"Raising Future Leaders" - 8/25/2018

1--raising-future-leaders-2018-world-mission-symposium--2-.jpg     The annual World Mission Symposium will take place on Saturday, August 25, in the Mission Room at the Bishop Jones Center from 9:30 AM to 2:45 PM. Cost is $20, which will include lunch and supplies for the day. Click here to sign up, or contact Marthe Curry for more information (210-824-5387; mcurry09@sbcglobal.net)more...

A grace-full goodbye

"Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet have ever wandered, and my faith will be made stronger, in the presence of my Savior.” These lyrics make up the chorus of the song “Oceans (Where Feet May Fail),” performed by Hillsong United. It’s my favorite chorus to sing along to at full volume in my car while driving to and from San Antonio to be at the Bishop Jones Center. It’s also a chorus that the lead female voice repeats over and over, allowing me to get completely lost in the words and my own personal praise. During my time in communications for the Diocese of West Texas, I have been told and have written about so many beautiful stories of people walking upon unknown waters, letting their feet wander to where God is calling them, to serve him among others in all walks of life. The stories are too big in number to name, but it’s been a joy to witness the hands and feet of Jesus moving all around us in this diocese. Serving our youth at camps and extending that grace to families of Wounded Warriors, children from Good Samaritan Community Services, and St. Jude’s Ranch for Children; feeding the homeless under a city’s bridge, local and state-wide and international mission trips, all to serve in God’s name and come back refreshed in his love for us. Most recently, I have watched first-hand from my home in Portland and through the work of this diocesan family, grace upon grace as hands have reached out in all capacities to help our numerous neighbors get back on their feet after the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. When I joined the diocesan staff over seven years ago, I felt like I was following God’s calling for me. And I am so thankful to have taken that leap, because I have been immersed in ministry, in worship, in spiritual development, in failures and successes, and in friendship. Now I find myself following his call again, deeper than I thought I would wander, to a new position, a new job, that will keep me closer to home and to my family. It’s been a joy to serve alongside so many of you and to witness your incredible acts of generosity. It has been an honor to work for both Bishops Lillibridge and Reed and to welcome Bishop Brooke- Davidson. And it’s been a privilege to get to know so many faces in our congregations and to form lasting friendships with fellow staff members. Thank you for the support, for reading about my children from time to time, and for taking part in this faithful diocesan family. “Your grace abounds in deepest waters, and your sovereign hand will be my guide.” Laura Shaver, communications officer, July 16, 2018.     more...

A word to the diocese about General Convention

As we begin writing this summary report, the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church ended just 48 hours ago. There is still much dust to settle, and it will take some time to more fully understand what General Convention did and did not do, and what the consequences are for the Diocese of West Texas. In late summer or early fall, we will provide a much more complete report and will include “news and views” from our lay and clergy deputies and alternates.more...

CPC donation for books lost to Hurricane Harvey

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Hillin honored at Triennial Luncheon

Linda Hillin, parishioner of St. Francis, Canyon Lake, was recognized at the Honored Women Luncheon at the Triennial Gathering of the Episcopal Church Women, being held in Austin, Texas. Triennial is held every three years at the same time as the Episcopal Church's General Convention, the official governing body of the Episcopal Church. The National Episcopal Women’s History Project established the tradition of recognizing an honored woman from each diocese, and the celebratory luncheon was held on Sunday, July 8.more...

Bowden hymn at General Convention

At Diocesan Council in February, delegates voted on a resolution to send a hymn in honor of Dr. Artemisia Bowden forth to the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church for inclusion in the hymnody of the church. The hymn, with lyrics written by the Rev. Tony Regist and music composed by George Martinez and Eric J. Schmidt, did not make it past the House of Bishops at General Convention and was given a final status of "no further action."more...

TMI gala wins with Vegas theme

TMI Episcopal’s annual gala netted $165,250 to benefit TMI student programs. More than 350 guests attended Stars 2018:  Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas, held April 7 at the Venues at Valero. With longtime WOAI anchor Leslie Bohl as MC, the evening featured fine dining, live and silent auctions, casino games and live entertainment, including a Elvis tribute artist Michael McMullen.more...

TMI announces Lillibridge Scholarship recipients

TMI Episcopal has named Brighton Dietrich and Olivia Talley as recipients of the school’s Lillibridge Scholarship award. First awarded in 2016, the merit scholarship, given annually to two rising sixth graders, provides $5,000 each year for tuition from sixth through eighth grades. Recipients must have a record of high academic achievement, participate in extracurricular activities, and demonstrate excellent character.more...

TMI students lend a hand at Good Sam center

Members of the Middle School Student Council of TMI Episcopal led a drive to collect pantry items and children’s gifts for the families served by Good Samaritan Community Services.more...

Learning tools for congregational development

As part of the ever-deepening efforts of the Diocese of West Texas to strengthen and equip lay and ordained leadership in congregational development, two members of the Congregational Development Committee headed to Seattle to begin work in the College for Congregational Development (CCD) . Dexter Lesieur (Bishop's Warden at St. Matthias in Devine and second-year seminarian attending IONA) and Haley Bankey (parishioner at St. George in San Antonio and congregational consultant) enrolled in this one-year course on behalf of the diocese.more...