September 19, 2017
 

First Monday Covered Dish

The First Monday Covered Dish will resume Monday, October 2, 2017. Bring a covered dish to share and enjoy the fellowship. No programs. Just good food and lots of lively discussion.

 

Study Group

We will begin a new series for adult Christian Education at 6:00 PM on September 18th. It will consist of 24 half-hour presentations by Dr. David Brakke, PhD. Dr Brakke is holder of the Joe R Engle Chair in the History of Christianity at The Ohio State University. It's a study developed by The Great Courses Entitled "The Apocryphal Jesus" and will cover the apocryphal writings of the New Testament era. These are writings which are attributed to many of the persons who most are familiar with in the story of Jesus as presented in the New Testament. They are not Holy Scripture, however they do present a fascinating window into the diversity of ancient Christianity and the endless inventiveness of the Christian imagination.

Each session will consist of two 30 minute videos after which we will take some time for discussion.

 

Directory & Schedules (Members Only)

The Parish Directory as well as ministry schedules are all on line. Sign in and go to the Resources page in the "Members Only" part of the website and choose "Directory" or "Readers" or "Altar Guild, Servers, Chalice Bearers, Ushers".

 

Get your Parish Cookbook today! Reduced Price - $5.00!! Go to the "News" page

 

Worship Times

Regular Sunday Eucharist - 9:00 A.M.

 

What is the Episcopal Church?

Find out about the Episcopal Church and the history of this wonderful community on our What is the Episcopal Church page.

 

Our Parish Community

Go to the About Us section to meet the staff of Saint William Laud, and find out what we're all about!

 

Visiting for the first time?

If you're curious about what a truly nurturing community of believers is like, then you should come to the Join Us section to find out how you can get involved. Join us!

 

Loaves & Fishes

The SWL food pantry continues to minister to the citizens of Camp County! What a great ministry. Thanks to all the volunteers who help in that effort. We couldn't do it without you! If you would like to donate contact SWL at 903 856-2675. Loaves and Fishes takes place the third and fourth Wednesday of every month at 9:30 AM in the Parish Hall. 


 

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Church History

 


In 1954 the Reverend George Acker, who was serving mission congregations in the East Texas area, collaborated with four families to found a mission church in Pittsburg. In that same year it was established as a mission church within the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. Father Acker eventually moved to Pittsburg to oversee the growth of the church. He instilled a strong anglo-catholic spirit that continues to the present.
The mission had steady growth under several outstanding priests. The Reverend Theodore Heers guided the church through two periods, the first from July, 1962 to May, 1967 and the second from January of 1970 to August of 1978. The church became a Parish in May of 1968. St. William Laud was blessed to have a wonderful theologian, The Reverend E. E. Blankenship, serve as rector from January of 1982 to January of 1989.
The original church was constructed in 1957 and additional space was added as needed. The home next to the church became available and was acquired as a rectory. When it has not been occupied by the rector it has often been rented to provide additional cash flow.
The real story of this church has been the love and fellowship of her people. While buildings and improvements might be the outward signs of success, it is the quality of our people that sustains us over the years. Many people have questioned how it is possible for a community the size of Pittsburg to sustain an Episcopal parish church. It happened because God called into fellowship a group of people who have responded to the Holy Spirit and built itself up in love. Since the first meetings of that small mission community, St. William Laud has been characterized by the “can-do” spirit of the membership and a strong sense of their catholic heritage while working for the common good to the greater glory of God.