MAY 6, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
Arlington National Cemetery

My Word

Memorial Day. The beginning of Summer. Grilling out. Baseball. School’s out. A million things to do and enjoy.

Some of us may even make a trip to a local cemetery, or at the very least, remember those who have preceded us in our journeys of faith. But, Memorial Day is not the same as All Saints’ Day. On that day (and on the next, All Souls’ Day), we remember all the faithful departed. Memorial Day is a special day of remembrance for those who have given their lives in defense of our nation. Not the same as Veterans’ Day, when we give thanks for all who have served, but a special day for remembering all those who gave the last full measure of devotion and service. 

Memorial Day is often overlooked in the church calendar. There is no special set liturgy. In our current Book of Common Prayer there is no special prayer to be offered. But the church has long noted the need to commemorate this sort of sacrifice. Many churches have special memorials offered, or even chapels dedicated to those who have given their lives. 

While I will certainly welcome the unofficial start of the Summer, I don’t want to skip over this moment to say a prayer of thanks on their behalf. In fact, there is a special prayer that has long been used for this day, coming from the Church of England:

A Commemoration of those who have fallen in battle or died for their country.

V.  I believe verily to see the goodness of the Lord;
R.  In the land of the living.

Remember in thy kingdom, O lord Christ, those who counted not their lives dear unto themselves, but laid them down for their friends: Shed forth upon them the light of thy countenance, and grant that they may be numbered among the hosts of thy redeemed, going forth conquering and to conquer with thee, their everlasting Lord; who livest and reignest with the Father and the Holy Ghost, one God, world without end. Amen.

From After the Third Collect
Used at York Minster in 1947

-Fr David Krause
PRAYER DURING THIS TIME OF TRANSITION
As we continue to let the work of listening to God to discover His desires for St. Francis, let us pray:
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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 )
PRAYER REQUESTS
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.
SUNDAY SERVICE TIME
All are Welcome
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9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

9:30am: Children's Chapel

10:30am: Hospitality
(Coffee and Conversation
WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST.FRANCIS?
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A Note from Deacon Tamara
Deacon Tamara will be out of town until June 3.
The Search
It’s time to start thinking about THE SEARCH! On June 6, St. Francis Vestry and other ministry leaders will sit down with Rev. Francine Young to receive the results of our Holy Cow assessment. We’ll craft a statement called “The Rector We Seek” and tweak our mission statement (if it needs it per those results). Then the Diocese will publish our profile and the search can officially begin. If you feel called to participate, or you know someone who would be great for this job, pick up one of the nomination forms in the narthex or in Frances’ office. Turn in completed forms to Frances. We will need 7–10 Franciscans for this important job.

The maiden voyage of the Junior Warden Team was last Saturday, May 19. Our goal was to repaint the outside of the school and church, from outside Frances' office, all the way down the front of the school, and back up to the school kitchen on the back side. Happily, we were successful! Thanks to everyone who helped: Lawson and Jeanie Grant, Linda Collins, Mickey Kerr, Kyla Sherrard, Jerry and Cindy Allen, Leonard, Ruth, and Bobby Henry, Glen Couchman, and Michael Ludlow. You guys worked so hard and the wood is preserved and in great shape for the next few years!
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. 
Holy Trinity
COLLECT FOR THE FIRST
SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST: TRINITY SUNDAY

Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


  • (Lectionary for the First Sunday after Pentecost: Trinity Sunday)
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ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, May 27

  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Monday, May 28
  • Office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day

Thursday, May 31
  • 9:00am: Garden Day

Friday, June 1
  • DEADLINE for turning in your $12 fee for the St. Francis Episcopal Church and School Annual Night at the Ballpark.

Don't miss out on the carpooling, food, snacking, tailgating, fellowship and of course the game! We need a certain number of people to get our group rate. We aren't quite there yet. If you are on the fence, hop on over and help us make our quota. We would love to have your company! Form can be downloaded below, in the email sent to you this week or picked up from Frances.
Rock Rose
Rock Rose
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.

ROSE
(BELINDA'S DREAM SRUB ROSE)

1 I am a rose of Sharon,
   a lily of the valleys.

2 As a lily among brambles,
   so is my love among maidens.

3 As an apple tree among the trees of
the wood, so is my beloved among
young men.
With great delight I sat in his shadow,
   and his fruit was sweet to my taste.

