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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 50 September 4 , 1998

 

Spiritual Development Committee Plans October Quiet Day

Prayer: Sometimes Surprises Come Later is the title of the Rev. Patricia Masterman's talk for the diocesan Quiet Day hosted by St. Mark's, Plainview Saturday, October 3. The event begins at 10:00 am and will conclude with Eucharist around 4:00 pm, celebrated by the Rev. Jacob Clemmons of St. Matthew's, Pampa.

Deacon Masterman of St. Andrew's, Amarillo, worked as a reporter at the Globe-News and an investigator for the District Attorney, prior to her ordination in 1985. She is also a former editor of The Adventure.

Everyone is welcome to attend Quiet Day. Bring a sack lunch - drinks will be provided. For more information contact: Amanda Palmer, Chair, Spiritual Development Committee (806) 655-6121.

 

Nominations Complete for Diocesan Offices

The Report of the Nominations Receiving Committee includes the following nominees to diocesan offices. A complete list of nominees, with biographical information, will be published in the September issue of The Adventure.

STANDING COMMITTEE TO 2001 (ONE LAY):

Cliff Craig, St. Andrew's (Amarillo)

STANDING COMMITTEE TO 2001 (ONE CLERGY):

Rosemary P. (Roz) Thomas , Heavenly Rest, (Abilene) .

STANDING COMMITTEE TO 1999 (ONE CLERGY):

Kelly Schneider, Rector, St. Mark's; and Director of Youth Ministries, Heavenly Rest, (Abilene)

TRUSTEE TO 2003 (ONE LAY):

The Hon. Jesse Holloway, Heavenly Rest (Abilene);
Gary Wood, St. Peter's (Amarillo)

COMMISSION ON MINISTRY TO 2002 (ONE LAY):

Carl Lukenbach, St. Paul's (Lubbock)

COMMISSION ON MINISTRY TO 2001 (ONE CLERGY):

Dana Wilson, Holy Trinity (Midland)

ECCLESIASTICAL TRIAL COURT TO 2001 (TWO LAY):

Dick Davis, St. Peter's (Amarillo);
Tom W. Gregg, Good Shepherd (San Angelo)

ECCLESIASTICAL TRIAL COURT TO 2001 (ONE CLERGY):

Stockton Williams, Holy Trinity (Midland)

LAY DEPUTIES and ALTERNATES TO GENERAL CONVENTION (FOUR) :

Jackie Batjer, Heavenly Rest (Abilene)
Sally Clinehens, St. Paul's (Lubbock)
Cliff Craig, St. Andrew's (Amarillo)
Dick Davis, St. Peter's (Amarillo)
Betty D. Gilmore, St. Nicholas` (Midland)
Tom W. Gregg, Jr., Good Shepherd (San Angelo)
Robert E. (Bob) Poer, Holy Trinity (Midland)
Doug Tow, St. Stephen's (Lubbock)

CLERGY DEPUTIES AND ALTERNATES TO GENERAL CONVENTION (FOUR ):

Clifton Gardner, Good Shepherd (San Angelo)
James P. Haney, St. Christopher's (Lubbock)
Michael A. Jasper, St. Barnabas` (Odessa)
John H. Loving, Emmanuel (San Angelo)
Clifton. A. Mann, St. Stephen's (Lubbock)
Jo Roberts Mann, St. Stephen's (Lubbock)
William D. Nix, Jr., St. Andrew's (Amarillo)
David L. Veal, Canon to the Ordinary, Diocese of Northwest Texas.

 

The Bishop's 2nd Annual Conference on Stewardship

October 2-3, 1998

St. Paul-on-the-Plains

1510 Ave X

Lubbock, TX

 

 

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Convention Information on the Web:

http://www.nwt.org/98convention.htm.

Planning Continues for Diocesan Convention in Big Spring

We at St. Mary's are busy working on plans for a special event for delegates and visitors to the 40th Diocesan Convention. Rich and Barbara Anderson have graciously invited us to have the customary convention dinner at their ranch on Saturday, October 24. Barbara and Rich (who has the distinction of having been a delegate to the first diocesan convention!) have hosted many such parties at their Muleshoe Ranch , north of Big Spring, and they promise good chuck wagon food, music, entertainment and a good time. Dress, of course, will be informal/comfortable and the mood relaxed. For those of you who wish to drive to the ranch, we will have detailed maps. For those who would rather leave the driving to us, there will be buses available.

