July 5, 2018

My Word – Silence

For something that is really nothing, that is, silence is not really a thing, but rather the absence of something. Silence is usually defined by the fact that it can be described as the absence of sound.

For Christians, however, silence can not only be something, it can be the very space in which we might best hear the voice of God speaking to our hearts. 

Some of us may have noticed over the years that the Book of Common Prayer often makes provision for silence. Before the Confession of Sin. Right before the breaking of the Bread. It’s something that is often rushed right through. But silence can be a mighty time of preparation, for personal prayer, for space and time to hear God speaking. For just a moment of rest from the busyness of our lives. You may have noticed that I almost always try to put a moment of silence between the name Jesus, and the title Christ. After all, it’s not like we are using Jesus’ two names—such as David Krause. 

In the last couple of weeks, I’ve tried to stretch some of the moments of silence in our Sunday services. Just a bit. No one has voiced complaint, and so, I’d like to continue to try and stretch some of these moments of silence out. Just know, that in Sunday worship there is a place and time for our enthusiastic response, and there are places and times for taking just a moment away from the rush of things to savor the delicious and simple moments of silence. Of being together. Of relaxing in the presence of God.

Silence can be worrisome for some folks. While 10 seconds of silence may not sound like much, it’s amazing how uncomfortable some folks get. Maybe you’re one. If so, please know that it won’t be an every moment, every time thing. But maybe you’re one who might find a simple and steady presence in our very midst. Maybe, silence might just speak to your heart.

-Fr David Krause

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.
As we continue to let the work of listening to God to discover His desires for St. Francis, let us pray:
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 )
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.

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 .
All are Welcome
9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

9:30am: Children's Chapel

10:30am: Hospitality
(Coffee and Conversation
A Note from Deacon Tamara from the General Convention
I attended my first General Convention on Tuesday, July 3rd. I was volunteering in the registration area. My task was direct the deputies, alternates, bishops, visitors, vendors, staff and guests to the appropriate window to receive their credentials and badges. It was a great deal of fun and afterwards I got to shop in the vendor area. As I thought back on the day, I was reminded of a couple of things:

  1. Episcopalians, clergy or lay, do not follow directions! It didn’t matter that I would direct them to the appropriate window, many would go to the window they thought they should go, only to be told to go to the window I sent them to in the first place! We are a “stiff-neck” people! 
  2. Episcopalians are diverse. I met sisters and brothers of all ages and all sizes. Most everyone I met and talked to when they walked in to the registration area were initially confused. It didn’t matter if they were a bishop, priest, lay leader or a visitor. I heard accents from all over the world. Deputies and alternates traveled from all 50 states plus the world (Venezuela and Virgin Islands to name two).
  3. Joy. There was so much joy and excitement at coming together, seeing, and being with each other. It is a special time to be with people who get you. Who, despite all the differences, are the same. This is a special time in the life our church family.

Even if you do not volunteer you are welcome to observe General Convention. Day passes are for sale. Just show up to the Austin Convention Center. Volunteers in burnt orange or fluorescent green t-shirts can help direct you. You can also livestream the proceeds at the media hub (which will also be uploaded and available to watch afterward):

You can also digitally subscribe to The Episcopal Herald that will let you know what is going on at the beginning and end of each day:

Property Committee
Project Update
  • Jerry Allen will take the lead on the sheetrock repair of the vesting room. We’ll also freshen paint and clean carpet while the room is cleared out. Let Mickey or Jerry know if you’re willing to help. Time for this Workday has not yet been determined.

  • A few of us have begun cleaning out the metal building storage. It’s cleaner, but now needs a Work Party to get shelving units and organizers and ladders out of the old building. Holler if you can help
  • We still need someone to mount the AED box on the wall in the main hall, outside Frances’ office.
2018 Backpack Buddies
We Have Been Asked This Year to Provide for 50 Elementary Students
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

O God, you have taught us to keep all your commandments by loving you and our neighbor: Grant us the grace of your Holy Spirit, that we may be devoted to you with our whole heart, and united to one another with pure affection; 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 230 )

Lectionary for this Sunday

  • Old Testament: 2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
  • Psalm: Psalm 48
  • Epistle: 2 Corinthians 12:2-10
  • Gospel: Mark 6:1-13

We need folks to sign up for hospitality on July 15th & 22nd. THANKS!

Saturday, July 7

  • 10:30am: Austin Farm Church http://bit.ly/FarmChurch Farm Church meets on the first Sat. of the month to work on the farm, worship God, and share a meal with friends.
  • 7:00pm: TX Night at the General Convention: Immediately following Episcopal Revival Worship. The Episcopal Diocese of TX heartily invites you to attend a backyard BBQ at the Palmer Events Center

Sunday, July 8

  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 10:30am: Feed My Sheep Sunday

Tuesday, July 10
  • There will be no Tuesday Solace for the month of July

Thursday, June 12
  • 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 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?
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

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 Myrtle. Remember, a fountain and benches provide a pleasant environment for meditating on God's love and care—and listening for his voice.

