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News in 2010

December 3, 2010 - Free Concert to Feature Harpist
On Sunday, Dec. 19, at 5:00 p.m., All Saints' Episcopal Church will make a Christmas gift to the community in the form of music. All are welcome to attend the free concert, and no reservations are required. (more...)

December 3, 2010 - Report on the 28th Convention of the Diocese
The 28th Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth met November 19 and 20, 2010 amid an atmosphere more like that of a happy family reunion than a business session. (more...)

December 3, 2010 - Announcing Diocesan participation in Episcopal Youth Event 2011
The Diocese of Fort Worth will participate as a diocese for the first time in the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) 2011. EYE is a triennial event that brings together Episcopal youth from all over The Episcopal Church to spend time worshipping, learning about their faith, and in fellowship. (more...)

December 1, 2010 - Kanuga schedules Vestry Conference
The 21st century is a time of profound change, challenge and opportunity for the Church. (more...)

November 1, 2010 - News From St. Stephen's-Hurst
St. Stephen's-Hurst announces the election of Brenda Nevrkla, Becky McKneely, and Jim Taulli to the Vestry. All three are long-standing members of St. Stephen's and have been actively involved in parish life. (more...)

October 24, 2010 - Partnership against gender violence formed
The Episcopal Women's Caucus (EWC), The Episcopal Church Women (ECW) and The Anglican Women's Empowerment (AWE) have partnered together to participate in the Campaign "16 Days of Activism against Gender Violence". (more...)

October 15, 2010 - Dr. Douglas Ann Newsom honored
Dr. Douglas Ann Newsom, professor emeritus of The Schieffer School of Journalism at TCU and a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth, was inducted into the TCU Schieffer School Hall of Excellence at a banquet at Colonial Country Club on October 12, 2010. (more...)

October 6, 2010 - Workshop on Children’s Spiritual Formation a Hit!
On Saturday, October 2, 2010, nearly a dozen Christian Educators from across the diocese gathered at All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth to learn more about children's spiritual formation and about ways to offer such classes for children no matter the size or resources of your parish. (more...)

October 4, 2010 - Strength for the Journey Conference recap
The weekend of September 24/25, 2010, 125 people from the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, including the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, provisional bishop of the diocese, attended a "Strength for the Journey" conference presented by the CREDO Institute. Inc. at the Sheraton Hotel in Arlington. (more...)

September 17, 2010 - Joyous occasion marks joining of ministries
St. Simon of Cyrene is the historically African American parish in the Diocese of Fort Worth. In January 2009 the Episcopalians at St. Simon were "clapped out" of their building by people who had left The Episcopal Church along with former Bishop Jack Iker and other diocesan leaders. As the Episcopalians, including founders of the parish, quietly filed out, those people who had chosen to throw their lot in with Bishop Iker applauded at their departure. (more...)

September 14, 2010 - Episcopal Campus Ministry starts at UTA
The new Episcopal Campus Ministry participated in the Student Activities Day on the UTA campus on Sepember 1, 2010. An organizational meeting will take place at Wesley House on September 15 from 11:00-1:00 pm with a home cooked meal and sharing of ideas for the work of this ministry. Please ask any UTA student to sign up on Facebook and email Diane Snow (, faculty advisor, for more information. The Rev. Melanie Wright, Deacon Sharla Marks and Elizabeth Luginbyl from St. Albans are all very involved in this exciting new initiative for our diocese.

September 13, 2010 - New resources for Sunday School Curricula now available
Boxes of sample fall curricula for Sunday school use have arrived at the Diocesan Resource Center (Demi Prentiss's office). One of everything Church Publishing offers is available for inspection. Materials include teacher's manuals, student workbooks, poster sets, CDs and songbooks. Everything ordered uses Episcopal RCL versions. The materials will be available at the Christian Education meeting on October 2 at All Saints'.

September 13, 2010 - New Alliance in Aledo
The Episcopal Church in Parker County is participating in "Team ONE—ONE Community of Churches under Christ," a new ministerial alliance of youth ministers from ten churches in the Aledo area. (more...)

