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Nominations open for Founded on Faith Awards

Tarrant Churches Together’s annual Founded on Faith Luncheon will be at 11 am, Monday, November 14, 2019, at the All Church Home Child & Family Service at the Jo Holt Hickman Center, 3712 Wichita Street, Fort Worth, TX, 76119. One of the awards is named for the Rev. Gayland Pool, a priest of this diocese who served as executive director of Tarrant Churches Together (then Tarrant Area Community of Churches) in the early 1990s, as well as rector of several…

Standing on Holy Ground

Corrie Cabes, a student at the Seminary of the Southwest, Austin, and candidate for Holy Orders from St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, took part in the Jonathan Daniels and the Martyrs of Alabama Pilgrimage on August 10, 2019, in Hayneville, AL. This is her reflection on that experience. It is accompanied by videos and photos by Dan Joslyn-Siemiatkoski. ——————– Standing on Holy Ground Many of you know that last year I participated in an Evensong service at Seminary of the Southwest to…

Prayers requested for Bishop Wallis Ohl

Bishop C. Wallis Ohl, who served our diocese as provisional bishop from 2009 to 2012, is in the Intensive Care Unit at a hospital in Oklahoma City, OK.  Bishop Scott Mayer got the news Sunday afternoon from the Ohl’s daughter. Bishop Mayer requests prayers for Bishop Ohl and his medical care team, and for his wife Sheila and their children and grandchildren as they stand vigil. Cards can be send to the Ohl’s home, 3205 Skye Ridge Drive, Norman, OK,…

Do you have a resolution for the 2019 Diocesan Convention?

Do you have a resolution to propose to this year’s Diocesan Convention?  Convention is November 8 and 9 at the Decatur Civic Center. Detailed information about Diocesan Convention. VIEW GUIDELINES for resolutions The canonical deadine to submit a resolution is Monday, September 9, 2019. Once the Resolutions Committee and the Constitution and Canons Committee review proposed resolutions and have a chance to communicate with the proposer about any questions or changes, the proposed resolutions will be linked below. The following…

Becoming Beloved Community grant application process opens

The Presiding Officers’ Advisory Group on Beloved Community Implementation has made available funds to catalyze the church’s work of racial healing, reconciliation and justice. “The funds have been allocated by General Convention in order to build capacity and increase Episcopal engagement in four primary fields: telling the truth about our churches and race, proclaiming the dream of Beloved Community, practicing Jesus’ way of healing and reconciliation, and repairing the breach in institutions and society,” according to the Episcopal Church website.…

St. Christopher Daughters of the King host rosary workshop

The Daughters of the King of St. Christopher Episcopal Church invite all to join them for a rosary workshop guided by Nick Buskin on Saturday, August 24, from 9 am-12 pm with a rosary service to follow. Brunch will be served. Busken will guide participants through making an Anglican rosary. He will supply the materials and tools. Each participant will make a rosary to take home. Read more about rosaries. For more information and reservations, contact Donna Clopton,  817-771-5814.

Does a recent change in gun laws affect churches? Yes, and no.

Lawmakers passed many laws related to guns in the last legislative session, but only one,  Senate Bill 535, directly mentioned or affects churches. Gov. Greg Abbott recently signed it into law. While it removes places of worship from the list of sites where carrying weapons is prohibited, it does not restrict the rights of churches to prohibit licensed Texans from carrying on their premises. A church that chooses may still post signs to prohibit weapons on their premises. This is…

Are you called to a leadership role in the diocese?

The 2019 Diocesan Convention will be November 8 and 9 at the Decatur Civic Center in Decatur. Convention delegates will be voting to fill several important leadership roles in the diocese. Please spend some time in prayer and discernment about whether you are called to such a role. If so, please nominate yourself. If you nominate another person, you must have that person’s consent.  Nominations must include a short biography and a head shot photo. Nominations will be accepted through…

Whaling email scammers hitting churches hard. Here’s how to fight back

So you open your email one day and there’s a note from the rector asking you to please help her out by buying gift cards and sending her the serial numbers so she can assist a family in need. Except – it’s not from your rector. It’s a scam. And it’s targeting church folks by sending emails that appear to be from a church leader.  This is called “phising,” or, when it goes after a higher ranking person, “whaling”. What…

An invitation to participate in Healing Day National Bell Ringing

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Episcopal Diocese of Southern Virginia Bishop James B. Magness invite Episcopal churches to take part in a national action to remember and honor the first enslaved Africans who landed in English North America in 1619 by tolling their bells on Sunday, August 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm ET, 2 pm CDT. Watch Presiding Bishop Curry’s video message here. “The National Park Service is commissioning, and asking, churches and people from around this country to commemorate and…

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…

The Very Rev. Ron Pogue to be interim rector at St. Martin’s, Keller

Senior Warden Keen Haynes and the vestry of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, have announced that they have called the Very Reverend Ronald D. Pogue to be the interim rector. The former rector, The Rev. Scot McComas, left to accept a call to the Church of the Nativity in Scottsdale, AZ. “We invite you to meet Father Pogue and his wife, Gay on Sunday, September 1, 2019. He will celebrate and preach at each of our services the following weekend, September 7-8,…

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney honored by Union of Black Episcopalians

The Rev. Dr. Wil Gafney, professor of Hebrew Bible at Brite Divinity School, was awarded the Anna Julia Haywood Cooper Honor Award on July 25, 2019, from the Union of Black Episcopalians for her scholarship at the organization’s recent meeting in Los Angeles. Gafney is the author of  Womanist Midrash: A Reintroduction to the Women of the Torah and the Throne.  She is the author of Daughters of Miriam: Women Prophets in Ancient Israel and co-editor of The Peoples’ Bible and The Peoples’ Companion to the…

4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry looking for new director

If you are looking for a volunteer opportunity that meets a real need while being personally fulfilling, 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is looking for a new director. The position is as a volunteer with this busy food pantry serving East Fort Worth every week on Fridays with plans to add another day of distribution weekly. The position requires estimated 15 to 20 hours weekly. Applicants should have a strong personality with a loving heart able to join the team of coordinators…

Lunch, dessert and bingo!

Everyone is welcome to the Salad Luncheon and Bingo Fun-Raiser on Sunday, July 28, 2019, at St. Luke’s in the Meadow, Fort Worth. And no, that’s not a typo — it’s a fun-raiser to help raise funds to fix a drainage issue that’s causing recurring flooding. People are welcome to join in worship at 10 am. Lunch with hearty salads, dessert, and drinks is at 11:15, with bingo starting at 11:45. There will be ten games of bingo, with prizes.…