[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.
[To clergy and church offices, from Bishop David Reed] Grace to you, and peace, in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ! I am writing to encourage your participation in the upcoming Invite-Welcome-Connect Conference, scheduled for Saturday, September 24, at St. Luke’s in San Antonio. For maximum benefit, bring a group from your church.
Seminary of the Southwest in Austin will present the Charles Cook Servant Leadership Award to Jill Oettinger, CEO of Good Samaritan Community Services in San Antonio, at the Matriculation service of Evensong on Sunday, August 28.
TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas has named Molly Dauer and Maria Kyle recipients of the school’s first Lillibridge Scholarship awards. The merit scholarship, to be given annually to two new students, provides $5,000 each year for tuition from sixth through eighth grades. Recipients must be rising sixth graders with a record of high academic achievement and participation in extracurricular activities who have demonstrated excellent character.
[ECF Vital Practices, Vestry Papers] As our hearts continue to break with news of continued violence and division, our churches, like the 12 who served Jesus, find when they share all they have with their neighbors in need, there is more than enough. Here are their stories:
[Lockhart, Texas] Historic Dr. Eugene Clark Library will host the first Plum Creek Symposium on August 13, 2016. This all-day event (9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.) focuses on early Texas history, presented in lecture, verse, and song. Produced by the library’s critically acclaimed series Evenings with the Songwriter, presenters will include author/historian Donaly Brice and songwriter Fletcher Clark from Lockhart, plus historian/musicologist Kevin Fontenot and songwriter Craig Toungate from Austin. Five different programs will be presented.