The Rev. Keith Turbeville will be installed at 5 p.m., Nov. 22 at Holy Trinity by the Lake in Rockwall/Heath, during a Celebration of a New Ministry.
Turbeville comes to the diocese from Christ Church in Greenville, South Carolina where he served as Priest for Faith Development. Prior to that he served as Vicar of St. Elizabeth’s Episcopal Church in Buda, Texas.
Turbeville has degrees from Virginia Theological Seminary and Seminary of the Southwest.
Holy Trinity’s new vicar said he’s excited to serve the parish. “There is a great energy and light that is happening in the church right now,” he said.
Mike Mudgett, Senior Warden at Holy Trinity, said parishioners are happy with their choice of Turbeville as their vicar.
“We had 24 people answer our call,” Mudgett said. “He was the unanimous pick of the search committee and the bishop. We are so pleased. He’s hit the ground running.”
Gerard Long, president of Alpha USA and author of "Awakening to God" visited the Dallas diocese recently meeting with clergy and fronting an evangelism leadership network. Long also preached the sermon at Church of the Incarnation.
Alpha is an evangelism tool used with more than 24 million having participated in the course worldwide. Bishop Lambert is a proponent of the Alpha course.
The Forma Conference titled "The Art of Forming Faithful People" is scheduled for January 28-30 at Christ Church Cathedral in Houston.
The conference includes speaker Brene Brown, author of the book "Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent and Lead." Brown's 2010 TEDx Houston talk on the power of vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on TED.com, with over 15 million views.
Other speakers include, Jamie Coats, Ana Hernandez, Vicki Garvey and Mark Bozzuti-Jones. Click here for more information.
Advent has gone social.
Anglican Communion Office and the Society of Saint John the Evangelist are using Instagram as a way to offer Anglicans and Episcopalians a way to celebrate Advent.
Participants who sign up are asked to take a photo interpretation of the word of the day, and post to Instagram using the day's tag plus #Adventword.
Mad for plaid? You may want to visit Church of the Transfiguration in Dallas during the 11:15 a.m. service, Nov. 16, to watch the Kirking of the Tartans, an ode to the Scottish Episcopal Church.
The kirking, or blessing, takes place mid-service when a procession of tartan banners representing different Scottish clans follow bagpipe musicians to the altar to receive a blessing.
Those who want to bring a plaid scarf, pin, kilt or anything with the family’s tartan on it is invited to join the procession and present it for a blessing.
A reception following the service includes haggis, neeps, tatties and shortbread cookies.
The Rev. Matthew Frick, will be installed at St Matthias’ Episcopal Church in Athens at 11 a.m., Nov. 15, during a Celebration of a New Ministry.
Frick, who formerly served as Rector at St. Timothy’s in Alexandria, Louisiana, has been working at the parish since July.
“I love it,” he said. “It’s a great town and great church. There is a bright future here. God has blessed us in very rich ways already.”
Prior to working in Louisiana, Frick served as curate and then assistant rector at Trinity Church in Marshall, Texas. He received degrees from Concordia University in River Forest, Illionois and Nashotah House Theological Seminary.
Frick said he is excited about the new ministry. “We have a lot of work to do,” he said. “We are all committed, ready to roll up our sleeves and get to it.”
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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.