June 7, 2018

My Word

Why are the flags up in church? And why am I making so many changes in the worship on Sundays? Does this mean that Father Brad was wrong about some things?

No, Father Brad was not wrong in any of the changes that he might have made when he came in. And I hope that I’m not making nearly so many changes as you may think. Although, some change is inevitable when a new priest arrives in a parish. We each think that we do things right, and 'just the way that everyone does it.' And, of course, no two priests ever do most things in the same way.

Let me start with the flags. I asked the Altar Guild if they would consider hanging them for the summer. With Memorial Day, the Fourth of July and Labor Day it seems like the perfect time for a summer theme to me, and, I’ll be the first to admit, it’s my wife’s decorating scheme at our house. She thinks it lends just a tad of a festive air to our home for the summer. Also, I want to make sure that with Fort Hood so close, we are giving special honor to those who gave their lives for the defense of our country (Memorial Day), pledged their life, their liberty and their fortunes for our country’s sake (the Fourth of July a first rank Holy Day on our household calendar), and to recognize those who work to make it operate and prosper (Labor Day). 

Other changes in the liturgy have already included omitting the confession during the Easter Season, scheduling a Summer Picnic Service on Father’s Day and some musical changes for the month of August (only August). All of this really goes under the headings: Let’s Have Some Fun , Mark the Passing Seasons , and Ensure Church Life Matches Pace with Secular Life .

I hope that it is not as much a set of changes, as an opportunity to remember who we are, what benefits our worship intendeds to offer and how we understand the significance of the life and teachings of Jesus Christ in the modern world.

In that, I hope I am not making changes, but merely bringing focus back into the some of the important details of our church life.
-Fr David Krause
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, of your indicate that you would prefer to keep your prayer confidential, a member of the clergy will address your prayer privately.
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 (Welcome Home Deacon)
It is good to be home. As much as I love to travel, there is always such pleasure in coming home and being surrounded by what is familiar. For me, traveling opens up new worlds, new ways of seeing things, new foods, and an appreciation of history. I see possibilities wherever I go. Those possibilities stay with long after I am home. God made us to be curious and wonder about our world. I hope wherever you travel this summer even if it a stay-cation that you experience that sense of possibility.

I am still transitioning to my new role as Deacon Fieldwork Supervisor and am required to be at Iona School of Ministry this coming weekend. It is graduation weekend. Graduation is the capstone of three years of study for the Bi-Vocational Priest and Vocational Deacon students. I can remember my own journey. It is an accomplishment to be proud of and I ask that you join me as I pray for these students as they begin the next phase of the life God has asked them to lead. Their learning will continue as they step into new roles in Parishes throughout our Diocese.
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 Kerr or Jerry Allen know if you’re willing to help. Time for this Workday has not yet been determined.

We also still need help with a smaller project:  we need someone to mount our new defibrillator. No, you don’t have to make it work, just mount the box in the hall outside the church offices, more or less midway down the hall.In-service training for use will be provided later this summer.
Breaking News!
An Update on the Holy Cow Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT)
Late into the night on Wednesday evening (last night), the Vestry as well as head of Altar Guild, Head of Readers, Father David, Deacon Tamara and a representative of the Bishop’s office, heard the results of the recent Holy Cow Survey that our congregation undertook last month.

There is a lot of data in the survey results a lot . As a result, it will take some time for everyone to absorb it all. This article is being written late at night after a nearly three and a half hour presentation. There are some great insights, highlights of strengths, and, yes, areas of challenge that have been identified. A more comprehensive, and somewhat more lucid, account will be forthcoming. However, in an effort to get at least a smidgen of feedback to the congregation, there are two especially important points that came across pretty clearly.

First, St. Francis is a unique and wonderful parish where theological conviction ranges right across the spectrum. Dramatically more so than in most other congregations, we have a nearly equal division of conservative, progressive and a wide range of viewpoints in between. We truly are a place where everyone is welcome, and rich, fruitful, discussions with diverse ideas are honored, while valuing and respecting one another.

