October 11, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
My Word: More about Money

One of the things that many folks say, when clergy or anyone from the church begins to talk about money, is that they sure wish that preachers would leave money alone, and stick to religious matters. As I said last week, I think that this is a very short-sighted, and quite incorrect approach. At the risk of making you just a bit sick of hearing about this, I do want to say just a bit more…

I’m always surprised when folks seem to think that the Bible, or the Church, doesn’t talk about money. Actually, scripture talks about money, economic and financial matters, almost more than any other single topic. Think about it for a second, some of Jesus' words about money might come immediately to mind. “You cannot serve two masters, money and God.” ( Matthew 6:24 ). “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of the needle, than for a rich man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven.” ( Matthew 19:24 ) And there are financial tools, teachers, even books, of all kind, that may try to tell us Biblical teachings about personal finance. Dave Ramsey built an entire career on it!

I suspect that many of us rest somewhere comfortable in the knowledge that we are doing mostly OK, and that if we needed our faith to inform our financial decisions, we might not be entirely comfortable with the implications. If we could have just a bit more, or if we could bring just a bit of savings to our lives, then we would be able to give just a bit more freely.

But I also think that this is entirely wrong because if we also pay attention to another frequently made injunction of scripture, we could see this in it’s correct context. Remember how the angels show up to the shepherds on the first Christmas eve? Their first words are “Be not afraid.” Whenever God shows up to deal with us humans, it seems that the first thing we require is assurance that things are not about to get much worse.

Our theme for this year’s reflections upon Stewardship is Transforming Generosity . And one of the things that we absolutely must do, if we are to open our hearts and lift our spirits, is to be willing to see that money issues are not in some far place away from our faith; they are at our faith’s very heart and core. I’ll close with one more line from Jesus. “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” ( Matthew 6:21 )
-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

Saturday, October 13
  • 8:30am–1:00pm: Annual Fall Workday

Sunday, October 4
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • Feed My Sheep Sunday

Tuesday, October 16
  • 1:00pm Tuesday Solace

Thursday, October 18
  • 8:00am: Garden Day
TWENTY-FIRST SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; 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 234 )
Lectionary for this Sunday

If you'd like to read more history of the Divine Mercy image you can read a Wikipedia Article Here.
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?
Notes From
Deacon Tamara

November 3-4 a visit to St. Paul’s in Orange, Texas is being planned. We partnered with St. Paul’s to help in their recovery from Harvey. Fr. Keith came and celebrated with us last February, and now we are going to visit them.

Currently there are eight (8) of us going, but more are welcomed! We plan on carpooling and staying at the Elegante Hotel in Beaumont. On Saturday night we will be having dinner with Fr. Keith. During the service on Sunday we will present St. Paul’s with monies we collected at the Fest as well as a statue of St. Francis. After lunch on Sunday, with the parish, we will be given a tour of the recovery efforts in Orange. Please join me, Chris, Cindy, Linda, Ann, Ruth, Lyn and Tommy!  

I will meet briefly with all going after services on Sunday, October 28th to iron out the details.

Please email me , revtamara@stfrancistempletx.org if will be joining (or are interested in) the group headed to Orange so we can add your name to the list!

Can’t come with us? Then make your presence felt with a note or card of encouragement! Hand it to me by 10/28 and it will get personally delivered!
A Thank You Note from Noah
“Everyone, I can’t believe it but this birthday was one to remember, you don’t need a cake or a big celebration to see how many people really care about a certain person. Thank you all for non-stop support and love. And I can’t wait to see everyone at church when I get home.

Thank you all
—Noah”
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.
Wunderbar
“Wunderbar, Wunderbar!
There’s our fav’rite star above
What a bright, shining star,
Like our Fest, it was wunderbar!”

Sehr geehrte Damen und Herren:
I am so proud of our first year’s St. Francis/Oktoberfest celebration under the direction of Fr. David, and everyone deserves a great big pat on the back for working so hard to make this event so successful.

