St. Anne’s Bookstore & Gifts at All Saints, Fort Worth, is hosting a book signing for the Rev. Jordan H. Ware on Sunday, June 4, in DeWolfe Hall between 10:00 and 11:00 a.m.

Ware, assisting priest at All Saints’, is the author of The Ultimate Quest: A Geek’s Guide to the (Episcopal) Church, published by Church Publishing New York. Copies of the book will be available at the event. She also will be available after the 11:15 a.m. service.

The book’s cover blurb offers an apt description of Ware’s work: “Ware’s light and funny style (and nerd-tastic references) make the impenetrable mysteries of theology, liturgy and church history accessible for all readers, whether you’re a fan of Star Wars or Star Trek. All nerds and church geeks are welcome on this wild adventure through the Episcopal jungle.”

Read an interview with Ware.

Ware is the Associate for Youth and Young Adult Ministry at All Saints’.  She is the chair of the Commission on Ministry in the Diocese of Fort Worth. Ware is the founding moderator and contributor to “All Faithful Can” and “The Real World” (a production of The Young Clergywoman Project). She also is a returned Peace Corps volunteer who served in Ukraine, a 2007 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and a 2013 graduate of Yale Divinity School. Her podcasts may be heard at https://twofeministsblog.com/ and www.coffeepotfellowship.com.

All Saints’ Episcopal Church is located at 5001 Crestline Rd. in Fort Worth.

 

Fort Worth artist Gwen Meharg will lend her talents at two churches in our diocese.

Sunday, May 14, at 11:30 am worship, Meharg will be at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, painting during the sermon preached by the Rev. Tracie Middleton. Deacon Middleton will preach on the theme of Living Stones, from the Bible readings for the day: Acts 7:55-60, Psalm 31:1-5, 15-16, 1 Peter 2:2-10, and John 14:1-14. This is a new experience for Middleton, who hopes that people will see the Bible texts from a new, different point of view through art created simultaneously with stories and reflections on Scripture. Everyone is invited to this unique worship experience.

Saturday, June 3, at 6 pm, Meharg will show paintings and share her experiences and inspiration at Art at St. Martin’s at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church and School in Keller. St. Martin’s hosts quarterly art shows featuring local artists, inviting all to see art, speak with artists, learn about their creative process and their unique creations. It’s a great opportunity to share a social evening with beverages and nibbles and understand art through the artist’s eyes. Everyone is invited to come to the art reception for fellowship and to unlock the creative side of their brains.

About artist Gwen Meharg

Gwen shares this about her art:

I utilize abstraction to paint contemplative landscapes of hope.

Abstraction hints and tugs at memory.
Abstraction dances around the edge of story.

Good stories are true.
The stories we tell define who we are.

My contemporary abstract paintings provide a safe place, a sacred space, for stories to unfold. A moment is captured in pigment and suspended in time.

Each painting is an exploration of what has been, what is, and what might be. Each layer influences, but no single layer determines, the final result. Each painting is a declaration that beauty is possible. Each painting is a declaration of hope.

Watch as Meharg tells her story in this short video.

Meharg shows her art and blogs her reflections at gwenmeharg.com.

The annual fundraiser for Hopewallah, a tax exempt charity organization helping the lepers of Hyderabad, India. is at 6 pm on Saturday, May 6 *, in the Parish Hall at St. Christopher, Fort Worth.

This popular event has raised thousands of dollars for this medical mission led by Dr. Andy and Latha Babbili, members of St. Christopher; Dr. Babbili travels to India every year to provide treatment to members of leper colonies around Hyderabad. The Bishop Prabhudass Memorial Leprosy fundraising event will include a catered Indian dinner and a gospel sing by the Babbili family. Bishop Prabhudass Babbili is Dr. Babbili’s father.

Please pray and help this charity project which delivers medical, dental, psycho-social care by supplying medications, clothing, foot wear, walking canes, walkers, and wheelchairs to the distraught, helpless individuals and families scattered in and around Hyderabad, India.

— Dr. Andy Babbili

Purchase a ticket or donate online.

Tickets are $20 each. Contact St. Christopher at 817-926-8277 or office@stchrisfw.org for more information about ticket purchases.

All the funds raised will benefit the lepers in and around Hyderabad, India.

About Leprosy in India

*Previously, the date was listed incorrectly as May 13. The correct date is May 6.

At the 2015 General Convention in Salt Lake City, Resolution C019, entitled Work for Racial Justice and Reconciliation, affirmed “as a top priority of The Episcopal Church in the upcoming triennium the challenging and difficult work of racial reconciliation through prayer, teaching, engagement, and action.”

