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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 58 January 1, 1999

Special Report:

Christian Education in Northwest Texas

 

"Are We There Yet?"

After years of dormancy, the Christian Education Committee of the diocese blossomed vigorously in 1998. The rejuvenation of the group began in mid-December 1997, in retreat at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center. The weekend was guided by Ms. Vycke McEwen, a Christian Ed. specialist from the staff of the Bishop of Oklahoma.

By way of defining itself and its mission, the group claimed six types of educational need "to involve itself with" in the diocese:

1) Youth (Jr. & Sr. High)

2) Adult

3) Intergenerational

4) New Programs

5) Outreach

6) Kids (elementary & younger).

During 1998, the committee sponsored a workshop for Christian educators ("Craft-tivity / Nat-ivity", held at St. Stephen's Church, Lubbock in January) which was attended by 15 people. Over the summer, the committee completed a survey of Christian Education activity across the diocese. Nineteen congregations (53% across the diocese) responded, of which 16 reported on children's education programs and 9 on adult activity. As anticipated, the survey documented many challenges faced by Episcopal congregations in Northwest Texas interested in developing vital education programs. The analysis offered by the committee highlighted:

1) Lack of organized or intentional training for teachers (except in the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd). "Are we even covered by our insurance (in liability for alleged sexual misconduct) if we are not providing training, even in that area?

2) The coordinators and teachers of adult Christian education are predominantly clergy. "There was no mention of lay catechists by anyone. Are we utilizing our resources? Are the clergy teaching by default?"

The year's business concluded when 10 Northwest Texans attended the first National Episcopal Children's Ministries Conference at Camp Allen in east Texas. Our delegation joined more than 425 participants from around the world, including Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold, for the five-day conference.

The Christian Education Committee for the diocese will retreat to the Quarterman Conference Center next weekend, planning for 1999 and beyond. The agenda calls for the group to scrutinize the results of last summer's survey and to prioritize goals for a one-year and a 3-5 year plan of action. Members anticipate that the group will offer regional or "neighborhood" training for workers, especially but not exclusively in smaller congregations. Simultaneously, representatives will attend deanery meetings to share details of the survey and solicit deanery participation and commentary.

 

Mission Statement

Our mission is 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.

Adopted 1998

 

Membership:

Annelle Cockrell, Mary Collier, Shari Davis, Pat Garren, Fran Gregg, Angela Hock, Jill Hughston , Les Jackson, Karen Nikado Sarah Schaub, Jerry Sneary (Chair),  Liz Toombs, David Veal, Jeanette Wedding, Caroline Wylie, Beth Wyatt

 

Some material contributed by Carol E. Barnwell,  through the Episcopal News Service

Eight-year-old Andy clenched a piece of bread in his fist following a Sunday morning Eucharist, only revealing his treasure on the car ride home. He said he was "taking it to Mom", who had not attended the service.

At home, Mom was still busy preparing for the arrival of dinner guests. Andy walked up behind her, handed her the bread and said: " - Mom! - the Body of Christ."

Now, who understands the Eucharist?

[As told by Frank Griswold at the closing Eucharist of the Episcopal Children's Ministries Conference]

 

News of the People

Teri Thomas, second grade teacher at St. Mary's School, Big Spring, was killed in a car accident in New Mexico a few days before Christmas. Teri was 41 years old, the mother of 3 children, and "a truly wonderful teacher". Fr. Jim Liggett requests prayers of support for the family and the faculty and students of St. Mary's, returning to class next week. Teri's husband Mike is a local lawyer and the County Attorney...

 

ETSSw Curriculum Revisions Focus on Missionary Vocation

The Seminary of the Southwest is revising its curriculum to better serve the missionary vocation of the church. The new curriculum will shape each academic year around a central theme through a campus-wide symposium, link the classroom and parish work of seminarians, infuse the courses with a mission spirit, and restructure the academic calendar. Seminarians entering ETSS in the fall of 2000 will begin study within the new curriculum.

"Rooted in our baptismal covenant, this sweeping curriculum revision focuses on fulfilling the evangelical mission of the church. An exciting mix of integrative theological learning and intensive practical experience in the parish setting will prepare our lay and ordained graduates to be visionary leaders and effective teachers," said the Very Reverend Durstan R McDonald, ETSS Dean.

Offered each year within a small group setting, the symposium will focus on an aspect of the lived reality of people both within and outside of the church. It will enable seminarians to make traditional faith statements that are intelligible and applicable in our increasingly pluralistic society. Central to this study will be the shared experiences of seminarians working in parishes throughout the Austin area to link what they learn in the symposium with what they do in a church setting. The new plan calls for field education throughout all three years of seminary study.

The traditional 15-week semester of the seminary's academic calendar will be reshaped into blocks of four and eight week modules and all courses will be redesigned. For example, the present two-semester introduction to biblical studies will soon trace the theme of the evangelical mission of the people of God throughout the scriptures. New courses likewise reflect a mission thrust. Seminarians will take a Christian education class that explores different modes of learning to enable them to design and offer adult education programs in their assigned parishes. Courses in American church history and Hispanic studies - both now required of entering students - will complement each other and prepare seminarians for January Term work in a predominantly Hispanic setting.


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 57 December 18, 1998

 

 

Memorial Service Planned in Amarillo for Hayes Evans Moreland (1911 - 1998)

The Rev. Evans Moreland, retired former Rector of St. Andrew's Amarillo (1957-1975) died in Austin December 14. A memorial service will be in the Children's Chapel of St. Andrew's (I-40 at Georgia Street, Amarillo) on Tuesday, Dec. 22, at 4:00 p.m. Bishop Ohl will preside, assisted by St. Andrew's clergy. Clergy of the diocese are invited to vest in cassock, surplice and white stoles and process.

Mary Moreland (his widow), Dan Moreland (son), and their family will be in Amarillo for the service, and would like to receive friends in the Fireplace Room following the service. Mrs. Moreland receives mail at 8404 Ardah Lane, Austin 78759 The family has requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions be made to St. Andrew's Building Fund, 2201 Civic Circle, Suite 316, Amarillo 79109.

