To Make a credit card gift to the diocesan Flood Relief fund
Click on the food box or Send Your Check to the Address Below:
If your congregation is organizing a trip to provide relief in South Texas, please let others know through social media and e-mail, especially if your group is in need of equipment or material donations.
Contact information for Fr. Snell and Fr. Villareal is in the Diocesan Directory.
The Episcopal Diocese of Fort Worth 2900 Alemeda Street Fort Worth, Texas 76108 Telephone: 817.244.2885
Dear Good Shepherd Family,
Several of you have contacted me to suggest ways to respond to the desperate needs of those who suffered losses from Hurricane Harvey. I'm so proud of this parish, as it has such a deep and caring heart!
I asked Suzanne Gill in the diocesan office for any effort that the diocese recommends. Below, you'll find her response. We have a Mission Church in Houston, whose wonderful vicar will be overseeing all the monies directed from our diocese to help. Please review the information below, and- as the Lord leads you- respond as generously as you can.
For those of you who have made other suggestions to me, if you find that the diocesan opportunity does not address your concerns, simply re-send you original email to me, and I'll be happy to pass it along to the whole parish.
God bless you all. Keep praying for all those in Southeastern Texas who are suffering. Remember: "the Lord loves a cheerful giver".
“Like good stewards of the manifold grace of God, Serve one another with whatever gift each of you has received.”- 1 Peter 4:10 Flood Relief fund At Bishop Iker's direction, the diocese has established a fund to provide recovery assistance for those affected by the ongoing storms and flooding in South Texas. While there are about two dozen ACNA congregations in the affected area, our fund will be administered through our Houston congregation, Mision Santa Cruz, under the leadership of Fr. Raphael Villareal, and Fr. Micah Snell, who teaches at Houston Baptist Univeristy. The diocesan staff will work with them to reach as far as possible into the community.
On Monday afternoon, Fr. Villareal sent the following status report: Both Fr. Villareal and Fr. Snell are checking on neighbors and assisting with evacuations. They will be ready to minister to the community once the storm has passed. As we know from experience after Hurricane Katrina, the Red Cross offers Immediate assistance, but there will be an ongoing need for clean-up, clothing, housing, and other necessities for a long time to come. Truly, this is an opportunity for us heed the words of St. Paul, becoming “ambassa dors for Christ.”
Gifts to the fund can be made either by check or online contribution (click on the Food Box below).
Make checks out to the diocese, with “flood relief” in the memo line. The address is at the bottom of this message. All funds will assist in the relief of those affected by Hurricane Harvey.
The Anglican Relief and Development Fund is accepting direct donations for Hurricane Harvey relief.
our gift to ARDF for this purpose will be distributed through the Anglican Diocese of the Gulf Coast, which has its offices in Houston.
Special Effort for STELLA MARIS CHAPEL
Fr. Ralph Jones, Pastor
222 Hagy St, Lamar, TX 78382 (361) 790-5277
Quite a few of our parishioners have visited Stella Maris (Star of the Sea) and met with Fr. Jones, especially for healing. Clay Byrne, one of Good Shepherd parishioners, is related to James Byrne, veteran of the Texas Revolution, who founded the church in 1858.
I am trying to contact Fr. jones and his congregation to see what their needs may be and to organize an effort to take them supplies they may need.
If you are interested in helping in any way, please call me at 817-559-0010 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.