Archive of the Diocesan Newsletter on the Web
1997

May 1997 - November, 1997

Click Here for More Archives

(Click on the date of the Issue you want to view)

May 2 May 16 May 30 June 13
June 27 July 18 August 1 August 22
September 5 September 5 September 19 October 3
October 17 October 31 November 14 November 28

NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 32 November 28, 1997

HAPPY HOLIDAY TO EVERYONE !

______________________________________________

Consulta Fall Session in Piedras Negras draws more than 75 Participants

The fall session of the International Episcopal Border Consultation (Consulta) met last week in Piedras Negras, Coahuilla, Mexico. Some of the latest news from the growing church in Northern Mexico includes:

Fr. Frederico Zuniga of Juarez envisions 10 new Episcopal churches in that city alone because, in an unprecedented offer, the Mexican government has made free plots of land available to the Episcopal missionaries in Juarez and Chihuahua for the construction of new churches. The policy is expected to spread across the Diocese of Northern Mexico, and the challenge will be enormous. ... A complete dental and medical clinic, capable of overnight in-patient care nears completion in Matamoros (The Church of the Ascension) A staff of doctors is lining up to support the project.... Work continues on a Language Institute for training missionaries established by San Andres Church in Monterrey.... The keynote speaker was Diane Davis, a lay leader from Alabama who for many years has coordinated a summer service project for American church groups constructing housing in the poorest neighborhoods of Piedras Negras.... A training center for mission work in El Paso, funded by the Diocese of the Rio Grande, is under construction. It will also provide housing for groups working in Mexico....

The Rio Grande, Northwest Texas, Ft. Worth, and West Texas dioceses were represented at the three day meeting hosted by the Diocese of Northern Mexico. The Diocese of Northwest Texas was represented by the Rev. Canon David Veal, Sue Veal (Lubbock), Alan Hawkins (Midland), the Rev. Mike Smith, Fran Gregg, Glenn & Mollie Polhemus, the Rev. Clif Gardner and Madelle Polhemus (all from San Angelo). The next meeting of the Consulta will be April 21-23, hosted at the diocesan retreat facility of the Ft. Worth diocese. All persons interested in the growing relationship between these dioceses are encouraged to attend. Meetings are conducted in Spanish and English. Contact: Glenn Polhemus (915) 468-3011 or 468-2006.

+++

"The Road to the Future Is Always Under Construction"

Note: The Newsletter is exploring the major initiatives outlined by Bishop Ohl at the 1997 diocesan convention.
This series will continue in the next issue.

"Within the boundaries of this diocese, there are 35 prisons, ranging from minimum to maximum security. There is no town where we have a church that is more than a few miles from a correctional facility. Some of our churches have been the beneficiaries of this new industry with an influx of Episcopalians transferred to the area, both as guards and inmates. There are those who would say that prisoners are to be ignored because they have broken the law. Who of us has not broken some law? If we are to live under the law as strictly as the Pharisees, then to break even the most minute law is to break them all. How many of you were below the speed limit driving to Midland yesterday? Even if that is just a minor infraction you are still a lawbreaker. We just didn't get caught. Sometimes it takes the reality of prison for a person to come to terms with life and see that life has become unmanageable. Are we to ignore the brother and sister in our midst simply because of where they live? Lord when did we see you in prison and not minister to you? You know the rest of that story."

" I challenge us to look at our mission to the incarcerated as of prime importance. This will also take great planning and purpose. It must be done intentionally. And it is not short term ministry. The benefits in the long run are life changing, not only for the prisoners, but for those who risk voluntarily going to prison."

-Bishop Ohl, 10/25/97

*

The Rev. Leslie Gregory coordinates the Episcopal Ministry at the Odessa Detention Center, and has been named Chaplain to the new Prison Ministries committee. Initially, the bishop will directly appoint members who have demonstrated an interest in this ministry from across the diocese. The Prison Ministries committee will function as a resource group, facilitating the development of ministries by congregations, each tailored to meet specific needs. As congregations identify the local prison they will serve, the committee will help establish a working relationship with the Warden, and gather background information on the prison population (including the number of Episcopalians imprisoned). The committee will be available as a partner in the development of specialized programs for the incarcerated.

Recent news: The Presiding Bishop's Fund has granted $7500 in 1998 to supplement the diocesan budget for the Odessa ministry.... At the request of the administrator of the Odessa Detention Center, the Rev. Dana Wilson of Midland has recently assumed duties as resident Chaplain for the unit. Deacon Wilson, building on her previous experience in prison ministries, is available to the inmates two mornings each week. Contact: the Rev. Leslie Gregory; (915) 558-3916; 101 N. Mary, Crane TX 79731; or abgreg@apex2000.net

+++

Holy Trinity Reports Success with Stephen Ministry Workshop

Approximately 100 persons representing eight denominations learned about bringing a lay caring ministry to their own congregations at the Saturday workshop November 8 in Midland. A panel discussion was lead by three members of First Presbyterian Church in Midland. They have had a Stephen Ministry program at their church for about ten years, and brought a wealth of knowledge to the workshop. Thanks to Jane Swartz

Interim Organist / Choirmaster Needed in Big Spring

St. Mary's Church, Big Spring, has begun a search for an organist / choirmaster to fill an immediate need. The church is willing to reimburse travel costs for out-of-town applicants to this part-time position. Anyone who can help in the interim please contact Fr. James Liggett at (915) 267-8201 (stmarys@xroadstx.com )

Financial Seminar set for January 31

A one day seminar on church financial management and tax preparation will be held Saturday, Jan 31, from 10:00 - 3:30 pm at St. Paul-on-the-Plains Church in Lubbock. The seminar will be led by The Rev. Canon William F. Geisler, C.P.A., Controller for the Diocese of California. Although this training is valuable to clergy and spouses who must wrestle with the tax laws, church treasurers and wardens are urged to attend. Registration is $15, which includes lunch. For more information or registration, contact: Laurie Riggs; The Hulsey Center; PO Box 1067; :Lubbock TX 79408 (806) 763-1370

The Newsletter
Winter and Spring Production Schedule

The first date is the publication date. The date in parenthesis is the news deadline.

 

Issue 33: Dec 12 (Dec 9, Tuesday)

Issue 34: Dec 26 (Dec 23, Tuesday)

Issue 35: Jan 16 (Jan 13, Tuesday)

Issue 36: Jan 30 (Jan 27, Tuesday)

Issue 37: Feb 13 (Feb 10, Tuesday)

Issue 38: Feb 27 (Feb 25, Tuesday)

Issue 39: Mar 13 (Mar 10, Tuesday)

Issue 40: Mar 27 (Mar 24, Tuesday)

Issue 41: Apr 10 (Apr 7, Tuesday)

Issue 42: Apr 24 (Apr 21, Tuesday)

Issue 43: May 8 (May 5, Tuesday)

Issue 44: May 22 (May 19, Tuesday)

 

Doug Tow, Ed.

The Newsletter

3615 42nd St

Lubbock TX 79413

 

home: (806) 797-6479

office: (806) 894-3250

fax: "Attn. D. Tow" to (806) 894-4799

 

towpeople@aol.com

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

DECEMBER

12 Fri Christian Education Comm at the Quarterman Conference Center (thru Saturday)

20 Sat Ordination of Kelly Schneider to the Priesthood, St. Mark's, Abilene (10:00 am)

 

JANUARY

1 Thu Applications for UTO grants due to the Bishop

10 Sat Installation of the Presiding Bishop (Washington DC)

24 Sat "Craf-tivity and Na-tivity" Workshop (10:30) Children's ministry at St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

31 Sat Clergy Tax Seminar 10:00 - 3:30 (at St. Paul-on-the-Plains, Lubbock)

 


St. Mary's Church in Big Spring is looking for a part-time Organist/Choirmaster

If you know of anyone who is interested, please ask him or her to contact St. Mary's

Telephone (915) 267-8201, Fax (915) 267-8202, E-Mail Organist@nwt.org.

Visit St. Mary's on the Web at: http://www.xroadstx.com/users/stmarys/index.htm


 

Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 31 November 14, 1997

Investigation Continues at St. Christopher's, Lubbock

A lay employee of St. Christopher's Church (Lubbock) was dismissed October 30th following the discovery of misappropriated parish funds. Further details have not been formally released, pending a continuing police investigation. However, a 'Police Blotter" report in the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal indicated that the final sum of missing funds will be a five-figure amount. The Rev. James P. Haney, rector, reports that "obviously this creates an immediate financial crisis for the parish, but St. Christopher's is alive and well, and dealing with all of this in a healthy way."

In an October 30th letter to all clergy and Treasurers, Bishop Ohl detailed the steps necessary to establish meaningful internal financial control in a church. He established his expectation that every congregation meet the canonical requirement of an annual audit, and indicated that he will ask the 1998 Convention to amend the canons to make evidence of a current financial audit a prerequisite to seat, voice and vote for every delegation. He concluded his letter by emphasizing that since changes in the diocesan insurance coverage in 1995, every parish is responsible for its own bonding against loss. He also warned that many bonding contracts are nullified when a loss can be attributed to poor auditing procedures.

An excellent tool to facilitate a review of parish accounting is the Manual of Business Methods in Church Affairs. It was distributed to every parish in 1995. A chapter titled "Internal Controls" includes a checklist of procedures and methods which must be in place in every congregation. Replacement copies of the manual may be available from Episcopal Parish Services in the national office.

 


St. Mary's Church in Big Spring is looking for a part-time Organist/Choirmaster

If you know of anyone who is interested, please ask him or her to contact St. Mary's

Telephone (915) 267-8201, Fax (915) 267-8202, E-Mail Organist@nwt.org.

Visit St. Mary's on the Web at: http://www.xroadstx.com/users/stmarys/index.htm


 

"The Road to the Future Is Always Under Construction"

 

Editor's Note: The Newsletter is exploring the major initiatives outlined by Bishop Ohl at the 1997 diocesan convention. This series will continue in the next issue.

" ...The first area that has captured my attention is cluster ministry... Small congregations are often looked at as second-class citizens that drain the personnel and financial resources of the diocese. Unfortunately small churches often accept that status as a hallmark and banner, proclaiming a 'Poor Us' attitude. I believe that we must change not only our concept of the cluster but enact whatever legislation it takes, promote the idea among all the churches in the diocese, and draw upon ALL of the strengths of the Church. A vital and lively cluster will include churches of a variety of sizes, small, medium, and large churches in an area. The larger churches provide resources that the smaller congregations do not have. Teaching and learning, however, will be a two way street. For you see, the small congregation has some incredible resources that the larger churches may have lost. Intimate knowledge of one another is a hallmark of the small church; large churches across the country are working to regain this feature through the development of small group ministry.

...Redemption is always the order of the day in God`s world; how else could one explain the resurrection of hope and both spiritual and numerical growth at St. Andrew's in Amarillo after their trial by fire. Let us pray that we suffer no more tragedies in order to produce new hope. Rather let us look to the small churches who can teach all of us about tenacity, faithfulness, and hope."

 

-Bishop Ohl, 10/25/97

*

"I have seen a special kind of generosity practiced among the missions," says Kathy Wurster (Holy Trinity, Midland) "Some of our smallest congregations sponsor the boldest and most visionary outreach programs in the diocese. There is no question that the largest churches have much to gain from clustering." Another member of the Missions Committee, the Rev. James Haney V nods to John Donne and writes: "No Episcopal Church is an island. Being engaged in common ministry as a cluster is a vivid reminder of our interconnectedness. In the early days of the church, dioceses were much smaller, basically consisting of a large town and the surrounding small communities. In essence, these early dioceses were functioning as clusters. The custom of dropping a crumb of host into the chalice derives from this time, when on a Sunday, the bishop would send out a part of a host to all of the churches of the diocese so that in a tangible way, they would all be in communion with each other."


More Notes from Convention

A Hispanic Eucharist was celebrated Saturday morning before the convening of the opening session of convention. An offering of $ 1375.40 was collected for support of Hispanic ministry in the diocese ...By resolution of the Standing Committee of the diocese, as approved by the 39th Convention, the building and grounds at 1802 Broadway in Lubbock will hereafter be known as The Sam B. Hulsey Episcopal Center "as a grateful reminder of his ministry among us, to us, and for us." ... The Board of Directors of the Quarterman Conference Center outlined a 40th Anniversary Celebration for BQCC Memorial Day weekend 1998. Planning is still in progress, but the event will certainly include reunion activities for past Conference Center counselors and Camp alumni ... President Ann Duval announced new ECW diocesan officers chosen at the annual ECW conference in September: Edie Rische (St. Christopher's, Lubbock) as Vice-President; Renee Haney (Quanah) to direct Christian Education; Kathryn Abbey (St. Christopher's, Lubbock) to direct Christian Social Relations ... The offering at Friday's opening Eucharist, totaling $1792.15, was designated for development of diocesan prison ministry. . . The hurried pace of the Sunday morning business session was broken by the emotional testimony of Ann Thayer. She told a story of the pressing needs and joyful gratitude among a carload of Happy Campers commuting from the Permian Basin to Amarillo last summer. 1998 Happy Camp is scheduled for July 12-17 at the Quarterman Center. Contributions to sponsor Happy Campers are accepted year-round at: PO Box 1067, Lubbock TX 79408 ... as the convention drew to a close, the Rev. Charles "Chub" Wilson announced that he will retire August 1, 1998.

 

News of the People

The Presiding Bishop-elect has appointed the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl to a six-year term on the Standing Commission on Ministry Development, an Interim Body of The General Convention of the Episcopal Church ... the Rev. Canon David Veal was selected as one of five delegates from the Episcopal Church USA to the full assembly of the World Council of Churches in Zimbabwe scheduled for December 1998... Paul and Pan Eimon (St. Andrew's, Amarillo) have accepted the Bishop's appointment to chair the Companion Diocese Committee ...Sue Veal will serve as Ecumenical Officer of the diocese ... As newly appointed Chair of Health and Social Concerns, the Rev. Deborah Gamble (All Saints School, Lubbock) will also be official representative to the Texas Conference of Churches Commission on Church and Society ... A Tea honoring Sheila Ohl was hosted by ECW in Lubbock November 4. The event was organized by the Lubbock parishes and "a great success", according to Ann Duval. "Hopefully, this is the first of many joint ventures by our three churches."

 

Deanery Leadership Set for Coming Year

Chair and Vice-Chair of each deanery were elected at deanery meetings this Fall. Deans are appointed by the Bishop.

EAGLE COVE DEANERY

Dean: The Very Rev. John Loving (Emmanuel)

Chair: Richard Horn (St. Mark's)

Vice-Chair: The Rev. Mike Smith (Emmanuel)


LLANO ESTACADO DEANERY

Dean: The Very Rev. James Haney (St. Christopher's)

Chair: Bob Strange (St. Stephen's)

Vice-Chair: The Rev. Linda Kelly (St. Paul's)


PANHANDLE DEANERY

Dean: The Very Rev. William Nix (St. Andrew's)

Chair: The Rev. Jake Clemmons (St. Matthew's)

Vice-Chair: Ken Baxter (St. Michael and All Angels')


PERMIAN BASIN DEANERY

Dean: The Very Rev. James Liggett (St. Mary's)

Chair: Charles Chambers (St. John's)

Vice-Chair: The Rev. Ted Harris (Sandhills)

 

 


 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

NOVEMBER

14 Fri Jr. High Fall Festival opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)

27 Thu Episcopal Center closed through Sunday

 

DECEMBER

12 Fri Christian Education Comm at the Quarterman Conference Center (thru Saturday)

20 Sat Ordination of Kelly Schneider to the Priesthood, St. Mark's, Abilene (10:00 am)

 

JANUARY

1 Thu Applications for UTO grants due to the Bishop

24 Sat "Craf-tivity and Na-tivity" Workshop (10:30) Children's ministry at St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

31 Sat Clergy Tax Seminar 10:00 - 3:30 (at St. Paul-on-the-Plains, Lubbock)



Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 30 October 31, 1997

 


_______________________________________________

SPECIAL NOTE TO ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIBERS:

REVISED DIOCESAN E-MAIL DIRECTORY (WITH ADDITIONS FROM CONVENTION)

WILL BE DISTRIBUTED TO EVERYONE LATER THIS WEEK. THANKS.

_______________________________________________

 

 

"On behalf of the people ....

I give into your hands this pastoral staff."


Bishop Hulsey invests the IV Bishop of the Diocese at 39th Annual Convention

 

More than 400 delegates and guests shared the Eucharist in celebration of the Investiture of C. Wallis Ohl, Jr. as Diocesan Bishop as convention opened Friday evening, October 24 in Midland. The opening service also included the Blessing of Vestments created for retiring Bishop Hulsey by the women of the Odessa Detention Center, and a sermon from Bishop Ohl on the convention theme: "Behold, I make all things new." (Rev. 21:5)

 


 

Bishop Ohl's Charge Presents

A Challenging Vision

for the Future of the Diocese

 

The Bishop's long-anticipated Charge to the Convention on Saturday morning outlined specific expectations for restructuring cluster ministries to include larger parishes with neighboring missions; growing the church by opening doors to the Hispanic population of the diocese; expanding prison ministry in our 35 prisons; and nurturing Episcopal youth so they may serve effectively on every diocesan board and committee. Bishop Ohl held up the early Church as an example of how the diocese must pursue its mission:

 

"Mission is the work of the Church. It is NOT what we do when all is well and we are comfortable. Imagine for a moment where we would be - or more properly not be - if the disciples in Jerusalem would have said: 'Well, we cannot possibly think about spreading the Good News until we have a comfortable organization and are fully endowed here.' ... Did the Church wait until Lubbock or Midland or Amarillo or Abilene were established and comfortable before the Gospel was preached?"

 


 

The Diocese Welcomes Old Friends as a New Parish

There were 203 voting participants on the floor of the Hilton Conference room Saturday morning as the business session began. Business proceeded routinely until the Missions committee presented the petition of St. Barnabas' Church, Odessa, for parish status. When the petition was granted by voice vote of the convention, most of the members of the newest parish paraded triumphantly on to the convention floor, to the delight of diocesan representatives.

***

Editor's Note: To devote proper attention to the major initiatives outlined by Bishop Ohl at the 1997 convention, subsequent issues of The Newsletter (through Advent) will each highlight one aspect of the Bishop's Charge under the heading:

 

"The Road to the Future Is Always Under Construction"

 

***

More Observations and Notes from Convention:

No motions were offered to amend the 1998 Diocesan Budget as presented before the convention. The Rev. William Nix of St. Andrew's, Amarillo, who has recently served on budget committees for the national church, briefed the delegates on the recent history of diocesan giving to the Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society Fr. Nix reported that during the prior triennial, the national church had experimented with a plan which suggested a range of donation from dioceses, but that the policy had been reversed at the 1997 National Convention. Many diocese, including Northwest Texas, had chosen to give at the low end of the recommended range, and so apportionments have been re-established.

In the only contested election at convention, three ballots were necessary to elect Robert Poer (Holy Trinity, Midland) to an open lay position on the Standing Committee. Running uncontested and elected were: the Rev. Roz Thomas and the Honorable Jess Holloway (to the Ecclesiastical Court) the Rev. Jerry Sneary (to the Standing Committee) and Harwell Barber (Heavenly Rest, Abilene) to the diocesan Board of Trustees.

 

***

Stephen Ministry Training Set For Next Weekend in Midland

Holy Trinity, Midland, will host an introductory workshop next Saturday for persons interested in Stephen ministry. The program is designed to train a dedicated team of laypersons in a congregation to minister to those who experience natural life circumstances. This workshop will be from 9:00 - 1:00 on November 8, at Holy Trinity, 1412 W. Illinois, Midland. To learn more about Stephen Ministry, call Jane Swartz (915) 684-4946. To pre-register, fax the number of persons attending from your congregation and the name and phone of the team contact person to: (915) 683-0027.

 



News of the People

The two Midland parishes are gathering Christmas Eve gifts for the women of the Odessa Detention Center. Sample-size toiletry packs, including shampoo, soap, conditioner, lotion and toothpaste are needed. Toothbrushes may be included in the gift packages. There is also an effort to provide Christmas cards and postage stamps for the women to send to their families. To learn more contact:

Deacon Dana Wilson, Holy Trinity (915) 683-4207.

Bishop's appointments for 1997, to chair committees of the diocese were commissioned at convention in Midland: The Rev. Deborah Gamble (Chaplain, All Saints' School, Lubbock) to chair the Health and Social Concerns Committee; Connie Wootton (St. Andrew's, Amarillo) to chair the Commission on Episcopal Schools; Betty Gilmore (St. Nicholas, Midland) to chair the Constitution and Canons committee; Mary Federman (St. Mary's, Big Spring) as Host Chair for 1998 Convention Planning; Sue Veal (St. Paul's, Lubbock) to chair the Ecumenical Committee; Michael Landress (St. Christopher's, Lubbock) to chair the Architecture and Allied Arts committee; The Rev. Canon David Veal (Canon to the Ordinary) to chair Liturgy and Music; The Rev. Linda Kelly (St. Paul's, Lubbock) will serve as Coordinator of the Services to Congregations Division; The Rev. Canon David Veal will continue to serve as Coordinator of the Outreach Division. Chairs of the Companion Diocese committee and the Conference Center Governing Board remain vacant.


UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO


Deadline for UTO Fall Ingathering is December 10

"If every Episcopalian gave just $3.65 a year, every UTO Grant Request could have been met in 1997 !"

The check for the diocesan Fall Ingathering is due in New York on or before December 10, to be credited for the current year. Please mail checks direct from your church to: Jean Silverthorne, 203 Navasota St.; Plainview TX 79072.

United Thank Offering Every Day was the theme of the UTO Committee at the July Triennial of the Episcopal Church Women. "The daily discipline of the blue box can become such an easy habit! Our beautiful new boxes have colorful inscribed reminders of simple things for which we can practice our daily thanks. Let's not wait for momentous occasions to drop a coin into the box." (Jean Silverthorne, Diocesan United Thank Offering Coordinator)

 

UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO

 

 

United Thank Offering

Every Day!

 

 

UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO UTO

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

NOVEMBER

4 Tue Trustees Meet

8 Sat Stephen Ministry Training 9:00 - 1:00 (Holy Trinity, Midland)

14 Fri Jr. High Fall Festival opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)

 

JANUARY

1 Thu Applications for UTO grants due to the diocesan office

24 Sat "Craf-tivity and Na-tivity" Workshop (10:30) Children's ministry at St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

31 Sat Clergy Tax Seminar 10:00 - 3:30 (at St. Paul-on-the-Plains, Lubbock)

 

MARCH

6 Fri Women of Vision seminar opens (6:00 pm) at the Quarterman Conference Center)

 


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 29 October 17, 1997

 

SPECIAL NOTE TO ELECTRONIC SUBSCRIBERS:

IF YOU WOULD LIKE MY MOST RECENT E-MAIL DIRECTORY

FOR THE DIOCESE, REPLY AT TOWPEOPLE@AOL.COM

_______________________________________________

 

Special Vesting Instructions For Clergy at Diocesan Convention

All priests and deacons are asked to vest and process at the opening Eucharist (Friday) and the Sunday morning Eucharist of Diocesan convention.

This year, the Friday evening service will include Eucharist, the investiture of the new bishop, and the commissioning of lay delegates. There will be no evensong this year. The liturgical color for Friday is white. White stoles, please.

Bishop Ohl has asked that all clergy wear stoles, with either alb or surplice as appropriate, to both the Friday and Sunday Eucharists. Sunday morning the liturgical color is green. Green stoles, please. Contact: Canon Veal (806) 763-1370

 

Passing of Crozier will Highlight Friday Evening Eucharist

Please remind congregations that Bishop Hulsey will attend the Friday night Eucharist in Midland, for the investiture of Bishop Ohl. Everyone in the diocese is invited to attend this service.

 

Opening Eucharist of the 39th Diocesan Convention at:

First United Methodist Church

208 North Main St, Midland

6:30 pm

Friday, October 24

 

 

Tickets Available for Installation of the 25th Presiding Bishop

Tickets are available for the installation of Bishop Frank T. Griswold III of Chicago as the Episcopal Church's 25th presiding bishop. Services will be at the National Cathedral in Washington DC on Saturday, January 10 at 11:00 am.

