Military Ministry


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Veterans Day 2018 will be on Sunday, November 11th, 2018 and designated as a Federal Holiday on Monday, November 12th, 2018. Please let us know how your church and community will honor Veterans and their families this Veterans Day.

Difference Between Veterans Day and Memorial Day
Veterans Day is intended to thank all those who honorably served in the military – in war time or peace time. Memorial Day is for remembering and honoring military personnel who dies in the service of their country, particularly those who died in battle or as a result of a wound sustained in battle.

Resources for honoring Veterans on Veterans Day
Liturgical Resources for Veterans Day
Host a Breakfast for Veterans and their Families
Poster/Placemat Template
Veterans Day Cards to Print

About Veterans Day
Veterans Day is observed every year on November 11th. Veterans Day was originally called “Armistice Day” when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed this day in November 1919. Armistice is when warring parties agree to stop fighting and “Armistice Day” recognizes the end of World War 1 when hostilities ceased on November 11th at 11 A.M, 1918 (11th hour, of the 11th, of the 11th month). Read more

 

Host Lackland Airmen for Thanksgiving 

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If you live in San Antonio or the surrounding area, and are looking for a special way to celebrate Thanksgiving this year, consider hosting Airmen from Lackland Air Force Base for Thanksgiving.  Lackland offers two programs, Operation Family Feast & Operation Home Cooking, to connect Airmen and families who would like to host them for Thanksgiving. Families are asked to host Airmen in their homes, as opposed to a community center, church or other public meeting space.

Deadline to request to host varies depending on what program you participate in, and the earliest deadline is November 16, 2018. For specific Rules of Engagement and to apply to host Airmen this Thanksgiving, contact Leslie Mixson at leslie.mixson@dwtx.org, or by phone at 888/210-824-5387.

Build Military Ministry in Your Church

Quick Start Tools:

Exploring Outreach Opportunities & Setting Goals Worksheets

Military Ministry Toolkit

The Diocese of West Texas Military Ministry Toolkit contains everything your congregation needs to begin or expand a Military Ministry. The ideas for ministry run from simple things like adding military members to your prayer list to more involved efforts. There is so much opportunity in the Military Ministry field that every church will find a place that is appropriate for them. The Toolkit also contains information on resources to assist active duty military members, veterans, and their families in your congregation and in your community.

View and/or print the Military Ministry Toolkit

 

Military Ministry Contact Person (MMCP)

The Military Ministry Contact Person (MMCP) serves as the local congregation’s “go to” person for military ministry information. The job description describes what this individual does within their congregation to promote military ministry. The list of Military Contacts for each of our churches who have identified someone to fulfill this important role is also below.

Job description for a MMCP

List of military contacts in our churches

For assistance with Military Ministry, please contact:
Leslie Mixson (diocesan contact), 210/888.824.5387
The Rev. Karen Brandon, 915 494 5508
Dexter Lesieur, 210.385.7668

 

Getting Started

Learn more about organizing a Military Ministry in your church here.

 

Graphics

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Show your Support

Military Ministry Yard Signs & Challenge Coins

military-yard-sign.pngShow your support to our veterans and their families with a Military Ministry yard sign. Signs are 18" x 24", two-sided, include a wire stand, and are $13 per sign (excluding shipping costs). Purchase online at this link.

military-armor-coin.pngAmor of God challenge coins are also available for purchase online at this link. Coins are 1.58 inches, weigh 28 grams and are iron plated gold with color. Coins come packaged in a hard plastic case and are $10 a piece (excluding shipping costs).  

Proceeds from the sale of signs and coins are used to support diocesan military ministry.