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.
For 2015 Council in Action takes up the diocesan theme of Called to Serve by traveling to Honduras to help newborns. This year the Department of World Mission is collecting Mommy Kits for the Birthing Center in Siguatepeque, Honduras.
In 2009 the Siguatepeque Birthing Center became a reality in this small town midway between Honduras’ two largest cities. Prior to launching this ministry, members of our Honduras Veterinary Team observed that women with at-risk pregnancies living in rural areas had to ride a bus for an hour or more to a hospital to have their babies. These mothers were mostly young and very poor with few resources. The Vet Team was determined to do something when they returned home. In cooperation with their home churches and supported by the diocese, they raised funds to build and open a state-of-the-art prenatal care center for mothers and their new babies. Now it’s our turn!
Our goal is 500 Mommy Kits and we want to make it easy for you!
Three ways to answer the call to action:
- Visit the World Mission Amazon Wish List and purchase as many or as few items as you like. Amazon will ship your purchase to World Mission at Bishop Jones Center in San Antonio, and you can leave the sorting to us.
- Go to our Contribution form for credit card donations. Each $20 given will buy one (1) completed Mommy Kit. Your gift is just a click away, and you can leave the shopping to us.
- Take the list (on the Council in Action page) of six items to your local big-box store and make a handful of Mommy Kits to bring to Council. You shop, you sort, we collect at Council.
Full information about what is needed and all three methods of participation is available at the Council in Action page.
. . . with Council in Action – Local
Personal hygiene items for Metro Ministries
- Toothbrush & toothpaste
- Washcloth (NOT a hand towel)
- Hand Sanitizers
You can bring a set of items in a gallon Ziploc bag or any quantity of individual items to create kits. There will be a drop-off location in the Exhibit Hall where you can even stay a while to help put the kits together.
Download the 2013 – local CIA pew sheet
created by Bonnie Bond at St. Christopher’s, Bandera.
Council Blood Drive
Let’s give of ourselves, leave something behind in Corpus Christi and possibly change a life forever. The Coastal Bend Blood Center will have a bloodmobile available on Friday, Feb. 22 from noon to 4:00 pm. Please plan to stop by and give so others can live.
See full information at Council in Action – St. Batholomew’s
The annual Council in Action (CIA) program seeks to live out in a small way the part of our mission that calls us to care for others in a material sense. Our 2012 theme, “Abound in Hope,” asks us to strengthen our relationships and refresh our call to ministry to “Be Jesus’ Witnesses,” the Core Purpose of this diocese. For 2012 we focus on the Rio Grande Valley and Northern Mexico with two projects.
Goal #1 Frontera Unida
– Los Libros de Oracion Comun (Spanish BCP) – The diocese has joined forces with The Bible and Common Prayer Book Society of The Episcopal Church to donate 500 Books of Common Prayer (BCP) in Spanish (El Libro de Oracion Comun) to the nine Northern Mexico churches in partnership with Frontera Unida. Currently these nine churches share 50 copies of El Libro de Oracion Comun. You may purchase at Amazon.com or click the link below to purchase a prayer book through the diocese and complete the inscription on your bookplate; cost is $16.50 per book.
Click here to order a Spanish BCP through the diocese.
– Sacristy Supplies – Each church is asked to clean out their sacristies and bring gently used altar items, linens, candles, and clergy vestments to give to our neighbors in Northern Mexico.
Goal #2 Casa Bethesda Orphanage
– Adult Briefs (Diapers) – Casa Bethesda is the only facility of its kind in the Piedras Negras, Mexico, area. It is a home where indigent or abandoned persons with disabilities are cared for with love and respect. The home is run by Pastor Paulino Esquivel and his wife Gilberta. One of Casa Bethesda’s greatest expenses is adult-size diapers/briefs. They use dozens each day. This simple gift will be a blessing of encouragement to all the “family” at Casa Bethesda, said Betty Chumney, office of the diocesan Department of World Mission. Bring a box of adult briefs/diapers and bring hope to those at Casa Bethesda.
See the full story at Council in Action – Diocesan.
The complete January/February 2011 Church News is available on the Church News page as a PDF file. On pages 7 – 10 you will find four pages devoted to all the details of Council. Of special note is the cover story Abide in Me III Moves to Council. Our annual Abide in Me conference will once again bring together churches from around the diocese for a time of sharing and collaboration as we all live out the ministries given to us in this time and place. It will happen immediately after the closing of the 107th Annual Diocesan Council on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Council site, the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. Congregational leaders who are not Council delegates are especially invited to participate in these workshops. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. For those attending Saturday only, check-in will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday.
The Pre-Council page has been updated to include items distributed in the delegate packets including Nominations, Resolutions, Proposed Statement on Anglican Covenant, Council in Action poster and information, Council Live poster plus Mrs. Barrington visits Council flyer. For your reading pleasure the Anglican Communion Covenant, Commentary on Section IV, and Supplemental information from Council 2010 are also available.