MAY 6, 2018

My Word

 Back from vacation. It was great, lots of family, and baseball. But you know what they say, it’s always nice to come back home. That was especially true for me. We attended Sunday services in rural Alabama, and it was a nice church, but it’s great to be back at St. Francis.

But more than merely telling you how wonderful you are, I want today to remind us of some of what it is that makes this such a special place. I came back to find that our Deacon, Tamara Clothier, has been selected to be the field work supervisor for the Diocese of Texas Diaconal Formation Process . What a great honor for her, and what an incredible affirmation of what it is that she is leading us to be and to do.

Priests and Deacons are an important part of the church, but are often misunderstood. Deacons are a vitally important reminder of the mission and ministry of all of God’s people. I like to use the analogy of making visits to folks in the hospital. I go and visit folks, mostly just because I am a Christian, and that is something that Christians do, we visit the sick. But only rarely do I really go “as a priest,” that is, that someone in the hospital needs the special ministries or gifts that priests exercise. Most often, I’m simply going to encourage, pray with, and lift the spirits of the person.

Because it is often the case that we forget to do things like this, Deacons come to the rescue. They teach, they preach, they lead prayers. But what the Deacon is most essentially about is the lifting up of God’s people into the life of service and witness. In the case of hospital visits, Deacons can also visit folks in the hospital, because they, too, are Christians. But someone in the parish needs to be making sure that there is an organized manner of checking in on the sick. Someone in the parish should be arranging programs like we have on the 2nd Sunday of each month, where we make lunches for the homeless.

And that is where a Deacon comes in. They aren’t just handy, they are up to their elbows in the messy details of actually doing the work that all Christians are called to do, and they enlist others. They organize, encourage, and even—when needed—prod or poke…..

As I write these words, I’ve noticed that the Solace program is singing in the background. It’s a part of the work that this place offers to the community. We are about the work and ministry of Christ. It’s not done by the Deacon, but it is the kind of thing that Deacons help us all to do.

Deacons are about helping communities live into being who they are called to be. And in the long run, Deacons are vital to the evangelism that makes for healthy communities. For, if we wish to invite folks into our community, we also need to make sure there is something for them to do, when they are welcomed in. Deacons are a big part of that doing.

And having a Deacon that others look to for leadership, for guidance and wisdom, well, that says a lot about what kind of community this is. And what kind of community we want to be.

-Fr David
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)

Deacon Tamara will be available to help folks sign up to Volunteer for or Attend (or both) the General Convention after the service at the Hospitality Hour. We are very lucky to be hosting it in Austin this year. Look for an email on Friday that will explain exactly what volunteering entails, what kinds of opportunities you can choose from and every thing else you could want to learn about it!
A Note from Deacon Tamara
As Fr. David noted in his column and that I announced last Sunday, I have been appointed to be the next Deacon Fieldwork Supervisor for the Iona School of Ministry. It is humbling and an honor to know that I will have a small part in the development of the Diaconate in the Diocese of Texas. I will still continue to serve at St. Francis. I am not going anywhere. But, there will be Sundays that I will be gone as I fulfill these new responsibilities to the Iona School.
You may not know what the Iona School of Ministry is all about. It was established in 2004 to train Deacons and Bi-Vocational Priests in a three-year curriculum of academic, practical, and liturgical instruction. A Lay track is also available to prepare lay candidates to preach, lead worship, or establish missional communities. If you would like to learn more the school, please talk to me or you can visit

In my experience, I have found that God opens doors for us in new and unexpected ways places.It takes faith and trust to walk through that door. But we do not walk through it alone. I ask your prayers for me as I walk through this newly opened door.

On Saturday, May 5 three women ( Ann Chastang, Alicia Go, and Deacon Tamara ) from St. Francis, Temple attended a retreat at St. Joseph’s Church in Salado. The retreat was conducted by the Sisters of Promise led by priest, Rev. Debbie Daigle and was called 

“Dancing When You Don’t Hear the Music.” The retreat featured speakers, music, journaling exercises, periods of silence, small group sessions and ended with a service of worship & Eucharist. The retreat focused on finding our way through pain and suffering to where “our wounded spirits will dance with joy again.”
The Junior Warden Team
A New, more Efficient Way of Dealing with Physical Plant Needs at Church?
Who knew that nationally, we struggle with the way we have been appointing and over using our junior wardens, and gradually a new solution seems to be emerging.

Episcopal Churches are appointing teams of folks who can work together or decide to call in a pro. One vestry member, in our case, Mickey Kerr, wears the official junior warden hat, and is our initiating point for prioritizing needs and how we’ll deal with them. Mickey can call on Len Henry or Tom Miller to organize a group, or call in a pro or his team RIchard Macchi, Jeff Callin, Chip Schaefer, Lawson Grant, Cindy Allen or any parishioner with the skill and the will to help.

If you’re interested, you’ll get a call or email when skills are needed. You can help evaluate and solve the problem, recommend a pro be called or just say you can or can’t help this time.

RSVP to Mickey if you would like to be on the team. 

O God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

(Book of Common Prayer Page 226 )

( Lectionary for Seventh Sunday in Easter: Sunday After Acension Day)

Sunday, May 13
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Thursday, May 17

Priest’s Pint , Barrow Brewery, Salado , 6:30pm: Deacon Tamara will be leading a discussion on “The Good Place.”

