Friday, January 31, 2014

Council Countdown, EHF Article, Sermon Notes and More


January 31, 2014   

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Sermon Notes are posted Friday afternoon on the Bishop's blog: Hitchhiking the Word.

Council Cometh!   

The 165th Diocesan Council will take place in Galveston next weekend. Are you ready?

Clergy are asked to process at the Opening Eucharist. Wear cassock and surplice with white stole.
Altar clergy and those participating in the service should wear white albs.

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Council Hub

Council Schedule
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Pre-Council Financials Released 

Pre-Council Webinar Available
Clergy and Lay delegates to 2014 Council who are unable to attend one of the convocation Pre-Council Meetings, may participate in the final webinar, available on Wednesday, February 5 from 7-9 p.m. To sign up for the webinar, click here and follow the instructions on the screen. All participants are encouraged to review the Pre-Council Booklet. If you have technical questions, please contact Bob Schorr at  

Churches Asked to Process with Banners at Council     
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Bishop Doyle invites all churches to process their banners at the Opening Service for Diocesan Council on Friday, February 7, at the Galveston Island Convention Center (5600 Seawall Blvd.) They will remain in place until the close of the business meeting on Saturday, February 8.

Each church is invited to name a representative to carry the banner and provide the banner and a stand. The representative should arrive at the Convention Center beginning at 3 p.m. and no later than 4 p.m. and report to Kevin Robertson or Ken Fields. Upon arrival, the stands and banners will be placed around the perimeter of the room and procession instructions will be given. Please label the flag stand with the church's name and city.

This information should be submitted to Alice Kerr at the Diocesan Center by phone at 713.520.6444; 800.318.4452 or by e-mail to Questions may be addressed to her as well.  

Houston Business Journal Profiles New Health Foundation

New CEO Elena Marks (left) and the Episcopal Health Foundation were profiled by the Houston Business Journal. Click here to read the article.  

ERD Lenten Meditation Focus on Economic Empowerment   
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Episcopal Relief & Development's Lenten Meditations booklets are now available in English and Spanish.  This year's collection of forty-six reflections focuses on creating economic opportunities and strengthening communities, with a particular focus on empowering women. Click here for more

Forward Movement Presents "Lent is Not Rocket Science"   
The season of Lent prompts us to ask questions, big and small, about the nature of our being, and about our role in the world. Astronomer, physicist and Episcopal Bishop W. Nicholas Knisely explores the intersection of faith and science, creation and the cosmos in Lent is Not Rocket Science: An Exploration of God, Creation and the Cosmos, jointly published by Forward Movement and Morehouse. Click here to order

SSJE Offers Free Lenten Video Series: "Love Life"  
For Lent 2014, the Brothers of The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE) have developed an easy-to-use video series and accompanying workbook "Love Life: Living the Gospel of Love." The daily series runs from Ash Wednesday, March 5th, to Palm Sunday. Subscribers will be emailed each morning with a mobile-friendly video and evocative question. The daily email subscription is free, as are all the supporting materials which are available to download for free. A printed version can be purchased at      

Houston Clergy Invited to Episcopal-Lutheran Luncheon        
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Our Lutheran (ELCA) ecumenical partners have invited all Houston-area Episcopal clergy and heads of congregations to a luncheon on February 20, noon-1:30 p.m., at Salem Evangelical Lutheran Church, 4930 West Bellfort, in Houston. Bishops Doyle and Fisher and ELCA Bishop Michael Rinehart will each tell of their respective judicatories, talk about the future of the church, offer some visions for observance of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in 2017, and more. RSVP to or 713.723.3509.

News and Notes

ECF Offers New Web Conferences in February

Click here to view the schedule. 

Mileage Rate Changed for 2014 The Internal Revenue Service announced that the standard mileage reimbursement rate for use of a car would decrease slightly to 56 cents per business mile driven effective January 1, 2014. Accordingly, the Diocese of Texas will reimburse individuals for the use of their personal vehicles at a rate of 56 cents per mile in 2014. 
St. Phillip's in Frisco, TX, Hosts 'Changed' Conference, Featuring EDOT Speakers
Are you ready to move from doing 'church' to doing 'change'? Do you want to rediscover the joy of living out the Great Commission? Do you want to connect and learn from people who are building transformational communities of faith? At the Changed Conference from February 9-11, 2014, you will learn practical skills for building transformational communities that endure. Click here to learn more.  

Upcoming Events

February 1 - Youth Choral Festival

February 6 - Payne Lecture with the Rev. Jimmy Bartz, Austin

February 14 - Faith Formation 2020 with John Roberto

February 22 - SSW BBQ Showdown, Austin
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People and Places

A memorial service for the Rev. Jody Tomberlin will be Wednesday, February 5 at 11 a.m. at Grace Episcopal Church, Galveston. Bishop Doyle will officiate. Tomberlin died on May 10, 2013 in North Carolina.

The Rev. Edward F. "Ed" Moore
died January 25. He most recently served as Priest Associate at Good Shepherd, Tomball. Please keep his family in your prayers.

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