 

Committee Chairs Called for Group Leadership Training

Program Committee Chairs and Heads of Divisions in the diocese have been called by Bishop Ohl to participate in a workshop in small group leadership Saturday, January 16, from 10:30 - 3:00 at St. Paul's Church in Lubbock.

In a letter to participants, the bishop writes: "The Episcopal Church is committed to shared leadership and collegiality. When our committees do not meet and function, the Diocese does not function. It is hoped that this training will provide you with the tools and inspiration to lead your committee into creative thinking and significant action." He has asked invitees who will not be able to attend to notify the diocesan office in advance.

 

News of the People

The Rt. Rev. Robert B. Hibbs, Bishop Suffragan for the Diocese of West Texas and a friend of this diocese, has published a book of meditations on the Jesus prayer. An Altar in Your Heart is available from Viva ! Books in San Antonio (1-800-241-2088) ... Dana Colley, seminarian at General Theological Seminary in New York, has been approved by the Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee, and admitted as a Candidate for Holy Orders by the bishop. Dana is a candidate to the priesthood and a member of Holy Trinity, Midland ... Gary Bilby, of All Saints', Perryton, has been approved by the Commission on Ministry and Standing Committee, and admitted as a Candidate for Holy Orders by the bishop. Gary is a candidate to the Diaconate. ... Dr. Dana F. Beane and Julie Krause were commissioned as Lay Readers by the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl during a visit to All Saints' School, Lubbock on October 19. They became the diocese's first lay ministers licensed to a school by Bishop Ohl.... Rose von Hassell, widow of the late Deacon George von Hassell of St. Mary's, Big Spring, died on December 12. She was 66 years old, and had been employed at the Howard County Library since 1975 and was the head of the literacy program. She and George (d. 10-23-94) had three children and four grandchildren. She was buried from St. Mary's on December 14. Fr. Liggett writes simply: " A fine person, she will be missed." ...

 

Changes in Quarterman Center Summer Schedule Announced

The following changes have been announced in the 1999 Spring & Summer Camp Schedule for the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center:

SPRING FLING

March 12-14.

COMPUTER CAMP

June 20-26

concurrent with Primary Camp.

Math, Science, & Theater Camps remain

as originally scheduled: June 13-19.

HAPPY CAMP

July 12-17.

 

CAMP WIGWAM

July 19-24.

 

  

Grants Available for Clergy in Overseas Study Programs

To honor the memory of former Presiding Bishop John Allin, Bishop Jones, retired diocesan of Missouri, has established the Allin Fellowship Fund. Requests for grants from the fund in 1999 are now being accepted. These grants are available to Episcopal clergy who wish to participate in overseas study programs of two-to-six weeks' duration.

Requests must be received in Missouri by February 1. Recipients of awards will be notified by March 15. Applications and Selection Committee guidelines are available from Carolyn Hearn at the Hulsey Episcopal Center (806) 763-1370.

 

Walter Brueggemann Preaching, Lecturing in Lubbock January 24-25

Dr. Walter Brueggemann, Professor of Old Testament at Columbia Theological Seminary in Decatur, GA will conduct a featured lectureship as part of the James Allen and Louise Hodges Arts Series at St. John's United Methodist Church in Lubbock.
Dr. Brueggemann will preach at the 10:30 service on Sunday, then lecture in the evening on "A Deep Season of Loss". A reception will follow.

On Monday, January 25, the series continues with morning lecture "for ministers and other church professionals": "The Strange Case of Elijah". The subject of the second Monday lecture will be: "Responses to God's Newness." For more information contact St. John's United Methodist Church, Lubbock at: (806) 762-0123 (Submitted by Bishop Ohl)

 

Volunteer Tax Preparers Needed In Lubbock Area

VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) is looking for people to volunteer to help with this worth-while program. VITA offers free tax return preparation for low-income and elderly individuals. The Internal Revenue Service will hold training at LakeRidge United Methodist Church, 4701 82nd St in Lubbock, from 5:30 - 8:30 on these dates: Monday, January 11; Tuesday, January 12; Thursday, January 14; Tuesday, January 19; Thursday, January 21.

For more information call Kristi Beckwith or Donna Powers at (806) 472-7434. (Submitted by Susan Sutton, St. Christopher's, Lubbock)

 

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

DECEMBER

18 Fri Christmas service, Trinity School, Midland *

 

JANUARY

7 Thu Province VII Canterbury (thru Sun)*

8 Fri        Christian Education Committee, thru 1/10, Quarterman Conference Center

15 Fri Mid-Winter (High School) Conference, Quarterman Conference Center

16 Sat Chairs of Committees and Commissions Meeting, 10:30 - 3:00, St. Paul's Church, Lubbock

16 Sat Daughters of the King Assembly,  Holy Trinity, Midland

23 Sat Lay Eucharistic Minister Training, 9:30 am Holy Trinity, Midland

29 Fri Order of St. Luke Conference on Healing, Good Shepherd, San Angelo (thru Sun)

30 Sat Lay Eucharistic Minister Training, 9:30 am Heavenly Rest, Abilene

 

FEBRUARY

2 Tue Trustees, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

4 Thu Executive Council, Lubbock

9 Tue Interim Bodies Conference, Standing Committee on Ministry Development, Richmond, VA*

17 Wed Ash Wednesday, Diocesan Offices Closed

24 Wed ETSSw Board, Camp Allen (thru Friday)

 

MARCH

4 Thu House of Bishops, Camp Allen (thru Mon)

5 Fri        Spiritual Development Retreat, (Icons) Quarterman Conference Center (thru Sun)

11 Thu Sewanee, Archbishop of Canterbury Visit *

12 Fri Spring Fling, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center (thru Sun)

 

APRIL

2 Fri Diocesan Offices Closed, Good Friday/Easter

17 Sat Episcopal Churchwomen's Board Meeting, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

19 Mon Province VII Small Church Clergy Conference, Quarterman Conference Center (thru Thu)

23 Fri Happening (thru Sun)

30 Fri Clergy Spouses Conference, Quarterman Conference Center, (Thru Sun)

 

* = from Bishop Ohl's calendar

THE BISHOP'S VISITATION SCHEDULE FOR 1999 WILL APPEAR ON THE BACK PAGE OF THE DECEMBER ADVENTURE

 

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 56 November 27 , 1998

 

'Tis the Season for United Thank Offering

Where do United Thank Offering funds go? These semi-annual ingatherings from Episcopal churches all over the U.S. are forwarded through the Episcopal Church Women to the national UTO office. The National UTO Committee then approves grants based on need and total funds available. All the funds are granted out - not a penny is used for administrative costs! When the UTO Committee met in May this year, there were 185 grant requests for $5.6 million and only $2.6 million to work with. The need is indeed great!