August 26, 2010 - Bob Hicks accepts position as diocesan treasurer
Bishop Wallis Ohl has asked Bob Hicks of St. Christopher to serve as diocesan treasurer through 2011 and he has accepted. "Bob has been the driving force in getting our budgets, both for this year and 2011 in shape for the Executive Council meeting on 9/11/10," Bishop Ohl said, "and has the willingness and energy to work with Linda Johnson to provide for the diocese all the transparency and reports that we could ever ask for or desire." (more...)

August 25, 2010 - CPI Launches Speaking of Faith® for Small Groups™
As part of a unique new partnership between a publisher and weekly radio broadcast, Church Publishing Incorporated (CPI) has developed and released a series of new, online church-group resources in conjunction with the popular radio program, Speaking of Faith® with Krista Tippett, produced by American Public Media. (more...)

August 21, 2010 - Episcopal schools have non-discriminatory admission policies
Several news outlets are covering the story of a 4-year-old girl denied admission at St. Vincent's School in Bedford because her parents are lesbians. (more...)

August 20, 2010 - Local newspapers report on St. Vincent's denial of admission to 4-year-old whose parents are lesbians
Both the Star-Telegram and the Dallas Morning News published articles on August 25 concerning St. Vincent's recent denial of admission to a 4-year-old girl whose parents are lesbians. In addition, there was a letter to the editor entitled "Clarifying church ties" in the August 25 edition of the Star-Telegram, submitted by Katie Sherrod, diocesan director of communications. You are encouraged to read all three items.

August 20, 2010 - Sign up to participate in the projects of the Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music
The Standing Commission on Liturgy and Music (SCLM) is seeking input on two of their initiatives, and you can sign up to participate. One of the initiatives is the trial use of Holy Women, Holy Men. (more...)

August 17, 2010 - Nurturing the innate spirituality of children
The Diocesan Christian Formation Committee is inviting those with a passion for children’s Christian formation to meet on Saturday October 2 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at All Saints' Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road, Fort Worth. (more...)

August 16, 2010 - Episcopal Church Building Fund Offers New Terms, New Ideas
Each month, three Episcopal churches close in the United States due to financial pressures. Most of these financial strains can be directly attributed to a congregation’s physical assets—their buildings. (more...)

July 30, 2010 - Final summer Community Family fun night scheduled at St. Christopher
On Friday, August 20, St. Christopher Episcopal Church will hold its final summer Community Family Fun Night in the Family Life Center. Their featured movie will be the family friendly, computer animated Pixar film, "The Incredibles." (more...)

July 18, 2010 - A Piece of Episcopal History Blessed at ECPC
The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl visited the Episcopal Church in Parker County (ECPC) on Sunday, July 18, 2010, an occasion marked by the blessing of a piece of Episcopal Church history. ECPC recently moved into a new worship space in the Parish Hall building of the Community Christian Church, 2 Dean Street in Aledo. Barbara Kerr, who is a member of The ECPC, donated a beautiful crocheted table cloth that has been passed down in her family at least four or more generations to be used as a frontal for the ECPC altar. Bishop Ohl blessed it as part of the worship service. Ms. Kerr's family arrived in Texas before statehood and this table cloth arrived with them. Her family have been Episcopalians in Texas from the beginning and attended church at Christ Church in Matagorda, which is the mother church of all Episcopal churches in the state. Another special treat of the day was Ian Prescott playing his saxophone while Dennis Lasater played guitar. A pot luck luncheon followed the service. View photographs taken during the blessing.

July 9, 2010 - Archives of the Episcopal Diocese Completes Major Acquisition
The Archives of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth has recently acquired from several sources many of the issues of The Spirit of Missions, a monthly publication of the Board of Missions of The Episcopal Church that began publication in January 1836. This acquisition is of great historic value because The Spirit of Missions is now considered the most reliable source of information about the early history of The Episcopal Church in Texas. (more...)

July 1, 2010 - Fr. Stanford Speaks Up
I don't know exactly why I'm having so much fun as an Episcopalian. Perhaps its because I'm working with people who are ready to meet the world where it is, and share their joy in all manner of settings.  (more...)

June 8, 2010 - St. Stephens-Hurst at work
by Thomas Squiers
St. Stephen's, Hurst, has been busy working at the Union Gospel Mission in Fort Worth. The Outreach Committee assisted two clients who live at the mission by painting and decorating their living quarters there. The Union Gospel Mission provides living quarters on their site to particular individuals and then assists them in making transition into a permanent residence once the client is ready to do so. There is no limit on timeframe when the transition is to take place. (more...)

June 7, 2010 - Historiographer Report
by David Leedy, Historiographer
The Archives of The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth consists of four distinct sections: History Library, Documents, Photographs, and Ephimera. You may expect an announcement regarding the History Library of a major acquisition within the coming months. At this time, there are no photographs, which have been received by the archives for storage and preservation. We do have some ephimera, the latest being a gift by John Dosher of his CD – "Contemporary Eucharist of The Episcopal Church Rite 2 with Hymns of Worship and Praise" by John E. Dosher. This report is about the Documents Section. (more...)

May 16, 2010 - Diocese holds diocesan-wide Eucharist and picnic
Bishop Wallis Ohl celebrated the Ascension Day Service with approximately 130 members of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth on Sunday afternoon May 16, 2010 at All Saints School. (more...)

May 15, 2010 - Wichita Falls parishes host May Executive Council Meeting
Bishop Ohl is fond of recalling that when he was rector of a Colorado Springs parish, he often referred to his bishop as "The Bishop of Denver." He perceived that little happened outside the See City of the Diocese of Colorado. Responding to that lead, the vestry of All Saints', Wichita Falls, invited the Executive Council to gather for its May meeting at the ARC, Wichita County's facility for handicapped people where All Saints' worships. (more...)

May 9, 2010 - Episcopalians from historic parish are worshipping together again
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth is overjoyed to announce that Episcopalians from St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Fort Worth are worshipping each Sunday at 5 p.m. at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive So., Fort Worth. Until this arrangement was made with Trinity, they had been dispersed among various Episcopal parishes for several months because St. Andrew’s historic building at 917 Lamar in downtown Fort Worth is currently occupied by people who have left The Episcopal Church. (more...)

May 6, 2010 - Diocese of Fort Worth Altar Guild Meeting
by Dolly Bush, Directress
Saturday, May 1, the second Diocesan Altar Guild meeting was held at St. Luke’s in the Meadow. It was a wonderful, joyful get-together, starting with St. Philip and James Day Eucharist celebrated by The Reverend Susan Slaughter, rector of St. Luke’s. (more...)

May 2, 2010 - St. Alban's music director publishes new book John Dosher, music director at Saint Alban's Episcopal Church worshipping at Theater Arlington, has recently published a book and companion CD, The Episcopal Contemporary Eucharist with Hymns of Praise and Worship, available through, containing his mass setting and some hymns appropriate for use as Offertory and Communion music. St. Alban's uses the Dosher Mass on alternate Sundays. Priscilla Promise, St. Alban's senior warden, said, "John's devotion to bringing contemporary music to the church was the glue that built a Folk Mass Choir that became a major part of our Saint Alban's Episcopal community. The joy we share is evident in the rhythms and musical expressions of John's music." People can hear Dosher's music on his website:

April 16, 2010 - Owanah Anderson to be keynote speaker
Owanah Anderson, senior warden of All Saints Wichita Falls and one of the prime matriarchs of the reorganized Diocese of Fort Worth, will be the keynote speaker at the Oklahoma IV 2010 Consultation hosted by the School of Theology at Sewanee, the University of the South, from Thursday, May 27 to Monday, May 31, 2010. The consultation is being sponsored in part by the School of Theology in collaboration with the Indigenous Theological Training Institute (ITTI), The Episcopal Church office of Native Ministry, and the Executive Council’s Committee on Indigenous Ministry (ECCIM).  (more...)

