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Last year’s Mission and Outreach grant recipients share successes

The application for mission and outreach grants is now closed for 2016. Take a look below at successes in projects that received funds in the 2015 process. 2016 grant recipients will be announced after the committee meets at the end of … Continue reading

Bishop, leaders address TEC Executive Council

The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church met in Fort Worth February 26-28 at the American Airlines Training and Conference Center. Bishop Scott Mayer of Fort Worth and Bishop George Sumner of Dallas and members of their leadership teams were … Continue reading

Invite – Welcome – Connect seminar promoted evangelism and relationship building

How congregations invite, welcome, and connect people are vital steps for building healthy, vibrant and growing churches, ensuring not only that “The Episcopal Church Welcomes You” is a reality, but that people don’t leave by the church’s back door. On … Continue reading

Join us for Holy Week and Easter worship

Please join one of our congregations for worship during Holy Week and on Easter Sunday, as the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth join with Christians around the world to commemorate the Passion and death of our Lord … Continue reading

Churches in the snow

Here is a selection of photos we received. See more snow photos in our diocesan Flickr album, and in Trinity’s Flickr album.

The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls calls Amy Haynie – UPDATED

The congregations of All Saints’, Good Shepherd, and St. Stephen’s Episcopal churches have come together as The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls and are worshiping under one roof at 5023 Lindale Drive. They have been worshiping together since July 6 … Continue reading

Congregations begin responding to border crisis

Congregations have started to respond to the humanitarian crisis of the unaccompanied children at the border. In Fort Worth, with less than one week notice, parishioners of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church presented 28 Welcome Boxes and additional $300 for Catholic … Continue reading

Executive Council passes Safeguarding & background policies; approves grants

The Executive Council of the diocese met Saturday, May 17, 2014, at St. Luke in the Meadow Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. The council passed bylaws for the council, a policy on Safeguarding programs, a policy on background checks, and an … Continue reading

Celebrating Pentecost under one roof

The Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls worshiped under one roof on Pentecost Sunday, June 8, 2014. All Saints at the Arc joined St. Stephen’s/Good Shepherd at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, 5011 Lindale.  The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr., celebrated … Continue reading

Six congregations opt in to ECBF training

Six Diocese of Fort Worth congregations – St. Alban Arlington; Christ the King, St. Luke’s in the Meadow, and St. Elisabeth in Fort Worth; St. Stephen Hurst; and All Saints Wichita Falls – have completed applications and notified Bishop High that they are committing to the year-long training process with the Episcopal Church Building Fund (ECBF) for “Recasting Church Assets.” Continue reading

Jesus didn’t live to make us comfortable

No matter how hard we try, we cannot make God respect our boundaries. God keeps plowing right through them inviting us to follow. The problem is not that we’re loved any less because God loves “those people.” The problem is that the people we can’t stand are loved just as much as we are. Continue reading

Congregations partnering with ECBF

A group of Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth congregations will be partnering with the Episcopal Church Building Fund (ECBF) in the coming year, participating in the Recasting of Building Assets process. The project focuses on congregations who wish to deepen their connection to their community and to build mission and value, as well as develop financial self-sustainability through the creative use of building assets. Continue reading

Document your congregation’s tax-exempt status

If your congregation wants to have documentation of the IRS recognition of its tax exempt and charitable exempt status under the Episcopal Church’s General Exemption Number (GEN), be sure to submit a vestry/bishop’s committee resolution to Eleanor Doty ( in … Continue reading

A Dog’s Tale

This story is from the Joyful, the newsletter of All Saints, Wichita Falls, which meets at the Arc. The Joyful is produced by Owanah Anderson, who assisted the author in telling his story, since he can’t type. More issues of … Continue reading

New liturgy “Services at the Loss of a Beloved Animal” offers comfort for pet lovers

All Saints’ Episcopal Church worshiping at the Arc in Wichita Falls is a dog friendly congregation. As many as five well mannered dogs have on occasion attended Sunday Services. A Lab named Boy and a Golden Retriever named Ginny most … Continue reading

Executive Council adopts a new vision/mission statement

The Executive Council adopted a vision/mission statement at its March 17 meeting at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wichita Falls: The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is a welcoming, Christ-centered community of congregations committed to a radical hospitality. Participatory by … Continue reading

Judge Grants Episcopal Parties’ Motions for Summary Judgment, Orders Surrender of Diocesan Property

On Friday, January 21, 2011, the Hon. John P. Chupp of the 141st District Court, Tarrant County, Texas, granted the Local Episcopal Parties’ and The Episcopal Church’s Motions for Summary Judgments. He denied the Southern Cone parties Motion for a … Continue reading

Good News Abounds

The Standing Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is pleased to announce several pieces of good news: Provisional Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Edwin F. [Ted] Gulick Jr., is extending his time with the diocese until after the annual … Continue reading