I sincerely thank all of you throughout the diocese for your continuing support of United Thank Offering. The success of this ministry is not dependent on large donations by one or two parishioners, but rather by the participation of every household in the diocese. I hope by now that every family has a Blue Box, but even if you do not, please begin today with your offerings. Remember, an offering is a thanksgiving to God. Encourage everyone in the family, particularly the children, to be thankful on a daily basis for God's many blessings.

Coordinators, the very prompt remittance of your Fall Ingathering offerings before December 10 means that the collective total amount can earn a higher interest rate at the national level. That interest, too, can be included in the grants.

 

Thankfully,

Jean Silverthorne

Diocesan UTO Coordinator.

 

First Trip to Spain Set for March 1999

An introductory tour of our new companion diocese in Spain has been set for March 15-29. The insert application for reservations contains some of the details of the trip, which will include stops in Toledo, Cordoba, Seville, Gibraltar, Granada, Madrid, Salamanca and Santiago del Compostela.

 

 

Reflecting on the 40-Year Milestone

by the Rev. John Setzer

[Reprinted from the Newsletter of St. Mark's, Coleman]

The Diocese of Northwest Texas is now 40 years old, hence the theme of the convention in Big Spring: New Life Begins at Forty. Here is an odd assortment of quotations about turning forty to help us reflect on this important milestone.

George Bernard Shaw wrote that "every busy man should go to bed for a year when he is forty." Does the diocese need a sabbatical from itself, a time to reflect and regroup?

William B. Pitkin published a book in 1932 entitled "Life Begins at Forty" Does it really? Or is it as Sir Walter Scott spoke of as a time for being "fat, fair and forty". Do we as Christians at 40 carry excess religious poundage or lean spiritual muscle?

A British writer of novels concerned with upper middle-class family life, Dame Ivy Compton-Burnett, described a certain woman's age in this fashion: "Pushing forty? She's clinging to it for dear life." Can a diocese, like a church or an individual, cling nostalgically to its youthful past at the expense of moving on into their more mature future?

What graces inform institutions and individuals moving merrily into the veiled tomorrow? Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote these words on the occasion of a friend's 70th birthday: "To be 70 years young is sometimes far more cheerful and hopeful than to be 40 years old." Is he referring to the phenomenon of "aging gracefully"?

Perhaps those small churches comprised of gracefully aging saints have a word of instruction, of comfort, yes even direction for younger congregations. There is much "cheerful and hopeful" about being a maturing child of God. Many of the battles and ambiguities of life are behind us. The season of Autumn can be a most pleasant time.

What learnings do we at St. Mark's have to share with our larger diocesan family about the grace of God in growing up, growing older, growing wiser?

 

A Special Thank You to an ECW Angel

Thanks to a generous donation from an anonymous ECW angel from Midland, the diocesan UTO Coordinator and the church coordinators will be ever so grateful ! With the kindness of this gracious lady, this beautiful gift will provide a lasting and meaningful addition to the ministry of United Thank Offering.

If you were present at the convention Eucharist in Big Spring, you undoubtedly noticed the lovely silver shell tray that was used in the collection of the annual diocesan ingathering. As this tray is to be used solely for the purpose of these offerings, it will eliminate the last-minute task of finding a receptacle which will complement the richness and beauty of a worship service we have all come to appreciate.

Since this donor wants to remain anonymous, please say a private thanksgiving for her, and drop a coin in your Blue Box on her behalf !

 

Thankfully,

Jean Silverthorne

Diocesan UTO Coordinator.

 

1999 Historic Churches Calendar Available

The National Episcopal Historians and Archivists announce the immediate availability of two favorite calendars for 1999: the Historic Episcopal Churches Engagement Calendar and the EpiscoCats Calendar. The Historic Episcopal Churches calendar retails for $14.50 and the EpiscoCats calendar sells for $7.00; both prices include postage. There are special rates for orders of 10 or more. Contact the NEHA office, 509 Yale Avenue, Swarthmore, Pennsylvania 19081 (1-610-544-1886) for further information. All orders must be prepaid.

 

 

The Newsletter

Winter Production Schedule

Cover Date Deadline

Issue 57: Dec 18, (Dec 5, Tuesday); Issue 58: Jan 1, (Dec 28, Monday); Issue 59: Jan 15 ,(Jan 12, Tuesday) ; Issue 60: Jan 29,(Jan 26, Tuesday)

Issue 61: Feb 12, (Feb 9, Tuesday),  Issue 62: Feb 26, (Feb 23, Tuesday); Issue 63: Mar 12, (Mar 9, Tuesday); Issue 64: Mar 26, (Mar 23, Tuesday)

 

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Long Range Diocesan Calendar Accessible on the Web

The Diocesan Calendar of Events to 2000, including the Bishop's visitation schedule, is now accessible through the internet at www.nwt.org. Diocesan, deanery and parish planning groups can now check the calendar anytime before scheduling events. The Calendar is still officially maintained and updated through the Bishop's office.

 

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

NOVEMBER

26 Thu Diocesan office closed for Thanksgiving

29 Sun St. Andrew's, Amarillo visitation *

 

DECEMBER

1 Tue Conference for Bishop's of Tiny Dioceses (Las Vegas, through Thurs)*

5 Sat    Quiet Day, St. Nicholas', Midland *

6 Sun St. Nicholas', Midland visitation *

10 Thu     Standing Committee meets (1:30 pm at the Episcopal Ctr)

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

12 Sat     Youth Confirmation Committee meets (at the Hulsey Episcopal Ctr)

13 Sun Copper Breaks (Quanah) visitation *

18 Fri Christmas service, Trinity School, Midland *

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 55 November 13 , 1998

 

Aftermath of Hurricane Staggers the Church in Honduras

These reports from witnesses of Hurricane Mitch's devastation expose the shallowness of the 30-second reports we hear on the nightly news. A tiny portion of recent internet correspondence is reprinted below. Bishop Ohl urges every Northwest Texas congregation to commit to the relief effort.

