April 2018, Volume 25, Issue 4

From the Rector

            Fr. Len Giacolone

A very blessed and joyful Easter Season to all of you! The Lord is Risen and we are made new, Alleluia!
I want to thank everyone for their contribution to the Holy Week and Easter services. These most beautiful services can only happen because of the tremendous cooperation of many people who work hard to see that our worship is beautiful and honors the God who saves. Thanks to every one of you who had a part to play.

It would be great if we could bask in the beauty and glory of these days for a bit. But life goes on and so does the business of the church. 

As you are well aware, on Saturday, April 14, Father Jay Atwood will be at St. Francis to present the Emergency Preparedness Workshop which he developed for the Diocese of Fort Worth. The workshop will cover several different aspects of crisis situations that might arise in a parish setting. It begins at 10:00 am and will last until approximately 2:00 pm. Everyone is invited and I would especially encourage each of you who has some office in the church to attend. That includes Vestry, Altar Guild, ushers, etc. Since this presentation will continue through the lunch hour, you must sign up on the table in the narthex. A five dollar contribution to defray the cost of the lunch is also requested. Registration will be cut off on Sunday, April 8. So please sign up now. This will be beneficial for all who attend.

In our ongoing attempt to do all things correctly, security cameras have been installed in and around the church property. They will be monitored around the clock and will bring us an additional piece of security around the church.  Also in process is the fabrication of a new sign for the church and two new stained glass windows. Our new building is still a work in progress.

Bishop Iker will be here on Sunday, May 20, Pentecost Sunday. He will administer the Sacrament of Confirmation at that time. If you have not been confirmed by a bishop in apostolic succession, you need to be. If you wish to be confirmed please see me at your earliest convenience. Likewise, if you wish to renew your commitment to the Anglican faith (perhaps you have been away for a while) or if you have been confirmed in another church and wish to be received formally into the Anglican faith, please also see me as soon as possible. I will need to get the appropriate certificates from the diocese.
One final note. Many years ago, St. Francis had a Sunday morning schedule of 8:30 and 11:00 am. Between the services, we had some sort of Christian education for adults, as well as for our children. It has been suggested that we attempt to do that again. However, our current schedule will not permit this. There simply isn't enough time between the services to allow for a class. It would require that we move the current 9:30 am service to at least 9:00 am. Of course this will only affect those of you who attend the 9:30, so I would be interested in hearing from you, especially if you have an objection to this. Christian education for everyone is important and week day evening offerings are not well attended, especially at our church. So please let me know what you think. This could be a good opportunity to deepen your knowledge and your faith.

Anglicans for Life

  Steve McCown
When family members or friends die there are funerals, memorial services, or graveside interments to help us mourn and reminisce about our loved ones. However, when a child dies in an abortion, parents and family have no body to bury and no grave to visit. The parents of an aborted child often carry this dark grief as a secret, alone and afraid of the judgement of others, and grandparents and siblings of an aborted child do not know how to grieve or honor them. People who have lost a child to a miscarriage can even find that sometimes those in the Church can be uncomfortable and uncertain of what to say or what to do. This makes a difficult grieving process even more challenging.

A way to help grieving parents or family members is to memorialize these children lost to abortion or miscarriage. Memorializing a child is more than simply acknowledging that someone existed; it gives dignity to the lost child and provides a visual, perhaps even physical, reminder of a life lost. But, most importantly, it provides the grieving families the chance to honor these children as human beings, as well as mourn and express their own loss. Only when they are given the opportunity to grieve can parents and families find peace and then, ultimately, healing. If the Church indeed believes that all lives are sacred and that life begins at conception, we as a people of God need to reach out to these hurting parents and families.


Voice of the Martyrs 

Thank you to all who responded with donations both in-kind and monetary to the Lenten Drive to benefit Voice of the Martyrs. Christina Hatley reported she had enough donations to fill 11 Action Packs and 11 Family Medical Packs.