About 2500 tickets will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two tickets per request. Requests should be sent via US mail to:

Installation Service; c/o the Rev. Preston Kelsey;

815 Second Ave; New York, NY 10017.

Please enclose a stamped, self-addressed envelope with your request.

(courtesy of Episcopal News Service)

 

St. John the Baptist, Clarendon Hosts Ecumenical Fellowship

The Episcopal congregation in Clarendon welcomed members of the First Presbyterian and First Christian churches to a covered dish supper September 28. Ben Karnes, church organist, performed an impromptu recital for the gathering. This was the second social meeting of the congregations this year.

Rhonda Aveni, senior warden of St. John the Baptist, says a Christmas Service in cooperation with the Presbyterians is being planned, and consideration is being given to a joint Fall Bible Study. "Everyone in both congregations seems excited about these events," says Aveni.

 

From the Bishop's Desk:

"Be at peace.

Do not look forward to the changes of life; rather look to them with full hope as they arise.

God, whose very own you are will deliver you from out of them.

He has kept you hitherto, and he will lead you safely through all things;

and when you cannot stand it, God will bear you in his arms.

Do not fear what may happen tomorrow;

the same everlasting Father who cares for you today will take care of you then and every day.

He will either shield you from suffering or give you unfailing strength to bear it."

 

St. Francis de Sales

 

News of the People

Among the largest entering class in the history of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest are two Northwest Texans from St. Stephen's, Lubbock.

Dr. Kenneth Bastian is enrolled in the master of Divinity degree program.

Alisa Salley is a new Master of Arts in Religion degree seminarian. (from ETSSW News Service)

 

Study Reveals:

26 Episcopalians Per Lightbulb

Editor's Note: The following detailed answer to the question: "How many Episcopalians does it take ...?" is reprinted from the Fond du Lac Clarion (by way of "the Anglican Musician, via the Cathedral newsletter"). Obviously, the editor has not independently verified the validity of this research.

1 to get a ladder.

2 to research the types of bulbs available.

1 to question whether the bulb needs changing.

1 to pray for the bulb.

1 to argue that before the bulb can be changed,

it must demonstrate that it really wants to be changed.

1 to refer the issue to committee.

5 to review the history of lightbulb changing in our diocese.

5 to discuss the theology of light.

1 to suggest that since we have always been in the dark, why change now?

3 to organize a fundraising drive to purchase the bulb.

1 to question whether a man or woman changed the bulb the last time.

1 to draft a proposal requesting the change.

1 to buy the lightbulb recommended by the committee.

1 to call an electrician.

1 to steady the ladder to minimize the potential for an injury lawsuit.

_____________________________________

= 26 Episcopalians to change a lightbulb.

Alaska Consecrates Youngest Bishop in the Episcopal Church

At age 43, Mark MacDonald is now the youngest bishop in the church. The consecration September 13 at the U. of Alaska in Fairbanks drew heavily on native American elements - not all of them from Alaska. Bishop Steven Plummer of Navajoland and Bishop William Wantland, a Seminole from the diocese of Eau Claire, participated in the service.

The Gospel was read in English, then in two official native languages - Inupiaq and Gwich'in. The preacher was Steve Darden, a friend of MacDonald's from the time he served in Navajoland.

Although some of his ancestors were likely Native American, MacDonald does not claim any tribal affiliation. He has spent much of his ministry serving among native Americans in Oregon, Navajoland and Minnesota. "Mark is probably the first bishop since the 18th century with a pony tail," remarked Owanah Anderson, the church's officer for Native American ministry. (from Episcopal News Service)

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

OCTOBER

16 Thu Quality of Life Conference opens at the Quarterman Center (through Oct 19)

24 Fri Standing Committee meets (in Midland, 3:00 pm)

24 Fri 39th Annual Diocesan Convention Opens (6:30 pm Opening Eucharist at 1st Methodist Church, Midland)

 

NOVEMBER

4 Tue Trustees Meet

14 Fri Jr. High Fall Festival opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)

 

JANUARY

1 Applications for UTO grants due to the diocesan office

 

THANKS TO PARISH STAFF AND OFFICE VOLUNTEERS FOR YOUR HELP RECENTLY. THE NUMBER OF NEWSLETTER PRINTED HAS BEEN REDUCED BY ALMOST 100 COPIES PER ISSUE!


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 28 October 3, 1997

 

The Rev. Dr. Worthing Will Preach Convention Sunday in Midland

The executive director of the Texas Conference of Churches, The Rev. Dr. Carol Worthing of Austin, will be the preacher Sunday morning October 26, when the 39th Convention of the diocese gathers at Trinity Presbyterian Church in Midland to celebrate Holy Eucharist.

Worthing assumed her duties for the Texas Conference of Churches in May 1996, after serving six years in a similar capacity for Illinois. She is a presbyter in the Lutheran church and pastored congregations in Fargo ND, Pierre SD and Cedar Falls IA. The Rev. Dr. Worthing has been involved in ecumenical activities for more than 30 years.

 

Applications for 1998 UTO Grants Available Now; Due January 1

Packets outlining the 1998 grant cycle for United Thank Offering are available from the Episcopal Center. Each Diocese within the U.S. is entitled to submit applications for two UTO grants every year. Applications from Northwest Texas must be submitted to the diocesan office no later than January 1. Applications require comments from the bishop. These requests are for funds to be distributed during the June 1998 - June 1999 period. There are special requirements for programs which extend beyond diocesan boundaries. For an application packet, or additional information, Contact: Carolyn Hearn (806) 763-1370.

 

From the Bishop's Desk:

I have now officially begun my regular visitation schedule and I want to let you know how much fun I am having. Visiting in the parishes both at the church and at homes, being able to see shut-ins, and to be able to visit with the clergy and lay leaders has been a great gift to me personally to know what is happening in the congregations of this diocese. I want you to know that it is my intent when I come for visitations not just to be there for Sunday service but to be able to see anyone that wants to visit with me and especially to see the shut-ins where possible. I hope you as clergy and lay leaders will ensure that this takes place, because I don't know of any better way for you to know me and for us to know one another as we build this relationship in Christ. It may be a while before I get to your church but never fear, we will be there. Sheila also is enjoying the journey and having a lot of fun getting to know each of you. Help us make each visitation a wonderful time of getting acquainted

 

In Christ,

Wallis

 

NW Texas Faith Alive! Team Leading Retreat in Richardson This Weekend

A Faith Alive Team made up of people from St. Christopher's, Lubbock; Holy Trinity, Midland; St. Barnabas, Odessa; and Heavenly Rest, Abilene will be presenting a Faith Alive Weekend at Epiphany Episcopal Church in Richardson TX this weekend. Also on the team will be members of from the diocese of Colorado, Oklahoma, Dallas, Ft. Worth, West Texas and Texas. In all, about 45 team members, adults, teens and children, will journey to Richardson to relate to the parishioners of Epiphany Church how Christ has been and is continuing to work in their lives.

The purpose of a Faith Alive weekend is, with the help of the Holy Spirit, to bring those in the visited parish closer to our Lord, and lead some for the first time to know Jesus. The weekend consists of small group work, worship, a lot of singing, and storytelling. The Team, made up of laity only, will be fed and housed by the parishioners of the host church. About half of this Team are veterans, but for the others this will be their first opportunity to join the leadership of a Faith Alive Weekend. These Weekends are endorsed by the national church, and are an excellent tool for evangelism and renewal.

Coordinators for the Children's program this weekend are Catherine Schweers and Kerry Englebert of San Antonio (previously active members of Canterbury as Texas Tech undergrads). Beverly Whitlow (St. Christopher's) will coordinate the junior high teens. Allan Wolf (St. Christopher's) will be the senior high coordinator. Phil Brann (St. Christopher's) and Katrina Ritter of Austin will be the Music coordinators, and Albert Brann (St. Christopher's) is the overall Coordinator for the weekend.

If anyone connected with a congregation in the Diocese of Northwest Texas is interested in learning more about Faith Alive and the possibility of hosting a weekend in their church, please contact: Albert Brann (806) 763-3448.

 

St. Stephen's Golf Tournament and BBQ October 12th Open to All

Golfers across the diocese are invited to join St. Stephen's annual 2-man Scramble October 12th at the revitalized Meadowbrook course in Lubbock. The action is scheduled to begin at 12:30 pm, culminating in a barbecue in the courtyard at the church around 6:00 pm. $50 per person covers all fees, many prizes and dinner. For $5, persons who enjoy barbecue and golfers' lies are welcome to attend the dinner only.

Contact: Jack Link (806) 798-1875 or 763-9246.

 

Schedule of the Diocesan Convention

 

Friday, October 24

 

Registration 1:00 - 6:00 pm

Hilton Hotel Conference Center

Welcome Reception by the Permian Basin Deanery

Holy Eucharist 7:00 pm

First Methodist Church

Reception following the service in Fellowship Hall

 

Saturday, October 25

Holy Eucharist (in Spanish) 7:30 am

Opening Business Session 9:00 am

Buffet, Dance and Entertainment 7:30 pm

(casual dress)

 

Sunday, October 26

Holy Eucharist 7:30 am

Trinity Presbyterian Church

Brunch 9:00 am

Business Session Reconvenes 9:30 am

 

 

Sage Advice from Bishop Moody

 

An excerpt from a very personal sermon by the Rt. Rev. Robert Manning Moody, D.D., at the Consecration of Bishop Ohl:

"Some wise person once said that '90% of achieving success in life is in just showing up.' Wallis, show up!... Most of your ministry will be with the clergy and people of the Diocese of Northwest Texas. Here, showing up is 90% of your ministry. And showing up will take more time and effort than anything you have experienced in your life as a priest.

Say hello to the highway, and goodbye to pressed vestments.

Say hello to the rich diversity of the life of Christian community that you will find in this diocese and goodbye to the wonderful continuity of life in community that comes to one in parish ministry.

Say goodbye to depending on the liturgical predictability that you established as rector of your own parish and hello to the thrill of entering a new liturgical world every Sunday.

Say goodbye to the advantage of being able to fashion your sermons based upon your awareness of the pastoral needs of your parish community and say hello to the wonderful challenge of finding new ways to proclaim the gospel from the standpoint of the office of bishop."

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

OCTOBER

10 Fri Sr. High Fall Rally opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)

16 Thu Quality of Life Conference opens at the Quarterman Center (through Oct 19)

24 Fri Standing Committee meets (in Midland, 3:00 pm)

24 Fri 39th Annual Diocesan Convention Opens (6:30 pm Opening Eucharist at 1st Methodist Church, Midland)

 

NOVEMBER

4 Tue Trustees Meet

14 Fri Jr. High Fall Festival opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)

 


 

Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 27 September 19, 1997


Election and Consecration Costs Substantially Under Expectations

The election and consecration of the new bishop cost the Diocese $35,654 less than anticipated. Carol Holley, Treasurer, reported to the Trustees on September 9 that the election process used $33,220 of diocesan funds and the consecration cost the diocese only $14,626.

The total cost of the Election and Consecration was $47,846. In recent years, most dioceses that have elected and consecrated bishops in the same manner have spent over $100,000.

Bishop Ohl expressed his thanks to the leadership of the diocese, especially the Nominating Committee and those who served on the Ordination/Consecration Committee, the Standing Committee, and the Trustees for their careful husbanding of diocesan funds. Those individuals and churches that contributed special donations have already been thanked, but to all there should be a hearty, "Well done!"

 

Two Upcoming Seminars Offer Focused Counseling and Coaching

Learning to Care, Small Groups as a Path to Community is the title of a one-day leadership seminar offered by Pilgrimage/Navpress in Lubbock on October 18. Training goals for the day include: "Applying life-changing Biblical principles that can transform any group; Creating a safe place for mutual accountability; Engaging people in the small-group process and keeping them coming back." The session will be held at Aldersgate United Methodist Church in Lubbock. Registration and Information: 1-800-477-7787.

