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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 70 June 25 , 1999

 

Roots & Wings: Episcopal Identity and Vocation at the Millennium

Every congregation within our national church has the exciting opportunity to engage in thoughtful conversation on Episcopal identity and vocation at the millennium. The Episcopal Church Foundation has just released the Zacchaeus Project report, upon which these conversations will be based. The Zacchaeus Project Report is the result of one of the biggest grassroots studies in mainline Protestant denominational history. The year-long study of the Episcopal church, which began in 1998, involved some 2,000 individual interviews across a dozen dioceses; 85% of those interviewed are lay persons.

Every congregation will receive copies of the Zacchaeus Project Report directly from the Episcopal Church Foundation in June. The Zacchaeus Project explores these questions on the roots of our identity as Episcopalians:

*What draws people to the Episcopal church and sustains their involvement in its various ministries?

*What does it mean to be an Episcopalian?

*What core commitments do we share?

*As we confront profound cultural change, how can we embrace new spiritual forms while preserving the best of our Episcopal traditions?

*To what extent are our ministries fostering effective leadership for the future?

Beginning in the summer and fall, each church is invited to select 3-4 facilitators who will lead their own congregations in examining these issues raised by the report. Each church will also be provided with resources to engage in analysis of its own vocation and identity. These are the wings questions of discernment:

*Who is God calling our church to become?

*What is our vocation at this millennial moment?

*How can we be faithful to our tradition and yet open to the Spirit?

Presiding Bishop Frank Griswold has expressed his hopes that this intentional dialogue will be an agent of transformation for local churches. In our own diocese, each church will have the opportunity to present its findings to each other in the form of a summary report to be released in the spring.

Claire Cowden is the Diocesan Coordinator for this Roots & Wings project. If you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions, please contact her at the Diocesan office: 1802 Broadway, Lubbock, Texas 79401; ph. (806) 763-1370, ext. 206; e-mail: diocese@nwt.org, Attn: Claire

 

UTO Grant Awarded to Community Health Program in Amarillo

A $10,000.00 United Thank Offering grant has been awarded to the Diocese of Northwest Texas for the Community Dental Program in Amarillo. This was requested by Catholic Family Services to fund dental care to low income individuals, especially those over 60. Dental care is one of the greatest unmet needs in the community, and there is no other program that attempts to offer dental care to the poor in Amarillo. This very worthwhile outreach program has involved both St. Andrew`s and St. Peter`s Episcopal Churches.

There were 187 grant requests which totaled approximately $8 million, and the amount available to grant was just under $3 million. Even though funds were up from last year, one can see that the total was still not enough. If every Episcopalian had given one penny every day for one year, all the grant requests would have been met with money left over! For those of you in the diocese who are not presently supporting UTO, please contact your ECW. representative for more information. If your church or mission is not participating, I appeal to you to prayerfully consider starting this ministry.

The ministry of the United Thank Offering is a daily discipline of offering thanks to God through use of the Blue Box. The fruits of those prayers and monies reach out to our neighbors at home and abroad.

Jean Silverthorne
203 Navasota
Plainview, TX 79072
jsilver@texasonline.net

Please send current names and addresses of your coordinators if those have changed recently. I would also appreciate e-mail addresses for those of you who have them.

 

Minneapolis Chosen as Site of 2003 General Convention

(ENS) The Executive Council voted June 14 to endorse the selection of Minneapolis as the site of the 2003 General Convention. The only other finalist for the selection was Salt Lake City.

Minneapolis' location east of Denver, the site of the 2000 General Convention, was deemed "more central," the statement said, noting that the committee was also impressed by the convenience and layout of Minneapolis' convention center. The General Convention is expected to ratify the selection of Minneapolis when it meets next year.

 

End-of Life Task Force Collecting Materials on Ministry to the Dying

[Note: Bishop Ohl forwards this message from the Chair of the End-of-Life Task Force; Standing Commission on National Concerns for The General Convention of the Episcopal Church ]

 June 5, 1999

To Clergy Who Offer Care and Support for Those Near Death:

The End-of-Life Task Force of the General Convention is developing a report and book about ethical, theological, and pastoral matters that arise near the end of life. As part of our work, we are exploring ways that clergy find effective in approaching the dying process with parishioners and patients. How can the local church or health care facility be optimally sensitive, responsive and caring to those near death?

We have discovered that a wealth of material has been developed by parish priests, chaplains, and other clergy around the country to help Episcopalians prepare for dying and death. These include not only forms that enable persons to provide burial instructions, hymn selections, and preferred Bible readings for funerals, but also guidelines that encourage them to develop advance directives for the use of life-sustaining treatment and other supportive materials related to the end of life.

We also welcome your responses and comments, whether they are highly developed and elaborate, or else raw and unadorned. We would like to know, for instance, whether you gather information informally or formally and whether lay people are involved in this end-of-life ministry.

Please let us know about whatever works for you in your situation by June 25th or as soon as possible after that. We will not use any of your material in our report without your permission. We would also appreciate it if you would pass along this request to others. Many thanks.

Please either email your material to us at ccohenp@aol.com and efmorgan@frognet.net or else mail it to: Dr. Cynthia B. Cohen, Box 569 Garrett Park, MD 20896.

 

A Resource Manual for Spiritual Growth

[* Recommended by C. Hearn] "A Resource Manual For Spiritual Growth", an excellent compilation of the resources, schools and programs for religious studies, spiritual direction, retreat offerings, and conference centers in Province VII, has been received by the diocesan office. The manual was compiled and edited by Madge Brown of the Diocese of Arkansas with funding from Province VII in memory of Bill Cody, former director of Laity Lodge and Chair of the national Episcopal Church Task Force on Total Ministry.

"Spirituality is not a "compartment" of life, which is somehow separate from the ordinary details of everyday living. Spirituality is a way of life, a way of living which involves the entire person: heart, mind, spirit and body. Spirituality is the expression of who we are and Whose we are..."

 

The Rev. Frank Huber,
Grace Church, Pine Fluff, AR.

Please contact Carolyn Hearn for information or a copy of the manual. (806) 763-1370

 

Reminder

Diocesan Budget Requests for 2000

are due for review by Executive Council committees on or before July 26

 

Datebook Review

returns in Newsletter no. 71 (July 9)

  


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 69 June 4 , 1999

 


Betty Gilmore Receives Honorary Seminary Degree

(ETSSW News ) Betty Gilmore of St. Nicholas', Midland, received an honorary degree at the recent commencement of the Seminary of the Southwest.

Gilmore, long-time lay leader in the diocese and of the General Convention, was awarded the doctor of humane letters degree.

"Highly organized, skillful facilitator and keen yet gracious parliamentarian, you have been the epitome of lay ministry in all levels of the Episcopal Church for decades. You have left your mark not only on your parish, St. Nicholas', Midland, and the Diocese of Northwest Texas, but also Province VII and the national church," read the citation that accompanied Gilmore's honorary degree.

 

From 1994 to 1997, Gilmore chaired the national standing commission on the structure of the church and guided its work to revamp how the church operates to better carry out mission and ministry.

At the same commencement. Michael Ehmer and Bill Livingston were among a graduating class of 32 seminarians in Austin. Based in Lubbock, Ehmer is serving the missions in Brownfield, Levelland and Lamesa. Livingston is deacon-in-charge of Christ Church in Vicksburg, Mississippi.

 

 Resources for Stewardship Leaders - via Satellite

John Marshall, Chair of the diocesan Stewardship Committee, reports there will be a stewardship teleconference via satellite downlink June 5, from 1:00 - 4:00 pm, at Howard College in Big Spring Everyone invited, no charge.

September 17-18 in Lubbock (place to be determined) the diocesan Stewardship Seminar will be held led by Fr. Greg Rickel of Conway, AR. Contact John Marshall for information. (915) 263-2501.

 

Pray for the Episcopal Church Women ...

ECW of our diocese raised $ 11,000 to construct

a chapel for Our Little Roses - the only Home for orphaned and abandoned girls in Honduras. The Chapel was dedicated May 29th by Bishop Leo Frade.

... the 29th day of every month

Illuminating the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

 

News of the People

Lana Cunningham Cooper, Midland, has accepted Bishop Ohl's appointment to serve as Chair of the Communications Committee for the diocese .... Merle Lawson, the last surviving charter member of Grace Church, Vernon, died in Vernon on May 20 ... Tracy Gage, long-time member and lay leader of St. Paul's, Lubbock, also died May 20 ...

 

 

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Issue 71: July 9 (July 7, Wednesday)

 

Issue 72: July 30 (July 27, Tuesday)

 

Issue 73: Aug 13 (Aug 10, Tuesday)

 

Issue 74: Aug 27 (Aug 24, Tuesday)

 

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 Notable Quotes (from Episcopal News Service)

 

Testimony before Congress in support of a strengthened and expanded Hate Crimes Bill:

"We need to decide what kind of nation we want to be: one that treats all people with dignity and respect, or one that allows some people and their family members to become marginalized."

 

Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard, killed in Wyoming last winter.

"The need has been made clear to us recently. We have had a crucifixion in the Wyoming winter, and a man beaten to death in Alabama and his body burned on a pyre of automobile tires just weeks ago. People of faith cannot stand quietly by while such evil persists in our midst."

 

Jane Holmes Dixon, suffragan bishop of Washington

 

Strong reaction to new "Right to Carry" Laws Passed in the Utah legislature

In January, the State Legislature of Utah passed a statute addressing Utahns' closely held right to carry concealed weapons. Churches--and private homeowners, for that matter--who feel that their buildings are not places to carry concealed guns are now required to post notices specifically prohibiting people from carrying weapons inside. "How else are you going to determine who is liable if someone comes in and starts shooting up the place?" said one legislator, explaining the reasoning behind the change in the law.

 

Churches are not alone in the paradox of laws in the state. For instance, in Utah it is currently legal to carry a concealed weapon onto school grounds. Some have even advocated the arming of a number of teachers in schools in Utah in order to protect the schools from violence.

"I think the State Legislature should feel ashamed that this is going on. I am greatly saddened that we must put up these signs. It makes [the Legislature] look foolish, and it is very sad indeed."

