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of Wichita Falls

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with Communion
10:30 AM

905 Church Street
Decatur, TX 76234
Sunday Morning Worship
with Communion
10:00 AM




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Episcopal Church in Northern Deanery, Dioceses of Fort Worth

All Saints – Good Shepherd – St. Stephens – Wise County


Power pack for Headstart students

Attached is photo of the items that the local food bank provided for the power pack program.  As you can see not much for a weekend so I think that as a church we could help and supplement with additional protein items. This past week we added some pretzels and for next session we will be adding granola bars. Any other items would be greatly appreciated to be added to this power packs.  Ann Lucas



Dear Friends and Members of the ECWF,
When you do your grocery shopping this week, please remember to pick up extra items for Interfaith.  In July Interfaith distributed nearly three times its usual amount of food to hungry individuals and families due to the increased needs and number of its clients.  Food insecurity is escalating at a noticeable rate in Wichita Falls and the surrounding counties!
The wish list for this month is shampoo in small containers and rolls of toilet tissue.
If you wish to donate food, as well as/or instead of the above, the greatest need is for canned corn and canned green beans.

On behalf of Interfaith and its clients, THANK YOU FOR YOUR GENEROSITY!
Ann Coleman, BC Clerk





Using the list below, while school supplies are on sale in local stores, please shop for any number of items on the list, bring your purchases to Church and place them in the container near the Baptismal Font. If you wish to make a cash donation, use the Hungry Carafe on the stand-up desk, and someone will shop for you.  Members of the Bishop’s Committee will take our collection to the teachers at Farris Center before the children get back to school. If you have any questions about this, please call Ann Coleman at 940-733-5626.  THANK YOU!


washable markers

Crayolas (brand name is requested for quality)

watercolor paints

tempera paint

Elmer’s Glue All                                        misc. arts and craft supplies

glue sticks                                                tissue paper – all colors

googly eyes                                              children’s blunt-point scissors

                                                                   construction paper

                                                                   pipe cleaners

Lysol wipes                                              self-stick Velcro

Baby wipes                                               cheap paper plates (white)

Lysol spray

Kleenex tissues (or equivalent)

hand sanitizer

laundry detergent


shorts and pants for boys age 3-5

boy “pull-ups”

boys’ and girls’ underwear for ages 3-5 (used, clean, in good shape OK)




Fr. John Payne's Gospel Reflection on John 6:24-35

The Gospel reading shows a very determined crowd who has experienced the miraculous feeding eager to follow Jesus.  In their minds he is still regarded as a potential national leader like Moses who will lead in their struggle for liberation and freedom from oppression.  Jesus is actually aware that their motives are misdirected, and that they have misinterpreted the dramatic sign of the feeding miracle.  Jesus skillfully guides their understanding of the provision of food to make the point that bread itself is a perishable commodity.  The manna in the wilderness was a gift from god; however, the true bread from heaven is Jesus himself.  Jesus was offering the gift of himself as food, his teaching, his very body and blood given up in sacrifice for sin.  The miracle of the loaves and fish is the unique gift of Jesus himself.  But the crowd is heavy with dullness as people are more interested in the gifts (bread and fish) than the giver (Jesus, the bread of life).  The dramatic story of the prophet Nathan confronting King David reveals the human struggle to preserve moral autonomy in the face of God’s rule.  Let the Fraction in the order of the Mass, the breaking of the bread, be a sign of our humble surrender to God.  Before God can take us and use us, we must offer ourselves and make ourselves available.  Before God can bless us so that we conform to his will, something must break-up and die.  The process of unwinding the self, of prying it open, is painful.  Learning to face and live out the reality of love is an active process of breaking and adjusting.  The Very Reverend John D. Payne, Emeritus Dean of the Northern Deanery, Diocese of Fort Worth and Emeritus Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church,  former Interim Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and currently, a Supply Priest for the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls


Fr. John Payne's Gospel Reflection on Mark 5:1-13

The Gospel confronts the reality that Jesus was rejected by his own people except that Jesus’ own are not just the Jews as a whole, but friends and relatives in his hometown who “took offense at him” (Mark 6:8).  The verb “take offense” is cognate with the noun “skandalon” (“stumbling block”), a technical term for describing an obstacle to faith many found in Jesus.  Matthew, Mark and Luke each report that the people at Nazareth were scandalized by Jesus, and Luke’s report turns violent.  However, only Mark tells us that Jesus’ immediate family, including his mother, took steps to remove him from public exposure (3:21, 31-35).  Jesus came to Nazareth and taught in the synagogue, but skepticism and rejection created the wrong atmosphere and prevented powerful preaching.  If the believing community is to be open to God’s inscrutable word, it must have sensitivity, discernment and humility to enable the Holy Spirit to work mightily. Amazed at their unbelief, Jesus left Nazareth to begin a new phase of his ministry.  Notice that Jesus came to Nazareth with mathetai (“disciples”) – a fairly large group of followers – and from them he called the Dodeka (“Twelve”) whom he set apart to minister in his name.  Notice that Jesus also gave them a “ritual” for failure – shaking the dust off their feet.  The Twelve are responsible for their obedience to the mission, but not for the response of other people or for the results.  The ritual is a way forward in spite of rejection, a symbolic act that helps them to go on with their work in spite of failure and disappointment.  The Very Reverend John D. Payne, Emeritus Dean of the Northern Deanery, Diocese of Fort Worth and Emeritus Rector of All Saints' Episcopal Church,  former Interim Priest-in-Charge of St. Stephens Episcopal Church, and currently, a Supply Priest for the Episcopal Church of Wichita Falls