The challenge is the second point that came across very clearly. In order to move forward, St. Francis will need to develop a sense of focus and cohesion that can bring us together in diversity while holding onto our commonalities. In short, we need to be able to see that in disagreement there is no risk to our ongoing relationships, and in our relationships, we do not always have to agree.

The Vestry will meet again, after a short period of time to allow folks to contemplate this rich treasure trove of data and insight. Want to know more? Just ask anyone on the Vestry, or well…believe it or not, Father David had already planned to preach on this very subject this coming Sunday. It is always amazing how the Lectionary leads us into the a specific section of scripture that is especially meaningful for where we are, or what we are dealing with in our lives!


O God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; 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 229 )

( Lectionary for this Sunday)

Feed My Sheep
Sunday, June 10

  • 10:30am: Assemble in the parish hall to make sandwiches and sack lunches for Feed My Sheep

Thursday, June 14
  • 9:00am: Garden Day
Meditation Garden Featured Plant of the Week
In the Meditation Garden near the Columbarium plants mentioned in the Bible have been placed, along with signs with the Biblical source.

WILLOW (Desert Willow): Job 40:22
God's Challenge to Job

...21 Under the lotus plants it lies, in the covert of the reeds and in the marsh.
22 The lotus trees cover it for shade; the willows of the wadi surround it.
23 Even if the river is turbulent, it is not frightened;it is confident though Jordan rushes against its mouth...

Looking for a few good men & women!

On your mark...get set….go! Nominate yourself or someone else you think would make a great Search Committee member. Do it right away! Now that we have our Holy Cow results, we can begin actively searching within a month or two.

Nomination forms are in the church office and in the narthex. We still need seven to eight committed church members to serve on the committee.

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 for being the first to donate toward this goal!
June Events
4th Annual St.Francis Episcopal Church and School "Night at the Ballpark"

We are looking forward to a great night of fellowship with Church and School members when the Round Rock Express takes on the Fresno Grizzlies on Saturday, June 16th at 6:05pm at the Dell Diamond in Round Rock.

We will meet at St. Francis Episcopal for anyone wanting to carpool at 3:00pm, and then proceed to the ballpark where we will tailgate prior to the game. We plan on having hotdogs, chips, cookies & drinks.

For more information please contact
Chris Sedonic or (254) 624-1759; or
Tammy Schaefer or (254) 721-6907.
JUNE 17:
Special Fathers’ Day Worship Services

On the 17 th of June, St. Francis will have two special services of worship for Fathers’ Day. The first is at 9:30 am, in Lion’s Park, jointly sponsored with Christ Church parish.

Informally worshiping together in the park may cause a few heads to turn, but should prove to be a relaxing day together. After the service, stay for a potluck meal style picnic. Bring your food and blankets!

For those who might be reluctant to have worship in a park, or who might worry about the heat of the day, St. Francis will also be holding services in our church after the Park service. After the worship in the park, there will be an informal service at St. Francis church, in the air conditioning, but still keeping the relaxed and informal style for Fathers’ Day. This service will begin at 11 am.

These two special services are not only to mark Fathers’ Day, but to give a look at a relaxed style of worship and enjoy the laid back time of Summer. Episcopalians aren’t always the “frozen chosen.”

Stay tuned for more….
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.

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 .
Episcopal General Convention 2018 Logo
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
Summer camp is not just for kids and youth, Camp Allen is hosting several events for adults this summer. Birds and Blooms, Man Camp and Summer Camp for Moms are several retreats available. Reserve your spot now! For more information and to register, please visit www.campallen.org
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, June 10 .

The collection item for June 2018 will be Instant Drink Mix . 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!
Altar Guild:
Chris Sedonic & Gail Avots                           
Readers :
Cole Mooney & John Dieter

Garrett Mooney
& Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Bill Frick & Frank Pugliese

Hospitality :
Stewart &
Nancy Smith           
Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Barbara Walsh

Debra Johnson

Glen Couchman
Wanda White
Garrett Mooney
Sally Hibbeler
Evan Longfied
Nick Graham
Truman New
Barbara Timmermeyer
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 . Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.