Happy Thanksgiving & Holiday Season

Thanksgiving. As we gather to give thanks, my thoughts drift back to my grandfather. Way back when, he played for the Detroit Lions. Back in the days when helmets were either simple leather head coverings, or else dispensed with totally, he was paid a grand total of $20.00 per game. Every Thanksgiving day, the Lions are one of the teams that play each year. I can remember gathering with family, some of whom I only seemed to see on holidays or weddings and funerals. I can recall my grandmother’s special dish for the holidays, and how we looked forward to it.

Is our gathering with our spiritual family any different now? Some of us will be engaged in previously planned events, some will just decide that it’s too cold or early or warm or nice just to be inside.  But for those who do gather on this day, we have a special task to perform.

On behalf of the entire community , remembering those who are with us, those who cannot be, those with whom we will not celebrate the holidays together until we are brought together by our Heavenly Father, those who wonder, or are lost, or who just can’t seem to get together—on behalf of these all— we will offer thanks to the Lord above . We will offer warm gloves, hats, socks, to those of God’s children who are somewhat less fortunate.

And once again, the whole family will be brought together.
A taste of the giant family reunion that is to come.

-Father David Krause

Happy Thanksgiving from your St. Francis Family.

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

Giving Thanks! It’s such an important notion that we Episcopalians call our primary act of worship Thanksgiving—Eucharist in Greek! On Thursday, November 22nd, at 10:00am, 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!

A Note from Deacon Tamara
Do you shop online? Recovery from the Hurricane Harvey is long term. We saw that when we visited St. Paul’s in Orange. Here is a way to get some Holiday shopping done and help others who are still not back in their homes.

Perhaps, next year we can form a team to help restore damaged homes. There will be dates to choose from: Early January, Spring Break, or Summer 2019. Let me know if you are interested and I’ll request more information.
The Latest on Project Angel Tree
There are only a few more Project Angel Tree tags available. If you wish to sponsor a child and become a Shopping Angel, please take the tags and sign your name on the list by finding the child’s ID number. Please place all of the 3 gifts in the large shopping bag and return to St. Francis by December 16 th .

Remember, St. Francis gift Shop has items for the Christian Gift.

St. Francis is hosting a Project Angel Tree Christmas Party on Saturday, December 22, 10:00–11:30. ALL ARE WELCOME!

Please join us as we host the party for the children we sponsored, enjoy some Christmas Carols, refreshments, a visit from Santa and Mrs. Clause, as well as fellowship. We need Party Angels to assist in decorating, supplying the refreshments, and hosting the party.

We are also in need of Delivery Angels , to help deliver the gifts for those who cannot make the party. Our next meeting will follow the service on Sunday, December 9 th , to finalize all the party details. Please feel free to join us, or contact, Chris Sedonic or Roiann Ludlow .

Thank you all for supporting this wonderful ministry and putting a little Christmas Cheer in the lives of these children.

"Feed Our PEEPS"
Pete and Karen Fredenburg’s daughter, Kori, is having a kidney transplant. Kori has struggled for years with issues from her kidneys as well as being a Breast Cancer Survivor. Kori’s surgery is scheduled for December 5 th , and afterwards she will have several weeks of recovery.

Kori is a single mother of two young men, Kaison and Cooper. During her recovery time, St. Francis Episcopal Church is launching a “Feed OUR Peeps” ministry . This will include making meals and delivering the food to Kori and her sons while she is in recovery.

As of right now we do not have the dates for when the meals will be needed or any dietary restrictions Kori may have. (Kaison and Cooper will eat just about anything). When all of the information becomes available, we will update everyone.

A signup sheet will be made available soon. If you have any questions or are interested in helping please contact Chris Sedonic , (254) 624-1759, , or Lyn Miller , (254) 541-1456.

Please keep Kori, Kaison, Cooper, Pete, Karen and the entire Fredenburg family in your thoughts and prayers.
Junior Warden News
A big thank you to Jerry Allen for removing the old dead fluorescent lights in Frances office and replacing with a new LED fixture.
Christmas Poinsettias
If you would like to assist with Christmas Poinsettias please download and fill out this form. You can click submit and it will be sent to Frances or come by the office any time during normal business hours.

We will also be sending out a constant contact Christmas Poinsettia event that you can let contact us through as well later in the week.

Firewood and Donations
The Macchi's are generously offering fire wood for a donation to St. Francis Church. They will deliver.

Please contact Richard, (254) 541-4444 or Sheri Macchi, (254) 760-8028
Feed My Sheep T-Shirts
are Still Available!
Feed My Sheep T-shirts are still available. If you wish to purchase a shirt the cost is $10.00. A signup sheet will be in the Narthex, and you may contact Chris Sedonic , (254) 624-1759, to place your order.

If paying by check, please make it payable to Feed My Sheep. If you already have purchased your shirt, please don’t forget to wear them every second Sunday of the month on our FMS Sack Lunch Sunday .
Ministers in the Lord's Service
Altar Guild: Ann Booze & Sharon Hughes

Lay Readers: Kay Callin & Lawson Grant

Acolytes: John & Noelle Dieter

Usher(s): Len & Ruth Henry

Hospitality: Jerry & Cindy Allen

Vestry Greeter: Don Miller

Organist: Debra Johnson   

November Birthdays
November 25
Larry Bednarczyk
November 25
Marjorie Lewis
November 27
Mary-Ellin Simmons
November 28
Nichole Vernon

This Week at St. Francis
Last Sunday After Pentecost

Thursday, November 22
10:00am: Thanksgiving Service with Christ Church. Visit to Feed My Sheep afterwards to bring donations of blessed cold weather clothing accessories.

Sunday, November 25
9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, November 27
Noon: Tuesday Solace

Saturday December 1
•` 10:00am–2:00pm:
Pre-Advent Prayer & Preparation
(A light lunch will be provided)
St. Francis Gift Shop Closed for Thanksgiving
St. Francis Gift Shop is closed for Thanksgiving to allow our volunteers to be with family. We will resume our regular schedule on Thursday, November 29.

in addition to our shop visit us at the Chisolm Trail first Saturday, December 1 in downtown Belton and Christ Church Parish Hall on Sunday, December 2.
Have a blessed Thanksgiving!