St. Francis Bulletin

June 2017, Volume 24, Issue 6

From the Rector

Fr. Len Giacolone

Obviously, the big news for June is our move to the new church building. I don’t know at this time when that will take place exactly. But it will take place. Please continue to pray that we will get the necessary permission from the city to do so by the time Bishop Iker makes his visit to St. Francis on June 18. 

In addition to the consecration of the church, Bishop Iker will confirm three young members of our congregation and accept reaffirmations of their faith from two other members. I do not know at this time whether or not the bishop will be here for the 9:30 service although I suspect he will not. He will probably be driving in from Fort Worth that morning. 

Our contractors, Navcon, Inc., are hurrying to put the finishing touches on the building. At this time, the new floor is being installed in the church and the stained glass windows for the nave are being fabricated. I cannot promise you that the windows will be in by the time of the bishop’s visit. Please pray about that, too. The motif for these windows will be salvation history with one side representing events from the Hebrew Scriptures and the other representing the New Testament. The stained glass in the sanctuary area was installed on April 18. I think you will be very pleased with all of them. As I mentioned to you in the previous newsletter, much of the inside decoration of the new building has been made possible by the generous donations of a few members of our congregation without whom the place would look pretty bare. Thanks to everyone who has made this possible.

One change that you will notice in the new church is a Sanctuary Lamp. All parishes in the Diocese of Fort Worth are asked to reserve the Blessed Sacrament in the tabernacle. The lamp is a sign that the Body of Christ is present in the church at all times. The reservation of the sacrament is for the use of the rector for distribution to the sick. Out of reverence for the reserved sacrament, either genuflection or bowing is appropriate. I have noticed that many of you already do this so there should be no major change in that regard.

During the month of June, there will be two special collections for the Bishop’s use. The collection on Pentecost is for the diocesan endowment to reduce the amount of the tithe for some of the parishes in the diocese. Many parishes in the diocese are paying more than the ten per cent that we do and the bishop is trying to make that level across the board. The collection on the day of his visitation is for the Bishop’s discretionary fund. This helps his respond to the needs of seminarians, parish clergy and other individuals that come to his attention. I realize that we are in the midst of a capital campaign for our own needs. But please do what you can. Thanks for your cooperation.

One final thought. It has taken far longer than anyone thought to get our new church building finished. I know that you have been concerned about the delays but I have not heard much in the way of grumbling. You have been very patient. For that I am grateful. The Miracle on Oak Creek Drive is about to come to fruition. Thanks be to God!  


Sunday School

A big THANK YOU to all parents and grandparents who made sure the younger members of their family came to Sunday School this year.
A big thank you to the adults who volunteered to teach the youth: Missy Bernard, Denise Gentsch, Sue Orr, and Doug Cooper.
Classes have ended for this school year and will begin again on September 10. 


Bishop Iker at St. Francis

for Confirmation and the Building Dedication

Bishop Iker will visit St. Francis on June 18 to consecrate the building and for confirmation.  If you are interested in being confirmed,  received into the church - i.e. already confirmed in another church, or reaffirming your confirmation, please see Fr. Len.

Pentecost BBQ-June 4

June 4 is the Day of Pentecost. The members of the St. Polycarp's Guild are going to fire up their grills and produce some wonderful meat for all to eat as part of the Pentecost BBQ held after the 11:00 service. If you would like to eat something in addition to meat, please plan to bring the dish - and make enough to share with your St. Francis friends!  Suggestions are the typical - salads, veggies, bread, side dishes and desserts. Sharing a meal together is always a good thing.