From Archdeacon John H. Park: All Saints' Day

... We still have hundreds of people housed in our churches. The Diocese has been providing food for them, but we have had to buy every penny's worth. The government is distributing free food and water for the evacuation centres, but when we try to get some, we are told that it is all gone... Here it is the rich and powerful who get everything.

Pray for Bishop Leo Frade as he leads the diocese at this critical time. Pray for the clergy and people of the diocese that we may be ministers of God's grace in the midst of this terrible tragedy.

From Archdeacon John H. Park: 10 November

...The girls of Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula were evacuated for several days from their orphanage.When they returned to the orphanage, they went through their closets to find clothes to donate to those who had lost their homes. The boys at the Instituto Tecnico Santa Maria in Tegucigapla have been helping to dig out homes from landslides and to remove ruble... The youth of Honduras are doing their part. They are now challenging the youth in Episcopal and Anglican churches around the world to do their part. The challenge is this: get a container, fill it with goods, and ship it to Honduras!

From Diane Frade: 10 November

... Honduran people are very resilient and will pull out of this. God is great and God has been good to us even in the midst of disaster ... We appreciate your prayers and we feel lifted-up by them. We know that God will give us the strength and courage to continue forward as we begin to build a new Honduras for the future.

From Archdeacon John H. Park: 11 November

Remembrance Day

... nothing has brought it all home to me as has the news which I received yesterday afternoon. One of my former parishioners, a young man whom I had trained as an acolyte, whom I had sent to our Technical Institute in Tegucigalpa, was making his first voyage as a crewman aboard the 4-masted tourist schooner Phantome, which was lost during the hurricane with all the crew aboard. I had known of the loss of the ship and crew, but I had not known that Jesus was one of the crew.

We have still not been able to communicate fully with our churches in El Paraiso... Beyond Ojo de Agua roads and bridges are washed out so that we cannot get accurate reports on the damages... In Tegucigalpa people are beginning to return to their homes, which is not necessarily a good idea. Many of these homes are in unstable area, and more mudslides could occur. Pray that they be kept safe.


From Mayra de Arguelles 10 November Administrative Assistant to the Bishop

... this Honduras that was a country with beautiful cities, bananas and coffee plantations.. . They just found around 200 bodies floating at the hydroelectrical dam of El Cajon. Just about one hour from San Pedro Sula.... One of our members spent two days in a tall tree fighting the snakes that kept trying to crawl up for safety. Today there are many deaths due to the snake bites.. Tegucigalpa looks like it was bombed in a war....


From Bishop Leo Frade 11 November,  Bishop of Honduras

... Yesterday I got a telephone call from Fr. Antonio in Puerto Cortes. He was very concerned about a community of Garifunas, which are the people descendants from African slaves that rebelled in the Caribbean islands of St. Vincent about 1 centuries ago and ended in the Honduran shores courtesy of the British that preferred to have less troublesome slaves. They have lived for a long time in Honduras and they should be accepted fully and share in all the benefits of the nation but that is not the case. Racism is also a sin in Honduras. "Nobody is caring for us. We need food, medicines, clothing. Our children are sick. We have lost about 35 houses, our churches are destroyed. We need help." They needed all of those things but also they were asking for gasoline in order to fill their outboard motors and fish for food. Nobody had helped them and they were mad and desperate. Tomorrow we will get there with food. We will also bring money for gasoline. They will bring their containers. I am told that after hurricanes fishing gets real good...

We are helping to feed thousands of people, and we need your help.

Please see the Diocese of Honduras' disaster web site at  www.episcopalian.org/honduras.

Donations can also be made to the Diocese of Honduras via SAMS using MasterCard or Visa at the following web site: mall.pacificcoast.com/cornerstone/honduras.tpl

The Episcopal Diocese of Honduras is accepting monetary donations via the: South American Missionary Society of the Episcopal Church (SAMS); PO Box 399; Ambridge PA 15003   Checks should be marked "Honduras Relief".

or

PRESIDING BISHOP'S FUND FOR WORLD RELIEF COMMITTEE TO ASSIST THE DIOCESE OF HONDURAS (1-800-849-9252)

or

Prepare parcels and send direct aid: To receive a detailed list of items needed, and current shipping and customs instructions, call Doug Tow, Postmaster, Levelland TX (806) 894-3250 during the business day. Or e-mail: adventure@nwt.org. Information will be available via mail or fax after 11/16.

 "... Just wait, the Lord is around the bend driving a truck with a whole bunch of angels driving fast to get there, not willing to forget you or anyone even if you live far away." Bishop Leo Frade


Editor's Thanks: (for sharing personal messages) David Veal, Wallis Ohl, Mollie Polhemus, Fran Gregg, John MacDonald and the Mighty Louie Crew.

  

Business Manager Added to Diocesan Staff

Edna Chambers has been appointed to the bishop's staff as General Business Manager. For the past six months, she has served as administrative assistant at St. Christopher's, Lubbock. Previously, she was employed for many years as an assistant comptroller and executive assistant for Lowe's food stores, based in Littlefield. "I am looking forward to serving the diocese - and very excited!," she said recently. She replaces Laurie Riggs, who relocated to Colorado in September. Edna's first day at the Episcopal Center will be November 23.

News of the People

Harry Hall, Emmanuel, San Angelo, has accepted the bishop's appointment to the Companion Diocese Committee... New Postulants for the Diaconate include: Judy Cobb of St. Barnabas', Odessa; Ernest and Suzi Wilkinson of St. Matthew's, Pampa; and Nikki Jones of St, Stephens, Sweetwater... the Rev. Marlena Tothill will be assisting the Rev. Robert Bonnington, interim Vicar of the Sandhills Missions... Dana Colley, seminarian from Holy Trinity, Midland, was singled out for a very special honor: She was chosen as one of three respondents to the Presiding Bishop, who made a major address on ecumenism at Grace Church, New York September 30. Dana recounted some recent ministries of prayer and support she had received from Christian persons who are not members of this branch of Christ's Church...


