Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Diolog: ERD Celebrates 75 Years, House Of Bishops and more.

the Episcopal Diocese of Texas

Episcopal Relief & Development Celebrates 75 Years of Healing a Hurting World

Episcopalians, friends and partner agencies around the globe are joining together to celebrate Episcopal Relief & Development's 75th Anniversary, inviting supporters to learn more about the organization's programs and get involved in campaigns to raise $7.5 million to sustain its vital work.

ECF Workshop on 'Funding Your Mission' in Austin, September 21

The Episcopal Church Foundation is hosting a workshop on September 21 at St. David's, Austin, from 12:30-2 p.m. focused on improving stewardship, major gifts, planned giving and other opportunities. It will be led by Jim Murphy and Leslie Pendleton from ECF. Lunch is free but registration is required. To register, please e-mail  or call 800.697.2858.

Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace at Christ Church, Houston, in January

Mark your calendars for January 17, 2015, when Matthew Smith & Indelible Grace will perform at Christ Church Cathedral, Houston. Smith is a Nashville-based singer-songwriter who writes brand new music to centuries-old hymn texts. He is a founding member of the Indelible Grace community, whose work has drawn acclaim across denominational lines and is used in churches around the world. For more info, check out the event page.

Registration Open for ECW Annual Retreat, October 17-19

The 113th Annual Retreat for Women in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas will be held  at Camp Allen October 17-19th. This favorite fall event has been expanded to Friday through Sunday, with options to be there for one, two or all three days. More information, including registration, is available here. 

UBE Past, Present, Future At St. James', Houston, September 27

All are invited to a celebration of the Union on Black Episcopalians on Saturday, September 27 at St. James', Houston, featuring UBE National President, Annette Buchanan. The service begins at 11 a.m., followed by a panel discussion, "An Intergenerational Perspective on the Church's Mission For People of Color," at 1 p.m. Click here to learn more. 

Episcopal Church Grants Provided To Assist Ferguson, MO

The Episcopal Church is providing $40,000 in support of the Diocese of Missouri for immediate domestic poverty, pastoral and community work in Ferguson, MO. The Domestic and Foreign Missionary Society is offering $30,000 with the remainder provided by Episcopal Relief & Development. Read more here.

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Reminder Regarding The Denominational Health Plan Parity Resolution

Please review the important changes effective January 1, 2015. Click here for more information. 

Open Enrollment Begins October 6

For those clergy and lay employees receiving benefits from the Episcopal Diocese of Texas, open enrollment will begin October 6. Click here for 2015 rate information and the Open Enrollment timeline and meeting schedule. 

More Upcoming Events

September 21 - Invitation Sunday

September 23-24 - Blandy Lectures at SSW

October 4-5 - Diocesan Adult Choral Festival

October 5-6 - Little Church Club Meeting

Click here for a full calendar.

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