October 2014

St. Francis Bulletin

From the Rector
Fr. Len Giacolone

As most of you know by now, the congregation voted to withdraw from the Episcopal Missionary Church.  The vote was taken at a parish meeting on September 7.  The practical ramification of this vote is that we are currently not affiliated with any wider Anglican jurisdiction.  A committee, under the leadership of Doug Cooper, is now researching the possibilities for a new affiliation with a recommendation due by the end of the year.  Likewise, an interim report will be given to the parish by the end of October. 

One additional item surfaced at the meeting.  It was suggested that many in the congregation may not know what is going on in the Anglican Church either here in this country or around the world.  Phoebe Hughes and Mark Rambin volunteered to put together a report to help the congregation understand some of the happenings taking place within the church.  Their reports will coincide with the work of Doug’s committee so that the parish can make a more enlightened decision with regard to a new affiliation.

For those of you who might have been concerned about the exercise of my priestly orders, I have obtained a license from an Anglican bishop who is happy to provide what he calls a “temporary tent” in which we can abide until our decision is made.  Our departure from the EMC necessitated my resignation from the offices I held in the Diocese of the Western States including the position of Vicar General and Treasurer of the diocese.  By the time you read this my successors to these offices will probably have been named.

I was deeply impressed at the meeting with the interest and concern shown about this pivotal move in our parish’s history.  As I explained to you at the meeting we are looking forward and I think the future looks bright.  I would like to think that by this time next year we will have a new affiliation, a new place to worship and a growing parish.  Please keep praying for all of these intentions.

Our study on the Holy Spirit continues on Wednesday evenings at least through October.  I plan for the class to last six weeks but will be happy to extend it a week or two if it becomes necessary.  It is generally recognized that the Holy Spirit is the person of the Holy Trinity who is least understood, not only in His person but in His work in the church.  Our study is meant to rectify that in some way and bring about not only a new understanding but a new cooperation with what He is doing in our lives and in the church.

Although we have been at war since this time in 2001, it appears that we are on the verge of diving further into rather than pulling out of our situation with regard to the war on terrorism.  Regardless of what our current administration says about our participation in this ongoing conflict, the forces on the other side seem unwilling to allow it to end.  This is being driven by a radical group of Muslims who, according to themselves, have established a caliphate which is intended to take over the entire world for Islam and Allah.  Most Americans seem reluctant to enter into this new conflict with the new Islamic State.  I, too, hate to see this take place.  Nobody likes war.  But our future may depend on our putting an end to this threat to our existence before they do.  All of this is by way of saying that we need constant prayer about this and in fact everything in our lives if we are not only to return to the America that was founded on a commitment to God, but even to survive as a nation.

New Home Group
David Norris

There's a new home group in town...well not exactly in town. Beginning Wednesday, October 15th. a new home group will begin at the home of David and Kim Norris. We will be doing a Bible study using Into the Word by Anne Graham Lotz. We will be meeting from 7:00PM - 8:30PM on the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays. Kim and David Norris live 13 miles east of the airport off of Hwy 71 in Cedar Creek.   If you  are interested in joining us, please see us after Church with any questions or call David @ 512-718-8808.

Operation Christmas Child Boxes
Missy Bernard

It's that time of year again!  Each year, the youth of St. Francis participate in Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse.  The members of the congregation provide the shoe boxes and then the items to go in the shoes boxes. 

Shoe boxes are needed! Please see the card table collection set up in the fellowship space and add yours when you can.  Letters will go out later this month asking for assistance with donations to fill the boxes. We hope to collect at least 60 boxes this year, and our planned packing date is November 23rd.

For more information about this ministry, go to http://www.samaritanspurse.org/what-we-do/operation-christmas-child.

Party with the Cows
John & Christina Hatley

The entire St. Francis congregation is invited to a party at the Hatley house for family, church, and friends.
Date:          Saturday October 18th
Time:         11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Location:   331 County Road 457, Coupland, TX 78615 (~30 miles from the church)
Please RSVP to Christina at 281-380- 3119 or to John at 512-587-6344 or bjmh81@gmail.com.
Bring a lawn chair as seating is limited and mind the road on the way in, it's a little uneven.

Anglicans for Life
Phoebe Hughes

The Saint Francis Chapter of Anglicans for Life had a table for ten at the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center Fall Extravaganza in September which is their major fund raiser for the year. We also want to remind everyone that the "40 Days for Life" campaign has started but it is not too late to sign up on line.

Our next meeting is on Sunday, October 19, after the 11:00 service.  Everyone is invited.

And, don't forget the diapers!

New Property Update
Mark Rambin

Progress!  The initial phase of site work has been completed at our new church home on Oak Creek Drive!  This included coordination with the City of Austin, installation of erosion controls, a fertilization treatment for the surrounding trees, demolition of the existing structures, and clearing of the planned driveway, parking and building areas.  Please feel free to go by and walk the site.  Our new address will be 3401 Oak Creek Drive, Austin, Texas 78758.

Answered Prayer
As announced by Fr. Len on 9/14/14 during the 11:00 service.

"All of you are aware, I think, that we have been running a diaper collection for the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center. On Monday of this past week, the staff of the APRC was in prayer for diapers, because they had completely run out. And while they were praying, Phoebe Hughes rang the doorbell and said, "Would you like some diapers?" and delivered -- how many cases?  A lot -- and we're still collecting them. The point is, when those people pray, God answers. I'd like to say that it happens every time, but my history with the APRC is that their prayers get answered, usually with about ten seconds to spare. I don't know why God seems to wait till the last minute to answer their prayers, but as far as I know, He has yet to not answer their prayers. So they're good partners to have. And keep [the diapers] coming."
Diapers are being collected in the fellowship area.  Sizes 3, 4 and 5 are needed.

Prayer Shawl Ministry

Charlotte Ready

Over the centuries, shawls have come to symbolize shelter, peace and spiritual sustenance.  Members of the ministry lovingly donate their time and talent to knitting or crocheting shawls filled with the power of prayer for those in need. The shawls are prayed over before and during the time of knitting/crocheting. In addition, the shawls are blessed before bring given to the recipient. Anyone who knits or crochets, or wants to learn to knit or crochet, can volunteer to create a shawl. If you want to help but knitting/crocheting is not an option, you can donate to help procure yarn and gift bags.  St. Francis' prayer shawl ministry is alive and well having delivered several prayed-over and blessed shawls to those in need. If you would like to participate in this comforting and important ministry, please contact me at charready@austin.rr.com.

Newsletter Submissions

Newsletter articles are gladly accepted for inclusion in the next month's newsletter. E-mail to amytcrandell@gmail.com by the 20th of the month.

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Austin, TX 78758

October Calendar

  9:30 am, Holy Communion (said service)
  9:30 am, Sunday School for Youth
  10:00 am, Choir Practice
  11:00 am, Holy Communion  with music . 
        On the first Sunday, the service is sung Morning Prayer with Holy Communion

  12:00 pm Noon, Anglican Rosary
  7 pm, Holy Spirit & You 
  7 pm, Evening Prayer
1st Friday, October 3
  7 pm, Games Night
1st Saturday, October 4
  9 am, Prayer Walk
2nd Monday, October 13
  5:30 pm, Vestry Meeting 
3rd Thursday, October 16
  12:00 pm, Noon, Mothers'               Prayer Group
3rd Sunday, October 19
  12:30 pm, Anglicans for Life

October Birthdays
5      Kevin Burnette
6      Gideon Hatley
8      Mary Sanders
13    Gayle Harrell
15    Sasha Jacobs
25    Carole Martin
        Ed Sandlin
27    Suzan Stratton
28   David Norris
29   Jeanne Davies
       Kerry Glenn
30   John Hatley 

John & Christiana Hatley
Len & Nancy Giacolone
Robert & Rory Motl 
Ed & Katie Sandlin   