Some Condensed Bulletins

La Consulta meets next week in Cuidad Juarez. Contact: Glenn Polhemus (915) 468-3011.

UTO Coordinators: Fall Ingathering offerings are due before December 10. Contact: Jean Silverthorne, Plainview.

The Province VII Convocation is set for December 3-5 in Norman OK. The theme for the gathering is "Reconciliation and Hope."

A Healing Mission sponsored by the ecumenical Order of St. Luke will be held January 29-31 at Good Shepherd, San Angelo. Presenters are the Rev. Bob and Sandi Kerner.

Youth Events for 1998-99 have been confirmed for the following dates: Fall Festival (Jr. High) November 13-15; Midwinter Retreat, January 15-17; Spring Fling, March 19-21 [attention]; Happening, April 23-25.

Progressive Dinner for Youth of the Llano Estacado is planned for December 22, 6:00-9:00 pm. Contact Liz Toombs (806) 799-3439.

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

NOVEMBER

13 Fri Jr. High Fall Festival opens (at the BQCC, thru Saturday)

15 Sun Bishop Ohl to Washington National Cathedral * (Tribute to the State of Texas)

17 Tue Standing Comm on Ministry (National) (in New Orleans) *

18 Wed Province VII House of Bishops * (in Austin)

19 Thu Seminary of the Southwest Board, Austin *

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

22 Sun St. Thomas', Hereford visitation *

24 Tues Groundbreaking for St. Andrew's Episcopal School (Amarillo, 10:00 am)

26 Thu Diocesan office closed for Thanksgiving

29 Sun St. Andrew's, Amarillo visitation *


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 54 October 30 , 1998

 

New Life Begins in Big Spring

 Diocesan Convention Returns to Big Spring after 40 Years

 

Working beneath the spacious dome of the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum, and relaxing beneath the starry canopy of a West Texas night at the Muleshoe Ranch, the 40th Convention of the Diocese of Northwest Texas reflected, rejuvenated and prepared to begin its fifth decade of ministry...

The Convention registered 206 voting representatives, and welcomed many more official guests. Speakers throughout the weekend encouraged exploration and celebration of lay ministry. In his Charge to Convention, Bishop Ohl spoke of the role of the new Lay Ministry Consultant, and of "recapturing the missionary zeal of the early years of the Church in Northwest Texas." Vincent Currie, Administrator of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, preached at Friday Evensong and was featured speaker at the Sunday morning business session. Angela Hock (Midland), was lay leader for Bible Study late Saturday afternoon.

Highlights on the floor of the convention included a warm reception and formal seating for San Miguel Arcangel, the new Spanish language mission in Odessa, guided by diocesan missioner the Rev. Bernardo Martinez. Later in the day, the Rev. Efrain Huerta, of the Center for Hispanic Ministry on the campus of the Episcopal Seminary of the Southwest, reminded the convention that there are currently 35,000 Hispanic Episcopalians in the U.S., including 8000 worshipping here in Province 7.

The convention also adopted the enthusiastic resolution brought by Pan and Paul Eimon (Amarillo), Co-Chairs of the Companion Diocese Committee, to make Northwest Texas and the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church companion dioceses.

There was discussion, but no amendment proposed to the 1999 Diocesan Operating Budget as prepared by the Executive Council. The budgeted expenditures and corresponding Apportionments to diocesan congregations for 1999 total $1,308,093. Apportionments from congregations account for 86% of the operating budget in the coming year.

New and notable features of the adopted budget include earmarking $80,000 of Missions support to be routed through the Panhandle Missions Program, described by Deanery Chair the Rev. Jacob Clemmens as funding to support the formation of something larger than a 3-church cluster. "Our vision is of a ministry cluster which includes the three parishes in our deanery with full-time clergy, who will work with an increasing number of lay ministers in the missions and smaller parishes of the deanery." The bulk of the financial support from the diocesan budget will be salary for an Area Vicar. Increased funding for the Prison Ministry Committee, as explained by Chair Mary Margaret Sinclair (Abilene), will go to support the full-time chaplain to prisons and to provide some of the resources necessary to support ministries inside state-owned facilities.

 

Ann Duval (Lubbock), out-going President of diocesan ECW reported that Linda Scarborough (Abilene) is now President-elect of the organization, and Grace Jordan (Midland) was selected as Treasurer at the annual ECW gathering in September.

 

Lauren Weaver ( Midland), President of the Youth Community Executive Committee made an impromptu appeal to the convention for adult involvement and support for youth programs at the parish and deanery levels. Later, Bishop Ohl marveled that Weaver's remarks foreshadowed the principle themes of his Charge to Convention.

 

The Rev. James P. Haney, Chair of the Standing Committee, reported on three significant events of the past year: 1) completion of a covenant between Bishop Ohl and the diocese, with the assistance of Canon C. M. Woltz of Oklahoma; 2) receipt of an emergency relief grant from the Presiding Bishop's Fund, thanks to the initiative of Executive Secretary Carolyn Hearn, in response to the extreme heat across the region in June and July. The $15,000 received will be distributed through the deaneries in 1999 to purchase air conditioners for at-risk families; 3) endorsement of the proposal by Long Range Planning to contract with Percept, an information resources consultant, for a 3-year demographic study of population trends in the diocese.

 

Selection of General Convention Deputies Required 5 Ballots

Five rounds of balloting were required to select delegates and arrange alternates to the 2000 General Convention of the Episcopal Church. Every diocese sends 4 deputies from the clergy and lay orders:

Clergy Deputies to Convention:

David L. Veal (Diocese)

John Loving (San Angelo)

William Nix (Amarillo)

Jim Haney (Lubbock)

Cliff Gardner (San Angelo) 1st alternate

Lay Deputies to Convention:

Betty Gilmore (Midland)

Jackie Batjer (Abilene)

Cliff Craig (Amarillo)

Sally Clinehens (Lubbock)

Dick Davis (Amarillo) 1st alternate

On the first ballot, the Hon. Jesse Holloway (Abilene) was elected to the Board of Trustees. Dr. Mary Federman (Big Spring) was nominated from the floor, then elected to fill an unexpired term on the Commission on Ministry.

Convention Officers elected in uncontested races included Jack Link (Lubbock) as Secretary; Carrol Holley (Lubbock) as Treasurer; Mike Thomas (Lubbock) as Chancellor; and the Rev. Roz Thomas (Abilene) as Registrar. Also uncontested:

To the Standing Committee: Cliff Craig (Amarillo), Roz Thomas (Abilene), Kelly Schneider (Abilene)

To the Commission on Ministry: Carl Lukenbach (Lubbock), Dana Wilson (Midland)

To the Ecclesiastical Trial Court: Dick Davis (Amarillo), Tom Gregg (San Angelo), Stockton Williams (Midland)

 

More Convention notes: The offering collected at the Friday Evensong ($ 942) was given to continue the work of La Consulta ... Sunday morning's offering ($ 1377) was dedicated to the mission San Miguel Arcangel .... the Rev. Bob Bonnington was introduced as interim vicar for the Sandhills Ministry, and the Rev. Joseph Kennedy as interim rector for St. Peter's, in Borger. ..... Thanks to the St. Mary's, Big Spring convention team including host rector, the Rev. James Liggett, event Chair Dr. Mary Federman, and hosts for Saturday's Chuckwagon feast, Rich and Barbara Anderson.... Courtesy resolutions endorsed by the convention included Godspeed to Laurie and Don Riggs; Thanksgiving for a Middle East peace agreement negotiated earlier in the week on the Maryland shore; An expression of sympathy and support to the family of Matthew Shepard, acolyte and member of Canterbury at the U. of Wyoming, and to his parish, St. Mark's Church.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

NOVEMBER

1 Sun Emmanuel, San Angelo visitation *

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)

7 Sat Panhandle deanery Eucharist * (at the Bp. Quarterman Conference Ctr)

7 Sat Youth Committee & Exec meet (10:00 am at St. Stephen's, Lubbock)

8 Sun St. Peter's, Amarillo visitation *

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)

13 Fri Jr. High Fall Festival opens (at the BQCC, thru Saturday)

15 Sun Bishop Ohl to Washington National Cathedral * (Tribute to the State of Texas)

17 Tue Standing Comm on Ministry (National) (in New Orleans) *

18 Wed Province VII House of Bishops * (in Austin)

19 Thu Seminary of the Southwest Board, Austin *

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

22 Sun St. Thomas', Hereford visitation *

26 Thu Diocesan office closed for Thanksgiving

29 Sun St. Andrew's, Amarillo visitation *

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 53 October 16 , 1998

 

Pre-Convention Bulletins

The 40th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Northwest Texas begins Friday, Oct 23 in Big Spring.

Perhaps the most critical pre-convention preparation is to be certain you have lodging reserved for the weekend.

Best Western (915) 267-1601
Comfort Inn (915) 267-4553
Econolodge (915) 263-5200
Motel 6 (915) 267-1695
Texas RV Park (915) 267-7900

*

When you arrive in Big Spring, an information packet (including maps, schedules, etc.) will be available at all of the recommended hotels. Registration is Friday, from 1:00 - 6:00 pm in the northeast concourse of the Dorothy Garrett Coliseum. A hospitality room will be ready throughout the afternoon. Park on the east side of the coliseum. Evensong begins at 6:30 pm at the Church of St. Mary the Virgin.

Please don't miss the reception immediately after Evensong on Friday. St. Mary's celebrated ECW chefs are planning plenty of delicious food and drinks (including wine) in the parish hall.

 

Convention Information on the Web:
http://www.nwt.org/98convention.htm.

The Bishop's Address to Convention will be published after annual convention but will not be available to be read in churches Sunday, Oct. 25. The Bishop does not desire that it be read in place of the sermon on any Sunday.

*

Liturgical Reminders from Canon Veal: Clergy will vest on Sunday morning for the Convention Eucharist in cassock, surplice, and stole. The liturgical color that will be used in the paraments is blue. A blue, white, or festal/multi-colored stole would be appropriate. Only those clergy who have a leadership role in the liturgy will vest on Friday evening for Evensong. They will wear choir habit. Lectors are not expected to vest.

*


Late annual reports of Committees and Commissions must be photocopied by the reporting entity (350 copies) and placed on a table where delegates will pick up materials. Reports will not be distributed to the tables on the floor this year.

*

Correction: The Newsletter incorrectly reported that a Hispanic Eucharist will be held at the church. In fact, it will be at the Coliseum (still at 7:30 am Saturday).

 

News of the People

Laurie Riggs, financial secretary for the diocese has resigned. She and husband Don have relocated in the foothills of the Rockies! Keep in touch at: 2134 Somerset Drive, Colorado Springs CO 80920,  (719) 266-1247...Du-E Chestnutt has moved to San Antonio to serve as Youth minister for St. Francis' Episcopal Church (Du-E@juno.com) ... Bishop Ohl has appointed the Rev. Jo Mann to chair the Youth Committee of the diocese. She has called that committee to meet jointly with the Youth Community Executives on Nov. 7th. ... the Rev. Marshall Mason, retired priest in Midland, has been diagnosed with Hodgkin's disease. Chemotherapy begins next week in Midland. He and his wife Karen ask for your prayers...

 

A Day of Information for All

Lay Eucharistic Ministers
(or Lay Eucharistic Visitors)

led by The Rev. Canon David Veal

 Lubbock (Episcopal Center): Oct 31

Amarillo (St. Peter's): Nov 14

Midland (Holy Trinity): Jan 23

Abilene (Heavenly Rest): Jan 30

9:30 am - 2:30 pm

 Those currently serving and those who would like to train to serve should attend one of these sessions! Registration fee: $6.00 includes lunch.

Please register in advance. Registration coupon is available at every parish and mission.