Mary Federman

Convention Coordinator, Big Spring

 

News of the People

The Rev. Ted Harris, vicar of the Sandhills Ministry (Monahans, Andrews and Kermit) for almost four years, has resigned to become rector of St. John's Church, Sonora Tx (Diocese of West Texas) effective September 16... Bill Livingston and Mike Ehmer, seminarians entering their final year at the Episcopal Theological Seminary of the Southwest, have both been admitted as Candidates for the Holy Orders by Bishop Ohl. Both were approved and commended by the Commission on Ministry and the Standing Committee of the diocese... The Rev. Bruce Green has returned to the diocese as Interim Rector at St. Paul's on the Plains, Lubbock. Bruce and Molly plan to retire in Lubbock, near their daughter and grandchild-to-be. Fr. Green served for 13 years as rector of St. Peter's, Amarillo...

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DATEBOOK REVIEW


SEPTEMBER

5 Sat Youth Confirmation Committee meets (at the Hulsey Center, 10:30 am)

10 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VII (at the Hulsey Center, thru Friday)

16 Wed Diocesan staff retreat

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

19 Sat Llano Estacado Deanery meets (in Brownfield)

21 Mon Annual Clergy Conference (at the BQCC, thru Thursday)

24 Thu Dedication of the Renovation of St. Matthew's Day School, Pampa

25 Fri Episcopal Churchwomen Conference (at the BQCC, thru Sunday)

 

OCTOBER

2 Fri The Bishop's Stewardship Conference (St. Paul's, Lubbock, thru Saturday)

3 Sat Permian Basin Deanery meets (9:30 am, St. Nicholas, Midland)

3 Sat Quiet Day: Talks on Prayer by Deacon Patricia Masterman (St. Mark's, Plainview)

4 Sun St. Stephen's, Lubbock Visitation (new schedule)

10 Sat Campus Ministry Committee meets (Canterbury, Lubbock at noon)

23 Fri Diocesan Convention opens in Big Spring

 

NOVEMBER

3 Tue Trustees Meet (at the Hulsey Center, 10:00 am)

6 Fri Faith and Order Conference of the Texas Conf. of Churches (in San Antonio)

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

12 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VIII  (at the Hulsey Center, thru Friday)

13 Fri Spiritual Development Committee in retreat (at the BQCC, thru Saturday)

15 Sun Tribute to the State of Texas (Bp. Ohl attends) (Washington National Cathedral )

21 Sat Finance Committee meets (at the Hulsey Center, 10:00 am)

  


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 49 August 14 , 1998

 

Lambeth Conference Roars to Conclusion

(Though the press corps in Canterbury reported extensively on press conferences and demonstrations surrounding two controversial resolutions debated in the final days of the conference, you may not yet have seen the text of the resolutions as approved. As space allows, the key portions of the resolutions are reprinted below. - Ed.)

 

from: The Resolution on Human Sexuality:

This Conference:...in view of the teaching of Scripture, upholds faithfulness in marriage between a man and a woman in lifelong union, and believes that abstinence is right for those who are not called to marriage.

... recognizes that there are among us persons who experience themselves as having a homosexual orientation. Many of these are members of the Church and are seeking pastoral care, moral direction of the Church, and God's transforming power for the living of their lives and the ordering of their relationships, and we commit ourselves to listen to the experience of homosexual people. We wish to assure them that they are loved by God and that all baptized, believing and faithful persons, regardless of sexual orientation, are full members of the Body of Christ;

... while rejecting homosexual practice as incompatible with Scripture, calls on all our people to minister pastorally and sensitively to all irrespective of sexual orientation and to condemn irrational fear of homosexuals, violence within marriage and any trivialisation and commercialisation of sex;

... cannot advise the legitimising or blessing of same-sex unions, nor the ordination of those involved in same-sex unions;

from: Unity of the Anglican Communion

This Conference, committed to maintaining the overall unity of the Anglican Communion, including the unity of each diocese under the jurisdiction of the diocesan bishop,

... calls upon the Provinces of the Communion to uphold the principle of "Open Reception" as it relates to the ordination of women to the priesthood ... noting that "reception is a long and spiritual process."

