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Monthly newsletter by St. Francis Anglican Church located in El Paso, Texas. …

Monthly newsletter by St. Francis Anglican Church located in El Paso, Texas.

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  • 1. May, 2012 Exalt Educate Equip Evangelize Extend Issue #223Le Communique. April 30/2012Dear Friends in Christ,Greetings to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.Clarity Of FocusI have just returned from the Worldwide Leaders Meeting of the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans held inLondon. It was a marvelous experience and a broad expression of biblical Anglicanism. I am grateful that Icould attend as an ACNA Delegate, and to represent CANA West among the Fellowship. It was also an honorfor me to be one of the seminar teachers while there. I am also thankful that our good Lord has blessed mewith a safe journey, and delivered me back on terra firma in the United States--"the land of the free!"The whole conference was marked by unity, trust, hope, vision, and above all, clarity of focus. That focus is onthe uniqueness and supremacy of Jesus Christ as the one and only savior and Lord. Throughout the meeting,we were reminded of the importance of acknowledging Christ as savior and Lord in our personal lives, pro-claiming him to the world, and guarding the faith in the church, at home, and in the public square. Also, as youwould have seen in the Statement and Commitment already sent to you, all orthodox Anglicans are invited tocommit themselves to be part of this movement and if possible, attend the conference in May 2013, in the Mid-dle East.The workshop that I gave on Christian leadership, went well. I felt your prayers, and it is my hope that theLord was pleased and those who participated were blessed. I am pleased to tell you that our seminar on Lead-ership had the highest sustained attendance of all the seminars. Thank you for praying for me.CANA Is A Part Of ACNAWhile in London, I heard a rumor that I would be releasing some of our CANA West congregations in Texasto a new Diocese forming in the state. Please be advised that this is not true, and I will not be releasing anyCANA parishes to a new jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA). All parishes inCANA are already in ACNA, so it is false and misleading to give the impression that one has to leave CANAto join ACNA. Please be reminded that CANA is a founding member of ACNA and continues to be part of it.Further, it is important for you to know that Archbishop Duncan nominated me to be on the ACNA Delegationto this just concluded conference in London. So, if you hear this rumor, let people know that all CANA mem-
  • 2. PAGE 2bers are ACNA members as well.Forming A DioceseWith respect to our CANA West District, we are in the process of designating it as a Diocese of CANA withinACNA, pending the canonical and legal work needed to achieve this goal. This new CANA West Diocese willformally be a CANA/ACNA Diocese. The process of forming the diocese is somewhat different from that ofan ACNA Diocese-in- Formation. Our process is based on the fact that our official connection with the See ofCanterbury and the Anglican Communion is through our recognition by the Church of Nigeria. This directionhas served us well in our formative years, and I continue to think it is a good thing for us all.Our Connection To The See of CanterburyJust recently, the importance of our connection to Canterbury and the Anglican Communion was highlightedwhen the news media contacted me asking for my response to a statement made by a TEC bishop. This bishopalleged that we were not part of the Anglican Communion and hence, pseudo-Anglicans. However, as a resultof our connection with the Church of Nigeria, I was able to respond to the media with integrity and all honesty:Yes, we in CANA are indeed authentically Anglican through the Church of Nigeria and ultimately to the Seeof Canterbury. This is no peripheral matter because it was very clear in our London FCA meetings that ortho-dox Anglicans do not want to break from the See of Canterbury and the rest of the Anglican Communion. Andwhile ACNA is not yet recognized as a Province in the Anglican Communion, we remain hopeful that it willbe in the future. Until then, our canonical connection to authentic Communion status is through CANA. It iscritical, and beneficial, to be a part of CANA, so remain strong and do not be distracted as we pursue our fu-ture together. Let us stay together, and pray together, in the proclamation of the gospel in an authentically An-glican way, within the context of the Anglican Communion.CANA West DistrictI have asked Candyce Milner of Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church in Garland, Texas to join Love Nzeaduin leading our District’s Womens Ministry. Candyce will take care of our non-Nigerian parishes. In my nextmailing I will provide all of you with the contact information for all our clergy, leaders, and parishes.I want to encourage you to send in your parish news to Deacon Sherry Graham for our District Newsletter. Thecontent should be informative, only. I will soon begin a different forum to serve as a channel for sharing theo-logical articles under the leadership of our Canon Theologian, Canon Don Armstrong.The Rev. Marc Wilson, our District Communications Officer, has written a number of excellent Bible Studiesthat I highly recommend to you. Please use them as you see fit. My goal is to ensure that we build and grow onthe strong and eternal foundation of Gods Word. This is pleasing to the Lord!Finally, effective May 1, all enquiries and applications for entering the vocational process must be sent to myEl Paso office rather than to the CANA office in Virginia. Similarly, congregations in western USA wanting tojoin CANA should also address their application to my office here in El Paso. This is part of the process of de-centralization and establishing ourselves as a Diocese of CANA/ACNA. Again, I would like all rectors toemail me the names and contact information of everyone currently in the vocations process.With much love, I pray that grace and peace be with you in Christ Jesus, now and forever. Amen.
