcopal Church Hymnal of 1982? 

On the 5th of August, during Sunday worship, St. Francis will host a good old fashioned, Hymn Singing Eucharist. We will play with the liturgy just a tad bit, and I’m hoping that you might suggest favorite hymns to sing.

Wouldn’t it be fun if we sang 10, 15, or even 20 hymns? OK, maybe not all of the verses of each one. But I really enjoyed some old chestnuts that we sang the other week, and I’m sure that you have a favorite as well. Suggestions are welcomed in the office, sent along as an email , or even written on a piece of paper and handed to us. Let’s have some musical fun! Suggestions are due by the 29th of July
THE VESTRY WISH LIST

A new set of green vestments and hangings (chasuble and stole along with a veil, burse and pulpit/lectern fall) for the priest and church.

See Kyla Sherrard for information

Six sets of shelves at $70.00 each for organizing the contents of the metal building.

Thank you to:
  • Jerry and Cindy Allen
  • Heidi and Glen Couchman for donating for Solace.
  • Heidi and Glen Couchman for the gift shop
Meditation Garden
Today's beautiful featured garden plant is the Plumbago. Remember, a fountain and benches provide a pleasant environment for meditating on God's love and care—and listening for his voice.

The Good News of Deliverance

...10 I will greatly rejoice in the Lord,
my whole being shall exult in my God;
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation, he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

11 For as the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring up, so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.
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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UPCOMING EVENTS
July Events
122,259 Alarms Installed
$15,423,225 Raised
31,300 Volunteers Needed
SATURDAY, JULY 28:

The Heart of Texas Red Cross has teamed up with the Belton Fire Department to install 800 fire alarms in Belton homes who need them. Why? Every day 7 people die in home fires. The installation of smoke alarms can help prevent these deaths.

120 volunteers are needed to register, install, and educate. You will be trained and no experience is required. All equipment will be provided as well as refreshments.

Volunteers are needed to:
  • Install the alarms. All equipment is provided. You will need to be able to climb a ladder.
  • Educate the family about home fire safety while the alarm is being installed. No ladder climbing required.
  • Registration of volunteers.
  • Logistics, the checking in and out of equipment.

Saturday, July 28, 10:00am–4:00pm
Meet at Immanuel Lutheran Ministries, 1215 S Wall St, Belton

There will be a signup sheet available this Sunday or you can email me at revtamara@stfrancistempletx.org . I need to be able to give the Red Cross a count of the volunteers, so please let me know as soon as possible. Remember to invite your friends and family to help with this community event! Many volunteers are needed. This is a great way to show the community our St. Francis spirit!

( Ancillary pre-canvassing event: On Friday, July 20 , starting at 10:00am , volunteers are needed to walk the neighborhood where the alarms are to be installed and place hangtags announcing the event on the doors. Just walking and hanging tags. No ringing doorbells! You will get your steps in! See me if you are interested in helping out. )

August Events
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 1:00-4:00PM 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.

CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC)
The collection item for July 2018 will be Macaroni and Cheese . 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!
Did You Know?
Those attending General Convention are close to a monument dear to Austinites and to the Archives. The statue of Angelina Eberly on Congress Avenue commemorates the 1842 Texas Archive War, which arose from a dispute over the location of the capitol of Texas. In 1839, Mirabeau Lamar, then president of the Republic of Texas, moved the seat of government along with its archives from populous Houston with its commercial interests to a small planned city on the edge of the frontier--Austin. The archives arrived in 50 wagons, followed by Lamar and his cabinet, in October of 1839. Many felt the decision was unwise, foremost of them being Sam Houston, who was elected president of the Republic in 1841.

As president, Houston attempted to move the seat of government back to the coast, but Congress refused. In 1842, a month after Congress had adjourned, Mexican forces invaded Texas, reaching San Antonio. As the war ebbed, Houston repeatedly attempted to move the archives from Austin, arguing that they might at any moment be destroyed. Unable to convince Congress or the people of Austin of the importance of ensuring the safety of the archives, Houston ordered them to be privately removed. On December 30th, a small group headed by Col. Thomas Smith began loading the papers into wagons, and were nearly done when Angelina Eberly quickly emerged from her boarding house discharged a small canon located on Congress Avenue, alerting the Austinites to the theft. Smith, his men, and the archives quickly left town, but were overtaken by a group of Austinites who surprised them in the middle of the night. The archives were returned to Austin the next day and have remained at the state capitol complex ever since.

The statue of Angelina Eberly was placed on Congress Avenue between 6th and 7th streets in 2004 as a reminder that the archives are the people's records, not to be confused with the interests of any power or party.
MINISTERS IN THE LORD'S SERVICE
Altar Guild:
Gail Avots & Judy Ludlow                         
     
Readers :
Don Miller & Kay Callin


Acolytes:
John & Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Frank Pugliese & Bill Frick


Hospitality :The Callins
                  
 

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
 Cindy Allen


Organist:
Debra Johnson

MAY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
JULY 15 BIRTHDAY
Sheri Macchi
JULY 16 BIRTHDAY
Jo Cooke
JULY 16 ANNIVERSARY
Dudley & Vivian Baker
JULY 21 BIRTHDAY
Len Henry
JULY 24 ANNIVERSARY
Hanes & Rolinda Brindley
JULY 25 BIRTHDAY
Peggy Flores
JULY 28 BIRTHDAY
Peggy Flores
JULY 29 BIRTHDAY
Heidi Couchman
JULY 31 BIRTHDAY
Shirley Strasburger
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.