Have banner? Will travel (to Discernment Forums)

Did you see the banner “wall” created by the Host Committee and displayed in Selena Auditorium during Eucharist at Council 2013?  Well, here it is!

Banner Display Council 2013

And this year, Council 2017 planners will be recreating this beautiful backdrop for our Worship on Thursday evening of Council, but we need your banner NOW!

Please bring your congregation’s banner to one of the Discernment Forum/PreCouncil meetings the weekend of January 28 – 29, 2017.  Diocesan staff will deliver them to Council.

banner-pieces-with-textNo stands will be needed, just the banners labeled with contact info.  The banners will be available for pickup Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, February 24 and 25, 2017 in the exhibitor area.

Making New Christian Education over Lunch

“Behold, I make all things New” … Let’s recreate together what it means to do Christian Formation.

students_13700bcAre you running out of ideas on how to do for Christian Formation at your church? You are not alone. Come to the Christian Formation Luncheon at 11:15 a.m. before Council begins on Thursday, February 23. We will discuss, share, and listen to what it means to have 21st Century thinking and better yet how to have 21st Century living as we try and make disciples today.

Bring your friend, priest, part-time/full-time/volunteer Christian Education coordinator/leader who loves to learn. And please forward this information to anyone who might be interested in coming to this luncheon.

Cost is $25 per person, and it can be added to your individual Council registration. For more information, contact Sarah Kates at sarah.kates@att.net, Christian Education Committee Chair.

Women’s Ministries Luncheon on Thursday

Let’s Talk. Over Lunch.

women-holding-hands-blue-backgroundAs the roles of women change in society, so do the ministries they do and the ministries they serve. Join a luncheon conversation just before Council opens on Thursday, February 23, on the many ways in which women’s ministries can serve God, the church, and each other.  Go home with ideas and support for your local women’s ministry, however you define that.

Luncheon is 11:30 a.m., in the Rotunda of the AmericanBank Center, cost of $25 per person. Add it to your Council registration. Hosted by the diocesan Commission for Women’s Ministries  (C4WM) and the diocesan Daughters of the King.  The luncheon will close with our Council “Call to Prayer.” For more info:

CIA – Operation FLAGS

Click here for a flyer to publicize at your church.At Council 2016 Bishop Reed introduced six initiatives and the collaborative leadership to vision ways forward in these areas of need.  One such initiative was Veterans’ Ministries where Bishop Reed said, “the needs are many and complex – not only for combat veterans, but for active duty personnel stationed among us and families left behind and waiting.”  Our Council in Action 2017 project specifically addresses the children of active duty personnel left behind and waiting as our Military Ministry team partners with JBSA Randolph Hearts Apart.

CIA will support Operation Flags (Families Learning About Global Support), a mock-deployment event for 300, third-fifth grade students at Randolph Elementary School in San Antonio.  The annual event helps students to experience what it’s like for their active-duty parents to leave for a deployment.

Our goal is to donate 400 posters & 400 flags to students and families participating in Operation FLAGS. Each flag cost 25 cents.

“Lillibridge Farewell Tour” T-shirts

Celebrate the ministry of Bishop Lillibridge in style by wearing your “Lillibridge Farewell Tour” T-shirt to Diocesan Council on Friday, February 24.

tshirt_lillibridge-farewell-tour_hsdrippingsprings-picThe youth ministry department at Holy Spirit, Dripping Springs, is selling the T-shirts for $15 each.

Orders and payment are due to Holy Spirit, Dripping Springs by Friday, February 3, and proceeds will benefit the church’s youth outreach projects.

The order form is here.

With questions, please contact Bridget Elliott at 512-826-2959 or betroop988@gmail.com. Mail your order form and payment to: 4240 W. Hwy 290, Dripping Springs, TX 78620. The sketch on the T-shirt is by Diocesan Council Cartoonist, Ralph Ayers.

The Council Banquet on Friday, February 24, at the AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi will honor the ministry of Bishop Lillibridge. Wear your T-shirts this day and to the banquet as we toast – and roast! – our bishop. Banquet tickets are included in the Council registration price for clergy, delegates, alternates, and clergy spouses. Registered visitors to Council ($35) and registered exhibitors (cost of booth) may purchase banquet tickets for $40 each. Read more about the banquet here.

Parochial Report Forms Online

Now available on the Council website is complete 2016 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 30, 2016, 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, 2017.  Happy downloading!

Last Call for Exhibitors

Sales have been brisk since Exhibitors’ registration opened on November 28.  With less than a month before online registration closes January 30, 2017, there are only four (4) standard booths available at $200/$140, and four (4) premium booths at $280.  If you miss out on the lower priced booths, there are still eleven (11) of the Hospitality Premier booths at $350 each.

All information can be found on the Exhibitor page.  Don’t delay, reserve your spot today!

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas