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From the Bishop
      Aug. 16, 2017

Dear Friends in Christ,

Congratulations to St. Francis Anglican Church in Austin on having received the occupancy certificate to begin worshipping in their new building! The first mass in the new church was Sunday, Aug. 13, and everyone was very excited about this new beginning. It will be a joy to consecrate this lovely new facility at a special service at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 28, the Feast of St. Simon and St. Jude.  The next time you are in Austin stop by to see them at 3401 Oak Creek Drive.  Sunday services are at 9:30 and 11 a.m., and the 1928 Book of Common Prayer is used. Canon Len Giacolone is their Rector.

I am grateful to Fr. Terry Jordan, who has agreed to serve as the interim priest in charge at St. Mark’s Church in Arlington, following the resignation of their Rector, Fr. Greg Crosthwait, effective Aug. 20. I look forward to meeting with the Vestry after my annual visitation on Sept. 10 to discuss the vacancy consultation process. Your prayers during this interim time will be much appreciated by everyone at St. Mark’s.

We were sorry to learn that Bishop Wantland’s wife, Jan, fell last week at home and fractured her ankle. She has been receiving hospice care at home to assist her in coping with pulmonary fibrosis.  Please remember both of them in your prayers.

The first packet for our upcoming Diocesan Convention in November will be published this Friday. The opening service on Friday, Nov. 3, will be at 5 p.m. at St. Vincent’s Cathedral, with a banquet to follow at the Hurst Convention Center, where the business session will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4. Details will be posted on the diocesan website.

Faithfully in Christ,

The Rt Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop