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A monthly publication from the Diocesan Office

  June, 2012      

The Episcopal Diocese
of Fort Worth

4301 Meadowbrook Dr.
Fort Worth, 76103
Phone: 817-534-1900
Fax: 817-534-1904

episcopaldiocesefortworth.org

Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Bishop













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  • Save the dates! Send a team ...
    Your congregation has been urged by Bishop Ohl to send a team of 3 to 10 people to "Dwelling in the Word," Aug. 24 and 25 at Mansfield Church of Christ, 580 Pleasant Ridge Dr., Mansfield (817-473-4234). Call the Mansfield church to register. The team will gain proficiency in using a group Bible study similar to what we call African Bible study to listen deeply for God's call to the church in the context of the larger community. Read more . . .
     
  • You’re invited to come and see . . .
    . . . the new diocesan offices, at St. Luke's in the Meadow, 4301 Meadowbrook, Fort Worth 76103. The bishop and staff will be hosting an open house Tuesday, June 5, 4:30-7:00 p.m. Come for a guided tour, and see the transformation of St. Luke's education building, largely by the labors of St. Luke's members.  Read more . . .
     
  • Confirm your congregation's election for coverage under The Episcopal Church's tax exemption
    To confirm your congregation's inclusion in the Group Exemption Number that covers The Episcopal Church and its related entities, your vestry needs to complete a form, pass a resolution and send hard copies to the diocesan office by June 15. Read more . . .
     
  • Diocesan standards for lay employees' health benefits on target to be implemented by Jan. 1, 2013
    Thanks to the work of the Diocesan Health Insurance Taskforce, the diocese will be voting at the 2012 convention to set in place a standard for health benefits for lay employees. A resolution has been drafted and taskforce members are soliciting input from leaders around the diocese. Read more . . .
     
  • Your diocese will have 19 people attending General Convention
    Eight deputies (four clergy, four laity), five alternates, four delegates to the Episcopal Church Women (ECW) triennial gathering, the provisional bishop, and the ministry developer will be attending the 77th General Convention (http://generalconvention.org/), July 4-12 in Indianapolis. Several of these people are paying their own way to attend the gathering. Read more . . .
     
  • Diocese adopts mission / vision statement
    In March the diocesan executive council adopted a mission / vision statement for our diocese. The council had worked nearly a year to develop a statement, with discernment meetings in March 2011 and December 2011. In January 2012 the council received reports from a "vision-crafting" group and from an "alignment" group, focusing on ways to communicate and implement the vision. Read more . . .
     
  • Resources offered to help your congregation thrive
    For nearly 40 years the Alban Institute has provided resources for American congregations facing the challenges of a changing society. Alban’s goal is to develop strong congregational leaders who have the creativity, the endurance, and the joy to do the work needed to fulfill their congregations' particular callings. Read more . . .
     
  • Spotlight on Congregations
    What has the diocese and the larger church done for your congregation lately?
    • Bob Biehl, treasurer for the Diocese of Texas, led a workshop on conducting an audit for your congregation, presented on May 10. Missed the workshop? You can access a streaming video of the workshop. Or, if you prefer, download a recording.
    • Do you need help compiling an inventory for your congregation? The trustees of the corporation for the diocese have distributed inventory forms and a sample listing (drawn from Trinity FW's inventory) to help you get started. These forms were sent to all senior wardens, treasurers, and rectors / priests-in-charge. Need a copy? Contact the diocesan office – operationsmanager@episcopaldiocesefortworth.org / 817-534-1900.
    • Thanks to CREDO, with funding from the Church Pension Group, the diocesan executive council recently hosted a gathering of diocesan leaders with Canticle Communications partners Jim Naughton and Rebecca Wilson. The partners also spent time with St. Alban’s Arlington, St. Luke’s Stephenville, and Good Shepherd Granbury. In the coming months, Canticle Communications will be providing a report and recommendations on improving our utilization of media – print, electronic, social, and web-based – in order to communicate our message of Good News to a wider audience. Watch for it!

     

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