October 18, 2018
My Word:
The Bishop is Coming! The Bishop is coming!!

On Sunday, October 28th, Bishop Monterosso will be making visitation to St. Francis. Bishop Monterosso is new to our Diocese, having served as the primary Bishop for another Diocese, he now assists in the Diocese of Texas. This will be his second visit to St. Francis. I’m hoping that you will all not only come out to meet and greet this new Bishop, but that you will do things the St. Francis way, and really extend yourselves to make him feel welcome.

I’ve had the opportunity to meet and work with Bishop Monterosso once or twice. He is joyful, beams one of the biggest smiles I’ve ever seen, and has a passion for helping the people of God. I think that you will enjoy getting to know him immensely.

But a bigger story is happening here. Why do Bishops come make visitations at all? Partly, some of you may recall, they do confirmations —the welcoming and recognition of new members. We ask that Bishops do that sort of thing, as a sign that one does not join this congregation or that one, but the whole of the Christian Church.

And you may also know that Bishops are required to visit every congregation. But the real lesson here is that any congregation benefits from the oversight and advice of those outside the boundaries of the parish. We work together in this Diocese, calling upon the heritage of Episcopalians who brought the church to Texas. Did you know that the first foreign missionaries of the Episcopal church were sent to the foreign country of the Republic of Texas? That heritage is ours. So too, are the Chapels set up on ranches which dotted the Texas countryside by the second sons of English gentry. We know that working together, each congregation can achieve more than working alone.

And together with our Bishop, we plan, make strategy for the coming years, and leverage our assets in making a bigger splash than any single congregation. Our Diocese is made up of congregations large and small. Each playing it’s part in a larger story. The Bishop comes not out of a duty for some remote official of church offices. But because he is a part of us, and because we work with him, and with our fellow Christians around the world. 

Together, there is much God has in store for us.

-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, October 28
  • 9:30am:
  • Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • Meeting with Deacon Tamara after 9:30am service about the visit to St. Paul's Episcopal in Orange, Texas
  • Gift Shop open after service for 40% off Fall Sale

Tuesday, October 30
  • 1:00pm Tuesday Solace

Wednesday, October 31
  • 9:00am Halloween Costume Parade for St. Francis' School in the Great Hall

Thursday, November 1
  • 8:00am: Garden Day

Almighty and everlasting God, increase in us the gifts of faith, hope, and charity; and, that we may obtain what you promise, make us love what you command; 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
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
In the last two weeks I have seven days at Camp Allen. I was the Deacon for the Iona School and then I attended clergy conference. Camp Allen is a lovely place. Peaceful and beautiful. There are rocking chairs and benches scattered throughout the campus. I have my favorite place to sit and enjoy the view. The view is of pine trees. All are straight, except for one. It is bent into a graceful arc. It stands out because it is different. I often wonder what caused it to bend when all the other trees are straight? What had it survived? Were there winds that tested its strength and instead of fighting to stay upright it allowed itself to bend? Did reach out to another tree looking for support?

The tree is a reminder to bend, but not break. We live in difficult times with much anger and polarization. We demand our positions to be heard. We do not listen to each other. We live in fear and stand our ground. Perhaps we can learn from the tree. Bend to listen. Bend to reach out to the others who hold different views, who look different, who are different. Bend to invite kindness and compassion. Bend to love all.

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.
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!

The St. Francis Gift Shop is located next to the church. We strive to support local artists, green products and the fair trade movement. The Gift Shop is an outreach which supports the ministries of St. Francis Episcopal Church and is staffed entirely by volunteers.

As most of you know, the Gift Shop must have two workers at all times. Currently, we are in desperate need of volunteers. This is a great time to ask your best friend to sit with you and catch up while you both help volunteer.

Please consider volunteering just 3.5 hours a month, which would help out a great deal. Please contact Heidi Couchman with questions. The Gift Shop is open after this week's service for a 40% off Fall Sale.

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.
Did You Know?
The greatest theologians are sometimes referred to as “Doctors of the church?" It’s a title that is officially granted in both Western and Eastern branches of Christianity. Although the Anglican branch of the Western Church does not use the title, there is a never ending discussion of who the most significant teachers of Anglicanism have been. 

Archbishop Cranmer, principal architect of the Book of Common Prayer is usually on such a list, as is Richard Hooker, the originator of the “three legged stool” that Anglican use to express our reliance upon scripture, tradition, and reason. Bishop Butler, Bishop Berkeley, and Archbishop Temple usually appear as well.

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.
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 .

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 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.***
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.
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!
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 
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
Ann Booze and
Kyla Sherrard
Lay Readers :
John Dieter and
Richard Stillman

John Dieter and
Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Glen Couchman and
Heidi Couchman

Hospitality :

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Linda Collins

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.
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.

Thank you for reading it in its entirety.