Because there are differences in the way men and women grieve, Hospice of Lubbock is sponsoring a Men's Grief Group beginning September 29. The group will meet at 7:00 Monday evenings for seven weeks, and will be limited to 12 participants. Meetings will be at Christ Lutheran Church in Lubbock. Registration and Information: Rodney B. Kruse, Chaplain for the Hospice of Lubbock (806) 795-2751.

 

News of the People

Kathryn Lind of Emmanuel Church, San Angelo has joined the ranks of the postulants for the diaconate in our diocese. Bishop Ohl notified her of acceptance in late August, based on the recommendation of the Commission on Ministry. Belated congratulations to Kathryn!

Pending approval of the Commission on Ministry and the Standing Committee, the Ordination of Kelly Schneider to the priesthood will be at 10:00 am Saturday, December 20 at St. Mark's Church in Abilene.

 

Diocesan Staff Retreats, Adopts Mission Statement

On August 12, Bishop Ohl and his staff at the Episcopal Center developed the following mission statement during a one-day retreat:

It is the mission of the bishop and his staff to serve as the bridge to equip the Body of Christ for ministry by providing communication, education and networking in order to live out the mission of the Church in the Diocese of Northwest Texas.


The office hours of the Episcopal Center are 9:00 am - 5:00 pm.

Morning Prayer will be read every morning at 8:30, except on major Prayer Book holy days, when the Holy Eucharist will be celebrated.

Everyone is invited to join the staff for these services. Weekly staff meeting will immediately follow Morning Prayer every Wednesday, until 9:30 or 10:00 am.


 

Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 26 September 5, 1997

 


NOMINATIONS COMMITTEE RELEASES NAMES FOR CONVENTION ELECTION

The 1997 Nominations Committee for the diocese, chaired by the Rev. Jake Clemmens of Pampa, has completed its review of the nomination forms submitted and released the list of nominees below.

Additional nominations can be presented in writing at the opening session of the convention, if all requirements in Section 7.C of the canons of the diocese are met. The other members of the 1997 Nominations Receiving Committee are: Richard Horn (Abilene), Jack Link (Lubbock), the Rev. Nick Marziani (Midland).

 

For the Standing Committee (to 2001) elect one clergy and one lay

Clergy

The Rev. Jerry Sneary (Rector, St. James' Church, Dalhart)

Lay

Mrs. Virginia Berg Chase (housewife, Good Shepherd, San Angelo)
Mr. Cliff Craig (Insurance, partner in Neely, Craig & Walton, LLP, St. Andrew's, Amarillo)
Mr. Dick Davis (Consulting Engineer, St. Peter's, Amarillo)
Mr. John R. (Jack) Link (Safety Director, Lov-Cot Industries, St. Stephen's, Lubbock)
Mr. Robert E. Poer (Parish Administrator, Holy Trinity, Midland)

 

For NW Texas Episcopal Board of Trustees (to 2001) elect one lay

Mr. Harwell Barber (Retired, Heavenly Rest, Abilene)

 

For the Ecclesiastical Trial Court (to 1999) elect two clergy and one lay

Clergy:

The Rev. Rosemary P. (Roz) Thomas (Assoc. Rector, Heavenly Rest, Abilene)

Lay:

The Honorable Jess Holloway (State District Judge, Heavenly Rest, Abilene)

 

COUNTDOWN TO CONVENTION

Resolutions to the 39th Convention of the Diocese must be submitted to the diocesan office by September 9 (45 days prior to convention). The canons further stipulate that deaneries may submit resolutions as late as 14 days prior (October 10).

Applications for exhibit space at the diocesan convention are now being accepted. The available space at the Hilton Hotel in Midland is limited, but preference will be given to exhibitors, vendors and information booths from within the diocese. Application forms have been mailed to committee chairs. For further information, contact: Don Craig; 904 Neely Drive; Midland TX 79705

 

OFFICIAL PORTRAITS OF BISHOP OHL ARE AVAILABLE

8" by 10" color photographs of the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr. are available from Robert Suddarth Photography; 3402 73rd St, Ste D; Lubbock TX 79423. (806) 795-4553 The cost is $35. This portrait will appear in the September issue of The Adventure, coming soon.

 

JOY AND SADNESS

Charles Wallis Ohl, IV - Wallis and Sheila's second grandchild, was born Saturday, August 23 in Colorado Springs. He is the son of Trey and Becky Ohl, and will be called "Chase."

Margaret Ann Elliott, widow of the Rev. Morris F. Elliott, died Wednesday, August 13. Fr. Elliott was rector of Emmanuel Church in San Angelo for 25 years until his retirement in 1974.

Melissa Wafer-Cross of Lubbock and Don Webb of Colorado City have received notification from Bishop Ohl of their admission as Postulants for the Diaconate, as recommended by the Commission on Ministry.

 

CHANGE - OF - ADDRESS:

 

The Rt. Rev. and Mrs. Sam B. Hulsey

1214 Belle Place

Ft. Worth, TX 76107

(817) 735-1860

 

 

ST. PETER'S, KERMIT, RECEIVES CPC GRANT

The Church Periodical Club held a granting session at its Triennial meeting in Frazier, PA. The CPC Triennial is held prior to General Convention.

Since the purpose of CPC is to spread the Gospel through the printed word, funds are collected and then disbursed through the National Book Fund. In a spirited granting session resembling an auction, $743 was pledged by ten CPC diocesan directors to replace and add hymnal and prayer books damaged when the roof of St. Peter's gave way during a rain storm last fall. Fr. Ted Harris, vicar, reported that the roof, pews, and carpeting had almost been restored, but the service books were still lacking.

St. Peter's was one of the NW Texas churches which participated in Church Periodical Club Sunday. CPC Sunday is the main source of funding for the National Book Fund. A total of $38,992.92 was granted for 26 different requests. Many were requests from Kenya, Uganda, Sudan, South India, the Dominican Republic, the Philippines and other countries. Others were for missions and seminary libraries in California, South Dakota, and Kermit, Texas! This was truly bread coming back upon the waters for St. Peter's. (submitted by Dale Stasney)

 

EPISCOPAL CHILDREN'S MINISTRIES NATL CONFERENCE IN NAVASOTA TX

Charting a Course for Children and the Church, the 1998 National Conference of ECM will be held Sept 30 - Oct 4, 1998 at the Camp Allen Conference Center (one hour north of Houston). An early announcement of next year's event has been mailed to Texas dioceses, encouraging "diocesan teams of 6-10 members, including diocesan and congregational staff and leaders working with children" to plan now to attend. Early Bird Registration is $300 per person, with substantial discounts for groups of four or more. Contact: Robb Bruce; Episcopal Church Center; 815 Second Ave; New York NY 10017. (800) 334-7626 or at youthcluster@ecunet.org

 

For a link to Westminster Abbey and information on the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales, click here.

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

SEPTEMBER

 

4 Thu Cursillo: Lubbock (through Sept 7)

4 Thu Events for Mentors (EFM Training) at Quarterman Center through Sat

9 Tue Trustees Meet

11Thu Executive Council Meets

12 Fri Annual Fall Stewardship Conference (St. Christopher's, Lubbock through Sat)

12 Fri Clergy Spouses' Conference (Quarterman Center through Sun)

22 Mon Fall Clergy Conference (through Sept 25)

26 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference (through Sept 28)

 

OCTOBER

10 Fri Sr. High Fall Rally opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)

16 Thu Quality of Life Conference opens at the Quarterman Center (through Oct 19)

24 Fri Standing Committee meets (in Midland, 3:00 pm)

24 Fri 39th Annual Diocesan Conv. Opens (6:30 pm Opening Eucharist at 1st Methodist Church, Midland)

 

NOVEMBER

4 Tue Trustees Meet

14 Fri Jr. High Fall Festival opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)

 

 


 

Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 25 August 22, 1997

 

Lutherans Reject Concordat of Agreement

By a narrow margin the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America rejected the proposal to enter into full communion with the Episcopal Church. The proposal needed the support of two-thirds of the ELCA Church-wide Assembly for approval. It failed in the Monday vote 684 to 351 - six votes short of the 690 votes needed. The main objection to the Concordat voiced in the assembly was that it committed the Lutheran church to incorporate the historic episcopate of the Episcopal Church. This sentiment rejected key language in the Concordat, developed over decades of ecumenical conversation. "Lutherans saw that they needed to take some action which would enable the Episcopal Church to recognize the historic episcopate in our bishops. Episcopalians saw that they needed to take some action that would recognize Lutheran ministry now," explained the Rev. Walter R. Bouman of Trinity Lutheran Seminary, speaking in favor of the Concordat. Moments prior to this vote, the Lutheran Assembly overwhelming accepted a proposal for full communion with three churches of the Reformed tradition - the Presbyterian Church USA), the Reformed Church in America, and the United Church of Christ.
"An opportunity was created, and I regret that we have missed it, " said Presiding Bishop Browning. "It is a moment of mixed feelings, a difficult moment for us," said the Rev. John Thomas, ecumenical officer of the United Church of Christ. "Many of our colleagues are feeling pain and sorrow. We are committed to the whole of the ecumenical movement, not just a piece of it." (from the ELCA News Service)

Registration Packets for Convention Distributed; Deadlines Set

September 10 is the deadline to register as a delegate to the 39th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Northwest Texas. The event is hosted this year by St. Nicholas, Midland, and will begin Friday, October 24. Bishop Ohl's has chosen "Behold, I make all things new..." (Revelation 21:5) as the theme of this year's convention. Chair of the organizing committee for the host parish is Mrs. Teddy Stickney. Blocks of rooms are being held at two Midland hotels: The Midland Hilton will be the site of business sessions for the convention ($65.54 per night, 800-722-6131). The Plaza Inn at ClayDesta has rooms available at $47.08 per night (800-365-3222). Childcare for under 12's will be available on-site throughout the convention this year.
Some parishioners have volunteered to lodge guests in their homes. Persons who need more information on these subjects, or for those who have not already received a complete registration packet should contact: St. Nicholas Church, (915) 694-8856, P.O. Box 5121, Midland TX 79704.

Two Clergy Join NW Texas This Month

The Rev. Deborah Gamble will serve as chaplain of All Saints Episcopal School. Gamble and her four-year-old daughter Lindy arrived in Lubbock Sunday from Ft. Thomas, KY, where she served as preschool counselor and special classroom teacher for Boone County Schools, and in a non-stipendiary ministry for St. Stephen's Church in Latonia, KY. Previously, she served part-time at St. Andrew's Church in Fort Thomas, KY

She attended Trinity Seminary in Ambridge, PA., then was ordained to the priesthood in 1994 by the Rt. Rev. Don Wimberley in the Diocese of Western Kentucky. She is experienced as a supply priest and is scheduled for Eucharist at St. Mark's, Plainview on September 22.

The Rev. Kelly Schneider is a transitional deacon, arrived in Abilene to serve as Youth Director at The Church of the Heavenly Rest and Rector for St. Mark's Church. She is a recent graduate of Seminary of the Southwest, and previously taught art for Jr. and Sr. high schools and Bee Co. Community College in George West (Diocese of West Texas). Schneider has two teenage daughters, Sara and Emily.


