September 13, 2018
My Word:

The flags turn to banners.

One of the great highlights of my time with you here at St. Francis, has been the way that we celebrate, and hold up as a great gift from God, our national and governmental leaders. I say this not because I am a right wing politician, nor a left wing activist trying to reclaim the flag. I'm also not bringing this up because I am a Democrat, or a Republican. I say this because I am thankful that we live in a land blessed by the hand of God.

As you may be aware, the practice of placing the American flag began for most churches during World War I. The federal government asked churches if they would place an American flag inside their church as a way of building support and honoring those who served during the time of national crisis.

Many churches never took them out, even when the war ended and when peace was achieved. Many were pleased that we continued to use them. The practice of keeping flags in the church was somewhat controversial for many folks, a blending of nation and religion that made it seem like we were claiming that “God was on our side.”  There have also been Episcopalians who served their country by protesting, by witnessing for peace, and by struggling for greater opportunities for the poor, or by pursuing justice for the disenfranchised. The flag has always symbolized the whole of the national discussion and life.

As a community of God’s people, it seems to me that one of the greatest privileges we have, is the opportunity to come together in worship, regardless of our political or social convictions. I am thrilled to worship with Democrats and Republicans, and with Libertarians and Independents. After all, who needs to come to the Altar rail, confess, and receive forgiveness more than any or all of the above?

With Ft. Hood so close, and with so many members of our community who have served our nation, it makes sense to me to take time to give special acknowledgements and honors to them. That’s why, from Memorial Day through the 4th of July and ending with Labor Day, we have flown American flags to honor those who gave their lives, served their country in any way, and worked to build a free and prosperous land.

We have left them up just a while longer, to honor Col. Brady, whose funeral is just a few short minutes after I write these words. Then, still with appreciation in our hearts, the flags will come down, and the Green of Pentecost go up. We will turn our attention to the work that the Spirit is doing among us now, and to the life and vitality to which we are now being called.

After all, Christmas will be here before we know it.
-Fr David Krause

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 )
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.
All are Welcome
9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

9:30am: Children's Chapel

10:30am: Hospitality
(Coffee and Conversation)

O God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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 232 )
Lectionary for this Sunday


Sunday, September 16
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II

Tuesday, September 18
  • 1:30pm–4:00pm: Tuesday Solace Birthday

Thursday, September 20
  • 8:00am: Garden Day

Sunday, September 23
  • 11:00am: Vestry Meeting in the Parlor
A Note From Deacon Tamara: Shelter Fundamentals
Shelter Fundamentals Course :
Saturday, September 29

We recently remembered the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Harvey. Countless numbers of families lost their homes. Where did they go? The majority ended up in shelters. Those shelters take volunteers to run them.

St. Francis is proud to work with the Red Cross to offer an all-day course that will introduce the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running, and closing a shelter during a disaster. The morning will be devoted to lecture and the afternoon devoted to a practical hands-on of setting up and closing a shelter.

The goal is to create a pool of trained volunteers who can be called upon to help staff shelters in times of need.

Becoming a Red Cross Volunteer is not a requirement.

Location: St. Francis Episcopal Church, Parish Hall

Date: Saturday, September 29

Time: 8:45am–5pm

Lunch and childcare are not provided.

Registration: Email Deacon Tamara at


Tuesday Solace is having a Birthday Party on Tuesday, September 18th from 1:30 to 4:00 pm! 

We will celebrate the 10th anniversary of our outreach program to our friends with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias and their caregivers.

Come join the fun—for part or all of the afternoon!

Tuesday Solace Grant
Tuesday Solace had been awarded a grant of $500 by the Royal Neighbors Difference Maker Project.

The Royal Neighbors chose Tuesday Solace as a recipient of this grant because of the difference they see the program making in our community for folks with Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias and their caregivers. A great big thank you to the Royal Neighbors of America!


St Francis Gift Shop is now reopened. Regular hours are:

• Thursday and Friday,

• Saturday

Come check out our new look and our summer clearance
Did You Know?
The coming week brings two days of special remembrance. On the 17th of September, we celebrate the feast of St. Hildegaard of Bingen. Hildegaard was a 12th century nun and abbess from the Rhineland area of Germany. A mystic writer, early proponent of herbal medicines, poet, scholar, musician, and playwright. There is a minor planet named for her, as well as a medicinal plant.

