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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 44 May 22, 1998

 

Nominations to Diocesan Offices Now Being Accepted

The offices to be filled by the 1998 Diocesan Convention are:

Standing Committee (to 1999) one clergy** to fill an unexpired term; Standing Committee (to 2001) one clergy and one layperson; Board of Trustees (to 2003) one layperson; Commission on Ministry (to 2002) one clergy and one layperson; Ecclesiastical Trial Court (to 2001) one clergy and two laypersons; Deputies and Alternates to Synod and General Convention (to 2002)

In accordance with the canons, nominations for these diocesan offices should be submitted to the Chair of Nominations Receiving no later than August 24th. (60 days prior to convention). A nominations package, including a form, and a cover letter containing a comprehensive explanation of the applicable canons (including special procedures for nominations from the floor) has been mailed to all clergy, wardens, and key members of diocesan committees.

(**Note: this item is a correction of the summary of elections included in the Nominations packet).

Just In Time for Your Spring Cleaning Weekend ...

Note: Fr. R.J. Smith is an American in Monterrey, serving the mission of St. Andrew for the Diocese of Northern Mexico. This mission congregation is an active part of La Consulta, and has hosted work teams from our diocese. Fr. Smith writes:

" ...We're trying to organize some workshops at San Andres. Among others, we want to have a ceramics program and a leather shop. A lady in San Antonio is helping us collect things for the ceramic shop--a kiln, (we hope) and some tools. But, at the moment, we

have no Angels of Mercy to provide tools that we need to make belts, bags and beanies in the leather shop..."

Anyone who has leatherworking tools laying idle, or who has a lead to be pursued on a cache of used tools may contact: Doug Tow; 3615 42nd St; Lubbock Tx 79413 or (806) 797-6479. He will facilitate e-mail communication with Fr. Smith in Monterrey and with Glenn Polhemus, Director of La Consulta in the U.S.

La Consulta will coordinate delivery of donated tools.

 

Delegation Forming for National Children's Ministries Conference

The 1998 National Episcopal; Children's Ministries Conference will be held at Camp Allen in Navasota Texas from September 30 - October 4th. The Christian Education Committee for the diocese is forming an official delegation of eight participants. This conference is for persons 19 years and older who work with infants and children under 13 years. The goal is to strengthen the Episcopal Church's ability to nurture children, minister and advocate for children, and support children in their own ministries. Over 40 workshops will be offered. The Most Rev. Frank Griswold III will be among the guest speakers.

For more information about registration and financial sponsorship from the diocese, interested persons should contact the Rev. Jerry Sneary (Dalhart) at (806) 249-2396 or fax to: (806) 249-1010.

News of the People

The Rt. Rev. Sam Hulsey, D.D. was awarded those two "D's" (honorary Doctorate of Divinity) at the Spring commencement of the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest. The Rt. Rev. George Quarterman suffered a fainting spell in his home last Thursday, and took a nasty cut to the back of his head. After further testing, Bishop Quarterman received a pacemaker on Sunday. Bishop Ohl paid a visit and reports that the 96-year-old first bishop of the diocese is doing well and at mid-week, still plans to attend the 40th Anniversary Celebration at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center this weekend. ... The Rev. David Krause received a Master of Arts degree from Texas Tech at the recent graduation ceremonies.

 

"EFM for EFM" Workshops Scheduled for August

Two workshops for EFM (Education for Ministry) Mentors will be conducted simultaneously August 13-15 at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center. Mentor Training, for those seeking certification as a mentor will be led by Angela Hock. Mentor Formation, for active mentors who have completed at least two Mentor Training sessions, will be focused on Experiential Learning, and led by Nancy Phillips.

The registration fee for either group is $100, including room and board at the Conference Center. Registration must be complete by July 21, so materials can be ordered. For more information contact the Rev. Andy Parker; (806) 376-6316 or at: rvparker@arn.net.

 

The Newsletter Summer / Fall Production Schedule

Cover Date                  Deadline

Issue 45: Jun 12 * (Jun 9, Tuesday)

Issue 46: June 26 (Jun 23, Tuesday)

Issue 47: July 17 * (July 14, Tuesday)

Issue 48: July 31 (July 28, Tuesday)

Issue 49: Aug 14 * (Aug 11, Tuesday)

Issue 50: Sep 4         (Sep 1, Tuesday)

Issue 51: Sep 18 (Sep 15, Tuesday)

Issue 52: Oct 2         (Sep 29, Tuesday)

Issue 53: Oct 16 (Oct 13, Tuesday)

* The interval between Newsletters will be extended to 3 weeks prior to these issues

Doug Tow, Ed.

