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The beginning of Holy Week, the time between Palm Sunday and Easter, always catches me up a bit short.  The services are many, the highs and lows are pretty extreme, and it always seems that no matter how I've prepared, or not prepared, something always comes up for which I have not expected.  Maybe that's the whole point. Last Sunday, in my sermon, I pointed out that change is the one thing that we can expect to come during a transition to a new Rector. But maybe that should be seen against the backdrop of these days.

Maybe change is something that we should embrace rather than resist.  Think of how wonderful a surprise party is, or how the least and most unexpected moment can really touch our hearts.  How, even when the world conspired to put Jesus to death, the love and power of God surprisingly overcame even the finality of death.

When was the last time that you found yourself really surprised, and in a good way, in church?  This coming Sunday, I'd like to give you a homework assignment. After church, whether in discussions in the Great Hall, or with other members of our family, or even just in a quick moment with others as we leave the church building, I'd like to invite you to reflect upon, and share, a time when something surprising happened in church. Something that really touched you, and reminded you that God may have more in store than we either desire or deserve.

Fr. David
Prayer During this Time of Transition
As we continue 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. (BCP, p 816)

Sunday Service Time 
  •  9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite I

See our  Christian Formation  page for more information on programs for infants, toddlers, children,youth and adults.

Prayer Requests 

You are invited to submit your prayer requests here. Submission of your prayer request will be received by a member of our office staff and in the included in the parish prayer list. If received after 5:00pm on Wednesdays, or you indicate that you would prefer to keep your prayer confidential, a member of our clergy will address your prayer privately.

ATTENTION! Spaces for Missionpalooza are Almost Gone!

Don't Miss Out; Sign Up Today
We are so surprised to be sending you this message so soon, but Missionpalooza is almost at capacity already! We want to make sure that all interested Franciscans have a spot if they would like to attend. 

If you'd like to get a spot, please Email Stephanie Townes with interest or questions.
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Vestry Wish List
Looking for ways to help?
Tell a vestry member if you are going to take care of one of these, or would like to pitch in towards one...
  1. Four-sided frontal for our altar
    (about $300--talk to Kyla)

  2. New desktop computer for Frances' Office 
    (about $700.00-see Lyn)
  3. Major organ revamp and repair 
    (about $10,000--ask Debra or choir member)
  4. AED (automatic external defibrillator) 
    (about $1,700--talk to Heidi)
Thank You!
For gifting us these needs from our wish list!
  • Ann and David Chastang for the beautiful wall clock in the Great Hall.
  • Sheri and Richard Macchi for the 30 squares of grass to complete the lining of the main entryway sidewalk.
  • And another big thank you to Jeff Callin, for shampooing the narthex and dumping many loads of mulch with his dump trailer, saving our old backs countless hours of hard work!
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Holy Cow Assessment

Thank you to all that have completed the Holy Cow Assessment.  If you haven't completed yours yet please try to complete it this coming week. Your opinion is very important in the search process. If you have any questions please call Ruth Henry 254-541-0060 .  
Thank you, Your CAT Team

A Special Thank You
A special thank you to all the folks who spent their Saturday morning making our building and grounds fresh and clean.  

Mickey Kerr gets the prize for greatest number of hours put in during spring break! RIchard Macchi also gets special thanks for modifying our kitchen counter to fit the new ice maker.

Also working their hearts and hands on Saturday were Greg Ross,  Dee Kerr, Bill Frick, Heidi and Glen Couchman, Barbara Walsh, Pete and Karen Fredenburg,  Len and Ruth Henry, Jerry Allen, Lyn and Tom Miller, Jeanie and Lawson Grant, Cathy Landry, Linda Collins, and Cindy Allen. You guys are THE BEST!