Spring Concert at All Saints' - Ft. Worth
On Friday, May 7, at 7:30 p.m. the choirs of All Saints' Episcopal Church in Fort Worth and Grace First Presbyterian, Weatherford, will combine for a spring concert of works by Franz Joseph Haydn and Johann Sebastian Bach. (more...)

Safeguarding God's Children class scheduled
A Safeguarding God's Children class will be held on May 1 from 9:00 to 12:00 at Trinity Episcopal Church in Fort Worth in their Parish Hall. The cost is $5.00 per participant; reservations can be made by contacting Fr. Michael Caldwell at 817-926-4631 or no later than April 29.

St. Stephen's-Hurst Healing Ministry
The Healing Ministry at St. Stephen's was started by Father Thomas in the summer of 2009. Though it was originally designed to be a chapter of the Order of St. Luke (an international healing ministry, founded by an Episcopal priest), those in the ministry felt it may be better to customize their own healing ministry according to the needs of the parish and the greater community. (more...)

April 7, 2010 - Diocesan Altar Guild schedules meeting
Directress Dolly Bush has scheduled a meeting of the Diocesan Altar Guild for Saturday, May 1 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Luke's in the Meadow, 4301 Meadowbrook Drive, Fort Worth, TX 76103. The meeting will include worship and fellowship, and luncheon will be served. Click here to learn more.

March 25, 2010 - Neighbors in Need
by Brenda Hathaway and Patti Callahan, Parishioners of St Luke's in the Meadow Episcopal Church
Unexpected blessings have been bestowed on our parish family by the arrival of a family to our area. Although not members of St. Luke's, they have taught many of us about love, courage, and hope in the face of great adversity. Getting to know them and under-standing their situation we have experienced a love our Lord Jesus commanded of us, A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. John 13:34 (more)

March 18, 2010 - New Pews for Christ the King
Christ the King has new pews to go in their freshly repainted space in the Fellowship Hall of St. Giles Presbyterian Church. The pews are on loan from the Episcopal Church in Parker County. (more)

ECW Retreat Scheduled
All the women of the diocese are invited to the Episcopal Church Women Spring Retreat April 16-17 at Briarwood Retreat Center, 670 Copper Canyon Road, Argyle, TX [30 minutes north of DFW Airport]. (more)

Presentation on iconography scheduled for February 27
The All Saints' Fort Worth chapter of the Society of Mary invites everyone to a presentation by local iconologist Eleanor Forfang-Brockman, a member of St. Luke's-in-the-Meadow, on Saturday the 27th at 9:00 a.m. Ms. Forfang-Brockman's talk will examine the significance of the use of icons in the church, with special attention given to icons of Jesus and Mary. She has been studying and practicing iconography since 1988. In addition to writing icons for use in both private and public worship spaces, she has conducted icon-writing workshops, and has developed and taught a course in iconography. The talk will follow an 8:30 a.m. corporate rosary in the Chapel of the Annunciation. The morning will begin with a celebration of the Holy Eucharist at 8:00 a.m. in the chapel.

A Message from Executive Council of The Episcopal Church
[February 22, 2010] The Executive Council of The Episcopal Church issued a message following the conclusion of its four-day meeting in Omaha, NE. Read the entire message here.

Diocesan-wide Golf Outing scheduled for April 17
A diocesan-wide golf outing is being organized by the Men’s Club of All Saints’ Fort Worth. It is scheduled for April 17 at Squaw Creek Golf Course, which is part of the Lockheed Martin Recreation Association. The golf course is west of Loop 820 and North of I30 at the Willow Park exit. (Click here for directions.) The cost to play is $39 per player, which covers the green fee and cart; lunch is on your own. Tee times start at 11:00 a.m. and provision has been made for 24 people (six foursomes). Feel free to bring your own foursome or just sign up to play. To make your reservation, contact Jeff Nichols at 817-923-6877 or Afterwards, everyone is invited to All Saints’ Church for a Crab Boil benefiting their Belize Mission Outreach effort. The meal begins around 6:00 p.m.

February 19, 2010 - An update from our historiographer
The Historiographer of The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth proudly announces the acquisition of an eBook titled: Journals of General Conventions of the Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, published by authority of the General Convention, Vol. III - HISTORICAL NOTES AND DOCUMENTS ILLUSTRATING THE ORGANIZATION …, by William Stephens Perry, D. D., HISTORIOGRAPHER of the AMERICAN CHURCH, 1874. (more...)

February 7, 2010 - One Year Later
On Saturday, Feb. 7, 2009, All Saints Episcopal Church in Fort Worth was crammed full of emotional Episcopalians. The presiding bishop, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, was going to celebrate and preach at a Eucharist that would set the tone for a day in which the diocese would be reorganized after the departure of the former bishop and most other diocesan leaders from The Episcopal Church and the diocese. Read more about that historic day and about where we are one year later.

February 7, 2010 - Explore the spiritual side of fly-fishing April 25-28
Step into a stream and discover the spiritual side of fly-fishing in Western North Carolina this April 25-28 during the fourth annual Kanuga Fly-fishing Retreat. (more...)

The Episcopal Church and the Anglican Church in North America [ACNA]
After former Bishop Jack Iker left The Episcopal Church, he and other former diocesan leaders allied themselves with a newly formed entity called the Anglican Church of North America [ACNA]. Recently the public affairs staff of The Episcopal Church offered the following information as a resource for Episcopalians who may have questions about ACNA. (more...)

National College Ministry Gathering 2010
It is time to begin to get the word out about a huge event coming up for which I am on the planning committee. This is the biennial National College Ministry Gathering, hosted in Estes Park, Colorado from December 28, 2010 through January 1, 2011. (more...)

January 25, 2010 - Leadership Conference to be held February 20
One of the hallmarks of a healthy diocese is an ongoing effort to develop new leaders at the parish and diocesan level. If you have ever considered running for vestry, volunteering to head up a project, serving as a delegate to diocesan convention or serving in any other leadership capacity, you will want to attend the Parish Leadership Conference February 20 at All Saints’ Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road, Fort Worth. (more...)

January 13, 2010 - Some resources for helping Haiti
Haiti, the poorest country in the world, is also the largest diocese, numerically speaking, in The Episcopal Church. Many dioceses in The Episcopal Church, including the Diocese of Fort Worth, send money and/or missions to Haiti. (more...)

January 11, 2010 - How to do "church" when you can’t get to the church
The amazing snowstorm on Christmas Eve and our recent frigid weather have reminded all of us that sometimes just getting to church can be a challenge. This article gives suggestions for those who find themselves unable to make it to church. Read them all here.

January 6, 2010 - Presiding Bishop mentions All Saints Wichita Falls in sermon in Liberia
On January 6, the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, was an official guest of the Episcopal Church of Liberia. The presiding bishop preached and celebrated Epiphany Mass at St. Thomas Church in Monrovia, a service attended by Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. About 250 people attended the Mass at St. Thomas. (more...)

January 4, 2010 - Planning to begin for 2010 Diocesan Lenten Series
The planning committee for the 2010 Diocesan Lenten Series will meet at 10 a.m. Saturday, January 9 at St. Christophers, 3550 Southwest Loop 820, Fort Worth, TX 76133. The meeting is open to anyone interested in participating in planning these events. (more...)

January 4, 2010 - The Rev. Melanie Barnett Wright appointed priest-in-charge at St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, Arlington
The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, provisional bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth, has appointed the Rev. Melanie Barnett Wright as priest in charge of St. Alban’s Episcopal Church, which holds services at Theatre Arlington,305 W. Main, Arlington, TX. The appointment is effective January 1, 2010. Her first Sunday service will be January 10, which also is the date of the annual parish meeting. Eucharist will be at 9:30 AM with the parish meeting to follow. (more...)

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