August 30, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
My Word:

Cru Sunday has come and gone. It was a wonderful day of football appreciation. Not quite the same as actually getting to watch a game, but it’s always nice to meet the players, and to assure these young men that they have our prayers and support. We are not only fans, not only folks with ties to UMHB, but most of all a congregation that believes in the future for our young people.

They seemed to follow our liturgy pretty well, and you know how incredibly complicated Episcopal services can be. Have you heard our services described as “Episco-robics?” Sit, Stand, Kneel. Up, Down. Turn and Greet. It can be pretty daunting to those not well versed in the rhythms and patterns of our liturgy. Heck, it can be daunting even to those who come to services every week.

This is why, this coming Sunday I’m proposing that we host an Instructed Eucharist. By that, I mean that we take a few moments throughout the service to explain what and why and how we do things. Not to try to enforce a uniformity among us, but to explain how and why folks do what we do, when we do it. Different priests and different lay people, seem to have different ideas on what is appropriate.

However, there is a remarkable sense of the unity and overarching community, which informs our worship on Sundays. There is more that we agree about, and more that we are commonly shaped by, than what little details of churchmanship or ritual we may differ in. To feed that commonality, from time to time, it’s a good idea to touch base on the basics of our services.

So, this coming Sunday, throughout the worship, we will take just a very few moments to instruct, explain, and try to give some context for, Episcopal worship. Think of it as Episcopalian Liturgy 101. Who knows, you just may find some theme or depth of meaning that has been escaping you each week. I love the part where the priest asks the congregation for their permission to go forward. But I will admit, I was an Episcopalian for over 20 years before I noticed it. What will you learn?
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-Fr David Krause

THANK YOU

Wow! A huge thank you to Fr. David and the entire St. Francis congregation for providing another fabulous CRS Sunday! So much was done by so many and the response from the CRU Players and Staff has been very positive and powerful.
Thank You for a job well done.
Chris Sedonic & Karen Fredenburg

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, or 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?
A Note From Deacon Tamara: Noah Schaefer's Birthday
Don’t forget! Noah Schaefer’s birthday is September 15th. I can’t imagine how hard this birthday away from family and friends will be for him. You cannot send him a gift, but a birthday card would make him feel remembered and cared for. Here is his address:

Noah Schaefer
TDCJ#02178942
Smith Unit (SM) - Texas State Prison
1313 CR 19
Lamesa, TX 79331-1898

Nathan Schaefer’s birthday is the 12th. Bet he would like a card as well! The Schaefer’s address is in the directory. If you do not have one, contact the parish office.
FIFTEENTH SUNDAY AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
Grant us, O Lord, to trust in you with all our hearts; for, as you always resist the proud who confide in their own strength, so you never forsake those who make their boast of your mercy; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

( Book of Common Pray e  r Page 232 )
Lectionary for this Sunday

ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH
WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, September 9
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • Feed My Sheep Sunday

Tuesday, September 11
  • 1:00pm: Tuesday Solace

Thursday, September 13
  • 8:00am: Garden Day
Meditation Garden: Labyrinth
[Episcopal News Service]  The Rev. Robert Wyatt has “never met a labyrinth he hasn’t walked,” and each “metaphorical journey” brings deeper, sometimes surprising, revelations.

“When I first walked it, it occurred to me that it never helped to look more than one step [ahead],” recalled Wyatt, rector of St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Burr Ridge, Illinois, which boasts a 30- by 30-foot square labyrinth.

He had another realization: Two people on the path at the same time can offer an important point of reference. And a third: “If you just stay on the path you’ll always get to the center. It’s not a maze, it’s a path to the center and back out to the world.”

Labyrinths may be located indoors or outside and vary in size and shape; besides the prayer paths that people walk, virtual and hand-held versions are available for mini spiritual rejuvenations. The ancient tradition of labyrinths predates Christianity but is enjoying a revived popularity within the Episcopal Church. They mean various things to different people, and each encounter almost always is an intensely personal experience, Wyatt said.