... in particular calls upon the Provinces of the Communion to affirm that those who dissent from as well as those who assent to the ordination of women to the priesthood and episcopate are both loyal Anglicans;

... also affirms that "although some of the means by which communion is expressed may be strained or broken, there is a need for courtesy, tolerance, mutual respect, and prayer for one another, and we confirm that our desire to know or be with one another, remains binding on us as Christians.

 
For a link to all the major documents of Lambeth, click here.


From the Bishop's Desk:

Greetings from the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl to the people of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, from Lambeth 1998:

Dear Friends,

You have been in my heart and prayers especially the past few days. It has been so cool here--although the English say it is hot; highs in the upper 70's. It is to laugh. The facilities however, have been quite warm. We are stuffed into small, un-ventilated rooms most of the time. Even the plenary sessions, held in a gym are stiflingly hot with 800 bodies and no fresh air. The debates have also heated up the temperatures some as well. I am not sure how much information you are getting in the local press--little or none I imagine, but if you want more see the connections on our web page for the diocese at NWT.ORG. Jim Liggett has done a marvelous job making Lambeth news available immediately.

We are now in our final hours; all that is left is the closing Eucharist and banquet; it is to be Bar-B-Q. I don't think it will even touch the good Texas stuff, but it will be interesting. I am sure it will take me several months to process all that has happened here. My overwhelming impression at this moment though is of a family, made up of every race, color, stature, language and people seeking to know the Lord Jesus as the Lord of all life. We disagree violently about many things, but hopefully we are one in the Spirit when all is said and done. I have met bishops from many areas whose lives are threatened by their faith. We have heard stories of untold thousands who have given their lives for Christ. We have prayed and studied in different languages and we are all richer for the experience.

Sunday past, by the time you get this, we leave for 10 days in Scotland, the land of much of my ancestry. Perhaps when we return we will be speaking Gaelic fluently.

May the Lord continue to bless you daily. Pray for one another and us.

In Christ

Wallis

(August 8, 1998)

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Noticias from the Consulta

Recently the Diocese of West Texas donated all the church furnishings and equipment from a closed mission in Eden to the new mission being built in Cuahutemoc, Chihuahua. In addition to this most generous gift, the Bishop of Northern Mexico has committed to providing about $12,000 to the construction of that church. Our Diocese and the Diocese of Ft. Worth have already donated about $4,000, so we now have about $16,000 of the estimated $25,000 that will be needed to complete the church.

The foundation for the new church will be poured during the week of August 23. A group from Good Shepherd and Emmanuel Churches (San Angelo) will be going to work with a Mexican contractor. Hopefully the construction can be completed in three stages and finished by the Spring of 1999.

Winkles Trucking of Pecos, Texas, provided transportation to El Paso this week for 300 school desks to go to the church school in Anapra, the church furnishings from the former Eden mission to go to the new church to be built in Cuauhtemoc, and other assorted church pieces such as pulpits and altars that have been given for the work in the Diocese of Northern Mexico. This is a most gracious gift, especially from the point of view of those contemplating shuttling these items one stock trailer at a time to El Paso!

Please continue to pray for the work that God is doing through the Consulta.

Glenn Polhemus

U.S. Director, La Consulta

 

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News of the People

Amanda Palmer of Canyon has accepted Bishop Ohl's appointment as Chair of the Spiritual Development Committee of the diocese ... Connie Wootton, Head of St. Andrew's School, Amarillo and Chair of the diocesan Commission on Episcopal Schools will also serve a four-year term on the Board of SAES (Southwest Association of Episcopal Schools). .... Retired Archbishop Jose Saucedo, the last missionary bishop of the Episcopal Church in Mexico, died in Mexico City August 6. He led the church in Mexico from a single missionary diocese in 1958 to five dioceses that in 1995 formed a newly-autonomous province of the Anglican Communion.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

AUGUST

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

17 Mon Clergy in Transition: CANCELLED

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

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

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

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

 

