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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 105 February 20, 2001

 

Health and Social Concerns

The Northwest Texas Health and Social Concerns Committee met February 3 at St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, under the leadership of Jackie Batjer. The committee will study resolutions from the 2000 General Convention focused on racism and social issues, and the peace resolution, "A Pledge for Non-Violence." The committee expressed their concerns for the poor and homeless, the elderly, and their health care issues. The use of church facilities for health care screening was also a topic of discussion. The committee will have a booth at the 2001 Annual Diocesan Convention to help raise awareness on racism, health, and other issues, and will study the book Faithful Living, Faithful Dying: Anglican Perspectives on Care at End of Life which all General Convention deputies were asked to study in preparation for the convention this past July. The book is published by Morehouse Publications, morehouse.com. Contact Jackie Batjer, Chair of the Northwest Texas Health and Social Concerns Committee, 602 Sayles, Abilene 79605, 915.677.0089, jbatjer@aol.com.

 

International Peace with Justice Concerns

Jackie Batjer of Heavenly Rest, Abilene, who chairs the Northwest Texas Health and Social Concerns Committee, attended the meeting of the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns, Jan. 7-11, 2001 at DaySpring Episcopal Conference Center, Ellenton, Florida. The Standing Commission discussed and listed global hot spots and issues that it considers important, including: War on Drugs/Latin America, violence against Christians and churches in India, Palestinian rights, HIV/AIDS in Africa, murder of Christians in Sudan, Islamic/Christian tensions, landmine cleanup, hunger, racism, Japanese rearmament, U.S. military in Okinawa, Cuba, Tibet, refuges, xenophobia, buildup of NATO, trafficking in women and children, U.S. militarism, the School of the Americas, Great Lakes region of Africa, justice issues of globalization and urbanization, Sierra Leone and West African warfare, the Koreas, and the possibility of refusing U.S. travel visas to leaders of countries with identified human rights abuses. The Standing Commission then prioritized its hot spots and global issues: #1-African Great Lakes region #2-Latin America #3-Pacific Rim. Issues: #1-AIDS #2-Children #3- U.S. militarism #4-globalization. The next meeting of the Standing Commission was set for Oct. 1-4, 2001 in Washington D.C. for issues briefings for the three site visitation subcommittees that were established. If you have interest in these concerns, contact Jackie Batjer, member, Standing Commission , Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns.

 

Daughters of the King Elect New President

Congratulations to Pat Thames of Holy Trinity, Midland, newly elected President of the Northwest Texas Chapter of the Daughters of the King. Her address is 1611 W. Illinois, Midland, TX 79701, phone 915.682.9829.

 

Anglican Primates to Meet

All thirty-eight Anglican Primates are expected to attend the 2001 meeting of Primates of the Anglican Communion at Kanuga, NC, March 2-9. The Archbishop of Canterbury envisions the meeting as a time of mutual support and spiritual refreshment. The gathering, which will be in the nature of a retreat - grounded in a rhythm of worship and Bible study - will be a private meeting without press or visitors. The main areas of concentration for the meeting are: mission issues, poverty and debt concerns; "Canons and Communion" and the response to the HIV/AIDS global crisis; along with various reports and documents. News, announcements, statement and prayers requests will be immediately available on anglicancommunion.org/acns.

Companion Diocese - "The Good News"

Companion Diocese Chair Harry Hall reports that members of the committee are "pleased to announce that the Challenge Grant of $10,000 for construction of a dorm room for the Episcopal students at the University of Salamanca has been reached. On February 15, Canon Veal presented this wonderful gift to Bishop Carlos Lopez Lozano. Bishop Lozano was extremely pleased and he, along with the Spanish Companion Diocese Committee, send to all their warmest "muchas gracias." The idea for the gift came from and the drive was spearheaded by Pan and Paul Eimon, and to them we give a very special thanks. We also wish to thank the individuals, churches, and organizations who, through their generosity, turned the challenge goal into a positive reality."

Seminary of the Southwest Visitors Weekend
March 30 & 31

The visitors’ weekend is for exploration of new educational opportunities for Christian mission & ministry and to provide an opportunity for discernment of lay and ordained ministry. To register ($25 per person, $35 per family) contact Jan Wallace at jwallace@etss.edu or 512.472.4133.

 

Register Now for Bishop’s Academy
for Vestries and Bishop’s Committees
with Bishop Ohl,
Regional Clergy & Lay Leaders


Saturday, March 3, at St. Andrew’s, Amarillo.
Contact Claire Cowden, Ministries Coordinator, ministry@nwt.org, 806.763.1370, fax 806.472.0641.

What are you reading for Lent?

Bill Nix recommends Dakota: A Spiritual Geography by Kathleen Norris. "I believe that every believer who lives on the Plains should read this book - probably annually - to renew one’s soul." This editor also highly recommends it.

An excerpt: "Maybe seeing the Plains is like seeing an icon: what seems stern and almost empty is merely open, a door into some simple and holy state."


Parochial Reports due March 1

Contact Edna Chambers, edna@nwt.org

Episcopal Relief and Development  Grant Request Deadline March 15

Contact Jane Barnes, barnesj9@home.com
3816 65th, Lubbock 79413, 806.799.6721

El Salvador Earthquake Relief

Earthquake Relief, PO Box 12043, Newark, NJ 07101


Sunday/Monday WOMAN

Engaging Faith in Life

Ausburg Fortress Publishers has announced a new magazine designed to help women integrate their Christian faith with the realities of daily life. Featuring deliberately nondenominational points of view, the aim is to help women discover a deeper sense of spirituality and challenge them to explore difficult questions of faith. Pull out devotional section. For information or to order call 888.336.4757. Sample copy for loan from Carolyn at dicoese@nwt.org or 806.763.1370

 

Gifts: IERE Student Center Dorms, Spain: St. Matthew’s, Pampa.


Prayers and Thanksgivings:
Lamuel Salik
requests your prayers as he mourns the loss of his brother, Nathaniel Gill, who died in Pakistan. Best wishes to Phyllis Rose, parish secretary at Good Shepherd, Angelo, retiring after nine years of faithful service. February 20 is the Celebration of New Ministry for Andy Parker as rector of St. Timothy’s Church, Lake Jackson. Congratulations to St. Mark’s, Abilene, who will celebrate a Mortgage Burning on February 21 at 5:30 at the church. To Louise Cummins of St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, former Parliamentarian of our Convention, who was named Woman of the Year 2001 by Altrusa International Inc. of Lubbock. Louise has also received the YWCA Woman of Excellence Award and she and her husband David received the George Mahon Outstanding Citizen Award in 1995. And to Marge Williams, past Senior Warden at St. Mark’s, Plainview, who last fall was awarded Parent of the Year by the Region 17 Texas Association of the Gifted and Talented. Marge adopted her grandson Dirk at birth. He is now an eighth grader who wants to study at MIT and calls Marge "the greatest mom and friend."

 

Diocesan Calendar

22 *     Executive Council, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, 10

24 *     Vestry Academy, Big Spring

25 *    Visitation, St. Mary, Big Spring

28    Ash Wednesday - HEC Closed

 

March

1    Mission Committee, St. Paul’s, Lubbock, 11 am

2-3    Deacons Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

2-4 * Spring Fling (Jr. High), BQCC

3 * Vestry Academy, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo

4 * Visitation, Trinity, Quanah

7-14 *     House of Bishops, Kanuga

9-10     Catechist Training, BQCC

18 *    Visitation, Colorado City

20 - 21 * Clergy Small Group III, HEC

21 * St. Paul’s, Lubbock, Lenten speaker. 12 noon

23 Commission on Ministry, HEC, 10 am

24 Llano Estacado Deanery, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock 9:30

25 * Visitation, St. Luke, Levelland

26-28 * Standing Commission on Ministry Development, Phoenix

April

1 * Visitation, St. Paul, Dumas

4 *     Canterbury, Lubbock, 6 pm

6 * Deacons Formation, Lubbock

6-7        Deacons Formation, Lubbock

7 *     Cursillo 59 Team Meeting, 10 am

8 * Visitation, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock

12 *     Maundy Thursday, St. Paul’s, Lubbock, 7pm

13    Good Friday - HEC Closed

15    Easter Day

17-19 Consulta - Border Consultation, San Angelo

19 * Trustees, HEC

19-21 Province VII Convocation "Being a Missionary Church," and Province VII Small Church                  Clergy Conference, Norman, OK

21 Quarterman Conference Center Board, HEC, 10 am

24 * Standing Committee, HEC, 10 am

25 * Holy Trinity, Midland, Confirmations, 6:30 pm

26 * St. Matthew’s, Pampa, Confirmations, pm

27-29 * Clergy Spouses’ Conference, BQCC

 

2001 Dates to Note:

The Adventure due out this week.
If you have not yet subscribed contact diocese@nwt.org  or 806.763.1370 and a copy will be mailed to you. $8, mail to HEC

Mission Committee, St. Paul’s, Lubbock, 11 am March 1

Llano Estacado Deanery moved from 3/17 to 3/24 at St. Stephen’s, Lubbock 9:30 am

Border Consultation "Consulta" - April 17-19 Good Shepherd, San Angelo goodshepherd@wcc.net 915.949.6260



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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 104 February 4 , 2001

 

Province VII Convocation
Being a Missionary Church
April 19-21, 2001
Norman, Oklahoma

The Province VII Convocation begins at noon on April 19 and ends late morning on April 21, and will be held at the Continuing Education Center of the University of Oklahoma in Norman. The diocesan office has just learned that registrations for the Convocation are limited to 300 people on a first come, first served basis. To register on line: vycke@hotmail.com, fax 405.232.4912, phone 405.570.2483, or by mail: Prov VII Convocation, 924 N Robinson, Oklahoma City, OK 73102. Registration before March 1 is $120, after $140 for the full conference with meals. For the full conference with hotel, the rates range from $165 to $290. Box lunches for the symposiums are $7. Checks are payable to Province VII.

Plenary Sessions

Speakers and topics for the plenary sessions will include Built on a Rock - Built to Last led by the Rev. Patrick Gahan. Since his arrival four years ago at St. Stephen’s, Beaumont, average Sunday attendance at worship has increased by 325%, personal financial giving by $1,500 per family, and the annual budget has nearly tripled.

The Rt. Rev. Claude Payne, Bishop of Texas, will speak on Vision and Miraculous Expectation.

Ministering with the NeXt Generation will be led by Alex Montes, Youth Director at San Mateo, Houston, and Taft McWhorter, Director of Youth Ministry for the Diocese of Texas. The Rt. Rev. Daniel Herzog, Bishop of Albany, will speak on Vision in Practice - Taking the Lessons Home.

Workshops

Workshops led by members of the Diocese of Texas will include Raising Awareness, Disciples and Dollars led by the Rev. Canon Scott Blick, Canon for Stewardship ;

Show Me the Money, led by Ron Null, Treasurer and Business Manager; Congregational Development from a Missionary Perspective, the Rev. Canon Kevin Martin, Canon for Congregational Development; Multiculturalism and the Vision led by the Rt. Rev. Leo Alard, Bishop Suffragan, and Youth Ministry, Gen X, and the Vision, Taft McWhorter, Youth Ministries Director.

