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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 38 February 27, 1998


Reminder to Electronic Subscribers:

If you change e-mail providers, and thereby change your address, you must notify me. Every issue one or two names are returned to me "Unknown", and I can't find you in cyberspace! Regards - DT

_______________________________________________              
               
Urgent Need = Opportunity for
Contact with Hispanic Communities

A 12-year-old girl within the NW Texas diocese, diagnosed with lymphoblastic leukemia, critically needs a bone marrow transplant. Her brothers and sisters cannot provide the precise match necessary for bone marrow donation. The best chance of finding a "miracle match" for Nicole is in the Hispanic community. Unfortunately no more than 10% of the thousands of Hispanics in the U.S. diagnosed with leukemia and other fatal blood disorders ever receives bone marrow, because so few Hispanics are registered as donors. Organizers are needed immediately in Midland/Odessa, Amarillo, Abilene and the smaller cities to create and promote opportunities for Hispanics to join the National Bone Marrow Program. The essential requirements are a location, a public service promotion campaign, and enough trained medical volunteers to draw two tablespoons of blood from everyone who comes to be typed for a match. Contact Doug Tow (806) 797-6479 or (806) 894-3250 for more information about organizing in your community.

 

Spiritual Development Committee Begins Laying Groundwork

On January 24, the Spiritual Development Committee met at the Bishop Hulsey Episcopal Center, devoting the allotted time to an introductory exchange of expectations and concerns.

Among many topics discussed: the variety of events and states of being identified as "spiritual"; the popularity of the Alpha course at many locations around the diocese; the use of available resources for instruction and encouragement, including an extensive diocesan video library.

In attendance where: Bishop Wallis Ohl, Mavis Bell, Martha Havlena, Mary Glover, Joan Davis, Pat Kelso, Amanda Palmer, Pam Dunbar, Jean Money, Linda Kelly and Leslie Gregory, who chairs the committee.

 

Work of General Convention

Resumes in Minneapolis, March 20

Four persons from the Diocese of Northwest Texas will attend the second Convocation of the Interim Bodies of the General Convention. The meeting will be held in Minneapolis, Minnesota March 20-24, 1998. Approximately nineteen of the various committees and commissions of the church have been invited to the gathering. Attending from Northwest Texas will be the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, appointed to the Standing Commission on Ministry Development; the Rev. Canon David Veal, continuing his service on the Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations; the Rev. William D. Nix, Jr., re-appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance, and Betty Gilmore, appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations.

 

Volunteers Needed for New Ministry in Llano Estacado

El Buen Samaritano Advocacy Group, a specialized health ministry in the Hispanic communities of the Llano Estacado Deanery, has immediate need for an Accountant, Social Workers, and for active or retired Health Care workers of all types. Come be a part of a multi-denominational faith community, emerging to serve as advocate and advisor to the sick in an underserved community. The mission of this new organization is to match available medical treatments and social services with Hispanics in life-threatening, catastrophic circumstances. If you have experience with cutting red tape, or a passion to mend holes in the safety net, El Buen Samaritano needs you as a resource or in a leadership role. For more information contact the Revs. Clifton or Jo Mann, St. Stephen's Church, Lubbock (806) 799-3739 ; cmann@door.net

 

Good Friday Offering for the Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East

From a February 18 letter to rectors and vicars from the Bishop of Northwest Texas:

...as Lent approaches, it is most appropriate that we turn our attention to the Episcopal Church in Jerusalem and the Middle East, both in prayer and in support. Each year since 1922, special offerings gathered during Holy Week church have been sent in aid of the church in the Middle East; this collection has become known as the Good Friday Offering.

In his letter to the church in Rome, Saint Paul has given us an example of Christian duty in response to an understood obligation to the church in Jerusalem ..."...I am going to Jerusalem in a ministry to the saints; for Macedonia and Achaia have been pleased to share their resources with the poor among the saints at Jerusalem. They were pleased to do this, and indeed they owe it to them; for if the Gentiles have come to share in their spiritual blessings, they ought also to be of service to them in material things." (Rom. 15:25-27) Saint Paul traveled to Jerusalem on what must have been a long and dangerous journey. Today, through the operation of the Good Friday Offering, we are able to send our support directly, with the assurance that it will arrive safely and be appreciated as the wonderful blessing to so many people it was intended to be.

...Outside of the Holy City the countryside is overwhelmingly Islamic and Jewish, and even in Jerusalem the dominant Christian traditions are Greek Orthodox, Roman Catholic and Armenian Apostolic. Yet Anglican bishops staunchly maintain a visible Anglican presence throughout the Middle East, which includes Israel, Jordan, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the North African countries, the island of Cyprus, Somalia and both Iraq and Iran. The entire region is fertile ground for numerous ministries, which are being conducted in very difficult circumstances each day.

... I am aware that some parishes do not take up an offering on Good Friday. If this is the case, may I suggest that you designate another day during Holy Week to gather the collection?

Your support for the Good Friday Offering is essential to a continued Anglican witness in Jesus' homeland. As you walk with Christ from Palm Sunday through Holy Week toward his final victory at the Resurrection, may every blessing be yours.

Faithfully in Christ,

C. Wallis Ohl, Jr.

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

FEBRUARY

27 Fri Spring Fling (Quarterman Conference Center, to March 1)

 

MARCH

5 Thu Women of Vision Seminar (at Quarterman Conference Center, thru Sunday)

6 Fri Commission on Ministry meets (10:00 am at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

13 Fri Bishop Ohl to the Diocese of W. Missouri Consecration of a new Bishop (thru Sat.)

26 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering III ( Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

28 Sat ECW Board meets ( Hulsey Episcopal Center)

30 Mon Clergy In Transition (thru Tuesday,  at the Christian Renewal Ctr, Lubbock)

 

APRIL

4 Sat Executive Council Insurance Committee (10:30 am at the  Hulsey Episcopal Center)

8 Wed Companion Diocese Comm meets (1:00 pm at the  Hulsey Episcopal Center)

21 Tue La Consulta (U.S. / N. Mexico) meets (thru Thur) (at Diocese of Ft. Worth Camp & Conference Ctr)

24 Fri Youth Happening (in Lubbock, thru Sun)

30 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering IV ( Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

 

MAY

1 Fri Clergy Spouses Retreat (at Quarterman Conference Center, thru Sunday)

12 Tue Trustees meet in Lubbock ( Hulsey Episcopal Center)

14 Thu Executive Council meets in Lubbock

18 Mon ETSSW Board Meeting, and Commencement

28 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering V ( Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

 

JUNE

18 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VI ( Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

21-27 Primary Camp, Quarterman Conference Center. (entering 4-6 grades)

28 Junior Camp begins, Quarterman Conference Center. (entering 4-6 grades, thru July 4)


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 37 February 13, 1998


Reminder to Electronic Subscribers:

If you change e-mail providers, and thereby change your address, you must notify me. Every issue one or two names are returned to me "Unknown", and I can't find you in cyberspace! Regards - DT

_______________________________________________

Visitor's Weekend at ETSSW will be April 3-4

Vocational Discernment Weekend at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest is a time to explore what call God might have in mind for you.

The annual event gives prospective students a look at the seminary's academic, worship, and community life, and how that experience can enhance your call to the lay or ordained ministry. The weekend's slate of activities, organized by seminarians, includes discussions ranging from spiritual formation and vocational discernment to academics and finances. Opportunities to worship and talk with seminarians, faculty and staff will be plentiful.

"How Will You Sing a Song to the Lord?" is the theme of this spring's Visitor's Weekend. Registration is $25 per person or $35 for a family. Registration deadline is March 27. Contact: Jan Wallace, Seminary of the Southwest (512) 472-4133, ext. 307.

 

Christian Education Committee focuses on tasks, mission statement

In retreat at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center December 12-13, the Christian Education Committee for the diocese, chaired by the Rev. Jerry Sneary, began the work of defining its mission and establishing project priorities. The group was led through this process by Ms. Vycke McEwan, diocesan Christian Education Director for the Diocese of Oklahoma.

The committee identified needs across the full spectrum of Christian education, including adult, youth and child programs. Topics discussed include: Christian Ed. for Hispanic populations; resources for our smallest congregations; and inter-committee relationships between Youth, Spiritual Development, Evangelism, and Christian Education.

The mission statement adopted reads:

To support the ministry of Christian Education and Formation by utilizing the gifts of the people of the diocese of Northwest Texas through the development, coordination, and communication of training and resources.

Further meetings of the Christian Education committee are scheduled in Lubbock, at St. Stephen's, on February 21, May 16 and August 22.

 

 

Bulletin: Building a Directory of Christian Ed. Workers

A basic task of the diocesan Christian Education committee is to assemble a contact list of persons responsible for Christian education programs in parishes and missions. Please identify persons stewarding programs for adults, High school/Jr. High youth, children, nursery, EYC and college. Include complete contact information: mailing address; phone; fax, or e-mail.

Be assured that this directory will not be distributed to sales people!

Send information about your parish to:

Liz Toombs; 1101 Slide Rd.; Lubbock TX 79416

Fax: (806) 799-0378.

 

Conversational Spanish Classes Offered in Llano Estacado

St. Stephen's Church (Lubbock), and the Llano Estacado deanery will offer conversational Spanish classes beginning March 2. Classes will meet the first, third and fourth Monday of the month, from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Childcare will be available. The instructor is the Rev. Clifton Mann. Enrollment is limited, so interested persons should call soon to reserve a slot. Contact: St. Stephen's, 1101 Slide Rd., Lubbock (806) 799-3439.

 

WOMEN OF VISION:

Seek out the Best of Who You Are

Ignite Your Imagination Affirm Your Gifts and Passion

Effect Transformation Support Creation of a Vision for Yourself

Bring About God's Power for Change

March 6-8, 1998 at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center Ranch House, beginning with dinner at 6:30 pm Friday. The program ends at 1:00 pm Sunday. Come be one of the first Women of Vision in Northwest Texas. This new national ECW program will be presented by Jeanne Jasper, convener of the National Leadership Team for Women of Vision, and Kathryn Abbey, chaplain at St. Mary's Hospital in Lubbock. Registration is limited. $80 per person includes meals and materials.

Contact Jeanne Jasper (915) 366-6637 or Kathryn Abbey (806) 795-2387

WOMEN OF VISION

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

FEBRUARY

21 Sat Christian Ed. Committee, 10:00 am (at St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

21 Sat Quarterman Conference Center Board meets (at Hulsey Episcopal Center)

27 Fri Spring Fling (Quarterman Conference Center to March 1)


MARCH

5 Thu Women of Vision Seminar (at Quarterman Conference Center, thru Sunday)

6 Fri Commission on Ministry meets (10:00 am at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

13 Fri Bishop Ohl to the Diocese of W. Missouri Consecration of a new Bishop (thru Sat.)

26 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering III (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

28 Sat ECW Board meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

30 Mon Clergy In Transition (thru Tuesday, at the Christian Renewal Center, Lubbock)

 

APRIL

4 Sat Executive Council Insurance Committee (10:30 am at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

8 Wed Companion Diocese Comm meets (1:00 pm at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

21 Tue La Consulta (U.S. / N. Mexico) meets (thru Thur) at Diocese of Ft. Worth Camp & Conference                  Center)

24 Fri Youth Happening (in Lubbock, thru Sun)

30 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering IV (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)


MAY

1 Fri Clergy Spouses Retreat (at Quarterman Conference Center, thru Sunday)

12 Tue Trustees meet in Lubbock (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

14 Thu Executive Council meets in Lubbock

18 Mon ETSSW Board Meeting, and Commencement

28 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering V (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)


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

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 36 January 30, 1998

 

Reminder to Electronic Subscribers:

If you change e-mail providers, and thereby change your address, you must notify me. Every issue one or two names are returned to me "Unknown", and I can't find you in cyberspace! Regards - DT

_______________________________________________

A Report from The Companion Diocese Committee

In a re-organizational meeting January 14 at the Bishop Hulsey Episcopal Center, the Companion Diocese committee for NW Texas laid out an aggressive schedule to confirm, then energize our companion relationship with the Diocese of the Litoral. A communion of 39 congregations, served by 13 clergy, the Litoral is the second Episcopal diocese in Ecuador. Largely through efforts of St. Nicholas Church, Midland, NW Texas has provided more than $50,000 (over ten years) for clerical education, construction and emergency assistance to its companion diocese.

"My deep prayer is that we can make [this relationship] an extremely important part of our perspective on worldwide ministry. We need to do a great deal of consciousness-raising about the global nature of the Anglican Communion," said Bishop Ohl, who attended the meeting.

Immediately the committee will work to establish an exchange of cultural information between congregations and schools (i.e., notebooks and folders, children's art), and support person-to-person contact wherever possible. Meanwhile, Bishop Ohl will continue to develop official dialogue with Bishop Morante-Espana of The Litoral. More information about Ecuador, The Litoral and the potential of a companion diocese relationship will be published in the March Adventure.

Paul and Pan Eimon (Amarillo) now chair the committee, with Peggy Soucy and Jean Silverthorne (Plainview) and Bill Armstrong (Lubbock). The Rev. Malcolm Slayter (former Chair), and a new representative of the Eagle Cove deanery will be appointed by the Bishop. The Rev. Bernardo Martinez, missioner, is advising and translating for the group. Companion relationships for US dioceses are assigned by the Episcopal Church USA. Contact: Paul or Pan Eimon: PO Box 15570, Amarillo TX 79105 (806) 353-6436; or eimon@theonramp.net


La Consulta to meet in U.S. in April

The next meeting of the Consulta is scheduled for April 21-23 at the Diocese of Ft. Worth Camp and Conference Center. La Consulta is a continuing dialogue between the Episcopalians of the Texas dioceses and the Diocese of Northern Mexico. The Rev. John MacDonald of Tegucigalpa, Honduras, will be the keynote speaker at the April meeting. Fr. McDonald has helped form a very effective lay pastor program which has led to rapid growth of the Anglican church in Honduras. As always, anyone interested is invited to attend this twice-yearly conference. Contact: Glenn Polhemus (915) 468-3011 or 468-2006.


New EYC Executive Council Elected

At the Midwinter Retreat to the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center, the youth of the diocese elected a new board for 1998: Lauren Weaver (President), E-beth Lacy (Vice president), Kate Wiseheart (Secretary), Brady Nichols (Treasurer), Shaun Foreman (Parliamentarian). Deanery representatives will be Jon Jordan (Permian Basin), Lora Coventry (Panhandle), Philip Dalrymple (Eagle Cove), and Whitney Brann (Llano Estacado). Hope Tinsley and Chris Buck will serve as Nor'Wester editors.


Leadership Training Opportunities:

Women of Vision

"Both Episcopal Church Women and Women in Mission and Ministry have long been aware of the major transitions and changes occurring in women's lives and realize that women are seeking new ways to develop and use their gifts. The Women of Vision programs emphasize the creation of a supportive, loving, nurturing environment where women will be encouraged to acquire skills and to understand their motivation and commitment, that will help them incorporate their Baptismal Covenant into their daily lives. It is based upon the belief that women in all their diversity have varieties of gifts which must be included in the total ministry of the Church. " For more information about Women of Vision at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center March 6-8, contact Jeanne Jasper: (915) 366-6637 or Kathryn Abbey (806) 795-2387.


Leadership Training Opportunities:

The University of the South

The Doctor of Ministry Program of the University of the South begins it's 24th year this summer. The Doctor of Ministry program is one of the few in the U.S. which operates only during the summer months. This means that clergy can participate in the program without a major interruption in their parish responsibilities. It affords an opportunity for students to study in an Episcopal seminary in a university setting.

The program stresses the relationship between the practice of ministry, and biblical, historical, and theological knowledge. A Master of Sacred Theology program focusing on research skills is also available. The program usually takes three or four summers to complete. The D.Min. program consists of 30 semester hours. Students are required to complete a major project, which is a study of some dimension on one's ministry of the ministry of the church. Financial aid is available.

Inquires about the Advanced Degree summer courses should be addressed to the Director's Office, Advanced Degrees Program, School of Theology, 335 Tennessee Ave., Sewanee TN 37383-0001; or (800) 722-1974.


Leadership Training Opportunities:

The Vestry Resource Guide

"Today, clergy and vestry members need to exercise both temporal and spiritual leadership. Rather than operating in two separate spheres with minimal overlap, leadership needs to be centered in the tension between the two. Improved management of programs and facilities, increased use of modern technologies, and clearly defined policies and procedures are examples of shared temporal responsibilities... Building a partnership between clergy and laity requires an attitude shift and willingness to work and learn together.

Building a clergy-lay partnership on the spiritual side is often a bit more complex. Finding ways to discern and develop the knowledge, skills, and experience of the laity to be partners in ministry with clergy is one of the important challenges facing congregations today.

Many congregations are moving towards a "shared ministry" concept where clergy and laity function as part of an interdependent team and seek to engage a large number of people in a variety of appointed leadership roles. This ... is effective in preventing exhaustion and the negative consequences that result from being a lonely leader at the top."

The Vestry Resource Guide and Vestry Papers newsletter are produced by the Cornerstone Project of the Episcopal Church Foundation. Copies of the Guide are available for $5.00 from Forward Movement Publications; (800) 543-1813 or fax: (513) 421-0315.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

JANUARY

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

 

FEBRUARY

4 Wed Standing Committee meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

5 Thu Executive Council meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

10 Tue Board of Trustees meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

12 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering II (at Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

21 Sat Christian Ed. Committee, 10:00 am (at St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

21 Sat Quarterman Conference Center Board meets (at Hulsey Episcopal Center)

25 Wed Hulsey Episcopal Center Closed for Ash Wednesday

27 Fri Spring Fling (Quarterman Conference Center to March 1)

 

MARCH

5 Thu Women of Vision Seminar (at Quarterman Conference Center, thru Sunday)

6 Fri Commission on Ministry meets (10:00 am at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

26 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering III (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

28 Sat ECW Board meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

30 Mon Clergy In Transition (thru Tuesday, at the Christian Renewal Center, Lubbock)

 

APRIL

8 Wed Companion Diocese Comm meets (1:00 pm at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

21 Tue La Consulta (U.S. / N. Mexico) meets (through  Thursday) (at the Diocese of Ft. Worth Camp & Conference Center)

24 Fri Youth Happening (in Lubbock, thru Sun)

29 Wed Standing Committee meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

30 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering IV (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 35 January 16, 1998

 

 

St. Michael and All Angels, Shamrock to Host Community MLK Day Service

Along with the Greater Faith Mission, St. James Baptist and the Westside Church of Christ in Shamrock, St. Michael and All Angels will honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King in an Evening Prayer service Sunday, January 18 at 6:00 pm.

Fr. David Scott, Vicar, will be assisted in the service by Brother Gary Thomas, pastor of the Greater Faith Mission, along with ministers of the two other participating churches. A reception follows in the Mission Hall.

 

Frank Griswold Invested As 25th Presiding Bishop

(ENS) In a sweeping liturgy that combined soaring music, the heady rhythms of Native American drums and African American spirituals, with the spectacle and color of stately processions, Frank Tracy Griswold of Chicago was invested as presiding bishop at Washington National Cathedral January 10.

In his homily, Griswold related the experience he had at Assisi, at the foot of a crucifix that "spoke to St. Francis," in the church where Francis prayed at the beginning of his conversion. He discovered that God's call to Francis was a clear one - "go rebuild my church," a call that soon took hold of him. With it came the realization that the task was not his alone, that God was saying that "it belongs to everyone who has been baptized into my death and resurrection. You are all called to rebuild my church."

The Episcopal Church's ecumenical partners stepped forward with gifts and symbols. The Greek Orthodox presented an icon, the Lutherans brought a copy of their Confessions, the National Council of Churches offered a Bible, a representative of the Consultation on Christian Unity brought a liturgy, and representatives of the Anglican Communion offered symbols of "the diversity of our worldwide communion and the challenges of our future together." For the first time, ecumenical guests were joined by representatives of Islam and Judaism.

In what he called 'the ground of today's liturgy," Griswold and a group of assisting bishops moved to a large baptismal font in the middle of the nave and led the congregation in a renewal of their Baptismal Covenant. After filling bowls of water from the font, the party moved through the cathedral sprinkling the entire congregation with water. Drawing on a common theme of his ministry - accessibility and availability - Griswold and his family greeted hundreds who pressed into the nave at the conclusion of the service. (by James Solheim)

 

An Editorial by Doug Tow:

Dr. Seuss in the House of Bishops

(The Rat in the Hat and other Tales)

Like Hollywood, the Episcopal Church was busy promoting its latest comedy the week before Christmas - PECUSA, Inc. It is common for dissatisfied Episcopalians to bring attention to issues by organizing under a group name and banner. Indeed, it is right that such organizations thrive within a Church proud in its tradition of independent thought. But Presiding Bishop Browning has expressed uncharacteristically strong disapproval of PECUSA, Inc., and his objections are warranted:

1) PECUSA, Inc., was formed secretly in 1996, born not as a national body of Episcopalians in public forum, but as a nonprofit corporation governed by a 5-person Board, which includes three bishops. The corporation has since been registered in almost every state. Its press releases and Website are produced by a Wisconsin public relations firm.

2) The registered name of this organization is "The Protestant Episcopal Church in the United States, Inc." The Episcopal Church is not legally incorporated under the name by which it is commonly known.

3) The Articles of Incorporation of PECUSA, Inc. pledge to "exercise a stewardship in the Gospel," raising concern that the group intends to exploit its clever choice of name to raise funds. Indeed, fundraising brochures are being distributed by Bishop Wantland (Eau Claire) and others, calling themselves "The Trustees of the Episcopal Church."

In an official explanation posted at www.pecusainc.org Wantland panders to every group that ever had any complaint about the way things are done in the Episcopal church. It appears that PECUSA was established not to advocate a point of view, but to serve as an umbrella for all who disagree:

"PECUSA, INC., with God's help, intends to ensure that their faith and witness to the Truth will never disappear among American Christians, and that the Gospel of Jesus Christ will be boldly spread by Episcopalians who believe it is true." (December 22 press release by PECUSA, Inc.)

It is difficult to understand exactly which groups should consider themselves excluded by this statement. Perhaps those (American Christian) Episcopalians who don't believe that the Gospel is true? Like his high-hatted precursor in children's literature, Bishop Wetland is intent on being all things to all people.

Presiding Bishop Browning has asked all diocesan bishops to "inform your congregations and take counsel with your chancellor and other diocesan leaders ..."

Consider yourselves informed.

"Look at me!

Look at me now!" said the cat.

"With a cup and a cake

On the top of my hat!

I can hold up two books!

I can hold up the fish!

And a little toy ship!

And some milk on a dish!

And look!

I can hop up and down on the ball!

But that is not all!

Oh, no.

That is not all ...

The Cat in the Hat

 

 

 

CORRECTION:

New Fax Phone Number for The Bishop Hulsey Episcopal Center

Fax: 472 - 0641

E-mail address: diocese@nwt.org

  

Reminder: Financial Seminar Scheduled for Saturday, January 31

The seminar on church financial management and clergy tax preparation led by the Rev. Canon William F. Geisler, C.P.A. begins at 10:00 January 31 at St. Paul-on-the-Plains in Lubbock. Registration ($15) includes lunch. Call or write: Laurie Riggs, the Hulsey Episcopal Center, P.O. Box 1067, Lubbock TX 79408 (806) 763-370.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

JANUARY

15 Thu Small Group Clergy (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

16 Fri Mid-Winter Youth Conference (Quarterman Conference Center, thru Sunday)

21 Wed 1998 Convention Planning Committee meets (St. Mary's, Big Spring)

24 Sat Spiritual Development Committee (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

24 Sat Teenage Confirmation Committee (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

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

26 Mon Clergy In Transition (through Wednesday, at the Christian Renewal Center, Lubbock)

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


FEBRUARY

4 Wed Standing Committee meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

5 Thu Executive Council meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

10 Tue Board of Trustees meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

12 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering II  (at Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

21 Sat Christian Ed. Committee, 10:00 am (at St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

21 Sat Quarterman Conference Center Board meets (at Hulsey Episcopal Center)

27 Fri Spring Fling (Quarterman Conference Center to March 1)


MARCH

5 Thu Women of Vision Seminar (at Quarterman Conference Center, thru Sunday)

26 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering III (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

28 Sat ECW Board meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 34 December 26, 1997

 

 

HAPPY HOLIDAY TO EVERYONE !

______________________________________________

 

Special Note to Electronic Subscribers:

The new official address for the Editor of diocesan Publications (Doug Tow) is:

adventure@nwt.org

Courtesy of "Webminister" Liggett. There are a limited number of these "pseudo-addresses" to be assigned at the nwt.org site. If you are conducting diocesan business via e-mail using your personal address, but would like to have one of these "official" pseudo-addresses, reply to this message, or directly to Fr. Liggett.

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And now, the news ...

_______________________________________________

 

Organizational Meetings Planned for January

The Companion Diocese Committee, co-chaired by Paul and Pan Eimon of Amarillo, has scheduled a meeting at 10:30 am January 14 at the Episcopal Center in Lubbock. In a recent memo to deanery leadership, the Eimons solicited ideas and suggestions for the international outreach effort by the diocese. Contact: Paul and Pan Eimon: phone / fax: (806) 353-6436. PO Box 15570; Amarillo TX 79105

The Spiritual Development Committee of the diocese, chaired by the Rev. Leslie Gregory of Crane, will hold an organizational meeting at 10:00 am January 24. Contact: the Rev. Leslie Gregory (915) 558-3916

 

 

New Fax Phone Number for The Bishop Hulsey Episcopal Center

Fax: 472 - 0604

 

 

Campus Task Force in Canyon Calls for Assistance

The Episcopal Campus Task Force at West Texas A&M University, led by Fr. John Githiga, Chaplain, invites parishes, parents and friends of students at WT to respond to Bishop Ohl`s call to be both visible and active on every campus in the diocese by joining the Task Force. For more information, or to let Fr. Githiga know about a student on campus, contact: the Rev. Dr. John G. Githiga; 2516 Fourth Ave.; Canyon TX 79015 (806) 655-3121 or fax: 655-5717.

 

News of the People

Du-E Chestnutt, Youth Director for St. Nicholas` , Midland, has been appointed new Chair of the Youth committee for the diocese... The people of St. Paul's Church, Dumas celebrated a Fiftieth Anniversary Eucharist the evening of December 17. Organized in the Fall of 1947, the mission at Dumas worshipped and grew for almost a decade while the people raised the money to construct the current sanctuary... The bishop has acknowledged a $500 gift to the Permian Basin Prison Ministry from the Episcopal Church Women of The Church of the Heavenly Rest, Abilene.

 

New Location, Addresses for Episcopal Parish Services

Effective December 29, warehousing, order entry and shipping operations for Episcopal Parish Services have been outsource to the Morehouse Publishing Group in Harrisburg PA. The toll-free phone number remains the same: 1-800-903-5544. The new mailing address is: EPS; PO Box 1321; Harrisburg, PA 17105. The new fax number for orders is: (717) 541-8128.

 

Worship Through the Arts and Sciences: About the "Craft-tivity and Na-tivity" Workshop

A Saturday workshop filled with ideas for those working with young children is scheduled for January 24, 10:30 - 2:30, at St. Stephen's Church, Lubbock. "Exploring the story of God with children, through activities in arts and crafts, science and nature." Participants will take home many patterns, samples and ideas for leading preschool - preteen youth. Liz Toombs, leader of the workshop, is a member of the Christian Education and Youth committees of the diocese. Contact: (806) 799-3439 for more information.

 

The Next Newsletter will be published

January 16, 1998

(deadline Tues., Jan. 13)

 

Have a Joyous Christmas Season!

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

JANUARY

1 Thu Applications for UTO grants due to the Bishop

10 Sat Installation of the Presiding Bishop, at the National Cathedral 10:00 am CST

13 Tue Alpha Classes begin at St. Christopher's, Lubbock

15 Thu Clergy Small Group I at the Episcopal Center (thru noon Friday)

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

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

 

FEBRUARY

5 Thu Executive Council meets at the Episcopal Center

10 Tue Trustees meet at the Episcopal Center

12 Thu Clergy Small Group II at the Episcopal Center (thru noon Friday)

 


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

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

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

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


 

 

The Bishop's Calendar
January - May 1998

 

Last Update: December 22

*= Bishop in attendance

Visitations shown in Boldface type

 

JANUARY

4 *Llano Estacado visitation (Brownfield)

8-12 *Installation of the Presiding Bishop (Washington DC

8-9 Province VII College Conference (Norman OK)

14 *Companion Diocese Committee (Epis. Center)

15-16 *Small Group Clergy Gathering I (Epis. Center)

16-18 *Mid-Winter Conference (Quarterman Ctr)

18 *All Saints, Perryton

21 *1998 Convention Planning Committee ( St. Mary`s, Big Spring)

*Canterbury at Texas Tech visitation (6:00 pm)

24 *Spiritual Development Committee (Epis Center)
*Teenage Confirmation Committee (Epis. Center)

25 *St. Mark`s, Coleman

26-28 Clergy in Transition Workshop (Christian Renewal Ctr, Lubbock)

30-31 *Consecration of Charles Jenkins (Louisiana)

 

FEBRUARY


4
*Standing Committee (Epis. Center)

5 *Executive Council (Epis Center)

6 *Deacon & Canon IX Formation (Epis. Center)

8 *St. Mark`s, Plainview

10 *Board of Trustees (Epis. Center)

11 *St. George`s, Canyon

12-13 *Small Group Clergy Gathering II (Epis. Center)

15 *Copper Breaks visitation (Vernon)

16-19 *Anglicanism and the Hispanic Experience (Morales, NM)

21 Quarterman Conf. Ctr Board (Epis. Center)

21 *St. John`s, Lamesa (Singalong)
*Sandhills Council Retreat

22 *Sandhills visitation (Andrews)

23-24 *Texas Conf. Of Churches Annual Assembly

25-26 *ETSSW Board Retreat

27 Spring Fling (Quarterman Conf. Ctr. to March 3)

 

MARCH

1 *St. Matthew`s, Pampa

4-11 *House of Bishops (Kanuga NC)

5-8 Women of Vision (Quarterman Conf Ctr)

6 Deacon & Canon IX Formation (Epis. Center)

12 *Meet with Deans (Epis. Center)

15 *All Saints, Colorado City

20-24 *Joint Meeting, Interim Bodies of General Convention (Minneapolis)

25 *St. Mary`s, Big Spring

26-27 *Small Group Clergy Gathering III (Epis. Center)

28 ECW Board (Epis. Center)

29 *Good Shepherd, San Angelo

30-31 Clergy in Transition Workshop (Christian Renewal Ctr, Lubbock)

 

APRIL

2 *St. Andrew`s School, Amarillo

3 Deacon & Canon IX Formation (Epis. Center)

5 *St. John`s, Odessa

12 *Llano Estacado visitation (Levelland)

15 *Sandhills visitation (Kermit)

19 *College of Bishops (General Seminary, NYC)

23 *St. Stephen`s, Lubbock

24-26 Happening (Quarterman Conf. Ctr)

26 *Heavenly Rest, Abilene

29 *Standing Committee (Epis. Center)

30-1 *Small Group Clergy Gathering IV (Epis. Center)

 

MAY

1 Deacon & Canon IX Formation (Epis. Center)

3 *Holy Trinity, Midland

5-8 *Univ. of the South Trustees (Sewanee TN)

9 *St. Paul`s, Lubbock

12 *Board of Trustees (Epis. Center)

14 *Executive Council, Lubbock

16 *St. Andrew`s, Amarillo

18-19 *ETSSW Board and Commencement (Austin)

24 *St. Mary`s, Big Spring

28-29 *Small Group Clergy Gathering V (Epis. Center)

31 *St. James, Dalhart

 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 33 December 12, 1997

 

HAPPY HOLIDAY TO EVERYONE !

______________________________________________

 

Special Note to Electronic Subscribers:

The new official address for the Editor of diocesan Publications (Doug Tow) is:

adventure@nwt.org

Courtesy of "Webminister" Liggett. There are a limited number of these "pseudo-addresses" to be assigned at the nwt.org site. If you are conducting diocesan business via e-mail using your personal address, but would like to have one of these "official" pseudo-addresses, reply to this message, or directly to Fr. Liggett.

Note: This is NOT a separate e-mail account. All messages addressed to "adventure@nwt.org" are automatically forwarded to me at "Towpeople". Those of you who correspond with me now do not have to change your e-mail directories.

And now, the news ...

_______________________________________________

 

Small Group Clergy Gatherings to Begin

In January, Bishop Ohl will begin a continuing cycle of meetings with small groups of clergy from around the diocese for a full day of prayer, bible study and fellowship. The Bishop will host a meeting once every four or five weeks at the Bishop Hulsey Episcopal Center in Lubbock. All of the clergy have been invited to one of these small group gatherings. "The time will be invaluable," says Bishop Ohl, for building relationships among the clergy leadership. "Find out when your priest or deacon will be attending and hold them in prayer. Together we hope to move our diocese on the road God is calling us to travel."

 

News of the People

The Rev. James P. Haney V, vicar to the Copper Breaks Missions, has accepted a call to be Rector of The Church of the Good Shepherd, Wichita, in the Diocese of Kansas. Jim, Renee, Jimmy and Beth will be relocating in late January or early February. The Bishop has acknowledged receipt of a monetary gift to the diocese from The Emmanuel Episcopal Center for Outreach Ministry, an arm of the People of Emmanuel Church, San Angelo. The gift is designated for the Odessa Prison Ministry.

 

 

"The Road to the Future
Is Always Under Construction"

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

" ...I have a vision for our congregations where our young people will be nurtured and edged toward responsibility from birth, where we adults validate our teenagers during their most tumultuous years with love and responsibility rather than shutting them out. Children know instinctively when they are wanted and loved. For the most part, they respond maturely when treated maturely. Even the smallest child recognizes nurturing adults and will gravitate toward them. God help us if the only nurturing adults to be found in our communities are gang leaders.

I spoke to the clergy last month about a dream of mine. The dream centers around the preparation of teenagers for Confirmation. It includes a rite of passage at age 13 signaling a movement toward maturity, a three year period of instruction, sponsorship, and development of ministry, and finally Confirmation. I am convinced we will see committed Christians emerge out of this pattern and not children who have been inoculated against the faith.

