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Social Media & Website Coordinator at the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth. Photographer. Contributor to various church communications efforts, for parish and diocese. Mom, wife, Über-volunteer. Sprinkled lightly with geek.

Artist Gwen Meharg at two Fort Worth area churches

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.

Coloring and activity book for bishop’s visit

We’ve created a simple coloring and activity book resource for children to understand our bishops and our diocese better. Older children will find a maze and a word search. When the bishop comes to your church, why not offer it and some colors to the children of your congregation?

Download the bishop’s coloring book (PDF).

 

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth gives thanks and credit to the Episcopal Diocese of Wyoming, the Episcopal Diocese of Central Pennsylvania Search Committee, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Eugene, Oregon, and to the Episcopal Diocese of Alabama, Holly Ellis (artwork), and Madeline Mullins & Holly Ellis (Design & Curriculum Development). They let us use their designs and ideas.

Bishop email hacked – how it affects you

Bishop High’s email address was compromised on Tuesday morning, January 10, 2017 and one spam message was sent from within his edfw.org account to a large list of his contacts. The subject line of that email was “Documents” and there was an attached file, Scan.pdf. We have audited and re-secured this edfw.org account.

Additional email messages have been sent from a spoofed email address, appearing to come from Rayford B. High, Jr., but actually coming from a different email address and not from an edfw.org account.

We regret any inconvenience this has caused.

How this affects you

If you received an email that appeared to come from Rayford High on Tuesday, please delete it and do not open any attachments.

If you opened the attachment, we recommend that you run an antivirus scan on your computer.

Notice in this example that, in the “from” field, the name is “Rayford B. High, Jr.” but the address is from a different person:

rayford-email-capture

This link offers more tips on recognizing and avoiding phishing or scam emails:
https://blog.returnpath.com/10-tips-on-how-to-identify-a-phishing-or-spoofing-email-v2/

Protecting your accounts

When someone we know has had an account compromised, it hits close to home. There is an important step that you can take on any or every one of your online accounts: change your passwords.

It’s a good idea to change your passwords regularly. Tips on changing your password to something memorable, long, and strong, and with password do’s and don’ts, are available from this Boston University website: http://www.bu.edu/tech/support/information-security/security-for-everyone/how-to-choose-a-strong-password/

But is your password strong enough? You can check that here: https://password.kaspersky.com/

“Aaargh,” you groan, “If I change my password, I have to change it on my phone or tablet and everywhere.” That’s true. If you don’t know how to do that, an internet search will help you. Search for precisely what you need to know:

  • change password in Outlook on a PC
  • change Google account password on Android phone
  • change Gmail email password on iPhone Mail app
  • change Facebook password on iPhone app

There are many ways to compromise an online account, but one common and easy way to protect it: strong passwords that are changed regularly. If your house key was stolen, you would immediately change the locks. That’s what changing your password does — it changes the lock to your online account. So please. Do it now.

Hunger relief milestone: food pantry prepares to open

“For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.
Matthew 25:35-40

The text above is just one of the many times Jesus tells us to feed the hungry. This month this diocese nears a major milestone in carrying out that imperative. The 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry, located at St. Luke in the Meadow Episcopal Church in east Fort Worth is almost ready to open. People from all over the diocese are invited to get involved.The food pantry needs regular volunteers as well as volunteers for a MLK day of Service on Monday, January 16. So assemble a team of volunteers from your congregation and come work together.

How can you help?

The pantry needs volunteers to work on Thursdays and Fridays. The food pantry expects to be open from noon to 2 pm on Fridays to serve the Meadowbrook area of east Fort Worth.

Volunteer Coordinator Don Mayer said,

Serving would involve about 3-4 hours of your time, 11 am to 2 pm Fridays; the pantry will assist clients from noon to 2 pm.

Additionally, we need a second group of Thursday morning volunteers at 8:30 am to unload the incoming food delivery truck, and then to stock the pantry. That should take a couple of hours.

If you can serve at least once a month, that would be great! If you know of others who are looking for volunteer work, please invite them.

If you feel called to help feed the hungry, please contact Don Mayer at dfmayer@flash.net. He has information on what volunteer slots are available and what training may be needed.

MLK Day of Service, January 16, 9-2

The MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for whole congregations to get involved. The pantry seeks help to finish setting up the pantry space, assembling shelving, and moving furniture into place, as the pantry prepares to open.

MLK Day of Service
Monday, January 16, 2017
9 am – 2 pm
St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church
4301 Meadowbrook Dr. Fort Worth 76103

More day of service information is available from Judy Cariker at 817-946-9787 or jhcariker@gmail.com.

About the pantry

4 Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is a new Episcopal food bank at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, located in the Meadowbrook neighborhood of east Fort Worth, a food desert. The pantry board has members from the Fort Worth East Deanery, which includes St Stephen’s, St Martin-in-the-Fields, St Luke’s, and St Alban’s. Annabelle Sauer, a Girl Scout from Troop 3012, also serves on the board. Through Sauer’s efforts, 4 Saints Food Pantry received a $500 grant from a local utility company.

In addition to support received from deanery churches, the pantry received a grant from funds set aside by General Convention for Mission Enterprise Zones and a mission and outreach grant from our diocese. Patti Callahan serves as president of the board, Judy Cariker as the director, and Don Mayer as the volunteer coordinator.

Bishop Scott Mayer said, “The Diocese of Fort Worth is on the map in terms of being known as a place for innovation and risk-taking adventures. This pantry and its collaboration of church people is driven to meet the hunger needs of the community that surrounds our diocesan office. I encourage you to get involved in the hands-on, hearts-wide-open ways that Episcopalians in our diocese are becoming known for.”

Prayer Cycle – 2017

The churches and people of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth pray continuously for each other, for our brothers and sisters throughout the Anglican Communion, and for those who have separated from us.

Download Prayer Cycles

The diocesan prayer cycle offers two PDF documents for the entire calendar year. One is for Sundays and one for weekdays (Monday-Saturday), .

The global prayer list used throughout the Anglican Communion is available in various formats:

The Longest Night – a service of remembrance on December 17

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church in Keller/Southlake invites you to a service of remembrance, The Longest Night, at 5 pm on Saturday, December 17, 2016.

The holidays are often the loneliest time of the year for those who have experienced recent loss in their lives. These losses can be the death of a loved one, loss of a job, divorce, death of a dear pet, loss of health, or any of the other losses people deal with. The Longest Night service allows us to grieve the losses, to admit that maybe we are just not able to be happy and upbeat this holiday while everyone around us is celebrating. It allows us to acknowledge our losses and our pain, and to take comfort in God’s love and care for us, especially in sending Jesus, who experienced loss and grieved as we do.

As we bring our grief and our pain to God, may we experience God’s love, comfort, and peace.

St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church & School
223 S. Pearson Lane, Keller, TX 76248