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Monk in the midst: A Christmas story



Bishop Tom Shaw of the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts shares a story about church "wrecks" Christmas.

A message from Bp. High

When I first heard the news from Connecticut, I was shocked at this horrendous tragedy. As a parent and grandparent, I feel deeply for those families in Newtown. I ask our Diocese to hold up this community in their prayers today and the days to come. As people of faith we believe those who died are in the loving hands of God. And I ask your prayers for the Rev. Mark Moore, rector of St. John's Episcopal Church, adjacent to the school who has been offering pastoral to the first responders, families and community officials. Bless O Lord,all those lives who have been changed forever and may we in the Christian community offer our resources of prayers and witness to this community.

Executive Council finds missing piece - puts it in place

No, it wasn't a treasure hunt; it was the Executive Council retreat December 7 and 8, 2012, at St. Christopher Episcopal Church, Fort Worth. But here's how Standing Committee member Elinor Normand described what happened there:

"It's the missing piece."

"It" is the reorganization of the Executive Council. The reorganization is the result of the revised Canon 10 passed at the Diocesan Convention November 2-3 in Stephenville. The Executive Council exercises "the powers of Convention between meetings thereof, implementing the directives and policies of that body, initiating and developing new work, but not acting in conflict with the expressed will of Convention." (more...)

Bp. High's reflections on Advent

The Rt. Rev. Rayford B, High, Jr., provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, reflects on Advent. Music: "If In Your Heart" sung by Ana Hernandez with the Virginis Girls' Chorus. From the "An Unexpected Christmas" album, which can be purchased at this link; http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/virginiagirlschoiranaher Used with permission.

Ordination of Henry Penner to the diaconate

Henry Penner of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Keller, was ordained to the sacred order of deacons at the 30th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth on November 2, 2012, at Tarleton State University, Stephenville, TX. Music: Super Friendly, by Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons "Attribution 3.0" http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/"

Introducing Eleanor Doty, new operations manager for diocese

Eleanor C. Doty is the new operations manager in the diocesan office. Ms. Doty has more than 15 years experience in community and faith-based nonprofit work and corporate human resources. She holds the Master of Social Work and a BA in Sociology from University of Houston. Eleanor, who lives in Dallas, was most recently with Refugee Services of Texas where she was an employment supervisor.

Forma to offer a conference for Christian educators in early 2013

Forma, an Episcopal organization focusing on Christian formation, will offer a conference for Christian educators from January 30 to February 1 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The conference, entitled Falling Upward: Lifelong Formation and Christian Maturity, will be led by Father Richard Rohr and Alicia Johnson. Mrs. Demi Prentiss states, "If someone needs help to attend, the diocese is open to a cost-sharing arrangement if the registration is completed by the end of the year, and if the person will use the experience to benefit their congregation." To learn more about this conference and to register, click here.

Christmas activities around the diocese

Christ the King invites everyone to a Christmas Choral Offering at Westside Presbyterian 8700 Chapin Road in Fort Worth. The presentation will take place on December 22 from 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Enter through the red door on the west side of the building.

St. Martin in the Fields will host a Blue Christmas Service on December 20, beginning at 7:00 p.m. They are located at 223 So. Pearson Lane in Keller. This is a worship service of remembrance to give hope and comfort to those who have experienced a loss: a person, health, job, relationships, etc. If you would like a quiet oasis in the midst of the season, please come and join us.

Support for the presiding bishop's pastoral letter

The Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, the Standing Committee, and the people of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth stand in prayer and solidarity with the Episcopalians of the Diocese of South Carolina as they move through a time of challenge and confusion. They applaud the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori for her pastoral letter reaching out to South Carolina Episcopalians. (more...)

Matching Gift Challenge 2012: Double Your Impact!

Donors making end-of-year gifts to Episcopal Relief & Development will be able to double the impact of their contributions, thanks to a group of very generous supporters who have pledged $300,000 in matching funds toward the 2012 Matching Gift Challenge. Between November 1 and December 31, gifts of any size – online, via mail or by phone – will be matched dollar-for-dollar as long as matching funds are available. (more...)

ERD makes Sunday bulletin available

Episcopal Relief and Development has developed a bulletin insert for churches, to give an update on the current situation and what their partners are doing, and to help raise funds to support response efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. Here is a link to the bulletin.

Outreach at St. Christopher

In one week, the St. Christopher Mission, Outreach & Evangelism raised enough donations to purchase 66 new coats, one for each child currently residing at the Presbyterian Night Shelter. Each coat was purchased for a specific child, with sizes ranging from 3 months to medium women’s. (more...)

A Dog's Tale

The story below is from the Joyful, the newsletter of All Saints, Wichita Falls, which meets at the Arc. The Joyful is produced by Owanah Anderson, who assisted the author in telling his story, since he can't type. More issues of the Joyful can be read on All Saints' website.

My name is Boy. I'm a dog. A boy dog—a handsome black lab boy dog, to be ex­act. There are town dogs and there are country dogs and I am a country dog. I take care of the Cruse Horse Ranch for Sammy Cruse, who is a Lay Eucharistic Minister for All Saints Episcopal Church in Wichita Falls, TX. (more...)

Jordan Haynie to be ordained to diaconate

Jordan Haynie will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 7 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2012, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 223 S. Pearson Lane, Keller, Texas, 76248.

She is a native Texan who joined the Diocese of Fort Worth at St. Martin-in-the-Fields in the spring of 2009. A 2007 graduate of the University of Texas at Austin and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer, she has spent the past three years studying at Berkeley Divinity School at Yale, and hopes to finish her Master of Divinity degree in May. She is engaged to Derek Ware, a second grade teacher originally from Mississippi, and they plan to be married in June.


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