Around the Diocese

Around the Diocese

Around the Diocese (below) is a listing of all upcoming events that are sponsored by the departments and ministries of the Diocese of West Texas. Online registration, if available, is noted.

Church Events

The Church Events page lists all upcoming events at our various churches, schools, and other agencies of interest. Contacts and links for more information are listed.

Monthly Calendar

The Monthly Calendar allows the viewer to see diocesan events during the specified month. A click on each event will lead to more information.

 

Around the Diocese 

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Mid Winter Camps
Camp Capers

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: Sr. High, January 5-7  |  II: Jr. High, January 12-14  |  III: Primary, January 19-21
A weekend retreat for children and youth at Camp Capers filled with games, Bible teaching, worship, friends, activities, crafts, and more! Go to the Camp Capers page for more details, what to bring, and links to sign up online.

Discovering Wholeness Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center
January 10-13
A Discovering Wholeness Retreat will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Wednesday-Saturday, January 10-13. This is a retreat community that provides a safe place to become acquainted with your whole self by learning about the structure of psyche and exploring complexes and archetypes. The retreat format is a balance of teaching, individual time, small group work, and recreation. The retreat costs are $1065 for single occupancy or $972 for double occupancy. Learn more and register here.

Church Pension Group's Insights and Ideas Conference
Marriott Marquis Houston
January 24
Hosted by the Church Pension Group in observance of its centennial, Insights and Ideas will be held at the Marriott Marquis Houston located at 1777 Walker Street, Houston, 77010, on Wednesday, January 24. Insights and Ideas will offer Centennial Conversations, a series of discussions featuring thought leaders from the Episcopal Church, the private sector, and the Church Pension Group (CPG) who will discuss issues of interest to the Church and to CPG: The Demographics of a Changing Church and Investing for Positive Impact. There is no cost to attend, but space is limited, so please register.

"An Altar in Your Heart" Book Launch
Bishop Jones Center
January 25
A book launch of "An Altar in Your Heart" by the late Bishop Bob Hibbs will be held on Thursday, January 25, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. "An Altar in Your Heart" contains meditations on the Jesus Prayer. The 20th anniversary edition of the book includes a foreword by the Rev. Mary C. Earle, illustrations by Luc Freymanc, reflection questions, and an audio CD featuring Bishop Hibbs. The book was republished to introduce new audiences to the riches gained from knowing - by regularly practicing the ancient Jesus Prayer - and, of course, to celebrate the ministry and teaching of Bishop Hibbs. The title is based on a quote by St. John Chrysostom, "No matter where we happen to be, by prayer we can set up an altar to God in our heart." All proceeds will benefit scholarships for the annual Silent Retreat in the Diocese of West Texas. The book can also be pre-ordered online at www.materialmedia.com.

Crafts Retreat
Camp Capers
January 26 - 28
Bring your craft projects (ongoing or brand new) to Camp Capers and create alongside women from throughout the diocese, sharing ideas and building friendships. Online registration, coming soon!

The Order of the Daughters of the King® Winter Assembly
St. Thomas, San Antonio
January 26-27
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All are invited to the annual Daughters of the King® Winter Assembly on Friday-Saturday, January 26-27, at St. Thomas, San Antonio (1416 Loop 1604 East, 78232). Guest speakers are the Rev. Beth Wyndham, associate rector of St. Thomas and chaplain for the Commission on Women's Ministry; Amy Olson, a health care management consultant, technology project manager, and federal government policy advisor; and the Rev. Bruce Wilson, mission coordinator of the Ecumenical Partnerships Coalition in the Diocese of West Texas. All the speakers are active in the Daughters of the King, and Father Bruce serves as the diocesan chapter's chaplain. You can read more about the speakers and see the assembly's agenda here, which includes a Friday opening dinner and Eucharist service. The assembly will conclude at 3:15 p.m. on Saturday. Please register by January 12 through the link above or with the mail-in registration form. Cost is $25 for both days; or $15 for Daughters on Saturday only and $10 for Junior Daughters on Saturday only. Scholarships are available. Due to the devastation of our Coastal Bend and Valley Convocations by Hurricane Harvey, there is no charge for parishioners from those affected churches, but please still register.