Friday, May 18

Saturday, May 19
How to Get in Touch
with Father David
Fr. David has been with us at St. Francis now for almost a month. Probably worth keeping for a bit. But you may be wondering how to get in touch with him. Or even when he is with us. So, just for the record, and to help getting in touch with him. Fr. David Krause is at: (972) 838-3603. That’s his mobile number and feel free to get in touch with him at any time. (It’s why we pay him the big bucks.)

His email is: . He’s usually in Temple on Sundays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays, but that does occasionally change with weekly events. And, of course, you can always get a message or call to him through the church office. 

The St. Francis Property Committee will be having a workday on Saturday, May 19th from 8:00am to finish.

The main project will be needed preparations and painting the outside of the school building. There are other maintenance tasks to be done as well.

Please see Mickey Kerr , Tom Miller or Len Henry for details.

A couple of our wish list items have been put on hold, while we do some further investigating. But we are very close to having enough for the AED (defibrillator)
that you are seeing in most public buildings these days. It will be just under $2000 by the time we get a mounting box, the children’s adaptation and a few supplies. We have donations from the Don Millers and the St. Francis Gift shop totaling $1000, and are expecting a donation from the school and a couple of Franciscans. Holler if you want to
pitch in a bit on this one.
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.


The Absurdity of Idol Worship
9 All who make idols are nothing, and the things they delight in do not profit;...13 The carpenter stretches a line, marks it out with a stylus, fashions it with planes, and marks it with a compass; he makes it in human form, with human beauty, to be set up in a shrine. 14 He cuts down cedars or chooses a holm tree or an oak and lets it grow strong among the trees of the forest. He plants a cedar and the rain nourishes it. 15 Then it can be used as fuel. Part of it he takes and warms himself; he kindles a fire and bakes bread. Then he makes a god and worships it, makes it a carved image and bows down before it. Read More...
May Events
MAY 13:
Feed My Sheep Sunday

Yes, I know it is also Mother’s Day, a day we celebrate those who nurtured, cared for, and loved us. Everyone who is homeless or in poverty had, at one time, someone who cared and loved them. Someone who nurtured them. Many of the women who I visit with at The Well each Monday talk about their children. Children who they no longer can see or can only be with for a short time. It is a source of pain. Our providing a meal honors Mother’s Day and is a form of nurturing and caring for our brothers and sisters in Christ. Even though I know there will be plans after the service to celebrate, I hope you stay for the 30–40 minutes needed to make sandwiches and prepare the sacks. Due to the absence of Mickey Kerr, volunteers will be needed to take the sacks down to Feed My Sheep . Grace & Peace, Deacon Tamara

The “birthday” of the church, is the promised arrival of the Holy Spirit, to inspire and empower the witnesses to Christ. It’s customary to wear red to church this day, as well as to hear the faint rustling of the wings of the Holy Spirit. 

Acts 2: The Coming of the Holy Spirit
2 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly from heaven there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting. 3 Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability . Read more .
MAY 2018:
Spring Events at St. Francis School

  • May 13: Mothers’ Day and A Thank you for St. Francis Students: The last Sunday before the end of the school year falls on Mothers’ Day. What a great way to celebrate and give thanks to those who nurture and support us! Teachers, staff, students and parents are all invited to a special day of Thanks.

  • May 16: Final Pick Up Day for Students, A Thank You for Parents: On this day, we give thanks to the parents who entrusted their children to us for the year. On the first day of school, we had folks welcome and meet the parents as they dropped their children off. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to not only say thank you, but when they came to pick up their children, we likewise met the parents in the parking lot with our best wishes for the Summer?

  • May 17: Year's Final Day of School: Thursdays are not “full school days”, as some students don’t go all 5 days during the week. So, this is the actual last day of classes, but not all students will be there.
June Events
JUNE 16:
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.
Tickets are $12.00 each, please return your order ( download here ) and payment to the Church or School office by June 1 .
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 .
JULY 7, 7:00–11:00pm:
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

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

Stay up to date with the latests news, photos and events by following us on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram . It is also a great way to stay in touch or make friendships with your fellow parishioners. Have photos of a St. Francis event you have attended? Email them along so that we can share them with others
The Episcopal Church: Landowner in Guam

Years ago, in order to be a good steward of our shared resources, The Episcopal Church took some of its money and invested a bit of our common funds into real estate. Trying to make sure that we are both responsible in getting a fair rate of return on the investment, as well as making sure that we use our financial resources to benefit others can be a daunting task for any financial planning group. But a wonderful opportunity did present itself. Guam. The Island. The Episcopal Church purchased property in Guam. A lot of it. In fact, today, the Episcopal Church is the largest private landowner in Guam. Apart from Government property, it would not be too far from the truth to state simply, “We own Guam.”
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, May 13 .

The collection item for May 2018 will be Protein Bars . 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:
Ruth Henry & Judy Ludlow                               

Readers :
Cole Mooney & John Dieter

Garrett Mooney & Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Tommy Miller & Len Henry

Hospitality :
Pat & Roiann Ludlow            
Children's Chapel:
Shelley Smith & Peggy Hughes
Vestry Greeter:  
Cindy Allen

Debra Johnson

Rose Bednarczyk
Hanes Brindley
Jeff Callin
Helen Ratliff
Al Dusek
Evan & Amy Longfield
Bob Henry
Chris Sedonic
Frank & Jan Pugliese
Mike Ludlow
Andre & Gail Avots
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. Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.