Readings for April

4/1 Easter Sunday
  • Acts 10:34-43
  • Psalm 118:14-29
  • Colossians 3:1-4
  • Mark 16:1-8
4/8 1st Sunday after Easter
  • Acts 3:12a, 13-26
  • Psalm 111
  • 1 John 5:1-6
  • John 20:19-31
4/15 2nd Sunday after Easter
  • Acts 4:5-12
  • Psalm 98
  • 1 John 1:1-2:2
  • Luke 24:36b-48
4/22 3rd Sunday after Easter
  • Acts 4:23-37
  • Psalm 23
  • 1 John 3:1-8
  • John 10:11-16
4/29 4th Sunday after Easter
  • Acts 8:26-40
  • Psalm 66:1-11
  • 1 John 3:14-24
  • John 14:15-21
Notes on the Readings:
  • St. Francis follows the 1979 BCP Lectionary for the lessons (We are in Year B) with the text read from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
  • Each of the Sunday's readings are linked to the page on LectionaryPage.net.
  • The Sunday collects and text of the psalms are from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
  • On the second and fourth Sundays, the psalm is chanted at the 11:00 service. The psalm markup is based on the Cathedral Psalter and is a part of the St. Francis Psalter - a multi-year project to post the psalms for chanting on our website. So far 84 of the 150 (56%) psalms are completed.

Happy Birthday! April Birthdays

4          Lewis Armstrong 
6          Bryan Gentsch
8          Robert Bernard 
10        John Goodrich 
11        Keira Leigh Kristo-Reinking
14        Morgan McCormick 
20        Ray Merrill 
21        Jim Crandell, Ellen Harrison
23        Sharon McDaniel 
24        Donna Hunt, Samantha Armstrong 

Happy Anniversary! April Anniversaries

5          Roy and Nancy Jones
10        Dan and Ellen Harrison
11        Dale and Mary Boswell

St Francis Calendar for April

  • 9:30 a.m. Said Holy Communion
  • 9:30 a.m. Sunday School
  • 10:00 a.m. Choir Practice
  • 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion with music
  • 1:00 p.m. Embrace the Journey course (on the 8th.15th, 22nd)
  • 7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
1st Friday, April 6
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Games Night
1st Saturday, April 7
  • 9:00 a.m. Prayer Service for our Nation
2nd Monday, April 9th
  • 6:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting
3rd Saturday, April 14
  • 10:00 -2:00 p.m. Emergency Preparedness Workshop
3rd Monday, April 16
  •    7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Austin Chapter of the Readers of First Things (ROFTers) Meeting
3rd Friday, April 20
  • 12:00 p.m. Mothers' Prayer Group
5th Sunday, April 29
  • ~12:15 p.m. Fifth Sunday Potluck
  • 3:30 - 4:30 p.m. Hymn Sing at the Retirement and Nursing Center, 6909 Burnet Lane
Newsletter Delivery Options
  • Receive the newsletter via e-mail with a printable version attached 
  • Pick up a printed copy on the table at the entrance to the church
  • Have a copy mailed to your physical mail box (cost to the church is 49 cents)
  • View newsletters on our website.
To change how you receive the newsletter, contact Amy Crandell in person or via e-mail.

Diocesan Events

Camp Crucis

The Diocese of Fort Worth has a wonderful camp program for youth from Kindergarten through high school at Camp Crucis in Granbury - south of Ft. Worth. Sessions begin on June 24 and include a family camp. Check out their web page and Facebook page. Click here to see the flyer handed out at the Diocesan convention. The flyer is also posted on the bulletin board in the Fellowship area.

Diocese of Ft. Worth Women's Congress


Who are the Diocesan Churchwomen (DCW)? If you are an adult female and attend one of the churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth under Bishop Iker...      YOU ARE THE DCW!  We sponsor our annual Fall Congress in the Fort Worth area as well as facilitate communication between the women of our parishes and missions throughout the Diocese.

