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.
Sharing a meal and stories of our faith across the diocese.
The story of Pentecost in the Book of Acts (2:1-4) tells us that on that day “they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.” The Day of Pentecost, this year June 8th, recalls that giving of the Holy Spirit and reminds us that we are called to be faithful people whose lives are guided by that same Spirit.
The question for us is: what difference has that made? What impact has our faith had on our lives? On May 15, members of our parishes across the diocese, as well as members of parishes from the Diocese of Texas and the Diocese of West Texas, will gather in local small groups to reflect on this question. The evening will begin with a simple meal in parishioner homes across the diocese. Then group members will respond to conversation-openers designed to elicit stories about how they see God at work in their lives.
On this evening of Sharing Faith, it is our hope that we will all experience a deeper understanding of our lives as people of faith.
For 58 years Quarterman Ranch has been a ministry of The Episcopal Church in Northwest Texas providing a secure, spiritual space to build community in a place of God's beautiful creation. It has truly been a place where lives were changed.
On October 1, 2013, Quarterman Ranch was officially closed. To view the press release from Bishop Scott Mayer on this topic,follow this link.
On November 17th, 2013, a closing service entitled 55 Years of Changing Liveswas held at Quarterman Ranch in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit. Former campers and counselors from many decades of camps, as well as clergy and friends of Quarterman Ranch gathered for the service which was, at times, joyful and spirited, as well as tearful and sad. The Rt. Rev. J Scott Mayer, current Bishop of Northwest Texas, and the Rt. Rev. C. Wallis Ohl, retired Bishop of Northwest Texas co-celebrated. The service also served as the official decommissioning of the conference center. The future use and function of the facility have yet to be determined.
Photos of the event may be viewed by visiting the diocesan Picasa web album. Please follow the blue highlighted link.
A special video slide show was created to accompany a song composed by former camp counselor, Eric Michael Heard. To view the video follow the blue highlighted link to You Tube.