MAY 6, 2018

My Word


Time to relax by the pool. Take in a Ball game. Get back together with family or friends for a cookout or picnic. Travel.

Some of us will be on the road this Summer. Let me make a request. In your travels, as you are able to attend church services in different places, bring us back a bulletin. This lets us see and learn from other churches. What are the current best practices, Summer ideas, and ways to present things that other churches are experiencing?

Second, be sure to talk these ideas up among yourselves. See something you really liked? Mention it to other folks in the parish. How can we stay fresh without a bit of pollination?

Finally, as we get ready to really jump into the Summer, let’s all give thanks for the coming of General Convention of the Episcopal Church to our area. In the next couple of weeks, I’m going to have more to say about GC (as those “in the know” refer to it). But, I am always thankful that we have a church where the voices of folks like you and me is an important part of the decision making process. Rather than some abstract entity far away, this is more like a family gathering of a widely spread church.

I’ve had the good fortune to attend about a half dozen or so of these things. Every time I go, I see folks that I’ve known and loved for some time, but lost touch with over the years. It’s the biggest family reunion I know of. It’s not about career politicians, nor a top down gathering where we are told about what’s going on. Rather, it’s simply a few of us getting together to share, listen, tell, and decide, together, what it seems like the Spirit is calling us to do and to be. 

General Convention is messy, sometimes headlines grabbing, and always seems to just miss being profound. But, it is only the first part of what is going on in the life of our church. GC will propose, suggest, direct. However, it is the reality of life in parish churches that really determines what will happen in the future. What is the Spirit saying and doing in places like St. Francis? That, and that alone, will really determine what happens in our church. Come, Holy Spirit, come.

-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
A Note from Deacon Tamara
Vacation. What a lovely word! It conjures up rest, recreation, and respite. I will be on vacation starting May 25–June 3. My cousins, Robert and Joanne, and I are headed to Cambridge, Britain. We will be attending the Memorial Day Ceremony at the Cambridge American Cemetery. Our uncle, Corporal Robert Bickston, is buried there. During WWII he served with the 367th Bomber Squadron, 306th Heavy Bomber Group and died in the line of duty just one month shy of his 21st birthday.

Memorial Day is the unofficial start of summer and is a time for family and friends to gather, picnic, and Barbecue. I encourage you, during these gatherings, to tell the stories of the men and women in your family history that sacrificed their lives during times of war. If you have pictures, share them as well. To the left is a picture of my uncle.

Perhaps you might find time to attend the Memorial Day service at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery at 10:00am. Monday, May 28 , Major General Anthony Ierardi, Commander of the 1st Cavalry Division, will speak. The ceremony will include the laying of wreaths, a 21-gun salute, and the unveiling of the 2012 Memorial Slate honoring soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. The cemetery is at 11463 State Highway 195 , south of Killeen.

O God, who on this day taught the hearts of your faithful people by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit: Grant us by the same Spirit to have a right judgment in all things, and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

  • (Book of Common Prayer Page 227, including alternate Collect)
  • (Lectionary for Day of Pentecost: Whitsunday)

Sunday, May 20

  • Please Wear Red!

  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • Pentecost: The Coming of the Holy Spirit
  • Vestry Meeting after the 9:30am Service

Tuesday, May 22

Thursday, May 24
  • 9:00am: Garden Day

Friday, May 25
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. 

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.


Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink,[ j ] or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? 27 And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?[ k ] 28 And why do you worry about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin,

29 yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these. 30 But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 Therefore do not worry, saying, ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’ 32 For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all these things. 33 But strive first for the kingdom of God[ l ] and his[ m ]righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

34 “So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today
May Events

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 .
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
The HUB: Helping Urban Bicyclists

The HUB—or Helping Urban Bicyclists—is a ministry spearheaded by St. John’s Episcopal Church in Stockton, the Diocese of San Joaquin. Deacon Stephen Bentley, with a small and mighty group of volunteers, collects and repairs bicycles to distribute to their neighbors who need reliable and inexpensive transportation to work, to mandated programs, and to church. See how God is working through the HUB to bridge the gap between community and congregation, and prayer and action.

Watch the video here:
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 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!

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
Altar Guild:
Gail Avots, Ethelene Rodriguez & Kim Carpenter                                

Readers :
Bill & Linda Frick

Collin & Ian Wilson
Ushers :
T Jana Deakins & Ruth Henry

Hospitality :
The Callins            
Children's Chapel:
Gail & Andre Avots
Vestry Greeter:  
Don Miller

Debra Johnson

Al Dusek
Evan & Amy Longfield
Bob Henry
Bob Henry
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, & Day Lily. Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.