Hamilton Beazley, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Administrative Sciences at George Washington University, will lead a workshop on Managing the Change; Lou Taylor, Bishop’s Deputy for Christian Formation, and Janie Stevens, Diocesan Coordinator for Christian Formation, from the Diocese of West Texas will speak on Revitalizing Christian Education; and the Rt. Rev. Don Wimberly, will speak on Small Church and the Vision.

 

Province VII Convocation Features
Two Free Preliminary Symposiums

Two free preliminary symposiums will be presented simultaneously at noon on April 19th at the Continuing Education Center. One symposium, Church as Healer... Church as Advocate, will feature Jubilee, Present and Future by the Rev. Carmen Guerrero, National Jubilee Officer; Reforming the Criminal Justice System by the Rev. George Day, Prison Missioner for the Diocese of Oklahoma; Wholeness of Mind, Body and Spirit for All God’s Children led by the Rev. Dr. David Henritzy, National Director of Health Care Ministries; Looking at End of Life Issues with the Eyes of Faith led by Ms. Jane Louis, Assistant for Pastoral Care at St. David’s, Austin; and Go to Pharaoh - Our Call to Advocacy led by Ms. Gladys Maynard, Chair of Christian Faith in Action for Province VII and formerly of Northwest Texas. The other symposium, Confronting the Missionary Challenge, will feature two presentations by the Rev. Hugh Magers, Confronting the Missionary Challenge and What Did Jesus Do When He Was Challenged? will be followed by small group and small interest areas sessions. A panel discussion In Conclusion... will feature Fr. Magers and small group facilitators Canon Kevin Martin, the Rev. Jerry Sneary, Mrs. Lucy Germany, Ms. Thurma Hilton and Mr. Harry Denman.

Attendance at the convocation is not required for the symposiums. No fee. Lunch $7.

 

IERE Student Dorm Fund - Spain

The Rev. Canon David and Sue Veal will depart for Spain on February 15. On behalf of the Diocese of Northwest Texas Companion Diocese relationship, they will present a check to Bishop Lopez for the IERE Student Center Dormitory in Salamanca. Companion Diocese Committee Chair Harry Hall writes, "Thinking, relating and giving outside our "borders" is one way of supporting the worldwide concern, outreach and influence of the Anglican Church and your gift will appropriately reflect this expansive attitude." Send gifts to the Episcopal Center marked "IERE" or student dorm. While in Spain, Canon and Mrs. Veal will visit Salamanca, Sevilla, Granada, Algeciras, Cordoba and Madrid.

 

Register Now for Bishop’s Academy
for Vestries and Bishop’s Committees
with Bishop Ohl,
Regional Clergy & Lay Leaders

Legal and Spiritual Responsibilities
Being Missionary Churches
Organizing Meetings and Working Together
Providing a Framework for Ministry & Mission

10 AM to 3 PM, Saturday, February 24, at St. Mary’s, Big Spring, or Saturday, March 3, at St. Andrew’s, Amarillo. Registration deadline is February 15. Contact Claire Cowden, Ministries Coordinator, ministry@nwt.org, 806.763.1370, fax 806.472.0641.

 

New UN Anglican Observer Appointed

Archdeacon Taimalelagi Fagamalama Tuatagalca-Matalavea, 55, of Samoa has been appointed the new UN Anglican Observer. Mrs. Matalavea has been involved with the UN as Operations Manager, overseeing the operations of the Samoa field office. In the Anglican Church of Aoteara, New Zealand and Polynesia, she has served as co-president of the May 2000 General Synod and as a member of the Anglican Consultative Council 1987-93.

ACC Secretary General, Canon John Peterson said, "Her work with the UN Development Program gives her a unique perspective of the working of the UN in the field. Now she will bring that experience to New York as she ‘knocks on the door’ at the UN in support of the different Provinces in the Anglican Communion."

 

2000 Journal Errata:

P 8 Mark Eldredge’s e-mail:frmark@saintnicholaschurch.org

P 10 Good Shepherd, San Angelo’s new e-mail: goodshepherd@wcc.net

Clifton Gardner’s new e-mail: cgardner@cox-internet.com

P 11 Bruce Green’s phone number is 806.798-3411

P 12 Patsy Masterman’s e-mail is pmdeacon@swbell.net

P 27 Jane Barnes’ new e-mail is barnesj9@home.com

Gifts: IERE Student Center Dorms, Spain: The Rev. Canon and Mrs. David Veal, Lubbock; St. Nicholas’, Midland, ECW; Pan and Paul Eimon in honor of St. Andrew’s, Amarillo; Dorothy Long, MD, Plainview; Joseph McGuffey, Amarillo; and Carolyn Hearn, Lubbock. Happy Camp: St. Paul’s on the Plains, Lubbock.

 

Prayers and Thanksgivings:

Miriam Matito of Seville and Raquel Gomez of Malga, Spain, arrived home safely after bad weather and long plane and luggage delays on the trip to the US in early January for the National Episcopal Gathering of University Students in Estes Park, CO. and visits in Amarillo, Canyon, Plainview and Lubbock. The Church Periodical Club of the Diocese has sent checks for book expenses to seminarians Mary Glover, Michael Pipkin, and Josie Rose. Donations to the Church Periodical Club may be sent to Terry Jolliffe, 1614 Ventura, Midland 79705. shjolliffe@aol.com. The Fall 2000 UTO Ingathering total is $9,761.37, and the total for the last year is $17,884.74. UTO parish packets will be in the mail February 10. The Spring Ingathering is due by June 5. For UTO information contact 800.334.7626 x 6022, sbailey@dfms.org, or Meredith Maharg, 915.563.5401, jmmah@nwol.net.St. Stephens’, Lubbock, has applied for a 2001 UTO Grant for their Apoyo Ministry which assists individuals and families experiencing catastrophic illness.

 

Diocesan Calendar

February

7-10     * Percept Conference, Santa Fe

9-14 * Living Stones Conference, Camp Allen

10    Youth Committee, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, 10 am

15-17 Loomis-Knight Lecture Series, St. Paul’s, Lubbock

20-21 * Clergy Small Group II, HEC

21-23 Seminary of the Southwest Board

22    * Executive Council, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, 10

24    * Vestry Academy, Big Spring

25    * Visitation, St. Mary, Big Spring

March

2-3    Deacons Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

2-4    * Spring Fling (Jr. High), BQCC

3    * Vestry Academy, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo

4    * Visitation, Trinity, Quanah

7-14    * House of Bishops, Kanuga

9-10    Catechist Training, BQCC

17    Llano Estacado Deanery, St. Paul’s, Lubbock 10 am

18    * Visitation, Colorado City

20 - 21 *Clergy Small Group III, HEC

21    * St. Paul’s, Lubbock, Lenten speaker. 12 noon

23    Commission on Ministry, HEC, 10 am

25    * Visitation, St. Luke, Levelland

26-28 * Standing Commission on Ministry Development, Phoenix

April

1    * Visitation, St. Paul, Dumas

4    *  Canterbury, Lubbock, 6 pm

6    *Deacons Formation, Lubbock

6-7    Deacons Formation, Lubbock

7    * Cursillo 59 Team Meeting, 10 am

8    * Visitation, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock

15    Easter Day

19    * Trustees, HEC

19-21 Province VII Convocation "Being a Missionary Church," and Province VII Small Church Clergy                  Conference, Norman, OK

21        Quarterman Conference Center Board, HEC, 10 am

24 * Standing Committee, HEC, 10 am

25 * Holy Trinity, Midland, Confirmations, 6:30 pm

26 * St. Matthew’s, Pampa, Confirmations, pm

27-29 * Clergy Spouses’ Conference, BQCC

 

2001 Dates to Note:

Loomis-Knight Lecture Series, St. Paul’s, Lubbock, Feb 15-17, John Claypool, Speaker

 

The Adventure deadline is Feb 10

Contact canonveal@nwt.org 806.763.1370
Subscriptions $8, mail to HEC

Spring Fling (Jr. High), BQCC Mar 2-4

Clergy Spouses Conference, BQCC Apr 26-29

ECW Board, HEC 10 am Apr 28


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 103 January  4 , 2001

 

Texas Conference of Churches
32nd Annual Assembly
"Peacemaking in a Violent Society"
February 19-20
Red Lion Hotel, Austin, Texas

The Rev. David Krause, Canterbury, Lubbock, will represent the Diocese of Northwest Texas at the Assembly. Speakers for the 2001 assembly are the Rev. Bishop Leroy Matthiesen, honored for his peace advocacy and forthright stance against nuclear weapons, educator, journalist, and Bishop of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Amarillo from 1980 to 1997, and Ann Helmke, Chair of the Restorative Justice Development Team of SWTX Synod ELCA, recipient of the San Antonio Bar Foundation Peacemaker of the Year Award, and Director of the peaceCENTER in San Antonio.

Workshop topics include:

Death Penalty Moratorium
Dismantling Institutional Racism
Peacemaking in Our Times
Christian Unity-View for the 21st Century
Contact txconfchurches.org/assschspk.htm or

512.451.0991

 

Iglesia Anglicana de El Salvador

Reports are that all staff, clergy and congregation members are accounted for and uninjured, but there is psychological and physical damage and devastation everywhere. Bishop Barahona was attending the IV Assembly of the Latin-American Council of Churches in Columbia at the time of the earthquake. Huge cracks appeared in the walls of the Pro-Cathedral of San Juan during preparations on Saturday for the Sunday worship services. Donations are being received by the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund, 815 Second Ave, New York 10017, and FUNDACION CRISTOSAL, 681 N Hill Cross Rd, Ludlow, VT. For more information and updates visit www.cristosal.org

 

Prov. VII Small Church Clergy Conference to Meet with Provincial Convocation

The Province VII Small Church Clergy Conference which is hosted by the Diocese of Northwest Texas will meet April 19-21 (rather than April 23-26) in Norman, OK in conjunction with the Province VII Convocation the theme of which is "Being a Missionary Church."

Contact Jerry Sneary at 806.244.2396 or stjames@xit.net

 

 

 

Living Stones Partnership

"... like living stones, let yourselves be built  into a spiritual house..." (1 Peter 1:5)

Five Northwest Texans will join representatives of twenty-two dioceses from the United States and Canada who will meet together at the Living Stones Partnership Conference at Camp Allen on February 9-14, "...for the purpose of mutual sharing, stimulation, and ongoing biblical and theological reflection as the members encourage new ways of engaging in ministry... with the belief that dioceses working together can be more effective in addressing a cause than each working solo." (The Living Stones Covenant) .

The Partnership was established in 1994 to renew and revitalize ministry at the local level: Northwest Texas joined in 2000. The basic forum is an annual meeting held in February which involves the diocesan bishop, the coordinator, and at least one other representative from each partner diocese. Each diocese presents an issue or case of ministry development on which it is working. Bishop Ohl, Claire Cowden - NWTX’s partnership coordinator, Ken Baxter of Shamrock, Bill Nix, and Jake Clemmens will present the Panhandle Regional Ministry for case study at the conference.

The goals of the partnership are:

(1) wider recognition that the ministry entrusted to us by Jesus Christ is carried out by all baptized people;

(2) wider recognition that the diocese exists primarily to encourage, support, and challenge the ministries of local churches;

(3) a greater understanding that mutual/shared ministry development is part of renewal throughout the Anglican Communion; and

(4) the partner dioceses will serve as resources for other dioceses in ministry development.

Contact Claire Cowden at 806.763.1370 ministry@nwt.org

 

Some Important Points on Welcoming and Incorporating New People by Kevin Martin

1. Ask present members who meet a newcomer during the service (at the peace for example) to take responsibility for three acts of hospitality: (1) introduce them to at least three other members, (2) introduce them to the clergy, and (3) get them to the coffee/social time. 2. It is more important to track and follow up with potential members than to advertise for the first time visitors.

For more newcomer tips, hear Bishop Ohl at the upcoming Vestry Academies.

Parochial Reports are "in the mail" for the year 2000 reporting period. The deadline for returning the completed report is March 1. Please contact Edna Chambers if you have any questions. Congregations can file the 2000 Parochial Report on line at www.ecusa. anglican.org/governance/general-convention. Instructions for filing on line are in the instruction packet. The diocesan office will still need a signed hard copy of the report. The 2000 Convention Journals have been mailed to each congregation to distribute to convention delegates. Please contact your church office if you have not received yours.

Gifts: The Daughters of the King, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo, to the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center in thanksgiving for the Rt. Rev. Wallis Ohl. Ms. Judith Ann Olson, Lakewood, CO to the Texas Tech Canterbury Center in memory of Dr. Mary Louise Brewer. IERE Student Center, Salamanca, Spain: Dorothy Long, MD, Borger; Mr. Joseph McGuffey, Amarillo; Mr. & Mrs. Carl Luckenbach and the Rev. Canon & Mrs. David Veal, Lubbock; Emmanuel Church, San Angelo.

IERE Student Center Fund over half way to goal of $10,000. The Companion Diocese Committee is giving thanks for $7800, including the $1500 challenge grant, which has been donated to date. David and Sue Veal will take the funds to Spain when they visit in February. Send your donation to 1802 Broadway, Lubbock 79401.

 

Prayers and Thanksgivings:

Archdeacon Dana Wilson will travel to Camp McDowell in the diocese of Alabama the weekend of January 26-27. She will be a guest instructor for their newly formed Deacon Formation Program. Archdeacon Wilson will teach on the theology of the Diaconate and how the vocation of deacon has been lived out in her own life. Claire Cowden attended the Leadership Training Institute in Alabama. Brant and Courtney Gill will attend the Episcopal Camp & Conference Centers Conference in Jackson, MS. The Rev. Joseph Schley has accepted an interim position at Burkburnett and Wichita Falls for 6 months. *** The Rev. William Nix is recuperating from pneumonia and pleurisy.

***Congratulations to: Deacon Don and Lola Webb have just returned from visiting their newest grandson, ninth grandchild, in Texarkana. ETSSw Seminarian Josie Rose is a recipient of a scholarship awarded by the Hispanic Scholarship Trust Fund.

Mileage reimbursement set by the IRS for 2001 is 34.5 cents per mile.

Diocesan Calendar

January

23 * Trustees, HEC

24 Companion Diocese Committee, HEC, 1-3 pm

25 * Larry Spannagel Installation, Borger, 7 pm

26-27 Catechist Training, BQCC

26-28 * Mid Winter Conference (Sr. High), BQCC

28 * Visitation, St. Mark’s, Plainview

 

February

2-3 Deacons Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

3 Quarterman Conference Center Board, HEC, 10 am

        Panhandle-wide Stewardship Meeting

        * Dedication, St. Nicholas’, Midland, 2 pm

4 * Visitation, St. Nicholas’, Midland

7-10 * Percept Conference, Santa Fe

9-14 * Living Stones Conference, Camp Allen

10 Youth Committee, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, 10 am

15-17 Loomis-Knight Lecture Series, St. Paul’s, Lubbock

20-21 * Clergy Small Group II, HEC

21-23 Seminary of the Southwest Board

22 * Executive Council, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, 10 am

24 * Vestry Academy, Big Spring

25 * Visitation, St. Mary, Big Spring

March

2-3 Deacons Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

2-4 * Spring Fling (Jr. High), BQCC

3 * Vestry Academy, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo

4 * Visitation, Trinity, Quanah

7-14 * House of Bishops, Kanuga

9-10 Catechist Training, BQCC

18 * Visitation, Colorado City

20 - 21 * Clergy Small Group III, HEC

23 Commission on Ministry, HEC, 10 am

25 * Visitation, St. Luke, Levelland

26-28 * Standing Commission on Ministry Development,Phoenix

 

2001 Dates to Note:

The Episcopal Churchwomen’s Conference date has changed to September 21-23, BQCC, Mary McGregor, speaker.

Good Shepherd, San Angelo / Diocesan

Evangelism Conference, 10-12 Aug

Christ the King, San Angelo

The Rev. Hugh Magers, Speaker.

 

Loomis-Knight Lecture Series, St. Paul’s, Lubbock,  Feb 15-17, John Claypool, Speaker

St. Nicholas’, Midland, Dedication Feb 3, 2 pm

The Adventure deadline Feb 10
Contact canonveal@nwt.org 806.763.1370
Subscriptions $8, mail to HEC

Spring Fling (Jr. High), BQCC Mar 2-4

Vestry Academy, St. Mary’s, Big Spring Feb 24

Vestry Academy, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo Mar 3
Contact ministry@nwt.org 806.763.1370

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 102 January 5 , 2001

 

Christmas Letter from Spain

December 25, 2000.

Dear Friends:

In Spain, since we do celebrate Epiphany, with the children receiving their gifts from the Three Wise Men on January 6, the Christmas celebrations really begin on Christmas Eve. So we will be enjoying these next few weeks. This morning we had a beautiful and inspiring service at the cathedral. Your diocese was mentioned as having sent Christmas greetings which we do appreciate and cherish, as I myself for having received your personal greetings. We pray that the student exchange be an enriching and fulfilling experience for all those involved, and that the holiday season and New Year and Millennium bring joy and blessings to all our friends in Northwest Texas.

Greetings, Sandra Myers.

Exchange Students Visit

Two exchange students from Spain are attending, by sponsorship of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, the National Episcopal University Gathering in Estes Park, CO with the Rev. David Krause. The students will visit Amarillo, Plainview, and Lubbock before returning to Spain. The Companion Diocese Committee will meet at the Hulsey Episcopal Center at 1:00 AM on Saturday, Feb. 3. Contact Harry Hall at hall@wcc.net.

 

New Budget Process to be Studied

The Budget Committee of the Executive Council will begin the first of three meetings scheduled for 2001 on January 13 at the Hulsey Episcopal Center to begin a new process of formulating the budget with the diocese’s new vision and mission statement as their guide. The Executive Council met in retreat at the Quarterman Conference Center in early December at the invitation of Bishop Ohl to "come to know and trust one another in a deeper way, to look at our structure, and to explore more effective ways of being a missionary church." Deacon Tami Logsdon of St. Andrew’s, Amarillo, the Regional Director of the Amarillo Area Campfire Girls and Boys, gave a presentation on new methods in not for profit funding.

  

Loomis-Knight Lecture Series
St. Paul’s, Lubbock
January 19-21

The Rev. Dr. Michael Floyd, Professor of Old Testament at the Seminary of the Southwest, will be the guest speaker. He is a superb speaker, gifted in teaching ministry that feeds the soul and mind. He will address "community" from the perspective of his vast knowledge of scripture and tradition. Friday evening at 7 pm, Saturday morning at 10 am and afternoon at 1 pm-3 pm, and Sunday morning at the 10:30 Eucharist.

Cost $40 which includes lunch on Saturday. Contact St. Paul’s, 806.762.2893.

February 15-17

The Rev. John Claypool , teaching professor at the College of Preachers and recently retired Rector of St. Luke’s Church in Birmingham, AL, will be the guest speaker at the February Loomis-Knight Lecture Series at St. Paul’s, Lubbock.

 

 

National Network of Lay Professionals

10th National Gathering, June 15-17

Trinity Conference Center, Connecticut

The NNLP, a network of lay employees of the Episcopal Church, was developed as a support system for church lay professionals. NNLP sponsors the NNLP annual conferences, identifies issues, improves communications, promotes harmonious activity between clergy , lay professionals and the general Church membership, and enhances job opportunities as well as seeks recognition and economic justice for lay professionals and their work.

website: ecusa.anglican.org/nnlp/index.html

For information on membership contact Melinda Menoni, 84 Eucalyptus lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93108, 805.969.4771, melinda@allsaintsbythesea.org.

 

 

Inauguration of New Relationship
with Lutherans

The Rev. Canon David Veal; Michael Caldwell of St. Mark’s, Abilene; and Michael Pipkin, seminarian at Virginia Seminary from St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, will represent the diocese on Epiphany at the Washington National Cathedral event. Please let Canon Veal know if your congregation is celebrating the event on Epiphany or in some other way.

Contact Canon Veal at canonveal@nwt.org, 806.763.1370 or fax 806.472.0641

 

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola Retreat - January 18-21

Led by Fr. Donald J. McGuire, S.J., at the Roman Catholic Christian Renewal Center in Lubbock, January 18 evening through January 21 afternoon.

The Diocese of Lubbock reports Fr. McGuire is an exceptional spiritual retreat leader and they desire to share his gifts with the community. $150 inc housing. Contact Carolyn Hearn @ diocese@nwt.org or 806.763.1370 for registration materials.

 

Gifts: Mr. and Mrs. Larry Oeschger, Amarillo, and Mr. and Mrs. Carl Luckenbach, Lubbock, to the Companion Diocese Dormitory Unit in Spain.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Harvey Herd, Midland, to the Bishop’s Discretionary Fund.

St. Mark’s, Coleman, to the Episcopal Relief and Development Fund and the Quarterman Conference Center Fund.

 

Prayers and Thanksgivings:

Mary Glover was ordained to the transitional Diaconate by Bishop Ohl on December 20 at Heavenly Rest, Abilene.

Bishop Ohl, Panhandle Regional Missioner William Nix, Ministries Coordinator Claire Cowden; Lay Pastoral Leader Ken Baxter of St. Michael and All Angels, Shamrock; and the Rev. Jake Clemmens of St. Matthew’s, Pampa; will represent the Diocese at the Living Stones Conference at Camp Allen on February 9-13.

 

Bishop Ohl recommends:

A Failure of Nerve: Leadership in the Age of the Quick Fix by Edwin Friedman. Published posthumously by the Edwin Friedman Trust,

6 Wynkoop Court, Bethesda, MD 20817,

301.229.4319, fax 301.229.4305.

Contact Carolyn Hearn for a list of Dr. Friedman’s publications and tapes. diocese@nwt.org

 

Retired and Non-Parochial Clergy Sacramental Functions Report Due January 31, 2001, to Bishop Ohl.

 

Diocesan Calendar

January

5-6 Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

9 * Standing Committee, HEC, 10 am

13 * Budget Committee, HEC, 10 am

14 * Visitation, St. James, Monahans

15 Martin Luther King Day, HEC Closed

16 & 17 * Clergy Small Group I, HEC

18-25 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

19-21 Loomis-Knight Lecture Series, St. Paul’s, Lubbock

20 * Finance Committee, HEC, 10 am

21 * Visitation, San Miguel Arcangel, Odessa * St. Barnabas, Odessa, dedication (p.m.)

23 * Trustees, HEC

24 Companion Diocese Committee, HEC, 1-3 pm

25 * Larry Spannagel Installation, Borger, 7 pm

26-27 Catechist Training, BQCC

26-28 * Mid Winter Conference (Sr. High), BQCC

28 * Visitation, St. Mark’s, Plainview

 

February

        2-3 Deacons Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

3 Quarterman Conference Center Board, HEC, 10 am

                 Panhandle-wide Stewardship Meeting

    * Dedication, St. Nicholas’, Midland, 2 pm

4 * Visitation, St. Nicholas’, Midland

        7-10 * Percept Conference, Santa Fe

9-13 * Living Stones Conference, Camp Allen

10 Youth Committee, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, 10 am

        15-17 Loomis-Knight Lecture Series, St. Paul’s, Lubbock

20-21 * Clergy Small Group II, HEC

21-23 Seminary of the Southwest Board

        22 * Executive Council,  St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, 10 am

24 * Vestry Academy, Big Spring

25 * Visitation, St. Mary, Big Spring.

 

2001Dates to Note

St. Nicholas’, Midland, Dedication Feb 3, 2 pm The Adventure deadline Feb 10

Contact canonveal@nwt.org 806.763.1370

Subscriptions $8, mail to HEC

Spring Fling (Jr. High), BQCC Mar 2-4

Vestry Academy, St. Mary’s, Big Spring Feb 24

Vestry Academy, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo Mar 3

Contact ministry@nwt.org 806.763.1370

 

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The Newsletter, 1802 Broadway, Lubbock TX 79401, 806.763.1370, fax 472.0641 - deadline January 15


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 101 December , 2000

 

Bishop Ohl’s Christmas Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

On December 25th, the Christian world celebrates the most unimaginable miracle, the birth of the savior. God chose to enter among us as the lowliest human form, that of a new born baby. It seems ludicrous that God would so abase Himself, and yet this is exactly what he did. He came as one of us to lead us to the living water of new life. Would we have accepted God had he been placed in our midst as a fully grown adult? Would we now be willing to change our lives for one who understood nothing of what it is to be human? Not likely. And God knew this; thus he called the young maiden Mary to bear his child and the carpenter Joseph to teach that child life and strength. Christmas is such a warm, comfortable time, because we know down deep in our hearts that God is among us, not to overpower us with might, but to show us the way to love.

May this holy season renew your faith in God’s loving presence as the joy of Christ’s birth washes you with love.

 

Archbishop of Canterbury's Christmas Message 2000 - BETHLEHEM PEOPLE

My favourite Christmas carol is "O Little Town of Bethlehem". Written by Philips Brooks, former Episcopal bishop of the Diocese of Massachusetts, it captures so eloquently and beautifully the magic of Christmas. He composed it following a never-to-be-forgotten visit to Bethlehem in 1868 when he was then rector of Trinity Church, Boston. Some years ago Eileen and I visited Bethlehem at Christmas in connection with the Orthodox Celebrations. With the Patriarch and many other pilgrims we made our way through the narrow streets of the town to the Church of the Nativity. And then, stooping low to enter the tiny entrance to the church, we entered a brilliant interior lit with the candles of hundreds of pilgrims. The rich liturgy of the Greek Orthodox Church then began. I confess I don't recall much of what happened thereafter! But what I do remember is that, following the service, we drifted into the lovely Franciscan church next door. As we did so a girl's voice started to sing:

'O little town of Bethlehem,
How still we see thee lie! '

And then, spontaneously, we all took up the carol which rang and rang around the beautifully decorated Church:

'Above thy deep and dreamless sleep
The silent stars go by:
Yet in thy dark streets shineth
The everlasting light:
The hopes and fears of all the years Are met in thee tonight'

Bethlehem is very much on my mind at the moment. The carol speaks of 'peace' - but there is little peace in the Holy Land at this present time. I find myself asking: 'Are we doing enough to support our brothers and sisters in this land, loved above all others? Are we praying enough for Muslims, Jews and Christians to live in harmony one with another? How many others have to die violently before the leaders of all parties realize that there will never be peace until the land belongs to all? But the carol speaks of

God's gift of his Son:

'How silently, how silently,
The wondrous gift is given!
So God imparts to human hearts
The blessings of his heaven'.

And I find myself thinking: "Hold on, Christian, you who are so concerned about issues of justice and social care, are you in danger of neglecting the heart of the Christian message? That our message is about God's gift which is offered to us all and which transforms all?" Of course, this message will include social care and issues of justice but they follow on from the gospel message articulated so splendidly by John 1 that "As many as receive him to them he gives power to become children of God". Philips Brooks knew of the importance of keeping that truth uppermost at all times. It is the answer against many a single issue obsession which weakens witness and spoils our fellowship.

'No ear may hear his coming,
But in this world of sin,
Where meek souls will receive him still
The dear Christ enters in'

The conditioning adjective here is 'meek', or we might say 'humble'. I have often wondered if Brooks had in mind that small Crusader entrance which is so low that adults have to stoop to enter. Brooks would have entered the same door and the image must have hit him forcefully. But the image bites both ways. Christ stoops so low to enter our hearts - here is a piercing reference to the incarnation! This is the 'dearness' of the Christ who enters human life. But the reverse is true as well; we too must make that journey to 'Bethlehem' and stoop to enter into the fullness of the Christian life.

I offer you this meditation on this carol because it sums up so clearly the Christian message and Christian hope. May we Anglicans be 'Bethlehem people', characterized by a devotion to a Lord who wants all to share his love and eager to be men and women of peace. Eileen and I send to you, our brothers and sisters, our devoted love and earnest desire that all our hopes and fears will be met in the One who is eternally 'Immanuel'.

 

Prayers and Thanksgivings:

Laurel Hedges is recuperating at home from successful surgery for colon cancer.

The Rev. Mark Eldredge was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Ohl for Bishop Jecko of Florida on December 16 at St. Nicholas’, Midland. Mary Glover will be ordained by Bishop Ohl on December 20 at Heavenly Rest, Abilene.

St. Michael and All Angels, Perryton, has received a grant for Christian education materials for their ten Sunday school children from the Church Periodical Club’s Miles of Pennies program.

 

Gifts:

Companion Diocese Dormitory Unit in Spain

Barber Foundation, Abilene; Heavenly Rest, Abilene; St. Christopher’s, Lubbock; St. Mark’s, Plainview; Mr. and Mrs. Paul Eimon, Amarillo; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hall, San Angelo;
Mrs. Marjorie L. Williams, Plainview; Mrs. Margaret Bain Ballard, San Angelo; Mr. and Mrs. Sid McIlveen, Brownfield

 

Joint Lutheran Service Materials Available

Guidelines and Worship Resources and The Order of Service for the Holy Eucharist Celebrated on the Epiphany in the National Cathedral will be mailed in printed form directly to all congregations in late December. In the meantime these materials are available at www.ecusa.anglican.org/ecumenism.

Allin Fellowship Grant Forms

Grants forms for overseas studies for clergy available through the diocesan office.
Deadline Feb. 1.

Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola Retreat

led by Fr. Donald J. McGuire, S.J., at the Roman Catholic Christian Renewal Center in Lubbock, January 18 evening through January 21 afternoon.
$150 including housing. Contact Carolyn Hearn @ diocese@nwt.org or 806.763.1370 for registration materials.

 

Diocesan Calendar

December 22 noon Hulsey Episcopal Center   Closed to Jan 2

January 2001

    2       Hulsey Episcopal Center Open

    5-6    Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

    8     Western Plains Cluster Council, St. Peter’s, Amarillo

    9    * Standing Committee, HEC, 10 am

    13    * Budget Committee, HEC, 10 am

    14    * Visitation, St. James, Monahans

    15      HEC Closed, Martin Luther King Day

    16 & 17 * Clergy Small Group I, HEC

    20 Western Plains Ministry Team, St. Peter’s, Amarillo

    21      * Visitation, San Miguel Arcangel, Odessa
              * St. Barnabas, Odessa, dedication (p.m.)

    23    * Trustees, HEC

    24     Companion Diocese Committee, HEC, 1-3 pm

    25    * Larry Spannagel’s Celebration of New Ministry, St. Peter’s, Borger

    26-28 * Mid Winter Conference (Sr. High), BQCC

    28 * Visitation, St. Mark’s, Plainview

    31    Retired Clergy Sacramental Report Due

 

To view the 2001 Diocesan Calendar and Prayer Calendar, log on to http://www.nwt.org/calendar.htm

 

2001 Dates to Note

 

St. Nicholas’, Midland, Dedication Feb 3 pm

Panhandle Deanery Stewardship Feb 3

Consultation, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo

The Adventure deadline Feb 10
Contact canonveal@nwt.org 806.763.1370
Subscriptions $8, mail to HEC

Vestry Academy, Big Spring Feb 24
Vestry Academy, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo Mar 3
Contact ministry@nwt.org 806.763.1370

Spring Fling (Jr. High), BQCC Mar 2-4

Retired Clergy Sacramental Functions Report Due   January 31, 2001, to Bishop Ohl.


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 100 December 5, 2000

 

ARE YOU A CONGREGATIONAL LEADER?

Are you a vestry or bishop’s committee member – or might you be elected in January to serve your congregation? If so, now is the time to put The Bishop’s Academy for Vestries and Bishop’s Committees on your calendar. This conference will be available Saturday, February 24th at St. Mary’s, Big Spring, and Saturday, March 3rd at St. Andrew’s, Amarillo, each day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. We have arranged two separate venues in order that everyone might be able to attend one or the other. This day will be especially helpful to answer the following questions:

What are our legal and spiritual responsibilities as vestry members?

What are the different responsibilities for a vestry or Bishop’s committee?

How do we organize our meetings and work together?

How do we provide a framework for mission and ministry?

How do we recruit and organize volunteers?

How do we begin to think of ourselves as a missionary church?

The time together will allow both veteran and new vestry members to gain new learnings as well as share experience. I have challenged the diocese to begin to see itself as a missionary Church, and this will be one of the opportunities to help all of us move out of a maintenance or survival mind set and to move forward. It is my expectation that every congregation will be represented at one of these gatherings by as many of the church leaders as possible. I will be a part of both of these days, and I plan to have an opportunity to both teach and interact with you all.

These days are sponsored by the Diocesan staff for your benefit and that of your congregation. Please put this on your calendar today. If you have questions please do not hesitate to contact Claire Cowden at the Hulsey Episcopal Center, 1802 Broadway, Lubbock Texas 79401, or phone her at 806.763.1370, or email her at ministry@nwt.org. Registration forms will be mailed to the churches in early January 2001.

Wallis Ohl

Bishop 

 

Presiding Bishop's Christmas Message - Christmas 2000

O come thou Wisdom from on high...

All is neither calm nor bright as we once again celebrate the Savior's birth.

Instead, we find ourselves in a bleak midwinter of fear and rage, rocks and bullets, which have turned the land of Jesus' birth into a war zone. Yet the Middle East is only one place among many in which neighbor is pitted against neighbor, and religious differences are exploited in the service of hatred.

Well we might ask: how is it that faiths that profess mercy and compassion and God's love for all can be co-opted by political and ethnic ideologies and made into ammunition with which to maim and destroy one another?

On the home front, we are faced with a government in which partisan vitriol and self-interest have so immobilized the political process that many despair of recovering any sense of the common good. As well, even within the Christian community the spirit of division has been hard at work seeking to obscure and undermine the unity into which we are born through baptism. Unity does not ignore differences, but rather supplies the context in which they can be openly and honestly explored with mutual

affection and trust under the guidance of the Spirit of truth. In this way the community of faith is conformed to the mind of Christ and participates in Christ's mission "to restore all people to unity with God and each other." A church that cannot live the costly mystery of unity in its own life cannot speak a life-giving word to a divided world.

What does it say to us when, in God's name and with God's presumed blessing, we murder and defame one another with rocks and guns and the words of our lips? It says we need a savior, one who can reconcile us to God and one another. We need a savior who - through his own faithfulness, even to death on a cross - is able to break down all walls of division so we are able to perceive that in Christ we are one new humanity. As we hear again the story of Jesus' birth, and sing of that silent night when all was calm and bright, may we do so with undefended and penitent hearts that can take us beyond the externals of the season into the heart of God. There the bleak midwinter of our suspicions and mistrust are healed and transformed as the Word Incarnate finds a home in us and then, through the Spirit, draws us into his ongoing work of reconciliation for the sake of the world.

May Christ indeed make his home in us this holy season that we may know the truth - the truth of his transforming and reconciling love - the truth that makes us free.

 

Prayers and Thanksgivings:

Welcome to the Rev. George Martin, new Interim Rector at St. Andrew’s, Amarillo. Fr. Martin, a graduate of Virginia Seminary, is canonically resident in the Diocese of Minnesota, and has served churches in Minnesota, Nebraska and Ohio. He has been part of the teaching team involved in the national church level Start Up-Start Over Conference and has chaired the Bexley Hall Seminary Board. He organized the Episcopal Ad Project which later became the Church Ad Project, is an adjunct faculty member at Seabury Western Seminary, program coordinator for the New Start Coalition of Seabury Institute, contributing editor to Net Results, and has a series of sermons published in the Clergy Journal with another series coming in 2001. Fr. Martin has consulted and led seminars in the fields of congregational development , core values and leadership in transitions, evangelism, church growth, and communications in over 20 dioceses, and is a certified specialist in interim ministry. Fr. Martin is married to Caroline Jones and they have four grown children and five grandchildren.

Edna Chamber’s mother, Jo Jones, suffered a heart attack last Wednesday and surgery will not be possible.

The Rev. Malcolm Slayter and his wife Fumiko were recently treated for carbon monoxide poisoning. We are grateful for their safety and recovery.

Clint Hagen of St. Andrew’s, Amarillo, and Amy Kitten of Emmanuel, San Angelo, are participating in the Seminary of the Southwest’s new Certificate Programs in Youth Ministry and Christian Education. Twenty-five students representing fourteen dioceses are part of the first class. For a full description of the program contact: Bob Kinney at bkinney@etss.edu. The Rev. Jo Roberts Mann participated in the recent Seminary of the Southwest Trustee Phonathon which raised more than $150,000 for the seminary’s annual fund.

Virginia Theological Seminarian Michael Pipkin of St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, and Michael Caldwell of St. Mark’s, Abilene, along with the Rev. Canon David Veal, will represent the diocese at the Inauguration of the New Relationship with Lutherans at the Washington National Cathedral on January 6. Michael Pipkin has received a scholarship for 2000-2001 from the Society for the Increase of the Ministry.

 

Diocesan Calendar:

December 2000

6-9 *Church Pension Fund, NYC

9 Finance Committee, HEC, 10 am

Rolling Plains Ministry Team and Rolling Plains Cluster Council, Clarendon

10 *St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, Visitation

13 *All Staff Meeting

16 *Mark Eldredge Ordination, Midland, 10 AM Western Plains Ministry Team Training, St. Peter’s, Amarillo

17 *St. Mark’s, Abilene, Visitation

19 *All Saints’ School, Lessons and Carols, 10 AM

20 *Mary Glover Ordination, Abilene, 7 PM

21 *Trinity School, Midland, 1 AM

22 noon Hulsey Episcopal Center Closed to Jan 2

 

January 2001

2 Hulsey Episcopal Center Open

5-6 Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

13 *Budget Committee, HEC, 10 am Rolling Plains Cluster Council and Rolling Plains Ministry Team, Clarendon

14 *Visitation, St. James, Monahans

16 & 17 *Clergy Small Group I, HEC

21 * Visitation, San Miguel Arcangel, Odessa * St. Barnabas, Odessa (4 pm)

23 * Trustees, HEC, 10 am

25 * Larry Spannagel Installation, Borger

24 Companion Diocese Committee, HEC, 1-3 PM

26-28 * Mid Winter Conference (Sr. High), BQCC

28 * Visitation, St. Mark’s, Plainview

 

To view the 2001 Diocesan Calendar, log on to http://www.nwt.org/calendar.htm

 

2001 Dates to Note

 

St. Nicholas’, Midland, Dedication Feb 3 pm

The Adventure deadline                 Feb 10

Vestry Academy, Big Spring Feb 24

Vestry Academy, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo Mar 3

Spring Fling (Jr High), BQCC Mar 2-4

Province VII Convocation, Norman OK Apr 19-21

Clergy Spouses’ Conference, BQCC Apr 27-29

ECW Conference, BQCC Sept 28-30

Clergy Conference, BQCC Oct 1-4

Diocesan Convention, Lubbock Oct 26-28


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 99 November 20 , 2000

 

Inauguration of New Relationship

with Lutherans on Epiphany

At the Washington National Cathedral on the morning of January 6, 2001, the leadership, lay and ordained, of the Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America will gather to inaugurate and celebrate our new relationship of full communion. The Lutheran Presiding Bishop, George Anderson, will preside and our Presiding Bishop, Frank Griswold, will preach. Special music will be provided by the St. Olaf College Choir and the choirs of the Cathedral. All Episcopal and ELCA bishops are invited as well as lay and clergy representatives from all dioceses and synods. International representatives of the wider Lutheran and Anglican communions will take part. The event will be broadcast on the Odyssey channel and a video will be made available for use locally.

 

Would You like to Participate?

Our diocese will be officially represented by Canon Veal and John Caldwell of Emmanuel, San Angelo. We can have two more representatives in the procession and with reserved seats in the Cathedral. There is no diocesan funding for this, but if anyone from our diocese has the time and money and interest, please contact Canon David Veal who can secure tickets and a place in the procession for you, laity or clergy. This must be done by 1 December.

 

Celebrate this Event in Your Parish

Local Episcopal churches are encouraged to get together with neighboring ELCA congregations on The Epiphany (Saturday, January 6) to acknowledge and celebrate before God this significant step in the direction of Christian unity. Your parish has received, or will soon receive, a copy of the liturgy that will be used at the National Cathedral and you are encouraged to use it on the 6th of January.

Contact the Rev. Canon David L. Veal

canonveal@nwt.org 806763.1370 fax 806.472.0641

 

 

PERCEPT Information Access

To access PERCEPT demographic information and planning tools for Northwest Texas log on to the perceptnet.com web site. To access a variety of mission planning tools at the new local church web site, log on to link2lead.com. Contact Mr. Dick Davis at ddavis@arn.net or 806.373.8300

 

  

The Next Adventure

Early in December Northwest Texans should receive the last "free" issue of The Adventure. A subscription form and envelope will be included for the proposed 2001 quarterly issues. Subscriptions are $8 per annum. We hope subscriptions will cover the cost of publication. However, your contributions above the subscription cost are most welcome and such gifts will certainly effect the quality of the newspaper we are able to produce. Subscriptions and contributions should be sent to "The Adventure, 1802 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401."

 

The New Adventure

Deadline for receiving materials for the Lent/Easter 2001 issue of The Adventure is February 10, 2001. We hope to have the "new" Adventure in your hands by the beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, February 28, 2001.

 

Deadlines for The Adventure 2001

10 February for the Lent/Easter issue

11 May for the Pentecost issue

8 September for the Michaelmas issue

9 November for the Advent/Christmas/Epiphany issue

 

Northwest Texas Receives Scholarships Leadership Academy for New Directions

Eight Northwest Texans will be selected by Bishop Ohl to attend the Leadership Academy for New Directions (L.A.N.D. in three weekends in 2001 and one weekend in 2002.

The Academy is based on New Directions Basic Principles: (1) Theological Foundation: Creation, Christ and Community, the Church is the Body of Christ, (2) recognition of the ministry of all baptized persons, and (3) each faith community is responsible for its own life, ministry and mission. The $8,000 grant is provided by the Small Church Ministry of the Episcopal Church.

 

Province VII Convocation
Being a Missionary Church

April 19-21, 2001, Norman, OK

Everyone is invited. Plenaries will include:

What is a vision and how to bring it about
The role of a bishop
Obstacles
Empowering the laity
The diocese as a resource
Finding the money
What to expect of missionary outposts (congregations)

  

 

Prayers and Thanksgivings

The Rev. Chuck Meyer of St. David’s Medical Center in Austin, known by many in the diocese and speaker at the 1999 ECW Conference, died in an automobile accident between Austin and Houston November 13. Fr. Meyer’s wife Deborah is in serious condition in an Austin Hospital. Fr. Meyer’s funeral is scheduled for Nov. 21 at 2 pm at St. Matthew’s, Austin. Memorials may be sent to Hospice of Austin which Fr. Meyer founded, 4107 Spicewood Springs Road, Austin 78759.

Mrs. Jane Pietila of Holy Trinity, Midland, has been appointed new diocesan coordinator for EFM by Bishop Ohl.

The Rev. Dr. Malcolm Slayter will celebrate his 80th birthday on December 9.

The Rev. Mike Smith of Emmanuel, San Angelo, has a sermon published in Preaching Through the Year of Luke: Sermons That Work IX. The sermon is titled "Burning Questions for God" from Proper 27, Job 19:23-27 and Luke 20:27-38.

Mrs. Jessie Vaughn of Grace, Vernon, was admitted as a postulant for the Diaconate by Bishop Ohl on November 14.

Archdeacon Dana Wilson is recuperating at home from pneumonia.

 

Calendar Event

UTO Fall Ingathering due December 1. Send to Meredith Maharg, 1615 Englewood Lane, Odessa, TX 79761-3235.

Executive Council Retreat, BQCC, December 1 & 2. Contact Carolyn Hearn, 806.763.1370, diocese@nwt.org

Paula D’Arcy Retreat, San Angeo, December 1 & 2. Contact Emmanuel Church, 915.653.2446

Llano Estacado Deanery Lessons and Carols Service--December 3, 4 pm, St. Paul’s, Lubbock

The Adventure deadline February 10. Contact Canon David Veal, canonveal@nwt.org, 806.763.1370

Finance Committee, HEC, December 9, 10 am Contact Edna Chambers, 806.763.1370, edna@nwt.or

 

Gifts

Bishops Tample-Quarterman Endowment Fund by Mrs. Joan Davis, Midland, in honor of the Rev. Dr. Malcolm Slayter on his 8th birthday and in thanksgiving for his twenty years of dedicated service to St. Nicholas’ Church and the Diocese of Northwest Texas.

Bishop Quarterman Conference Center by Mrs. Mary C. Bagot of Amarillo in honor of Bishop Wallis Ohl.

 

Diocesan Calendar

November

23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday, HEC Closed

27-30 *Bishops of Small Dioceses Conference, VA

 

December

1-2 *Executive Council Retreat, BQCC, 7pm-noon

1-2 Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

3 *San Angelo, Good Shepherd, Visitation

        *Lessons and Carols, St. Paul’s, 4 PM

6-9 *Church Pension Fund, NYC

9 Rolling Plains Ministry Team, St. Peter’s, Amarillo

10 *St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, Visitation

13 *All Staff Meeting

16 *Mark Eldredge Ordination, Midland, 10 AM

17 *St. Mark’s, Abilene, Visitation

19 *All Saints’ School, Lessons and Carols, 10 AM

20 *Mary Glover Ordination, Abilene, 7 PM

21 *Trinity School, Midland, 1 AM

 

January

5-6 Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

7 * Visitation, Emmanuel , San Angelo

14 *Visitation, St. James, Monahans

16 & 17 *Clergy Small Group I, HEC

21 * Visitation, San Miguel Arcangel, Odessa

        * St. Barnabas, Odessa (p.m.)

23 * Trustees, HEC

24 Companion Diocese Committee, HEC, 1-3 pm

26-28 * Mid Winter Conference (Sr. High), BQCC

28 * Visitation, St. Mark’s, Plainview

 

2001Dates to Note

MidWinter (Sr High) Jan 26-28

Vestry Academy, Big Spring Feb 24

Vestry Academy, Amarillo Mar 3

 

Bishop Ohl and his Staff wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving

Almighty and gracious Father, we give thee thanks for the fruits of the earth in their season and for the labors of those who harvest them. Make us, we beseech thee, faithful stewards of they great bounty, for the provision of our necessities and the relief of all who are in need, to the glory of they Name; through Jesus Chris our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen BCP 194

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 98 November 5, 2000

 

42nd Annual Diocesan Convention Report

Building Up the Body of Christ

"Grace was given to each of us according to the measure of Christ’s gift. And his gifts were that some should be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some pastors and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry for the building up of the body of Christ..."

Asking "what has God given you to help us bring God’s reconciling love and grace to a broken and hurting world," Bishop Ohl challenged the 42nd Annual Convention to recapture the heart and souls of every leader, every parishioner, every adult and child to become witnesses, to become a missional church for Jesus Christ.

Quoting Archbishop William Temple who stated almost a century ago that "the Church is the only organization that is mostly focused on those who are not members," Bishop Ohl asked the convention to adopt the new Vision and Mission Statement designed by the Long Range Planning Committee in consultation with the bishop using the PERCEPT data collated over the past two years. The Vision and Mission Statement was adopted as follows:

The Diocese of Northwest Texas is a community of mission outposts which invite in and welcome people who are seeking Jesus, train them to be his disciples, and send them out into the world to do the work God has called them to do.

Noting that the operative words in the vision statement are mission outposts, seek and welcome, train and send, Bishop Ohl asked if that describes our congregations and then asked, will it in five years? Bishop Ohl challenged the convention to change our way of thinking from survival, or at best, maintenance, to a missionary way of thinking and living.

The Diocese of Northwest Texas will provide the energy, resources, and support necessary to help all our communities become mission outposts and, where needed, to help plant new ones.

Noting that mission follows vision, Bishop Ohl asked the convention to focus on how we can help one another become missions outposts. Bishop Ohl stated that his dream for the diocese is to have the funds necessary to start new congregations, Anglo and Latino, to be able to provide the training for lay and clergy to accomplish the tasks before us, for Northwest Texas to become a real community of mission outposts, letting go of congregational jealousies and selfishness, and to share the bounty of talent and treasure in the diocese.

Bishop Ohl stated that his question to the congregations he visits this coming year will be, "What to you need to become a missionary outpost?" and that he will expect solid answers.

Bishop Ohl charged the convention to be hot, not lukewarm or cold, and not to rely on him and the clergy to be hot while all others are cold, nor to look to any one individual or small group. In the conclusion to his charge, Bishop Ohl proclaimed, "We have been fueled by God’s own nutriments, Jesus’ Body and Blood. We have been infused with the fire of the Holy Spirit... let us go out and act like we believe what we say and become witnesses for Christ, on fire with his love."

 

For complete text click here or call Carolyn Hearn

at 806.763.1370.

 

Four New Deacons for Northwest Texas

"For which is greater, one who sits at table or one who serves?

But I am among you as one who serves."

Following years of study and discernment, four new deacons were ordained for service by Bishop Ohl at the Annual Convention Eucharist. Judy Cobb of St. Barnabas’, Odessa; Nikki Jones of St. Stephen’s, Sweetwater; and Ernie and Suzi Wilkinson of St. Matthew’s, Pampa, were challenged by Bishop Ohl to reread, mark, learn, and inwardly digest the promises and vows made at their ordination, and to come to know the Bible as they would a dear, close friend as they embark upon their ministry of servant leadership and bringing the needs of the world to the church. Northwest Texas now has fourteen active deacons and one archdeacon. Five deacons have retired. The first deacons in the diocese were ordained in 1985.

Convention Elections

Chancellor to 01: Sequoyah Perry, Jr., St. Paul’s, Lubbock

Trustee to 05: Ricky Bowman, St. Stephen’s, Sweetwater

Standing Committee to 02: Pat Russell, St. Paul’s, Lubbock; and Clif Gardner, Good Shepherd, San Angelo

Standing Committee to 03: Dick Davis, St. Peter’s, Amarillo; and John Watson, St. Peter’s, Amarillo

Commission on Ministry to 04: John Loving, Emmanuel, San Angelo; and Jackie Batjer, Heavenly Rest, Abilene

Ecclesiastical Trial Court to 03: Kathryn Lind, Emmanuel, San Angelo; and Jerry Sneary, St. James’, Dalhart

Ecclesiastical Trial Court to 02: Jess Holloway, Heavenly Rest

 

Deanery Elections


Executive Council to 2004
:

Eagle Cove: Dennis Bosley, St. Stephen’s, Sweetwater
Llano Estacado: Mike Ehmer, Llano Estacado
Panhandle: Norman Allen, All Saints’, Perryton
Permian Basin: Michael Jasper, St. Barnabas’, Odessa

Health and Social Concerns to 2003:

Eagle Cove: Kathryn Lind, Emmanuel, San Angelo
Llano Estacado: Margaret Teague, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock
Panhandle: Carolyn Miller, St. Peter’s, Borger
Permian Basin: Vicky Shaw, Holy Trinity, Midland


Christian Education to 2003:

Eagle Cove: Jane Lewis, Emmanuel, San Angelo
Llano Estacado: Carolyn Goebel, St. Paul’s, Lubbock
Panhandle: Karen Nikado, St. Andrew’s, Amarillo
Permian Basin: Roger Rose, St. Mary’s, Big Spring

For a complete listing of the Bishop’s Appointments click here or call Carolyn Hearn at 806.764.1370

 

Companion Diocese Top 10 Hymns

A diocesan-wide survey, made at the request of the Diocese of Spain to obtain the top ten favorite hymns in the diocese from the 1982 Hymnal, resulted in the following to be sent to Spain:

1. Amazing Grace             2. Lift High the Cross 3. Morning Has Broken Silence        4. Alleluia, Alleluia Give Thanks to the Risen Lord

5. I Am the Bread of Life    6. Seek Ye First               7. Let All Mortal Flesh Keep                 8. Joyful, Joyful We Adore You   

9. Onward Christian Soldiers                                  10. Fairest Lord Jesus

73 different hymns were selected by 9 parishes and 7 missions.

San Miguel will send a tape of their favorite Spanish hymns.

 

Prayers and Thanksgivings

Bill Houghton is home and doing very well following aneurysm surgery in Houston.

Liz and Andy Parker have accepted a call to St. Timothy’s Church in Lake Jackson, Texas, and will be moving after Christmas. Godspeed and blessings to the Parker family.

The Rev. William D. Nix has been appointed to the national Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance for a three year term.

The Rev. Bernardo Martinez will attend a national stewardship workshop designed especially for Hispanic congregations Nov. 10-12 in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.

Fr. Martinez and four families will begin a new Hispanic congregation at Holy Trinity, Midland,

St. Mary’s School, Big Spring, is searching for a new headmaster. Contact the Rev. Jim Liggett, 915.267.8201 stmarys@crcom.net.

Bishop Quarterman videos available. Contact the Square House Museum, PO Box 276, Panhandle, TX 79068, phone 806.537.3524. $35

 

National Gathering of College Students Estes Park, CO, Christmas Break

Registration deadline Nov. 15. Contact the Rev. David Krause, 806.765.0037, fax 762.8986, canterbury@nwt.org

Calendar Events

The Adventure deadline November 15. Contact Canon David Veal, canonveal@nwt.org, 806.763.1370

UTO Fall Ingathering due December 1. Send to Meredith Maharg, 1615 Englewood Lane, Odessa, TX 79761-3235.

Executive Council Retreat, BQCC, December 1 & 2.  Contact Carolyn Hearn, 806.763.1370, diocese@nwt.org

 

Diocesan Calendar

November

2-4    *Kansas City, Diocesan Convention

5    *St. John’s, Odessa, Visitation

7    *St. Peter’s, Kermit, Confirmations, pm

8    *Holy Trinity, Midland, Confirmations, 6:30 pm

9-10     Seminary of the Southwest Board, Austin

10    Commission on Ministry, HEC, 10 am

10-11    Catechist Training, BQCC

10-11     Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

10-12 Fall Festival

12    *Sweetwater Visitation

12    Rolling Plains Cluster Eucharist, Pampa

16-19    *Standing Committee on Ministry Development, Baltimore, MD

18 Western Plains Ministry Team, St. Peter’s, Amarillo

19-21 *Province VII House of Bishops, Camp Allen

                *A Clear Vision of One Church III, Camp Allen

23-24 Thanksgiving Holiday, HEC Closed

27-30 *Bishops of Small Dioceses Conference, VA

 

December

1-2         *Executive Council Retreat, BQCC, 7pm-noon

1-2        Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

2        Finance Committee, HEC, 10 AM

3        *San Angelo, Good Shepherd, Visitation

                *Lessons and Carols, St. Paul’s, 4 PM

6-9        *Church Pension Fund, NYC

9      Rolling Plains Ministry Team, St. Peter’s, Amarillo

10    *St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, Visitation

13    *All Staff Meeting

16    *Mark Eldredge Ordination, Midland, 10 AM

17    *St. Mark’s, Abilene, Visitation

19    *All Saints’ School, Lessons and Carols, 10 AM

20    *Mary Glover Ordination, Abilene, 7 PM

21    *Trinity School, Midland

 

2001Dates to Note

MidWinter (Sr. High) Jan 26-28

Vestry Academy, St. Mary’s, Big Spring,   Feb 24

Spring Fling (Jr High),  Mar 2-4



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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 97 October 20, 2000

 

42nd Annual Diocesan Convention

Building Up the Body of Christ

Bishop Ohl has chosen Building Up the Body of Christ from Ephesians 4:1-7 and 11-16 as the theme for the

42nd Annual Diocesan Convention which will begin with Evensong on Friday evening, October 27, 7 PM, at the First United Methodist Church in San Angelo. Under the direction of Dr. James L. Queen, choirmaster and organist at Emmanuel, the combined choirs of Good Shepherd and Emmanuel Churches will sing the Magnificat and Nunc dimitits arranged by English composer Charles V. Stanford; Sing My Soul His Wondrous Love by Ned Rorem; and Draw Us in the Spirit’s Tether by Harold W. Friedel.

 

The Rev. Cynthia Banks, Clergy Associate for Evangelism and Christian Formation at Christ Church Cathedral, Louisville, Kentucky, will preach at Evensong and will address the Convention on Saturday morning. Evensong will be followed by a "substantial" reception in the beautiful new Fellowship Hall at First United Methodist Church.

Convention will convene at 8:30 AM, Saturday, October 28, at the San Angelo Convention Center. Information and merchandise booths will be located at the Convention Center. Business sessions will include elections for Standing Committee, Trustee, Commission on Ministry, and Ecclesiastical Trial Court, and recommended revisions by the Constitution and Canons Committee will be considered. A forum will be presented by the Long Range Planning Committee based on the PERCEPT research and will include a proposed Vision and Mission Statement for the diocese. The forum will cover vision, mission, strategic opportunities and challenges, and mission context which includes information on population, diversity, and faith. Bus trips to Fort Concho and the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts will be offered during the lunch break. Also available during the lunch break will be a workshop on the audit requirements for 2000-2001conducted by the Finance Committee of the diocese. Afternoon business will include a slide presentation on a visit to our companion diocese, Spain, and a presentation by our deputation on the recent 73rd General Convention. The Bishop’s Charge, the Budget Report and Motion to Adopt, and Evening Prayer will conclude the order of business for the day. A "coat and tie" dinner and dance follows at the historic and beautiful Cactus Hotel. If you have not visited the Cactus Hotel, you are in for a treat.

A 7:30 AM brunch at the Convention Center will begin Sunday’s events. Convention will reconvene at 8:30 AM. The business session will include reports on the work of the committees and commissions of the diocese, the Ministries Coordinator, and the Archdeacon. Also on the agenda are the Treasurer’s Reports, including adoption of the proposed 2001 operating budget, endowment income allocations, and apportionments, and response and feedback to the Long Range Planning Committee Forum. The Convention Eucharist at 10:30 AM at the Convention Center will include ordinations to the  Diaconate of Julia Kramer Cobb of St. Barnabas’, Odessa; Nikki Casner Jones of St. Stephen’s, Sweetwater; Ernest Benjamin Wilkinson and Mary Suzanne Wilkinson of St. Matthew’s, Pampa; the United Thank Offering Ingathering; and the commissioning of diocesan officers and staff. Bishop Ohl will be the celebrant and preacher.

Clergy are to vest for both services - Evensong: cassock, surplice, hood & tippet. Sunday Eucharist: cassock, surplice & stole. Altar party: alb.

 

Convention Elections

The Report of the Nominating Committee:

Trustee, one lay to 2005:

Ricky Bowman, St. Stephen’s, Sweetwater
Patrick Kelso, St. George’s, Canyon

Standing Committee, one lay to 2003 & one lay to 2002

Dick Davis, St. Peter’s, Amarillo
Patricia Russell, St. Paul’s, Lubbock


Standing Committee, clergy to 2003

John Watson, St. Peter’s, Amarillo


Commission on Ministry, one clergy to 2004

Michael Ehmer, Llano Estacado Mission Regional Vicar
John Loving, Emmanuel, San Angelo
Donald Webb, All Saints, Colorado City


Commission on Ministry, one lay to 2004

Jackie Batjer, Heavenly Rest, Abilene


Ecclesiastical Trial Court, two clergy to 2003

Kathryn Lind, Emmanuel, San Angelo
Jerry Sneary, St. James’, Dalhart

Nominations from the floor will be received Saturday morning. Copies of the signed nominating form must be presented to the convention upon nomination from the floor. Contact Carolyn Hearn

 

Long Range Planning Committee

Vision and Mission Report

Based upon the PERCEPT studies conducted for the diocese as presented at the 1999 Annual Convention and the work of the Long Range Planning Committee, the LRPC report will recommend of adoption by the Convention of the following Vision and Mission Statement:

 

Vision Statement: The Diocese of Northwest Texas is a community of mission outposts where people seeking Jesus are invited in and welcomed, trained to be His disciples, and sent into the world to do the work God has called them to do. Mission Statement: The Diocese of Northwest Texas will provide the energy, resources and support necessary to help all our communities become mission outposts and, where needed, to help plant new ones. Contact ddavis@arn.net

Constitution and Canons

Canonical changes passed by the 2000 General Convention are included in the report of the Constitution and Canons Committee submitted to the Annual Convention of the Diocese. Amendments to be considered include the Commission on Ministry’s (COM) and Standing Committee’s request for a change in the membership of the COM; the "special ministries" of lay persons being opened to younger persons; provision for seat and voice at diocesan convention for clergy serving but not canonically resident in the diocese; and provision for a rector to designate another person to preside at vestry meetings. Two additions to the disciplinary canon will also be considered. Contact Betty Gilmore 915.682.55778 BG1709@aol.com

Finance Committee Audit Workshop
Saturday at Convention

The Finance Committee of the Diocese will conduct an audit workshop at noon Saturday during convention. The workshop will be a brief overview of internal and committee financial audits and requirements. All churches will be required to file an audit for the year 2000 to be seated at the 2001 convention. The time and place will be announced at convention. Contact Edna Chambers edna@nwt.org

 

Committee Chairs


Approval of Minutes:
Sally Brown, St. Paul’s, Lubbock806.792.6250 jabrown@ttacs.ttu.edu

Credentials: Jack Link, St. Stephen’s, Lubbock 806.763.9246 fax 806.765.6729

Dispatch of Business: Betty Gilmore, St. Nicholas’, Midland 915.682.5578 fax 682.5570 BG1709@aol.com

Elections: Jim Haney, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock 806.799.8208 fax 806.799.0399 stcoff@nts-online.net

Necrology: Carolyn Hearn, Diocesan Office

Nominating Committee: Jake Clemmens, St. Matthew’s, Pampa 806.655.0701 fax 655.0702, stmatt@pan-tex.net

Parliamentarian: Bob Poer, Holy Trinity, Midland 915.683.4207 fax 915.683.0027 bobannpoer@cs.com

Resolutions: Clifton Gardner, Good Shepherd, San Angelo 915.949.6260 fax 944.9991 cogs@cotgoodshepherd.org

 

Fall Festival 2000 - Jr High at BQCC
November 10, 11, and 12

"Search for the Holy Prayer Book"

Contact: Jo Roberts Mann or Ashley Jones 806.799.3439

 

A Clear Vision of One Church III

November 19-21, 2000, Camp Allen

Province VII bishops committed in Denver to attend "A Clear Vision for One Church III" as a part of their yearly fall meeting and to bring ministry teams with them. Bishop Ohl is inviting ministry teams to attend with him. The third offering of the vision conference will provide hands-on presentations and workshops with such titles as Organizing for the Job; Show Me the Money!; Revitalizing Christian Education; Diocesan Congregational Strategies; New Mission Starts; Ministry in Small, Rural Settings; and Cutting Edge Innovations for Commissions on Ministry.

For a brochure contact Carolyn Hearn


Ministry Discernment Handbook and
Holy Orders Discernment Committee

The Commission on Ministry of the diocese has recently published a Ministry Discernment Handbook . In the foreword of the handbook, Bishop Ohl relates that "the call comes from God not just to the individual but to the Church as well," and describes the handbook as designed to assist in exploring discernment, "normally... done when either the Church or an individual believes he or she is being called to ordained ministry. It is the work of the community of faith to either confirm the call to ordered ministry or to confirm the call to baptismal ministry... It is my prayer that we who participate in discernment can assist all who desire to know more fully how God has called them and to what specific ministry. As we help others to discern, if we listen carefully, we just might hear something of our own call." Holy Orders Discernment Committee is a guide designed to help rectors and parishes, by the use of a discernment process, in the formation, preparation and implementation of Holy Orders Discernment Committees which are to guide and seek out aspirants for Holy Orders in their congregations.

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Prayers and Thanksgivings

Bill Houghton had aneurysm surgery on October 12 at St. Luke’s Hospital in Houston. Mary Moreland, widow of the Rev. Evans Moreland, Rector of St. Andrew’s, Amarillo for many years, will celebrate her 90th birthday on November 4. Mary’s address is Renaissance of Austin, 11279 Taylor Draper Lane #355, Austin, TX 78759, phone 512.349.0095.

 

 

Diocesan Calendar

 

October

20-22 Fall Rally (Sr High), BQCC

21 *Llano Estacado Deanery, Plainveiw, 10 AM

22 *Borger Visitation

24 *Trinity School, Midland

25 *St. Andrew’s, Amarillo, Healing Service, 5 PM

27 *Standing Committee, San Angelo, 3 PM

27-29 *Annual Convention, San Angelo

30 *HEC Closed

 

November

2-4    *Kansas City, Diocesan Convention

5    *St. John’s, Odessa, Visitation

6-9    *Church Pension Fund, NYC

9-10    Seminary of the Southwest Board, Austin

10-11    Catechist Training, BQCC

10-11     Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

10-12    Fall Festival

12    *Sweetwater Visitation

16-19 *Standing Committee on Ministry Development, Baltimore, MD

19-21 *Province VII House of Bishops, Camp Allen *A Clear Vision of One Church III, Camp Allen

27-30 *Bishops of Small Dioceses Conference, VA

 

December

1-2    Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

2    Finance Committee, HEC, 10 AM

3    *San Angelo, Good Shepherd, Visitation *Lessons and Carols, St. Paul’s, 4 PM

6-9    *Church Pension Fund, NYC

10    *St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, Visitation

13    *All Staff Meeting

16    *Mark Eldredge Ordination, Midland, 10 AM

17    *St. Mark’s, Abilene, Visitation

19    *All Saints’ School, Lessons and Carols, 10 AM

20    *Mary Glover Ordination, Abilene, 7 PM

 

 

2001Dates to Note

MidWinter (Sr High)                            Jan 26-28

Vestry Academy, Panhandle             Feb 24

Spring Fling (Jr High)                     Mar 2-4

Prov VII Small Church Clergy Conf    Apr 23-26

Clergy Spouses’ Conference             Apr 27-29

Math and Science Camps                     June 2-9

Primary Camp                                     June 3-9

Happy Camp                                   June 10-16

Junior High Camp                           June 17-23

Senior High Camp                                 June 24-30

ECW Conference                           Sept 28-30

Clergy Conference                            Oct 1-4

Diocesan Convention, Lubbock Oct 26-28



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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 96 October 5, 2000

 

Presiding Bishop Grateful for Prayers

In a letter to sister and brother bishops following surgery for prostate cancer, Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold thanked the community of bishops and spouses for their "incredible gift" of support and prayers for himself and Mrs. Griswold. He also stated that the pathology report and extensive testing showed the cancer to be contained and other areas not affected and noted further treatment is not indicated. He is "working in the office for increasing periods each day and pacing himself in a way that acknowledges that the work of healing requires time and deliberate choices. It feels very good to be once again engaged in the work of the gospel."

 

Episcopal Women Gather to Grow & Go
Kanuga Conference Center - Dec 1-3

Th Council for Women’s Ministry is sponsoring a conference for all Episcopal women. On the agenda is development of a Platform for Action for Episcopal Women into the 21st century. The conference is designed to identify the issues and needs of common concern; bridge racial, cultural and age divides; shine light on the future; form new alliances; turn change into opportunity; and have fun. Jane Wolfe, International President of the YWCA, will serve as moderator. $85 registration + $190 food and lodging. For further information and registration form contact Carolyn Hearn or Sue Schlanbusch, 49199 Monte Road, Chesterfield, MI 48047, 810.598.2216, schlanbush@aol.com.

 

theredbook.org

The "Red Book," also known as the Episcopal Church Annual, is now available online at http://www.theredbook.org/redbook/default.asp. The "Red Book" contains listing of all dioceses including officers and past and present bishops; churches with times of services, size of congregation, special ministries, web and e-mail addresses; clergy; conference centers; institutions of higher learning; ministries on campuses; religious communities; officers of the national church; statistics; and many other helpful and interesting listings. Associated links include Episcopal Church, USA; Anglican Communion; and Morehouse Publishing.

 

United Thank Offering Grant Requests

Forms for the year 2001 UTO grant cycle have arrived in the diocesan office. Grant awards will be for use July 2001 through July 2002. Complete applications (incomplete will not be considered) must be submitted to Bishop Ohl by January 5, 2001. Contact Carolyn Hearn.

 

Insurance Committee Meeting
Thursday, October 19, 10 am at HEC

 

Annual Diocesan Convention
October 27-29, San Angelo

 

Finance Committee Meeting
Saturday, December 2, 10 am at HEC

 

Seminarians from Northwest Texas

In a recent news release, the Seminary of the Southwest reports five of its 113 students (four of its 38 new students) are from Northwest Texas.

Sherri Harris, a principal account manager for the Foxboro Company in Odessa, and Liza Philpy, President of LAJ Corporation in Midland, members of Holy Trinity, Midland, are in the Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry (MAPM) degree program. Both are in the spiritual formation track of study and commute to Austin for classes every other weekend. Beginning its fifth year, the MAPM program is intended for working lay people who wish to deepen their spiritual life and link what they learn in the classroom with their workplace through part-time study.

Josie Rose of St. John’s, Odessa, an elementary school teacher before entering seminary, is in the Master of Divinity (M.Div.) degree program and is a postulant for ordination to the priesthood in Northwest Texas. Mary Glover of Heavenly Rest, Abilene, an attorney, is in the M.Div. degree program and is a candidate for ordination to the transitional diaconate December 20 by Bishop Ohl. Mary Vano, also in the M.Div. program, is a former Christian ed teacher at St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, and is in process for ordination from the Diocese of San Diego.

The entering class this fall are the first to study in the new mission-oriented M.Div. curriculum at the seminary. "This integrative curriculum infuses the traditional theological disciplines with an emphasis on cross-cultural perspectives, the interaction of theory and practice and linking the classroom with the community of Austin and the greater Southwest, " said the Very Rev. Durstan R McDonald, seminary dean. "In addition to learning theology, students will also acquire the ability to teach and communicate the faith in plain and clear language."

Contact bkinney@etss.edu

Michael Pipkin of St. Stephen’s, Lubbock, is a postulant for ordination to the priesthood in seminary at Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria.


 

Church Periodical Club Supports Seminarians

Within Northwest Texas, the CPC sends our seminarians studying for ordination from $50 to $100 per semester to assist with textbook purchases. Terry Jolliffe, CPC representative for the diocese says, "While this is only a drop in the bucket, we hope that they will be encouraged in their studies by our continued support. This also follows the motto of CPC, ‘Spreading the Gospel through the printed word.’" Terry also reports that the CPC will make a donation in gratitude for the ministries of the diaconate class which began this fall nothing that while it is only a portion of their costs, it is symbolic of the CPC’s enthusiasm for their studies and appreciation of their dedication. Donations are based on the amount of donations received throughout the diocese. Northwest Texas has received three Miles of Pennies and four National Book Fund grants. Anyone (male or female) interested in starting CPC at their home church or in submitting a grant request may contact Terry Jolliffe at shjolliffe@aol.com, 915.684.4076, 1614 Ventura, Midland 79705.

 

Children’s Charter in Action

The Christian Education Committee at Emmanuel, San Angelo, is planning a display for the Diocesan Convention to highlight activities in Northwest Texas which support the church’s mission as outlined in the Children’s Charter. The committee is seeking additional display items, ideas, pictures, etc, and is asking you to share resources and what works in your church. Contact Amy Kitten, EEC, 3 S Randolph, San Angelo 76903 or bring your items to convention. fmschwar@wcc.net or amy@emmanuel-sa.org.

 

Companion Diocese Sends Thanks

"Dear friends in the Northwest Texas Diocese: On behalf of Bishop Carlos Lopez and as Coordinator of the Companion Diocese Committee in Spain, I would like to thank all churches, church members and individuals who have been so kind as to send gifts and donations to the Spanish Episcopal Diocese. The $500 gift from Emmanuel Church in San Angelo for our University Center, and the proposed further $2000 gift from the NWTX CD Committee is greatly appreciated as we so greatly need to work with our Spanish youth. We also wish to give special thanks for the gifts and $500 donation for our Outreach Program to Latin Americans in Madrid – also greatly needed and appreciated. San Jose de Rinconada Mission wishes to thank the Eimons for the beautiful hand crafted paten and chalice, and the Rev. John Dixon’s youth baseball team is especially grateful for the baseball gloves and equipment sent from Northwest Texas. We praise the Lord for the generosity of all those involved in these and other projects already underway (hymn collections, student exchanges), also for the enriching experience of meeting members of the NWTX diocese, and we pray for the success of future visits and exchanges. May God bless. Sandra Myers, Coordination of the Spanish CD Committee." A slide production on the CD visit to Spain will be presented at Annual Diocesan Convention.

 

Memorials and Gifts

Mr. and Mrs. Tom Gregg, San Angelo, to the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center Fund in memory of Sara Limoine. Mr. and Mrs. Leon Swift, Amarillo, to the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center Fund in memory of William Dale Nix, Sr. and Betty Welch Bice.

 

Church Pension Fund Report

The Church Pension Fund reports that in the twelve months prior to September 1, thirty retired bishops and clergy, clergy on disability retirement, and surviving spouses in Northwest Texas received $422,264 in benefits. The Diocese paid $38,447 in benefits to these persons.

 

Diocesan Calendar

 

October

8        *Shamrock Visitation

9-15 *Sewanee Homecoming, Installation, Dedication

13-14 Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

14    *BQCC Board, HEC, 10 AM

            Permian Basin Deanery, St. Barnabas’, Odessa, 9:30 AM

17    *Trustees, Episcopal Center, Lubbock , 10 am

18-19 *Clergy Small Group VIII, HEC

19    Insurance Committee, HEC , 10 am

20-22     Fall Rally (Sr High), BQCC

21     *Llano Estacado Deanery, Plainveiw, 10 AM

22  *Borger Visitation

24  *Trinity School, Midland

25  *St. Andrew’s, Amarillo, Healing Service, 5 PM

27 *Standing Committee, San Angelo, 3 PM

27-29  *Annual Convention, San Angelo

30 *HEC Closed

 

November

2-4 *Kansas City, Diocesan Convention

5 *St. John’s, Odessa, Visitation

6-9 *Church Pension Fund, NYC

9-10    *Seminary of the Southwest Board, Austin

10-11  Catechist Training, BQCC

           10-11     Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

10-12   Fall Festival

12 *Sweetwater Visitation

16-19 *Standing Committee on Ministry Development, Baltimore, MD

20-22 *Province VII House of Bishops, Camp Allen

27-30 *Bishops of Small Dioceses Conference, VA

 

December

1-2 Deacon Formation, St. Christopher’s, Lubbock

2 Finance Committee, HEC, 10 AM

3 *San Angelo, Good Shepherd, Visitation

                    *Lessons and Carols, St. Paul’s, 4 PM

6-9 *Church Pension Fund, NYC

10 *St. Christopher’s, Lubbock, Visitation

13 *All Staff Meeting

16 *Mark Eldredge Ordination, St. Nicholas', Midland, 10 AM

17 *St. Mark’s, Abilene, Visitation

19 *All Saints’ School, Lessons and Carols, 10 AM

20 *Mary Glover Ordination, Abilene, 7 PM

 

 

2001 Summer Conference Dates Set

Math and Science Camps June 2-9

Primary Camp June 3-9

Happy Camp June 10-16

Junior High Camp June 17-23

Senior High Camp June 24-30


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