Two weeks and counting! Everybody does better with a check list, right? Here’s one for Council 2016. And once you’ve finished the list, pack your own bags and get ready for fun. See you there!
After inviting everyone to Youth In Action at each Pre-Council meeting, the Youth In Action planning team wants to “bug” you one more time about this unique opportunity for the youth of your church. This unique event is “hoppening” February 19 – 21, 2016. Online registration is still open through the Youth In Action page, and costs $35.
Youth In Action invites young people to participate in the life of our diocese in a tangible and important way. The fun starts on Friday night (02/19) at 7:00 PM as youth arrive at St. John’s Episcopal Church in McAllen. On Saturday morning, the group will be commissioned at Council 2016, then go out into McAllen for a day spent volunteering with local ministries and missions. After a full weekend, Youth in Action ends after Sunday morning church service at St. John’s.
Churches provides chaperons for their youth who are available the entire weekend (cannot be participating in Council). Each adult sponsor must have completed the Safeguarding God’s Children course in the last five years and have his or her own vehicle for transporting students. [Ratio, 5:1]
After registering, please complete the appropriate forms and send to Laura Kean, the Camps & Conferences Administrator, by email (email@example.com) or by fax (210-824-2164), before 1:00 PM on Monday, February 8.
If you have further questions about this event, visit the Council 2016 website, reply to this email, or contact Meredith Rogers (firstname.lastname@example.org). We “hop” to see you in McAllen soon. Youth In Action 2016 is going to “toadally” rock!
Camps and Conferences Administrator
Episcopal Diocese of West Texas
Nehemiah 8:10 “The joy of the Lord is your strength”
The annual Christian Faith in Action Luncheon is open to all registered for Diocesan Council on Thursday, February 18, beginning at 11:30 a.m. in Room 103 in the McAllen Convention Center. Always inspiring, this year’s luncheon will feature Kathy Dittman, a member of St. Alban’s, Harlingen, who will speak on her work with Prevent Child Abuse Texas and the annual Walk to Action that benefits the non-profit organization.
The cost for the luncheon is $25, and you can register here.
Kathy, a veterinarian in Harlingen, and her family have personal experience with the devastating effects of child abuse, as her two-year-old daughter was killed in 1998 by a babysitter. Since this tragedy, Kathy; her husband, Mark; and their son, Matt, have worked diligently hard locally and statewide to prevent child abuse.
Kathy will speak on her experiences and inspire others to join this worthy cause by giving resources and avenues to do just that. Distribute this flyer, if desired.
If you are in any way involved in Christian formation within your congregation and are coming to Diocesan Council, start your Council experience with a full belly and incredible resources from the Department of Christian Education.
The Christian Education Luncheon will be held on Thursday, February 18, at 11:00 a.m. in Room 101C in the McAllen Convention Center. This lunch is intended for clergy, Christian formation church staff members, Christian Education volunteers, and all others interested in any age of Christian formation.
The cost for the luncheon is $25 and you can register here. Topics to be covered are: How to be relevant to your community’s needs; how to meet and form people where they are; partnering with other churches; and you will have the opportunity to meet and greet other Christian formation leaders. Distribute this flyer, if desired.
When addressing this year’s theme – The joy of the Lord is your strength (Nehemiah 8:10) – Bishop Lillibridge said there is a difference between “happiness” and “Godly joy.” Happiness comes and goes as life’s circumstances fluctuate, but true “Godly joy” is only experienced when we walk with the light of Christ in our hearts, providing strength in life’s most difficult situations and the desire to share the joy of our Savior with others.
Beginning at Diocesan Council 2016 and throughout the year, you are invited to engage the diocese on social media with #Godlyjoy. This will serve as the official hashtag of Council and will represent our annual theme for the remainder of the year.
Share your thoughts, quotes, ministries, prayers, concerns, and bliss with #Godlyjoy, and connect with those around you and beyond. See the first example posted on Facebook below the diocesan social links.
DWTX on social media:
Twitter – @DioceseWestTX
Instagram – @DioceseWestTX
You will receive your assigned booth number(s) via e-mail communication from the Exhibitor Committee in the next 10 days. The booth number is required to place orders below.
All details available on the Exhibits Page.
Now available on the Council website is complete 2015 Parochial Report information including a blank parochial report form with instructions and a link to the Episcopal Church website for online completion.
Additionally, all the Diocesan requested forms and information are available for download. A Parochial Report packet was mailed to each church on December 29, 2015, but the forms online, (in Word Document format) can be filled out on your computer, printed, and returned with the parochial report due Feb. 1, 2016. Happy downloading!