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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College Mission Advent Dinners
San Antonio
December 8, 15
College Missions will host Advent Dinners on Thursdays, December 1, 8, and 15, at 7:00 p.m. at the home of Allie Melancon (530 W. Summit Ave, San Antonio). This is a great opportunity for college students returning home for Christmas to connect with College Missions and for students living year-round in San Antonio to participate. Students will explore the Scripture stories that surround Advent, sing some hymns, and eat dinner together. For more information, contact Allie at 281-923-0411.

Mid Winter Camp I (Sr. High Camp)
Camp Capers
January 6-8, 2017
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Carry out your new year's resolutions for more fun and more faith in 2017; spend a weekend at Camp Capers this January! Reconnect with friends new and old, play games, roast s'mores, learn more about living a life of faith, and grow closer to God through talks and worship. Mid Winter Camp I is for all youth currently in grades 9 - 12. Invite a friend to experience the love of Christ embodied by this wonderful community. Cost $160; scholarships are available. Email camp.capers@dwtx.org for more information.

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
January 8
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, January 8, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

Welcome Back Worship
Bishop Jones Center
January 8
After a merry and bright Christmas Break, Vital UM (College Missions) will start the new school year off with a Welcome Back Worship service in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. Beginning at 7:00 p.m., this service will be led by students from our on-campus programs and is open to all college students. Contact Allie Melancon for more information.

Mid Winter Camp II (Jr. High Camp)
Camp Capers
January 13-15
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Take a break from the everyday and spend a weekend at Camp Capers this January! Reconnect with friends new and old, play games, roast s'mores, learn more about living a life of faith, and grow closer to God through talks and worship. Mid Winter Camp II is for all youth currently in grades 6 - 8. Invite a friend to experience the love of Christ embodied by this wonderful community. Cost $160; scholarships are available. Email camp.capers@dwtx.org for more information.

From Conflict to Communion: 500th anniversary of the Reformation
Oblate Seminary, San Antonio
January 14
An ecumenical prayer service, breakout sessions, and a keynote address by Dr. Mindy Makant of Lenoir-Rhyne University will mark a celebratory event on Saturday, January 14, at 4:00 p.m. at Oblate Seminary to celebrate the great strides in Christian Unity since the Protestant Reformation. The diocese is taking an active role in the planning of this prayer service, as well as in a week's worth of events to mark the occasion. Bishop David Reed will take part in the service; Brother James Dennis, O.P. will lead a workshop; and Keith and Shannon Earle will lead music. St. Mark's, San Antonio, will host a noon service on Wednesday, January 18. Marjorie George serves on the planning committee. The January 14 event is a forerunner to a three-day anniversary celebration planned for January 2018. For more information, see the DWTX Blog.

Mid Winter Camp III (Primary Camp)
Camp Capers
January 20-22
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Join the "camp family" and spend a weekend at Camp Capers this January! Reconnect with friends new and old, play games, roast s'mores, learn more about living a life of faith, and grow closer to God through talks and worship. Mid Winter Camp III is for all youth currently in grades 3 - 5. Invite a friend to experience the love of Christ embodied by this wonderful community. Cost $160; scholarships are available. Email camp.capers@dwtx.org for more information.

Diocesan DOK Winter Assembly
St. Luke's, Cypress Mill
January 27-28
(optional early arrival 1/26, optional Eucharist service 1/29)
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Please download the DOK Assembly flier. Assembly dates have been extended, lodging information included, a Saturday meal choice is included, and driving instructions have been added. The diocesan Daughters of the King® will gather for their Winter Assembly at St. Luke's, Cypress Mill (263 Spur 962, 78663) Fri.-Sat., Jan. 27-28. The topic is Romans 13:12 with guest speakers are Connie Bye and the Rev. Maria Elena Daniels. The assembly begins at 5:30 Friday evening and will close with Eucharist at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. Thursday is an optional early arrival day for fly-ins, long distance travelers, DWTX board members, and out of town DOK & guests. Sunday, all attendees are invited to attend the 10:30 AM Sunday service at St. Luke's, Cypress Mill before returning home. Reserve your spot by registering through the link above or with the mail-in registration form. The cost is $60 for both days, or $30 for Saturday only; $20 for Junior Daughters for both days, or $10 for Saturday only. Full or partial scholarships are available. Contact Kim Najera at like2read@sbcglobal.net.

Crafts Retreat
Camp Capers
January 27-29
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Bring your craft projects, on-going or brand new, to Camp Capers and create together with others from around the diocese. The Crafts Retreat begins with dinner at 6:30 PM on Friday and ends following lunch on Sunday. The group will stay in the gorgeous Meadow Cross and River Bluff lodges, with rooms opening for check-in after 1:00, Friday. The retreat is led by Sue Hardaway. Use the link above to register, then email Sue (suegroovy@hotmail.com) with your project plans and table requests. Download the retreat flyer to spread the word and invite a friend; all crafters are welcome.

Pre-Council Meetings
Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio
January 28-29
There will be only three Pre-Council meetings this year, all during the weekend of January 28-29, 2017. These three meetings will focus on Discernment Forums to afford voting delegates and clergy the opportunity to hear from the potential nominees for Bishop Suffragan in person. Don't miss this important event in the life of the diocese. 
Valley - Saturday, January 28 from 9:00 a.m. - noon at St. Alban's, Harlingen
Coastal Bend - Saturday, January 28 from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. at Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi
Central - Sunday, January 29 from 3:00 - 6:00 p.m. at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas, San Antonio

Father/Son Retreat
Camp Capers
February 3-5
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A weekend retreat for fathers, father figures, and their sons to share quality time away from the distractions of everyday life. Arrive at Camp Capers Friday evening and spend the weekend having fun and talking about what it means to be a family in faith, focusing on lessons from 'Listen My Son: St. Benedict for Father's" by Dwight Longenecker. This book highlights the difficulties (and joys) of fatherhood and encourages men to develop a strong bond with God -- one that strengthens the individual and provides him with the ability to grow himself and his family in faithfulness, service, and love. Weekend cost is $140 for adults and $100 for children (ages 6-18). Father / Son flyer.

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
February 12
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, February 12, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

Food for the Soul
Mustang Island Conference Center
February 17-19
Have you ever eaten a delicious meal at Mustang Island Conference Center and wondered, "how did they do that??" Sign up for Food for the Soul and learn the secrets to seasoning your food with love, guided by the stellar cooks in the MICC kitchen. For cooks of all levels of experience; registration details coming soon. 

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Corpus Christi
February 23-25
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The 113th Diocesan Council will convene on Thursday, February 23, 2017, at the AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi. The host church is Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi. Plans are underway, and events include Council worship on Thursday evening, the Bishop's Luncheon (with Bishop Gary Lillibridge as the speaker) on Friday, and a Council Banquet Friday evening to celebrate the ministry of Bishop Gary and Catherine Lillibridge. The business session on Saturday will consist solely of the election of a Bishop Suffragan. Visit the Council website for more details.

Youth In Action
Corpus Christi
February 24-26
Held concurrently with Council 2017, Youth In Action brings the young people of our diocese together for a weekend spent giving back to the Corpus Christi community through service projects with local churches and non-profits. Stay tuned for registration details. 

Cursillo #274
Camp Capers
March 9-12
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Cursillo #274 will be held at Camp Capers Thursday-Sunday, March 9-12. Cursillo is a three-day spiritual retreat for adults that provides the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Christ with others. Participants engage in study, reflection, fellowship, and worship. Learn more about Cursillo here. Register through the link above.

RGV Campus Ministries Golf Tournament
Rancho Viejo Country Club
March 31
The first RGV Campus Ministries Golf Tournament will be held on Friday, March 31, at the Rancho Viejo Country Club in Rancho Viejo, 78575. Plan a day on the green to support the College Missions program in the Valley. More information to come; and there will be available lodging at the country club for those desiring to stay overnight.

Sunday Night Live (SNL)
Bishop Jones Center
April 2
Sunday Night Live will held on Sunday, April 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center. SNL is for all San Antonio area high school-age youth. Led by diocesan College Missions leaders, SNL is a time to gather for games, fellowship, food, singing, and worship. For more information, contact Allie Melancon.

Cursillo #275
Mustang Island Conference Center
May 4-7
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Cursillo #275 will be held at Mustang Island Conference Center Thursday-Sunday, May 4-7. Cursillo is a three-day spiritual retreat for adults that provides the tools and "rules of life" to enthusiastically share the joys of knowing Christ with others. Participants engage in study, reflection, fellowship, and worship. Learn more about Cursillo here. Register through the link above.

Camp Capers' 70th Anniversary
Camp Capers
May 19-21
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We are 'Capers Bound' as Camp Capers celebrates 70 years of ministry in 2017, and we want EVERYONE to join in the fun. (Former campers, counselors, D-C-T's, camp parents, retreat attendees - we mean everybody!) Register for the entire weekend or one day. Join us for a Camp Capers reunion to remember!