Helping Others

Helping Others

Clergy and lay leaders invited to advocacy intensive at border

Texas Impact, part of the Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy, is inviting clergy and lay leaders to a special edition of their popular “Courts & Ports” program. It is a special opportunity for Texas religious leaders to dive deep into immigration and border policy. The event will feature expanded policy presentations and message training, specifically designed to prepare clergy and religious leaders, ordained and lay, to talk to policymakers and media, and also to prepare them to preach to…

Apply for mission and outreach grants in 2019

If you have an idea for making a positive impact in your community with the church’s help, or there is a project your church would like to develop that could use a little extra funding, you need to 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…

Make MLK Day a day on, not a day off

For several years now, Martin Luther King Day has been observed by many individuals and organizations as a day of service, a day of giving back to the community, instead of a day off. Last year, Bishop Scott Mayer led a group of several dozen Episcopalians who volunteered at several different places during the day. The bishop is unable to do this again this year because of a scheduling conflict, but urges all Episcopalians to take part in the MLK…

Stick with love; give a day of service

Martin Luther King, Jr., would have been 90 years on his birthday next year.  And here’s a way to celebrate his legacy — with a day on, not a day off. The MLK Day of Service will be Monday, January 21, 2019, staring at 8:30 am. Last year Bishop Scott Mayer led a large group of Episcopalians who joined more than 700 volunteers from across the county to work at 30 different service sites. So gather up your congregations, your…

Interfaith prayer service for the children draws hundreds

An Interfaith Prayer Service for the Children organized by United Fort Worth, Tarrant Churches Together, and the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth at University Christian Church drew hundreds Thursday, June 21, as well as significant local news coverage. During the service Jewish, Muslim, and Christian faith leaders spoke about how our various faiths call us to act in love, led prayers, and in the case of Cantor Sheri Allen of Congregation Beth Shalom, led the congregation in singing. The gathered…

What to do in addition to prayer

Resource list compiled for the Interfaith Prayer Service for the Children Providing Direct Help for Those in Need HUMANITARIAN RESPITE CENTER http://catholiccharitiesrgv.org/HumanitarianRespiteCenter.shtml The Humanitarian Crisis Relief was an effort which began in 2014 due to the influx of immigrants crossing the border who didn’t have an adequate place to rest. The center provides a place for the countless men, women, children, and infant refugees to rest, have a warm meal, a shower, and change into clean clothing as well as…

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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Would you like to help with Harvey relief? Come to an interest meeting

Do you feel called to help with the ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey? Come learn about ways people in our diocese can physically to assist in hurricane recovery in areas hit by Hurricane Harvey at one of the following interest meetings: Monday, February 5 at 6 pm – Trinity Episcopal Church parish hall Thursday, February 15 at 6pm – St. Luke’s in the Meadow Episcopal Church parish hall Dinner (pizza) will be provided. Who is able 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…