The Rt. Rev. Carolyn Tanner Irish, Diocese of Utah

  

 

FOR CALENDAR PLANNING 2000

Please keep Saturday, January 8, 2000

open on your parish/mission calendar !

The diocese will sponsor a vestry and treasurer's workshop on this day at St. Paul's Church, Lubbock. Topics of particular interest to the new vestries and treasurers will be presented, including tips on preparing the annual parochial report.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

JUNE

4 Fri        Standing Committee meets, the Episcopal Center

5 Sat        Ordination of Dana Colley to the transitional diaconate, Holy Trinity, Midland (11 am)

5 Sat        Natl. Stewardship teleconference via satellite, at Howard College, Big Spring

6 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Thomas', Hereford

11 Fri Commission on Ministry meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock (thru Sat)

13 Sun      Math, Science, & Theater Camps begin, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

16 Wed Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of Peter Fritsch, St. Paul's on the Plains, Lubbock, 7:00 pm

19 Sat       Long Range Planning Committee meets, Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock (10 am)

20 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Luke's, Levelland

20 Sun     Primary Camp (Grades 3-5) begins, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

23 Wed Clergy Small Group VI meets, at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Thurs)

24 Thu Cursillo # 56 opens in San Angelo

27 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Michael and All Angels', Shamrock

27 Sun Junior High Camp (Grades 6-8) begins, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

JULY

5 Mon Diocesan Office Closed, Independence Day

4 Sun       High School Camp (Grades 9-Freshman) opens, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

12 Mon     Happy Camp opens (Invitation only), Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

19 Mon Camp Wigwam opens (Mentally Retarded), Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

27 Tue Natl Episcopal Youth Event opens (thru Aug 1), Indiana State University, Terre Haute

 

 

 

  


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 68 May 21 , 1999


Plans are Set for Summer Camp Schedule at Conference Center

The Bishop Quarterman Conference Center will be staffed and ready for the June 13 arrival of the season's first campers, according to the Rev. Jake Clemmons, Chair of the Conference Center Governing Board. Long-time rector for the Conference Center, the Rev. Richard Thayer, accepted a call to St. Matthew's Church in Edinburg, and left Amarillo May 1. The Rev. Charles Wilson, recently retired, will oversee the summer program, while Karl Witt returns to his post as Head Counselor. Administrative work is being handled on an interim basis by Shirley Sheldon, who served in past years as Fr. Thayer's assistant. At the Fall Clergy Conference, Bishop Ohl asked clergy from across the diocese to sign up as active participants for at least one week of camp, so a plan has long been in place to have 2-3 additional clergy involved in every week of summer camp at the Bishop Quarterman Center.

The search for a permanent Conference Center Director is underway, led by the BQCC Governing Board. Fr. Clemmons reports that the Board is not necessarily looking for an ordained person to fill the position. "We are searching now for an individual with marketing and promotion skills who can promote and manage use of the Conference Center by outside organizations," he said.

Only one change in the original summer schedule has recently been announced: Due to renovation and expansion during the summer at St. Andrew's Episcopal School, use of their computer lab will not be possible and consequently Computer Camp, scheduled for June 20-26, has been cancelled.

  

Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

Summer Camps for 1999

 

Math and Science Camp I & II June 13 - 19          (campers entering grades 2-6)                                 $ 175.00

Theatre Camp I & II June 13 - 19                          (campers entering grades 2-7)                                  $ 175.00

Primary Camp June 20 - 26                           (campers entering grades 3-5)                                  $ 175.00

Computer Camp Cancelled

Junior High Camp June 27 - July 3                   (campers entering grades 6-8)                                  $ 175.00

Senior High Camp July 4 - 10                        (grades 9-college freshman)                                      $ 175.00

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT SUMMER PROGRAMS AT THE BISHOP QUARTERMAN CONFERENCE CENTER, ASK YOUR CLERGY OR CALL (806) 383-6878

 

 

News of the People

The Rev. Marlene Tothill (serving Kermit) is recovering from back surgery. Marlene's husband Richard reports the surgery went well and she is doing well. Marlene will be at home recuperating at 19 Winchester Court, Midland TX 79705... Deacon Pam Dunbar, formerly of St. Nicholas', Midland, will be the Missioner for Christian Education and Youth Ministries for the Diocese of Dallas. She will be on the bishop's staff and work across the entire diocese. Her new address (May 28) will be: 7760 Willow Winds Court #128; Dallas, TX 75230....Liz Toombs, formerly of St. Stephen's, Lubbock, has become Director of Religious Education and Youth for St. Paul's Church, Kansas City, MO. Her mailing address is: 11 E 40th Street; Kansas City, MO 64111. Liz will be a speaker at the Province VII Christian Education Workshop in the Fall. .