4 He brought me to the banqueting
house,and his intention toward me
was love.

5 Sustain me with raisins,
   refresh me with apples;
   for I am faint with love.

6 O that his left hand were under my
head,and that his right hand
embraced me!

7 I adjure you, O daughters of
Jerusalem, by the gazelles or the
wild does: do not stir up or awaken
love until it is ready!
VESTRY THANKS   

Many thanks for everyone who pitched in on the Defibrillator machine: St. Francis Gift Shop, Don and Geri Miller, Glen and Heidi Couchman, Cheryl Stanley Jones, Suzanne Burrows, Gail and Andres Avots, Tom and Lyn Miller and last minute group ingathering that put us over the top.

It will be ordered and installed in June and we will be ready for an emergency!.
VESTRY WISH LIST:

1. Four-sided Frontal …$4000. The frontal cloth we have now, was designed for the old altar which was three-sided, and stood at the end of the Great Hall, 20-30 years ago. The picture shows the difference. The cloth that looks like a tapestry is the frontal cloth. he proper cloth for a four-sided altar is a four-sided frontal cloth. Yes they are precious and beautiful, but this is not an emergency so may we be forced to put it off for a few years. Maybe several of us would like to go in on this one.
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DID YOU KNOW?   

Widely regarded as the best preacher of the nineteenth century, Philips Brooks was an outspoken critic of slavery. Graduating from Harvard at age 20, he went on to Virginia Theological Seminary and served parishes in Philadelphia and Boston.

He preached noteworthy sermons to large crowds, many of which are still read today. He is probably best known as the author of the Christmas carol, O Little Town of Bethlehem . Brooks was elected the sixth bishop of Massachusetts and served for just 15 months before his death, which was a major event in Boston’s history.

From The Episcopal Handbook
2. Since our nursery has been converted to a school classroom midweek, we occasionally find ourselves in need of a portable crib. Rose found a Pack 'n Play that would fill that the need perfectly for the price.
3. 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.
UPCOMING EVENTS
Bishop C. Andy Doyle
BISHOP DOYLE LIKES US.
DO YOU?

We have gotten "Likes" on our posts on both Twitter and Instagram by Bishop C. Andy Doyle! Follow us and find out why.

Have photos of a St. Francis events you have attended? Email them along so that we can share them with others
May Events
Tourists gather in front of the White House in November. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry travels this week to Washington, D.C., for a series of events as part of the “Reclaiming Jesus” initiative, including meetings with lawmakers on Capital Hill, a Morning Prayer service and a candlelight procession to the White House. Photo: David Paulsen/Episcopal News Service
MAY 24 (TODAY!):
Presiding Bishop, Ecumenical Religious Leaders Descend on Washington, DC, to ‘Reclaim Jesus’

[Episcopal News Service]  Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and the Rev. Jim Wallis of the Christian social justice organization Sojourners will co-lead a May 24 service at National City Christian Church followed by a candlelight procession to the White House.

The events in Washington, D.C., are part of “ Reclaiming Jesus: A Confession of Faith in a Time of Crisis ,” an ecumenical Christian elders’ initiative launched in March to “reclaim Jesus” from those believed to be using Christian theology for political gain.

“We are living through perilous and polarizing times as a nation, with a dangerous crisis of moral and political leadership at the highest levels of our government and in our churches,” said the  23 original signers of the statement . “We believe the soul of the nation and the integrity of faith are now at stake.”

It’s the church’s role to change the world through the love and life of Christ, the signers’ statement says. When political leadership undermines that role, “faith leaders must stand up and speak out,” they said, invoking the words of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.: “the church is the conscience of the state, not its master or servant.”

The contemporary Christian religious leaders supporting this initiative believe the United States is in a political, moral and theological crisis. They are concerned with the resurgence of white nationalism, racism and xenophobia; misogyny; attacks on immigrants, refugees and the poor; the distortion of facts and consistent lying by the nation’s highest leaders; and moves toward autocratic political leadership and authoritarian rule.

