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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Ministries in the Parish

Altar Guild The Altar Guild is a very caring and very blessed ministry. Its primary purpose is to prepare and maintain the Altar and Eucharistic vessels, as well as the Altar and Sanctuary, for all services including weddings, memorials, ordinations, funerals, etc. Additional responsibilities include the Altar flowers and calendar. Persons wanting to sponsor flowers and/or the Sanctuary candles will find a sign-up calendar in the Parish Hall.St. William Laud's Altar Guild consists of four members. Additional volunteers are urgently needed. Please make note of this volunteer opportunity, and prayerfully consider joining us in this ministry by contacting Lou White, Altar Guild Coordinator.


 
Lay Readers, Oblationers, Servers, Acolytes & Ushers We use several members of the parish in the principal worship service. Two Lay Readers read the Old Testament, Psalm and New Testament lessons and the Prayers of the People. Two parishioners serve as Oblationers, bringing the elements forward for the Eucharist. Two to five parishioners assist the priest in the service as acolytes and servers. Usually one, or possibly two, parishioners serve as usher, distributing service leaflets and taking up the offering.

To volunteer for service in any of these ministries one must make the desire to serve made known to the priest and receive orientation and/or training in the approved procedures for each office.


 
VestryThe Vestry of an Episcopal Church is the governing body of the church. Members of the Vestry are elected by the parishioners and serve three year terms. According to canon law members of the Vestry may consist of anyone “qualified to vote at the Parish meeting.” In other words, the person must “be a confirmed adult communicant in good standing as defined in the General Canons, canonically resident in the Parish, physically present at the meeting and who is known to the Rector and Treasurer as regular contributors to the support of the Parish program. The duties of Vestry are as follows: 
“The Vestry shall assist the Rector in the nurture and extension of Christ’s Church. The Vestry shall have the legislative authority for the Parish and shall transact all of its temporal business. The Vestry shall be responsible for furnishing, preserving and adequately insuring the Parish property, including all items necessary for public worship; for maintaining adequate Parish records; and for managing the financial resources of the Parish. The Vestry shall maintain order and decorum during the time of public worship.”
[Excerpts from Charter and Canons]


 
Current Vestry Members:

The Rev. Terry Matthews, Rector-in-Charge

Chris Lummus, Senior Warden

Lou White, Junior Warden

Karl Perkins - Clerk (non-voting)

Tim Truitt

Joyce Hively

Kim Ragsdale

Gladys Lummus & Wayne Burnett, Treasurers
 (non-voting members)