This year we are Called to Serve, and we invite you to feel Called to Share, as well. Using the hashtag #Called2Serve, we invite everyone across the diocese to share the ways they are responding to the call to serve others in their community via social media.

#Called2Serve is the official hashtag for Diocesan Council, and it is already established on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, exemplifying ways we reach beyond ourselves and serve others.

We invite you to follow the Diocese of West Texas on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram and to participate in our social sharing campaign. In each social media outlet, you can search for “#Called2Serve” and see the posts from our diocesan family. We hope they spread the Good News, affirm that love heals, and inspire others to serve their neighbors.

Diocesan Social Media:

Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/DioceseWestTX

Twitter – @DioceseWestTX

Instagram – @DioceseWestTX

We look forward to seeing your pictures and reading your thoughts at Diocesan Council and throughout the year, as we answer the call together.

Eucharist Before Central Convocation Pre-Council Meeting

A simple Eucharist service for the Feast of the Presentation will be offered on Monday, February 2, at 5:15 p.m. at St. Mark’s, San Antonio. All are welcome to attend. This service precedes the Central Convocation Pre-Council meeting, which will also be held at St. Mark’s, and all are welcome to come early for the service. For details about St. Mark’s, such as directions and parking, please visit the church’s website at www.stmarks-sa.org.

For more information about the Central Convocation Pre-Council meeting, click here.

Exhibitor Registration Ends Soon

Exhibit registration is set to close on Thursday Jan. 22, 2015.  After that date, a late charge of $25 will be added to registration.  As of 4:00 pm on Sunday, January 18 there are three (3) standard booths open – numbers 39, 61 and 63.  There are only three (3) premium booths available – numbers 20, 21 and 22.

Exhibits_shopping bagsYou can find an alphabetical listing of our 50 vendors with booth numbers on the Council APP.  If you haven’t downloaded the “APP”lication to your smart phone, visit the Apple store for iPhone or Google Play for Android phones.  Search for “DWTX Council“.  [NOTE to iPad users.  You can download the iPhone app and show at 1 times larger, but when searching make sure you’re not filtering for only iPad apps.  It’s only found in the iPhone APPS.]

Called to Serve through Council in Action

canstockphoto23011091 ACT NOW buttonFor 2015 Council in Action takes up the diocesan theme of Called to Serve by traveling to Honduras to help newborns. This year the Department of World Mission is collecting Mommy Kits for the Birthing Center in Siguatepeque, Honduras.

In 2009 the Siguatepeque Birthing Center became a reality in this small town midway between Honduras’ two largest cities. Prior to launching this ministry, members of our Honduras Veterinary Team observed that women with at-risk pregnancies living in rural areas had to ride a bus for an hour or more to a hospital to have their babies.  These mothers were mostly young and very poor with few resources.  The Vet Team was determined to do something when they returned home. In cooperation with their home churches and supported by the diocese, they raised funds to build and open a state-of-the-art prenatal care center for mothers and their new babies.  Now it’s our turn!

Our goal is 500 Mommy Kits and we want to make it easy for you!

Three ways to answer the call to action:

  1. Visit the World Mission Amazon Wish List and purchase as many or as few items as you like.  Amazon will ship your purchase to World Mission at Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio, and you can leave the sorting to us.
  2. Go to our Contribution form for credit card donations. Each $20 given will buy one (1) completed Mommy Kit.  Your gift is just a click away, and you can leave the shopping to us.
  3. Take the list (on the Council in Action page) of six items to your local big-box store and make a handful of Mommy Kits to bring to Council.  You shop, you sort, we collect at Council.

Full information about what is needed and all three methods of participation is available at the Council in Action page.

Youth Band and Choir at Worship

Youth throughout the diocese are invited to join Diocesan Council, visiting bishops, and guests at the Council Eucharist on Saturday, February 28, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos.  The Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Dr. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be among the participants at Diocesan Council and the Council Eucharist.

YIA-2015_bandA Youth Band & Choir is forming to participate in the worship service. If you are interested in participating in the youth band and choir, please email your full name, phone number, and the instrument you play (if applicable) to Meredith Rogers at meredith.rogers@dwtx.org.

Both Bishops Lillibridge and Reed have actively supported youth and young adult ministries for years, and it will bring additional joy to have a significant youth presence in worship.  For full details visit the Youth in Action at Worship page.

Registration is Open Online

Online registration for Council 2015 to be held February 26 – 28 at the Embassy Suites and Convention Center in San Marcos is now available.  And this year the church with bragging rights of “first to register” goes to St. Andrew’s, Brackettville, followed closely by St. Matthew’s, Kenedy.  Registration will close on Friday, February 13, 2015.

Our registration process will be very similar to last year with three (3) registration forms:

NOTE: No Youth in Action registration this year.  Because Council Eucharist has moved to Saturday morning to allow all in the diocese to celebrate as Bishop Reed is formally recognized as Bishop Coadjutor, there will not be a traditional Youth in Action event in 2015.  However, diocesan youth are invited to participate in the celebratory service beginning at 10:00 am on Saturday.  For more information visit the Youth in Action at Worship page and the Worship (Saturday) page.

Find the registration links on the Registration page along with help files and payment information.  Use the Navigation bar on the left side of Council website  (www.Council-dwtx.org) for the many events and activities during our time gathered as a diocesan family.

Called to Serve: 2015 Diocesan Theme

“Jesus called them together and said, ‘For even I, the Messiah, came not to be served but to serve, and to give my life as a ransom for many’ ” (paraphrase of Mark 10:42,45).

Jesus’ ministry was dedicated to service. He healed, he taught, he formed, and he loved. He demonstrated God’s deep caring for all people; in listening to their concerns and in reaching out to them in whatever way was appropriate for their particular situation.

We are called to serve our neighbor in many, many ways. As a diocesan family, we join together to serve those in our own communities of all sizes. We are called to serve those with whom we live, work, go to church, volunteer, as well as those persons who live outside our comfortable boundaries just as Jesus himself reached out to those on the margins of society.

The 2015 diocesan theme “Called to Serve” reminds us of our mission. In this community of faith, ministry opportunities abound and continue to be formed so that each one of us can serve. In community we are challenged to fulfill our call to serve, to reach beyond ourselves and leave behind our own desires: “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves” (Philippians 2.3).

This is the gift of a community of faith – a gift of unconditional love. At the 111th Diocesan Council and throughout the year, we will explore how we are called to share that with others.


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