Mike and Jeanne Jasper are proud first-time grandparents of Ryan, born to Mike and Kathy (their daughter) Weinert, on April 18. Carl, their son, graduates May 21 from University of San Francisco... Welcome to the Rev. Dennis & Jackie Bosley. He is the new vicar for All Saints', Colorado City and St. Stephen's, Sweetwater. They moved here from the Diocese of Spokane... Welcome also to vicar-to-be Michael Ehmer and Sue-Ann, to the Llano Estacado missions. They have relocated from Austin to Lubbock, and he will serve the missions in Brownfield, Levelland and Lamesa. Bill Livingston, transitional deacon and seminarian at ETSSW, has been appointed Deacon-in-Charge of Christ Church, Vicksburg, Mississippi...

 

From the Bishop:

Dear Friends,

If you or a member of your family or a member of your congregation goes into the hospital, please remember to advise the admissions people that you are an Episcopalian. Most hospitals in our diocese will help visiting clergy by having a list of Episcopalians available. However, if the person being admitted has not indicated they are Episcopalian, there is no way of knowing that information in the chaplain's office. I was reminded of this recently by Chaplain John Morris of Covenant Medical Center in Lubbock who had met two Episcopalians who were not listed as such. This will help the clergy and pastoral teams from your congregations to know when you or a family member are in the hospital.

In Christ,

C. Wallis Ohl, Jr.

 

Errata: The Journal of the Diocese of Northwest Texas lists an incorrect mailing address for St. Paul's Dumas. The correct address is:

815 E. 3rd; Dumas TX 79029

 

Griswold Criticizes Clinton diplomacy after NATO Attack on Embassy

Expressing frustration at the Clinton Administration's response to China's outrage at the NATO bombing of its embassy in Belgrade, Presiding Bishop Frank T. Griswold has urged the president to consider sending the Secretary of State to Beijing on "a mission of healing and reconciliation" to help mend frayed U.S.-China relations.

"It is my strong sense that, while apologies were made, qualifiers and linkages to other issues served only to further worsen the situation, showing disrespect to the Chinese people at the time of this tragedy," Griswold said, adding later, "I hope such failures on the human level can be avoided in the future." Griswold sent a copy of the letter to Han Wenzao, president of the China Christian Council.

The presiding bishop had a wreath sent to the offices of the Chinese Mission to the United Nations with a note offering the Episcopal Church's "collective condolences to China for the deplorable bombing of your embassy in Belgrade, especially to the families of the victims."

The bombing last week, part of the long NATO air campaign across Yugoslavia, killed three journalists and heavily damaged the embassy building. "I have publicly noted earlier my support of efforts to end the suffering of the Albanian Kosovars, and my complete abhorrence of Mr. Milosevic's policies and action," Griswold said. "However, the bombing of the Chinese embassy clearly shows the shortcomings of the air war." The presiding bishop reaffirmed his support for diplomatic efforts to end to the Balkan conflict. (from Episcopal News Service)

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

MAY

22 Sat Long Range Planning Committee meets, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

23 Sun     Bishop's Visit: St. John's, Odessa

24 Mon All Saints' Graduation, Lubbock, 7:00 pm

25 Tue Small Group Clergy Gathering, Group V at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Wed)

27 Thu St. Stephen's School, Sweetwater, (evening) commencement

31 Mon     Diocesan Offices Closed, Memorial Day

 

JUNE

1 Tue Deans meet, 10:00 am, the Episcopal Center

4 Fri        Standing Committee meets, the Episcopal Center

5 Sat        Ordination of Dana Colley to the transitional diaconate, Holy Trinity, Midland (11 am)

6 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Thomas', Hereford

11 Fri Commission on Ministry meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock (thru Sat)

13 Sun      Math, Science, & Theater Camps begin, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

16 Wed Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of Peter Fritsch, St. Paul's on the Plains, Lubbock, 7:00 pm

19 Sat      Long Range Planning Committee meets, Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock (10 am)

20 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Luke's, Levelland

20 Sun     Primary (Grades 3-5) & Computer Camps begin, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

23 Wed Clergy Small Group VI meets, at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Thurs)

24 Thu Cursillo # 56 opens in San Angelo

27 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Michael and All Angels', Shamrock

27 Sun     Junior High Camp (Grades 6-8) begins, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

  


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 67 May 7, 1999

 

 

Workbook for Teenage Confirmation to be Ready for Fall 1999

The first portion of CONFIRMATION.COM: Christians On the Move, a Guidebook for the Youth Confirmation Journey, has been distributed to interested parties across the diocese for a draft reading. The Youth Confirmation Committee is soliciting comments from readers on this draft of workbook materials for Year One of a three-year Mentoring program. Comments are due May 20. The committee intends to finalize this portion of the workbook so congregations can begin 8th and 9th graders in the program this Fall. Copies have been mailed to every congregation in the diocese.

See your rector, vicar or warden.

The committee was appointed after Bishop Ohl, at the 1997 diocesan convention, called for a three-year program leading to Confirmation at age 16. For additional copies write: Carolyn Hearn; The Episcopal Center; 1802 Broadway; Lubbock TX 79401.

Diocesan ECW Smashes $$$ Goal for "Our Little Roses" in Honduras

Episcopal Church Women of Northwest Texas raised $12,000 in six months to support the work of "Our Little Roses" Home for Girls in Honduras.

The campaign began last Fall, when Diana Frade of Honduras challenged the ECW Fall Conference at the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center to raise $8000 to aid the only facility for neglected and abused girls in Honduras. Over $1000 was gathered at the Conference, before the formal fundraising campaign began. Less than one month after Frade's visit, Hurricane Mitch devastated Honduras and Nicaragua.

"I am bursting with pride at the effort that our women went to in order to support this wonderful cause," writes Ann Duval, Past President of diocesan ECW who coordinated the fundraising effort.


News of the People

Bishop George H. Quarterman is at home, resting and recuperating, after a bout with pneumonia. The retired first bishop of the diocese was admitted to Amarillo's Baptist / St. Anthony's hospital for a brief time last week ... James V. Aveni, Jr., of St. John the Baptist, Clarendon, was made a Candidate for Holy Orders, Canon 9, on April 16 ... Dana Colley, of Holy Trinity Church, Midland and General Theological Seminary, New York City, will be ordained to the transitional diaconate at 11:00 am Saturday, June 5 in Midland ... the Very Rev. James P. Haney, St. Christopher's, Lubbock; Henry Batjer of Emmanuel, San Angelo; and Pat Garren of Heavenly Rest, Abilene were appointed by the Standing Committee to serve three year terms on the Long Range Planning Committee... Bishop Ohl has appointed Albert Brann, St. Christopher's, Lubbock, to the Evangelism Committee.

 

Announcements

Holy Trinity Church, Midland, will host Vacation Bible School 9:00 - noon, June 7-11. The theme is "Our God is an Awesome God" and will lead the children on an exploration of the names of God. For more information, call Alison Porter at (915) 683-4207.

The Compensation Committee will meet at 10:00 am on Thursday, June 3, at the Hulsey Episcopal Center.

Budget requests for the year 2000 are due in the diocesan office no later than July 26. Contact Canon David L. Veal, (806) 763-1370, for further info.

 

"Introductions" Fly to Spain

Who we are, how we work, live, play and worship as Episcopalians in the Texas Panhandle are questions being answered by the Companion Diocese Committee for Bishop Carlos Lopez Lozano of the Spanish Reformed Episcopal Church and his companion diocese committee. An Introductory Notebook, created by the Companion Diocese Committee about the Episcopal Diocese of NW Texas, went to Spain with Bishop and Mrs. Wallis Ohl in March Also, members of the committee are writing personal letters, one-on-one, to companion diocese Committee members in Spain introducing themselves, their families, work, turf, and churches.

The Introductory Notebook for Episcopalians in Spain contains 35 bright-colored pages about this diocese - lots of photographs and minimum text. Pictures are of a Sunday service at St. Paul's, Lubbock; St. Andrew's, Amarillo, enveloped in flames; a stained glass window of Emmanuel Church, San Angelo; a vestry meeting; children in Sunday School; and a college picnic at St. George's, Canyon.

"Mango de la Sarten" - (handle of the frying pan) is how the committee translated "Panhandle" into Spanish. The Diocese of Northwest Texas Vision Statement, a history of the Eagle Cove deanery, and the engaging web pages (St. Stephen's, Lubbock), are among other Notebook features.

Ana Lidia Jove of Iglesia de Christo, Sabadell, Spain, is the Spanish companion diocese committee member to whom Jean Silverthorne of Plainview has sent a personal letter. Silverthorne writes: "I live in the northwestern part of Texas which is primarily farm and ranchland. Francisco Vasquez de Coronado traveled through this area in 1541. In fact, archaeologists have been excavating about 2-5 miles from Plainview in an old riverbed for artifacts from Coronado's camp ground." Silverthorne also tells Jove: "...early Spanish explorers took the word 'Texas' from a Caddo Indian word for 'friend'."

How did Amarillo get its name ? In their letter to Elena Catalan in Madrid, Pan and Paul Eimon answered: "The early Spanish explorers looked over the wide, treeless plains covered with yellow grasses. The place was amarillo. So it was named."

Other Pen Pal pairings include: Harry Hall (San Angelo) with the Rev. Alberto Sanchez of Barakaldo; Pam Shafer (Lubbock) with the Rev. Susan Woodcock in Sabadell; Peggy Soucy (Plainview) with Miguel Sanchez in Salamanca; and Nancy Loving (San Angelo) with the Rev. Francisco Nunez.

Many Northwest Texas parishes are offering A Prayer for our Companion Diocese - Spain according to Companion Diocese Committee chairs Pan and Paul Eimon. Two tours are being planned for Texas Episcopalians in Spain - November 1999 and Spring 2000. Persons interested in either tour are urged to contact the Eimons at P. O. Box 15570; Amarillo TX 79105, or via e-mail at eimon@arn.net. Or contact the Hulsey Episcopal Center; (806) 763-1370, indicating your interest in a tour to Spain for sightseeing and interaction with Spanish Episcopalians.

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

MAY

9 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Paul's on-the-Plains, Lubbock

11 Tue Trustees meet, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

13 Thu Executive Council meets

14 Fri Bishop' visit: St. John's School, Abilene

15 Sat Missions Committee meets (10:00 am), All Saints' Church, Colorado City

16 Sun     Bishop's Visit: Good Shepherd, San Angelo

18 Tue ETSSw Board and Commencement, Austin

22 Sat Long Range Planning Committee meets, Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

23 Sun     Bishop's Visit: St. John's, Odessa

24 Mon All Saints' Graduation, Lubbock, 7:00 pm

25 Tue Small Group Clergy Gathering, Group V at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Wed)

27 Thu St. Stephen's School, Sweetwater, (evening) commencement

31 Mon     Diocesan Offices Closed, Memorial Day

 

JUNE

1 Tue Deans meet, 10:00 am, the Episcopal Center

4 Fri        Standing Committee meets, the Episcopal Center

5 Sat        Ordination of Dana Colley to the transitional diaconate, Holy Trinity, Midland (11 am)

6 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Thomas', Hereford

11 Fri Commission on Ministry meets, 10:00 am Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock (thru Sat)

13 Sun     Math, Science, & Theater Camps begin, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

16 Wed Celebration of New Ministry and Installation of Peter Fritsch, St. Paul's on the Plains, Lubbock, 7:00 pm

19 Sat       Long Range Planning Committee meets, Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock (10 am)

20 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Luke's, Levelland

20 Sun      Primary (Grades 3-5) & Computer Camps begin, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

23 Wed Clergy Small Group VI meets, at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Thurs)

24 Thu Cursillo # 56 opens in San Angelo

27 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Michael and All Angels', Shamrock

27 Sun     Junior High Camp (Grades 6-8) begins, Bishop Quarterman Conference Center

 


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 66 April 23, 1999

 

United Thank Offering Spring Ingathering due June 1st

The time is near for the UTO Spring Ingathering, and I trust that you and your clergy have set aside a date for this important event.

The aim of the National UTO Committee is 100% participation of every church in the diocese by the year 2000! This will perhaps be difficult for some of the missions, but we are only asking for pennies a day! To achieve this goal in Northwest Texas, I encourage you to consider this challenge prayerfully. The new century will be here before we know it. Your reward in helping meet the needs of others will just be an extra blessing.

Church coordinators; please see that every family in your parish has a Blue Box. It`s use with a prayer and an offering will take you into the mission field where God has called each of us. Jackie Krause, former Province V UTO Committee member, has stated, "Some go and tell, some go and heal, some go and build - most of us are missionaries through the network of the United Thank Offering." I cannot thank each of you enough for your continued faithfulness to the UTO ministry. The final total for the Fall Ingathering was an outstanding $9000 with 25 churches participating. With 100% participation, we might make it to $10,000!

Please have your checks sent to the address below so that I may forward our total to the national office before the June deadline. A higher rate of interest may then be earned by the whole fund, which then provides more money for the grants.

Thankfully,

Jean Silverthorne
203 Navasota
Plainview, TX 79072
e-mail jsilver@texasonline.net

 

Recycling Scholarly Books: Interpreter's Around the World

Founded in 1698, the Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge (SPCK) is the oldest mission agency in the Anglican Communion, but its efforts touch all denominations. The focus of the American branch of SPCK, SPCK/USA, is to provide resources for Christian discipleship around the world. SPCK/USA has been faithful to its mission by sending Sunday School materials, supporting translations of The Book of Common Prayer, and providing Bibles and theological books to parishes, church schools, and seminaries worldwide.

When Rector Jim Cooper learned that The Interpreter's Bible and The Interpreter's Dictionary of the Bible were being revised, he saw a way for Christ Church (Ponte Vedra Beach, FL) to become involved more directly in the mission of SPCK/USA. At the Fall Trustee Meeting, SPCK/USA's Board named Christ Church as the collection and distribution site for the previous edition of these valuable references. The SPCK Committee of Christ Church will collect the various volumes from clergy and other sources, compile complete sets, then ship them (through SPCK/USA's Adopt-a-Seminary program) to Bible colleges and seminaries in Africa, Asia, and Russia. To make shelf-room for the new editions of The Interpreter's series, call SPCK/USA at ( 931) 598-1103 and donate your "retired" volumes.

 

June Conference on Baptismal Ministry Recommended

"Living the Covenant," a convocation exploring baptismal ministry in the world and the church, will be held June 9-13, 1999 at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. The meeting will include very well-known and respected keynote speakers and workshop leaders, and it will provide fruitful opportunities for exploring the breadth and depth of ministries available to all baptized Christians. This event is a rich opportunity. For more detailed information, please contact: Claire Cowden, Ministries Coordinator, the Hulsey Center. 1802 Broadway, Lubbock, TX 79401; (806) 763-1370; e-mail diocese@nwt.org , Attn: Claire.

 

Pray for the Llano Estacado Missions ...

St. John's, Lamesa has faithfully run a food pantry for the last eight years. This month they helped feed 432 persons, from 170 families. ... the 13th day of every month

Illuminating the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer

 

 

Classifieds

Episcopal Schools

 

The Graduation ceremony at All Saints' Episcopal School, Lubbock, will be Monday, May 24 at 7:00 pm. A reception will follow. [This date was previously reported incorrectly in The Newsletter]

St. Stephen's Episcopal Day School in Sweetwater will be having its Spring Program and Kindergarten Graduation on Thursday May 27. Bishop Ohl will be attending this function.