SEPTEMBER

1 Tues     Trustees meet (Hulsey Center, Lubbock)

2 Wed     Companion Diocese Comm meets (at the Hulsey Center, 1:00 pm)

3 Thu Executive Council meets (at Good Shepherd, Brownfield)

5 Sat Youth Confirmation Committee meets (at the Hulsey Center, 10:30 am)

10 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VII (at the Hulsey Center, thru Friday)

16 Wed  Diocesan staff retreat

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

19 Sat Llano Estacado Deanery meets (in Brownfield)

21 Mon     Annual Clergy Conference (at the BQCC, thru Thursday)

25 Fri Episcopal Churchwomen Conference (at the BQCC, thru Sunday)

 

OCTOBER

3 Sat Permian Basin Deanery meets (9:30 am, St. Nicholas, Midland)

3 Sat Quiet Day: Talks on Prayer by Deacon Patricia Masterman (St. Mark's, Plainview)

4 Sun St. Stephen's, Lubbock Visitation (new schedule)

23 Fri Diocesan Convention opens in Big Spring

 

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September 1st

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 A Message from Our Convention Hosts in Big Spring

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The Web Site for the the 1998 Convention in Big Spring is now open. Click here.


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 48 July 31 , 1998

 

Lambeth Conference Opens in Canterbury

More than 1000 Anglican Bishops Gather

Archbishop George Carey welcomed Anglican bishops from around the world to the opening session of Lambeth 1998 on Monday, July 20. Referring to the host of contentious issues facing the Communion, the Archbishop proposed in his Presidential address that solutions "will emerge only from a real encounter in gratitude with our living God." Truth has always been sought, and found, through a variety of perspectives in the Communion, but that flexibility should not be misconstrued as equivocation on the fundamental principles of the faith, he cautioned.

Despite the stifling heat in the halls, the bishops and spouses responded with a standing ovation.

At an earlier multi-lingual liturgy, the Archbishop spoke on Leadership Under Pressure: "There are strong grounds for hoping that we shall go home in three weeks' time greatly strengthened and empowered for God's mission in the world... [there are] fears, on the other hand, that the good ship Anglicana may founder on some divisive issue or other; whether on the rocks of intolerance and indiscipline or the shoals of fundamentalism and liberalism." But he reminded the gathering, "we are not the only Christians in history to have been caught in the tension between such expectations and foreboding..." Appropriately, Bible study for the three weeks of the conference will be focused on II Corinthians, the epistle which documents Paul's struggle under enormous pressures to unite the divided, fledgling Christian faith.

Because of the unprecedented size of the gathering, the bishops and guests are seated in two plenary halls. Speakers appear in-person before one body, while the other watches via closed-circuit simulcast. Periodically, the major speakers pause to travel from one hall to the other, so both groups hear portions of each speech in person. For the first time, the Lambeth Conference has recognized the multi-lingual nature of Anglicanism. In the opening program, for example, hymns and readings were heard in English, French, Swahili, Maori, Welsh and Korean.

The Archbishop of Canterbury has hosted a consultation of the Anglican bishops of the world once each decade since 1867. This Lambeth Conference is scheduled to continue through August 8.

This summary was compiled from reports of the Anglican Communion News Service

 

From the Bishop's Desk:

Greetings from the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl  to the people of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, from Lambeth 1998:

All is well in sunny England. The weather has been beautiful, only a couple of days of showers, but mostly beautiful with temps in the 60's and 70's. It is a veritable world family gathered. Pentecost is recreated around every corner. English is the common language, but one can hear Swahili, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, French, Urdu, and more languages than I can name. And all are praising God in their own language. Of course, not everyone agrees with all that is being said in small groups or plenary sessions, but that is healthy. In many parts of the Communion the Anglican Church is more than healthy, it is growing by leaps and bounds. In Nigeria, for instance, since Lambeth 1988 15 new dioceses have been formed and the Church has almost doubled. Many of our brothers and sisters live in primitive conditions and many are under the constant threat of persecution. But their joy is palpable. History tells us the Church always thrives under threat. It is a treat for me to be in the presence of some who have physical scars of their witness for Christ.