 

 

 Results of Fall Deanery Elections from the Permian Basin

To Executive Council (unexpired term to 2000):

The Rev. Michael Jasper

As Vice-Chair of PB Deanery: (unexpired term to 1999):

The Rev. Jeff Fouts

To Missions Committee  (unexpired term to 1999):

The Rev. Marlene Tothill

 

Permian Basin Deanery Meetings for 1999 are scheduled as follows:

March 20 @ St. Barnabas, Odessa

August 14 @ Holy Trinity, Midland

October 2 @ St. Mary the Virgin, Big Spring.

All meetings begin at 9:30am with a Holy Eucharist.

Submitted by Charles Chambers, Chair

 

Presiding Bishop's Fund Seeks New Executive

The presiding bishop has announced that he is seeking a new executive director of the Presiding Bishop's Fund for World Relief, the Episcopal Church's primary vehicle for its compassionate ministry of relief, rehabilitation and development throughout the world. The executive director leads and oversees all aspects of the fund and must

balance fund-raising, grant-making and significant management responsibilities, as well as guide the Presiding Bishop's Fund through a significant expansion. Applications for this position are due by November 1, 1998. Inquiries, referrals and resumes should be sent with a cover letter and in confidence to Jerry Pieh, vice president; Internal Box 1720; 334 Boylston Street, Suite 500; Boston, MA 02116-3805. (>From the Episcopal News Service)

 

Some Dates for Your Brand New 1999 Appointment Calendar

Jan 16: Meeting of All Committee Chairs at the Episcopal Center, Lubbock. February 2: Trustees of the Diocese meet, also May 11, Sept 7 and Nov 9. February 4: Executive Council meets, also May 13 and Sept 9. July 27 - Aug 1: National Episcopal Youth Event at Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana. (Bishop Ohl in attendance)

 

Convention Information on the Web:
http://www.nwt.org/98convention.htm.

 


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 52 October 2 , 1998

 

United Thank Offering Grant Applications Available

Grant request forms for UTO's 1999 Grant Year are now available from the diocesan office. Grant requests from UTO must be completed and returned for review by the bishop no later than January 10, 1999. Each diocesan bishop submits a consolidated package by the end of January. For more information contact: Carolyn Hearn in Bishop Ohl's office: (806) 763-1370.

  

Convention Information on the Web:
http://www.nwt.org/98convention.htm.

 

 ECW Conference Takes on Fundraising Challenge

At the annual ECW diocesan conference last weekend at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center, participants voted to accept a challenge from their guest speaker, Diana Frade. As Director of an Episcopal home for abandoned and abused girls in Honduras, she asked the Northwest Texas ECW to raise $8,000 for the construction of a new chapel for the girls at Our Little Roses. Ann Duval of St. Paul's (Lubbock), President of ECW for the diocese, writes: "We want this to be an effort for the whole Diocese, not just a few people. One suggestion was to have our children involved in some way, too; possibly something like our UTO Boxes. (Young girls sending money to young girls in Honduras.) ANY amount of money would be welcomed." Expect to hear more from the Episcopal Church Women about this effort in coming weeks.

Share ideas with Ann Duval at: 2308 56th St; Lubbock Tx 79412. Donations should be sent to Sue Whittington, Treasurer; 3508 Bremond, Amarillo, Tx 79109.

 

NEWSLETTER EXTRA !

October 16th

The next Newsletter of the Diocese will include Statements by the nominees for the General Convention delegation.

Note: Biographies of the nominees appeared in the September issue of The Adventure.

 

A Summary Schedule For Convention

Locations:

Dorothy Garrett Coliseum 1700 Kentucky Way  (NW corner at Howard College)  Big Spring

Church of St. Mary the Virgin 1001 Goliad Big Spring

 
Friday, October 23

11:00 - 5:30 pm Exhibits Set Up

1:00 - 6:00 pm REGISTRATION and Hospitality at the Coliseum

6:30 pm EVENSONG AND COMMISSIONING OF DELEGATES
       Mr. Vincent Currie, Jr., Preacher at St. Mary's

7:45 pm OPENING SESSION OF CONVENTION at St. Mary's

8:30 pm Reception in St. Mary's Parish Hall

 Saturday, October 24

7:30 am HISPANIC EUCHARIST: at  the Coliseum

7:45 am REGISTRATION at the Coliseum

9:00 am CONVENTION RECONVENES: at the Coliseum

12:00 noon Noonday Prayers and Lunch

4:30 pm Announcements and Recess

6:00 pm Load Buses to Anderson's Ranch from the Coliseum

7:00 pm Chuck Wagon Dinner at the Anderson's Ranch

8:30 pm Load Buses to return to the Coliseum

 

Sunday, October 25

7:30 am CONVENTION EUCHARIST
    The Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, Jr., Preacher at St. Mary's

9:00 am Brunch at the Coliseum

9:30 am CONVENTION RECONVENES at the Coliseum

1:00 pm Commissioning of Elected and Appointed Diocesan Officials, Staff and Clergy Closing Prayers and Song

 

 Sweetwater School Fundraiser Collecting Campbell's Soup Labels

With 104,170 product labels, St. Stephen's School in Sweetwater can earn a laminating machine ! Eligible products include Franco-American canned items, Pace picantes, Pepperidge Farm, Swanson broths, all varieties of V-8 juices, and all the Campbell's products. Save the front label panel from cans, and the lids off glass jars. Eat lots, peel those labels and send them to Dianna J. Brown, Administrator; St. Stephen's Day School; P.O. Box 509; Sweetwater, TX 79556.