The Newsletter Fall Production Schedule

The first date listed is the publication date. The date in parenthesis is the news deadline

Issue 26: Sept 5 (Sept 2, Tuesday); Issue 27: Sept 19 (Sept 16, Tuesday); Issue 28: Oct 3 (Sept 30, Tuesday)
Issue 29: Oct 17 (Oct 14, Tuesday**); Issue 30: Oct 31 (Oct 28, Tuesday)


Doug Tow, Ed.
The Newsletter
3615 42nd St
Lubbock Tx 79413

home: (806) 797-6479
office: (806) 894-3250
fax: "Attn: D. Tow" (806) 894-4799

towpeople@aol.com


News of the People

Bishop Hulsey accepted the recommendation of the Commission on Ministry to admit Tami Logsdon of St. Andrew's, Amarillo, as a Postulant for the Diaconate ...Judy Johnson of St. Stephen's, Lubbock, was appointed by the Bishop to Chair of the Communications Committee. She replaces Doug Tow, who now serves as editor of diocesan publications .... The Revs. Ted Harris and Michael Jasper of Odessa took part in a summer continuing education program at the Seminary of the Southwest on ministry to the non-affiliated. Harris is vicar of the Sandhills Episcopal Ministry and Jasper is rector of St. Barnabas.... Also in Austin this summer, the Rev. Bernardo Martinez, diocesan missionary, attended a week-long program sponsored by the Province VII Center for Hispanic Ministries. The program examined what the Bible says about the evangelical mission of the people of God; how the "mainline" denominations have lost cultural dominance and the U.S. society has become pluralistic; and the resources the Latino community can draw from their own history and cultural background. (Courtesy of ETSS News Service)

Provincial Conference on Christian Education Set

Province VII will host a conference on Christian Education in the Small Church from September 19 -21 in Kansas City, MO. The featured speaker will be the Rev. Howard Hanchey of the Virginia Theological Seminary. Topics for the event include: When Sunday Just Doesn't Work; Developing Spanish Mission; Care and Nurture of Volunteers; What is the Catechumenate; Dynamics of Small; Journey to Adulthood; Spirituality and Nurture, Healthy People; Mission; Godly Play; Storytelling; and Crafting on a Shoestring. Contact: The Rev. David Krause (806)765-0037 or Canterbury@ttu.edu


DATEBOOK REVIEW


AUGUST

25 Mon Nominations for diocesan elections due
25 Mon Ordination of Mary Whitfield (Trinity Church, Quanah)
27 Wed Ordination of Joan Rudolph (St. Mark's Church, Coleman)

SEPTEMBER

4 Thu Cursillo: Lubbock (through Sept 7)
4 Thu Events for Mentors (EFM Training) (at Quarterman Center through Sat)
9 Tue Trustees Meet
11Thu Executive Council Meets
12 Fri Annual Fall Stewardship Conference (St. Christopher's , Lubbock through Sat)
12 Fri Clergy Spouses' Conference (Quarterman Center through Sun)
22 Mon Fall Clergy Conference (through Sept 25)
26 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference (through Sept 28)

OCTOBER

10 Fri Sr. High Fall Rally opens at The Quarterman Center (thru Sunday)
24 Fri Standing Committee meets (in Midland, 3:00 pm)
24 Fri 39th Annual Diocesan Conv. Opens (6:30 pm Opening Eucharist at 1st Methodist Church, Midland)

 

 


 

Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 24 August 1, 1997

 


THIS IS A SPECIAL EXPANDED EDITION OF THIS NEWSLETTER AVAILABLE ONLY ELECTRONICALLY

TO GUESTS AROUND THE WORLD WHO HAVE JOINED US DURING GENERAL CONVENTION. This Newsletter is published every two weeks throughout the year. This issue will recap much of the information you have already received this week, but the Newsletter is actually a hardcopy publication, so this issue is prepared for those who have not had access to the internet. If you would like to remain on our -email distribution list to receive our Newsletter every two weeks, just send me a reply.


Frank Griswold Elected Presiding Bishop

Concordat Approved; Ordination Rights for Women Affirmed; Same-Sex Liturgical Rites Turned Back:

Top Stories from the 72nd General Convention


The Rt. Rev. Frank Griswold of Chicago was elected to a nine-year term as the next presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church. Griswold received 110 votes on the third ballot. The Rt. Rev. Herbert Thompson Jr. of Southern Ohio, championed from outside the nominating committee, received 96 votes on the final ballot. This election was the first in which results of each round of balloting have been made public.

Answering a standing ovation on the podium before the House of Deputies, Griswold quoted South American Bishop Helder Cameras:

"The bishop belongs to all. Let no one be scandalized if I frequent those who are considered unworthy or sinful ... Let no one bind me to a group.

My door, my heart, must be open to everyone - absolutely everyone."

"I would amend this text to read: the presiding bishop belongs to all," said Griswold. "I've had to live this text in excruciating ways. I've been stretched ... and I'm richer and deeper for it. Truth takes many forms and manifests itself in many ways, but ultimately truth is in the risen Christ. And we search for Christ in the life that we share. May God direct and bless us all."

Access to ordination and the right to exercise ordained ministry should not be denied to women in any diocese of the Episcopal Church AND Ordination and ministry should be open to all, regardless of whether they favor or oppose the ordination of women. The two resolutions passed by both houses extend the ordination and ministry of women into every diocese in America. Those opposed expressed fear, before and after the vote, that entire dioceses have been marginalized, or that disciplinary action might soon be taken against bishops for "matters of conscience."

Bishop Iker of Ft. Worth indicated in a press conference immediately after the vote his intent to pursue a strategy of "active resistance."

As reported in The Newsletter #23, the Concordat of Agreement with the Lutheran Church was approved in the opening hours of convention. Canon David Veal, head of the Convention Ecumenical Relations Committee, presented the resolution to the convention. "After it passed, he also had the pleasure of introducing the Concordat coordinating committee, including the Lutheran co-chair," reported Deputy Dick Davis of Amarillo, via the internet. "As many of us know, this was a big moment for David for all the years of work he has put in to it. It now remains to be seen if the Lutherans agree that the Concordat is worthwhile for all of us."

While protesters congregated outside the convention hall, a resolution calling for development of a liturgical rite for blessing of committed relationships between persons of the same sex came within one vote of approval by the House of Deputies. "The vote on the resolution was by orders, that is, the lay order had a separate vote from the clerical order. So each delegation had one recorded vote in each order. The resolution required 57 votes to pass - but received 56 in each order. Under groundrules prohibiting applause after votes are tallied, you could have heard a pin drop when this vote was announced. This in a room of about 900 people!" wrote Davis.


A Daily Diary of the General Convention


July 16:
The Bishops overwhelmingly approve the Concordat of Agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America. Passed the next day by the Deputies, the agreement brings two churches into "full communion", pending approval by ELCA leadership in August. July 18: The debate in the House of Deputies regarding the ordination of women produced some of the most eloquent and passionate rhetoric of convention. Because the debate was centered not on the ordination of women, but on its mandatory acceptance, some ordained women argued in defence of men who opposed their ordination, while a number of men called for stricter enforcement of the canons. The Rev. Carol Keil-Kuhr, deputy from the Diocese of Montana read a letter signed by 89 clergy women: "To adopt the proposed canon would be to indulge in the sin of impatience toward those who clearly differ from us," the letter read. But what was patience to one deputy was abuse of tolerance to another. "It is long past time to get this behind us and to move toward full implementation of this now 21-year-old canon without further obstruction or obfuscation." (John Vanderstar, Washington) "It is time to stop picking at the scabs and let God's healing take place in the Body." (Canon Anne W. Robbins, So. Ohio)

July 19: Dick Davis writes: " The Convention Eucharist was on Saturday with the Presiding Bishop as Celebrant and the Archbishop of Canterbury gave the sermon. I have not seen an official estimate, but I think there may have been between 8,000-9,000 people in attendance. It was magnificent! Archbishop Carey's sermon was also wonderful."

July 20: The Bishops debate and eventually pass a resolution restricting voting rights in the future House of Bishops to active bishops only. Sixty of the 214 voters this years were retired. [To the surprise of many, this resolution was rejected later in the week by the Deputies. Retired bishops will retain voice, seat and vote at General Convention] Structural changes which began winding their way through the legislative process today clarify the role of the presiding bishop, and institutionalize the direct appointment by the presiding bishop of an Executive Director to function as chief operating officer of the church. July 21: For the election, the House of Bishops travels by bus from the Convention Center to historic Christ Church, where the first presiding bishop of the Church in America was elected in 1789. Later, by phone, Bishop Ohl says "Bishop Griswold is a man of deep spiritual faith and humor, and that's important!" Wallis feels it is significant that in his first news conference, and repeatedly during the week, Griswold has referred to himself as "a Presiding Bishop for all Episcopalians." Fr. Haney noted that not only was Bishop Griswold the keynote speaker at last October's convention in Lubbock, he attended our diocesan clergy conference in the recent past. Wallis was among five newest bishops ("not necessarily youngest") acting as tellers for the House of Bishops. He was therefore the second person in the universe to know who the next Presiding Bishop would be! Bishop Hulsey was honored to be among the delegation of senior bishops selected to travel from the site of the election to the House of Deputies, to report Bishop Griswold's election.

July 22: The House of Deputies rejected a proposal which would have given them a direct vote in the selection of the next presiding bishop. The House of Bishops will continue to elect the presiding bishop with the Deputies confirming their choice. The rejected proposal would have required a presiding bishop be elected by a majority in three separate voting blocks: bishops, clerical deputies and lay deputies. Dick Davis writes from his hotel room : "We have passed a number of the resolutions proposed by the Structure Committee. As you know, Betty Gilmore was the Chair of this interim three-year committee of the Church. She is pleased so far, even though some of the proposals have been modified by this convention. Tomorrow, we will be presented with the proposed budget for the next triennium (three years) at a joint session with the House of Bishops. Bill Nix has been on the Convention Committee dealing with the original proposal and all the additional requests that have been made at this convention. We have not seen much of Bill outside of legislative sessions because of all the time his committee has had to meet. Yesterday, he committee met from 7:30am to 10:30pm with breaks for the morning eucharist and dinner. I think they had lunch while they met. His committee is probably the busiest one at this convention. Jackie Batjer is on the Committee on Urban and Social Affairs. This committee has been dealing with some of the same-sex issues. We should be receiving their resolutions soon. Jim Haney is on the Ministry Committee. This committee has been considering the issue of the ordination of non-celibate homosexuals. We expect to get their resolutions soon, too. I am sorry to report that Jackie did not get elected to the Executive Council. However, Bishop Hulsey did get elected to the Board of Trustees of the General Theological Seminary. Our Diocesan dinner was tonight. We had 26 people, including visitors to General Convention Liz Parker and Nick and Joann Marziani."

July 23: Fearing that the proposal would "send the wrong message" to lay persons serving in ministries without pay, the bishops reject a proposal from the Deputies to provide a $110,000 annual stipend to the president of the House of Deputies. The deputies pass a resolution encouraging every diocese to make an effort to bring one delegate under the age of thirty to General Convention. Informed estimates of the demographics of this year's House agree that of 800 delegates, no more than forty voting members are under the age of forty. July 24: The bishops approve a set of recommendations on discipline among bishops - imposing the same set of disciplinary procedures on themselves as have applied to priests and deacons since 1991. Although both houses had approved extending medical insurance to domestic partners of Church employees earlier in the week, the Deputies stopped short of recognizing non-traditional partners as survivors entitled to pension benefits. Dick Davis files this report: " The House of Deputies met from 10:45am-12:45pm and from 2:00pm-7:00pm. We continued to deal with resolutions concerning the structure of the Church and finally passed all the essential ones. Betty Gilmore was very pleased and we are all proud of her and the work she has put in to this very large responsibility. A new budget for the Episcopal Church was passed with a new funding formula that will increase the amount we are asked to pay to the National Church. That amount will be approximately $20,000." Finally, the General Convention approved the separation of four Dioceses that are going to form the new Anglican Province of Central America. These dioceses are: Panama, Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala. The Episcopal Church will continue to help them financially for 40 years!

July 25: After a flurry of concluding business, both Houses adjourn until the year 2000, when General Convention meets in Denver. At the closing Eucharist, Presiding Bishop-elect Frank Griswold exhorts the gathering to seek gentleness of spirit. "A spirit that is not unduly rigorous. A spirit possessed of an unconditional readiness to welcome and forgive."

Notes: The Standing Commission on Liturgy will continue studying the theological and liturgical questions of same sex partnerships... Clergy can now retire with full benefits at age 55, with 30 years experience. . . . . Florence Nightingale will be reconsidered for sainthood .... a path was laid to produce a revised Book of Common Prayer by 2012.

###

This report was written from the safety of the editor's living room in Lubbock with internet access to the extensive reporting of ENS, thoughtful commentary by Deborah Griffin Bly of the Society of Archbishop Justus, Dick Davis's reports from the delegation - and patient phone briefings from Bishop Ohl and Fr. Haney.

Thanks to the NW Texas delegation: Bishops Hulsey and Ohl, Canon Veal, The Revs. James Haney of Lubbock, John Loving of San Angelo, Will Wright of Lubbock, and William Nix of Amarillo; Dick Davis, John Caldwell, Jackie Batjer, Betty Gilmore and Fran Gregg.

For more information on General Convention, see the Convention Links in this site.

Events for Mentors (EFM for EFM) Training Planned at Quarterman Center

Two training events for EFM (Education for Ministry) mentors will be hosted concurrently Sept 4-6 at the Conference Center. Angela Hock of Midland will provide basic Mentor training for persons seeking certification as mentors, and for new mentors. Liz Lang of Arlington will train veteran mentors, applying "Experiential Learning" theories. The $95 fee for either workshop (Thurs 5:00 pm - Sat 4:00 pm) includes room and board. Contact: The Rev. Andrew Parker (806) 376-6316; fax (806) 376-6075;

2201 Civic Circle Ste. 316; Amarillo TX 79109

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

AUGUST

6 Wed Standing Committee Meets (10:00 am, St. Paul's, Lubbock)

6 Wed Reception honoring Sam and Linda Hulsey (3:30 - 5:30 pm, The Episcopal Center)

22 Fri Seminar with Leslie Williams: Night Wrestling (at BQCC through August 23)

22 Fri Commission on Ministry - date change (Lubbock, 10:00 am)

25 Mon Nominations for diocesan elections due

25 Mon Ordination of Mary Whitfield (Trinity Church, Quanah)

27 Wed Ordination of Joan Rudolph (St. Mark's Church, Coleman)

 

SEPTEMBER

4 Thu Cursillo: Lubbock (through Sept 7)

4 Thu Events for Mentors (EFM Training) (at Quarterman Center through Sat)

9 Tue Trustees Meet

11Thu Executive Council Meets

12 Fri Annual Fall Stewardship Conference (St. Christopher`s , Lubbock through Sat)

12 Fri Clergy Spouses' Conference (Quarterman Center through Sun)

22 Mon Fall Clergy Conference (through Sept 25)

26 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference (through Sept 28)

 

OCTOBER

24 Fri 39th Diocesan Convention opens (in Midland)

 

Next: The Newsletter #25 will be dated August 22. Deadline for submissions is August 19.

 


 

Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 23 July 18, 1997

72nd General Convention Opens in Philadelphia

The House of Bishops approved the Concordat of Agreement with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by an overwhelming vote the first official day of General Convention (July 16). The House of Deputies is expected to lend its support of the measure Thursday. Following Wednesday's vote, Presiding Bishop Browning said, "I had a dream last night it would happen exactly like this." The House of Bishops responded with a standing ovation and singing of the doxology.

In contrast to the upbeat mood in the House of Bishops opening day, the Most Rev. Robin Eames, primate of the Anglican Church in Ireland quoted his countryman, William Butler Yeats in the homily of the Opening Eucharist: "Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. The blood-dimmed tide is loosed." Eames urged the convention to "develop a language of peace, [because] I have been astounded by the lack of charity between men and women of faith." (ENS)

[Please see the back page for information about the General Convention on the Internet]

 

Carol Hanes selected as first Head of School for St. Mary's

A fifth-grade teacher at St. Mary's Episcopal School since 1994, Carol Hanes, was chosen by the Board of Trustees as the first Head of School in Big Spring. She holds Education degrees from Baylor (B.S., 1980) and the University of Texas (M.A., 1985) She is certified by the state in four areas, and will soon begin a fifth certification program, in Educational Administration at Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. Carol has taught for 16 years in both private and public schools at the elementary, junior high, high school, and college levels.

From its founding almost 40 years ago, the Rector of St. Mary's Church has been the Headmaster of the School. However, in recent years the school has changed its location and grown in size, complexity, and the number of programs offered. Separating the positions of Rector and Headmaster, and hiring a professional educator as Head of School were among the recommendations that came from a recent consultation with Dr. Ann Gordon, the Executive Director of the National Association of Episcopal Schools.

Carol and her husband Stan have three children, of which the two youngest are students at the school.

'We are very pleased to have Ms Hanes as our first Head of School, and we look forward to a strong and productive future for St. Mary's School", Fr. Liggett said.

 

Reception to Honor Hulseys August 6 in Lubbock

A Wednesday afternoon reception provides a special opportunity for civic leaders, neighbors and ecumenical friends in the Lubbock community to say farewell to the Rt. Rev. Hulsey and Linda. The event is hosted by the Standing Committee of the Diocese and the congregations of St. Paul-on-the Plains, St. Christopher's and St. Stephen's.

Guests from around the diocese will of course be welcome.

 

Nominations now open for Diocesan elections

At the 1997 Annual Convention in Midland, delegates will elect new members of the Standing Committee, the Board of Trustees and the Ecclesiastical Court of the diocese. Nominations for these elections are to be submitted in writing to the Nominations Committee by August 25. One clergy and one Lay representative will be elected to the Standing Committee and the Court. The one open position on the Board of Trustees is to be filled by a layperson.

A letter explaining the applicable canons and distributing the nomination form was mailed July 1 directly to clergy, wardens, and diocesan leaders.

Contact: the Rev. Jake Clemmens (806) 665-0701; Submit nominations in writing to: The Episcopal Center; PO Box 1067; Lubbock Tx 79408

 

St. James, Dalhart provides BBQ for V.I.P.s

Special acknowledgment is due the extraordinary parish family of St. James, which hosted a barbecue the evening prior to the Consecration of Bishop Ohl. The event was a wildly successful "Welcome to Texas" for the hundreds of persons who journeyed from outside the diocese to be a part of the weekend.

 

A Thank You Note

"Be glad to!" "Of Course", "You're sure there's nothing else you need me to do?" ,"If I can get a flight out of here, I'll do it!", "Got'cha covered", "I'd love to!" ,"Sure Thing", "Thank you for asking me", When do you need it?", "Just let me know.", "Let me check, and I'll get right back to you.", "Yes.",

I cannot tell you the number of times I heard these phrases during the last three weeks before the ordination. What a pleasure to work with such people! Everyone was either marvelously gracious or an absolute stitch! In many cases both. Given my experience over the last month, I'd say we have a rather healthy diocese. Something of which we can be proud.

My whole experience was epitomized by Louise Cummings getting to the Civic Center at I don't know what time in the morning, only to find herself tearing yards and yards of Scotch tape into three inch strips in order that the correct names might be taped into the correct seats. No job seems too large or too small for the folks I've encountered in preparing for this event.

A special "Thank You" to Canon David Veal. It seemed that every time I was asked a question my standard answer was, "I don't know; but, I'll ask David." Thank you, David; and thank you all for the privilege of serving you.

God bless the Diocese of Northwest Texas.

[signed]

the Rev'd. F.M. Swindle

Fr. Frank Swindle served as Master of Ceremonies for the Ordination of the Bishop Coadjutor

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

JULY

14 Mon General Convention of The Episcopal Church (in Philadelphia, through July 25)

 

AUGUST

4 Mon Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - - Level 1 (St. Stephen's, Lubbock, through August 10)

6 Wed Standing Committee Meets (10:00 am, St. Paul's, Lubbock)

6 Wed Reception honoring Sam and Linda Hulsey (3:30 - 5:30 pm, The Episcopal Center)

22 Fri Seminar with Leslie Williams: Night Wrestling (at BQCC through August 23)

22 Fri Commission on Ministry - date change (Lubbock, 10:00 am)

25 Mon Nominations for diocesan elections due

25 Mon Ordination of Mary Whitfield (Trinity Church, Quanah)

27 Wed Ordination of Joan Rudolph (St. Mark's Church, Coleman)

 

SEPTEMBER

4 Thu Cursillo: Lubbock (through Sept 7)

9 Tue Trustees Meet

11Thu Executive Council Meets

12 Fri Annual Fall Stewardship Conference (St. Christopher's , Lubbock through Sat)

12 Fri Clergy Spouses' Conference (Quarterman Center through Sun)

22 Mon Fall Clergy Conference (through Sept 25)

26 Fri Diocesan ECW Conference (through Sept 28)

 

 

Many Internet Connections to the General Convention Available

Access the latest news from convention using our diocesan website. Type http://www.nwt.org. The most extensive reporting is available at the General Convention News link to ENS. Good commentaries on the sights and and moods of the day are being posted by a correspondent of The Society of Archbishop Justus.

Our delegation will be reporting electronically during the convention. These updates will be e-mailed to all current electronic subscribers to The Newsletter - or to anyone who requests at Towpeople@aol.com.

 


 

Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 22 June 27, 1997

 


Bulletins re.: Consecration Weekend

At the Consecration, clergy should wear Guatemalan stoles (preferred) or red stoles (2nd choice).

 

All persons participating in the processional should report to the staging area between 9:30 - 9:50 am Saturday. Everyone will be assigned a key color - the color of the ribbon on the processional cross you are to follow. Charts listing all participants and key colors will be posted in the staging area.

All participants in the processional are not required to attend the Friday night rehearsals. Persons needed on Friday night have been notified personally by event organizers.

NW Texans Appointed to Leadership Positions

Two lay leaders in the diocese have been appointed to leadership roles with Faith Alive! Albert Brann, St. Christopher's, Lubbock and William Porter, Holy Trinity, Midland will serve 4-year terms on the Board of Directors of the national organization. Faith Alive! uses teams of lay people conducting weekend programs to focus on renewal in Episcopal parishes.

Bob Beckham, Abilene, will join the Board of Development of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. Glenn Polhemus, Good Shepherd, San Angelo, has accepted assignment as U.S. Coordinator for the International Border Consultation. He succeeds Fr. Alan Conklin, who served 10 years. The Consulta includes the diocese of Northwest Texas, Rio Grande, West Texas, Ft. Worth and Northern Mexico.

 

4th Annual Happy Camp Needs Financial Support

Begun four years ago as a dream of Sue Veal, Happy Camp has become a diocesan tradition. Happy Camp opens the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center and its summer youth programs to children who would not otherwise be going to summer camp. It is not too late to join the faithful group of supporters from across the diocese who have helped to make this program a success for three years. Please send a contribution soon to:

Happy Camp, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Tx 79408

 

Timely Giving

Another priest serving in Northern Mexico has benefited from the support of the diocese. Fr. Diaz of Matamoros is now driving a 4-wheel drive Ram Charger made available at an affordable price by Mike McKay, St. Stephen's, Lubbock.

While at The Episcopal Center this weekend, admire the beautiful desk in Wallis Ohl's office, refinished and presented to the Bishop-Elect by Ray and Dee Ann Thornton, St. Stephen's, Lubbock.

 

Leslie Williams to Lead Night Wrestling Retreat at BQCC

August 22 - 23, Mrs. Leslie Williams will lead a retreat based on her book Night Wrestling: Struggling for Answers and Finding God. The event will begin with dinner at 7:00 on Friday, and end after lunch of Saturday. Registration for commuters will be $35, while accommodations are available in the ranch house ($55) or the dorm ($45). "This conference is not about answers," writes Williams, "it is about the process of searching, and the glimmerings of hope found on the darkest nights. It is about the gifts and blessings found in wrestling the questions to the ground ... and what God teaches in spite of (or maybe because of) our pain..." Night Wrestling was reviewed in the June issue of The Adventure.


Communications Notes

A new circulation list for The Adventure is being built from rosters provided by parishes in May. We regret this project was not completed prior to mailing the June issue. The new list will be used in September.

The Newsletter no. 23 will be dated July 18, featuring reports from our delegation to General Convention.

 

Report of the Diocesan Evangelism Commission

From a Memorandum by Fr. Nicholas Marziani, Chair. The Commission met June 7 in Odessa:

We began the afternoon by sharing with Wallis our activities and interests of the past three or four years ...We discussed the role of the adult catechumenate model, with which the bishop-elect is familiar, in the ministry of evangelism, as well as the place of approaches such as the ALPHA course. After sharing with Wallis, we concluded by recommending that the commission chair request a line item of $2500 for evangelism in 1998 ...

Wallis' own vision of evangelism is quite specific. He differentiated evangelism from church growth / congregational development, emphasizing that both were vital for a healthy diocese ... We are to Go, Teach, Baptize and Make Disciples among folks everywhere. Some of them so touched by us will become Episcopalians; some will not. We don't make disciples primarily in order to increase our financial base ... rather, we seek to obey the Great Commission, and let whatever impact that may have on our churches happen. There was some speculation whether or not church growth/ congregational development should be the responsibility of our commission, or possibly come under some other oversight committee.

Wallis was very clear that there was not one single "normative" approach to the ministry of evangelism. He did not want any program or approach in place which would needlessly alienate those also interested in evangelism who might not share enthusiasm for that approach. One congregational life model which our bishop-elect does embrace as a "very important" adjunct for the ministry of evangelism is the small group model which some of our congregations have begun to implement ...

We have tentatively decided to focus our next bishop's conference on renewal and evangelism on our young people. This is a new undertaking for us, one which will require close coordination with other diocesan entities. Stay tuned for further developments on this one!

Contact: the Rev. Nicholas Marziani, Evangelism Commission Chair (915) 694-8856

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

JUNE

24 Tue 1998 Budget Requests Due (Chairs of Boards, Commissions, Committees)

27 Fri Standing Committee Meets

(2:00 pm, St. Christopher's, Lubbock)

28 Sat Consecration of Bishop Coadjutor

 

JULY

14 Mon General Convention of The Episcopal Church (in Philadelphia, through July 25)

 

AUGUST

4 Mon Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - - Level 1 (St. Stephen's, Lubbock, through August 10)

6 Wed Standing Committee Meets

(10:00 am, St. Paul's, Lubbock)

22 Fri Seminar with Leslie Williams: Night Wrestling at BQCC through August 23

25 Mon Ordination of Mary Whitfield, (Trinity Church, Quanah)

27 Wed Ordination of Joan Rudolph, (St. Mark's Church, Coleman)

 

Verna Dozier Preaches Commencement Sermon at ETSS

Announcing that this would be her last trip away from her Maryland home, Verna Dozier answered the invitation of the 15 Spring seminary graduates with a characteristic sermon on the Lord's Prayer:

"Every time we pray the Lord's Prayer, we are praying revolution. When we pray it ... I have trouble every time we are asked to say the Lord's Prayer ... the people who want to restore prayer in public schools aren't interested in praying the Lord's Prayer, they want children to say it. They want spiritual veneer, not revolution ... You will never hear it if you are just mouthing the words. Help people to pray it, with all the cost and promise of that."

 


St. Mary's Episcopal School in Big Spring is looking for a Headmaster. For more information, chick here.


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

Click here for more information about our Bishop Coadjutor

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 21 June 13, 1997

 

Cursillo sponsors Prayer & Praise / Ultreya at Consecration

On Friday, June 27, at 7:00 pm, Cursillo will host a Prayer & Praise / Ultreya for all those arriving early for the Consecration. The event will be at the Canterbury Center (2407 16th St, Lubbock). Contact: Mac McGavock (806) 797-4477

 

Consecration Plans

These are the final days before the Consecration. Once more the response forms for reception reservations and childcare request are reproduced in this Newsletter.

A Report on Cursillo Weekend in San Angelo

Cursillo #54, "On Eagles' Wings", was held May 29-June 1 in San Angelo. It was a very special time for the 40 new Cursillistas and the 31 team members who have carried an energized spirit and love of the Lord back to their parishes. 1176 people have attended 54 Cursillo weekends in our diocese since 1977. We encourage everyone to come. The next Cursillo will be held in Lubbock on Sept 4 -7, 1997. Contact your priest if you would like to know more.

(Submitted by Fran and Tom Gregg)


Satellite Downlinks from General Convention

There will be three live satellite teleconfrences from the July General Convention and the Triennal Meeting of ECW in Philadelphia. "Advocacy for Youth and Children at Risk", a live teleconference with speakers and discussion forum sponsored by ECW will be broadcast Thursday, July 17. On Saturday, July 19, a transmission will include the opening Eucharist, the Archbishop of Canterbury, and a phone-in question and answer period. The first newsconference by the Presiding Bishop-Elect will be telecast Wednesday, July 23.

The Communication Committee is seeking someone with access to C-Band satellite downlink equipment to videotape these teleconferences for distribution in the diocese. If you can volunteer for this assignment, or if you need information about the downlink, contact Doug Tow, (806) 797-6479.


Diocesan Convention Committees Appointed

Bishop Coadjutor-Elect Ohl has appointed the Committees of Convention for the 1997 meeting in Midland. Chairs of the Committees are: Approval of Minutes; Judy Flanders, Borger. Credentials; Marcia Darby, Pampa. Dispatch of Business; Betty Gilmore, Midland. Elections; Jeff Hewett, Midland. Necrology; Frances Robins, Dumas. Nominations Receiving; the Rev. Jake Clemmons, Pampa. Parliamentarian; Louise Cummins, Lubbock. Resolutions; the Rev. Roz Thomas, Abilene.

 

Sadness and Joy

Bishop Hulsey's Aunt, Ashley Miriam Byron, died early Monday morning (June 9) in Weatherford. She was 100 years old. A private graveside service was held Wednesday. Memorials to The Wilson -Byron Outreach Fund, Grace First Presbyterian Church, 606 Mockingbird, Weatherford TX 76086

***

Alice Pijan, wife of Deacon Herb Pijan of St. Christopher's, Lubbock, died the morning of June 4 of an apparent stroke.

***

Jean Wilkerson of Borger died unexpectedly on May 29. She was one of the original signatories to the petition of St. Peter's, Borger, for parish status, and was the mother of Kathleen Liggett. Remember prayers for Kathleen and Fr. Jim Liggett of Big Spring. Memorials to St. Peter's Church, PO Box 138, Borger TX 79008.

***

Ren'e, Jim and Jimmy Haney are pleased to announce the early but welcome arrival of Elizabeth Ren'e Haney in the first minutes of Pentecost Sunday, May 18. Fr. Haney reports that "though she was at least a month premature, she weighed in at a respectable (sic) 9 lbs., 7 oz., and was 21 inches long..." !!!

 

News for The Extremely Well-Organized:

The 39th Annual Diocesan Convention

hosted by St. Nicholas' Church

October 24-25, 1997

Hilton Hotel

117 West Wall

Midland Tx

 

 

Editor's Corrections and Notes

In the Calendar of Newsletter #20, we reported that Joan Randolph of St. Mark's, Abilene would be ordained August 27. Very little of this is true. However, Joan Rudolph will be ordained August 27 at St. Mark's Coleman.

There are no changes in the diocesan calendar this week. The Datebook Review will return next issue, retrofitted into this new format.

***

The Newsletter Summer Production Schedule

The first date listed is the publication date. The date in parenthesis is the news deadline

 

Issue 22: June 27 (June 23, Monday)

Issue 23: July 18 (July 15, Tuesday)

Issue 24: August 1 (July 27, Sunday)

Issue 25: August 22 (August 19, Tuesday)

Issue 26: Sept 5 (Sept 2, Tuesday)

The Newsletter Doug Tow, Ed; 3615 42nd St; Lubbock Tx 79413

home: (806) 797-6479; office: (806) 894-3250 ; fax: "Attn: D. Tow" (806) 894-4799

towpeople@aol.com

 

Prayer for the General Convention in Philadelphia

Dear God, we come to you humbly and yet with faithful assurance that you are answering our prayers even as we pray.

We ask your blessing upon us as faithful pilgrims and as sisters and brothers in Christ gathered together as the Episcopal Church.

Help us to take our mission seriously, but not ourselves. Help us to love and accept one another as the community you have given us, so our love for one another is a witness to your abiding love. Help us to listen to one another as we pray and work together to discern your will for us.

So direct us that our only will is to do your will. Help us to follow your divine leading so we may become who you have made us to be.

Strengthen and empower us to proclaim the gospel and live in gladness as the hands and feet of the cosmic Christ on earth.

All this we ask in the name of your Son, our risen Lord. Amen.

 


St. Mary's Episcopal School in Big Spring is looking for a Headmaster. For more information, chick here.


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop-Elect

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 20 May 30, 1997

 

The third wave of prayer on behalf of bishops and deputies to the General Convention is scheduled for the Diocese of Northwest Texas Monday, June 2. This nation-wide prayer vigil began July 16, 1996 (one year prior to the opening of convention). It is coordinated by the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer. A prayer written by the Presiding Bishop is reproduced on the back of this Newsletter. For more information about this project, or about the Anglican Fellowship of Prayer, contact: Bill Gilmore (915) 686-7744.

*

There will be an important meeting of the Insurance Committee at the Episcopal Center in Lubbock on June 4 at 2:00 pm. Members of the committee should R.S.V.P.. to Laurie Riggs or Canon Veal (806) 763-1370

*

Training for The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, Level 1, Part 1, taught by Carol Nyburg, will be hosted by St. Stephen's Church, Lubbock August 4 - 10. Monday - Friday sessions will be 3:00 to 9:00 pm, Saturday 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, with a concluding session Sunday, 1:00 pm - 6:00 pm. Cost of the session is $175. Carol Nyburg is a National Trainer for the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd and serves as a Board Member of the National Association. Registration deadline is June 20, and confirmed registration requires a $100 non-refundable deposit. Housing is available with St. Stephen's parishioners by request. For registration or further information, contact: St. Stephen's Episcopal Church, 1101 Slide Road, Lubbock TX 79416 (806) 799-3439

*

The Annual Fall Stewardship Conference is planned for September 12 - 13 at St. Christopher's Church, Lubbock. Conference leader will be the Rev. Hugh Magers, Evangelism Coordinator for the Episcopal Church. He previously served as National Stewardship Coordinator, and is from this area. Registration is $25, and scholarships are available. Registration packets will be available soon. Contact: The Rev. William Wright (806) 762-2893.

 

From the Consecration Committee

Rehearsal for the Ordination will be at the Lubbock Civic Center at 5:00 pm Friday, June 27. Not all participants in the service are required for rehearsal. Subcommittee leaders will directly inform all persons expected to attend the Friday rehearsal. ** A Barbecue for visitors from outside the diocese will be hosted at the Episcopal Center immediately following the rehearsal (6:30 - 8:00). ** Plans to provide childcare are being finalized. The committee requests that childcare be reserved for families from outside Lubbock, and for children under 6-years-old. The space and staff available in the nursery of St. Paul's Church is limited.

If anyone from the diocese, outside the official delegation to the Convention, plans to be in Philadelphia and would like to join - at your expense - the diocesan dinner to be held July 22, please contact Betty Gilmore soon. Reservations must be made by June 30. For information call (915) 682-5578 or fax (915) 682-5570.

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

JUNE

1 Sunday Stand for Children Day

2 Monday Diocesan Day of Prayer for the General Convention

3 Tuesday Trustees Meeting

4 Wednesday Insurance Committee meets (2:00 pm, Episcopal Center)

5 Thursday Executive Council at St Paul's, Lubbock

7 Saturday Evangelism Committee meets (St. Nicholas', Midland)

13 Friday General Convention Deputies, Alternates (9:00 - 3:00, Episcopal Center)

13 Friday Summer Celebration Retreat: San Angelo (thru June 15)

24 Tuesday 1998 Budget Requests Due (Chairs of Boards, Commissions, Committees)

27 Friday Standing Committee Meets (2:00 pm, St. Christopher's, Lubbock)

28 Saturday Consecration of Bishop Coadjutor

 

JULY

14 - 25 General Convention of The Episcopal Church (Philadelphia)

 

AUGUST

4 - 10 Catechesis of the Good Shepherd - Level 1 Training (St. Stephen`s, Lubbock)

6 Wednesday Standing Committee Meets

(10:00 am, St. Paul's, Lubbock)

25 Monday Ordination of Mary Whitfield to the Diaconate (Trinity Church, Quanah)

27 Wednesday Ordination of Joan Randolph to the Diaconate (St. Mark's Church, Abilene)

 

Prayer for the General Convention in Philadelphia

Dear God, we come to you humbly and yet with faithful assurance that you are answering our prayers even as we pray.

We ask your blessing upon us as faithful pilgrims and as sisters and brothers in Christ gathered together as the Episcopal Church.

