Welcome to the Episcopal Church in the Diocese of Northwest Texas --a place where the vast open plains are as wondrous as the big sky above! As depicted in the pectoral cross of Bishop J. Scott Mayer, the stars, moon, and sun are representative of the beauty one may find in this region of Texas. The landscape, covering 77,000 square miles is as diverse as the cities and people, with the canyons and rangelands of the Staked Plains; agricultural fields abounding; and the rough and ready country of the Rolling Plains. The people here are known for their warm and friendly smiles, making one feel like an old and trusted friend.
The fall of 2013 has brought many exciting events in Northwest Texas, with one more on the horizon.Congratulations to ALL!
On Thursday, November 7th, the Rev. David Huxley was instituted as rector of St. Nicholas' Episcopal Church in Midland. Fr. Dave was called to St. Nicholas' in late summer and has served as rector this fall. He and his wife, Cookie, came to Midland from Wisconsin. During the service Jayne Krawietz was received into the parish by confirmation, and a beautiful new baptismal font was dedicated. The font was a given to the parish by the Rev. James Liggett in memory of Kathleen Liggett, and Joan Whitt in memory of the Rev. Ernie Bel. Photos of the Celebration of New Ministry may be view by clicking the photo of Fr. Dave.
On Saturday, November 16th, Douglas Cashell was ordained by the Rt. Rev. J. Scott Mayer to the Sacred Order of Deacons in a service held at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church in Lubbock. Deacon Doug and his wife, Annie, have been members of St. Christopher's for many years. One of his most beloved talents is playing bluegrass music with a group in Lubbock. The group has donated their talents to the parish by playing for many parish events. He will serve as deacon at St. Christopher's with Deacon Melissa Wafer-Cross. Photos of the event may be viewed by clicking the photo of Deacon Doug.
The Rev. Les Jackson was instituted as rector of St. John's Episcopal Church in Odessa on the evening of Tuesday, November 19th. Fr. Les has served St. John's as priest-in-charge for the past two years. He and his wife, Valinda, had formerly resided in Lubbock where he served as deacon at St. Christopher's Episcopal Church and worked as a hospice chaplain. He attended Seminary of the Southwest after realizing his call to the priesthood. Fr. Les and his wife have resided in Odessa since his departure from seminary. Photos of the Celebration of New Ministry may be viewed by clicking the photo of Fr. Les.
Three men from the northern reaches of the Panhandle area will be ordained to the Sacred Order of Priests on Tuesday, the 17th of December, at 7:00 pm. at St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pampa, TX. Dr. Claude Betty, of All Saints Episcopal Church in Perryton; and Mark Lang and Charles Smith, both from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Pampa, were ordained deacons in June of 2013. They have been part of a local bi-vocational training program in the diocese. As bi-vocational priests they will serve parishes in the diocese and be able to maintain their "day jobs." This is a relatively new, but very beneficial solution to the shortage of priests in our smaller, rural communities.
All are welcome to attend the service. A reception will follow the service in the Parish Hall. To view or download the invitation, please click on the graphic to the left.