Read the General Convention resolution

Read our diocesan resolution in response

Time Commitment and Cost

The training is 13.5 hours, over two days:

  • Friday, May 12 – 2 pm to 8:30 pm
  • Saturday, May 13 – 9 am to 4 pm

This first training event is being offered at a significantly discounted rate. The cost is $65 per person for the entire event, including meals. Subsequent training events will be at a higher rate. Organizers encourage as many people as possible to attend, as the training has not previously been available in the Diocese of Fort Worth.

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Presenters

eric law

Eric Law is “the founder and executive director of the Kaleidoscope Institute, the mission of which is to provide resources to equip church leaders to create sustainable churches and communities. For more than 25 years, he has provided transformative and comprehensive training and resources for churches and ministries in all the major church denominations in the United States and Canada. He is the author of 9 books including The Wolf Shall Dwell with the Lamb, and his latest, Holy Currency Exchange: 101 Stories, Songs, Actions and Visions of Missional and Sustainable Ministries.” He also is a playwright, photographer, and composer of church music. Many in the diocese met him at the 2016 Diocesan Convention where he presented a workshop.

 

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Bill Cruse first worked with Eric Law as a participant in the Kaleidoscope Project in the Episcopal Diocese of New York in 1997, then served as its project coordinator. Sine 2006 he as been an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute (KI) planning and co-facilitating workshops in the United States and Canada with seminaries, local congregations and regional judicatories of the Episcopal, Methodist and Presbyterian churches, the Lake Junaluska Multicultural Conference, as well as the KI ecumenical institutes. Bill is a Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory® and an intercultural competency coach. He completed his Master of Divinity at Episcopal Divinity School, which included an exchange semester at the Divinity School of Chung Chi College, Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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The congregation of St. Elisabeth’s and Christ the King invites everyone to join in celebrating the 40th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the Rev. Sandi Michels at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, April 25th, St. Marks Day. Following a celebration of the Eucharist, there will be a reception in the parish hall.

Michels was the first woman ordained in the state of Texas. She was ordained to the diaconate at St. Christopher’s in Fort Worth and to the priesthood at St. Clement’s in El Paso . During her ministry she served churches in El Paso, Las Cruces, NM, St. Louis and suburban Indianapolis. After retiring to Fort Worth, Michels accepted the position of priest in charge of St. Elisabeth in River Oaks. Three years ago she oversaw the joining of the Christ the King congregation with St. Elisabeth.

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Presiding Bishop Michael Curry visited the offices of Refugee Services of Texas on Thursday, April 6, to meet with clients and staff as well as with Episcopalians who volunteer with the agency.

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See more photos in the diocesan Flickr gallery.

Several Episcopalians, including Ms. Eleanor Forfang-Brockman of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, and the Rev. Tracie Middleton, have been involved in setting up a class to teach English as a second language at RST. The PB sat in on a brief meeting of the class.

He also met David Diesslin of the Deena Jo Heide-Diesslin Foundation, and thanked him for the foundation’s matching grant of donations to RST up to $50,000. The offering at Saturday’s festival Eucharist raised more than $4,300 for RST.

Refugee Services of Texas (RST) was founded in 1978. It is a partner with Episcopal Migration Ministries. It is “a social-service agency dedicated to providing assistance to refugees and other displaced persons fleeing persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group – as well as to the communities that welcome them. RST provides services to hundreds of refugees, asylees, survivors of human trafficking, and related vulnerable populations from over 30 different countries of origin each year. Originating in Dallas, RST now has service centers in Amarillo, Austin, Dallas, Fort Worth and Houston,” according to its website.

Also on Thursday, Bishop Curry commissioned and blessed the church plant team in Parker County. Read about the church plant and watch a short video of the commissioning. 

On Friday, April 7, Bishop Curry and Bishop Scott Mayer began the Learning to Love to Tell the Story conference at St. Christopher with Morning Prayer. After lunch Bishop Curry visited the 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry. Listen to Bishop Mayer’s homily, see photos of the event, and read about and see photos from Bishop Curry’s visit to 4Saints.

Also on Friday, Bishop Curry kicked off the New Life Fund campaign at a dinner at Colonial Country Club. Read about the campaign and watch a video of his spirited address. 

On Saturday, Bishop Curry preached and celebrated at a festival Eucharist at University Christian Church. He raised the roof with his rousing sermon. See photos of the service and listen to the sermon. 


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