  • 3. PAGE 3Kind regards,The Rt. Revd Dr. Felix OrjiBishopSt. Francis Anglican Church (CANA/ACNA)
  • 4. PAGE 4Lay Pastor David: David BaschWhat is twisted cannot be straightened; what is lacking cannot be counted. (Ecclesiastes 1:15, NIV)When Solomon wrote these words 3,000 years ago, he understood that life is messed up. He knew that what-ever we attempt to do "under the sun," meaning apart from God, is futile-"a chasing after the wind." The morewe try to make sense of this world by human wisdom and from a worldly perspective, the more lost we findourselves.Solomon summarized his thoughts with this idea that not only is the world messed up, but we as individualsare messed up too. He hammered this home throughout the book of Ecclesiastes:There is not a righteous man on earth who does what is right and never sins. (7:20)God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes. (7:29)The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in theirhearts while they live, and afterwards they join the dead. (9:3)It is amazing how consistent the Bible really is. The apostle Paul came on the scene more than 1,000 yearslater and writes almost the exact same thing:There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no who seeks God... for all havesinned and fall short of the glory of God... and the wages of sin is death. (Romans 3:10-11, 3:23, 6:23)The bottom line is that we are messed-up! However, the great message of the Gospel is that Jesus Christ diedfor messed-up people! It wasnt when we cleaned our life up and started living the way God desired us to livethat He died for us. It wasnt when He saw the potential for who we could be that He decided to die for us. Itwas when we were helpless and unable to save ourselves, it was when we were continually slapping God in theface as his enemies, it was when we were twisted and unable to straighten ourselves out, that God chose todemonstrate His great love for us by dying in our place and bringing us back into a right relationship withHimself (Romans 5:6-11).Solomon looked forward to that day and Paul looked back to that day that Jesus took our place. May we re-spond in gratitude and lay down our lives as an act of worship as we serve our God daily!
  • 5. PAGE 5Lay Pastor Mike:Matthew 4:18-25. Immediately they left the boat and their father, and followed him.As we read about Jesus calling his disciples, our attention is naturally drawn to the dynamic between the callerand the respondents. But take a moment and cast an eye on Zebedee, the father of James and John, who was leftin a boat full of unmended nets. We love stories of people being called to various ministries, and we gain muchfrom those who are faithful to their vocations, the literal meaning of “calling.” But for every disciple whomarches off to serve, there is a Zebedee taking up the slack that their faithfulness left undone. Zebedee musthave said something like “Go ahead boys, I’ll take care of the boat,” which made the story and sainthood ofJames and John possible.Give thanks today for the Zebedees of life—the spouses, parents, children, co-workers, supporters, friends,prayer partners, and teachers—who have made the discipleship of others possible. Give consideration to the factthat their supportive roles are no less a ministry than the work of those who play the more visible roles. As thesong says, they are the wind beneath the wings of those who soar across life’s story.From: Forward Day By Day, Saturday, April 28, 2012.