Summer Readings

6/4 Pentecost
  • Acts 2:1-11
  • Psalm 104:24-36
  • 1 Corinthians 12:4-13
  • John 20:19-23 
6/11 Trinity Sunday
  • Genesis 1:1-2:3
  • Psalm 150
  • 2 Corinthians 13:5-14
  • Matthew 28:16-20 
6/18 1st after Trinity
  • Exodus 19:2-8a
  • Psalm 100
  • Romans 5:6-11
  • Matthew 9:35-10:8 
6/25 2nd after Trinity
  • Jeremiah 20:7-13
  • Psalm 69: 6-9, 15-17
  • Romans 5:15b-19
  • Matthew 10:24-33 
7/2 3rd after Trinity
  • Isaiah 2:10-17
  • Psalm 89:1-18
  • Romans 6:3-11
  • Matthew 10:34-42 
7/9 4th after Trinity
  • Zechariah 9:9-12
  • Psalm 145:8-14
  • Romans 7:21-8:6
  • Matthew 11:25-30 
7/16 5th after Trinity
  • Isaiah 55:1-5, 10-13
  • Psalm 65
  • Romans 8:9-17
  • Matthew 13:1-9, 18-23 
7/23 6th after Trinity
  • Wisdom 12:13, 16-19
  • Psalm 86:11-17
  • Romans 8:18-25
  • Matthew 13: 24-30, 36-43 
7/30 7th after Trinity
  • 1 Kings 3:5-12
  • Psalm 119:121-136
  • Romans 8:26-34
  • Matthew 13:31-33, 41-49a 
8/6 8th after Trinity
  • Nehemiah 9:16-20
  • Psalm 78:13-25
  • Romans 8:35-39
  • Matthew 14:13-21 
8/13 9th after Trinity
  • Jonah 2:1-9
  • Psalm 29
  • Roman 9:1-5
  • Matthew 14:22-33 
8/20 10th after Trinity
  • Isaiah 56:1-7
  • Psalm 67
  • Romans 11:13-15, 29-32
  • Matthew 15:21-28 
8/27 11th after Trinity
  • Isaiah 51:1-6
  • Psalm 138
  • Romans 11:33-36
  • Matthew 16:13-20 

Summer Calendar

  • 9:30 AM Said Holy Communion - healing prayers afterwards
  • 10:00 AM Choir Practice (except July)
  • 11:00 AM, Holy Communion- healing prayers afterwards On the first Sunday, this service is sung Morning Prayer with Holy Communion.
  • 7:00 PM, Evening Prayer
1st Friday
  • 7:00 - 9:00 PM, Games Night
1st Saturday
  • 9:00 AM, Prayer Service for our Nation
2nd Monday (tentative)
  • 6:00 PM, Vestry Meeting
3rd Friday
  • 12 PM, Mothers' Prayer Group
Special Events
June 4 - Pentecost BBQ 
  • After the 11:00 service
June 18 - 11:00 AM Service.
  • Fathers' Day
  • Bishop Iker will consecrate the new building and will confirm a couple of our young people.
July 30
  • Potluck Luncheon after the 11:00 service.
  • 3:30 - 4:30 pm Hymn Sing at the Retirement and Nursing Center. 

Summer Birthdays

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
22    Avery & Bailey Montalvo
2      Chaille Claude Bernard
7      Roy Jones
8      Julia Adams, Sue Orr
12    Christina Hatley
13    Carol Jacobs
14    Susan Rambin 
25    Robert Pigg
27    Harriet Bernard
28    Teresa Glomb
30    Claire Ducker
3      Larry Cole
10    Leanne Read
11    Liberty Smith, Taryn Donnowitz, Eliza Donnowitz
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
27    Tessa Arce
28    Keith Harrell

Summer Anniversaries

9     Mike and Charlotte Ready
14   Pete and Judy Reinhart
2      Kevin and Patricia Burnette
17   David and Kimberly Norris
28   Matt and Taryn Donnowitz
5      Jim and Amy Crandell
16   David and Jane Williams
19   Robert and Burt Pigg
22   Bill and Marilynn Palmer
25   Randy and Sandy Scheer
St. Francis Anglican Church of Austin

A parish of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth
Diocese Office:  2900 Alemeda St. 
Fort Worth, TX 76108

Bishop: The Rt. Rev’d Jack L. Iker, D.D
Rector: The Rev. Canon Len Giacolone
Music Director and Organist: Paula Blaha
Parish Administrator: Mark Rambin
Treasurer: Grady Collins
Senior Warden:  David Norris
Junior Warden:  John Hatley
Secretary: Kevin Burnette
Vestry Members
Class of 2018:
Don St.Martin, Ed Sandlin, John Hatley
Class of 2019: Brendle Glomb, David Norris, Kevin Burnette
Class of 2020: Missy Bernard, Dinah Arce
Fr. Len Giacolone
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, Denise Gentsch, Doug Cooper
Christian Education for Adults: Fr. Len Giacolone
Evening Prayer: Jim Crandell
Home Group Hosts: Claire Ducker, Doug Cooper
Hospitality: Kim and David Norris
Intercessory Prayer Group: Fr. Len and Nancy Giacolone
Mothers' Prayer Group: Charlotte Ready
Newsletter & Service Bulletin:  Amy Crandell
Nursery: Missy Bernard
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: Susan Rambin
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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