September Readings
10/5 16th after Trinity
Isaiah 5:1-7
Psalm 80:7-14
Philippians 3:14-21
Matthew 21:33-43

10/12 17th  after Trinity
Isaiah 25:1-9
Psalm 23
Philippians 4:4-13
Matthew 22:1-14

10/19 18th after Trinity
Isaiah 45:1-7
Psalm 96
1 Thessalonians 1:1-10 Matthew 22:15-22

10/26 19th after Trinity
Exodus 22:21-27
Psalm 1
1 Thessalonians 2:1-8
Matthew 22:34-46

Too Busy to Pray?
By Tony Agnesi (Submitted by Amy Crandell)

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.   Matthew 7:7-8

Years ago, Mother Teresa was speaking to one of the bishops in India about the overwhelming amount of work they were doing. He said, “I am so busy, that I hardly have time to pray.” Mother Teresa replied, “If you are too busy to pray, you are too busy!”

We all wish we had more time to pray. Ask 100 Christians if they would like more prayer time and most would answer yes. But, most would say that a robust prayer life is difficult.

Getting up early, getting the kids off to school, an 8 hour job, dinner to prepare, homework, getting the kids off to bed, then crash, it’s exhausting! Where do you find even an extra minute for a prayer life.

In Philippians 4:6, we are asked to have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.Making request know to God doesn’t really take that much time, a petition while driving, sitting at your desk, waiting for a stop light:
  •  “Jesus, look after my wife today as she travels for business.”
  • “Lord, be with me today as I interview for this needed job.”
  • “God, calm Bill as he goes into surgery and guide the surgeons hands.”
That wasn’t that difficult! And if we do this, Philippians 4:7 continues, and then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

When Saint Paul tells us to “pray without ceasing” he didn’t mean that we should be hands folded, head bowed, and on our knees all day. He is talking about an attitude of inclusion, where God is with us in our thoughts throughout the day. It’s an awareness that God is with us wherever we go and is there for us whenever we are worried, anxious, or discouraged. We can always turn to prayer. Even when things are going well and we feel happy, a quick prayer of thanksgiving keeps our Lord close.

Printed Copies
Printed copies of the newsletter are available on the table at the entrance to our space.  If you receive a mailed copy as well as this electronic copy of the newsletter, you can elect to have only one version sent to you and pick up a paper copy at the church.  Let Amy Crandell know either in person or by e-mailing her.  

The Rev. Canon Len Giacolone 
Assisting Priest
  The Rev. Peter Nganga
Music Director and Organist
  Paula Blaha

Lay Leadership
Vestry Members
  Senior Warden, Mark Rambin
  Junior Warden, Keith Harrell
  Treasurer, Michael Ready
  Secretary, Jim Crandell
  Grady Collins, Doug Cooper, Carole
  Martin, Don St. Martin, Fr. Len
  James Glomb, Ray Merrill Wade Noelke, Ed Sandlin, Arthur Woodgate
Altar Guild 
  Becky Hunt
Anglicans for Life
  Phoebe Hughes
Anglican Rosary
  Becky Hunt
Austin City Prayer Walk
  David and Kim Norris
  Amy Crandell
Christian Education for Youth
  Missy Bernard & Doug Cooper
Evening Prayer
  Jim Crandell
Home Group Hosts
  Claire Ducker, Anne Idsal, Kim & David Norris
  Kim and David Norris
Intercessory Prayer Group
  Fr. Len and Nancy Giacolone
Mothers' Prayer Group
  Charlotte Ready
Newsletter & Bulletin Editor 
  Amy Crandell
  Missy Bernard & Grace Rowse

Prayer Shawl Ministry
  Charlotte Ready
  Mark Rambin
St. Claire's Guild
  Eileen Cole
  Al Parker
  Jim Crandell
Women of the Church
  Leanne Read
5th Sunday Nursing Home Service
  Amy & Jim Crandell

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