We have been to Canterbury Cathedral three times, once for the opening service which was glorious, and once last night when they opened the Cathedral just for Lambeth participants. Many parts of the building which are normally closed were available to us, including the vestmenterium and the organ loft and the bell tower. What a thrill. We also attended a performance of T.S. Eliot's "Murder in the Cathedral" in the crypt where the original shrine for St. Thomas Becket lay for the first 50 years. Just to be on these grounds is humbling.

Our roommates are from Pakistan. Bishop Alexander Malik is from Lahore and for a time was the Moderator (Presiding Bishop) of the Church in Pakistan. We are learning about Christianity and culture with another accent. Under the skin we are not so very different! And St. Paul tells us "there is neither Jew nor Greek, slave not free, male nor female." We are truly one in the Spirit, one in the Lord!

I will report again soon, and we will have a full report for the next Adventure. Hopefully some of our photos will be good enough to present a 15 minute slide show for Convention in October. Pray for all of us and for the Church around the world.

Peace,

Wallis

(July 27, 1998)

 

Surfing to Canterbury : Lambeth on the Internet

As might be expected, there are massive, sometimes overlapping "official" communications from the Lambeth conference. Anyone with internet access can use nwt.org as a launching pad into the maze. Fr. Jim Liggett has created links to the most reliable starting points. I recommend a look at Anglicans Online site. Their team of web browsers are gleaning the most reliable, most unusual, and most irreverent reporting from official sources and from the secular British press. -Ed.

Additional notes from Bishop Ohl will be posted, as they arrive,
on the diocesan website:

http:// www.nwt.org.

 

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Excess Sunday School Curriculum Available from Good Shepherd

A large supply of Sunday School curriculum in inventory at The Church of the Good Shepherd, San Angelo, is available to support any interested congregation in the diocese. For details about these materials, contact: Matt Kissko, Youth Director; Church of the Good Shepherd, San Angelo. Call (915) 949-6260 or FAX: (915) 944-9991.

 

 A Message from Our Convention Hosts in Big Spring

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Reserving Exhibit Space for 40th Annual Diocesan Convention

Applications to reserve exhibit space at diocesan convention should be returned to organizers by September 10th. The event will be October 23-25, 1998, hosted by St. Mary's, Big Spring, at the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum on the campus of Howard College. Commercial space may be reserved for a $25 fee. There is no fee for displays or exhibits of information by groups and organizations. For complete information, or a copy of the Exhibit Reservation form, contact: Bob Federman; 1408 Buena Vista Dr; Big Spring TX 79720 (915) 267-7908


The Web Site for the the 1998 Convention in Big Spring is now open. Click here.


Diaconate Formation Classes Open as Schedule Resumes in September

The Diocese of Northwest Texas provides a process of training and forming persons who are interested in serving as Deacons. The first year of the four-year process is a time of exploration. Classes focus on issues of discernment, and on understanding the nature and function of the Diaconate. The group meets the first weekend of every month, beginning September 4-5, at St. Christopher's, Lubbock.

For a copy of a letter which fully explains the diocesan program for training Deacons, contact: The Rev. David Krause, Chaplain for Canterbury Association, Texas Tech: (800) 484-5739 code 7906; 2407 16th St; Lubbock TX 79401 or via email: Canterbury@nwt.org

 

Next Newsletter Deadline: August 11

 

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 47 July 17, 1998


From the Bishop's Desk: 

Prayer for Lambeth

Avery Brooke

Lord Christ, when we think of the many Anglican Christians brought together for the Lambeth Conference from all over the world, we are awed and grateful, and we pray that your Holy Spirit will be with them in their prayers and conversations.

For the first time there are at Lambeth women who are bishops. They come rejoicing that it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us that they be called to be priests and bishops. But it is a lonely path, Jesus, and there is much opposition. We ask that you be with them in their joy and rejection. We also pray with and for all those who believe that having women priests and bishops is wrong. May we respect their hearts and minds and may all your servants know the goodness of your love, the glory of your healing grace and the teaching of your Spirit.

Compassionate Lord, this is not the only conflict and difficulty that will come before our leaders at Lambeth. We who should love each other often come close to hate. Jesus, help us to forgive each other as you forgive us and to work together for your Kingdom. Amen.


Avery Brooke
is a spiritual director and oblate of the Order of the Holy Cross, an Episcopal monastic community.

