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News, Updates, and Events
Stay connected with the mission and ministries of the Diocese with this weekly newsletter. Requests for coverage may be sent to communications@dwtx.org.
Pathways to Hope Reduces Stigma and Builds Community
Returning as a free online event August 27 – 28, the Pathways to Hope Conference strives to reduce the stigma of mental illness by building relationships, empowering community members, and sharing resources. Join people from South Texas and beyond for meaningful presentations and expert-led workshops to equip family members, peers, faith communities, and mental health professionals, with a particular focus this year on diversity and inclusion in mental health.
Registration Opens for Border & Migration Ministry Summit
Registration is open for the Fourth Annual Border & Migration Ministry Summit, a virtual summit for anyone engaged or interested in migration ministries. Attendees will gather October 21 - 23 to learn from experts and reflect on migration topics through the lens of refugee resettlement, asylum & border ministries, and accompaniment. Early-bird rates will be available through Saturday, September 11.
Big Give 2021: "Work, Play, and Grow at DWTX Camps"
On Thursday, September 23, join the diocesan Camps & Conferences Department for the Big Give 2021 and help raise Camp Scholarship Funds as part of the online day of giving for nonprofit organizations in South Central Texas. Help our three camp programs continue providing safe opportunities for children, youth, and adults to deepen their faith and experience the transformative love of Christ - this year, and for many more years to come.
Church & Other Ministry Events
Webinar: Annual Giving in Today's Environment: August 25
Join CEEP on Wednesday, August 25 at 2:00 p.m. CT for a webinar discussing how to draft and facilitate annual stewardship plans in a changed and changing environment. The panelists will include Dina Aboul Saad, Director of Advancement at St. Mark's, San Antonio as well as other Episcopal stewardship and development professionals from throughout the country.
Click here for more information.
World Missions Symposium: "Where is Jesus in World Missions?" August 28
The annual World Missions Symposium will take place in-person, Saturday, August 28 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Bishop Jones Center's Mission Room, with an online option available. Symposium participants will delve deeper into the biblical foundation of this global outreach ministry: the teachings and love of Jesus Christ. Several speakers will share the impact serving internationally has had on their own life and faith journeys, and the agenda will also include a Question & Answer segment, Small Group Brainstorming session, and luncheon.
Click here for more information.
Mustang Island: Labor Day Family Camp: September 3 - 6
Spend a long, Labor Day weekend with your family on the beach at Mustang Island Family Camp! Enjoy swimming, singing, surfing, arts & crafts, delicious meals, a buried treasure hunt, beach games, worship, building sand castles, fishing, resting under a beach umbrella, a campfire, and more.
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Missions Cafe: A Visit to Uganda, Part Two - Threads of Blessing: September 9
Join World Missions on Thursday, September 9 at 12:00 p.m. for Missions Café: Uganda, Part Two - Threads of Blessing. The September installment of the free online, lunchtime series will feature a presentation from Gen. Garry and Helen Schnelzer of Christ Episcopal Church in San Antonio about the Threads of Blessing nonprofit's outreach partnership with women in Uganda.
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Wisdom Years Online Fall Book Discussion: September 9
Beginning September 9, join the Wisdom Years Ministry for an eight-week, online discussion, exploring how to foster peace of mind through these disheartening times. After reading a chapter from Christina Baldwin's The Seven Whispers each week, participants will gather by Zoom on Thursdays, from 4:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m. CT, for large-group and small-group harvesting of insights and revelations. Together we will see how our souls are calling each of us to continue to grow into the exact person God created us to be.
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Province VII: Episcopal Church Women Conference: September 11
All women in the Diocese of West Texas are invited to the Province VII: ECW Conference taking place online Saturday, September 11 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. CT. Come and be filled with the Holy Spirit as we share our stories and ideas regarding women’s ministries in the Episcopal Church. The keynote speaker, the Very Rev. Katie Churchwell, Dean of St. Paul's Cathedral in Oklahoma City, will explore the theme, "Alone We Can Do So Little, Together We Can Do So Much."
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Camp Capers: Mother/Son and Father/Daughter Retreat: September 11 - 13
Mothers bring your sons, fathers bring your daughters, and campers bring your parent! All are invited to a weekend at Camp Capers that centers on growing and kindling that special bond that parents have with their children while participating in fun and faith-centered activities such as high ropes, kayaking, gardening, arts and crafts, hiking, worship, Bible lessons, and so much more.
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Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness: September 14
Join the Rev. Mary Earle and Rosalyn F. Collier for an 8-week, online class exploring ways a rule of life can be informed by living alongside illness, whether chronic, terminal, or simply the results of growing a little older. Offered using Zoom, the group will use Beginning Again: Benedictine Wisdom for Living with Illness, by Earle, as its framework. All classes will take place on Tuesdays, beginning September 14 - November 2, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT.
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"We Will Continue: Convocational Gatherings:" September 18, 25
Bishop David Reed invites clergy and laity to attend the "We Will Continue" Gathering offered in their area, either September 18 or 25. As churches continue to regroup from the COVID-19 pandemic, each Gathering will offer opportunities to celebrate being together, consider the hardships endured, explore lessons learned and blessings gained, and look toward ways to live and serve faithfully going forward. Click here to learn more.
Texas Water Mission's Annual Wine to Water Dinner: September 28
Join Texas Water Missions Tuesday, September 28, from 6:30 - 9:00 p.m. for an evening of celebration, delicious cuisine, shopping, and a look into its ongoing mission. Hosted at the Whitley Center in San Antonio, 100% of the event's ticket sales will support safe water projects in Haiti, Honduras, and on the Navajo Reservation.
Click here to learn more.
Announcements
Bishop David Reed will visit St. Boniface, Comfort on Sunday, August 29.

