Posts from April 2020

Posts from April 2020

Scam alert! Phishing/whaling scammers trying again. Here’s how to fight back

So you open your email and there’s a note from the bishop addressing you by name, and then saying: Hi,how are you doing? I need a favor from you, email me as soon as you get this message. Except – it’s not from the bishop. It’s a scam. And it’s targeting our church folks by sending emails that appear to be from the bishop or another clergy person or lay leader. Often it looks like it’s from the rector asking…

Bishop Mayer extends suspension of in-person worship through May.

Bishop Scott Mayer has extended the suspension of in-person worship through May.  Meanwhile, the bishop, clergy, and lay leaders are exploring a phased approach to resuming in-person worship. Because the goal is to keep worshipers as safe as possible during this health crisis, this approach will be based on the best available scientific and medical advice. In the meantime, the medical community urges us to continue to love our neighbors and ourselves by sheltering in place, maintaining physical distancing, frequent…

Diocese offering online worship services

This page contains information about online worship services, the link for downloading worship leaflets, and links to sermons preached at the diocesan online services as well as several other sermons offered by clergy in other online services. Updated October 16, with information about the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost, October 18, 2020. NOTE: this service is only on Facebook this week, because of technical issues. We apologize. The Church is not closed. Some of our buildings are closed to the public,…

The Rev. Johnson Shannon, 7/30/1948 – 4/20/2020

  The Rev. Marvin Boyd (Johnson) Shannon, Jr.  died on April 20, 2020, at Cityview Nursing Home in Fort Worth. He is preceded in death by his parents, his older sisters, Martha Angelique (and her husband Edward Hannigan) and Don (and her husband George Morgan). He is survived by his wife of nearly 51 years, Mary Ellen, his son Marvin Boyd III (Nicole), his daughter Mary Kathryn (David Wampach), his three grandchildren, Peyton Riley, Patrick Lucas, and William Ross, as…

Celebrate Earth Day from home

Earth Day is Wednesday, April 22, 2020. This is the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day. One could say we are celebrating Earth Day already, as we love our neighbors by sheltering in place, trying to flatten the curve of a virus that has impacted the entire planet. But there are other, more fun ways to mark the day. The Fort  Worth Museum of Science and History is inviting everyone to “tune in from 10 AM – 2 PM on April…

Bored? Start coloring

UPDATE: We asked folks to send us photos of what they have colored. The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles did so, saying, “We are coloring more than ever in our house – thanks mostly to the free weekly downloads from Illustrates Ministry.  Here is our Easter poster hanging for the neighbors to see and a prayer we are using a lot these days.” As we all do our part to love our neighbors by sheltering in place, we may find ourselves…

Covid-19 Emergency Grant Program for deacons

The Fund for the Diaconate of the Episcopal Church has created a special Emergency Grant Program to aid deacons affected by the Covid-19 pandemic. Deacons in good standing in The Episcopal Church, who have been laid off, furloughed, or otherwise had their employment hours cut back or eliminated, are eligible to apply. Grants will cover the time-period of March 1, 2020 – Sept. 30, 2020, with applications being accepted until Oct. 15, 2020.  Grants of $525 per month will be made…

ENS story features the Rev. Dr. Robert Pace of Trinity

The Rev. Dr. Robert Pace, rector of Trinity Fort Worth, is the subject of a story featured by the Episcopal News Service. ——— [Episcopal News Service] When the Rev. Robert Pace woke up the day after Ash Wednesday “feeling miserable,” he didn’t think too much of it. His symptoms all pointed to a standard case of the flu – except the cough that just kept getting worse. What Pace – the 53-year-old rector of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, Texas…

Visit the Fort Worth Zoo from home

If you want to keep up with what’s happening at the Fort Worth Zoo while we are all caged up at home so we can keep our more vulnerable neighbors safe,  visit the zoo’s Facebook page. They have daily video chats with keepers, and videos of the various animals doing their thing. Who knew that it’s remarkably relaxing to watch an alligator cruise through its swimming area?  

Stuck at home? Tour a museum

Nearly all the museums in Fort Worth are offering virtual tours, and Visit Fort Worth has gathered up all the links for you in one place. You may discover places you haven’t been, and certainly you can revisit your favorites.The Artes de la Rose Cultural Center is highlighting “a visual tour of the show ‘Endangered Americas’ with insights by artist Stormie Parker. These beautiful ceramic works depict animals with humanistic expressions to allow the viewer to empathize with their natural…

Make a lighted Easter lily garland for Eastertide

The Easter season is 50 days long. So the celebration continues well past the glory of Easter Day. And while Eastertide lasts 50 days, we have no idea how long Coronatide will last, as we love our neighbors by staying home. So here’s a fun activity for the family to do while we are all stuck at home. Make the garland and put it up to light up the days and nights of the Easter season. How to make a…

Music from the heart for the soul

Through the hard work of Episcopal communicators, muscians, and audio and video geniuses, Episcopalians from across the church came together to perform for Easter. As we move into the 50 days of Eastertide, take time to watch and listen. It will be good for your soul. Credits: Arrangement by Erik Meyer, audio engineering and post-production by Kory Caudill and Sean Truskowski, video editing by Tom Verga. Special thanks to The Episcopal Church Office of Communication/Multimedia Services unit and Natalee Hill,…

Easter Sunday

            Alleluia! Christ is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed! Alleluia!   Join us for our online Easter worship service. It will be live at 10 am on Easter Sunday, April 12, 2020, at the Diocesan Facebook Page and the Diocesan YouTube Channel. The celebrant is the Rev. Dr. Robert Pace, rector of Trinity, Fort Worth. Bishop Scott Mayer is the preacher. Acolyte is Eleanor Forfang-Brockman of St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. Readers are…

Women of the Passion, a Journey to the Cross

Several laywomen and a deacon from across the diocese came together virtually in the last two weeks to make possible an online version of the Women of the Passion, A Journey to the Cross. This is the story of the Passion of Jesus in three meditations and the fourteen Stations of the Cross. The story is told by the women who witnessed it, whose encounters with Jesus and with one another changed their lives. It is based on a book…

The Great Vigil

The Great Vigil takes us through the great stories of our faith. Gather together in the darkness around a great fire and listen. Watch it on the Diocesan Facebook Page at 8 PM. It will also be on the Diocesan YouTube Channel. From the worship leaflet: “For three days we have watched and waited. Tonight we gather in the darkness of the grave seeking the light of the Paschal Mystery. Out of the darkness – fire – a burning bush…

Good Friday

The Good Friday online worship service will be live on the Diocesan Facebook Page shortly before noon on Friday, April 10, 2020. It will also be on the Diocesan YouTube channel. You can download worship leaflets here. The text of Bishop Mayer’s sermon is here. The Rev. Allison Sandlin Liles is the celebrant. Stan Paschal is the musician. He and Daun Harter-Weeks are the readers. Also on Good Friday, a video of laywomen of the diocese reading the Women of…
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