November 17, 2017
 

First Monday Covered Dish

The First Monday Covered Dish resumed Monday, October 2, 2017. Participants bring a covered dish to share and enjoy the fellowship. No programs. Just good food and lots of lively fellowship.

 

Study Group

We began our new series for adult Christian Education at 6:00 PM on September 18th. It consists of 24 half-hour presentations by Dr. David Brakke, PhD. It's a study developed by The Great Courses Entitled "The Apocryphal Jesus" and will cover the apocryphal writings of the New Testament era.

Each session consists of two 30 minute videos after which we take some time for discussion. (Note: We do not meet on those Mondays on which we hold our First Monday Pot Luck Suppers).

 

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.

 

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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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NE Convocation of Rural Churches

These are notes taken by Kathleen Koecher member of St William Laud, Pittsburg who attended the NE Convocation of rural churches in the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, Texas, which was held at St Dunstan’s, Mineola, on September 9, 2017.  Bishop Fraser Lawton, Anglican Bishop of Athabasca, Alberta, Canada, was the keynote speaker.  Athabasca, Alberta, is a remote, far north, sparsely populated Diocese.  The question was what can the rural church do to grow its numbers.

Is the Church merely a commodity needing programs to be relevant?  Is the Church in need of a concept; is it in need of something to bring us back to the good old days when parents brought their children to church?  These are questions stew in the church today, but the truth is the church of yesterday does not exist anymore.  That world does not exist anymore.

According to Bishop Fraser, we need to think about hunger today as the central heart issue.  We need to remember that the deepest hunger is for Truth and the Gospel.  Church, he reminded us is not just a place.  It is not just a social provider.

Church is the Presence of the Living Lord.  Church is the vital reality of the living Lord.

The rural church of today often struggles with ways to make church relevant today, hoping there is some way to attract a more youthful congregation, hoping that if we invest in renovating our crumbling buildings we can make the church look more successful, when in fact programs don’t satisfy the deepest hunger and more money into our buildings puts us further behind.

There was a 20-ish young man at the convocational meeting who gave testimony that he doesn’t look for a band, or a stage filled with smoke and flashing lights, the latest, the greatest or the hottest.  He said the youth today look for community and tradition.  Bishop Fraser reminded us that authenticity and relationship, Truth and the tangible Presence of God are by far more needed by hungry people who yearn, yea are desperate for healing, meaning and the Peace that passes understanding.

Jesus is the only food that will feed our souls.  He is the answer.  He feeds with much more than a free handout.  He isn’t just here today and gone tomorrow with magic tricks.   He offers to feed us to be who we really are.  He wants to feed our soul.

So, who is this Jesus?  Does he offer us a pill to instantaneously give us what we feel we deserve?  Bishop Fraser told us not to fall for a lie or the useless, not to give in to the junk food this world passes for the answer to our deepest hunger.

Time is our biggest challenge, not money.  The church, not the building, but the people are at the center.  We are called to be invested not in ourselves individually, but in one another, giving encouragement, praying, investing in the Lord.  The Lord will bring people in to those who are authentically seeking him, trusting him, stretching and expectant for healing and wholeness, to those who desire to be transformed, not merely comfortable, to those who are actively expectant that God will do something dynamic and transformative.  God will send those who are seeking him to those who are not merely intellectually curious who attempt to argue others into faith, or who find their faith simply an easier or happier way.  The Lord will send hurting people to those who do make themselves of indispensable value to the church, but rather to those who accept shared responsibility to one another, openly offering seekers to be a part of the church.

We must be so committed to one another, so familiar with one another that we should know when something is not right.  We are called to be a place of intimacy.  Numbers don’t matter.  It is hearts that matter.

To whom did Jesus give Himself?  To the lost, the broken, those in despair.  What did He do? Healed the sick, gave sight to the blind, enable the lame to walk, and raised the dead.

The Church, that is, the faithful have nothing to offer the world except the tangible Presence of God. 

Bishop Fraser reminded us, faith is built on the power of what we have experienced.  It is not based on feeling, but on choice.  When we worship, it is a choice not based on whether we feel happy or feel good.  It is a choice, a decision to offer to God ourselves and our souls.  Worship is really an audience of One.  God is worthy and God desires to hear our love and our faithfulness.  He will empower us to be His tangible Presence in the world.

As we have been freely given, let us freely give.

Loaves & FishesOur food distribution arm has received a grant from the Diocese of Dallas Foundation for the years 2011 - 2016.

On the third Wednesday of each month since 2012 Loaves and Fishes opens their doors to serve from 70-100 families.  The baskets include not only food from the East Texas Food Bank but also food from the local St. Wm. Laud parish. Food drives have been held which resulted in donations of oil, flour, canned good, sugar, cake mixes, and other items hard to find at the Food Bank. Pictured below is the line that begins forming well before the doors open. Upper right shows the food bags ready for distribution and right a close up of one of the bags. Thanks to all who donate food and money for this outreach program.

 


 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Cookbook

 The parish cookbook, Second Helpings is still available. It's a fully indexed, 293 page, hardback, spiral bound church cookbook filled with recipes from our parish's best cooks. It's a great gift for the people you know who love to cook. At $10.00 a copy it's a steal. So take care of a bunch of the family Christmas shopping right now and save time and money. Call the parish at (903) 856-2675 and place your order today.

 

New Study Series - "The Apocryphal Jesus"

 

We began our new series for adult Christian Education at 6:00 PM on September 18th. It consists 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 consists of two 30 minute videos after which we take some time for discussion. (Note: We do not meet on those Mondays on which we hold our First Monday Pot Luck Suppers).