Diocesan Council 2017 will be held February 23 – 25, 2017 at the AmericanBank CENTER in Corpus Christi, and hosted by Church of the Good Shepherd. The website, http://www.Council-dwtx.org, is now being updated as new information becomes available. Of current interest are the following pages:
- Hotel – “Episcopal Diocesan Council Meeting” has a block of 400 rooms for the Thursday and Friday nights of Council at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. Please accurately anticipate your needs and make your reservations as early as possible. Details for online or phone reservations are here.
- Nominations – The 2017 Nominations Instruction Packet PDF format has been sent by e-mail to churchofficelist on August 23, 2016 and is available here. Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2016.
- Bishop Suffragan Election – Information and timeline for the Bishop Suffragan Election to be held on the Saturday of Council is available here.
- Discernment Forums (PreCouncil) – The Discernment Process for a new Bishop Suffragan includes three Forums that will replace the seven annual convocational Pre-council meetings for 2017. Dates, times and locations here. Please add this important event to your church calendar.
The 112th Diocesan Council has come to a close, but you can still access all the reports and documents. Every post is available on this home page, or you may scroll down, and on the right-hand side, choose “audio reports” or “video reports.”
Many of the reports given at Diocesan Council are available in audio format. Videos available include Bishop Lillibridge’s address, Bishop Reed’s address, Bishop Reed’s Eucharist sermon, and Ministry Moments, as well as a few other reports.
All documents distributed at Council are on the Go Green page, including the election results, resources for Sharing Faith Dinners, and the Diocesan Profile for the election of a Bishop Suffragan. Also available are copies of both bishops’ addresses.
Stay tuned for details regarding the 113th Diocesan Council, to be held in Corpus Christi on February 23-25, 2017. The election of a Bishop Suffragan will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25.
Speaking on “Godly joy,” Bishop Reed delivered his sermon during the annual Council Eucharist, held on Friday, February 19, 2016, in McAllen.
Bishop Reed’s Council Eucharist Sermon from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Vimeo.
The Rev. Rod Clark shared about the Order of Naucratius in which members follow the words of Jesus when he said, “The people are hungry, and you feed them.”
The Order of Naucratius focuses on holy hunting and fishing where men and women donate a significant portion of their catch or kill to feed hungry neighbors.
Those involved in the Order believe, “We have known God and His glory in nature. And, we believe that our pastimes can become ministry when we live our lives by three rules: prayer, charity, and conservation.”
Hear the full report here:
For more information, go to www.naurcratius.org.
Sarah Kates, chair of the diocesan Christian Formation Department, suggested to Council that there are many ways to do Christian formation and that “Church is not only happening in a building, it is happening all over the place whether or not we are there – at Mission Road Foundation in San Antonio, at Camp Capers, in homes of hungry families, in hospitals and during lunch hour in high school.”
She spoke of work being done at St. David’s Church and School through a program called “Snack Pak 4-Kids” in which volunteers gather food pack to send home with hungry children for weekends and school breaks.
Kates said that to be better followers of Jesus we must eat his word: learn about his life and his teachings and how it all fits together in God’s big story. “We need to walk alongside one another sharing stories and experiences about how the gospel is lived out.”
Recently the Christian Formation Department contacted 25 churches in the diocese to learn about the strengths and challenges of their Christian formation programs. They learned such things as doing a 30-minute Christian formation time with breakfast right before Eucharist on Sunday, doing a week-long VBS for ‘tweens in the community, distributing Ash Wednesday ashes in the drop-off line at school.
The Christian Formation Department is gathering these and other ideas and will post them on the diocesan website in the near future. Churches will be able to search through the information, contact sister churches, and adapt it for their own communities.
Kates encouraged churches to go find new opportunities and new places to spread the gospel, and not to be hampered by “what we have always done.”
Hear the full audio, here:
Gray Hardaway, chair of the Bishop’s Golf Classic, said, “Even if you don’t play golf, this golf tournament is still for you. Not every child that needs scholarship to go to camp receives it. We still need more support.”
“Camp is so important. That is where so many feel the love of Jesus for the first time. That is what this golf tournament is about to me,” said Hardaway.
The Bishop’s Golf Classic, co-chaired by Clay Michel and Bart Wilson, and sponsored in large part by Cavender Toyota, raised a net profit of $47,500 in 2015, a new record.
Winners in 2015 included:
1st-St Thomas, San Antonio
2nd-St Mark, San Antonio
3rd-Grace, San Antonio
1st-St Thomas, San Antonio
2nd-St David, San Antonio
3rd-Trinity, Port Aransas
“But the biggest winners are still the kids,” said Hardaway, with credit to the first chair of the Bishop’s Golf Classic, Mike Horridge.
Save the date of Friday, November 4, 2016 at Canyon Springs Golf Club in San Antonio for the 9th annual Bishop’s Golf Classic.