  • 6. PAGE 6Bob Tipton: Scholar in Residence Once long ago and far away six blind men examined an elephant. Each one happened upon a different partof the beast and drew his conclusions from his own experience. They went away debating the nature of theelephant. The poet concludes that, like theologians, each was partly right but all were wrong. Doctrinesclasses in seminaries likewise examine selected topics, then tend either to “establish orthodoxy” or become adebate with each disputant citing his “proof texts.” But this essay is not a note on theological debate, but anexamination of an often ignored doctrine, namely that our salvation depends on the reality of our being unitedwith Christ. This union is not a theoretical, philosophical construct nor is it an invitation to debate, but a soberdeclaration of a fact. In the gospels we find Jesus promising, If anyone loves me, he will obey my teaching. My Father will lovehim, and we will come to him and make our home with him (John 14.23). Jesus again emphasized the realityof His being in us in His parable of the vine and the branches. He said, Remain in me, and I will remain inyou. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you re-main in me (John 15.4). It is clear that Jesus spoke of a real relationship, a real indwelling in the faithful. Throughout Acts we find the work of the Spirit of God. On Pentecost Peter told the believers, Repent, andbe baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins, and you shall receivethe gift of the Holy Spirit. The promise is for you and your children and for all who are far off—for all whomthe Lord our God will call (Acts 2.38-39). At several critical moments in Acts we have further evidence of thepresence of the Holy Spirit in the faithful. All this sounds mysterious, even spooky, to us, perhaps because we are hardly prepared as individuals or asa church to accept His presence. Nevertheless the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives is treated in Scrip-ture as an important fact. Paul declared that salvation had been hidden until it was defined in the gospel whichhe declared to be the glorious riches of this mystery (secret), which is Christ in you the hope of glory(Colossians 1.26-27). That Christ is in us is the essence of the gospel! The Colossian Christians, poor, strug-gling, and despised, had the secret which saves the world. The gospel is the power of God for the salvation ofeveryone who believes. (Romans 1.16) It is this gospel in which the Philippians were to continue to work outyour salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his goodpurpose (Philippians 2.12-13). As Christians we are controlled not by the sinful nature, but by the Spirit, ifthe Spirit of God lives in you (Romans 8.9). Our worship is also dependent on the presence of His Spirit. Our body itself is a temple of the Holy Spirit,who is in you, whom you have received from God. In short, you are not your own, you were bought at a price.Therefore honor God with your body (1st Corinthians 6.19-20). In all our lives we are to be filled with theHoly Spirit, speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and spiritual songs, singing and making music inyour heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord JesusChrist (Ephesians 5.18-20). Even in our prayers the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what weought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groans that words cannot express (Romans8.26). Finally, all we need and want in life—love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentle-ness, and self-control—are the fruits of the Holy Spirit in us. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in stepwith the Spirit (Galatians 5.22 and 25). This is only a sample from a large number of references. But someone asks, “Is this real? Do we have any
  • 7. PAGE 7 evidence that the Spirit of God actually works in and through us?” Many people have told me, “I don’t know why, but . . . .” Then they tell of a sudden urge to visit a person,or take a different route home, or speak to a person and this leads to unforeseen opportunities to serve others orsay something for Jesus that proved important. I have had many moments in which I said or did somethingthat seemed later to have been prompted from outside myself. One clear example was my offering to go toChile. Although Patricia and I had talked of “doing something,” it was a vague possibility. While drivingfrom Albuquerque to Phoenix with Bishop Tito Zavala, we talked of the work in Chile—and I simply asked,“Could you use Patricia and me?” Simple and spontaneous. Possibly prompted by the Spirit. You may alsorecall experiences that may well have been the prompting of the Spirit within. Let me share two unusual cases which seem to be the Spirit Himself working in and through humans. Inboth cases, people who heard what was said came to Christ as a consequence. Shortly before her death, a retired teacher in Austin recounted her experience. She had taught in the sameschool for several years with a number of teachers who rejected God and Christ. One day in the teachers’lounge, she was asked why she believed in Jesus. She told me that she mentally asked the Lord to give her ananswer, and started talking. Thirty minutes later she heard herself saying, “So that’s why I believe that Jesus isthe Son of God.” The other teachers quietly got up and left. She turned to a Christian aide, who had beenworking in the lounge, and asked, “What did I just say?” The aide answered, “I don’t know; I was too busypraying.” The other is personal. When I was studying Hebrew with a group of Jewish students, our professor was adevout Jew. He continually used the Scriptures to illustrate the meaning of words and grammatical structures.I was the only student who knew the Scriptures well enough to understand his points. Finally, he lost his tem-per with the Jewish students because a goy (gentile) knew and understood the Scriptures better than they. Sev-eral days later, we were studying together and one of the students asked: “You know the Tanach (Old Testa-ment), you understand the Tanach, and you believe the Tanach, so how can you be a Christian?” I rememberthat I replied, “Because I know, understand and believe the Tanach, I must be a Christian.” Almost an hourlater, I said, “That’s why I am a Christian.” During that time, I remember only those two sentences. Neither my friend nor I can tell you what we said, but we both believe that we were not the speaker inthose moments. We both attribute all we said to the Holy Spirit using us to bring others to Christ. These arerare moments, but they confirm the statement: For it is God who works in you to will and to act according tohis good purpose. The Spirit of God is in us, and we are in Him; this is the Christian way ever since Pentecost.