The Newsletter

3615 42nd St

Lubbock TX 79413

home: (806) 797-6479 office: (806) 894-3250

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

towpeople@aol.com

 

Youth with Asperger Syndrome Needs Special Financial Support

Johnathan Q. Odiorne is a ninth-grade student in Lubbock. After a lifetime of incomplete diagnosis and sometimes traumatic social interaction, Johnathan has been diagnosed with Asperger Syndrome, sometimes called "high-functioning autism". An individual with AS has the potential to make significant strides in social learning, but only with intensive direct intervention. There is one 7-week summer camp in the U.S. designed specifically for young people with pervasive developmental delays such as AS. Tuition is $5500, which is beyond the reach of Johnathan's family. If you can help, please contact Liz Toombs (St. Stephen's, Lubbock) at (806) 799-3439.

  

DATEBOOK REVIEW

MAY

23 Sat Quarterman Conference Ctr - 40th Anniversary

25 Mon Diocese offices closed (Memorial Day)

27 Wed Episcopal Compensation Committee meets (Hulsey Center, 10:00 am)

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

30 Sat Panhandle Deanery in Shamrock (10:00)

JUNE

4 Thu Liturgy and Music Committee meets (at the Hulsey Center)

6 Sat         Llano Estacado Deanery (10:00 - in Levelland)

13 Sat Missions Committee meets (9:30 am, St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

13 Sat Communications Committee meets (11:00 am, St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

18 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VI (Epis. Center, thru Friday)

18 Thu Cursillo begins in San Angelo (Christ the King Retreat Ctr, thru Sun)

24 Wed 1999 Budget requests for Committees, Commissions, Boards and Deaneries due in the                   diocesan office

JULY

15-19 Provincial Youth Rally (McNeese - LA)

18         Lambeth Conference opens (at Canterbury) [Note: Bishop Ohl begins vacation July 5,                   attends Lambeth, then resumes vacation thru August 22]

AUGUST

4 Tues     Budget Committee meets.(Hulsey Center, 10:00 am)

13 Thur     EFM for EFM events open (at the BQCC, thru Saturday)

19 Wed Program and Budget Committee meets (Hulsey Center, 10:00 am)

22 Sat Christian Ed Committee meets (St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

28 Fri Commission on Ministry meets (Hulsey Center, 10:00 am)


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 43 May 8, 1998

 

La Consulta Clears Busy Agenda at April Gathering

The International Episcopal Consultation (La Consulta) was hosted April 21-23 at Camp Crucis in the Diocese of Ft. Worth. The primary speaker was The Rev. Canon John MacDonald of the Diocese of Honduras. He serves as Canon Missioner for the diocese and spoke in both Spanish and English of his experiences in Honduras. In the Diocese of Northern Mexico, two new deacons will shepherd growing missions at Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua and in Valle Hermosa, west of Matamoros. Bishop Martinez of Northern Mexico will review architectural and logistical plans under development now by the Diocese of Northwest Texas to construct small churches or three-room houses with short-term volunteer construction crews at selected sites in Northern Mexico. The immediate goal is to construct a church at Cuauhtemoc, Chihuahua over Spring Break 1999. Interested individuals or groups should contact Glenn Polhemus soon (see below).

In other Consulta activity: Glenn Polhemus, Director of La Consulta for the U.S. dioceses and a member of Good Shepherd, San Angelo, was awarded the Missionary Cross of the Diocese of Northern Mexico .... A new Hymnal in Spanish, introduced by Northern Mexico, recasts most of the hymns in the 1982 Hymnal used by the Episcopal Church in the U.S. These hymnals are also available for Spanish-speaking congregations anywhere ...The Fall 1998 Consulta will be hosted by Holy Spirit Church in Juarez November 17-19 ... La Consulta now publishes its own comprehensive newsletter. All persons interested in following the many initiatives of this organization can receive "Noticias De La Consulta" by contacting: Glenn Polhemus; (915) 468-2006 (home); (915) 468-3011 (work); (915) 468-2174 (fax); or safy@wcc.net

 

Summer Travel and Education Opportunities

Here are some of the announcements received recently from around the country:

Congregational Song, Liturgical Planning and the Imagination: Continuing education May 31 - June 5 at the Seminary of the Southwest. (512) 472-4133

Renewal Through Recovery: The Annual Recovery Conference of the Episcopal Church, June 4-6 in Birmingham, AL. (406) 443-6318

The National Happening Leadership Conference: "By young people for young people", July 30 - Aug 2 in Jackson, MS. (912) 237-2233

Fields of Promise: Pioneering God's Country: Annual Meeting of the National Episcopal Historians and Archivists, June 24-27 in Seattle. (206) 325-4200

Also, the College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral opens its housing facilities to individuals and families seeking "an interesting alternative to staying in hotels" while visiting Washington DC. (202) 537-5721

 

ATTENTION: Those Who Work with our Youngest Episcopalians on Sunday, and Those Who Pick Up the Papers in the Pews:

 

Announcing

a Children's Art Exposition

in

The Adventure

(June 1998)

The Adventure is seeking a selection of

"classic" Sunday Morning Art

(any style)

to be included in the Youth and Episcopal Schools Special Issue

 

Submissions must be received by May 22!

 

Address to: Doug Tow, Ed.
3615 42nd St
Lubbock TX 79413.

 

(Please write the artist's name and age on each submission. Include a self-addressed envelope if you wish to have artwork returned.)

 

Lutherans Reconsidering the Concordat with Episcopalians

[Editor's Note: these comments were submitted by Canon David Veal, who is a member of the Episcopal Church's Standing Commission on Ecumenical Relations. He was one the Episcopalians consulted by the ELCA team that has re-drafted the Concordat of 1997]

At the General Convention in 1997 our Church approved the proposed Concordat of Agreement for full communion with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by an overwhelming vote. However, the Concordat failed to get the required two-thirds vote at the ELCA Church-wide Assembly. That Assembly turned the Concordat over to a Lutheran re-drafting committee that was charged with the task of redacting the document to answer some of the objections raised by Lutherans. The re-drafting committee has done its work and on Maundy Thursday a document was published: Called to Common Mission: A Lutheran Proposal for a Revision of the Concordat of Agreement. This document is being distributed for study and consideration by ELCA Synods all over the country. If those synods like this document it will be presented at the next ELCA Church-wide Assembly which meets in 1999. If it passes by at least two-thirds majority, it will be sent to our General Convention in 2000.

I have studied Called to Common Mission and do not find in it any substantive changes that would affect an Episcopal reaction. The changes include an affirmation of the ministry of the whole people of God, the ministry of the baptized; a paragraph that makes it clear that the ELCA will not be expected to ordain deacons or to accept our deacons as ordained persons, and a clarification of the life-long nature of episcopal (bishop's) orders. The document would do away with the cumbersome requirement that all future Lutheran and Episcopal bishops be ordained (consecrated) by three Episcopal and three Lutheran bishops. The requirement would simply be that all future bishops in each church would be ordained (consecrated) by three bishops in the historic succession. (There are many Lutheran bishops in Europe, Africa and South America who have been ordained in the historic apostolic succession of bishops.)

 

St. Stephen's (Lubbock) will offer Vacation Bible School

St. Stephen's Church (Lubbock) will offer Vacation Bible School for kids (age 3 to entering 6th grade). "In Jesus Days", children will enter 1st century Capernum complete with tax collectors, a bazaar, and Jesus himself telling parables. Kids will do crafts, enjoy drama activities, and play games during the mornings of June 8-12. Space is limited. For registration information, call Liz Toombs at 799-3439.

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

MAY

8 Fri        Insurance Committee meets (10:00, at the Hulsey Ctr)

9 Sat        Spring Quiet Day (sponsored by the Spiritual Development Comm - St. Mary's, Big Spring)

11 Mon Diocese offices closed (staff retreat)

12 Tue Trustees meet in Lubbock (Hulsey Center)

14 Thu     Executive Council meets in Plainview

15 Fri Commission on Ministry meets (10:00, at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

16 Sat Canterbury Board meets in Lubbock (at the Canterbury Center)

16 Sat Christian Ed Comm meets in Lubbock

18 Mon ETSSW Board Meeting, and Commencement

23 Sat Quarterman Conference Center 40th Anniversary

25 Mon Diocese offices closed (Memorial Day)

27 Wed Episcopal Compensation Committee meets

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

30 Sat Panhandle Deanery in Shamrock (10:00)

 

JUNE

4 Thu Liturgy and Music Committee meets (at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

6 Sat Llano Estacado Deanery (10:00 - in Levelland)

13 Sat Missions Committee meets (9:30 am, St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

18 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VI  (Epis. Center, thru Friday)

18 Thu Cursillo begins in San Angelo (Christ the King Retreat Ctr, thru Sun)

24 Wed 1999 Budget requests for Committees, Commissions, Boards and Deaneries due in the diocesan office

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 42 April 24, 1998

 

 

Committee Searching for New Companion Diocese Relationship

In the spirit of new Beginnings and Renewal, the Northwest Texas Companion Diocese Committee, with Bishop Ohl, is exploring the potential for a new companion diocese. The Bishop was formally notified earlier this Spring that the Diocese of The Litoral, Equator, has established a companion relationship with the Diocese of Tennessee. More than 80 foreign dioceses on five continents are seeking a companion relationship.

For more than a decade, the Diocese of The Litoral and the Diocese of Northwest Texas have nourished one another with prayers, visits, gifts and goodwill. This has included visits to Texas by Equadorian clergy and to Equador by the Rt. Rev. Sam B. Hulsey and others. Gifts for construction and improvements to churches, missions, and schools, and for clergy needs in Equador came from many NW Texas donors, including: St. Nicholas Church and Trinity School, Midland; Emmanuel Church, San Angelo; the Diocese of NW Texas; ECW of NW Texas; the Bishop's Discretionary Fund and others.

The 1998 Companion Diocese Committee is "eager to try some new and creative approaches to diocesan companionship," according to Pan and Paul Eimon, Co-Chairs. The committee wants to "engage people, churches and students in our eight Episcopal schools in exchanges which help us understand and relate to another culture, other values, and another way of life."

Another goal of the companion relationship, as expressed by Bishop Ohl, is to initiate and nourish "an appreciation of the historic and world-wide nature of the Episcopal Church - and our interdependence on one another as Anglicans - as we prepare for the new millenium and the Christian role in it."

The committee meets again September 2nd at 1:00 pm at the Hulsey Center in Lubbock. Anyone interested, especially those with input for the committee are welcome to attend. Address written comment to: Companion Diocese NW Texas; P.O. Box 15570; Amarillo TX 79105-5570 or at: Eimon@arn.net.

 

Two New Internet Websites Open

St. Stephen's Church, Lubbock and St. Andrew's, Amarillo are the two most recently-arrived websites in the diocesan internet community. The complete addresses to these sites are:

St. Stephen's: http://www.llano.net/ststephens

St. Andrew's: http://saec.arn.net/

The Newsletter will soon publish a comprehensive guide to our diocese on the internet. If your congregation's website is not currently connected with the diocesan page at nwt.org, or if you have a site under construction, please contact the editor at adventure@nwt.org.

 

CPC Sunday May 3: An Update

"To make the word of God fully known." Col. 1:35.

This is the purpose of the Church Periodical Club -- to a make the word of God fully known through the printed word (and now videos and computer software.). At Diocesan Convention we reached our second Mile of Pennies for children's materials. In fact, we have $136.01 toward our third mile due to contributions from St. Mark's, Plainview, and St. Paul's, Lubbock. Regular contributions for CPC (toward supporting our seminarians for their second semester checks) and the adult granting fund, the National Book Fund, have been received from St. Christopher's, Lubbock; St. Barnabas, Odessa; St. Mark's, Coleman; and St. Paul's, Lubbock. Bless you for your continued generosity!

Remember CPC Sunday. It can be celebrated any time in May. Spread the Good News through the printed word!

Faithfully,

Dale Stasney

CPC Director

 

Report from Minneapolis: the Convocation of Interim Bodies

The annual convocation of all interim bodies of General Convention is one of the most creative and productive ideas to come out of Betty Gilmore's Standing Commission on Structure and enacted by the 1997 Convention. The proof was evident in the first joint convocation of all fifteen committees and commissions in Minneapolis March 20-23. It was gratifying to see no less than six Northwest Texans, including our bishop, among the national leadership of the Church.

That the Episcopal Church is alive and well was a palpable reality as we worshipped, broke bread, and worked together for three days. Each group accomplished more because we were able to share experience and insight, and network with each other during the weekend. And we all came away energized for the mission and ministry of the Church.

The Executive Committee of the Joint Standing Committee on Program, Budget and Finance met to begin to revise the budget development process for the triennium leading to General Convention 2000. Presiding Bishop Griswold "raised our sights" at the first meeting by suggesting that we ask,"Where is Christ leading his Church?", and then develop a process which will move us in that direction.

We came away with an exciting proposal for a vision-driven budget process which will involve the whole church in shaping the priorities which will be reflected in the budget adopted at General Convention. We will discuss the plan with the Administration and Finance Committee of Executive Council (where the proposed budget originates) next month. Watch for news and the new process and how you can help shape the vision and priorities of the Episcopal Church for the next triennium.

The Rev. Bill Nix

Rector, St. Andrew's, Amarillo

 

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

APRIL

24 Fri Youth Happening (in Lubbock, thru Sun)

25 Sat Prison Ministry Committee meets (10:00, at the Hulsey Car, Lubbock)

27 Mon Small Group Clergy Gathering IV (Hulsey Center, thru Tuesday)

29 Wed Standing Committee meets  (10:00 am, the Hulsey Center)

 

MAY

1 Fri Clergy Spouses Retreat (at Quarterman Conf Car, thru Sunday)

2 Sat Youth Confirmation Comm meets (10:30, at the Hulsey Car)

3 Sun Church Periodical Club (CPC) Sunday

8 Fri         Insurance Committee meets (10:00, at the Hulsey Car)

9 Sat Spring Quiet Day (sponsored by the Spiritual Development Comm - St. Mary's, Big Spring)

11 Mon Diocese offices closed (staff retreat)

12 Tue Trustees meet in Lubbock (Hulsey Center)

14 Thu Executive Council meets in Plainview

15 Fri Commission on Ministry meets (10:00, at the Hulsey Car)

16 Sat Canterbury Board meets in Lubbock (at the Canterbury Center)

16 Sat Christian Ed Comm meets in Lubbock

18 Mon ETSSW Board Meeting, and Commencement

23 Sat Quarterman Conference Car 40th Anniversary

25 Mon Diocese offices closed (Memorial Day)

27 Wed Episcopal Compensation Committee meets

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

30 Sat Panhandle Deanery in Shamrock (10:00)

 

JUNE

4 Thu Liturgy and Music Committee meets (at the Hulsey Center)

6 Sat Llano Estacado Deanery (10:00 - in Levelland)

13 Sat Missions Committee meets (9:30 am, St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

18 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VI (Epis. Center, thru Friday)

18 Thu Cursillo begins in San Angelo (Christ the King Retreat Car, thru Sun)

24 Wed 1999 Budget requests for Committees,  Commissions, Boards and Deaneries due in the diocesan office

 

JULY

15-19 Provincial Youth Rally (McNeese - LA)


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 41 April 10, 1998

 

Cursillo #55 in the Diocese:

The Children of God

Kathy Lowe and Doug Tull are lay leaders for the next Cursillo Weekend June 18-21 at Christ the King Retreat Center in San Angelo. Registration ($95 per person) is due by May 21.

A Cursillo is a three-day weekend together for Christians in the Episcopal Church who are looking for a new dimension in their Christianity.

"You will find that Cursillo does not solve any problems for you. It is not a magical weekend that does away with strife and worries ...It is a peaceful experience that gives you time and direction toward furthering your own commitment and relationship to God."

Registration information: Fran Gregg, Registrar, PO Box 1032; San Angelo TX 76902 (915) 949-7747 of fax: (915) 655-9180.

 

News of the People

Dr. D'Ann Ducote has been appointed consultant to the Copper Breaks by Bishop Ohl, as recommended by the Missions Committee. She has been a member of the Missions Committee for three years, and is currently leading a year-long program to strengthen lay ministry among the mission congregations in Vernon, Childress and Quanah ... Nicolas Marziani, Associate at St. Nicholas', Midland, has been called to be the Vicar of St. Joseph's Church, Grand Prairie in the Diocese of Fort Worth, effective July 1. Bishop Ohl has appointed the Rev. Clifton Gardner, Good Shepherd, San Angelo, Chair of the Evangelism Committee to replace Nick.

 

United Thank Offering Spring Ingathering Underway

Do each of you have a blue box in your home? It is my goal that everyone in this diocese have at least one. If not, please check with your church UTO Coordinator. If you do not know who your representative is, check with your ECW president. If you have no organized ECW, maybe its time to think about organizing one! Finally, if your clergy or church office cannot provide you with a blue box. please contact me.

Remember that the United Thank Offering is not just for women, it is a ministry for the entire family. By placing a coin in the blue box and offering a prayer, we are giving God thanks and praise for our many blessings. The contents of these boxes then collectively become the means to turn lives around through UTO grants in this country and beyond.

If our children develop this habit early on, it will be easier to recognize the Source of so many of the good things they are privileged to enjoy. This not only strengthens all of us in our Christian lives as we learn about daily discipline, but it also keeps us focused on the positive. Only then do we fully appreciate our great bounty!

Watch for your church's spring ingathering soon, and may God richly bless you in your giving.

Faithfully,

Jean Silverthorne

Diocesan UTO Coordinator

 

 

CAMP REUNION !

Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

May 23 - 24, 1998

Celebration / singing / bonfire / compline / softball / memories and more!

$40 per person or $ 70 per family.

 

For more information and registration contact:

Richard Thayer at the BQCC: (806) 383-6878 internet: BQCC@nwt.org

or

Rosalind V. Roland (210) 979-9427 internet: rosar@stmarytx.edu

 

 

Report from Minneapolis: the Convocation of Interim Bodies

The second Convocation of Interim Bodies, held recently in Minneapolis, was marked by enthusiasm, optimism, and a sense of expectation for work to be done before the next general Convention, according to Betty Gilmore. Reporting from the Joint Standing Committee on Nominations, Betty was pleased with the work the committee had accomplished. Undeterred by the absence of all three bishops appointed to the committee, the remaining nine members elected a vice-chair and secretary, established policies and reviewed the Nomination Proposal Form. A time line for the nominating process was also determined. Serious consideration was given to the subject of racism, with members sharing stories of both pathos and humor, and in the process, learning more about the subject, and each other.

As the former chair of the Standing Commission on Structure, Betty was particularly pleased with the way in which commissions and committees, re-configured at the last General Convention, seemed to respond to their new assignments. "They seemed to adapt not only to the new structures, but they appeared to catch some of the spirit of our work in the last triennium. We heard mention of the appointment of task forces of experts in some areas, and groups admitting that perhaps their work would not be completed by the next General Convention and they would not be generating resolutions simply for the sake of resolution."