W. James "Jay" Buzzini, by the grace of God and with the consent of the people, will be ordained to the Diaconate at Resurrection, Windcrest by the Rt. Rev. Rayford B. High, Jr. on Tuesday, September 7 at 6:00 p.m.

The diocesan offices at the Bishop Jones Center will close in observance of Labor Day on Monday, September 6.

In July, diocesan Immigration Ministries, alongside the Lutheran Southwestern Texas Synod, established a day-time respite center in San Antonio to welcome individuals and families requiring assistance after release by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Each day the respite center greets between 50 and 100 people, generating a significant need for in-kind donations and volunteers to assist and sustain the ministry. Click here to read more.

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry offers a prayer for the people of Afghanistan and the people of Haiti.

Episcopal Migration Ministries is currently working in partnership with the U.S. government to assist Afghan Special Immigrant Visa (SIV) holders with resettlement and direct services. Click here to read more.

Episcopal Relief & Development is in close contact with long-term development partners in Haiti after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the country on Saturday, August 14, 2021. Click here to read more.
Resources
  • The Christian Formation Committee has released a five-week lesson plan introducing the Prophet Isaiah. Click here to learn more.
  • Copyright Compliance Health Check: Click here for several questions to ensure that your church is operating safely online and in compliance with copyright laws for all digital and printed media content.
  • Leading into Hurricane Season, the Commission on Disaster Preparedness and Response recommends all churches and diocesan institutions implement a Preparedness Planning Guide and review existing plans annually, for any needed adjustments. Click here to read more.
  • Earlier in 2021, The Episcopal Church released a Vaccination Toolkit. It includes resources to help churches serve as important, trusted bridges between public health officials, congregations, and communities.
  • The COVID-19 Resources webpage includes diocesan Phase 2(d) Guidelines, Spanish translations, information for leaders, and resources for sustaining ministry while physically distanced from the diocesan Christian Formation committee, the Stewardship Department, the Communications Office, and others.
Job Postings
St. Peter's, Kerrville is seeking a part-time Chancel Choir Director.
St. Luke's Episcopal School, San Antonio is seeking a Music Teacher and a part-time After School Care Teacher.
St. Luke's, San Antonio is seeking a Day Porter and Maintenance Technician.
Trinity by the Sea Day School, Port Aransas is seeking Pre-School Teachers.
Episcopal Diocese of West Texas is seeking a Development Contractor.
Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi is seeking a Director of Music.
St. Matthew's, Universal City is seeking a Child Caregiver.
Submit Articles & Announcements
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