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.
No doubt many of us have been touched either personally or emotionally by the tremendous loss we've witnessed this week due to tornadoes in both Oklahoma and Texas. It is hard to fathom what the people who survived the tragedy must feel unless you have suffered the same type of loss. Mere words cannot describe it.
Retired Northwest Texas Bishop, the Rt. Rev. Wallis Ohl, sent a letter to both our diocese and the Diocese of Ft. Worth concerning his experiences with yesterday's tornado. Thankfully, Bishop Ohl and his wife, Sheila, are fine, but their son lost his home and both cars. An open letter from Bishop Ohl may be viewed by following this link.
Recovery and rebuilding efforts are underway, but it won't go far without our help. As Bishop Ohl suggested in his letter, one of the best ways to assist is by donating money to Episcopal Relief and Development's Tornado Response Fund. ERD has been in contact with both dioceses that have affected by tornadoes this week, and relief is underway.
To donate to tornado relief efforts, go to the ERD website and click on Tornado Response. Every penny counts as we help our brothers and sisters to rebuild their lives!
(AP Photo/The Oklahoman, Bryan Terry)
Last Updated on Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Written by Nancy Igo
Tuesday, May 21, 2013
EYE14 dates and location announced
July 9-13, 2014
Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori announced that the popular Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) will be held July 9-13, 2014 in the Philadelphia area in partnership with the Diocese of Pennsylvania.
The 2014 event marks the twelfth EYE and remains a popular and well-attended event. EYE 2014 is geared for youth in grades 9-12 during the 2013-2014 academic year and their adult leaders.