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From the Bishop

Dear Friends,

For longer than any of us can remember, we have had a Companion Diocese Relationship with the Anglican Diocese of Northern Mexico. However, for the past several years this has become a relationship in name only, lacking any real substance, regular communications, or ministry exchanges.  After prayer and reflection, I have decided to end this program. We have more than enough on our plate in keeping on top of our Companion Relationship with the Diocese of Northern Malawi. The discontinuation of this Northern Mexico companionship, of course, has no bearing on our continued work with La Gran Familia in Cuauhtémoc. Should any of our congregations wish to pursue ministry opportunities in Mexico, this will take place under the purview of the Hispanic Ministry Committee and Canon Sergio Diaz.

As you may have heard, our attorneys have filed a new Motion for Summary Judgment, as have our adversaries, in the ongoing litigation over ownership of our properties and assets. You may read these latest filings on the diocesan website. Now each side is to make a written response to the other on December 22, and then replies to those responses are due on January 23rd.  The new date for the final hearing before Judge Chupp is February 20, 2015.  Do keep our legal team in your prayers as things move forward. They are busily at work on our behalf as the holidays approach.

Our newest vicar in the Diocese is now in place, and we welcome him to Fort Worth. Fr. Michael Brooks began on the First Sunday of Advent as the new vicar of St. Joseph’s Church in Grand Prairie. Please continue to pray for a job for his wife, Louisa, who is an attorney. This is especially important in that Fr. Brooks is only paid a part-time salary as vicar.

wreathPlease make sure your church website is up to date and easily navigated. During Advent and Christmas, people are increasingly turning to the internet to find special music events and services. As in the past, the Diocese will pay for a nice ad in the Star-Telegram as Christmas approaches, and it will direct inquirers to your website for service times.

As usual, the Diocesan offices will be closed from December 23 until January 2. Special contact numbers will be on the answering machine message should you call for assistance during those days and find that no one is there.

May your Advent be filled with hope and joyful anticipation, and may your Christmas celebration be Twelve Days of the love and peace which Jesus alone can give.

Yours in Christ,

The Rt. Rev. Jack Leo Iker
Bishop of Fort Worth