Father Son Retreat
February 2-4
Camp Capers
Slowing down and spending time with your kids, away from the distractions and responsibilities of day to day life is so valuable. That's why Camp Capers hosts our Father / Son Retreat, to help fathers (and father figures) get out of town with their sons (ages 6-18 years old) and invest time in the important things in life, like s'mores and outdoor games and real talk about the real life challenges faced by Christian men today. Registration for this weekend retreat will open online soon. Scholarship assistance is available; email camp.capers@dwtx.org with any questions.

Abundant Living Retreat
Mustang Island Conference Center
February 12-14
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The third annual Abundant Living Retreat: Celebrate the Journey will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Monday-Wednesday, February 12-14. This conference is an opportunity for older adults to have a fun-filled retreat and to reflect on living fully into the golden years. Experts will guide participants in reflection and activities. Delicious meals provided by Kathy and her crew. The cost for the retreat is $245 for double occupancy and $315 for single occupancy. A day rate of $90 is available for those who live close to the conference center. Register through the link above or contact Lynn Corby, 361-749-1800.

Diocesan Council 2018
February 22-24
San Marcos
The 114th Diocesan Council will convene on Thursday, February 22, at 1:00 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos (1001 E. McCarty, 78666). Diocesan Council will conclude at noon on Saturday, February 24. Host churches this year are: St. Margaret's, San Antonio; St. Andrew's, Seguin; and Resurrection, Windcrest. Watch for developing details on the Council website at council-dwtx.org.

Food for the Soul
Mustang Island Conference Center
March 2 - 4
Gather in the beloved Mustang Island Conference Center kitchen for a weekend of food, fun, faith, and friends. Bring the secrets of Family Camp cuisine home to your table! Register online (soon) or by calling the conference center at (361) 749-1800). Questions? Contact our registrar, Lynn Corby at the conference center.

Cursillo #258
Camp Capers
March 15-18
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Cursillo #258 will be held at Camp Capers Thursday-Sunday, March 15-18. Cursillo is a spiritual retreat weekend that gives church members the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Christ with others in their everyday environments. You can learn more about Cursillo here. The Rectora for the weekend is Rosine Carter from Annunciation, Luling, and the Spiritual Director is the Rev. Bur Dobbins from St. Barnabas, Fredericksburg. Register online through the link above, or print the application here.

Nails and Prayers - Mens' Retreat
Camp Capers
April 20 - 22
Gather for worship, fellowship, teaching, and the opportunity to give back to camp as we prepare for the summer season. There will be a variety of projects involving different levels of physical labor and construction expertise. Bring your work gloves, any tools you may want, and a servant’s heart. Contact Jamie Read, Camp Capers' Office Manager for more information.

Discovering Wholeness Retreat
Camp Capers
April 22 - 27
Another Discovering Wholeness Retreat will be held at Camp Capers, Sunday through Friday, April 22 - 27. This is a retreat community that provides a safe place to become acquainted with your whole self by learning about the structure of psyche and exploring complexes and archetypes. The retreat format is a balance of teaching, individual time, small group work, and recreation. The retreat costs are $1600 for single occupancy or $1500 for double occupancy. (Early registration discount through February 15th: single occupancy, $1500 and double occupancy, $1400). Learn more and register here.

2018 Summer Camp Season at Camp Capers, Mustang Island Conference Center, and Duncan Park starts May 31st! Download all summer dates here or visit the Camps & Conferences page.

The General Convention of the Episcopal Church - Call for Volunteers
July 5-13
Austin Convention Center, Austin, Texas
The 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church will be held in Austin July 5-13. The Diocese of Texas is collecting names and contact information for everyone interested in volunteering at the 79th General Convention scheduled for July 5-13 at the Austin Convention Center, and they are extending the invitation to the Diocese of West Texas. The meetings of The General Convention and The Episcopal Church Women needs the support and dedication of volunteers to operate efficiently. Opportunities to volunteer offer an understanding of the governance of The Episcopal Church and is a wonderful way to meet people from the Diocese of Texas and others from all over The Episcopal Church. You may volunteer for as little as a half a day or for multiple shifts over many days. Many volunteer skills and talents are needed. To include your name to the growing list please go to epicenter.org/edotgc79/. You will receive further information, in January 2018, about linking to an application where you may sign up for specific dates, times, and areas of interest.