November 1, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
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My Word:
Remembering our loved ones who have gone before us in the journey

Halloween was just here, and as most of us may recall, it takes its name from the English expression All Hallow’s Eve . All Hallows is the older name of All Saints’ Day . While many days on the calendar are set aside to remember special members of those who follow in the ways of God, the saints, there is one day in which we are asked to recall all of the saints of God. One of the things that is particularly important to remember is that saints are not Holy persons because of some personal trait of holiness. Rather, God was using them in a special and personal manner. When God calls a person, then the Spirit of God can so fill them that they become God’s instrument for saving grace. And if that is true, and God does indeed call all of us, then we are all saints—each and every one of us.

It’s one reason why we take a moment to remember those who precede us in this journey of faith: to read aloud names, to give thanks for their witness, their work, their passing of the baton onto us. On the 4th of November, we will take a moment in our Sunday service to pray in Thanksgiving for our forebears—for our friends and neighbors who have gone before. We pray for the dead not because we are worried that somehow they need our prayers to escape the fires of hell, but to acknowledge them, and to offer thanks for them.

Do you have someone special that you would like remembered in church on Sunday? Call the church office (254) 773-4255 and make sure that we have their name on our list. Together we give thanks, and we praise God for their lives. We hope and pray that we may be inspired and live into their example. 

All Saints Day is an important day in the life of the church. Remember the line from our service: “with Angels and Archangels, and all the company of heaven…” I like to think that we are praying with our loved ones always. But especially so on this day of the year. The costumes, the candy, and the kids? That’s for families to have a bit of fun on this day. But the heart and soul of the day is the joy of our extended family, the living and the dead. 

Together we are all the saints of God.

-Fr David Krause

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.
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ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Sunday, November 4
  • 9:30am Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, November 6
  • 1:00pm Tuesday Solace

Thursday, November 8
  • 8:00am: Garden Day
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TWENTY-FOURTH SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
Almighty and merciful God, it is only by your gift that your faithful people offer you true and laudable service: Grant that we may run without stumbling to obtain your heavenly promises; 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 235 )
Lectionary for this Sunday
SUNDAY SERVICE TIME
All are Welcome

9:00am : Holy Eucharist Rite II

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

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 )
WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST.FRANCIS?
Featured Ministry
Occasionally we will be featuring different ministries around the church to help you learn more about them. Who knows? Maybe you'll learn something you didn't know or find a new calling!

Acolytes

Head: John Dieter
  • Noelle Dieter
  • Garrett Smith
  • Collin Wilson
  • Ian Wilson

Serving as an acolyte is a wonderful way to take part in the liturgy on Sunday mornings. Acolytes participate in procession and assist the priest during worship services. All young people who have completed the fifth grade are invited to serve. Contact John Dieter with questions please.

History of the Term Acolyte
Acolytes are mentioned as a minor order (along with porters, lectors, and exorcists) as early as a letter of Pope Cornelius to Fabius of Antioch in 252. They were also mentioned in Cyprian's writings. They assisted deacons or subdeacons at the preparation of the table. Later they carried candles in processions. In Rome they carried fragments of the bread consecrated at the papal Mass to other churches. In the late middle ages, when candles began to appear upon altars, they lighted the altar candles. Eventually lay servers or sacristans performed duties earlier associated with acolytes, and the order of acolyte was normally conferred upon a candidate for priesthood in the course of his training.
BISHOP'S BOOK CLUB BEGINS WITH AMERICAN GRACE

Beginning next month, clergy and lay leaders are invited to join Bishop Andy Doyle in reading and discussing American Grace: How Religion Divides and Unites Us by Robert D. Putnam and David E. Campbell. There is a private Facebook "group page" where questions and comments may be shared about the book. At the end of October, Bishop Doyle will post some comments and questions on the first two chapters of the book to begin the discussion. Participants are also invited to recommend books they have found helpful in their ministry for future discussions. American Grace may be ordered on Amazon . To join the Facebook Group, please go here and click "Join Here." You will be added to the group by the administrator.
Have You Seen Our Tables?
St. Francis is the proud owner of several plastic tables that are light, easy to move, and even easier to pick up and carry. If you have done just that, and find that you may have held on to them for just a bit longer than you had planned, we would appreciate their return. White, 6 feet in length, and lightweight. Thanks.  
THE PRAYER OF ST. FRANCIS

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?
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Thanksgiving day is coming up, and many of us will begin to call to mind the stories we have been told about Pilgrims and Indians. There is much to learn from the traditional stories, but there is also a bit of historical cleaning up that needs doing. Pilgrims were not always the peaceful, benign folks you may often imagined them to be. For example, while it is certainly true that they fled England due to religious persecution, it is also unfortunately true that they persecuted faithful members of the Church of England. Their relations with the Native Americans were often marked by miscommunications and mistrust on both sides. 

And to really top things off, let me also point out that two years previous to “the first thanksgiving,” residents in the colony further south, Jamestown, had already held days of Thanksgiving marked with festive celebrations for the Harvest. In fact, Thanksgiving is so important to Episcopal understanding of the Christian faith, we often refer to our main act of worship by that name—Thanksgiving—or in Greek eucharist.
DID YOU GET YOUR PLEDGE LETTER?

Letters went out earlier this week.

You may have received a letter in the mail this week, with a letter from Fr. David, a reflection upon last Sunday’s reading, and a sheet asking if you would consider making a pledge toward the operating budget of St. Francis. This allows us to plan and consider what kinds of things our parish can do in the coming year. Please consider, pray, and return any time between now and November 18. At that time, pledges received will be presented, prayed over, and blessed at the Altar.
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UPCOMING EVENTS
October & November Events
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 .

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.
PRE-RETIREMENT WORKSHOP
Hosted by Total Retirements

Saturday, November 3, 2018
10:00am–12:00pm
2207 Birdcreek Drive, Temple, Texas 76502

Do you have enough saved for retirement? Will you out-live your money? Dee Kerr CFP®, CDFA® is presenting a pre-retirement workshop at TotalRetirements. Join us as we explore your next adventure, the road to retirement!

This event is open to the public. No sales will be made. Seating is limited, please call 254-770-3022 to reserve your seat.
SHELTER FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
November 17, 2018
St. Francis Parish Hall
8:45am–5:00pm

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 
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 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
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
     
Lay Readers :


Acolytes:
Ushers :

Hospitality :



Children's Chapel:


Vestry Greeter:  

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.
OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
OCTOBER 26 BIRTHDAY
Bill Frick
OCTOBER 29 BIRTHDAY
Kyla Sherrard
OCTOBER 29 BIRTHDAY
Cynthia Brady
OCTOBER 30 BIRTHDAY
Frank Pugliese
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.

Thank you for reading it in its entirety.