Visit the Exhibits Hall and learn more about these ministries and organizations.
Thistle Farms – 1,2
Thistle Farms is a nonprofit social enterprise, based in Nashville, TN, dedicated to helping women survivors recover and heal from trafficking, prostitution, and addiction. We provide a safe place to live, a meaningful job, and a lifelong sisterhood of support because we believe love is the most powerful force in the world.
Nancy Denmark, Jewelry Artist – 3,4
Sterling silver, symbolic jewelry designs plus other art including wall crosses.
Bexley Seabury Seminary – 5
Bexley Seabury Seminary is called to be a 21st century seminary beyond walls – open to all who seek to deepen their Christian formation in a generous spiritual and intellectual tradition. Booth will share information about degree programs, classes, and life-long learning events.
Colores Del Pueblo Fair Trade – 6
Colores Del Pueblo offers fair trade Latin American clothing, stoles, home decor, folk art and much more
St. Mark’s Bookstore – 7,8,9
Books and Gifts – resources for churches and individuals
Material Media – 7,8,9
Skip Edwards, Silversmith – 10,11
Sterling silver jewelry and altar pieces
Education for Ministry (EfM) – 12
Education for Ministry (EfM) is a four-year spiritual formation program for adults, that was developed in the School of Theology at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The EfM program provides people with the education to carry out the ministry to which they are called in baptism.
Adult Christian Formation – 13
Resources for personal study and faith formation.
Christian Formation – 14
Offering Christian Formation resources for infants through adulthood.
DWTX Branded Items – 15
Pick up your Council 2020 T-Shirt (included with all Church & Visitor Registrations) at this booth, after visiting Registration on Thursday. Additional shirts are also available for purchase.
Metro Ministries (Council in Action) – 16
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries seeks to help create a community that is free from hunger and homelessness by Feeding (the mind, body, and spirit), Sheltering, and Transforming Lives. Bring Council-In-Action donations to this booth.
Agape Ranch & Careportal – 17
Agape Ranch and CarePortal mentor and support children in the foster care system, or who may be placed in foster care. Agape Ranch administers CarePortal in Nueces, San Patricio, and Aransas counties and is involved in creating a community for children in long-term foster care, mentoring and assisting foster children who age out of the system, and encouraging families who are interested in fostering and adopting. CarePortal works directly with the DFPS caseworkers, and all cases are vetted through the caseworker. Responding churches attempt to help build healthy relationships whenever possible; St. Andrew’s,Corpus Christi participates in this primary outreach ministry.
J. West Jewelry & Glass – 18,19
Hand made fused glass crosses, Episcopal shields and jewelry.
Clergy Family Area – 20,21
The Twig Book Shop – 22,23
The Twig Book Shop‘s name is inspired by the Alexander Pope quote, “‘Tis education forms the common mind; just as the twig is bent the tree’s inclined.” Located in downtown San Antonio and online, The Twig provides newly released books for children and adults as well as award-winning classics, and it hosts local and national poets and authors.
Cottonpatch Designs, Liturgical Arts and Pattern Design – 24
Cottonpatch Designs has stoles and banners available for purchase, as well as custom-made pieces.
University of the South: Sewanee, TN – 25
Learn more about the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee.
TMI Episcopal – 26,27
TMI Episcopal is a coed, college-preparatory school for students in grades 6-12. Its rich history dates back to 1893 when the school was founded by the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas and has grown to become the excellent academic community it is today. From honors and Advanced Placement courses, a wide range of fine art and athletic activities, and the optional, distinguished JROTC program to the school’s dedication to service and leadership, TMI is a place for students to engage, learn, and grow into the well-rounded leaders of tomorrow.
Episcopal Schools Commission – 28
Learn more about Episcopal Schools within the Diocese of West Texas.
Good Samaritan Community Services – 29,30
Good Samaritan Community Services is a catalyst for change, supporting youth, individuals, and families by providing excellent community services to overcome economic poverty. These services include a child development program, after-school and summer youth enrichment programs, a college readiness program, family services, and the only nationally accredited senior center in South Texas. Booth will have information and updates on Camp Good Sam that operates throughout the Diocese.