 

CPC Sunday Approaches: A Reminder

Church Periodical Club Sunday has been designated by Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold as the first Sunday in May. Actually, any convenient Sunday before the start of summer will do nicely. Your CPC representative or ECW communicator or president will be requesting to make an announcement, use the CPC prayer, and possibly take up a collection for the National Book Fund.

The purpose of CPC is to spread the Gospel through the printed word. Our job is to educate our congregations about what CPC does. Our Northwest Texas seminarians have received checks totaling $175 each this year to help with the cost of their books. The diocese has a grant pending with the National Book Fund, submitted by Fr. Bernardo Martinez, for 100 service booklets in English and Spanish for the Hispanic ministry in Odessa. This is indicative of CPC's job: "...to make the word of

God fully known." Col. 1:25

Dale Stasney

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

APRIL

10 Fri Diocesan Office closed

13 Mon    Diocesan Office closed

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

24 Fri Youth Happening (in Lubbock, thru Sun)

25 Sat Prison Ministry Committee meets (10:00, at the Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock)

27 Mon  Small Group Clergy Gathering IV (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Tuesday)

29 Wed     Standing Committee meets (10:00 am, the Hulsey Center)

 

MAY

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

2 Sat Youth Confirmation Comm meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

3 Sun Church Periodical Club (CPC) Sunday

8 Fri         Insurance Committee meets   (10:00, at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

9 Sat Spring Quiet Day (sponsored by the Spiritual Development Committee - St. Mary's, Big Spring)

11 Mon Diocese offices closed (staff retreat)

12 Tue Trustees meet in Lubbock (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

14 Thu Executive Council meets in Plainview

16 Sat Canterbury Board meets in Lubbock (at the Canterbury Center)

16 Sat Christian Ed Comm meets in Lubbock

18 Mon ETSSW Board Meeting, and Commencement

23 Sat Quarterman Conference Center 40th Anniversary

25 Mon Diocese offices closed (Memorial Day)

27 Wed Episcopal Compensation Committee meets

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

 

JUNE

4 Thu Liturgy and Music Committee meets (at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

6 Sat Llano Estacado Deanery (10:00 - in Levelland)

13 Sat Missions Committee meets (9:30 am, St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

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

18 Thu Cursillo begins in San Angelo (Christ the King Retreat Center, thru Sunday)

24 Wed 1999 Budget requests for Committees, Commissions, Boards and Deaneries due in the diocesan office.

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 40 March 27, 1998

 

 

More Than 50 Spring Break Workers Serve Northern Mexico

The Diocese of Northwest Texas sponsored three work groups at Anglican churches in the Diocese of Northern Mexico during Spring Break.

A team of about 20 workers from Holy Trinity, Midland, led by Alan Hawkins, was dispatched to St. John's, Reynosa. They built ten pews at the church and began remodeling the rectory including painting, tearing down a wall, and patching the stucco.

Faith Episcopal Church, Allen, Texas, led by Fr. John Clifford sent 15 people to San Matias, Juarez, where they put a new roof on the rectory. Our diocese provided the materials and delivered them to El Paso.

Good Shepherd and Emmanuel Churches, San Angelo, led by Fr. Mike Smith and Matt Kissko, sent a group to St. John's, Reynosa, on what Fr. Smith calls "the Plumber's Demise trip. Among other things (including flooring and kitchen cabinets), we installed three toilets, re-plumbed two sinks, chipped out and re-poured a bathroom floor, installed a new shower fixture and a hot water system including new water and gas lines." The breakthrough news is that Fr. Michael Smith successfully used a propane torch without harm to self or surroundings.

All three groups did tremendous amounts of work in a very short time and all returned home safely. Start planning now to send a group from your church to Mexico at Spring Break '99. For more information contact Glenn Polhemus, (915) 468-3011 or 468-2006.

*

More from Mike Smith's travel diaries: We traveled with 14 in our group (Including one from Heavenly Rest, Abilene) Eight were students ranging from 8th grade through Senior High, with six adult sponsors. Five were "first-timers." No one was fluent in Spanish (we lost our translator to illness the week before the trip). Theme for the trip: "With Liquid Nails, I can conquer the world. I'll just never have clean finger nails again." Improbable Highlight: The explosion at the power station in Monterrey on the last day which shut down electricity and running water in our region of Mexico. God smiled on us and gave us a 20 minute window in which we mounted the kitchen cabinets with the drill and cut the new countertops to size. We were adaptive enough to get the work done, but we stayed in a motel in McAllen for our last night. Little known fact: They don't refrigerate mayonnaise in Mexico.