The Prayer for Lambeth, printed in the eight languages that will be used at Lambeth 1998, was commissioned by the Committee on the Status of Women, a committee of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Church, USA, and the Office of Women in Mission and Ministry of the Episcopal Church. The Prayer, printed in eight languages, may be purchased in sets of 25 from Morehouse Publishing (800-877-0012), or reproduced (see note below), . [copyright] Avery Brooke, Council for Women's Ministries and Morehouse Publishing. This prayer may be reproduced without requesting permission if the copyright holders are given credit.

 
A Generous Response to CPC Sunday Campaign

Many thanks to the following churches for participating in Church Periodical Club Sunday: St. Christopher's, Lubbock; St. John's, Odessa; St. Nicholas, Midland; St. Mark's, Abilene; St. Mark's, Plainview; St. Mark's, Coleman; and Heavenly Rest, Abilene. Other churches may also have observed CPC Sunday in various ways. St. John's, Odessa, and Heavenly Rest, Abilene, deserve special mention.

St. John's, Odessa, raised over $230.00 for MILE OF PENNIES in approximately eight weeks! That is truly a record. Heavenly Rest, Abilene, has given us a new goal for CPC Sunday by contributing $362.06 with an additional $58.60 for Mile of Pennies. Peggy McIntyre of St. John's and Gerri Denny of Heavenly Rest are certainly to be congratulated for all their hard work as CPC parish representatives.

"Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord." Romans 7:25

Dale Stasney
CPC Diocesan Representative

 

TCC & Province VII Schedule Major Events for Autumn

The 34th annual Faith & Order Conference of the Texas Conference of Churches will be November 6-7 at the Oblate Renewal Center in San Antonio. A Celebration of Ministries - Moving Toward Full Communion will feature Bro. Jeffery Gros, F.S.C., Associate Director, National Conference of Catholic Bioshops/Secretariat for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, and The Rev. Margaret Orr Thomas, Associate for Interfaith Relations, Presbyterian Church, USA. The Conference begins at 2:00 Friday and ends Saturday afternoon. For more information, contact: Canon David Veal (806) 763-1370.

The Province VII Convocation will be held December 5-7 at the Oklahoma Center for Continuing Education on the campus of the Univ. of Oklahoma, Norman OK. The Rt. Rev. James E. Krotz, Bishop of Nebraska, will be the keynote speaker for the event tentatively titled: "Our Diocese in the Next Millenium: Bridging the Local and National Levels." .

 

 A Message from Our Convention Hosts in Big Spring

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We at St. Mary's are moving into high gear - getting ready for delegates and visitors to the diocesan convention in October. We are planning an outdoor dinner on Saturday (with a backup plan in case of bad weather). Music and musicians have been selected for both worship services. Our famous ECW cooks will provide the reception following the Friday night service. A nice list of exhibitors and vendors will be attending. A speaker has been selected. Really good childcare options are being developed. The Parish Hall is being cleaned and polished and the church garden will be a riot of fall colors when you arrive.

We are really excited about the whole thing and hope a great many of you will come and enjoy the convention with us.

Mary Federman
Convention Coordinator, Big Spring

 

Committees of Convention Appointed for 40th Diocesan Gathering

As President of the Convention, Bishop Ohl has appointed the following persons to committees as required by Canon 6. These committees will manage the business of the diocesan convention in Big Spring October 23-25:

Approval of Minutes: Judy Flanders (Borger), Chair; Louise Cummins (Lubbock) & Betty Gilmore (Midland).

Credentials: Jack Link (Lubbock), Chair; Conrad Bratton (Abilene), JoAnn Griffin (Lubbock), The Rev. Ted Harris (Odessa), the Rev. Mary Whitfield (Quanah) & Allan Wolf (Lubbock).

Dispatch of Business: Betty Gilmore (Midland), Chair; Cindy Caldwell (San Angelo), Sally Clinehens (Lubbock), & the Rev. Scott Mayer (Abilene).

Elections: the Rev. Michael Jasper (Odessa), Chair; Billye McLaughlin (Big Spring), Chief Teller;  Patsy Berry (Midland), Elvin Brownlee (Andrews), Loretta Fulton (Abilene), the Rev. Clifton Gardner (San Angelo), Dick Orsini (Abilene), & Chris Winn (Lubbock).