  • 8. PAGE 8FROM THE EDITOR:"All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my angel Mother." -- Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)"God could not be everywhere and therefore he made mothers." -- Jewish proverb"Of all the rights of women, the greatest is to be a mother." -- Lin Yutang"The heart of a mother is a deep abyss at the bottom of which you will always find forgiveness." -- Honore deBalzac (1799-1850)"My mother was the most beautiful woman I ever saw. All I am I owe to my mother. I attribute all my successin life to the moral, intellectual and physical education I received from her." -- George Washington (1732-1799)"By and large, mothers and housewives are the only workers who do not have regular time off. They are thegreat vacationless class." -- Anne Morrow Lindbergh (1907- )"The mothers heart is the childs schoolroom." -- Henry Ward Beecher (1813-1887)"Youth fades; love droops, the leaves of friendship fall; A mothers secret hope outlives them all." -- OliverWendell Holmes (1809-1894)"I remember my mothers prayers and they have always followed me. They have clung to me all my life." --Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)"The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother." --Author UnknownA grandmother is a babysitter who watches the kids instead of the television. --Author UnknownBecoming a grandmother is wonderful. One moment youre just a mother. The next you are all-wise and pre-historic. --Pam BrownGrandma always made you feel she had been waiting to see just you all day and now the day was complete. --Marcy DeMareeGrandmas never run out of hugs or cookies. --Author unknownGrandmas hold our tiny hands for just a little while, but our hearts forever. --Author UnknownIf becoming a grandmother was only a matter of choice, I should advise every one of you straight away to be-come one. There is no fun for old people like it! --Hannah Whithall SmithGrandmother - a wonderful mother with lots of practice. --Author Unknown
  • 9. PAGE 9OFFICES NOW AT EAGLE DRIVE!: Phone: (915) 584-5967, Email: ssfac470@aol.comWebsite: stfrancisanglicanchurch.orgWHILE YOU SPRING CLEAN: Save any items you are willing to part with for the Thrift Sale onSt. Francis Day, Oct. 6th. If you can’t store it, call Pat Tipton at 575-618-7133 and she will keep it in hercasita. Clothes (especially children’s clothes) will be accepted this year.LAVERDE CASA GROUP: Meets on the 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 6:00pm Potluck supper and bible study. We will begin studying the book of James on May 20th. CallMike for more information: 490-5402.PASTORAL CARE: Please pray for Ed Azar, Ann May, Ann Peterson, Joe Fries, Mary Frances Keis-ling, Heather Stevens, Nancy Calvin, Midge McReynolds, Kay Lassiter, Ainsley Hines, Teacher Lin, Bill Bihn,Rob Elder, Mike Stowe, Mike Wicks, Jim Berg, Alberto Mena, Arne Stevenson, Wyatt Laverde, StephanieSmith, Mike Pomeroy, Aubrey Pomeroy, Diane Wildemann, Andrew Balsiger, Hazedl and Bishop TerenceKelshaw and Clay Gibson.MAKING A DIFFERENCE! Would you like to make a difference in a child’s life? Then join the StFrancis Anglican Church’s Mentoring Program. We will be mentoring 4th grade students at LBJ ElementarySchool in our new neighborhood. All that is required is 45 minutes of your time once a month and the cost of aschool lunch. The program will work like this --- Once a month you will have lunch with either one or two 4thgraders. Women will mentor girls and men the boys. These are children that the counselors have determinedare at risk of dropping out of school when they reach Middle School. Your