If anyone has any photos of all your hard work, we would love to share them with the congregation! Please email them to Thank you!
Collect for the Sunday of the Passion:
Palm Sunday

Almighty and everliving God, in your tender love for the human race you sent your Son our Savior Jesus Christ to take upon him our nature, and to suffer death upon the cross, giving us the example of his great humility: Mercifully grant that we may walk in the way of his suffering, and also share in his resurrection; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
What's Going on at  
St. Francis this Week?
  • March for our Lives, 4:45pm, Killeen ISD Parking

    The March for Our Lives is a planned demonstration, scheduled to take place on March 24, throughout the US. Killeen is the closest location to Temple. The above link to the Diocese of Texas provides alternate locations where fellow Episcopalians are meeting. They will update the information as they receive it.
Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
  • 9:00am Garden Work Day:
    Join us every Thursday!
  • 6:00pm Maundy Thursday Observance (includes washing of feet and stripping of the Altar)

Good Friday
  • 6:00pm: Stations of the Cross
  • 6:30pm: Good Friday (Prayers and entrance of the Cross)
Upcoming Events

March Events

March 21 : Discovering Your True Self, Detaching From Your False Self
The retreat has been rescheduled to May 23rd due to a death in the family of the facilitator.

April Events
April 1: Easter Sunday
  • 7:30am  Sunrise Service at the Outside Chapel (Easter Vigil, leading to renewal of Baptismal Vows, but does not conclude with Eucharist)
  • 8:30am  Easter Brunch
  • 9:30am  Easter Eucharist
May Events
All are welcome at Good Shepherd, Austin on Saturday, May 5 at 10:00 am to hear Presiding Bishop Michael Curry speak about discipleship. The church will have formation opportunities leading up to this event as well as following centered on "Becoming Disciples." Contact the church for more details.
May 23 : Discovering Your True Self, Detaching From Your False Self

Upcoming Diocesan Youth Events
April 13-15 : Happening
Happening provides a method through which one's spirituality may be developed, nourished, lived, and shared in fellowship. Those attending Happening (high school student and adults) listen to thought-provoking and challenging talks given by members of the youth staff and clergy. These talks are designed to help the participants to get to know God. After each talk, the opportunity is given for questions and discussion in small groups. Register HERE.
April 13-15 : Youth Encounter Spirit (Y.E.S.)

A Youth Encounter Spirit (Y.E.S.) weekend brings together members of the 6th-8th grade youth of the Diocese of Texas as a Christian community. The focus is on "who Christ is." Y.E.S. helps foster a clearer appreciation of self, richer relationships with others, and a deeper experience with Jesus. The weekend is designed to provide an atmosphere of openness where participants can ask questions and have the freedom to explore answers without fear of judgment. Music and games are a very important part of the weekend.

July 22-27 : Missionpalooza

Join multiple EDOT parishes for our annual mission trip. This summer we are continuing our disaster relief efforts in the Coastal Bend area of the Diocese of West Texas. Participant ages range from rising 7th graders through graduating seniors.
Email Stephanie Townes with interest or questions.
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 9:30am 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 scheduled sack meal preparation is
Sunday, April 8 .
CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC) :  The collection item for March 2018 will be Canned Vegetables. 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!

Ministers in the Lord's Service
Sunday March 25
Altar Guild
Sharon Hughes, Kyla Sherrard
& Ruth Henry

Len & Ruth Henry
Garrett Mooney & Noelle Dieter
Vestry Greeter:
Ruth Henry
Lay Readers
John Dieter & Cole Mooney
Debra Johnson

Children's Chapel:
Heidi & Glen Couchman


Easter Lilies

If you would like to give Easter Lilies, please print and complete the form at the link below and email to
or bring it to Frances at the front desk.

This Month's Birthdays & Anniversaries 
If your birthday or anniversary is missing or incorrect, please contact Frances!

March 2018

March 25 Anniversary
Mike & Judy Ludlow

March 28 Birthday
Ron Lockwood

March 28 Birthday
Tommy Strasburger

March 28 Birthday
Don Flores

March 29 Anniversary
Richard & Sheri Macchi

March 30 Birthday
Gel Detrick

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