Help us to take our mission seriously, but not ourselves. Help us to love and accept one another as the community you have given us, so our love for one another is a witness to your abiding love. Help us to listen to one another as we pray and work together to discern your will for us.

So direct us that our only will is to do your will. Help us to follow your divine leading so we may become who you have made us to be.

Strengthen and empower us to proclaim the gospel and live in gladness as the hands and feet of the cosmic Christ on earth.

All this we ask in the name of your Son, our risen Lord. Amen.

 


St. Mary's Episcopal School in Big Spring is looking for a Headmaster. For more information, chick here.


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop-Elect

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


 

NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 19 May 16, 1997

 


Bishop-Elect Wallis Ohl will be guest speaker, and George Mims will be guest musician at the annual
Summer Celebration retreat June 13-15 in San Angelo. The weekend is sponsored by Good Shepherd Church, and held at Christ the King Retreat Center outside San Angelo. $81 per person includes resort-style accommodations and all meals. This year's event is dedicated to the loving memory of Donald Teague, and in Thanksgiving for his life and ministry. A separate workshop will be offered by George Mims for worship leaders, organists and choir directors at Good Shepherd from 9:00 - 3:30 on Friday, June 13. A $30 fee for this workshop includes lunch. To register for the Summer Celebration, or the George Mims Workshop, mail a check to: Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, 3355 W. Beauregard, San Angelo TX 79604. (915) 9949-6260

***

On Pentecost Sunday in Plainview, First Presbyterian, First Christian and St. Mark's Episcopal Churches will join to celebrate the Eucharist in an evening service. Fr. Chapman reports that the clergy of the three congregations will be co-celebrants, using the COCU (Consultation on Church Unity) liturgy. The service will be held May 18th at First Presbyterian at 7:00 pm.

***

Announcing a new feature at NWT.ORG.

Beginning with this Issue, back copies of the Newsletter of the Diocese of Northwest Texas will be available on this Site. Just click here for the new page.


***

FROM THE CONSECRATION COMMITTEE

Some out-of-town guests for the Consecration will need no-cost lodging Friday night, June 27. If you live in or near Lubbock and can open a spare bedroom that evening, please contact Jill Bernard at St. Stephen's, Lubbock. Call between 1:00 - 5:00 weekdays. (806) 744-3439

*

Plans are underway to provide childcare the morning of the Consecration specifically for out-of-town guests. Persons who will use the childcare facility should immediately complete the form below and return it to the Episcopal Center. An early response to this request is important, so that adequate staffing can be scheduled.

*

Please remember that pre-registration and payment for the reception immediately following the Consecration is essential in order to properly plan for this event. The form on the back of this Newsletter should be reproduced and distributed in all congregations.

 

- - - - - - - - - - - - - -(please photocopy and distribute as necessary in each congregation)- - - - - - - - - - - - - -

 

CHILDCARE REQUEST FORM (AT CONSECRATION)

Family Name: ___________________________________________

Phone:____________________________________

Child(ren) Name(s) and Age(s):_______________________________

Parish: _________________________________

Mailing Address: ________________________________________

City: _______________________ Zip: ________

Return as soon as possible to:

the Episcopal Center; PO Box 1067; Lubbock TX 79408

***

DATEBOOK REVIEW

MAY

22 Thursday Compensation Committee at the Episcopal Center (10:00 am)

29 Cursillo: San Angelo (thru June 1)

 

JUNE

1 Sunday Stand for Children Day

2 Monday Diocesan Day of Prayer for the General Convention

3 Tuesday Trustees Meeting

5 Thursday Executive Council at St Paul's, Lubbock

10 Saturday General Convention Deputies, Alternates (10:00 - 3:00, Episcopal Center)

13 Friday Summer Celebration Retreat: San Angelo (thru June 15)

24 Tuesday 1998 Budget Requests Due (Chairs of Boards, Commissions, Committees)

28 Saturday Consecration of Bishop Coadjutor

 

JULY

14 - 25 General Convention of The Episcopal Church (Philadelphia)

 

Click here for more Updates to the Diocesan Calendar.

 

CONSECRATION RECEPTION RESERVATION FORM

 

Name: _________________________________________________

Name: (2)__________________________________________________

Parish: ____________________________________

Phone: _________________________________

 

Return by June 14 to: the Episcopal Center; PO Box 1067; Lubbock TX 79408 Include $10 per person

*

Note these changes in the Datebook Review: The Trustees will now meet June 3. The Executive Council will meet at 10:00 am June 5 at St. Paul's, Lubbock. A meeting of the Compensation Committee has been added May 22 at 10:00 am at the Episcopal Center.

*

The Rev. Charles Chapman has accepted a call from St. Mary's Church of Eldorado, Arkansas. His last Sunday as rector of St. Mark's, Plainview is June 15. He will be on the job in Arkansas June 30.

*

Ed.'s Note: In The Newsletter No. 16, April 4th, we ran a "Want Ad" for a car for Fr. Federico Zuniga. He serves five congregations in Juarez/El Paso. Dr. John Marshall of Big Spring answered that request, and we are pleased to report that a very nice 1983 Pontiac is now in service at the Border. Please continue to use the Newsletter as a tool in your work: write, call, or fax! report, announce and solicit! The Newsletter is now delivered to 467 persons by U.S. Mail, and 50 more on the Internet. 215 Additional copies are mailed to every parish and mission in the diocese.

 


St. Mary's Episcopal School in Big Spring is looking for a Headmaster. For more information, chick here.


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop-Elect

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Click here for Previous Editions of this Newsletter

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

Return to the top of the Archive Page


 

NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 18 May 2, 1997

 

 

The Most Reverend Edmond Lee Browning
and The Standing Committee of the
Diocese of Northwest Texas
invite your prayers and presence
at the Ordination of
The Reverend Charles Wallis Ohl, junior
as Bishop in the Church of God
and Bishop Coadjutor of this Diocese
on Saturday, the twenty-eighth of June
the Feast of Saint Irenaeus of Lyons
in the year of our Lord
One Thousand Nine Hundred and ninety-seven
at ten o'clock in the morning
The Lubbock Memorial Civic Center
Lubbock, Texas

 

Reception Following

***

Church Periodical Club (CPC) Sunday is here (May 4). In his letter of support for the annual parish ingathering, Presiding Bishop Browning wrote: "For more than 100 years, the Church Periodical Club has furthered the work of this great church through its special ministry of the written word, which is part of the larger ministry we all share." In 1996, "Miles of Pennies" grants totaling $10,155.37 were awarded to churches, schools, prisons and other organizations.

***

Jeanne Jasper of Odessa is now Province VII Representative to the National ECW Board. She replaces Evelyn J. Bibens of Norman, OK. The Triennial Meeting of Episcopal Church Women will begin July 16 in Philadelphia.

***

DATEBOOK REVIEW

MAY

4 Sunday Church Periodical Club (CPC) Sunday

10 Saturday General Convention Deputies, Alternates (Province VII meeting) at DFW

13 Tuesday Trustees Meet

15 Thursday Executive Council Meets

29 Cursillo: San Angelo (thru June 1)

 

JUNE

1 Sunday Stand for Children Day

2 Monday Diocesan Day of Prayer for the General Convention

10 Saturday General Convention Deputies, Alternates (10:00 - 3:00, Episcopal Center)

24 Tuesday 1998 Budget Requests Due (Chairs of Boards, Commissions, Committees)

28 Saturday Consecration of Bishop Coadjutor

 

JULY

14 - 25 General Convention of The Episcopal Church (Philadelphia)

 

To the full Diocesan Calendar

***

Thirty volunteers from Good Shepherd and Emmanuel Churches (San Angelo) and Holy Trinity (Midland) answered the request of Fr. Federico Zuniga in Ciudad Juarez over Spring Break. The San Matias mission includes a very busy medical clinic, with a very leaky roof which contractors in Mexico wanted $12,000 to repair. The Northwest Texas team, with material donated by Cameron Ashley Building Products of San Angelo, replaced the roof in three days. At Anapra, a very poor neighborhood outside Juarez, the team refurbished the Anglican school: new light fixtures, new desk tops, glass for the windows and a laminated metal roof. Materials for this project were provided by Simmons Hudgins Supply and Templeton Construction of San Angelo. "I think that the physical building that was done was helpful, but the building of fellowship among our kids and the awareness of the commitment of our Anglican brothers and sisters in Mexico to the work of our Lord Jesus, are probably the greatest benefits of the trip." (Submitted by Glenn Polhemus)

***

The Center for Hispanic Ministries of the Province of the Southwest is now registering participants in its Continuing Education Program June 10-12, 1997. Contact: The Center for Hispanic Ministries

(512) 477-2644; PO Box 2247; Austin TX 78768.

*

The next Cursillo will be May 29 - June 1 at Christ the King Retreat Center in San Angelo. A Cursillo is a three day weekend together for Christians. It is a time to take another look at our relationship with God, to take another look at who the person of Jesus Christ is in our lives, and to grow in the midst of a loving community of fellow Christians. Fran and Tom Gregg are lay leaders for the San Angelo Cursillo. If interested, talk to your priest. Applications should be in as soon as possible. (Submitted by Fran Gregg)

 



FUNDING FOR THE ORDINATION OF THE BISHOP COADJUTOR

Three funds have been established to finance the celebration of the Ordination of the Bishop Coadjutor-elect. Contributions from individuals, organizations, parishes or missions will be acknowledged. All checks must be made payable to "The Diocese of Northwest Texas", and mailed to:

The Ordination Committee
The Episcopal Diocese of Northwest Texas
PO Box 1067
Lubbock TX 79408-1067

All donations will be recorded and managed through this single address. Contributions should be designated for one of the three purposes listed below:


The Reception Fund: All who plan to attend the reception (luncheon) immediately following the Bishop Coadjutor Ordination on June 28, please clip and mail the reservation form below with a check in the amount of $10 for each attendee. Reservations must be returned before June 14. This is absolutely essential if we are to have an accurate attendance count. No tickets will be issued, but your name will be placed on the reception reservation list. All participants and guests at the Ordination are being invited to the reception. Only Episcopalians resident in the diocese are being asked to make this contribution.


The Gift Fund: This fund will pay for gifts to the Bishop-elect (ring, cross, cope and mitre, etc.). Because Fr. Ohl's congregations in Colorado Springs and in Oklahoma have expressed an interest in giving gifts as well, the President of the Standing Committee has asked the Deans to coordinate the use of this fund. Bill Nix will be the convener of Deans for this task. The specific use of these funds will be reported in a future issue of The Newsletter.


The General Fund for Consecration: The co-conveners of the Ordination Planning Committee, Louise Cummins and Marilyn Canon, will oversee the use of this fund, including dollars budgeted for this event in prior years. Ultimately, all costs associated with this event, including facilities, security, transportation and materials must be financed through the General Fund. Monies will be transferred between these three funds as necessary.

The Ordination Committee



- - - - - - - - - - - - - -(please photocopy and distribute as necessary in each congregation)- - - - - - - - -
RECEPTION RESERVATION FORM
(for Episcopalians resident in the Diocese of Northwest Texas)


Name: ________________________________ Parish: ____________________________________


Name: (2)______________________________ Phone: _________________________________
(more names on back)


Return by June 14 to: the Episcopal Center; PO Box 1067; Lubbock TX 79408 Include $10 per person


St. Mary's Episcopal School in Big Spring is looking for a Headmaster. For more information, chick here.


Your comments and suggestions to the editor are always welcome at Towpeople @ aol.com Or write: The Newsletter, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock Texas 79408. News deadline is every other Tuesday, four days prior to the Friday issue date.

If you have question or suggestions for this NWT.Org version of the Newsletter--including ideas for better use of html coding or the use of links, please write to Webmaster@nwt.org.

 

Click here for more information about our Bishop-Elect

Click here for the latest Updates in the Diocesan Calendar.

Click here for the Bishops' Visitation Schedule.

Return to Home Page


This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006

 


Return to the top of the Archive Page

This page is a project of
The Diocese of Northwest Texas.
Send comments or questions to
webmaster@nwt.org.

URL: www.nwt.org/newsletter-p.htm
Last Updated: July 19, 2006