November 1, 2018
My Word:

The Long Green Season is coming to a close. I know this to be true, because immediately after Halloween, I started seeing advertisements for Black Friday, and my radio is already beginning to play Christmas music. This can only mean one thing: the wild rush into Christmas is about to begin.

By the time Christmas will arrive, I will have been to as many Christmas parties as I hope to go. I will be worn out by shopping. I will be seriously behind in my Christmas card list. I will have watched too many Christmas TV “specials.” And I will almost want the holiday to be finally done and over.

And that’s a shame, really. Each year I try to make the same resolution. And I’m happy to say that after enough years of doing this, I am actually making a bit of progress in achieving my goal. I want to not get carried away with what Charlie Brown calls the commercialism of Christmas. I want to rediscover the “reason for the season.” I want to find the “true meaning of Christmas.”

What I’ve discovered is that if any of that sounds attractive, then the place to begin is Church. And the time to begin the quest is now, before the craziness of the holidays is upon us. Think about sharing. Think about giving thanks. But most of all, think about the many gifts with which you have been graced. Now, go and do likewise.

-Fr David Krause

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, November 11
Feed My Sheep Sunday
  • 9:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 11:00am Vestry Meeting

Monday, November 12
  • Veterans Day Office Closed

Tuesday, November 13
  • 1:00pm Tuesday Solace

Wednesday, November 14
  • School Thanksgiving Feast

Thursday, November 15
  • 8:00am: Garden Day

Saturday, November 17
  • 8:45am-5:00pm Shelters Fundamentals Workshop

O God, whose blessed Son came into the world that he might destroy the works of the devil and make us children of God and heirs of eternal life: Grant that, having this hope, we may purify ourselves as he is pure; that, when he comes again with power and great glory, we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom; where he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen .

( Book of Common Pray e  r Page 235 )
Lectionary for this Sunday
All are Welcome

9:00am : Holy Eucharist Rite II

11:00am : Hospitality
  • (Coffee and Conversation)

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 )
A Note from Deacon Tamara:
Shelter Fundamentals Workshop on Saturday, November 17
On November 17th, a Shelter Fundamentals Workshop will be held at St. Francis. The workshop is offered by the Heart of Texas Red Cross Chapter.

In times of disaster (tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, earthquakes), many families lose their homes or their homes become inhabitable. Often those impacted must turn to a shelter for food and a place to sleep. It is the beginning of the recovery process. Those shelters need trained volunteers. The volunteers give the gift of hospitality.

The workshop will provide the training that is needed to set up, run, and close down a shelter. It will take place on Saturday, 11/17, 8:45am - 5:00pm .

I know. A whole Saturday. That is a big commitment and if you are unable to attend, that is more than okay. It is a busy time of the year. But I do ask a favor.

In your Sunday bulletin is a flyer about the workshop. Please share it with any community groups you are involved with, your family, and your friends. This workshop is open to all - not just St. Francis. There is no fee. You do not have to be a Red Cross volunteer.

Participants are asked to bring their own lunch.

An RSVP is required in order to ensure that enough materials are available. Please email if you can attend. There will also be a signup sheet in the Narthex.

This past weekend, six of us (Deacon Tamara, Ruth Henry, Chris Sedonic, Lyn & Tommy Miller, and Cindy Allen), visited St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Orange, TX. We worshiped with the congregation and I was able to serve as the Deacon. Miles Hall, a Lay Preacher Track student at Iona, gave an amazing sermon. Fr. Keith Giblin celebrated. During the announcements we were able to present the check for $1759 and a statue of St. Francis to the congregation.

We joined the congregation for lunch after the service at Robert’s Steakhouse. They have lunch together at Robert’s on the first Sunday of every month. The congregation also has a potluck lunch together on the fifth Sunday. The food was delicious and the portions HUGE!

After lunch we were given a brief tour of area, seeing first hand the recovery efforts. Orange, when tropical storm Harvey stalled, received 5 feet of rain in a period of about 60 hours. Putting that into perspective, I am 5’5” tall. The water would have come up to my nose. Homes that had never flooded, flooded. About 80% of the homes were flooded. Most did not have flood insurance as they did not lie in a designated flood zone. It took 4 days for the waters to recede.