Necrology: the Rev. Jerry Sneary (Dalhart) & Joy Johnson (Dalhart).

Nominations Receiving for 1998: Bob Strange (Lubbock), chair; Ken Baxter (Shamrock), the Rev. Ted Harris (Odessa) & the Rev. Mike Smith (San Angelo).

Parliamentarian: Louise Cummins (Lubbock).

Resolutions: the Rev. Roz Thomas (Abilene), Chair; the Rev. Jeff Fouts (Midland), Lyn Jones (Kermit), Eric Lathrop (Amarillo), Rick Tate (Levelland).

 


The Web Site for the the 1998 Convention in Big Spring is now open. Click here.


 

An Update of Recent Correspondence for Clergy and Wardens

Clergy and wardens of the diocese recently received a letter of introduction from Bishop Ohl and D'Ann Ducote, Diocesan Ministry Consultant. The phone number for D'Ann listed in that letter was incorrect. Her correct contact numbers are:

(915) 378-4050 ( dducote@gte.net )

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

JULY

18 Lambeth Conference opens ( thru Aug 9)

[Note: Bishop Ohl begins vacation July 5, attends Lambeth, then resumes vacation thru August 22]

AUGUST

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

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

17 Mon Clergy in Transition: CANCELLED

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

19 Wed Standing 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)

SEPTEMBER

1 Tues Trustees meet (Hulsey Center, Lubbock)

2 Wed Companion Diocese Comm meets (Hulsey Center, 1:00 pm)

3 Thu Executive Council meets (at Good Shepherd, Brownfield)

5 Sat Youth Confirmation Committee meets (at the Hulsey Center, 10:30 am)

10 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VII (Hulsey Center, thru Friday)

16 Wed Diocesan staff retreat

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

19 Sat Llano Estacado Deanery meets (in Brownfield)

21 Mon Annual Clergy Conference (at the BQCC, thru Thursday)

25 Fri Episcopal Churchwomen Conference (at the BQCC, thru Sunday)

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 46 June 26, 1998

 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 45 June 12, 1998

 

Guidelines for Lay Ministry Revised and Clarified

The Commission on Ministry for the diocese, as directed by the Bishop, has revised and clarified that portion of the Diocesan Standing Operating Manual (SOM) which defines ministries of lay persons. The Bishop may issue renewable licenses to lay persons recommended by a priest and otherwise qualified for any of the specific ecclesiastical ministries outlined below:

The Lay Pastoral Leader

"May function in a pastoral or administrative role in a time and place where there is no ordained person available."

"Will work under the supervision of an ordained person>'

Formal Examination prior to licensing. Licensed for a 3-year period.

The Lay Preacher

"It is a rare and a good thing when a lay person is gifted in this art and sufficiently knowledgeable in the science of Theology to exercise this gift for the edification and inspiration of the people of God."

Formal Examination prior to licensing. Licensed for a 3-year period.

Lay Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors

"Licensed to administer both the consecrated Bread and Wine at a celebration of the Holy Communion. This ministry is to be exercised only in the absence of a sufficient number of ordained persons."

The Bishop may require participation in diocesan training events to qualify for retention and renewal of license.

The Catechist

"A lay person who is trained and licensed to prepare adults for Holy Baptism, Confirmation, Reception and the Reaffirmation of Baptismal Vows."

Formal Examination prior to licensing. Licensed for a 3-year period.

The Lay Reader

"The Lay Reader is someone who 'regularly leads in public worship.' ... The key words are 'regular' and 'leads'. ...Typically, this is a person who conducts Morning and Evening Prayer at the church one or more times a week; or who conducts a regular service in a nursing home or other institution."


These revisions to the diocesan SOM incorporate significant changes in relevant canons of the Episcopal Church as ratified by the 1994 General Convention. According to the Rev. John Loving, Chair of the Commission on Ministry, these updated guidelines will be an important tool for deaneries current working to structure new kinds of "cluster" relationships between large and small congregations. They should also encourage persons who might be called to a special ministry and affirm the ministry of some lay persons who have been faithfully serving small congregations across the diocese for some time.


Interested persons should read these Guidelines in their entirety. Copies have been distributed to all clergy and wardens of vacant cures, or may be obtained from the Hulsey Center.