Camps & Conferences Department – 31,32
The vision of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas Camps and Conference Centers is to remain a premier provider of experiences in the outdoors, grounded in the Christian faith and Episcopalian tradition, where children, youth, and adults work, play, and grow together as they develop a community of trust, openness, and sharing. Our camp and conference centers include Camp Capers in the Texas Hill Country, Mustang Island Conference along the Texas Gulf Coast, and Duncan Park in the Colorado Rocky Mountains.
Evangelism Department – 33
We are on a mission for God! We want to enable evangelism on three levels: in the church, for the people, to the world, by helping us all be transformed to see God’s action at work in our lives and in the our world. Once we meet Jesus on the way, we can’t help but respond! That is the invitation to us all.
Seminary of the Southwest – 34
Seminary of the Southwest forms men and women for the service of Christ in lay or ordained ministry within the church and the larger society.
Christian Olive Art – 35,36
Olive wood items from the Holy Land.
Threads of Blessing – 37,38
Threads of Blessing will offer hand embroidery by women in Uganda – displayed on pillows, framed, footstools, jackets, journals, and sketch pads, etc. Ugandan Paper beads in necklaces, earrings, bracelets, etc.
World Mission Department – 39,40
Pray, Give, and Go! The World Mission Department seeks to engage every member and every church of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas in the work of evangelism and mission. We are working to be faithful to the Great Commission, Jesus Christ’s command to “go therefore and make disciples of all the nations” (Matthew 28:19) and His Great Commandment “to love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22:39) and to assist the Missionary People of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas in their call to “proclaim the word and example of the Good news of God in Christ” (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 305).
Texas Water Mission – 41
Texas Water Mission is equipping communities with sustainable, safe water solutions. Empowered by the love of Jesus in all we do. 663 Million People live without clean drinking water. You read that right, 663 MILLION people, that’s 1 in 10 people are lacking a basic human need and a human right. Through TWM water projects not only are you giving people clean drinking water, but also education, community stability, and sustainability. Providing a greater quality of life and the opportunity to grow!
Shima’ of Navajoland – 42
Shima’ is our Mother, Earth created in Beauty, who guides and infuses life. The whole of the land and sky – Beauty in Four Directions – the life-force at the heart of our work. This is Shima’. We are artists, farmers, protectors of our precious and sacred way of life on the Navajo Nation in the Four Corners of the Southwest and the land of our ancestors. The land of our shimas. We are growing sovereignty and self-reliance with each bar of soap, every bag of stone-ground cornmeal, every spoon of juniper ash and every jar of honey. Help us protect the precious. Share in the sacred with us.
Team Brownsville – 43
Team Brownsville: Humanitarian Assistance for Asylum Seekers – Together we work to help asylum seekers who find themselves in Brownsville, Texas and at the Brownsville/Matamoros international bridges. Team Brownsville was founded in July 2018, by a small group of like minded educator volunteers. Since that time, our membership and our mission has expanded with the help of volunteers and donors from around the globe.
Missionary Society of San Miguel – 44
Since 1987, I have been traveling to Central America. Over the past ten years I have become especially interested in Guatemalan textiles. Under my direction, my Panajachel-based tailor creates stunning skirts, shirts, jackets and other apparel from the fabrics I purchase from Mayan women at the local markets. Peruse and purchase Guatemalan Textiles, Religious Wood Carvings, Original wearing Apparel using Guatemalan Huipils, and Clergy Items. www.olliesgiftsandimports.com
Iglesias Unidas – 45
Exhibition and sales of Mexican handicrafts.
Crafts from Jerusalem – 46
Olive carvings from Bethlehem.
All’s Fair World Gifts – 47
Olive carvings from Bethlehem.
African Team Ministries – 48
Literature regarding East Africa outreach, famine relief and mission work, as well as crafts from East African.
Commission for Women’s Ministries – 49
African Team Ministries is a Christian ministry working as an intermediary between African and American churches. With help from Episcopal, Methodist, Presbyterian, Lutheran, and Anglican denominations, we provide funding for orphan and refugee relief missions and evangelism in East Africa.
Order of the Daughters of the King – 50
The mission of this order is the extension of Christ’s Kingdom through Prayer, Service and Evangelism. As Daughters of the King, we are women of courage who have made a commitment to serve God our King. We wear crosses as an outward and visible sign that we cannot live a day without Christ in our lives. We see our Order as a community of nurturing women, accepting all people, bridging differences and cherishing traditions.
Diocesan Verger’s Guild – 51
A verger is a member of a church who works under the direction of their rector, vicar, or priest-in-charge to assist with the organization and operation of worship services in the Episcopal Church in the United States, the Anglican Church of Canada, the Church of England, and world-wide throughout the Anglican Communion. There are vergers in many other churches as well and all are welcome.
Military Ministries – 52
The Episcopal Diocese of West Texas Military Ministry connects congregations in the diocese with resources and shared support on how to minister with active duty military members, veterans, and their families. The department also connects Military Ministry Contact Persons(MMCP)at the church level with each other and through diocesan-wide communication.
Recovery Ministries – 53
The Diocesan Commission on Recovery Ministries recognizes that alcoholism, drug dependency, co-dependency, eating disorders and other addictions affect many persons in our Diocese. We believe that shame about these diseases, combined with a lack of information about addiction and knowledge of resources, keeps many people from receiving the help and treatment that is available. We are committed to reducing the shame and offering hope through on-going awareness and education in this Diocese. We will stay informed about community resources and offer referral assistance when needed. We will offer emotional and spiritual support for those persons who are struggling with addiction problems themselves, in family members or friends. Confidentiality is paramount with this ministry.
Restorative Justice / Kairos – 54
Kairos Prison Ministry International, Inc. is the parent organization of a body of ministries addressing the spiritual needs of incarcerated men, women and children, to their families and to those who work in the prison environment. Kairos sprang from the Cursillo movement and is supported by volunteers from Cursillo and those other movements that consider Cursillo as their root.
Habitat Builders of West Texas – 55
The Habitat Builders for West Texas works with local Habitat for Humanity affiliates in cities throughout the diocese to fulfill the commitment to build at least one house in each town in the diocese with an affiliate.
J. Wippell & Co., Ltd. – 56
Clerical Outfitters and Church Furnishings since 1789. https://www.wippell.com/
Transformation House – 57
We represent Transformation House, a transitional living facility for women and children in Kendall County. A part of our program is a social enterprise where we sell handmade goods our residents have produced in order to help supplement thier income. We would like to set up to sell their products and also share information about this new program.
Let Them Be Little – 58
Children hand made products. A portion of products goes to outreach.
St. Nicholas Church Plant – 59
St. Nicholas is the diocesan church plant in the Bulverde/Spring Branch area of the Hill Country. We are a community rooted in the joy of the Lord. We exist to share the love of Jesus with everyone we meet. As we meet people in our community through fun, fellowship, service, and learning, we are guided by the Holy Spirit to create space for authentic and vulnerable relationships with Jesus and one another. We are a missional community, a community understanding that we are empowered and sent to share the love of Jesus Christ. We are a worshipping community where everyone matters, everyone is loved, and everyone belongs. Everyone.
Universal Travel Services – 60
Universal Travel Services sell airline tickets, group air tickets, tours throughout the world, and cruise travel. We are experienced in providing travel for church and missionary groups, school groups, family reunions, and groups of all kinds. We provide packages for honeymoons/anniversaries, and corporate travel.
Morningside Ministries – 61
Morningside Ministries is San Antonio’s oldest and largest not-for-profit, faith-based senior living organization providing a full continuum of care in two communities. Morningside was founded in 1961 by the Southwest Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, First Presbyterian Church of San Antonio and the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Since 1961, Morningside has been a community leader, offering affordable retirement living for seniors in a comfortable, caring environment where all residents, their families, and caregivers are welcomed and valued.to enhance the dignity and quality of life of older adults, their families, and caregivers with compassionate care.
Diocesan Historical Commission – 62
The diocesan Historical Commission is the caretaker of the Diocese of West Texas’ history. Along with the diocesan archivist, the commission’s job is to collect, archive, and make available important documents as well as the history of the diocese and its churches.
Reducing Single-Use Plastics in our Churches – 63
Visit with Texas State Aquarium about plastic-free event planning guides, ideas and helps for reducing single-use plastics, and increasing sustainability at church and at home.
Horizon’s Stewardship – 64
Horizons Stewardship: Guiding you on the journey to achieve your mission.