Tuesday, 21 October 2014 09:55

From Bishop Lambert

I recently spoke with Mayor Mike Rawlings and Dr. John Carlo regarding the present state of affairs concerning the Ebola event. Both the Mayor and Dr. Carlo assured us that everything was under control and they feel confident we will come through this crisis with new wisdom and experience that will benefit other cities and countries throughout the world.

The City of Dallas is in a close partnership with the Dallas County health Department, the State of Texas Health Department, and with the Center for Disease Control. The mayor is in close contact with the White House and will soon be speaking with Ron Kline, the newly appointed spokesperson for the administration.

The mayor has asked the faith community to assist in allaying fears of a major outbreak and to encourage calm. Currently, we have one Ebola death, and two health care workers who are infected but in stable condition. To put this in perspective, the mayor pointed out that we have had 18 deaths from the West Nile virus.

The mayor also noted that here have been several reports of parents keeping their children away from daycare because children from West Africa are enrolled. Also, Mr. Duncan's family and fiance are finding it difficult to find a place to stay after their release from isolation. Please pray for them.

Finally, and I quote the Mayor, "Dark a day as it was when this broke, we can get through this and we will be stronger than before and the wisdom we have gained from this will be used to benefit other cities and countries."

Pray brothers and sisters in Christ for those infected by the virus both here and abroad, pray also for the families of those victims and for our City of Dallas and those healthcare workers serving us.
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 14:30

Construction Begins for Prosper Church

Bishop Paul Lambert shoveled the first spate of dirt and consecrated the location of the future altar Sunday in a commemorative ceremony honoring St. Paul’s in Prosper where the parish started the construction of a new church and school.

For seven years parishioners worshiped at Folsom Elementary School, but by next summer they will have their own 4,500 square-foot worship space that will seat 240 people. The project also includes a 3,000 square-foot room for meetings and gatherings and a 6,500 square-foot office and classroom space that will also be used as a pre-school during the week.

“This is a wonderful day in the life of the Diocese of Dallas, as we dig in this ground we begin to prepare a place in which new lives in Christ will take root and grow into the lives of new disciples,” Lambert said. “This is truly the work of God and we give thanks to Him for his many blessings and to the benefactors who make this work possible.”

The Rev. Michael Gilton planted the church in 2008, at the elementary school where he volunteered as a crossing guard. Over the years the average Sunday attendance has grown to more than 125.

The Dallas diocese has seen lots of success, in recent months, of establishing new churches or reconfiguring established ones. In August, new church plant St. Timothy’s was launched by The Rev. Brendan Kimbrough in the Wylie area where 90 people attended the first official worship service. Earlier this summer the Rev. Paul Wheatley began St. Augustine’s in Oak Cliff, a neighborhood experiencing a surge in urban renewal. The average Sunday attendance at this church is 90.

The Dallas diocese has maintained steady growth in church plants, particularly compared to other dioceses throughout the nation, said Jim Riggert, chairman of the real estate advisory committee and former member of the church planting commission.

The strategy for establishing St. Paul’s in Prosper, began with the purchase of a 7-acre plot in 2008, just before the Great Recession. The high-profile piece of land is a great location for the new church. “God is faithful to us,” Riggert said.

This is an extraordinarily successful church plant, Gilton said. “Since the beginning we have been focused on Jesus and the transformative power of the gospel.”

Tuesday, 14 October 2014 12:20

Diocesan Profile

A profile of the diocese has been posted on the official website that provides information about the bishop search. The bishop search website and the profile were created by the Search Committee - a 21-member group comprised of a chairman, 10 clergy and 10 laity charged with providing a slate of candidate finalists for election at a special convention. 




Friday, 10 October 2014 09:40

Islam and Christianity

Sign up here for the Cranmer Institute's "Islam and Christianity: Two Books -- Two Peoples" a primer for a Christian understanding of the Bible and the Qur'an. The event costs $45, includes lunch and is scheduled from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at Highland Park United Methodist Church, 3300 Mockingbird in Dallas.

Speakers include Anglican Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, from the Kaduna Diocese in Nigeria; and The Rev. Charles D. Aley from St. Matthew's Episcopal Church in Richmond, Virginia. 

Church of the Good Shepherd, 11122 Midway Road in Dallas,  also has the following lineup of speakers discussing Islam and Christianity: 

At 9:15 a.m., Oct. 26, Carl Stoneham, whose research focuses on the U.S. government's strategic labeling of Al-Queda as "un-Islamic," will be speaking on the five pillars of Islam. 

At 9:15 a.m., Nov. 2, The Rev. Canon George Sumner, an expert on the relation of Christianity to other religions, will give the following presentation "Jacob and Esau: Christians and Muslims through the Centuries." 

At 9:15 a.m., Nov. 9, Dr. Robert Hunt, an expert on living and working in complex cultural environments outside the United States, and Anglican Bishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon, who has academic exerptise on Islam will team to discuss "Modern Day Islam." 

The Rev. Victoria Heard, canon for church planting in the Diocese of Dallas, asks a question Oct. 2 during the church-wide gathering of the Task Force for Reimagining the Episcopal Church at Washington National Cathedral. TREC member Victor Feliberty-Ruberte, of Puerto Rico, managed the floor microphone. Photo: Mary Frances Schjonberg/Episcopal News Service. Click here to read the full story. 

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A Prayer for the Diocese

O Lord, you promise to be with your Church until the end of the age: continue this good work as you raise up the next Bishop of Dallas. Prepare this person to be the pastor and spiritual leader who will lead us forward to glorify you. We also ask that you send your Spirit upon the committees and convention given the task of calling our next bishop. Give them prayerful, open and discerning hearts that they may hear your voice and do your will to fulfill your purpose for this diocese. We ask all this in Jesus' name. Amen.