I want to propose a couple of radical ideas. As our children move into teen years, let us encourage them to become active in all areas of ministry in our congregations, from worship to pastoral care to administration. Every mission and parish could have one or two youth representatives to the vestry who have seat and voice, at least. Every search committee should include at least one youth representative. The traditional youth ministry of acolyting can be strengthened by adding adults who are willing to carry torches and do the least desirable task to show that servanthood touches us all. At the diocesan level, I want us to do whatever it takes to include youth representatives on the Council, the Trustees, as convention delegates, the Conference Center board, and every other ministry in which we engage. Now before you fly off the handle saying that someone who has not attained majority cannot act on a governing board which has fiduciary responsibility, let me say I am aware that some youth on some boards may not be able to have vote. But we must be willing to hear the voice of our young people, and not just as pages at convention or the rare visitor to a vestry meeting when something affects them directly. Everything we do today affects us all for decades to come. Why should not those who will be with us for the longest time not also have some opportunity to speak to these decisions?

As we give credence to our young members, we will see them strive to take on new responsibilities. Those who are given the opportunity to be accountable have a deeper appreciation for their life in Christ and grow into mature faith. It is that faith that keeps us focused and steady during the times of turmoil and tragedy in our lives. And you know as well as I that our youth face some difficult times ahead.

In addition, I challenge this diocese to look at what we are doing with our ministry on college campuses. We currently have active programs at Texas Tech in Lubbock, West Texas in Canyon, and Angelo State in San Angelo. Recently I was asked why we were not doing anything at Midland College or in Abilene. I cannot answer that except to say that we haven't begun there--YET.

College campuses are fertile ground for spiritual development and exploration. In the 1970's the Moonies, the Way, and other cults knew that college students are searching and capitalized on inquiring minds, at the same time when the Episcopal Church was withdrawing from campuses all over the country. We cannot abdicate to Campus Crusade and the Navigators as the only Christian option. We must be both visible and active on every campus in our diocese. I know many of our youth active through high school will take a sabbatical from church attendance during their college years, but we must not shut them out or ignore them at so critical a time in their lives. How many of you were touched by a Canterbury group while you were in college? How many became Episcopalians because of Seaman Hall? Can we do less for today's youth?"

 

-Bishop Ohl, 10/25/97

 

[Ed.'s Note: Commentary on Youth issues was edited by Brianna Burnett, Nor'wester Editor for EYC]

With the newly elected Bishop, many changes are impacting the youth of this area. We are experiencing attention that we are not used to receiving, and recognition of our accomplishments. The youth of this diocese has been a major issue for Bishop Ohl, who has challenged the youth to become active in their own churches and challenged the adult members to help. This is something that I totally agree with, and so do some other teenagers from this diocese:

"I am eager to see the changes that Bishop Ohl will make. I am very happy he wants to involve the youth and make us more aware of the issues in our own churches. He seems very interested in our opinions. With his involvement, I hope our churches will become stronger than ever." (Gypsy Litchfield, Amarillo)

"I am really excited about the new Bishop. I think that he has a lot in store for us that we don't know about. I agree with his viewpoint about the youth needing to be more involved with the church. He is a really optimistic and open-minded person. All in all, he is a really cool guy - he understands the world we are living in." (Jonathan Jordan, Midland)

"It is really thrilling to see that the Bishop has been so interested in the youth and every thing we have to offer. He seems genuinely interested in helping us to maximize our place in the church, and our faith in God." (Lucy Oliver, San Angelo)

 

Alpha Course to begin at St. Christopher's, Lubbock

A ten week practical introduction to the Christian faith developed by Anglicans in the U.K.., the Alpha Course is already being taught in both Midland parishes, and at Good Shepherd, San Angelo. St. Christopher's classes will begin at 6:30 pm January 13, and continue on Tuesdays following. Each weekly session begins with an informal dinner, followed by a large-group learning time, then small group discussion. For more information about the program, call Joan Davis (806) 792-6760. For reservations contact the parish at (806) 799-8208.

 

Satellite Downlink to the Installation of the Presiding Bishop in Available

 

The Episcopal Cathedral Teleconferencing Network (ECTN) is enthusiastic about helping congregations connect to their live telecast of Installation of Presiding Bishop-elect Griswold on January 10. Receive information about how to purchase a permanent ECTN satellite installation, or arrange one-day satellite service by calling 1-800-559-ECTN. Copies of the service leaflet can be shipped in advance to downlink sites, and the Liturgical Committee serving the Installation has even prepared suggestions for liturgical participation via television.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

DECEMBER

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

 

JANUARY

1 Thu Applications for UTO grants due to the Bishop

10 Sat Installation of the Presiding Bishop, at the National Cathedral 10:00 am CST

13 Tue Alpha Classes begin at St. Christopher's, Lubbock

15 Thu Clergy Small Group I at the Episcopal Center (thru noon Friday)

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

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

 

FEBRUARY

5 Thu Executive Council meets at the Episcopal Center

10 Tue Trustees meet at the Episcopal Center

12 Thu Clergy Small Group II at the Episcopal Center (thru noon Friday)

 


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

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

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

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


 

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

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