Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ.
On behalf of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church, Port Aransas and All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi, we invite you to the 116th Council of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Council will convene at the AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude after the morning business session on Saturday, February 22.
The Rt. Rev. David Reed has chosen “With the Eyes of our Hearts Enlightened” from Ephesians 1:18 as the 2020 scripture theme. This verse points to our dependence upon, and the reality of, the Holy Spirit’s work within us as the people of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. It highlights the need to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is up to among us, within us, and around us.
Bishop Reed invited All Saints’, Corpus Christi, and Trinity, Port Aransas to host Diocesan Council this year, and we are thrilled to welcome you to the Coastal Bend to enjoy the beauty of this natural setting, to engage in creativity, and to build and strengthen our relationships in our Diocesan Community. Council Co-Chairs Amy Sullivan and Gayle Gottlich have recruited a team of people who have been prayerfully planning for an engaging and meaningful Diocesan Council.
As the Council Host Churches, we are excited about:
- hearing the Rev. Becca Stevens preach during Council Eucharist, Thursday evening
- experiencing the Clergy and Clergy Spouse Art Exhibit
- sharing an Open Mic and Coffee House space
- walking a labyrinth, set up outside
- participating in new Council Workshops to build community, foster connections, and broaden knowledge
As a new Church year begins and we enter the spiritual wilderness with John the Baptist to prepare for the coming of Christ in our lives, we also invite you to prepare to receive what the Holy Spirit is doing in our Diocese. We specifically invite you to spend time in prayer and preparation in order to:
- come to Council with stories to share
- come ready to build new relationships and renew old ones
- come ready to embrace the beauty of the Texas Gulf Coast
- come ready to sing, walk, listen, love, and explore
More information about the details of Council will be shared in the months ahead. For now we ask that you keep our planning process in your prayers, and pray for Bishop Reed and the diocesan staff. We are moving into a new season as a church, and we seek to do so “with the eyes of our hearts enlightened.”
Love to you from your Council planning clergy,
The Rev. Jonathan Wickham
Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi
The Rev. Cynthia McKenna
Associate Rector, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi
The Rev. James Derkits
Rector, Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church, Port Aransas