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.
Middle School Youth in grades 6-8 are invited to join other youth from around the diocese on Friday, February 20th at St. John's Episcopal Church in Odessa for a weekend of games, fellowship, food, outreach, learning and meeting some new friends! St. John's, St. Barnabas' and San Miguel Arcangel churches are hosting this weekend retreat. Plans for an exciting time are in the works!
Cost to attend the weekend is $60.00.
Scholarships are available! Cost should never keep our youth from attending.
If you have questions, please contact Renee Haney, Diocesan Youth Coordinator at 806-445-3667 or email@example.com.
Last Updated on Thursday, January 22, 2015
Did You Know...
Written by Nancy Igo
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
...This month Forbes Magazine released their list of the 25 Best Places to Retire in 2014? The Diocese of Northwest Texas is proud to have not one, but TWO, cities on the list - Abilene, and San Angelo - both located in the southern reaches of our diocese.
The list was published in alphabetical order since each city had merit, with some listed as more affordable, some with better medical care, some with a better cost of living index, and so forth. The cost of living index in Abilene was listed as more than 10% lower than the national average at 87%. San Angelo's cost of living index is only slightly higher than Abilene's, at 91%. Both were listed as affordable places with mild weather and attainable medical care. The only "con" listed for both Abilene and San Angelo were a "low walkability rating." As with most places in Texas, towns tend to spread out more since we have the room, making it difficult to walk to many places.
Also making the list were 4 other cities from the southwest region of the U.S. - Oklahoma City, OK; Fredericksburg, TX; Austin, TX; and Las Cruces, N.M. All were listed as being fairly affordable, with good climates, however, Oklahoma City's weather took a hit as "sometimes violent," as one might imagine. Austin's real estate prices kept it from being ideal, but Fredericksburg had no "cons" at all, with a median home price of only $138,000.
We are, indeed, blessed to live in such a delightfully friendly and affordable area of the country, and to be in such a great area to retire.
(Photo from Andre Jenny Stock Collection WorldNews.com)
Last Updated on Tuesday, January 27, 2015
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