“One way to understand the labyrinth is as a metaphorical journey to the Holy Land,” said Wyatt, who aims to walk one in Wales and another at Our Lady of Reims Cathedral in Reims, France.

“Their origins are lost in the mist of the human past, but it can be seen as a pilgrimage, as a spiritual journey,” he said. “You can walk it to unburden yourself, for purgation, to get to the middle, pause, stand, meditate, so at that point you can unburden yourself and pray for illumination. And, as you walk out, you might pray for unification with God and God’s purpose for you.”...

ST. FRANCIS GIFT SHOP

St Francis Gift Shop is now reopened. Regular hours are:

  • Thursday and Friday,
10:30am-5:30pm
  • Saturday 10:30am-2:00pm.

Come check out our new look and our summer clearance.
Calling All Artists, Craftsmen & Fans of Etsy!
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St. Francis is blessed to have a number of talented, gifted folks as members. Maybe you can paint, work in wood, sculpt, or assemble collages. If so, we are in need of your help.

In early October, St. Francis will be hosting our annual Patronal Festival—St. Francis Fest! This year’s auction and fundraising for charitable purposes, comes with a slight twist. What if we asked those of us who can create, to make a little something to help raise a bit of money? Not for the budget, not for the coming Rector, not for ourselves. What if we raised a bit of money for helping others?

If you paint, sculpt, work in wood or other materials, produce anything that you might find on Etsy, we are asking if you would consider donating some of your precious talents to our good cause. 

More information on St. Francis Fest to come, but for those who might donate, and need time to get your project prepared, please start now !
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PROPERTY COMMITTEE PROJECT UPDATE:
Fall Clean Up Day

A Fall Clean up Day at church will be scheduled when we get a break in the temperature. Here are some of our to dos. If you can’t do a weekend workday, but would like to help out, get after it!.

  1. Clean leaves out of church gutters and drainage areas.
  2. Power wash the area between the church and great hall.
  3. Kill grass and weeds between the back of the school and metal building in preparation of spreading rocks or gravel out there.
  4. Take down the fallen branches and trees out back.
  5. Sledge hammer the heavy old room dividers and take them to dumpster (or find someone who wants them).
  6. Move the last of the metal shelves from the old shed into the metal building.
  7. Get rid of the shed and its contents.
  8. Oct. 11, haul off old paint and other hazardous items in the old shed, to the Temple Landfill between 9 and 2, for free!
  9. Declutter our parlor and passage hall beside it.

Speak to Cindy Allen or Kyla Sherrard if you have questions.
The Search Committee
St. Francis' Profile should now appear on the Diocese's search site . At that point, Rev. Francene Young will set up a time to train our Search Committee. Our search committee consists of Linda Frick, Greg Ross, Sheri Macchi, Chris Sedonic, Mike Ludlow, Cindy Allen, Peggiann Jones, Don Miller, Linda Collins
UPCOMING EVENTS
September Events
FEED MY SHEEP OPEN HOUSE & VOLUNTEER INTEREST MEETING
September 11 & September 15


Have you ever wondered what all goes on at Feed My Sheep? Are you interested in how your support is helping the needy population of Temple? Have you ever felt like you wanted to be a part? Make plans to attend one of our interest meetings and come find out! 

The meetings will begin in the Feed My Sheep Resource Center (at the North end of the building), then go through the education rooms, feeding center, and The Well, with an explanation of what services are provided in each area and how an interested volunteer may get involved.

Both meetings will provide the same info, so there is no need to attend both. Email FeedMySheepTemple@yahoo.com with questions.
CAMP ALLEN HOSTS FALL
AND WINTER RETREATS
FOR CHILDREN AND ADULTS:

Camp is not just for kids and youth, Camp Allen is hosting several events for adults this year. Reserve your spot now! For more information and to register, please visit www.campallen.org .
August 31–September 02, 2018

Grab your grass skirts and leis, its tiki time at Camp Allen! Our packages include two-night hotel accommodations, six buffet meals, and activities for all ages. 
September 21–22, 2018

Spend quality time with your grandchildren in the piney woods of Camp Allen at this two day, one night retreat. Enjoy hotel style accommodations, three buffet meals and activities that both grandparents & kids will love.
Junior League of Houston

October 25, 2018

Join us for a star-studded event as we raise scholarship and program support for Camp Allen and honor the Hamill Foundation. 