JOIN US Saturday, August 25, 2018 at St. Timothy's, 4201 Mitchell Blvd. Fort Worth, Texas 76119

IGNITING YOUR PASSION TO OVERCOME with Internationally Acclaimed Christian Women's Speaker, Janet Perez Eckles
  • Plus catered lunch
  • Raffle baskets to support: La Gran Familia Orphanage in Northern Mexico (tickets $3 each or 2 for $5)
  • In gathering for ARDF
  • Gift for Each Participant
  • Local Anglican Vendors
 9:30 – 10:00    Registration, Continental Breakfast
10:00 – 11:00   Eucharist Celebrated by Bishop Iker
11:15 – 12:15   Keynote Speaker Janet Perez Eckels
12:30 – 1:30     Catered Lunch with special guest Missionaries Ralph & Miho Clatworthy from Japan
1:30 – 2:00       Raffle Drawing and Announcements

Register at sharonhadlock@att.net. Pay at the door – check, cash or credit card

Other Diocesan Activities
Diocesan Activities are promoted on this blog. You can subscribe and have updates emailed to you.
The Diocesan calendar is here.
The Bishop's page is here.

St. Francis Groups & Activities 

Our parish has many groups to carry out our mission. Below are the groups with the contact listed for questions. 
  • Acolytes - Fr. Giacolone
  • Altar Flowers - Angie McCown or Nancy Critchfield-Jones
  • Altar Guild - Becky Hunt
  • Anglicans for Life - Rory Motl
  • Choir - Ralph Webb
  • Christian Education for Youth - Missy Bernard
  • Christian Education for Adults - Fr. Giacolone
  • Evening Prayer - Jim Crandell
  • Games Night - Amy Crandell
  • Home Groups - Fr. Giacolone
  • Hospitality - David Norris
  • Intercessory Prayer Group - Fr. Len and Nancy Giacolone
  • Mothers' Prayer Group - Char Ready
  • Newsletter & Bulletin - Amy Crandell
  • Nursery - Missy Bernard
  • Prayer Service for the Nation - Amy Crandell
  • Prayer Shawl Ministry - Char Ready
  • Readers or Lectors -Fr. Giacolone
  • St. Claire's Guild - Eileen Cole
  • St. Polycarp's Guild - Jim Crandell 
  • Ushers - Al Parker
  • Vestry - Fr. Giacolone
  • Webmaster - Jim Crandell 
  • Women's Bible Study - Becky Hunt
  • Women of the Church - Susan Rambin
  • 5th Sunday Nursing Home Service - Amy Crandell
Readings for May

Each Sunday's readings are linked to the passage on LectionaryPage.net.

  • St. Francis follows the 1979 BCP Lectionary for the lessons (We are in Year B) with the text read from the Revised Standard Version of the Bible.
  • The Sunday collects and text of the psalms are from the 1928 Book of Common Prayer.
  • In general, on the second and fourth Sundays, the psalm is chanted at the 11:00 service. The psalm markup is based on the Cathedral Psalter and is a part of the St. Francis Psalter - a multi-year project to post the psalms for chanting on our website.
St Francis Calendar
  • 9:30 a.m. Said Holy Communion
  • 9:30 a.m. Sunday School (vacation starts on May 27)
  • 10:00 a.m. Choir Practice
  • 11:00 a.m. Holy Communion with music (on the first Sunday, the liturgy includes Morning Prayer.)
  • 7:00 p.m. Evening Prayer
1st Friday, May 4
  • 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. Games Night
1st Saturday, May 5
  • 8:00 a.m. Neighborhood Garage Sale
  • 9:00 a.m. Prayer Service for our Nation
Thursday, May 10
  • Noon Ascension Day Service, Holy Communion
2nd Monday, May 14
  • 6:00 p.m. Vestry Meeting
3rd Friday, May 18
  • 12:00 p.m. Mothers' Prayer Group
3rd Monday, May 21
  • 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. Readers of First Things (ROSFers) Austin Chapter Meeting 
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: Ralph Webb
Parish Administrator: Mark Rambin
Vestry Officers
Senior Warden 
David Norris
Junior Warden 
Jim Britt
Kevin Burnette
Grady Collins
Vestry Members

Class of 2019: Brendle Glomb, David Norris, Kevin Burnette
Class of 2020: Missy Bernard, Dinah Arce
Class of 2021:  Jim Britt, Matt Donnowitz, Donna Hunt
Fr. Len Giacolone