Disaster Response (Page 2)

Disaster Response (Page 2)

Statement from Bishop Rayford High on border crisis

As I have listened to and read news reports of the stories of the thousands of children at our borders, the words of Matthew 25 keep running through my mind: “Then he will say also to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from me, you cursed, into the eternal fire which is prepared for the devil and his angels; for I was hungry, and you didn’t give me food to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave me no drink; I…
photo of tornado damage in Johnson County Texas

Diocese continues tornado relief help in Johnson, Hood Counties

Bishop Rayford High drove to Cleburne recently for one specific purpose – to hand over $6,000 to the Cleburne Area Relief Fund to assist in the ongoing rebuilding efforts in that community. It is part of the diocese’s commitment to help both Cleburne and Granbury recover from the May 15 tornadoes that ripped through Hood, Johnson, and Ellis Counties, leaving wide swaths of destruction in their wake. Most of the funds donated for tornado relief are going to Westlake Village…

Tornado Relief Donations, Specific Needs in Cleburne

The Rev. Tracie Middleton has provided an update on tornado relief in our diocese: Episcopal Relief and Development (ERD) is working through the diocese to identify and respond to needs in the impacted Texas communities, including making plans for long-term recovery. You can contribute to these efforts by donating through our  diocese or through Episcopal Relief and Development.  ERD has published information about their 2013 tornado responses in Texas and Oklahoma; you can read it here. Pam Yarborough, a member at St.…
image: we pray for those affected by devastating storms

Presiding Bishop offers Prayer for Oklahoma after Tornadoes

The Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church, on the devastation in Oklahoma: The prayers of Episcopalians are with the people of Oklahoma in the midst of this tragic event. May the spirit of God hover over the broken, lost, and grieving, and may they meet the love of God in their neighbors’ responses.
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Tornado Relief Information and Updates

Tornado relief is underway in the aftermath of the May 15, 2013 tornados that ripped through Granbury in Hood County, and Cleburne in Johnson County, Texas. If you wish to donate to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth relief efforts, please make your checks payable to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, with “tornado relief” in the memo line, and mail them to the diocesan offices, 4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX, 76103.  

Prayer in Time of Disaster

O God, our times are in your hand. In the midst of uncertainty lead us by your never-failing grace as we seek to be agents of healing and hope. Walk with us through difficult times; watch over us in danger; and give to us a spirit of love and compassion for those who suffer and mourn. And finally, remind us that you have promised never to leave us, so that even in the valley of the shadow of death your…
Image of West, Texas, urging prayers

Donate for West ISD Students’ and Teachers’ School Supplies

The Rev. David Holland, interim rector at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church in Waco, called with an appeal. St. Alban’s in Waco is collecting $$ donations to provide school supplies for the school children of West, TX. St. Alban’s in Waco is one of the closest Episcopal churches to the town of West, devasted by fire and explosion on April 17. Connally ISD and other local districts are making preparation for West ISD students to resume school on Monday. Furniture, classroom supplies, technology,…

Prayers for Boston

In response to the tragic explosions at the Boston Marathon, the Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church and our own local Bishop have each called on all of us to keep the victims and families in our prayers. From the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr.: When I first heard the tragic news of the bombing at the Boston Marathon, I could not believe my ears – not again! This is a joyous event, filled with people from all walks…

National Council of Churches on Response to Sandy Hook

I have been inspired by the great outpouring of support and compassion I have seen in the faith community’s response to the devastating shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School. From prayer vigils to pastoral care resources, and from moving sermons to the many, many prayers for the families and community in Newtown – the outpouring of God’s love to this community through God’s people has been hope fulfilled.
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