Camp Allen hosts monthly familiarization "FAM" tours that showcase our vast facilities. It is the best way to see & taste all that Camp Allen has to offer! To view all the dates and to learn more click below.

Due to the nature of this public tour, we do not allow children. If you cannot attend without your children, please call sales to arrange a private tour instead of the FAM tour. Thank you.
October Events
SAVE THE DATE

October Fest & Rally Day on October 7

Sunday School Starts Again
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INAUGURAL BELL
COUNTY COMMUNITY
COALITION GOLF CLASSIC
October 29, 2018
Wildflower Country Club

The Inaugural Bell County Community Coalition Golf Classic benefits Bell County residents facing an emergency financial crisis. The registration deadline is October 26.


Feed My Sheep is in integral part of this event and asks you to p lease consider a sponsorship to the Inaugural Bell County Community Coalition Golf Classic.

Money raised from this event will assist many area Bell County Residents to get back on their feet financially. The loss of a job, reduced working hours, an unexpected illness and hospitalization, unexpected car repairs, and theft are reasons many area residents face a financial crisis.

Please help us help others. As Jesus told us in Matthew 25:40, “Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.”

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 1:00-4:00 PM 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.

CHURCHES TOUCHING LIVES FOR CHRIST (CTLC)
The collection item for September 2018 will be Peanut Butter & Jelly (plastic jars - no glass). Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

THE WILDSCAPE GUILD
The Wildscape Guild's purpose is to provide a beautiful and welcoming outdoor environment at St. Francis' church for all God's creatures—including humans. We seek an awareness of God's presence in fellowship, in silent meditation, and in all the sensual joys of planting and harvesting in the care of creation. We are filling the grounds with native and adapted plants that will support birds, butterflies, and other wildlife as well as saving water and preventing erosion. We hope to make the gardens a living classroom to encourage the love of the outdoors in children at the school. We meet every Thursday at 8:00am . Please feel free to come by with your gloves and favorite tools. We would love to have you!.

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!

We still need more choir members.  Our group is small enough that when a couple of members have to be absent, we are left really short. With more people we would be able to do more & different kinds of music. You do not have to have a big or beautiful voice because as in math, the whole (choir) is greater than any of its parts (members). We are a fun & companionable group and will welcome YOU! Come try singing with us & then decide if you want to join us!
MINISTERS IN THE LORD'S SERVICE
Altar Guild
Karen Fredenburg &
Chris Sedonic
     
Readers :
Bill & Linda Frick

Acolytes:
Collin & Ian Wilson
Ushers :
Phillip Okeson &
Len Henry

Hospitality :


Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Lyn Miller


Organist:
Debra Johnson

Social Media at St. Francis
Don't wait for the Weekly Word! Stay up to date with the latest news, photos and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and NOW Pintrest too! It is also a great way to stay in touch or make friendships with your fellow parishioners.

Click any of the circular icons to the left and either create an account and follow and like us. We are followed and following many Social Influencers in our space so it would be a great way to hear from the Anglican Communion and others.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
SEPTEMBER 10 BIRTHDAY
Linda Collins
SEPTEMBER 10 ANNIVERSARY
Ed & Jo Cooke
SEPTEMBER 12 BIRTHDAY
Nathan Schaefer
SEPTEMBER 15 BIRTHDAY
Pete Fredenburg
SEPTEMBER 15 BIRTHDAY
Noah Schaefer
Take time to walk around the gardens. Thank you to the Wildscape Guild for working so hard to maintain such a beautiful, natural, meditative space for us.

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