Vacation Bible Schools

Lubbock: St. Stephen's will offer Vacation Bible school for kids age 3 to entering 6th grade, mornings the week of June 7-11. Registration will be held from May 3-21. For additional information call Liz Toombs at (806) 799-3439.

Midland: St. Nicholas' Vacation Bible School will be July 18 - 22, from 6:30 - 8:30 pm. For more information call (915) 694-8856.

 

Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) Training Offered at St. Christopher's Lubbock

St. Christopher's Lubbock will host a three-day DOCC Training Conference from Thursday, August 27 through Saturday, August 29th. The Conference is DOCC's primary means of preparing clergy and members of a congregation to be presenters and facilitators so that they may provide the Basic DOCC program in their church.

Disciples of Christ in Community (DOCC) is an adult education program designed by the University of the South at Sewanee to provide an experience in building Christian community while encouraging individual spiritual growth.

Any church interested in learning more about the DOCC conference, or in sending clergy or lay people to the conference may call St. Christopher's at (806) 799-8208 or visit DOCC web page at:

www.sewanee.edu/theology/DOCCFolder.

Submitted by Joan Davis

 

New Wineskins for Global Mission 2000 Conference Set for Next Spring

Sponsored by the Episcopal Church Missionary Community, New Wineskins for Global Mission 2000 Conference will be April 26-30, 2000, in Ridgecrest, NC. The Diocesan office has received information on the event along with a 17-minute video of the 1997 conference and a compendium of the 1994 conference.

Contact: Claire Cowden (806) 763 - 1370, ext. 260.

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

APRIL

24 Sat Finance Committee meets, 10:00 am, Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock

24 Sat ECW Board meets, St. Paul's, Lubbock

25 Sun Bishop's Visit: Holy Trinity, Midland

26 Mon Small Group Clergy Gathering, Group IV at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Tues)

28 Wed Bishop's Visit: St. Mark's, Coleman

29 Thu Bishop's Visit: St. Luke's, Childress (pm)

30 Fri       Happening : at St. Barnabas' Odessa (thru Sun)

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

 

MAY

2 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Andrew's, Amarillo (visitation & groundbreaking)

4 Tue Standing Committee meets at the Hulsey Ctr, 1:30 pm

5 Wed Constitution and Canons Committee meets, 1:00 pm, Hulsey Ctr, Lubbock

5 Wed Celebration of New Ministry of The Rev. John Watson (rector), St. Peter's, Amarillo

9 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Paul's on-the-Plains, Lubbock

11 Tue Trustees meet Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

13 Thu Executive Council meets

16 Sun     Bishop's Visit: Good Shepherd, San Angelo

18 Tue ETSSw Board and Commencement, Austin

23 Sun     Bishop's Visit: St. John's, Odessa

24 Mon All Saints' Graduation, Lubbock, 7:00 pm

25 Tue Small Group Clergy Gathering, Group V at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Wed)

31 Mon    Diocesan Offices Closed, Memorial Day

 

 


 

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NEWSLETTER OF THE EPISCOPAL DIOCESE

OF NORTHWEST TEXAS

On The Web

Number 65 April 9, 1999


Cursillo Begins June 24 in San Angelo

"The Followers of Jesus", Cursillo #56 in the Diocese of Northwest Texas, will be June 24-26 at Christ the King Retreat Center in San Angelo.

Cursillo in Christianidad means a short course in Christian living during the 3-day weekend together with Christians in the Episcopal Church who are looking for a new dimension in their Christianity. It is a time to take another look at our relationship with God, to take another look at who the person of Jesus Christ is in our lives, and to grow in the midst of a loving community.

Applications are due May 27. The cost is $ 115 for the weekend (a $ 45 deposit is required with the application). See your priest for more information, and for applications, or call Fran Gregg, Registrar (915) 949-7747.

 

News of the People

The Rev. John and Lesley Watson have arrived to serve St. Peter's Church, Amarillo. The new rector and his wife are native Texans, but come to the diocese from Potsdam, NY. The Celebration of a New Ministry & Installation at St. Peter's, with the Bishop in attendance, will be May 5... the Rev. Frank and Gloria Swindle left Amarillo February 1 for an interim ministry at Christ Church in Little Rock, AR ...the Rev. Mike Ehmer, recently ordained to the transitional diaconate, will complete his stay at seminary this

Spring and begin work with the Llano Estacado missions in June ... With the recommendation of the Commission on Ministry, Glenn Polhemus of Good Shepherd, San Angelo and Michael Pipkin, St. Stephen's, Lubbock, were made postulants for Holy Orders (Priesthood, Canon 7) by Bishop Ohl on March 29 ...Carol Drake of St. Nicholas', Midland, was elected by the Permian Basin deanery to replace the Rev. Pam Dunbar as representative to the Spiritual Development Committee. .. the Rev. Bernardo Martinez, Hispanic Missioner for the diocese, has been appointed by Bishop Ohl to another 3-year term on the Board of the Center for Hispanic Ministries of the Province of the Southwest, Austin ...