 

From the Bishop's Desk:

Early in March the House of Bishops gathered at Kanuga Conference Center in North Carolina. It was the largest of the seven conferences held to date, and I believe eminently productive. Following several years of issue-centered meetings which helped focus the House on the rupture between and among bishops (which gatherings were planned and executed by our own Bishop Hulsey) this year's meeting was a retreat led by the Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold. Tapping his own strengths of biblical scholarship, patristic study, and deep spirituality, Bishop Griswold led us into the nearer presence of Christ who is among us as reconciler and redeemer. We prayed together formally and informally; entered into bible study (or as our chaplains Curtis Almquist and Martin Smith who are Cowley Fathers said: "Let the Bible study us"); spent time in informal conversation; discussed the PB's presentations in small groups; had opportunity for quiet time and rest; and broke bread together at the Altar and meal tables.

The expected groupings of like-minded bishops was not obvious. Everyone took time to get to know the new bishops among us and to truly listen to the hearts of those with whom we disagree. As one of the newer bishops (there are now 8 newer than I). I was delighted to get to know some of the senior bishops - and not just as names or causes. This year we are beginning to reap the benefits of some of the earlier gatherings which were long and sometimes testy, but which kept us at the table together. Don't listen to the siren voices declaring that the Episcopal Church is on the shoals and we should join them. The Church is moving into a healthy way of being which will ultimately serve our Lord Jesus Christ in some wonderful ways. The Enemy wants us to fail and helps us to help others fall; let us rather stand in the midst of the Church and sound the clarion call to faith and wholeness.

Wallis Ohl

 

Province VII Youth Event Set for July

McNeese State University in Lake Charles LA, will be the site for this year's provincial youth meeting July 15-19. All youth who have completed Grades 9-12 are welcome to attend. Registration ($150) is due June 1, 1998. This is a great opportunity to meet friends, share great music and have a terrific time with other Episcopal youth. Contact: Nancy McReynolds (806) 765-7084 or Ryan Kuratko (806) 791-3113.

 

Help Needed at Newest Episcopal School in the Diocese

St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, Sweetwater, requests donations of reading books. Primer and First Grade reader are of principal need. Any publisher will be appreciated, but especially valuable would be phonetic readers published by Economy. For more information call (915) 235-8408 or send donations to: St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School, P.O. Box 653, Sweetwater, Texas 79556.

 

News of the People

Bishop Ohl, as recommended by the Commission on Ministry, has made two Northwest Texans postulants for ordination to Holy Orders, Canon 7 priesthood: Dana Colley of Holy Trinity, Midland, (currently a student at General Theological Seminary in New York), and Mary Glover of Church of the Heavenly Rest, Abilene.... The newest member of the Board of Trustees of the diocese, Harwell Barber of Heavenly Rest, Abilene, has been selected Volunteer Service Award winner by the United Way of Abilene.

 

Quiet Day for the Diocese Planned by Spiritual Development Committee

The Spiritual Development Committee (Mother Leslie Gregory, Chair) will host a Quiet Day on Saturday, May 16 at St. Mary's Church, Big Spring, from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Leader of this day for inspiration and spiritual refreshment will be Fr. John Loving of San Angelo. Chaplain will be Fr. James Liggett of Big Spring. Please bring your own brown bag lunch, though beverages will be provided. A Love offering will be collected to help defray expenses. Tentative date for a Fall Quiet Day is October 3, at St. Mark's, Plainview.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

MARCH

28 Sat ECW Board meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

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

 

APRIL

6 Mon Episcopal Schools Commission meets (11:00 am at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

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

10 Fri Diocesan Office closed

13 Mon     Diocesan Office closed

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

24 Fri Youth Happening (in Lubbock, thru Sun)

27 Mon Small Group Clergy Gathering IV (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Tuesday)

29 Wed     Standing Committee meets (10:00 am, the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

 

MAY

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

2 Sat Youth Confirmation Comm meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

9 Sat Spring Quiet Day (sponsored by the Spiritual Development Comm - St. Mary's, Big Spring)
                Fr. Liggett, Chaplain; Fr. Loving, Leader

12 Tue Trustees meet in Lubbock (Hulsey Episcopal Center.)

14 Thu     Executive Council meets in Plainview

16 Sat Canterbury Board meets in Lubbock (at the Canterbury Center)

16 Sat Christian Education Committee meets in Lubbock

18 Mon ETSSW Board Meeting, and Commencement

23 Sat Quarterman Conference Center 40th Anniversary

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)

 

JULY

15-19 Provincial Youth Rally (McNeese - LA)

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 39 March 13, 1998

 

Permian Basin Deanery Hosts Workshop/Retreat for Vestries

The Rev. Canon Kevin Martin, canon for congregational development of the Diocese of Texas, will lead a weekend workshop March 27-28 at Holy Trinity, Midland. Vestry and clergy across the deanery plan to participate. Scheduled topics for instruction/discussion include: Six Keys to Effective Congregational Life, Elements Essential to a Growing Church, and The Task of Leadership in Church Development.

Diocesan Statement Clarifying Deacon's Role Approved

Editor's Note: The Commission on Ministry gave final approval to a diocesan statement clarifying the role of Deacons at its March 6 meeting. Bishop Ohl worked closely with the Commission in the development of the document, reprinted in its entirety below. The statement will also appear in the March issue of The Adventure.

"This description of the meaning and function of the Diaconate presents our Diocese's vision of the renewed Diaconate. It has been approved by Bishop Ohl and the Commission on Ministry. It is our intention for this vision to be definitive. It will drive the recruitment, selection, training, oversight, and Continuing Education of Deacons in our Diocese. Lent, 1998

 

The Meaning and Function of the Diaconate
Diocese of Northwest Texas


D
eacons exist to call the whole community into its servant ministry. They are prophetic leaders who are called to challenge the Church always to look beyond itself.

Applicants to the Diaconate need to have the character of a servant, and this character should be visible in the applicants life and ministry. Deacons are called to be icons of the servant ministry of all the baptized. On the other hand, Ordination to the Diaconate is not a way to recognize, reward, or validate existing ministries. Nor are Deacons ordained primarily to do ministries that are not connected to the daily and ongoing life of the Church. Deacons are ordained leaders who are to strengthen and build up the ministry of the Church. Deacons are under the authority of the Bishop and of the supervising Priest under whom they work.

The liturgical functions of a Deacon are symbolic and expressive of the Deacon's ministry. Liturgical activity is not the primary or the central ministry of the Deacon.

So, the Diocese is looking for people who are leaders, who have a visible ministry to the dispossessed, who will undertake the role of prophet, and whose ordination will strengthen the outreach ministry of the parish."

 

News of the People

The Rev. William B. Wright has accepted a call to become Rector of St. John's Parish, Ft. Smith Arkansas. Fr. Wright has been Rector at St. Paul-on-the-Plains, Lubbock since 1992. He also serves the Standing Committee, the Cursillo Secretariat, and as Chair of the Diocesan Stewardship Committee. Bill and Pat will leave Texas around March 30. . . . Jackie Batjer, Heavenly Rest, Abilene, has been appointed to the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns. She will be joining the group of NW Texans listed in the last issue of The Newsletter in Minneapolis later this month.

 

Holy Trinity, Midland Seeks Director of Christian Education

Holy Trinity, Midland, is looking for a Director of Christian Education who loves Jesus Christ, and children, and who will oversee a program using a strong, Bible-based curriculum and involving over 300 children and 30 teachers. Other programs include Mother's Day Out, VBS, Wednesday-night programming, two Sunday Children's Chapels. Send letter of intent and resume to: Paula Howbert, DCE Search Committee, Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 1400 W. Illinois Avenue, Midland, TX, 79701.

 

Presiding Bishop Selects Assistant for Administration

PB Frank Griswold has announced that Pat Mordecai, veteran administrator for the Diocese of Massachusetts, will serve as assistant to the presiding bishop for administration at the Episcopal Church Center in New York. For sixteen years, she served an administration post in the Diocese of Massachusetts, before accepting a position as director of operations for St. Alban's Parish on the grounds of the National Cathedral in Washington DC.

Her primary responsibilities are described as "implementing church policy and ensuring that the national staff is effective, efficient, and responsive. She will serve as an advisor to the Presiding Bishop and Executive Council and will lead the senior executive group of managers." More than 50 applicants were considered. Mordecai will assume her duties by the end of March.

 

Center for Hispanic Ministries Sponsoring 3- Day Conference

Dr. Michael Floyd and Fr. Abel Fernandez will lead a conference at ETSSW in Austin May 26-28 titled: Exploring the Theme: Common Hispanic Religious Practices (Popular Religiosity). Dr. Floyd teaches Old Testament at the seminary and Fr. Fernandez serves as Secretary of Evangelism and Catechesis for the Roman Catholic Church in Mexico. The Program will be in English. Tuition is $150 (including meals). For more information call (512) 477-2644 between 9:00-1:00 weekdays.

 

A CPC Sunday Reminder

The first Sunday in May has been set aside nationally as Church Periodical Sunday. The CPC representative, ECW president, or communicator will be receiving a packet in the mail to help her publicize CPC. Please support her in bringing CPC to the attention of all the Episcopalians in your congregations. Help her spread the Gospel through the printed word.

In Christ,

Dale Stasney,
Diocesan CPC

  

DATEBOOK REVIEW

MARCH

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

6 Mon Episcopal Schools Commission meets (11:00 am at the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

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

10 Fri Diocesan Office closed

13 Mon Diocesan Office closed

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)

27 Mon Small Group Clergy Gathering IV  (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Tuesday)

29 Wed Standing Committee meets (10:00 am, the Hulsey Episcopal Center)

 

MAY

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

9 Sat Spring Quiet Day (sponsored by the Spiritual Development Comm - St. Mary's, Big Spring)                   Fr. Liggett, Chaplain; Fr. Loving, Leader

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)

 

JULY

15-19 Provincial Youth Rally (McNeese - LA)


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