Special recognition goes to Herr Mike Ludlow and his crew for the delectable display of authentic German food and beer. A very special thank you to Richard Stillman and Patrick Hodges from Bold Republic Brewing Company , for donating two pony kegs of beer, to the lovely ladies that transformed the Great Hall into an abundance of color and ambience, Jeanne W., Heidi, and Karen, and to Sheri for coordinating the silent auction, and a huge thank you to the entire behind the scenes helpers in the kitchen and Great Hall. The clean up crew was awesome and so appreciated.

I would be remiss, not to thank our wonderful German cooks that provided the delectable side dishes and desserts, which were plentiful. The proceeds from the silent auction were $685.00 and the Fest totaled $914.00 at this time for a total of $1599.00, which will go toward Hurricane Harvey Relief efforts for St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Orange, TX.
It was truly “WUNDERBAR!”

Danke,
Linda Frick
Special Events Coordinator
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?
One of the quickest growing customs in the church is the use of blue vestments and hangings during Advent. Thomas Cranmer, the principle architect of the Book of Common Prayer, saw various useages , or ways of doing things around England in the mid 1500’s. For the Prayer Book, he tried to combine several different customs from various parts of England. One place that he particularly drew upon for the way that they did things, was Salisbury Cathedral.

Surprisingly, to some, the use of the liturgical colors throughout the year is mentioned nowhere in the Book of Common Prayer. In fact, the use is fairly recent in most Episcopal churches in the country, dating back only 150 years or so. When we did start using different colors for different church seasons, we mostly adopted the color scheme of the Roman Catholic Church. And they use purple for Advent.

However, Salisbury, or Sarum as it was known to the ancient Romans, did not. Sarum used blue. That custom has been constant in some Episcopal parishes, and is beginning to not only be popular across our churches, but is spreading, and becoming quite popular. In fact, many places have name for the particular shade of blue that is most often used: Sarum Blue.

MANY HANDS MAKE LIGHT WORK!
Fall Workday: Saturday, October 13
8:30am to 1:30pm

Y'all come! We will find you something to do and someone to work with. Breakfast will be provided, but we’re going to skip lunch to go watch UMHB play (online) at 1:00pm

Please speak to Mickey Kerr (mkerr@umhb.edu) or Cindy Allen (vickivinyl9@gmail.com) if you have questions.
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Have you wondered about the people we pray for on Sundays?
Military

One of our military is Nathan Johnston who attended St. Francis until his college years and served as an acolyte. Nathan serves in the US Army and has previously been a Killeen police officer. In the US Army he was honored to serve 22 months guarding the Tomb iof Soldier. He is currently stationed In Afghanistan.

Cole Thurman is the brother of Lacey Henry, Cindy Allen’s daughter-in-law, who is married to Chris Henry. Cole has recently started his training in the Navy and is stationed in California.

Missionaries

We pray for Bill and Kathryn Christy Ludlow Bowers who are stationed in the Middle East and live in Lebanon. Christy is the daughter of Mike & Judy Ludlow. The Bowers have three children: nine-year-old Zakiara, eight-year-old Jonas, and six-year-old Anna-Lena. Christy grew up and was an acolyte at St. Francis. They work proselytizing and are also training people from different areas (especially Iraq) to build & lead churches in their countries of origin. Both
Bill & Christy are on Facebook. You can also learn about and contact their ministry, Operation Mobilization, through Bill’s email, phone or sitel:
         
 +961 3 570846


Konnor Widmann , grandson of St. Francis member Mary Ellen Simmons, is a missionary serving in the country of Estonia.
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 .
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.
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.”

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.
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 October 2018 will be Canned Meat (tuna, chicken, SPAM , etc. 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
Judy Ludlow and
Chris Sedonic
     
Lay Readers :
Bill Frick and
Linda Frick

Acolytes:
John Dieter and
Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Len Henry and
Ruth Henry

Hospitality :



Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Mickey Kerr

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 12 BIRTHDAY
Allen Popelka
OCTOBER 14 BIRTHDAY
Don Miller
OCTOBER 14 BIRTHDAY
Mark Wojtaszek
OCTOBER 16 BIRTHDAY
Peggy Hughes
OCTOBER 17 ANNIVERSARY
Truman & Alice New
OCTOBER 19 BIRTHDAY
Richard Macchi
OCTOBER 23 BIRTHDAY
Betty Vernon
OCTOBER 25 BIRTHDAY
Caroline St. Romain
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.