Gayland Pool Memorial Outreach Fund

$6,935 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 3 months
I am hoping to raise this money to carry on the ministries to the marginalized that mattered so much to my late husband, the Rev. Gayland Pool, through the work of the welcoming people at St. Luke's in the Meadow Episcopal Church in Fort Worth.  St. Luke's will celebrate its 70th anniversary this year. This money will go toward reaching the $40,000 goal the church has set to help fund the 2019 work of this faithful and diverse congregation in ministry and outreach to hundreds of people in the neighborhood and city which they serve.


Gayland spent his 50-plus years in ministry as an Episcopal priest striving to "make and keep human life human." He especially cared about those on the margins  of our society. He believed in "all the sacraments for all the baptized," and worked to make that a reality in The Episcopal Church.  After his death in December 2017,  hundreds of people gave witness to the impact his ministry had on their lives,  especially during the AIDS crisis when, for a time, he was the only Episcopal priest in Fort Worth who would minster to people with AIDS, or officiate at their funerals.  His ministry is living on in the work of the congregations he served, especially at St. Luke's in the Meadow Episcopal Church in Fort Worth. 


This small congregation carries on an astonishing number of ministries and their encounters with people they help number in the thousands. They have a special ministry to people who have been wounded by the  Church - any church. They care for the children of the elementary and middle schools across the street from the church, offering tutoring and field trips to these  underfunded largely minority schools. Through their work with the 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry, they feed hundreds of people a week in the food desert that surrounds the church in east Fort Worth.  They offer free books - and a place to sit and read them -  to all who pass by in their Little Free Library.

Most of all, they offer love and a safe place for all manner of God's people.  They are Jesus' hands and feet in a hurting world, doing all they can to share their knowledge of his healing love. I hope  you will contribute.
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We really do get by with a little help from our friends. With an offline donation today of $1,000 added to the recent offline $500 donation, we have raised $8,085 of the $10,000 goal.
Only $1,915 to go. I cannot express what this has meant to me. Seeing the ministry at St. Luke's that was nurtured by Gayland -- and since then, other excellent priest -- helps me make it from day to day.
He loved this congregation so, and this part of the city that they serve. Our home is only two blocks from the church. He drove past what was then an abandoned overgrown lot daily when he was rector, and when it finally went up for sale, he made a ridiculously low offer for it -- and the owners accepted it. Turns out there was a 100-year-old farmhouse hiding back amongst the volunteer trees and the giant ancient oaks. The bank told us to bulldoze us, but we declined, choosing instead to make it a sanctuary, a haven of hospitality for our friends and neighbors. My extrovert of the universe taught me so much about hospitality.
That farmhouse now sits in the midst of a garden, joined by our residence, a guesthouse, a greenhouse, and Gayland's office. That sounds pretty grand, doesn't it? But all these structures are constructed from salvaged materials, much of it from the Habitat for Humanity Restore Store. Gayland's creative eye and loving soul saw potential beauty in things others had discarded.
He was like that with people too. Those stories aren't mine to tell, but they are myriad.
Thanks to all who have donated. And if you have not, please consider it.
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With a generous $500 donation made directly to St. Luke's in the Meadow, we have raised $6,935 of the $10,000 goal to insure Gayland's ministries continue through the work of St. Luke's.

Today is the six month anniversary of my beloved's death.

And six long barren months on, people still are learning of his death. So I get calls and emails from folks who are newly in grief and shock having just learned that sad news. I find myself offering comfort while still in deep grief myself. But they also share wonderful Gayland stories.

Here is one from a friend in Dallas: "I just learned about Gayland’s death, and wanted to let you know how much I appreciated his involvement with my family.

"He helped my mother in the aftermath of her divorce in the 1970s, providing her a church home and a newfound interest in the Episcopal Church. He was the primary reason she became an Episcopalian. Then, as she developed dementia, he continued to be there for her. When she underwent emergency surgery one snowy Christmas Eve, I called him from her hospital room and they had a prayer – as he drove to Dallas in the snowstorm! We really didn’t know if she would come out of it alive, so the sweetness of that moment and the imagery of him praying with her as he drove provided a balm – and remains a peaceful scene in my mind. Of course, he later led her burial service.

"Not only was Gayland a godsend for my mother, he was there for my grandmother during her decline in the late 1970s. I vividly recall him showing up at Harris Hospital, early on several mornings, to console her after she had suffered a series of strokes. I was very impressed that he would show up so early, often before I even got there. He led her funeral service as well.

'Please know you are in my thoughts – and just how much he meant to my family. We will miss him. "

These sweet stories are great gifts, for while i know much about his ministry, he guarded people's privacy with appropriate care, sharing stories only when people made it clear it was OK.

St. Luke's in the Meadow, Fort Worth, is carrying on the same loving generous pastoral care, as well as caring for the needs of their neighborhood, community, and city. They are loving our neighbors in very tangible ways, and your donation to this fund in Gayland's memory will help make sure it continues.

Thank you.
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We are more than halfway there!

We have made wonderful progress on the Gayland Pool Memorial Outreach Fund. We have raised $6,000 of the $10,000 goal. I can't say "thank you" often enough to the generous people who donated.

I started this appeal on what would have been Gayland's 81st birthday, and I confess I did it out of selfish motives. I was seeking some way to make it through the day without him, and I kept thinking about all the people whose lives he had touched through his ministry. The thought of all that care and love just stopping was too much to bear.

St. Luke's in the Meadow Episcopal Church is carrying on much of that work., so it seemed the perfect place for this fund to benefit. Gayland and I worshiped there and I still do. This is a small but growing congregation whose impact on its neighborhood far exceeds its numbers.

If you can help, I appreciate it.
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Thank you! We have raised almost $6,000 of the $10,00 for the Gayland Pool Memorial Outreach Fund that I started on what would have been his 81st birthday, April 23.
One of the loveliest things about this are the comments people are posting about Gayland. Given that he was ordained for more than 50 years, he touched a lot of lives. People also are sending notes about pastoral care he offered them or someone they loved, or a funny story about Mr. Extrovert of the Universe, or a tender story about how he loved them at a time when they were feeling -- and sometimes acting -- particularly unloveable.
A surprising revelation to me has been the many ways Gayland graced people with silence .
A friend told me of how he would come by and just sit with her sometimes -- not talking, not pressing, just being present -- when she was dealing with a betrayal by a person she had trusted. This betrayal shook her to her core, and caused her to doubt her ability to judge people, caused her to doubt other friendships. Gayland listened to her when she raged, handed her tissues when she wept, got her countless glasses of tea, fed her home baked bread, and quietly kept company with her while she walked her way out of that dark place and into a place of peace.
Another friend told me of how he helped her in the aftermath of the death of a child, again, often without words.
Thank you for this outpouring of wealth. And thanks for the donations of money too. It will help make possible the continuation of many of the ministries he cared about do deeply.
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$6,935 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 69 people in 3 months
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St. Lukes in the Meadow Episcopal Church
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