Posts from November 2017

Posts from November 2017

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Giving Tuesday opportunities

A few hours left to participate in #GivingTuesday opportunities. Giving Tuesday is an opportunity to support non-profit organizations, schools, faith communities, and other groups that encourage giving. Support can be in the form of your time, donations, goods, or advocacy. #GivingTuesday harnesses the potential of social media and the generosity of people around the world to bring about real change in their communities; it provides a platform for them to encourage the donation of time, resources and talents to address…

Episcopalians take on the Parade of Lights

Three congregations participated in the XTO Parade of Lights in downtown Fort Worth on Sunday, November 19, 2017. St. Luke’s in the Meadow, St. Christopher, and the Episcopal Church in Parker County marched in the festive parade watched by hundreds of local residents. This is the first year any Episcopal congregation has taken part in the popular annual event. St. Luke’s entry was the smoker “Old 100” decorated with hundreds of lights and a sign, “All aboard with St. Luke’s…

Convention sermon: “Drink living water . . .”

The Very Rev. Doug Travis preached at the opening worship service of the 2015 Diocesan Convention on Friday, November 10, 2017, at the Cleburne Conference Center. An excerpt: “Living water, living water, living water. I realized in contemplating these verses that if I do not experience the well of living water flowing up in my own soul it’s because I’ve refused to share, even if only in my own heart, Jesus’ living water with some other soul I think doesn’t…

Bishop’s Address at 2017 convention

Bishop Scott Mayer delivered his address to the 35th Convention of the Diocese of Fort Worth on Friday, November 10, at the Cleburne Conference Center in Cleburne, TX.   He began by thanking the hosts, greeting guests, listing important transitions, and recognizing the work of the many volunteers who serve on committees of the diocese. He gave special recognition to the members of the diocesan Corporation. Then he began exploring the passage from the fourth chapter of John’s Gospel, when Jesus…

2017 Canons

Download the 2017 Canons Amendments to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth Canons were approved by the 2017 Diocesan Convention. This document became effective at the end of Convention November 11, 2017. PREVIOUS VERSION: 2016 – pagination correction to the Canons (no longer the most current)

Opportunities to “take a class” at Brite Divinity School

Brite Divinity School at TCU in Fort Worth offers opportunities for taking a class as a non-degree-seeking student Promotional materials for the new “Take a Class” initiative describe two options: Special Student: Taking a course as a special student includes graduate-level credit, professor feedback, and all the perks and benefits of being a non-degree seeking student at TCU, etc. 50% tuition grants may be available. Community Auditor: Taking a course as a community auditor includes attending all class meetings but…

St. Alban’s celebrates 70th anniversary

St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the parish on Sunday, November 12.  The Rev. Courtland Moore, former rector, preached, and Bishop Scott Mayer confirmed, received, and reaffirmed the baptismal vows of 14 people. Watch a short video of the event with excerpts from the sermon below, or on YouTube. Enjoy a slideshow of photos and then see more at the diocesan Flickr gallery.  

Bishop Mayer visits Wichita Falls

Bishop Scott Mayer made a visitation to the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church on Sunday, November 5. Watch a video of the bishop’s sermon below or on YouTube. Watch a slideshow of photos and then see more at the diocesan Flickr gallery. Lefty Brandon took the photos.
deacon cross and St. Stephen

Ayodeji Omoniyi to be ordained deacon

God willing and the people consenting, the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer will ordain Ayodeji Omoniyi to the Sacred Order of Deacons at 7 pm on Monday, December 18, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Keller. View event page for directions. Clergy are requested to wear cassock, surplice and white stoles. A reception will follow. Omoniyi discerned that his call is to the diaconate specifically, so he will be a deacon rather than a transitional deacon. Omoniyi is currently serving at St.…

How to navigate dying

All are invited to hear Joan Maxwell talk about her recent memoir, Soul Support: Spiritual Encounters at Life’s End at 4 pm, Thursday, November 16, at River Crest Country Club, 1501 Western Ave., Fort Worth, 76107. The event is hosted by Assisting Bishop Sam Hulsey. Maxwell, a friend of Hulsey who shares his passion for normalizing the fact that we all will die one day, is a former hospital palliative care chaplain who often worked with dying patients and their families. She…

St. Alban’s Theatre Arlington to celebrate 70th anniversary

St. Alban’s, worshiping in Theater Arlington, will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the parish at a service at 9:30 am Sunday, November 12. Bishop Scott Mayer will be there to confirm, reaffirm, and receive fourteen people. The Rev. Courtland Moore, former longtime rector of the parish, will preach. A reception will follow the service. Several church members will share stories from the past and tell the story of how the parish has evolved into the vital congregation…

Join other Episcopalians in Parade of Lights

Two congregations in the diocese, St. Christopher, Fort Worth, and St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth, will be participating in the XTO Energy Parade of Lights. The parade begins at 6 pm on Sunday, November 19 in downtown Fort Worth. All are invited to join them on the parade route, or to come watch the parade and cheer on this Episcopal evangelism outreach. Information on the parade, the route, tickets for special seating, and other helpful facts are here. St. Luke’s…

Mourn with our neighbors, work for change that saves lives

Bishop Scott Mayer issued the following statement in the wake of the mass shooting in Sutherland Springs. Words fail to express the grief and horror over the stunning loss of life yesterday morning in a small town in southern Texas.  While Episcopalians and other Texans across our state were at prayer yesterday morning, a gunman walked into a Baptist church in the tiny Texas town of Sutherland Springs and opened fire, killing 26 people ranging in age from 5 to…