Families, as their homes are being repaired, are living in FEMA trailers or RVs parked outside the homes. About 40% have been able to return to their homes. The rest are in various stages of repair or have been abandoned as the cost of repairs were just too great.

All but one of the 12 St. Paul’s congregation have been able to return to their homes. Her home is almost ready. The first set of funds we sent went to help those families. Our current funds will be used to help others still in need in the community.

St. Paul’s is very grateful for our support. Not just for the funds we sent, but for our prayers and encouragement. Miles, in his sermon, told of how our notes came at a time when they were at their lowest. Everything, including their church, was devastated. Mud and mold were all they could see. Knowing that we were encouraging and praying for them, gave them the much needed to boost to start the long haul of recovery

Above Photo: Left to Right: Miles Hall, Deacon Tamara, Fr. Keith, Lyn Miller, Tommy Miller, Chris Sedonic, Cindy Allen, Ruth Henry.
Love, St. Paul's
To the Congregation at St. Francis,

We thank you for reaching out to the congregation at St. Paul's in Orange during the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. As you know our sanctuary and parish hall were flooded. Many parishioners lost the contents of their homes. Eight-five percent of homes were damaged. You heard about our situation and opened your hearts and your wallets, sending much needed funds to aid in the recovery.

It means so very much to know others care. We are thankful for all that you did during this stressful time. It was a God Send! Many people in Orange did not have flood insurance because they were told they were not in a flood plane. Even with flood insurance, many items are not covered. Please know how grateful we are for your caring and assistance. We will be so happy to welcome you to our "new" church and parish hall!

God has been so good to us. Thank you and thank God, St. Francis!
St. Paul's!
Project Angel Tree 2018
The Project Angel Tree will soon be up in the Narthex and decorated with Gift Tags ready for Shopping Angels to pick up. This year, St. Francis is sponsoring 38 children ranging from infants to teens, all from our local community. Each child will receive 3 gifts, a toy, clothing item, and Christian gift. Once all 3 gift tags are taken, please replace with an Angel ornament. A sign up list will be on the table, please place your name and contact number for each tag you take.

We are looking for those who may be interested to be a Wrapping Angel, Christmas Party Angel, and Delivery Angel.

A Project Angel Tree meeting will take place after the 10:30 service on Sunday, November 18th. Anyone wishing to help plan our Project Angel Tree Christmas Party (December 22nd), or wishing to find out other ways to help make this another successful year, please join us on the 18th.

You may also contact Chris Sedonic, (254) 624-1759, or Roianne Ludlow, (254) 780-1527 .

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
where there is sadness, joy;
O Divine Master, grant that I may not so
much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood as to understand;
to be loved as to love.
For it is in giving that we receive;
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned;
& it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.
Did You Know?
At one point in the history of the Episcopal Church, it was required that persons wishing to receive communion on Sunday, to make that known to the priest before hand. Part of the responsibilities of the parish priest was to make sure that persons who received communion, were in a suitable place in their spiritual life.

This was true also for Presbyterians and Lutherans. Anyone wishing to receive communion in a Presbyterian church, was required to appear before the Session (their name for what we call a Vestry), and indicate their desire for communion. Some Lutheran congregations would actually award tokens or tickets to those who “qualified” for communion. And as late as the 1970’s there were still Lutheran congregations across the upper Midwest who still distributed “communion tickets,” which individuals would had to the church ushers as they came forward to receive communion.

One reason that our weekly service still includes a corporate Confession of Sin, is to preserve this notion that we prepare ourselves for the high calling of receiving communion. In that Confession, we are to repent, and return to the Lord in all of our ways. We are still instructed in the Book of Common Prayer to prepare, and in if we “need help and counsel, then go and open your grief to a discreet and understanding priest, and confess your sins, that you may receive the benefit of absolution, and spiritual counsel and advice; to the removal of scruple and doubt, the assurance of pardon, and the strengthening of your faith.”
Meditation Garden Featured Plant of the Week
Our Confederate Rose Hibiscus has finally bloomed!