In all of her plays, music plays an important part, with only the Devil being denied a singing role (her thought was that of all of God’s creatures, the only one who could not make music, was the devil). Of great interest today to feminist scholars, Hildegaard even has contemporary musicians recording her music (be sure to check her out on itunes or Pandora). Recently added to the Episcopal Calendar of Saints, Hildegaard is a new/old treasure.

And don't forget September 19th is national Talk Like a Pirate Day . ARGGHH!
Fall Clean Up Day

A Fall Clean up Day at church will be scheduled when we get a break in the temperature. Here are some of our to dos. If you can’t do a weekend workday, but would like to help out, get after it!.

  1. Clean leaves out of church gutters and drainage areas.
  2. Power wash the area between the church and great hall.
  3. Kill grass and weeds between the back of the school and metal building in preparation of spreading rocks or gravel out there.
  4. Take down the fallen branches and trees out back.
  5. Sledge hammer the heavy old room dividers and take them to dumpster (or find someone who wants them).
  6. Move the last of the metal shelves from the old shed into the metal building.
  7. Get rid of the shed and its contents.
  8. Oct. 11, haul off old paint and other hazardous items in the old shed, to the Temple Landfill between 9 and 2, for free!
  9. Declutter our parlor and passage hall beside it.

Speak to Cindy Allen or Kyla Sherrard if you have questions.
Meditation Garden
Today's featured garden plant is the Schoolhouse Lilly, which just bloomed this week and is nicknamed for the time of year they bloom.

He established a decree in Jacob, and appointed a law in Israel, which he commanded our ancestors to teach to their children; that the next generation might know them, the children yet unborn, and rise up and tell them to their children, so that they should set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments; and that they should not be like their ancestors, a stubborn and rebellious generation, a generation whose heart was not steadfast, whose spirit was not faithful to God.


St. Francis' Profile now appears on the Diocese's search site . At this point, Rev. Francene Young will set up a time to train our Search Committee.

Our search committee consists of Linda Frick, Greg Ross, Sheri Macchi, Chris Sedonic, Mike Ludlow, Cindy Allen, Peggiann Jones, Don Miller, Linda Collins
Calling All Artists, Craftsmen & Fans of Etsy!
St. Francis is blessed to have a number of talented, gifted folks as members. Maybe you can paint, work in wood, sculpt, or assemble collages. If so, we are in need of your help.

In early October, St. Francis will be hosting our annual Patronal Festival—St. Francis Fest! This year’s auction and fundraising for charitable purposes, comes with a slight twist. What if we asked those of us who can create, to make a little something to help raise a bit of money? Not for the budget, not for the coming Rector, not for ourselves. What if we raised a bit of money for helping others?

If you paint, sculpt, work in wood or other materials, produce anything that you might find on Etsy, we are asking if you would consider donating some of your precious talents to our good cause. 

More information on St. Francis Fest to come, but for those who might donate, and need time to get your project prepared, please start now !
September Events
September 11 & September 15

Have you ever wondered what all goes on at Feed My Sheep? Are you interested in how your support is helping the needy population of Temple? Have you ever felt like you wanted to be a part? Make plans to attend one of our interest meetings and come find out! 

The meetings will begin in the Feed My Sheep Resource Center (at the North end of the building), then go through the education rooms, feeding center, and The Well, with an explanation of what services are provided in each area and how an interested volunteer may get involved.

Both meetings will provide the same info, so there is no need to attend both. Email with questions.

St. Francis is proud to work with the Red Cross to offer an all-day course that will introduce the guidelines and procedures for setting up, running, and closing a shelter during a disaster. The morning will be devoted to lecture and the afternoon devoted to a practical hands-on of setting up and closing a shelter. Becoming a Red Cross Volunteer is not a requirement.

St. Francis, Parish Hall
Email Deacon Tamara at

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 .
September 21–22, 2018

Spend quality time with your grandchildren in the piney woods of Camp Allen at this two day, one night retreat. Enjoy hotel style accommodations, three buffet meals and activities that both grandparents & kids will love.
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

October Fest & Rally Day on October 7

Sunday School Starts Again

November 3–4: A visit to St. Paul’s in Orange 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. Details will follow, but for now check your calendars and save the date!
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.”

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 September 2018 will be Peanut Butter & Jelly (plastic jars - no glass). 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
Ruth Henry, Ethelene Rodriguez & Kim Carpenter
Readers :
Kay Callin &
Peggiann Helcel

John & Noelle Dieter
Ushers :
Karen Fredenburg

Hospitality :

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Marjorie Lewis

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.
Amy Longfield
Hannah Wilson
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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