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.
In the August edition of the newsletter, Agnus Dei, the Rev. Celia Ellery, rector of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in San Angelo, announced the date of the last service the parishioners of Good Shepherd would celebrate with their Lutheran family at their current location before relocating to their new church facility, formerly the Christian Science Church in San Angelo.
The need for a church facility grew from a legal battle dating back to 2007 over the original location of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd. According to a San Angelo Standard-Times article, “the congregation of the Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd split in January of 2007 over interpretation of Scripture and the role of gays and lesbians in the church, triggered in part by the consecration of a gay bishop in New Hampshire in 2003. San Angelo's breakaway group joined about 700 congregations in the U.S. and Canada by affiliating with the conservative Province of the Anglican Church of Uganda. In late 2008, those churches formed the Anglican Church in North America.”
**Please note- the August dates were changed due to low numbers of registrations. Please send your checks in as soon as possible!
Last Updated on Monday, August 25, 2014
Death of Ruth Ann Choate
Written by Nancy Igo
Monday, August 18, 2014
It is with great sadness the Bishop's Office reports the death of a longtime and faithful friend, Ruth Ann Choate. Ruth Ann is the wife of the diocesan Chancellor, Tom Choate, and a member of Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene. She died on the morning of August 18th, at Baylor Medical Center in Dallas after a lengthy illness.
A funeral service is planned for Friday, August 22nd, at 10:30a.m., at Church of the Heavenly Rest in Abilene. The Rev. Luke Back, Rector of Heavenly Rest, will celebrate, and the Rt. Rev. Scott Mayer, Bishop of Northwest Texas will preach. The service will be followed by a reception in the parish hall.
Please keep the Choate family in your prayers.
Rest eternal grant to her, O Lord: and let light perpetual shine upon her.
May her soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen
(BCP p. 486)
Last Updated on Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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