[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] Welcoming Sunday. Homecoming Sunday. Back To Church Sunday. Welcome Home Sunday. Registration Sunday. Gathering Sunday. The names vary, but the purpose is the same – events and activities slated for that one Sunday in each congregation which marks the conclusion of summer and the beginning of the new program year. The following are some resources and ideas to consider for use in congregations, ministry, discussion groups, etc.
The TMI Alumni Association will hold its 16th Annual Modified Sporting Clay Shoot on Friday, September 9, at the San Antonio Gun Club. The event has raised more than $50,000 for the TMI Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship, a merit award that has been given out for the past three years at TMI - The Episcopal School of Texas.
Bryan Stevenson, founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, author of Just Mercy, and a prominent public interest lawyer, will present the 2016 Blandy Lecture in September hosted by Seminary of the Southwest’s Alumni Association.
Six Eagle Scouts from the Viking Patrol of Boy Scouts of America Troop 1920 of Boerne, Texas, were recognized by Greg Abbott, Governor of Texas, on Thursday, August 18, at the Governor’s Mansion in Austin. Also in attendance was State Representative Doug Miller of District 73. Troop 1920 is chartered by St. Helena’s Episcopal Church in Boerne and is part of the Summit District, Alamo Area Council, San Antonio, Texas.
[Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs] “Voting and participation in our government is a way of participating in our common life,” Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry said in a video election message. “And that is a Christian obligation. Indeed, we who follow in the Way of Jesus of Nazareth are summoned to participate actively as reflections of our faith in the civil process.”
[The Port Lavaca Wave, August 19, 2016] By the first decade of the new millennium, the percentage of U.S. Protestant women serving as senior pastors had doubled. Calhoun County’s Protestant churches have kept the pace with the rest of the country with female priests appointed to serve as head of their congregations. The Rev. Virginia Frnka, 63, of Goliad, who was ordained within the Episcopal Church in 2010, felt called to the priesthood in her 40s.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry said, "Episcopalians are God's introverted people," as he referenced Mary Parmer of the Diocese of Texas who has created a unique ministry that allows us - God's shy people - to share our stories with passion.
In its fourth year, Summer at TMI, the seven-week summer program at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, broke previous records with an enrollment of 1,010 in classes and camps for ages four through 18.
TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas started the 2016-2017 school year Aug. 17 with its annual tradition of a university-style Convocation followed by “the Greeting,” where all faculty and staff line up to welcome all students on the first day of school.
It all began with a passion for Jesus and a love for bands. In June 2012, the Rev. Eric Fenton participated as a member of the Diocese of West Texas mission to Uganda to teach at women’s conferences in Nebbi Diocese and Bunyoro-Kitara Diocese. While there he discovered that the British brass band tradition was a key Church of Uganda ministry.