June 14, 2018

My Word

The results of the Holy Cow survey are back. I spoke about them in my sermon last week. And they are long and detailed. I’m not going to try and summarize them here, nor really go into any detail. But I do want to to highlight one aspect of what they said. St. Francis is a congregation that knows that we need to change (even if it’s only to go back to doing what we do well), and yet resists change all across the theological spectrum. So how do we find out what needs changing, what works, and what to leave alone?

One suggestion is to make sure to give folks plenty of advance notice of any changes that are coming up. Another is to be sure to remind them that we are trying things out over a very limited period of time, and also, that changes will come to an end. Further, that changes will be subject to constant and on going evaluation. Nothing is going to get done that we don’t want to do.

And if change frightens you, let me remind you of the insights of GK Chesterton, who said that a true conservative knows how to embrace change. A whitewashed post will need repainting over time, because it will turn dark. To keep the white means to refresh the white.

That’s the kind of thing that I hope we are able to do while together this summer and fall. We have the opportunity to have a bit of fun. For example, on Cru Sunday, we know that we need to print out the service so that our visitors will be able to figure out how to navigate a liturgical church.

So, we may try a bit of the new. We may bring back a bit of the old. There are things that work, and things that don’t. One of the real advantages of summer time, and having a Interim Rector, is that we know that we don’t have to keep either. So, relax and have a bit of fun!

-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
We received a letter from Noah Schaefer. Our cards and letters mean a great deal to him. Please keep sending them! As you travel throughout the summer send a postcard or two. Below is his letter. It will also be posted in the parish hall.

To get a sense of what life must be like for Noah, you might consider listening to a podcast titled “Ear Hustle.” “Ear Hustle” brings you stories of life inside San Quentin State Prison. The stories are sometimes funny and yes, sometimes difficult to hear. But there is resilience and hope in the stories. Take a listen on your favorite podcast playing device (in my case that is my iPhone) or online at https://www.earhustlesq.com/    
St. Francis,
I love every single one of yall's support letters. Just a little update. I’m doing very well. The food isn’t as bad as before. My job is going very good. Not so much going on in West, TX, but I would love to hear from everyone. Even if we don’t talk, I would love to get a letter from you.

Thank you everyone for all of the endless support. I can’t wait to come back home to see all of you. Love you guys. —Noah

Noah Schaefer
TDC# 02178942
Smith Unit
1313 CR 19
Lamesa, TX 79331
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.
Holy Cow News
An Update on the Holy Cow Congregational Assessment Tool (CAT)
Late into the night last Wednesday evening, 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 was 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 past 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!


Keep, O Lord, your household the Church in your steadfast faith and love, that through your grace we may proclaim your truth with boldness, and minister your justice with compassion; for the sake of our Savior Jesus Christ, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

( Book of Common Pray e  r Page 230 )

Lectionary for this Sunday

Old Testament: 1 Samuel 15:34-16:13
[Alternate: Ezekiel 17:22-24]

Psalm: Psalm 20
[Alternate: Psalm 92:1-4,11-14]

Epistle:2 Corinthians 5:6-10,(11-13),14-17

Gospel: Mark 4:26-34

Saturday, June 16

  • 6:05pm: 4th Annual St. Francis Episcopal Church and School Night at the Ballpark

Sunday, June 17

  • 9:30am: Service & Picnic in Lion's Park with Christ Church parish.

Stay after the service for potluck-style picnic in the park. Bring your food and blankets to share with others!

  • 11:00am: Informal Service at St. Francis (in the air conditioning)

Thursday, June 21
  • 9:00am: Garden Day

After the Sunday, June 24 Service there will be a Vestry Meeting.
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
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 and Heidi and Glen Couchman for donating for Solace.
Bible Plant and
Verse 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.

FIG (Brown Turkey Fig): Joel 1:7
Lament over the Ruin of the Country

2 Hear this, O elders,
   give ear, all inhabitants of the land!
Has such a thing happened in your days,or in the days of your ancestors?
3 Tell your children of it,
   and let your children tell their children,and their children another generation.
4 What the cutting locust left,
   the swarming locust has eaten.
What the swarming locust left,
   the hopping locust has eaten,
and what the hopping locust left,
   the destroying locust has eaten.
5 Wake up, you drunkards, and weep;
   and wail, all you wine-drinkers,
over the sweet wine,
   for it is cut off from your mouth.
6 For a nation has invaded my land,
   powerful and innumerable;
its teeth are lions’ teeth,
   and it has the fangs of a lioness.
7 It has laid waste my vines,
   and splintered my fig trees;
it has stripped off their bark and thrown it down;
   their branches have turned white.
8 Lament like a virgin dressed in sackcloth
   for the husband of her youth.
9 The grain offering and the drink offering are cut off
   from the house of the Lord.
The priests mourn,
   the ministers of the Lord.
10 The fields are devastated,
   the ground mourns;
for the grain is destroyed,
   the wine dries up,
   the oil fails.
11 Be dismayed, you farmers,
   wail, you vinedressers,
over the wheat and the barley;
   for the crops of the field are ruined.
12 The vine withers,
   the fig tree droops.
Pomegranate, palm, and apple—
   all the trees of the field are dried up;
surely, joy withers away
   among the people.
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

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.”
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, July 8 .

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!
Did You Know?

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

From New York

Francis Lewis . Born in Wales in 1713, father a priest, mother the daughter of a priest. Uncle the Dean of St. Paul’s, London. inherited money early in life, traveled widely. Signed the declaration, and had his property plundered and impounded by British. He and his wife were imprisoned, and later exchanged for British prisoners. He spent the rest of life with just enough money to pay their bills.

From New Jersey

Francis Hopkins . Born in Philadelphia in 1737. His mother was the niece of the Bishop of Worchester. His father was a good friend of Benjamin Franklin. His father died when Francis was young. Practices law, marries in 1768. He became a fierce politician, very active in party politics. Died at the ripe old old age of 53. Active in Government, party, and many political expressions.

From Pennsylvania

Robert Morris . Born in England in 1733. His father was a merchant, who died when Robert was 15. Apprenticed out, he became partner in the greatest commercial house of Philadelphia. After Lexington and Concord became an ardent Patriot. Chair of committee of Congress to find arms and ammo. Loaned the government the money which enabled George Washington and his army to survive Valley Forge. Personally guaranteed loans to Continental Congress, and for early Government of US. In 1781 became Superintendant of Finance, and talked many wealthy friends into loaning money to the government. He was the 1 st  nominee for Secretary of Treasury (later that post went to Alexander Hamilton), but refused the job in order to build back up his personal finances. Unable to do so, he had wrecked his finances in support of the revolution and early US government. Died at 73, basically broke, leaving his family penniless. His wife was the sister of Bishop William White of Pennslyvania, who was the Chaplain to the Continental Congress.

From Virginia

Richard Henry Lee . He came from a very, very distinquished family. Born in VA in 1732, he showed up in public life first in the military campaigns of Braddock in the French and Indian War. An early Patriot, he was a gifted speaker, worked closely with Patrick Henry (but very unlike him). He was the 1 st  to propose Committees of Correspondence. He wrote Washington’s commission as an officer. later he introduced the resolution for Independence. Declined further action in Congress, so that he could defend VA. But in 1784 reelected to Congress, where he became President of Congress. Later, he was the 1 st  US senator from VA. Retired to enjoy family life at an advanced age. Died peacefully with his family.
Altar Guild:
Sharon Hughes &
Judy Ludlow                           
Readers :
Lawson Grant &
Richard Stillman

Collin & Ian Wilson
Ushers :
Ruth Henry &
Jana Deakins

Hospitality :
Barbara Walsh &
Marjorie Lewis                    

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Linda Collins

Debra Johnson

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 & Brown Turkey Fig . Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.