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A Message from the Hosts of Our 40th Annual Diocesan Convention

The 40th convention of the Diocese of Northwest Texas, October 23-25, 1998, is an important anniversary for St. Mary's, Big Spring. We hosted the first diocesan convention in March 1959 at the then elegant Settles Hotel. Perhaps the slogan for this year's convention - New Life Begins at Forty - is best illustrated by the change in location. The Settles is now an unsightly derelict, and our new convention site is the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, a spacious and attractive building with ample seating for delegates and as many guests as wish to attend. There is also a large, conveniently located area for exhibitors and vendors, and we hope to attract some interesting participants. Ample parking is available adjacent to the coliseum grounds. The site is easily accessible from the major motels and is only a few blocks from St. Mary's Church, where we will have both the Friday Evensong and the Sunday Eucharist.

The people of St. Mary's, Big Spring plan to provide a welcoming, comfortable and convenient convention for all participants.

Mary Federman, Convention Coordinator

 


The Web Site for the the 1998 Convention in Big Spring is now open. Click here.


 

News of the People

Bishop Ohl was awarded the degree of Doctor of Divinity, honoris cause, at commencement services on June 4 at Nashotah House where he attended seminary... The Rev. Linda Kelly, formerly Associate Rector for St. Paul-on-the-Plains, Lubbock, has accepted the call to be associate at St. Peter's Church, Kerrville, in the Diocese of Texas. She will serve there with the Rev. Alan B. Conley, originally of Lubbock and ordained to the diaconate in the Diocese of Northwest Texas....

 

Bishop Quarterman Conference Center Marks 40 Years of Ministry

Over 100 people gathered at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center Saturday May 23, to mark the 40th anniversary of the dedication of the facility. Bishop Ohl celebrated the Eucharist at an 11:00 am service, followed by an informal luncheon and fellowship. Honored guests of the day included the Rt. Rev. and Mrs. George H. Quarterman (in good spirits after his recent hospitalization), Mrs. Betty Bivins Lovell and Mrs. Kay Wagner Brosier, representing the families whose gifts made the Conference Center facility possible, and almost forty former youth counselors, gathered from around the country for a Memorial Day reunion organized by Fr. Richard Thayer and Rosalind Roland of San Antonio.

At lunch on Saturday, Bishop Ohl presented a gold watch to Bob Johnson, marking 39 years of service as Maintenance Superintendent of the facility. The Bishop was quick to point out that the gold watch was not an invitation to retire!

Three Conference Opportunities

The Leadership Program for Musicians Serving Small Congregations will meet at the Virginia Seminary in Alexandria VA, July 3 - 7. Contact: Marti Rideout, 6230 Covered Bridge Road, Burke, VA 22015 (703) 250-6757; rtirideout@juno.com.

The National "Mississippi Conference" on Church Music and Liturgy will be at Vicksburg, MS, July 28 - Aug 2. Contact: Ellen Johnston, P.O. Box 12443, Jackson, MS 39236; ellenj@dixie-net.com.

The National Conference for Episcopal Single Adults at Kanuga, NC,   September 4 - 7. Contact: Kay Collier-Slone, Solo Flight Conferences, P.O. Box 610, Lexington, KY 40586.

  

DATEBOOK REVIEW


JUNE

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 (Hulsey Episcopal 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 Lambeth Palace, thru Aug 9)

[Note: Bishop Ohl begins vacation July 5, attends Lambeth, then resumes vacation thru August 22]

 

AUGUST

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

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

17 Mon Clergy in Transition group meets, in Lubbock

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

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

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

 

SEPTEMBER

1 Tues     Trustees meet (Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock)

2 Wed     Companion Diocese Comm meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center, 1:00 pm)

3 Thu Executive Council meets (Hulsey Episcopal Center)

10 Thu Small Group Clergy Gathering VII (Hulsey Episcopal Center, thru Friday)

16 Wed     Diocesan staff retreat

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

19 Sat Llano Estacado Deanery meets (in Brownfield)

21 Mon     Annual Clergy Conference (at the BQCC, thru Thursday)

25 Fri Episcopal Churchwomen Conference (at the BQCC, thru Sunday)


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