Helping Others (Page 5)

Helping Others (Page 5)

Bishop High appeals for funds for humanitarian crisis

As I read the stories of the children arriving at our border, I am reminded of a story of another refugee family crossing a border to save their child. Matthew 2 tells us that after the three Magi departed after paying homage to the infant Jesus, an angel appeared to Joseph in a dream. “Arise, and take the young child and his mother, and flee into Egypt and be you there until I tell you. For Herod will seek the…

Mission and Outreach Committee requests proposals

The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, is seeking requests to support programs that assist our communities, encourage personal participation by our congregations, and that will be strengthened by the endorsement of the diocese. This is the fourth consecutive year that our diocese is encouraging requests for funds for outreach programs administered by its congregations. An application may be submitted by an individual member of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, members of a congregation…

Jennings: Christians worship a child who fled violence in his home country

A commentary by the Rev. Gay Jennings, president of the House of Deputies, about the unaccompanied children arriving at the borders of the United States as they flee violence in their own countries has been published by the Religious News Service. (RNS) This summer, many Americans are watching in helpless horror as more than 52,000 children fleeing violence stream over our southern border. Many of them are making a dangerous journey by themselves to escape murder rates and gang violence in…

Presiding Bishop addresses crisis of unaccompanied children at the U.S. border

Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori has issued a statement on the current crisis of unaccompanied children and families at the United States border. She urges compassion, prayer, consideration of financial contribution; she asks you contact legislators to support appropriate humanitarian response, and to share today’s Office of Government Relations testimony with your elected officials.

Immigration Situation from Bishop Lillibridge, Episcopal Diocese of West Texas

The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas has published a July 3, 2014 letter and appeal from the Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge on their diocesan website: [Episcopal Diocese of West Texas] As you are likely aware, the border is experiencing record numbers of people, primarily from Central America, seeking to enter the United States. Several cities within our diocese are at the forefront of these record numbers. If you have been following the news reports, you know that detention facilities are overflowing and needs are overwhelming.…

How to help with border crisis

The plight of the unaccompanied children arriving on the Texas border and that of other states has dominated news reports recently. Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr., has issued a statement about the crisis, and many Episcopalians have asked how they can help. Catholic Charities Fort Worth is the main local agency helping with the influx of unaccompanied minors. They take in 32 children aged 3 to 16 at a time with each child spending up to 30 days in the…

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.…

Prayer for People Facing Great Uncertainty

God of the present moment, God who in Jesus stills the storm and soothes the frantic heart; bring hope and courage to all as they wait in uncertainty. Bring hope that you will make them the equal of whatever lies ahead. Bring them courage to endure what cannot be avoided, for your will is health and wholeness; you are God, and we need you. Amen –from A New Zealand Prayer Book
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.
image of tornado relief

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…