Community Connections support Harvey recovery

A Community Connections event, sponsored by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, was held at Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church in Port Aransas, Texas, on May 19. This event served as a festival for the heart and soul and offered compassionate outreach to Port Aransas residents recovering from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and information on helpful resources that they can access.more...

Home delivered by Coastal Bend Recovery Group

APRIL 12, 2018 [REFUGIO, TX] – Like many families in the South Texas area, the Lerma family was beginning to lose hope after the destruction that was left behind by Hurricane Harvey. That hope was restored when they learned they were receiving a brand new manufactured home from Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group (CBDRG) and their recovery partners. Mr. and Mrs. Ernesto Lerma Jr, an elderly couple living in Refugio, had their home completely destroyed from the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. The storm left their home severely damaged, especially the family’s roof from which leakage began to affect their electrical system, making their living situation hazardous. Several rooms of furniture and personal belongings were also ruined as a result of the damage. Mr. Lerma expressed his own experience with disaster in the area. “I worked helping people out in disaster areas in this county, but I never once gave it a thought that I would be in need also. I want to thank everyone very much, we really appreciate it.” Through the collaborative efforts of CBDRG, Rio Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, Refugio County, and the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, the former home was demolished, hauled away for disposal, replaced by a new manufactured home with plumbing and electrical hook-ups. Salvageable contents were packed and stored by spring break volunteers in a shed constructed by Christian Public Services (CPS). CPS also built a wheelchair ramp for easier access in and out of their home. “It’s a blessing to see all the different kinds of people who’ve been working together and all the capabilities they have to make this happen,” said Jennifer Wickham, Bishop's Deputy for Disaster Recovery from the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. “It’s a blessing to be a part of all this.” In addition to receiving a new home, the Salvation Army was able to donate furniture to the family and gift cards, courtesy of three Henry Scott Middle School students from Dennison, TX, which will help the family purchase new bedding. The Coastal Bend Food Bank (CBFB) and CBDRG have also partnered together to fill the family’s pantry with food staples and cleaning supplies. “The Coastal Bend Food Bank is privileged to partner with the Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group to rebuild homes, feed families, and bring hope to people and families who lost so much to Hurricane Harvey,” shared Bea Hanson, executive director of CBFB. “With a total of 41 counties included in this FEMA-declared disaster, it is incredible to see steps towards recovery closer to home,” said Judge Robert Blaschke, Refugio County Judge and CBDRG board member. “The delivery of this home is special to Refugio and will be one of many on the road to recovery.” more...

Johnson celebrated for 50 years of Altar Guild service

On March 4, 2018, during his annual visitation to Church of the Advent in Brownsville, Bishop David Reed honored Mary Anita Johnson for 50 years of service in the Altar Guild. He read his letter commemorating this milestone during the worship service, and said, “For 50 years, by grace, you have served faithfully as a member of the Altar Guild of Church of the Advent -- an enduring and beautiful example of Christian service for the whole Church. more...

Presiding Bishop Curry's visit to Harvey-affected DWTX

After Presiding Bishop Michael. B. Curry entered Trinity by the Sea, Port Aransas, to applause and handshakes and bright smiles and a standing ovation, the voices of little children giggling and chattering and whispering greeted him in the front of the church. It was weekly chapel time for Trinity Day School on Wednesday, February 28.more...

A feast of Jell-O: a reflection

I never could have foreseen, as we sat in the emergency room on Christmas day with my mom, the blessings that awaited us.more...

St. Alban's School Community Outreach Day

As St. Alban's Episcopal Day School in Harlingen prepares its students for successful lives, it is with the hope that they will live those lives as people dedicated to serving others. It is the school's mission to teach even the youngest student to take part in community service. On Monday, December 18, the school dedicated an entire day to serving others.more...

Local artists featured in "Telling God Stories"

Episcopal Church & Visual Arts, Inc. (A 501c3 Corporation) is pleased to present its Fall 2017 exhibition, 'Telling God Stories in the 21st Century." Among the featured artists are the Rev. Doug Earle (retired, DWTX) and Terry Gay Puckett (St. Luke's, San Antonio).more...

Finding new life at St. Peter's, Rockport

"I've never seen all the oak trees in Rockport so bare," said the Rev. Jim Friedel, rector of St. Peter's, Rockport. "When I returned from evacuating a few days ago, every single tree was bare. But today, if look closely at the oak trees on our church grounds, new leaves are budding."more...

Camp Good Sam recognized as "One of the Best"

San Antonio, TX -- Good Samaritan Community Services (GSCS) is a recipient of the 2017 Excellence in Summer Learning Award from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). Recognized from a pool of 103 applicants across the nation, the Camp Good Sam Summer Learning Program provides a rich, six-week, curriculum-based program for at-risk youth to enhance their learning and reduce "summer slide."more...

A welcoming family tradition

There are advantages to small towns that are sometimes difficult for “city folk” to understand. Knowing your pharmacist by name, as well as his children and grandchildren, and chatting with the volunteer firemen after they’ve worked hard to do their job are only a couple of perks that those who live in larger communities wouldn’t normally think about.  Traditions are important to small towns. Winning sports teams, family ranches, academic success in schools, and family owned businesses are traditions that make country people in small towns proud.more...