September 20, 2018
My Word:

Fall seems to have officially arrived, at least the weather seems to think so. Football is in the air, and the World Series is just around the corner. The Clergy Conference is coming up, and now that the school year is off and running can it be too far ahead to think about how we hope to end this year? Meaning, when the calendar year comes to a close (Halloween, Thanksgiving and even Christmas are finished) what do we hope to have accomplished?

I will say that one of my biggest hopes and plans for 2018 coming here and was being able to share a bit of your life with you. When I first came in March, I was just learning about St. Francis. Now that I’ve learned the rhythms and the pace of life here, I am just getting to the point where I can begin to figure out the soul of the parish.

As a part of that process, I have a favor to ask of you all. I would like to create, not for publication, but for the private use of whomever you call your next Rector, a pictorial directory. Again, let me stress, I’m not talking about something for publication or public viewing, but rather just casual pictures, with your names, so that the Rector can meet you all a bit quicker and have a handy guide. I’m going to call it The Rector’s Directory.

To that end, I’m going to be using my cell phone and grabbing a few very casual and un-posed photos as folks leave church on Sundays in October. I’d like to think of it as the Rector’s own private photo album. Don’t be surprised when you see me pull out my phone, and remember, these are not for publication. Rather…

As we come to the close of the year, and begin our preparations for the Rector that we seek, I hope to leave St. Francis with a better sense of who we are, and what this group of folks would like to see accomplished in our spiritual lives together. The first step of that is making sure that the Holy Cow! Survey that we participated in, the Rector’s Directory that we will have put together, and that our own understanding of our identity is clear. Who are we and what are we looking for? When the next Rector does come to St. Francis, this photo album, the Rector’s Directory will be a big help.

-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)

Grant us, Lord, not to be anxious about earthly things, but to love things heavenly; and even now, while we are placed among things that are passing away, to hold fast to those that shall endure; 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 234 )
Lectionary for this Sunday


Sunday, September 23
  • 9:30am: Holy Eucharist Rite II
  • 11:00am: Vestry Meeting, Parlor

Tuesday, September 25
  • Tuesday Solace Congratulations again on your grant and being recognized as Change-makers!

Thursday, September 27
  • 8:00am: Garden Day

Saturday, September 29
  • 8:45am–5:00pm Shelter Fundamentals Course in St. Francis Parish Hall. Contact Tamara
A Note From Deacon Tamara about Shelter Training:
Learn to be Prepared
Shelter Fundamentals Course :
Please Let me Know
if You Can Come!
Saturday, September 29

Just a reminder! Please let me know if you can attend the Shelter Fundamentals workshop on Saturday, September 29th . 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.

St. Francis Episcopal Church, Parish Hall

Saturday, September 29 • 8:45am–5:00pm

Lunch and childcare are not provided. Make sure to pack a lunch! :-)

Register by Emailing Deacon Tamara at

or go to our Facebook event page and click "Going" (not "Interested")


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
Congratulations to Tuesday Solace on Being Awarded
Grant & Recognized as Difference-Makers
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!


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?
Concerning some usage in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). In the Nicene Creed, there is mention of a “catholic church,” while in some forms of the Prayers of the People, there is prayer offered for the “Catholic church.” Why does one use the lower case, while the other uses the upper case? Many folks think that the upper case only refers to the Roman Catholic church. If so, then why do we pray for them especially? Or is there something else going on?

Good question, and while I haven’t found an official answer, here is what I’ve discovered so far.

The text of the Nicene Creed that is used in the BCP is that offered by a group of inter-denominational liturgical scholars called the “International Consultation on English Texts in the Liturgy” (ICET). It’s composed of a variety of folks, working together, to try and produce faithful translations of common liturgical texts. That Roman Catholics, Lutherans, Episcopalians, Methodists, Presbyterians, etc. may use a common version of the Nicene Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, the Sanctus (Holy, Holy, Holy…), etc. The ICET folks don’t capitalize it. In that translation, the “catholic church” that we profess to believe in, seems to be the universal church of all Christian peoples. It is not Roman, nor Anglican, but of all people, at all times, in all places. Here catholic means universal.

But later, in the Prayers of the People, we are asked to pray for the “Universal Church” (Rite I), or the “Catholic Church” (Rite II, Form III). Why is it capitalized here, but not in the Creed? Well, for one thing, the Prayers of the People do not come from the ICET, but from various versions of prayers offered by Anglicans, composed by various folks over the last couple of hundred years.

Here, the church does not seem to be understood as just a present day reality, but a longed for, and earnestly prayed for, “once and future” perfect church. We pray for the church in its longed for, and prayed for, perfect state. In the Prayers of the People, we are asked to consider the ways in which God is using the Church, and drawing us all nearer to the very self of God. Catholic here means not Roman, but perfected. A Church where all Christians have come together, learned to live with our differences, learned from one another, and able to express a common faith and unity.
Fall Clean Up Day

A Fall Clean up day at church will be Saturday, October 13th. We’ll start at 8:30am and go until 1:00pm (or as long as you can comfortably stay.) Donuts and lunch will be served. Below are some of our to dos. If you can’t make the official workday, but would like to help out, that’s great too! Just let Mickey Kerr or Cindy Allen know what task you are going to take care of and we’ll cross it off our list. We will try to have tools available. Please bring what you can and let us know what that there are tools we will need that you can't bring for the tasks below.

  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 flower of the Pomegranate, which will turn into the delicious and complicated fruit we all know and love, whose seeds are eaten rather than its flesh. We will keep an eye on it and give you a visual update on it progress!

The Bride’s Beauty Extolled

How beautiful you are, my love, how very beautiful! Your eyes are doves behind your veil. Your hair is like a flock of goats, moving down the slopes of Gilead. Your teeth are like a flock of shorn ewes that have come up from the washing,
all of which bear twins, and not one among them is bereaved. Your lips are like a crimson thread, and your mouth is lovely. Your cheeks are like halves of a pomegranate behind your veil. Your neck is like the tower of David, built in courses; on it hang a thousand bucklers, all of them shields of warriors. Your two breasts are like two fawns,twins of a gazelle, that feed among the lilies. Until the day breathes and the shadows flee, I will hasten to the mountain of myrrh
and the hill of frankincense.

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

• Thursday and Friday,

• Saturday

Come check out our new look and our summer clearance
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

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
Gail Avots &
Sharon Wilson
Lay Readers :
Lawson Grant &
Richard Stillman

Collin & Ian Wilson
Ushers :
Heidi Couchman &
Bill Frick

Hospitality :
Jerry Allen &
Cindy Allen 

Children's Chapel:

Vestry Greeter:  
Lyn Miller

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
Ann Chastang
Karen Fredenburg
Lawson & Jeanie Grant 
Mark Brown
Cole Mooney
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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