Helping Others

Helping Others

Apply for mission and outreach grants

Do you have an idea for making a positive impact in your community with the church’s help? Is there a project your church would like to develop that could use a little extra funding? Apply now for mission and outreach grants. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, will be awarding grants to programs that assist those who are underserved in our communities, strongly involve personal participation by our congregations, and that will be strengthened…
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Join Bishop Mayer for the MLK Day of Service

Join Bishop Mayer and other members of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth for the annual  MLK Day of Service organized by Tarrant Churches Together on Monday, January 15. Indicate your interest here: The day begins at 9:00 am with an ecumenical worship service at Baker Chapel AME Church, located at 1050 E. Humbolt Street.  The Rev. Carlye Hughes, rector at Trinity Episcopal Church, will be the preacher at the service this year. Following the service, groups will disperse to…

Episcopal Relief & Development Launches $760,000 Holiday Matching Gift Challenge

Episcopal Relief & Development is holding its annual Holiday Matching Gift Challenge. Through the end of December, Episcopalians, friends and other supporters have the opportunity to double their donations by participating in this special fundraising opportunity. A group of extremely generous donors will match all donations dollar-for-dollar up to $760,000 until December 31. The Matching Gift Challenge will benefit the Global Needs Fund, enabling Episcopal Relief & Development to work around the world with its local partners in overcoming poverty,…
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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…

“Bless the dying, soothe the suffering. . .”

On Tuesday, August 29, Bishop Scott Mayer issued this statement addressing Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. ————- Like all of you, I have been riveted by the news coming out of Rockport, Houston, and the other areas hit by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. As the full extent of the damage becomes known, it is clear that help will be needed for a very long time along the Texas coast. While the immediate need is rescue of those in peril,…
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How to begin helping after the storm

Many of us have family and friends displaced and experiencing damage from Hurricane Harvey. Below are some sources of information and ways to begin helping. Please donate and volunteer as you are able, but before you do so, please read the information below. Visit our diocesan disaster resources page for additional links and information.   Bishop Scott Mayer statement Bishop Scott Mayer has issued a statement that concludes with this prayer: “May God hold close all who have died, all the people suffering from this storm,…
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Apply for mission and outreach grants

Do you have an idea for making a positive impact in your community with the church’s help? Is there a project your church is involved in that could use a little extra funding? Apply now for mission and outreach grants. The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, will be awarding grants to programs that assist our communities, encourage personal participation by our congregations, and that will be strengthened by the endorsement of the diocese. Whether you are an…

Support medical help for leprosy patients in Hyderabad

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…

Help refugee families learn English

If you would like to help refugees in the Fort Worth area practice their English skills, come to an introductory training this Thursday evening, March 22 at the diocesan offices from 6 to 8 pm. A member of the Refugee Services of Texas organization will give some information on volunteering to help their clients in this way. Eleanor Brockman, a current teacher of English as a Second Language at Tarrant County College’s south campus, and the Rev. Jordan Haynie-Ware, a…

Observe Episcopal Relief & Development Sunday on March 5

The first Sunday in Lent is Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday as designated by the General Convention of The Episcopal Church. The plate offering on the first Sunday in Lent will go to Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD). Individuals can also write a check to your church with “ERD” in the memo line or give directly to ERD online. Lenten Meditation booklets from ERD have been ordered for the diocese, and you should be able to pick one up at your…

All Episcopal bishops in Texas issue response to Governor Abbott

All the Episcopal bishops in all six dioceses in the state of Texas have issued a response to Gov. Abbott’s action regarding resettlement and aid to refugees. Read the entire statement below. Download the statement as a PDF to share in your congregations. episcopal-bishops-of-texas-respond-to-governor-abbott Read a statement from Episcopal Migration Ministries. statement-from-episcopal-migration-ministries Read a news release from Refugee Services of Texas. refugee-services-of-texas-press-release-9-21-16 Episcopal Bishops of Texas Respond to Gov. Abbott’s Action Texans are not known for being fearful, but for…

Disaster response to Louisiana flooding

The Diocese of Louisiana is now accepting out-of-state volunteer teams to help with mucking out and gutting flooded homes in eastern Louisiana. Current work site locations are in Baton Rouge, Clinton, Denham Springs, and St. Francisville. Read about how to volunteer. Organizers prefer groups register together as a team rather than as individual volunteers. The Diocese of Louisiana’s Disaster Coordinator, Deacon Elaine Clements, noted that the largest teams that could be easily accommodated at this point are teams of about 14, although it could be possible…

Support relief to Gulf Coast residents

A note from Episcopal Relief and Development regarding recent flooding in states along the Gulf Coast: Greetings, Sisters and Brothers in Christ. As flooding continues in the US Gulf Coast, Episcopalians are asking how to respond. Episcopal Relief & Development is working closely with dioceses in the region to reach the most vulnerable. We have created this bulletin insert so that you can share information and an opportunity for compassionate response with members of your congregation. Please continue to pray…

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 August. 2015 Outreach Grant Successes The Mission and Outreach Committee of the diocese awarded grant funds to several projects within and outside the diocese in 2015. Open the sections below to read more about each project. Projects within the diocese…

Fort Worth East Deanery discusses project updates and ongoing ministries

The Fort Worth East Deanery met Monday, April 25 at St. Alban’s, Theatre Arlington, to hear updates on projects going on in each of the four churches as well as their deanery-wide food pantry project. Updates Work on the 4 Saints Episcopal Food Pantry, a deanery-wide project to be housed at St. Luke’s-in-the-Meadow, Fort Worth, is continuing. A storage shed is under construction and close to completion. St. Luke’s, St. Martin’s, Keller-Southlake; and St. Alban’s had begun a “17 on the 17th” fundraiser…

St. Mary’s recognized for faithfully supporting Hillsboro Food for Families

St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, is a faithful supporter of the Hillsboro Food for Families Program. Hillsboro Interfaith Ministries recently recognized the church’s contributions. The Rev. Sam Houston of Hillsboro Interfaith Ministry presented a plaque to the Rev. Hope Benko and Dr. David Skelton of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in thanks for St Mary’s outstanding support of the annual Hillsboro Food for Families Program. This year a total of 100,000 pounds of food was donated. “I think St Mary’s gave the largest gift in the…