June 2016

St. Francis Bulletin

June 2016, Volume 23, Issue 6

From the Rector

Fr. Len Giacolone

Bishop Jack L. Iker to Visit St. Francis

June 5 will mark Bishop Iker's first official visit to St. Francis as our Bishop Ordinary.  During his visit, he will celebrate the Holy Communion service, preach, and confirm two of our members.  We have not had confirmation here at St. Francis since 2013 so this is a very special occasion.  During his visit he will also look at our parish records including our financials.  This is the responsibility of every bishop for all of the parishes in his diocese.  There will be a lunch after the service which is being planned by St. Claire's Guild along with David and Kim Norris who manage the hospitality so well.  As I have mentioned to you in church there will be a special collection at both services on June 5 for the Bishop's Discretionary Fund.  This allows the bishop to tend to special needs that arise during the year which are not included in the diocesan budget.  Envelopes will be provided in your worship aid on that day.  Thanks for your generosity.

(Just a note about the diocese.  Even though Amy highlights the major events from the diocese in the newsletter each month, I encourage you to check out the diocesan website for further information.  It is www.fwepiscopal.org).


Now that Sunday School is over for the spring semester, I want to thank Missy Bernard and Doug Cooper for their efforts to teach our younger members in the fundamentals of their faith.  Theirs is an extremely important task that cannot be overemphasized.  When children are taught the faith at a young age they are more likely to continue on in that faith into adulthood.  I cannot be more grateful to my parents who made sure that I had that good, solid Christian education from my earliest years.  Special thanks to Missy and Doug.

Walk for Life

On June 25, Texas Alliance for Life will sponsor its annual Walk for Life.  Through a number of our parishioners over the years we have participated in the walk to help raise money for TAL.  Their primary focus is to lobby the state legislature in matters that pertain to the dignity of human life.  TAL has had enormous success in passing legislation that respects life from conception to natural death.  Even though our pro-life ministry is primarily engaged with the Austin Pregnancy Resource Center, we do this one event for TAL each year.  Once again, Doug Cooper has stated his willingness to represent us at the walk.  You will be hearing more about this as the month goes along and I will be asking you to support Doug in the walk by making a contribution.  A few years back, St. Francis was honored as the leading small church in the walk in terms of contributions.  I wouldn't mind seeing that happen again.

New Church

As you know we are in the process of building our new church.  We are also in the midst of a rainy season. We walk a fine line here in central Texas with rain/no rain.  If we are going to complete construction by the end of October, we're going to need some help from the Lord with fair weather as well as the water we need to survive.  I don't even know exactly how to tell you to pray.  Maybe you could just ask the Lord to help us out in the way He sees fit and let Him decide.  There are building materials on site even as I write this.  The end is in sight.

Anglicans for Life

Steve McCown

Since its informal beginnings in 1966 to incorporation in 1983, Anglicans For Life has evolved and changed. Through its metamorphosis to the strong organization it is today the purpose has remained the same: to educate, equip, and engage the Anglican Church in fulfilling Scripture's mandate to protect the vulnerable, defend the fatherless, and plead for the widow.

With that in mind, the St. Francis chapter of Anglicans for Life would like to make known an upcoming opportunity for Anglican women to join with other sisters in the faith to proclaim that women's empowerment cannot be attained by the oppression of other human beings. This will be the message of the “RECLAIMING THE NARRATIVE” conference to be held in Dallas June 24-26, an event by women and for women. Both Georgette Forney, President of Anglicans for Life and Gail Kleinschmidt, Diocesan Pro-life Chair will be in attendance. The conference promises to be three days of powerful presentations, fellowship, friendship, and fun that will be unrivaled and unforgettable.

For more information and to register for the conference, please go to prolifewomen.com.

Prayer Service for Our Nation

Amy Crandell

There is no question that fervent prayer is needed for our country.  At. St. Francis, we hear this regularly in the Sunday sermons.  I  recently participated in three events where the same message was echoed: the Franklin Graham Decision for America Rally on April 26th, the Austin National Day of Prayer Breakfast where John Hagee spoke on May 2, and the National Day of Prayer Service at the Capitol on May 5.

Individual prayers for our country are desperately needed.  We simply can't pray too much! To this end, a prayer service will be held at St. Francis on the first Saturday of the month at 9:00 AM.  The service will include hymns, prayers - both printed and extemporaneous -  and Bible readings on the seven centers of prayer - Government, Military, Media, Business, Education, Church, and Family. This will temporarily replace the monthly prayer walk. You are welcomed to join us!

Miscellaneous Articles

Anglicans for Life
  • The drive for diapers and other baby items benefiting the Austin Pregnancy and Resource Center is on-going.  Check out the table in the fellowship area. 
Summer Vacation
  • Sunday school is on summer break and will start up again on Sept. 11.
  • Choir will break until mid- August.
  • Newsletter will begin again in September. 
Building Progress
  • Our webpage and Facebook page are updated at the beginning of each month with pictures of the construction progress at 3401 Oak Creek. 
Confirmation Service
  • Sunday, June 5 at 11:00 AM.  Bishop Iker will have his first formal parish visitation with confirmation.
  • Members of the St. Clare's Guild will provide an Italian-themed luncheon after the service. 

