October 18, 2018
My Word:
Still basking in the glow from St. Francis Fest

It was a glorious and marvelous day. What really impressed me, more than the German or free beer, more than the incredible food, even more than the very generously donated objects for the silent auction, was the spirit of the many folks who jumped right in and made the day happen. There were folks in the kitchen, others who decorated, or cleaned up, or helped take down. There were folks who enjoyed, but also those who welcomed guests. There were folks who read, who encouraged, who prayed.

If you wonder what the connection might have been between a St. Francis Festival, and an Octoberfest, I think that the connection was very clear. The people of this place made it happen. As we take a bit of time to get clear on who we are, and what we are good at, it sure seems to me that one thing that you all do right is work together as the people of God. There is a lot of work to be done in this world. God’s grace does not just magically make things all better. God uses the people of this world as Holy hands and feet to make the world into the kind of place that it was always meant to be. 

There is a lot of work for this place to continue doing. People for whom the Good News of God’s radical love needs a clear and convincing showing. People for whom the encouragement of God’s forgiving love needs expression. People for whom God’s empowering love needs a spark. If these folks are to see the power of God at work, then it has to be through not just good preaching. It has to be more than moving liturgy and comforting hymns. It has to be through the words and lives of the Saints of God.

Remember to preach the Gospel at all times. When necessary, use words. A saying attributed to St. Francis. But the implication is that even if words are not used, our lives will be Gospel to others. May St. Francis Fest be just a sign of our constant working together.

-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.

Kyle Kelton, former member of St. Luke’s church in Belton, has passed into the greater life. There will be a graveside service at North Belton cemetery, at 1:00pm on Saturday, October 20th.

Rest Eternal Grant to Him, O Lord
And let light perpetual shine upon him.

May his soul, and the souls of all the faithful departed, rest in peace.

Sunday, October 21
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, October 23
  • 1:00pm Tuesday Solace

Thursday, October 25
  • 8:00am: Garden Day

Friday, October 26
  • 6:00pm: Trunk or Treat come share in the festivities as our school children experience some of the fun of the holidays

Wednesday, October 31: 9:00am Halloween costume parade at St. Francis School in the Great Hall.

Almighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who 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

[Above: The “doctrine of discovery” – the idea that indigenous people need to be discovered and westernised – has been criticised by the national indigenous bishop of Canada. Bishop Mark MacDonald made his comments during a visit to Australia]
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 )
Featured Ministry
Occasionally we will be featuring different ministries around the church to help you learn more about them. Who know? Maybe you'll learn something you didn't know or find a new calling!

Lay Ministry

The lay servant is a ministry of the Christian Church that goes back 2,000 years. From early on, the celebrant of the Liturgy had assistants: Some attended to the vessels or collected the gifts of the people to be used as the sacramental elements; others read lessons from scripture or the letters of the apostles. 

Lay servers share in this long, important and holy Church tradition. Their duty is to accept this honor with a sense of great responsibility so that as is written in 1 st Peter … “that in all things, God may be glorified.” 

At St. Francis, non-ordained members faithfully volunteer for the four major lay ministries.

Lay Reader. A person licensed by the Bishop to read the lessons at the Eucharist or at the Daily Offices. In some instances, a lay reader can officiate at non-sacramental services and even preach.

Chalice Bearer. Also licensed by the Bishop, a lay minister whom offers the cup of consecrated Wine to the congregation; sometimes referred to as a “chalicist”. At St. Francis, lay readers also serve as chalice bearers. 

Lay Eucharistic Minister (LEM) is licensed by the Bishop to take Holy Communion to the sick or to those unable to attend church.

Acolyte. A “follower” or “attendant” whom assists the celebrant in a religious service or procession. An acolyte is anyone whom performs ceremonial duties such as lighting altar candles and carrying the processional cross (i.e., “crucifer”) or Gospel book (i.e., “Gospel bearer”).