job is to be a friend to them, talk tothem during lunch and get to know them. Find out what they are interested in and encourage them to stay inschool.We will have a training session for mentors on March 21st. Those of you who are interested will fill out a vol-unteer form so that EPISD can do a background check on each participant. We should be able to follow thesesame students next school year and help prepare them so that they will be successful in Middle School and be-yond. Just think, only 45 minutes of your time once a month can make a BIG difference to a child.The Lord has blessed St Francis Anglican Church so let’s pass those blessings on to our new neighbors andmake a difference in a child’s life!!!Respond to this e-mail at sudyt@hotmail or call me at 584-1978 if you are interested in helping a young per-son. Sudy Todd Laverde
  • 10. PAGE 10MEN’S BIBLE STUDY: Now Studying COLLOSSIANS. Meets Wed. at 7:00 am (after6:30 worship) at our new church, 470 Eagle Drive. Breakfast included! All men are invited.Youth Group Bible Studies and Activities: Wed. evenings from 6 to 8 pm. Call Trey forinformation as to location: 497-5195 or email at holyremnant7@gmail.comINTERCESSORY PRAYER: Jim and Martha Williams will be leading the Intercessory Prayer minis-try at St. Francis. Intercessory prayer will be offered in the library at 9:30am every Sunday morning. You arewelcome to join. It’s a time to pray for God’s power and blessing on our Sunday service. I asked them tolead this ministry and highly recommend it to you. -Canon FelixLAY EUCHARISTIC MINISTERS & CHALICE BEARERS NEEDED: Please prayer-fully consider if God is calling you to this important ministry. Contact Bob Hamilton at581-2869.COMMUNITY OUTREACH - for May we will be accepting rice, beans or cereal for the CommunityBasket. There will be a collection basket in the west end entrance to the church. Next time you are in thegrocery store pick up an extra box of rice or beans and bring it to the church. Sudy Todd LETS TALK! If you have any suggestions or comments please call me at 581-1292 or 222-1729. Jim Uphoff, Editor
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  • 13. PAGE 13EVERY WEEK AT ST. FRANCIS… CLERGY AND STAFF BISHOP FELIX C. ORJI, Rector THE REV. DAPHNE ORGERON, DeaconSunday THE REV. Dr. MYLES CALVIN, Asst. Priest8:00 am Worship Service THE REV. CINDY ANDERSON, Asst. Priest10:00 am Worship Service DAVID BASCH, Lay Pastor10:00 am Children’s Sunday School THE REV. H. EUGENE MYRICK, Rector Emeritus MIKE LAVERDE, Lay Pastor (Pastoral Care) PAUL COLEMAN, Lay Pastor (Bible Study and Discipleship) STEVE ANDERSON, Lay Pastor (Evangelism and Missions) Child care is provided RANDALL CROSSLAND, Chair of Buildings and Grounds Dr. BOB TIPTON, Scholar in Residence LEA MAGRUDER, Director of Music, Church Secretary JOANN CASPER, Parish Administrator Monday SONIA LOPEZ, Sunday School Director7:00 pm Choir Practice LEA MAGRUDER, Secretary VESTRY Wednesday Bill Burton, Sr. Warden6:30 am Morning Prayer & Bible Study Bill Stevens, Jr. Wardenweekly at the church. Mark Musgrave, Treasurer7:00 pm Bible Study; Parish Prayer Meeting— Justin Benedict, Sonny Brown, Bill Burton, Jason Chapman, Elvia Crossland, Sonia Lopez, David1st Wed. of the month Moody, Bernard Moye, Ron Munden, Kirk6:00—8:00pm Youth Bible Study Rosenlund, Pam Slusher, Melinda Skillern, Bill Stevens, Kevin Coleman (Youth rep.) **** FRANCISCAN : Editor; Jim Uphoff Staff; Neva Uphoff, Loy Doty Inside this issue: From The Bishop Page 1 Lay Pastor David Page 4 Lay Pastor Mike Page 5 Bob Tipton Page 6 From the Editor Page 8 St Francis Happenings Page 9 Just For Fun Page 11