News (Page 2)

News (Page 2)

Bishop Mayer’s Pastoral Letter

This is the Pastoral Letter about reunification with the Episcopal Diocese of Texas that was read at all worship services on the Second Sunday of Easter, April 24, 2022. Download a PDF of the letter.  

ECNTX exploring reunification with Diocese of Texas

April 22, 2022 Statement from the Episcopal Church in North Texas and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas The Episcopal Church in North Texas (ECNTX) and the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (EDOT) are in the process of exploring reunification. The Episcopal Church in North Texas was born out of the Episcopal Diocese of Texas (1849), becoming part of the Missionary District of Northern Texas (1874), then part of the new Diocese of Dallas (1895), then becoming the Episcopal Diocese of Fort…

Father William Stanford Retirement Festivities

St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church in Fort Worth has planned a two special celebrations.  They are jointly celebrating their 1st Anniversary of the St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church and St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church Alliance, and Father William Stanford’s Retirement.  Father Stanford will be conducting his final service after 35 years of service to the Lord on April 24th. You are invited to join in these Celebrations: Sunday April 24th 9:00am Combined Service with potluck luncheon to follow Sunday May 1 Retirement Reception…

St. Martin’s Easter Festival April 24

Easter Sunday just the beginning of celebrating  Jesus’ resurrection – the Easter Season lasts 50 days. At St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 223 S. Pearson Lane, Keller, TX 76248, the fun continues on April 24, the Second Sunday of Easter, from 12-2 pm with their Easter Festival! Here’s the details from St. Martin’s: This will be a great time of fellowship, fun, and community, with a petting zoo, an Easter egg hunt, bounce house, photo booth and a hot dog lunch provided by…

Unbridled hope – Bishop Scott Mayer’s Easter message

This is Bishop Scott Mayer’s Easter message to the diocese. ——— Easter once again demands our attention, refusing to let its amazing message of hope unbridled be ignored. The Earth itself is Easter’s ally in this, demonstrating victory over death with every green blade of grass, every daffodil that lifts its trumpet head, every iris flag that waves in the breeze. Birds add song and color to this annual spectacle of new and renewed life, making it hard to remain…

Bishop Mayer visits Church of the Resurrection, Decatur

On the Fifth Sunday of Lent, April 3, 2022, Bishop Scott Mayer visited the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection in Decatur. He confirmed Hope Adams and Will Adams. The Rev. Tony Hiatt is the priest in charge. Sarah Walker is the musician. The service was live streamed, as it is every Sunday, on their Facebook page.  Read the bishop’s sermon, or watch it on Facebook – it begins at the 27.26 mark in the recording. See more photos in the…

St. Mary’s celebrates 150th

St. Mary’s  Episcopal Church in Hillsboro, the oldest continuing congregation in the Episcopal Church in North Texas, celebrated their 150th Anniversary on Saturday, March 26, with a reception, and a worship service on Sunday, March 27. Bishop Scott Mayer presided and the Rev. Paula Jefferson preached. The Rev. Canon Janet Waggoner served as the bishop’s chaplain and the Rev. Bryn Skelton Caddell proclaimed the Gospel. Proclamation At the reception, Megan Henderson, city manager of Hillsboro, read a proclamation declaring March…

How you can help Ukrainian refugees

 In response to the urgent situation in Ukraine, there are many new opportunities for Episcopalians to help. Our diocese has successfully worked with Episcopal Migration Ministries and their local partner, Catholic Charities, in other refugee and immigration crises. On March 24, the Biden Administration announced that the United States will admit 100,000 Ukrainians and others fleeing Russia. This is what the announcement said about refugees: Providing refuge to Displaced Ukrainians. While we expect many Ukrainians will choose to remain in Europe…

Lay leader Judy Graber died March 22, 2022

Diocesan leader Judy Graber died March 22, 2022, in Denton. The funeral is at 2 pm Saturday, March  26, at Trinity Episcopal Church, 3401 Bellaire Drive So., Ft. Worth, TX 76109, where she was a long time member, as was her late sister Maggie Withroder. She served as chair of the Diocesan Finance Committee, and was a member of the Executive Council, and the Management Committee of the diocese. She also served as a delegate from Trinity to the diocesan…

St. Mary’s, Hillsboro, celebrates 150th Anniversary

St. Mary’s  Episcopal Church in Hillsboro is the oldest continuing Episcopal parish in the Episcopal Church in North Texas, having been founded in 1872. For 150 years, the faithful members of this congregation have carried out the mission and ministry of The Episcopal Church, obeying Jesus’ command to love God and love our neighbors as ourselves. They will celebrate their 150th Anniversary on Saturday, March 26, with a reception from 6:30 to 8:30 at their building at 301 South Waco…

How to help those affected by Texas wildfires

Destructive wildfires fuel by dry conditions and high winds have had a devastating impact on West and Central Texas. Here are some ways to help. Community Foundation of Abilene The Community Foundation of Abilene has three funds to collect donations to support people, businesses, and fire departments affected by ongoing fires across the Big Country. Eastland County Fire Relief Fund The Community Foundation has partnered with the Eastland Community Foundation to establish the Eastland County Fire Relief Fund. This fund will…

Pray for those in path of wildfires

Bishop Scott Mayer has issued a call for prayer for those threatened by wildfires in Texas. According to news reports, as of noon Friday, the Eastland Complex Fire west of Fort Worth already has burned 45,000 acres, about 70 square miles, according to the Texas A&M Forest Service, which monitors such fires. Other, smaller fires also are burning around Abilene and in other West Texas counties, prompting evacuations of small communities. A nursing home in Rising Star has been evacuated…

Diocesan Administrative Assistant Michele King to retire

Michele L. King, administrative assistant of the diocese, has announced her retirement, effective Friday, March 25, 2022. She joined the diocesan staff on March 3, 2014, working with Bishop Rayford High. When Bishop Scott Mayer was elected, she worked with him as well as with Assisting Bishops Sam Hulsey and High. Cards/letters can be sent to her in care of the diocese at P.O. Box 8695, Fort Worth, TX, 76124. Bishop Rayford High said, “Michele was one of my first…

Help Episcopal Relief & Development help Ukraine

In a March 15, 2022 update, Episcopal Relief and Development reported on their efforts to help the people of Ukraine as they flee the violence of the Russian invasion. Here’s how you can help. —— As violence escalates in Ukraine, over one million people have already fled the country — and the borders are flooded with many more people desperate to leave. Almost all of them are women and children who have had to seek safety on their own, leaving…

Litigation update

There was a hearing on Friday, March 11, before Judge John Chupp in the 141st. District Court, Tarrant County, regarding still-pending issues of personal property, interest on bank funds, and congregational names and intellectual property. The hearing was held via ZOOM. The attorneys representing the diocese associated with the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA) told the court they have no further issues with St. Stephen’s, Wichita Falls, also known as the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls; nor do they…

Invitation to apply for Mission & Outreach grants

The Episcopal Church in North Texas, through its Mission and Outreach Committee, will be awarding grants to programs that assist those who are underserved in our communities, that will be strengthened by the endorsement of the diocese, that create a loving connection with community, and that involve personal participation by our congregations. Grants should be considered seed money, not yearly funding. Who is eligible to apply? Individual members of the diocese A group of members of the diocese A group…