 

  

DATEBOOK REVIEW

OCTOBER

1 Thu Seminary of the Southwest Trustees' Orientation * (Austin)

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 *

5 Mon Diocese of Oklahoma Clergy Conference * (thru Friday)

9 Fri         Fall Rally (at the Bp. Quarterman Conference Ctr)

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

11 Sun St. George's, Canyon visitation *

12 Tue Bishop Ohl to Sewanee (Bishop-in-Residence) *

18 Sun Sandhills missions (Monahans) visitation *

19 Mon Bishop Ohl to All Saints School, Lubbock (chapel)

20 Tue Bishop Ohl to St. Andrew's, Amarillo * (Fall Teaching series)

22 Thu Bishop Ohl to Trinity School, Midland (chapel) *

23 Fri Diocesan Convention opens in Big Spring

23 Fri Standing Committee meets in Big Spring *

26 Mon Diocesan offices closed

 

NOVEMBER

1 Sun Emmanuel, San Angelo visitation *

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)

7 Sat Panhandle deanery Eucharist * (at the Bp. Quarterman Conference Ctr)

8 Sun St. Peter's, Amarillo visitation *

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 Bishop Ohl to Washington National Cathedral * (Tribute to the State of Texas)

17 Tue Standing Comm on Ministry (National) (in New Orleans) *

18 Wed Province VII House of Bishops * (in Austin)

19 Thu Seminary of the Southwest Board, Austin *

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

22 Sun St. Thomas', Hereford visitation *

22 Sun Groundbreaking and Reception,  St. Andrew's, Amarillo (4:00 pm) *

26 Thu Diocesan office closed for Thanksgiving

29 Sun St. Andrew's, Amarillo visitation *

  


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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 51 September 18 , 1998

 

Distribution of Convention Packets Has Begun: "New Life Begins at 40"

Delegates or Alternates to the 1998 Diocesan Convention will receive a packet including complete registration information, the Order of Business, Minutes of meetings of key committees, Reports to Convention, and more. The packets for each congregation will be distributed to individuals by the clergy after they return from the annual diocesan Clergy Conference Sept. 21 - 24. Delegations representing congregations without resident clergy will receive packets through U.S. Mail at the church address.

Some important information will be summarized or previewed in this edition of The Newsletter, but virtually the entire Convention packet is available on the diocesan website. (http://www.nwt.org/98convention.htm.)

 

Vincent Currie is Guest Preacher for Convention

Mr. Vincent Currie, Jr., Administrator of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, will preach at Friday's Evensong, and remain with us throughout convention as a featured guest. He is a former banker and insurance executive who has served the past 16 years as a lay leader in his diocese and for the Episcopal Church in America. He is a renown speaker and has played an integral part in defining Lay Ministry in the modern church.

 

Stewardship Conference Will Feature the Rev. Nicolas R.D. Dyke

The Bishop's Conference on Stewardship, hosted October 2-3 by St. Paul's-on-the-Plains, Lubbock, will feature Texan and ETSS graduate Nicolas Dyke of the Diocese of Texas. He is rector of St. Andrew's Church in Bryan, and for nine years has served as a Stewardship Consultant for the National Church Stewardship office.

The Conference begins at 7:00 pm Friday, October 2, and will conclude at lunch on Saturday. For more information, contact the Conference Coordinator, James A. Brown, through St. Paul's Church, Lubbock.

 

Convention Motels and Camping

When making reservations, be sure to mention that you are part of the Episcopal Diocesan convention. The manager of the Comfort Inn says that the best rates will be available through the local (915-) phone number. This is a good idea for all the motels. Note: None of the motels listed has a restaurant on premises. All are on I-20 in Big Spring.


Best Western


(915) 267-1601 or (800) 528-1234

$ 40 - $ 51 / night
with a complimentary continental breakfast

 

Comfort Inn

(915) 267-4553 or (800) 228-5150

$ 40 - $ 43 / night

 

Econolodge

(915) 263-5200 or (800) 553-2666

$ 38 - $ 42 / night

 

Motel 6

(915) 267-1695

$ 29 - $ 42

 

Texas RV Park

(915) 267-7900 or (800) 749-4898

$ 21 / night

(10% disc. for convention)

 

 

Addendum: Re. Child Care during Saturday Evening Events

We will have a special rate for children of delegates and guests who attend the dinner on Saturday night. The price is $5.00 per plate. You will need to write this in on the Registration Form that you use.

There will be some provisions for child care during the dinner on Saturday evening for those who request it. There will be more details on this later.

 

Convention Information on the Web:
http://www.nwt.org/98convention.htm.

 

 

From the Convention Coordinator:

Many of you delegates and prospective guests for the 40th diocesan convention have probably visited, or at least driven through Big Spring. But how many of you have had an opportunity to observe some of its points of interest? We have antique shops, the Heritage Museum, and tours of the Potton House - an authentically furnished turn-of-the-century home. There is a state park with a nature trail, prairie dog town, and a view of the entire city. Special points of interest include the Vietnam Memorial with mounted planes used in that war. The city park offers an interesting amphitheater, tennis courts, a golf course and a view of the "big spring" and nearby lake. You might also be interested in seeing Canterbury - a retirement home owned and operated by St. Mary's. We plan to keep you busy with activities and entertainment, but, if you have any spare time, just ask us for directions and suggestions for other things to see and do.

Mary Federman

 

"Preparing for the Millennium: The Pilgrimage Continues"

The theme for this year's Town & Country Church Conference series includes these sessions:

Daddy Are We There Yet? - Change and your congregation, how technology is changing our communities and churches.

Pilgrim in a Strange Land - Pastoring in the new Millennium: One Perspective on Current Trends.

Shouts of Joy: We All Have a Song to Sing - Music for today, reaching a diverse audience.

For more than 50 years the Texas Agricultural Extension Service has sponsored the Town & Country conferences. This year's conference is repeated four times: College Station, Oct. 6; Lubbock, Oct. 20 Ft. Stockton, Oct. 27; and Plano, Nov. 5. For registration information contact the Extension Service office at Texas A & M, (800) 471-2568.

 

News of the People

Jackie Batjer, Heavenly Rest (Abilene) will be meeting with the Standing Commission on Anglican and International Peace with Justice Concerns Oct. 7-10. On the 10th, she will travel, with two other commissioners, to Haiti and Dominican Republic.


Correction

In Newsletter #50, we reported that the Rev. Bruce Green had returned to the diocese as interim rector of St. Paul-on-the-Plains, Lubbock with his wife, Molly. We apologize for any unsubstantiated scandal or concern this report might have caused friends and family of the Greens. Fr. Green has returned with the same Dolly you knew, and they are pleased to be back! - Ed.

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

SEPTEMBER

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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