Song of Solomon 2:12

The flowers appear on the earth; the time of singing has come, and the voice of the turtledove is heard in our land.

November Events
November 17, 2018
St. Francis Parish Hall

Just a reminder! Please let Deacon Tamara know if you can attend the Shelter Fundamentals workshop. We only need to look to recent events for the importance of being prepared to help our brothers and sisters in times of disaster. As of this writing, because of Hurricane Florence, the Red Cross has open three shelters that can give temporary living quarters to 500 people each. All of those shelters needs volunteers to run them.

Closer to home, while Florence was churning in the Atlantic, several storms were headed for the Gulf Coast. Thankfully those storms did not materialize, but if they had there was a real possibility that those folks would have needed evacuate. Some of them would have headed this way. It happened when Hurricane Harvey hit.  Where would they have gone? Who would be the people who welcomed and prepared to provide them temporary shelter?

I know it is asking a big time commitment from you to give up a Saturday. And you may receive the training and not use it in the near future. But that is what we do to proclaim the Gospel, not just by our words but also by our deeds.  We take care of our neighbors and are prepared to do so .   I hope to see you on the 29th. Please let me know so that are sufficient materials.

Lunch and childcare are not provided. Make sure to pack a lunch! :-)

Register by Emailing
Deacon Tamara at  

November 17th:

Shelter Fundamentals Workshop--see Deacon Tamara’s Note above.

November 18th :

Project Angel Tree Meeting after the service

November 22nd :

Thanksgiving Day Service
  • 10:00am: Please bring to the worship service socks, gloves and nutrition bars. They will be blessed during the service and then we will join Christ Episcopal Church at Feed My Sheep to hand them out.

December Events

December 1st:

Pre-Advent Prayer and Preparation Retreat

December 18th:
4:00pm at The Kyle

The Kyle Christmas Party, 4:00pm. Christ Episcopal Church has invited us to celebrate the Holidays with the residents of The Kyle. The Kyle is a 13-story building in downtown Temple for elderly, disabled and handicapped residents. Save the date and details will be forthcoming on how to participate.

December 22nd:
Project Angel Tree Christmas Party

Giving Thanks!  
Thursday, November 22
10:00am at St. Francis

It’s such an important notion that we Episcopalians call our primary act of worship Thanksgiving--Eucharist in Greek! On Thursday, November 22nd, at 10 am, St. Francis hosts a joint service of Thanksgiving with Christ Church. There will be a time of worship, singing the praises of God, reading the Word of God, and offering our thanks. Immediately after, donations of hats, gloves, or socks will be taken to Feed My Sheep and distributed to those awaiting the Thanksgiving Day meal. Join us, or at the very least, don’t forget to bring an item to help keep others warm!

Saturday, December 1st

A pretty basic idea to the Christian faith, isn’t it? Yet, for many of us, one of the most difficult things to remember to do. Oh, we may say a short prayer in the morning, or even grace at meals. And many of us may still say our bedtime prayers. But there is so much more to the life of prayer.

Come to St. Francis for a free, Day of Prayer, in which we will discuss, learn, and practice some prayer “techniques.” Saturday, December 1st, from 10 - 2, with a light meal provided. You just might find your prayer life invigorated.
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.

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 collection theme for November 2018 is Winter Warmup—time to clean out that coat closet and donate gently used coats, jackets, sweatshirts, hoodies, and long sleeve t-shirts. Items may be brought to the narthex on Sunday or to the Church Office during weekdays.

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!.

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!

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!
Altar Guild
Gail Avots, Ethelene Rodriguez and Kim Carpenter
Lay Readers :
Cole Mooney and John Dieter

Garrett Mooney and
Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Karen Fredenburg and
Bill Frick

Hospitality :
Barbara Walsh and
Carole McCall

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Lyn Miller

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.
Barbara Lockwood
Judy Ludlow
Ewan Longfield
Yoshie Wajima
Larry Bednarczyk
Marjorie Lewis
Mary-Ellin Simmons
Mary-Ellin Simmons
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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