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Vernon and Deanna Gotcher honored at dinner

The Rev. Dr. Vernon and Deanna Gotcher were honored by the people of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Hurst, on Saturday, September 27, 2014, at a dinner at Diamond Oaks Country Club in Haltom City. The Gotchers have given a combined 90 years of ministry to the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth.   The event featured a silent auction, a live auction of a painting by the Rev. Tracie Middleton, deacon; and a roast of the Gotchers. Becky McKneely, senior warden,…

Bishop High writes article for Vintage Voice

Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr., has written an article for Vintage Voice, a monthly publication written by The Church Pension Fund beneficiaries. Entitled A Funny Thing Happened to Me on the Way to Retirement, it is his reflection on the series of events that culminated in his election as the sixth bishop of Fort Worth. Read it all here. Many of Bishop High’s classmates, colleagues, and friends read the article and he has received many responses. One friend wrote, “I…

Bishop High’s Letter on Covenant Blessings

Tuesday, August 19, 2014 Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ, I write you all to follow up on a promise I made at our June “Common Call” clergy gathering.  At that meeting, I shared with you all my prayerful deliberations on how we should move forward as a diocese regarding the covenant blessing, which was initiated at our General Convention 2012, and I promised to offer guidelines for you and the congregations we serve. As I have come to know…

Diocese of Fort Worth one of 42 paying full asking

On Tuesday, July 1, The Episcopal Church Office of Finance issued a mid-year updated report on diocesan commitments. In the report, N. Kurt Barnes, Treasurer and Chief Financial Officer, announced “that all Episcopal dioceses located in the United States and nearly every non-United States diocese have committed to the 2014 budget of The Episcopal Church.” Barnes reported that “42 dioceses have committed to the full 19% asking level adopted by General Convention 2012.” The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is one of…

Fort Worth clergy participate in retreat at Camp Allen

Bishop Rayford B. High, Jr. and his wife, Pat, participated in the May 5-7 Episcopal Diocese of Texas Retreat for Retired Clergy, Spouses, and Surviving Spouses at Camp Allen in Navasota, TX. The Rev. Johnson Shannon and his wife, Mary, of Fort Worth, also took part in the retreat. The retired clergy of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth have been invited to participate in the retreat in recent years.