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Pancake Supper was a huge success!

The Pancake Supper was a huge success thanks to everyone! Clif Hisel orchestrated a great team of cooks from Brian Zook, John Autry, Tom York and his merry troop of Cub Scouts. Amy Johnson helped with getting the parish all set up and ready for the night. Dot Huddleston made sure we had our supplies ready. Brianna Harrison greeted all with her smile, and passing out beads. The youth and scouts kept the place popping clearing plates and being fantastic hosts as the congregation came to support the youth with their Love offering for pancakes sausage and delicious homemade applesauce. Dawn Neuman could win awards for her applesauce! We had almost twice as many come to enjoy pancakes than i

Softball begins next week!

DWTX EPISCOPAL COED RECREATIONAL SOFTBALL SUNDAY AFTERNOONS - FEBRUARY 28, 2015 TO MAY 1, 2015 - 1:45 TO 4:00 P.M. Teams will be Reconciliation, Holy Spirit, Mt. Calvary Lutheran and the "Lost Tribes" (basically everyone else - St. Francis/St. Mark’s/St. Thomas/St. Luke’s/St. Stephen’s/holdovers from the first game/etc.). Here are the first week's games: Sun. 2/28/16 1:45 p.m. - Reconciliation vs. Holy Spirit 2:45 p.m. - Mt. Calvary Lutheran vs. the Lost Tribes Time shown gives you 15 minutes for warm up. Games start promptly on the hour. For the first four games (2/28/16-3/20/16) we will return to our long-time field, Rusty Lyons #2, at 6200 McCullough, 78212, just south of Basse Road.

Happening is Happening! Mar 4-6

Fri.-Sun., Mar. 4-6 | Holy Spirit Episcopal Church, Dripping Springs Happening is a spiritual renewal weekend for high schoolers in grades 10-12. The Happening Movement believes that Christianity is relevant today, that it can penetrate the many areas of daily life, and that it can transform the world and keep up with the changing times. Happening provides a method through which one's spirituality may be developed and nourished, lived and shared with Christians willing to dedicate their lives to God in an ongoing manner. The spiritual director for the weekend is our own Fr. Cristopher Robinson. For more information, visit www.dwtx.org/happening. Register online at www.dwtx.org/events.

Volunteers Needed for Refugee Play and Learn Thursday Mornings in April!

Each spring the Center for Refugee Services offers a preK program for mothers, fathers, or grandparents and their preschool children. It’s a time for reading together, playing, and learning. This year it will be hosted at St. Francis Episcopal Church on Thursdays—April 7, 14, 21, and 28. It is from 9:30-11:30am. CRS is in need of volunteers to assist with the program. Maurya Villarreal is the leader and has planned many fun things for the children and parents. We need people to provide snacks for each session, help with the crafts and reading, and sign in the children and parents. All the lessons are planned out and ready to be followed. We will purchase the materials for the activities.

St. Francis Hosts Green Spaces Awards Reception

On Sunday, February 7, the Steering Committee for the International Community Garden (ICG) hosted the Green Spaces Alliance of South Texas Appreciation and Awards Reception for community gardens in the San Antonio area on Sunday afternoon. Approximately 80 gardeners from community gardens in San Antonio came together for updates, awards and networking. The ICG has now been upgraded to an “Asset Garden” because we mentor other gardeners and it is such a successful project. As seen on the left in the picture, former Mayor Hardberger’s wife Linda announced her creation of The Linda Hardberger Community Gardens Endowment, with an initial contribution of $20,000 that will need to be matched to b

Sunday Night Live, Feb 14th, 5-7pm

The next SNL event will be held February 14th, Sunday evening, 5-7pm, at the Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido, 78209) in San Antonio. SNL is a gathering for high school-age youth in the San Antonio area. For more information click here.

Second Tuesday Reading Group, Feb 9th, 7pm

On February 9 at 7 p.m., the book club will discuss The Winter Palace by Eva Stachniak. This is the epic story of Catherine the Great’s improbable rise to power—as seen through the ever-watchful eyes of an allbut- invisible servant. Her name is Barbara—in Russian, Varvara. Under the tutelage of Count Bestuzhev, chancellor and spymaster, Varvara will be educated in skills from lock picking to lovemaking, learning above all else to listen— and to wait for opportunity. There is no host this month, because it’s Shrove Tuesday and most of us plan to eat pancakes until 7 (see page 1). So everyone is welcome to read the book and join us in the Lay Ministry Office (by the main office reception area)

Pancake Supper, February 9th, 5:30-7pm

The high school youth and tweeners are excited to host this year’s pancake supper on Tuesday, February 9. Come have fun in the parish hall between 5:30 and 7 p.m. and enjoy some yummy pancakes cooked up by several men of the church. There will be a love offering basket out, with all donations going to youth programs. Wear your gold, green, and purple, and let’s have one last party before Lent begins!

Christian Formation takes on Mark

St. Francis is a very rich learning environment. Our little church offers three weekly small-group Bible studies, as well as Education for Ministry (EfM) for direct scriptural engagement and reflection each week. We also offer the most sublime learning opportunities for our children and youth, all in a thoughtful, reflective Episcopal voice. Yes, mission is the end goal of living out “The Way” in this world, but we cannot possibly live it in accordance with Jesus’ message if we don’t deeply, artfully, and constantly study and “inwardly digest” Jesus’ message. One of the church’s primary missions is that of teaching, because teaching is a central part of the job of making disciples. A Christi