Posts by Demi Prentiss
Did you miss Peter Steinke’s April and June workshops here in the Diocese of Fort Worth? Does your congregation need help finding its way through anxious times? Steinke’s DVD When Anxiety Strikes and his book How Your Church Family Works are both available through the diocesan office for use in your congregation.
St. Elisabeth’s and Christ the King congregations in Fort Worth are inviting all soccer fans to join in a big-screen live-streaming watch-party for the World Cup finals, Sunday, July 13 starting at 1pm. The excitement will ramp up with the kickoff at 2pm, and food, drink, and games will be available throughout the party.
Check out the latest Forma blog entry, written by Emily Givens, director of children and family ministry at St. Michael and All Angels, Dallas. Givens asks us to carry the intensity and intentionality we bring to our annual vacation Bible school (VBS) offerings forward into our broader congregational lives. “What if …?” she wonders, asking us to seize opportunities for being the church in many contexts. “What if there was a spiritual component that could be shared with the parents/grandparents/adults for evening conversation?” “What if families were given faith in the home resources as a thank you for participating [in VBS]?”
St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Fort Worth will host the third of three free stewardship telecasts at 7pm June 23. Nancy Davidge, editor of the Episcopal Church Foundation’s Vital Practices blog, will present “Communicating Stewardship Year ‘Round.”
Need to brush up on the wisdom Peter Steinke offered to congregation leaders back in April, when he presented “How Your Church Family Works”? Want to get a quick crash course in family systems in the church? We have an app for that! (Well, really, a link.)
Come to St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Fort Worth for the second of three webcasts on stewardship, Wednesday, June 18, 7-9 p.m. That evening Laurel Johnston, executive director of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS), will be the featured presenter, offering ” A Path Ahead.” This nuts-and-bolts session will be especially helpful to stewardship chairs, stewardship committees, and clergy, for engaging the congregation in the work of forming good stewards.
Why would you want to spend Friday and Saturday, June 20 and 21, at Trinity Lutheran Church with Peter Steinke and Ana Hernandez and lots of other leaders from the Diocese of Fort Worth?
Administrators and communications staffers from congregations across the diocese will meet Wednesday, June 18 at Trinity Episcopal Church, Fort Worth, 11:30am to 1:30pm, to share information and inspiration about communications and outreach trends and strategies.
Plan Bede, a web-based service, offers help with worship materials to congregations, to assure they can have quality, personalized weekly service books while freeing up staff time at a cost suitable for even small congregations.
6 + 7 + 8 + 9 = 30. Peter Steinke will be offering at least 30 insights and practices that you can put to work in your congregation, as he offers the second part of the Growing in Faith Together workshop to lay and clergy leaders. Register today to attend with a team from your congregation.
St. Christopher Episcopal Church in Fort Worth invites people throughout the diocese to attend three free webcast sessions of “Walking the Way,” the June conference of The Episcopal Network for Stewardship (TENS). Stewardship teams, clergy, and donors are especially invited to see the national conference presentations and learn more about the theology and the nuts and bolts of stewardship in the congregation.
In their upcoming workshop “Creating and Sustaining Healthy Congregations,” presenters Peter Steinke and Ana Hernandez invite people from across the diocese to join them in the work begun April 4-5 at their first workshop, “How Your Church Family Works.”
Diocesan clergy are urged to renew their certifications in Safeguarding God’s People — both the anti-exploitation module and the anti-harassment module — at trainings offered June 2 and 9 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 5001 Crestline Road, Fort Worth, TX 76107. The June sessions are open to clergy only; the same modules will be offered in August for laity only.
The Center for the Ministry of Teaching (CMT) at Virginia Theological Seminary (VTS) offers a weekly email or RSS feed, aimed at Christian formation leaders in the congregation. Key Resources is aptly named, linking its function – communicating essential information, based on conversations that CMT instructors have every day with their students and with educators across the nation – with Key Hall, the ministry’s home base at VTS.
Church Publishing and Cokesbury are offering a 20 percent (or more!) discount plus free shipping on prayer books, hymnals, and other worship aids listed in this brochure, for orders received by May 31, 2014.
There’s still time to register for the June 20-21 Growing in Faith Together workshop, to be held at Trinity Lutheran Church (3621 Tulsa Way, Fort Worth, TX 76107).