Isaiah 58:10-11
10 if you offer your food to the hungry and satisfy the needs of the afflicted,
then your light shall rise in the darkness and your gloom be like the noonday.
11 The Lord will guide you continually, and satisfy your needs in parched places, and make your bones strong;and you shall be like a watered garden, like a spring of water
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
“One is nearer God’s heart in a garden, than anywhere else on earth.” Dorothy Frances Gurney
July Events
JULY 5–JULY 13, 2018:
The 79th General Convention
of The Episcopal Church

Watch videos about various aspects and history of the General Convention HERE . I highly recommend the Keynote Welcome by The Most Reverend Michael Curry, Presiding Bishop.

How to be at General Convention if you can’t be there

You will be able to follow the action at General Convention for afar in a number of ways, thanks to the Internet.

Registration is $130 or $50 for individual days. For Housing, Registration, Attendee, Children's Programs, Counseling, Accessibility, Transportation and Volunteer information visit the Attendee Information Page .

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on the evening of Nov. 17 helps start the Diocese of San Joaquin’s three-day revival. The kickoff event was held on the campus of the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service
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JULY 7, 7:00–9:00pm:
TX BBQ Night at General Convention

EDOT Heartily Invites You to Attend a Texas Backyard Barbecue
On tap for the evening :
  • Live music
  • Incredible hospitality
  • Tall tales
  • A warm evening
  • A Texas sunset

Dress for the weather. Layers suggested. Seersucker and sundresses encouraged. Bermuda shorts applauded.

Water, lemonade, and tea, Beer and margaritas (cash bar), Local snacks
Optional pre-paid supper (More details to come but the rumor on the street says something about maybe tacos and fried chicken baskets and, e mpañada s! Shhh)

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

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.
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.

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, July 8 .

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.

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.

“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?

Lives of the Signers of the Declaration of Independence, by N. Dwight 1852

From North Carolina
John Penn (Episcopalian) Born in 1741 to a farmer of modest means, John was educated at home. Parents died at an early age, and he studied to be a lawyer. After 12 years of very successful practice, he moved to North Carolina. A very early supporter of independence, he became the senior member of North Carolina delegation. He supplied American troops in North Carolina, at great personal cost. In declining health,he retired from public life. But later resumed the practice of law, died at age 47. Married with two children.

From South Carolina
Arthur Middleton (Episcopalian) Born in 1742, Arthur had a classical education in England. A Cambridge graduate, he traveled upon graduation. Married upon his return to South Carolina. He continued to travel (his father was extremely wealthy), organized the defense of South Carolina in 1775. He helped to draft the state constitution, and was elected to the Continental Congress, retiring in 1777. Then elected Governor in 1778, but declined the office. His family home was plundered by British, he was taken prisoner, sent to England, later released in a prisoner exchange. Died in 1787 of fever, having declined a seat in Congress, but accepted one in the legislature of South Carolina.

From Virginia
Frances Lightfoot Lee (Episcopalian) Born 1734 in VA, to one of the first families of VA. He was educated at home. Frances never had a real job. But he was well respected for his common sense and judgment.  Elected to the House of Burgesses (Virginia’s state legislature) in 1765, he served until 1775. He served in the Continental Congress 1775-1779, as a quiet, back bencher. His wife and he both die of pleurisy, leaving no children. A life of great ease and pleasure.

From Delaware
Ceasar Rodney (Episcopalian) Born 1728, Ceasar had no formal education. His father died at 17. He was given several government offices under the King. Elected as a local representative, He kept his seat until his death in 1784. As Major General of the Delaware Militia, his forces served as support units for Washington’s army. His health flagged, as he had both asthma and cancer. Neither was ever properly treated. Elected early to the Continental Congress, he served until 1777. In 1782 elected to Congress again, but declined. His health ruined by service in the war, he died in 1784
Altar Guild:
Ruth Henry &
Kyla Sherrard                          
Readers :
Bill & Linda Frick

John & Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Len & Ruth Henry

Hospitality :Jerry &
Cindy Allen

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
 Ann Chastang

Debra Johnson

Viktoria Wojtaszek
Celeste Wojtaszek
Pete & Karen Fredenburg
Jason & Christina Culp
Sheri Macchi
Jo Cooke
Dudley & Vivian Baker
Len Henry
Hanes & Rolinda Brindley
Peggy Flores
Peggy Flores
Heidi Couchman
Shirley Strasburger
Take time to walk around the gardens and see if you can find the plants we have featured so far: Aloe, Sweet Gum, Bitter Herbs, Society Garlic, Arizona Blue Cypress, Day Lily, Rock Rose, Little Bluestem Grass, Desert Willow, Brown Turkey Fig, Artemisia and Myrtle . Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.