The Rev. Richard Thayer, rector of the Bishop Quarterman Conference Center for 13 years, has accepted a call to be rector of St. Matthew's Church, Edinburg, TX (Diocese of West Texas), effective May 1. A celebration in appreciation of the Thayers is being planned for May 1 at the Conference Center - probably around noon - but details are no complete at press time. Bishop Ohl has asked that the diocese keep the Conference Center in our prayers as we begin the search for a new director for the Conference Center, and that we keep Richard and Ann in our prayers as they prepare for this new call...

 

PLEASE NOTE:

THE NEW ADDRESS

FOR THE EPISCOPAL CENTER

EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY IS:

1802 BROADWAY

LUBBOCK, TX 79401

 

We have closed PO Box 1067. Mail will be forwarded, but please make this change in your office/mailing lists, etc.

 

THANKS!

 

Presiding Bishops' Remarks on NATO's Bombing Campaign

During a season marked by self examination, repentance and reconciliation to God and one another, we find ourselves witnessing the terrible spectacle of violence and civil strife being visited upon the people in the state of Kosovo and wider Yugoslavia. I invite those in positions of public trust to seek guidance from the One from whom all wisdom flows.

The acts of ethnic cleansing in Kosovo are deeply repugnant and stir up memories of ethnic hatreds that have marred the course of history. The civil strife that has ensued has uprooted and displaced families; the conflict has especially endangered the safety of children, the elderly, and the most vulnerable in society. According to estimates by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, since the beginning of the conflict in Kosovo a year ago, some 450,000 people have been displaced by fighting -- more than 260,000 of them in Kosovo alone.

The response by NATO to use overwhelming military power to halt these heinous acts will be widely debated. We need to hear the concern of the Secretary-General of the United Nations that the Security Council should have an active role in any decisions related to the use of force and in the peaceful settlement of this dispute. The UN charter recognizes the Security Council as having the primary responsibility in international peace and security. I also applaud the Secretary General's repeated pleas to the Yugoslav Government to pursue peaceful means of resolving some of the long-standing tensions within the country.

I am personally torn by this decision of NATO because its purpose is noble while the means are so violent. Christ calls us into relationship and the present course leads us to further alienation from one another. Yet for us to stand by and allow the genocide to continue is also intolerable. Regardless of what our conscience may tell us about the decision to undertake this massive bombing campaign, the failure to resolve this problem through discourse points to a profound failure of the human spirit and will. It also reveals the insidious way in which religious perspectives, grounded in God's all embracing compassion and love for humankind, can be subverted and made to serve the idol of ethnic or national self-justification.

I urgently appeal to President Milosevic to re-consider his options and pursue the path of peace through negotiation. And I invite the whole church to join me in prayer for the safety of the people of Yugoslavia, especially in Kosovo, and for the safety of the men and women of all the Armed Forces who have been placed in harm's way.


Frank T. Griswold
Presiding Bishop and Primate
March 26, 1999
Friday in Lent V

 

 

St. George's

First Annual

Fish Fry

St. George's Episcopal Church, Canyon

Sunday, April 25

12:00 - 3:00

Adults $5 Children $3

Call (806) 655-3121 for more information

 

 

 

DATEBOOK REVIEW

 

APRIL

13 Tue La Consulta Spring Gathering begins Good Shepherd, San Angelo (thru Thu)

14 Wed Companion Diocese Comm meets, 1:00 pm Hulsey Episcopal Ctr

16 Fri Standing Committee meets 1:30, Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock

17 Sat BQCC Governing Board meets, 10:00 am, Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock

18 Sun Bishop's Visit: Heavenly Rest, Abilene

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

22 Thu Bishop's Visit: St. Peter's, Borger (pm)

24 Sat Finance Committee meets, 10:00 am, Hulsey Episcopal Ctr, Lubbock

24 Sat ECW Board meets, St. Paul's, Lubbock

25 Sun Bishop's Visit: Holy Trinity, Midland

26 Mon Small Group Clergy Gathering, Group IV at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Tues)

28 Wed Bishop's Visit: St. Mark's, Coleman

29 Thu Bishop's Visit: St. Luke's, Childress (pm)

30 Fri        Happening : at St. Barnabas' Odessa (thru Sun)

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

 

MAY

2 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Andrew's, Amarillo (visitation & groundbreaking)

4 Tue Standing Committee meets at the Hulsey Ctr, 1:30 pm

5 Wed Constitution and Canons Committee meets, 1:00 pm, Hulsey Ctr, Lubbock

5 Wed Celebration of New Ministry of The Rev. John Watson (rector), St. Peter's, Amarillo

9 Sun Bishop's Visit: St. Paul's on-the-Plains, Lubbock

11 Tue Trustees meet Hulsey Episcopal Center, Lubbock

13 Thu Executive Council meets

16 Sun     Bishop's Visit: Good Shepherd, San Angelo

18 Tue ETSSw Board and Commencement, Austin

20 Thu All Saints' School Graduation, Lubbock,

23 Sun     Bishop's Visit: St. John's, Odessa

25 Tue Small Group Clergy Gathering, Group V at the Hulsey Ctr (thru Wed)

31 Mon     Diocesan Offices Closed, Memorial Day

 


 

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