Hear the convening prayers on Saturday, February 25, delivered by Bishop David Reed.
The Committee on the Bishop’s Address adapted the Rt. Rev. David Reed’s address from earlier at Diocesan Council into the form of Prayers of the People.
Listen to the Prayers in their entirety:
Chair of the Christian Formation Committee, Sarah Kates, who serves as the Director of Family Ministry for St. David’s, San Antonio, gave the annual report and said that the face of Christian Formation is changing. But she reminded Council and the diocesan family that the committee exists to serve as a resource.
You can hear her full report here:
Dr. John Cooper introduced the next Headmaster of TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, the Rev. Scott Brown, who will begin his ministry at TMI in March. Cooper officially retires as Headmaster at the end of the school year. Brown shared his excitement for his upcoming role, which will return him to TMI after serving there as chaplain from 2004-2007. Cooper and Brown also updated Council on the activities and life at TMI.
Hear the full report here:
Dan Butt gave an update on the Episcopal Church Foundation in West Texas.
You can hear the full report here:
Rob Watson, Director of Camps and Conferences, shared stories of how each of our camps and conference centers have touched the lives of those in our diocesan family, children who attend Good Samaritan Community Services, and the Wounded Warrior Project. It is through the support from our churches and members that we are able to share these special venues with people from all walks of life.
Work and improvements are continuing at all of our locations included the brand new dining hall at Camp Capers. The new 11,000 square foot dining hall will be open this summer for all to use.
The diocese also shared the news that a master plan has been updated for the Mustang Island Conference Center to include additional eco-friendly accommodations for the center.
Hear the full report, along with an update on the Camp Capers Capital Campaign:
The Rev. John Badders, chair of the Habitat Builders for West Texas, updated Council on the work of the task force. The diocese has been in relationship with Habitat for Humanity for over 25 years.
In 2012, Bishop Lillibridge asked the diocese to build three Habitat homes in six years. Because of the generosity of the diocesan family, the third home (Kerrville) will be dedicated this spring, which will bring the three homes to completion in five years.
A new build in San Antonio will begin on March 31, 2017. The build will be dedicated in thanksgiving for the ministry of Bishop Gary Lillibridge. Visit this site to sign up to volunteer, or contact Curt Mowen, upcoming chair of the Habitat Builders for West Texas.
Hear the full report here:
The Rt. Rev. Benito Juarez Martinez from the Diocese of Southeastern Mexico visited our Diocesan Council and offered his words of support and encouragement for our continued partnership.
He brought “greetings that transcend our borders,” and celebrated the long years of continued friendship among the brothers and sisters in our two Diocese.
Hear his full presentation here: