October 4, 2018
ST. FRANCIS WEEKLY WORD NEWSLETTER
My Word: Sacraments

There are three rather wonderful things happening this weekend. On Saturday, we kick off our celebration of St. Francis day with a blessing of the animals (see the announcement later in this newsletter). Then on Sunday, we have a luncheon right after Sunday worship, as a part of our St. Francis Fest, which has a German Oktoberfest theme this year. Finally, it is the kickoff of our Fall reflections upon Stewardship.

I know, immediately you may think, Stewardship—wonderful? What has he been drinking? But I actually look forward to Stewardship season in the Fall. I find the messages of our common responsibility for the health and welfare of the parish to be really great reminders, and more than that, I take to heart the idea that we are Stewards of the material creation with which God has gifted us. I take this as a rock solid, foundational principle of our understanding of the Christian faith.

Let me explain, in our understanding of the Christian faith, the primary means of worship on Sundays is a celebration of the Eucharist. Not only is this a comfort in affliction and a pledge of our eternal inheritance, it is God using material objects of the world, to express love and care for all of God’s people. It is the Sacramental principle written in our lives.

Think about that for just a moment. When God wants to express love and care for us, God uses the ordinary material of the world, bread and wine, set aside for holy purposes, becoming the very Body of Christ and the Cup of Salvation. But do you know what else we understand as the Body of Christ? The people of God, gathered in common purpose. We are the Body of Christ, just as surely and just as physically as is the bread of the Eucharist.

This sacramental principle lies at the very heart of our worship, our understanding of the faith, and our lives in the world. For if we are the common, ordinary material of the world, made holy and set aside by God, so too, are the fruits of our lives. When we offer up the time, talents, and treasures of our lives, these too, are made holy and set aside. I am able to not only participate in Eucharist, but by my offerings, I participate in the ongoing work of redemption for all of God’s creation.

Stewardship is really not about raising the money for the needs of the church. It is about our faith, and our willingness to engage with God in working to redeem the world. It is theological—sacramental. Stewardship is a time to remember, to give thanks, and to work with God.
-Fr David Krause

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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 )
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.
ST. FRANCIS EPISCOPAL CHURCH WEEKLY SCHEDULE

Saturday, October 6
  • 10:00am: Blessing of the Animals at Christ Episcopal Church

Sunday, October 7
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • St. Francis Octoberfest Luncheon and Auction to Benefit sister parish, St. Paul’s Orange, TX
Monday, October 8
  • Columbus Day Holiday—Office Closed

Tuesday, October 9
  • 1:00pm Tuesday Solace

Thursday, October 11
  • 8:00am: Garden Day
Please note: new address for Len, Ruth and Bobby Henry. They now reside at 3110 Magnolia, Temple, TX 76502.
TWENTIETH SUNDAY
AFTER PENTECOST

THE COLLECT:
Almighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.  Amen .

( Book of Common Pray e  r Page 234 )
Lectionary for this Sunday

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SUNDAY SERVICE TIME
All are Welcome

9:00am : Holy Eucharist Rite II

11:00am : Hospitality
  • (Coffee and Conversation)
WHAT'S GOING ON AT ST.FRANCIS?
Notes From
Deacon Tamara

October 14th is a Feed My Sheep Sunday . For me it will also be an Iona Weekend and I will not be with you to help assemble the sacks—but it will go on! The food will be ordered, picked up and ready for your assembly on Sunday morning.

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 seven (7) of us going, but more are welcomed! I have contacted Fr. Keith for hotel suggestions in Beaumont and I have invited him and his wife to have dinner with us on Saturday night. I have also asked for a tour of the recovery efforts in Orange. We have at least two multi-passenger vehicles going so carpooling is available .

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!
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.
Service of Pet Blessings
Why is Francis the patron saint of animals? Why do churches bless animals on or near his feast day, October 4th?

Francis had a special mission to the least of all of God’s creatures, the poor, the lame, the elderly and the sick. He had compassion upon all who were lowly and humble of heart. He also had a special joy in all of God’s creation, celebrating the goodness of all living things.

It is easy to see how these two foci led to a third area of interest, our animal companions in creation. St. Francis was said to have practiced his preaching in the forests, where even the wild animals would come to hear him extol the joys of worshipping the Creator.

Can you join us this Saturday, October 6th at 10:00am?  We will be hosting a joint service with Christ Church, at their location 300 Main Street (map).

The service will be a fairly short one. Bring your pets, real or stuffed (if you have a wee one who might prefer that), for this special recognition of God’s blessings.
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?
"70% of Episcopalians weren’t born that way.

Yes, we’re a church of refugees.

It’s not secret that the clear majority of those in Episcopal Church pews on Sunday mornings were not born Episcopalians. Most of us came from other Christian denominations or from no church background at all. So what’s the draw?

Since many converts come as adults, chances are logic, and reason, play a role in a person’s decision to become an Episcopalian. The episcopal church has consistently been labeled a “middle road”—a “via media”—between Roman Catholicism and Protestantism. We bring the reverence and rootedness of an ancient tradition alongside a clear devotion to the Bible and priesthood of all believers. In year past, in fact, some people suggest that were America to unite under one, central religion, it just might be the Episcopal Church. It’s worth noting that the National Cathedral in Washington, DC, host to some of the nation’s most important religious events, is an Episcopal Church."

From The Episcopal Handbook

PROPERTY COMMITTEE
PROJECT UPDATE: To Do List

  1. Bring something breakfast-y or lunch-y, to feed workers.
  2. Bring water bottles for workers.
  3. Use a chainsaw on the dead tree out back
  4. Disassemble the metal shelving and reassemble in the new metal building
  5. Sweep the leaves from the church gutter screens.
  6. Rake and bag the leaves from the area around the drains.
  7. Power wash the close.
  8. Tackle any area that has been getting on your last nerve.
  9. Make a list of lights that need to be replaced with ladders, and replace the ones you can reach.
  10. GIve our parlour a thorough cleaning while Ruth and Lyn reorganize the yucky passageway.
Fall Workday: Saturday, October 13
8:30am to 1:30pm
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Please speak to Mickey Kerr (mkerr@umhb.edu) or Cindy Allen (vickivinyl9@gmail.com) if you have questions.
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
September 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.
October & November Events
WILLKOMMEN ZUM OKTOBERFEST, ST. FRANCIS FEST

Greetings Franciscans, or as they say in Germany “Guten Tag”

St. Francis is gearing up for our very own annual St. Francis Fest/Oktoberfest celebration following our regularly scheduled service on Sunday, October 7, 2018, in the Great Hall.

You won’t want to miss this special celebration and I can guarantee the cuisine will be the finest as our own German chef in residence, Mike Ludlow, will be at the helm of the kitchen. Mike will be preparing his homemade Sauerbraten, Spaetzle, Cabbage and of course, what German meal would be complete without German Beer!

We would welcome accompaniments with a German flair. Suggestions for salads are German potato, three-bean, cucumber and sour cream, pea, vegetable, tossed or any salad of your choosing. Our very own Rector, Fr. David Krause, has offered to make his famous German potato salad and we can all judge to see if his cooking ability can measure up to his speaking ability!

We will also need desserts, german bakery bread, butter and iced tea. Any help in the kitchen before and after would be deeply appreciated. Please let me know if you can provide a salad, dessert, bread, or any of the above.

We are going to have a real German Fall Festival; so dust off your lederhosen or Pettipants and join the fun! Please let me hear from you, if you can help with the side dishes or in the kitchen.

Please RSVP with us by letting us know what side accompaniment you will be bringing and dropping off your $5.00 per adult suggested donation. Donations and proceeds of onsite auction of small items will go toward helping St. Paul's Episcopal in Orange, Texas continue to rebuild after Hurricane Harvey. Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions.

Cell or Text: (254)760-1323
Home: (254)778-1520

Danke,
Linda Frick and Gail Avots
Special Events Coordinators
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.”

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
Heidi Couchman
and Lyn Miller
     
Lay Readers :
Peggiann Jones and Richard Stillman

Acolytes:
Collin Wilson and
Ian Wilson
Ushers :
Jana Deakins
and Bob Henry

Hospitality :
St. Francis Fest meal/
Oktoberfest Luncheon

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Barbara Walsh

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.
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS & ANNIVERSARIES
OCTOBER 3 BIRTHDAY
Chris Pearce
OCTOBER 6 BIRTHDAY
Jan Wilson
OCTOBER 8 BIRTHDAY
Lorraine Miller
OCTOBER 9 BIRTHDAY
Jessica Dieter
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.