Depending on how formal the church service, acolytes may also serve as torch or banner bearer, thurifer (carrying the incense burner) and boat bearer (carrying the container that holds the incense).

If you are interested in becoming a lay minister, please speak with Father David or Deacon Tamara.

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.
Work Day Results
Saturday you probably woke to a lovely slow rainy morning, and it was really tempting to turn over and go back to sleep. But a few hard working Franciscans showed up and worked a few miracles of organization and cleaning. Our yucky old shed is emptied and ready for demolition. Our new storage room in the metal building is clean and organized and holding supplies ready for the next time they are needed. Thanks to Richard Macchi, Hanes Brindley, Greg Ross, Jerry Allen, Len Henry and Mickey Kerr for their hard work outside.

Inside Lyn Miller and Ruth Henry transformed the “terrible hallway” to a clean, organized, usable space, and found homes for the piles of odds and ends that had made their way to that final resting place.

Linda Collins, Peggiann Jones and Cindy Allen gave the parlor a top to bottom cleaning and freshening….even upholstery and rugs! We hung some of the art work we found stashed there, and now it looks and smells so much nicer.
Ann Chastang came with goodies and her camera and caught us in action.

Anticipating the New Rector:

The Diocese suggests that we do some cleaning and reorganizing of rooms that have become lackluster through the years, in anticipation of our new rector. What places have you noticed need a good cleaning and facelift? Talk to Mickey Kerr or a property committee member.

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?
Bishop Hector Monterroso, now assisting in the Diocese of Texas, was the Diocesan Bishop (head bishop for a diocese) of Costa Rica for over 14 years? That his father was a professional soccer player? Or that he started helping in this diocese in 2017?

Or that he will be making visitation at St. Francis on October 28th? Be sure and come meet the newest member of our Diocesan Senior Leadership Team.

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.
Order Your Feed My Sheep T-Shirt!
Sign up to order you FMS t-shirt and wear them on St Francis Feed My Sheep sack lunch days!

Shirts are $10.00 each and checks are payable to Feed My Sheep. The list will be available in the Narthex before and after the Sunday service. You may also contact Chris Sedonic cl.sedonic@gmail.com
October & November Events

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.
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.”

Hosted by Total Retirements

Saturday, November 3, 2018
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.
October 30–November 1, 2018

Is God Calling You? 
Registration is now open for the Discovery Retreat at Camp Allen. The weekend retreat is designed for people discerning a sense that God is calling them to a specialized ministry, either lay or ordained. More than 153 "seekers" from across the Diocese have participated in a Discovery Retreat. 

For more information on the application process for Holy Orders, you or your Head of Congregation may contact the Rev. Francene Young, chair of the Commission on Ministry at fyoung@epicenter.org

The cost for the weekend is $175.00 for double occupancy and $200.00 for single occupancy, if available.

For more information on the Discovery Retreat, the Discovery Retreat Task Force or the Regional Discernment process, please contact the Rev. Young or the Rev. Victoria Mason, DeaconVic2007@gmail.com

For registration questions, please contact Suzi Bailey at suzib@campallen.org.

***If your church is covering your registration payment please notify us and have them send check made payable to Camp Allen (Attn: Suzi Bailey) or call Suzi Bailey with credit card information. Payment must be received prior to the retreat.***
November 3–5, 2018

A visit to St. Paul’s in Orange is 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 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 28 to iron out the details. Please email me ( Deacon Tamara ) if will be joining 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!
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 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'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
Sharon Hughes &
Kyla Sherrard
Lay Readers :
Don Miller &
Kay Callin

Collin Wilson &
Ian Wilson
Ushers :
Phillip Okeson &
Tommy Miller

Hospitality :
Pat Ludlow &
Roiann Ludlow

Children's Chapel:
Lyn Miller &
Tommy Miller

Vestry Greeter:  
Ann Chastang

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.
Dee Kerr
Betty Vernon
Caroline St. Romain
Bill Frick
Kyla Sherrard
Cynthia Brady
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.

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