Readings for Summer

6/5 2nd after Trinity
6/12 3rd after Trinity
6/19 4th after Trinity
6/26 5th after Trinity
7/3 6th after Trinity
7/10 7th after Trinity
7/17 8th after Trinity
7/24 9th after Trinity
7/31 10th after Trinity
8/7 11th after Trinity
8/14 12th after Trinity
8/21 13th after Trinity
8/28 14th after Trinity
The above readings are linked to the text.

Diocesan Calendar of Events 
Anno Domine 
Bold Purple Print indicates the Bishop's scheduled visitations.
All meetings are held at the Diocesan Center for Ministry unless otherwise specified.
22   Trinity Sunday
29   The Second Sunday after Pentecost
30   Memorial Day, Diocesan offices closed
3   Bishop Iker Challenge Golf Tournament, Glen Rose
5   The Third Sunday after Pentecost
12   The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
19   The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
    ST. MARY'S, Hillsboro, and OUR LADY OF THE LAKE, Possum Kingdom
  4 p.m. St. Michael's Conference Southwest begins, Camp Crucis
20 9:30 a.m. Commission on Ministry
  1:30 p.m. Standing Committee
26   The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost
    ST. MATTHIAS, Dallas
  4 p.m. Senior High Camp begins, Camp Crucis
3   The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost
4   Independence Day
    Diocesan offices closed
6   Family Camp begins, Camp Crucis

The 34rd Annual Diocesan Convention
Granbury Convention Center
November 18 & 19, 2016

Visit the Diocese of Fort Worth's website: www.fwepiscopal.org for additional information on these events. 

The Bishop posts on his page from time to time:  http://www.fwepiscopal.org/bishop/bishop.html

St. Francis Summer Calendar

  • 9:30 am Said Holy Communion
  • 11 am, Holy Communion On the first Sunday, this service is sung Morning Prayer with Holy Communion. (except June 5)
  • 7 pm, Evening Prayer
1st Friday
  • 7 - 9 pm, Games Night
1st Saturday
  • 9 am, Pray for the Nation
2nd Monday
  • 6:00 pm, Vestry Meeting
3rd Friday
  • 12 pm, Mothers' Prayer Group
5th Sunday, July 31
  • 12 PM, Potluck Luncheon
  • 3:30 pm, Hymn Sing at the Retirement and Nursing Center  

1 - Denise Gentsch
5 - Fr. Len Giacolone 
9 - Fielder Dowding 
15 - Charlotte Ready 
18 - Nancy Jones, Robert Motl, RobinRuth Alexander 
19 - Tai Gentsch
20 - Brendle Glomb
21 - Amelia Davis, Elizabeth Davis 
25 - Wade Noelke 

2 - Claude Bernard 
7 - Roy Jones 
8 - Julia Adams , Sue Orr 
12 - Christina Hatley 
13 - Carol Jacobs 
14 - Susan Rambin 
25 - Robert Pigg 
26  - Lucy Ross 
27 - Harriet Bernard 
28 - Teresa Glomb 
30 - Claire Ducker 

3 - Larry Cole
10 - Leanne Read 
11 - Liberty Smith 
15  - Judy Reinhart 
18 - Sally Looke, Phoebe Hughes 
19 - Pete Reinhart 
20 - Nancy Giacolone, Clif Drummond 
21 - Dale Boswell 
23 - Greg Smith 
24 - Franklin Hunt 
28 - Keith Harrell

9 - Mike and Charlotte Ready 
14 - Pete and Judy Reinhart 

2 - Kevin and Patricia Burnette
17 - David and Kimberly Norris

5 - Jim and Amy Crandell
16 - David and Jane Williams
19 - Andy and Shannon Adkins, Robert and Burt Pigg
25 - Randy and Sandy Scheer

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St. Francis Anglican Church of Austin
A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth

Diocese Office:  2900 Alemeda St. 
Fort Worth, TX 76108
The Rt. Rev'd Jack L. Iker, D.D
The Rev. Canon Len Giacolone
Music Director and Organist
Paula Blaha
Parish Administrator
    Mark Rambin
Vestry Members

Senior Warden, Grady Collins; Junior Warden, David Norris; Treasurer, Michael Ready; Secretary, Kevin Burnette; Brendle Glomb, John Hatley, Don St.Martin, Ed Sandlin 
Church Group Leaders
Acolytes:  Fr. Len Giacolone
Altar Guild:  Becky Hunt
Anglicans for Life:  Rory Motl
Choir:  Amy Crandell
Christian Education for Youth: Missy Bernard, Doug Cooper
Christian Education for Adults: Fr. Len Giacolone
Evening Prayer: Jim Crandell
Home Group Hosts: Claire Ducker, Kim & David Norris, Doug Cooper
Hospitality: Kim and David Norris
Intercessory Prayer Group: Fr. Len and Nancy Giacolone
Mothers' Prayer Group: Charlotte Ready
Newsletter & Pew Sheet: Amy Crandell
Nursery: Missy Bernard & Grace Rowse
Prayer Service for Nation: Amy & Jim Crandell
Prayer Shawl Ministry: Charlotte Ready
Readers: Mark Rambin
St. Claire's Guild: Eileen Cole
St. Polycarp's Guild: Jim Crandell
Ushers: Al Parker
Webmaster: Jim Crandell
Women's Bible Study: Becky Hunt
Women of the Church: Leanne Read
5th Sunday Nursing Home Service: Amy & Jim Crandell
Church address: 10435 Burnet Road, #125, Austin, TX 78758
Phone(512) 472-7514
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