Since its release, other Christian leaders  have requested to sign on to the statement . At the same time, Curry’s own profile has risen dramatically since he was chosen to preach May 19 at the royal wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle.  His sermon continues to generate praise this week  as Curry turns his attention to Reclaiming Jesus.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaches at the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in St George’s Chapel at Windsor Castle in Windsor, Britain, May 19. Photo: Reuters

“This weekend I spoke about the way of love. As elders, we view bringing the Reclaiming Jesus declaration to the public square as a tangible example of how to live out that way of love,” Curry said in a  news release on Sojourners’ website . “We are Christian leaders bearing moral witness to the teachings of our faith in the public square. As citizens we want our government to reflect our values. As a Bishop I believe we should follow the teachings of Jesus – who taught us to love God and love our neighbor.”

The May 24 service begins at 7 p.m. Curry and Wallis will address “faith in a time of crisis,” prayers and declarations will be offered, and the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University will perform. It’s no coincidence that church leaders planned their trip to Washington to coincide with Pentecost, a time when early Christians took their faith to the streets and the public square.

For the presiding bishop, however, the visit to Washington is more than a public witness. Curry will begin the day by offering Morning Prayer at the U.S. Capitol for members of Congress and their staffs. This is a continuation of the monthly Morning Prayer services organized by the Episcopal Church Office of Government Affairs and led by Episcopal bishops and clergy for more than a year. Following Morning Prayer, Curry is scheduled to meet with lawmakers from both parties and with Republican leaders to share the church’s values and look for points of agreement on issues ranging from refugee resettlement to higher education and criminal justice reform.

The Episcopal Church maintains an official presence in the capital; its  Office of Government Relations —housed on Capitol Hill—carries out the church’s nonpartisan, values-based agenda. Every three years, the Episcopal Church’s  General Convention  meets to conduct church-related business and to discuss and pass legislation ranging from revisions to the Book of Common Prayer to resolutions supporting criminal justice and immigration reform. Episcopalians can join the  Episcopal Public Policy Network  to become involved in this work.
Churches and religious communities have a constitutional right to petition the government. The First Amendment’s  Establishment Clause  does not prohibit churches from meeting with, educating or advocating to elected officials with the aim of creating laws in line with the churches’ values. Throughout U.S. history, religious communities have engaged politically on issues of the era: from abolition to civil rights movements to immigration reform.

Incidentally, the United States has a long history of political leaders from the Anglican tradition, starting with President George Washington and many members of first Congress in 1789. The Episcopal Church’s prominence on Capitol Hill has been eclipsed by other denominations as the country has diversified over more than two centuries, though dozens of members of Congress still identify as Episcopalians or Anglicans.

Today, at least 38 of the 535 citizens serving in Congress identify as Episcopalians: 22 Republicans and 16 Democrats.

In November 2017, Episcopal News Service   interviewed several Episcopalians who serve in Congress  to report on the range of ways faith influences lawmakers’ public service.

Reclaiming Jesus is just one ecumenical campaign joined by the Episcopal Church. Others include  Pray Fast Act  and the  Poor People’s Campaign .
More information about the Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations  is available here . For more information about or to join the Episcopal Public Policy Network,  click here .

– Lynette Wilson is managing editor of the Episcopal News Service. She can be reached at lwilson@episcopalchurch.org .


The Episcopal Church Office of Communications will livestream the church service, procession and silent vigil.  The livestream is available HERE .

Read another article by The Episcopal News Service about the event, the Decloration and the signers here .
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 Friday, June 1 .
JUNE 17:
Special Fathers’ Day Worship Services

On the 17th of June, St. Francis will have two special services of worship for Fathers’ Day. The first is at 9:30am, 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 pot luck 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 an informal service at St. Francis church, in the air conditioning after the park service, but will still maintain the relaxed and informal atmosphere for Fathers’ Day.

Stay tuned for more….
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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 .
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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)
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FRIDAY, JULY 13:

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
VIEW A FULL LIST OF EVENTS ON THE DIOCESAN CALENDAR
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 9:30 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 .

CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC)
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.

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
Altar Guild:
Heidi Couchman
& Lyn Miller                                

Readers :
Pete Fredenburg
& Richard Stillman

Acolytes:
John & Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Karen & Pete Fredenburg


Hospitality :
David & Ann Chastang            
     
                       
Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Ruth Henry


Organist:
Debra Johnson

MAY BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
MAY 30 BIRTHDAY
Mike Ludlow
MAY 31 ANNIVERSARY
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 & Rock Rose. Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.