Weekly E-News - July 29, 2020

Immigration Ministries Information Session 

Thursday, July 30th at 6:30 p.m. - Registration is Required

In a request sent to the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas last week, the Rt. Rev. David Reed shared information about forty Haitian women and children, expected to be released from detention at any moment and how the diocese established the Emergency Immigration Housing Fund in response to this urgent need. Immigration Ministries is incredibly grateful for the overwhelming support for this request and our ongoing involvement in housing families temporarily and safely upon their release from detention. 

In addition to the plight of these Haitian families, there is also a growing need for short-term emergency housing for children and families newly released from two ICE family detention centers in the San Antonio area, due to health and safety concerns caused by the pandemic. As this need grows and changes, the diocesan Immigration Ministries continue to receive questions from congregations and individuals wanting to provide support. To answer these questions and provide a more complete picture of the evolving situation, Immigration Ministries will host an introductory Immigration Ministries Support Information Session via Zoom, on Thursday, July 30 at 6:30 p.m.  

This session will outline the current situation and provide updates on Immigration Ministries' mission and needs moving forward. If you have been involved in Immigration Ministries previously, if you want to get involved now, or if you simply want to learn more about this initiative, please join us online for the Immigration Ministries Support Information Session.

Pre-Registration to participate is required; follow the link below to register. A recording of this session wil be made available through the Immigration Ministries page. 

Click here to receive future event announcements and updates from diocesan Immigration Ministries. 

Join the Rt. Rev. David Reed for a Prayer Vigil on August 6 for all those impacted by this crisis on our border.

Session 4: Staycation Bible School 2020 
Worship "Lord God help me to live a life of true worship."

It's VBS week four! This week we will learn about Worship. 

Session 4 - Worship
What is your favorite part of worship? 
Session 4 Lesson "Worship" - Presented by Jennifer Murphy (38:56 Minutes)
Session 4 - Music
Craft Materials Needed:  
Copy of finger labyrinth
Puffy Paint or yarn (or blades of grass)
Crayons, markers, colored pencils or paints 

We would love to have videos and photos of your children participating in Staycation Bible School 2020 that we can share with everyone. Photos and videos can be sent to Enjoy!

Prayer Vigil - Migrant Cycle of Prayer 

August 6th @ 7:00 p.m. - Led by Bishop David Reed

Immigration Ministries is organizing a prayer vigil, Thursday, August 6th at 7:00 p.m. For this first gathering in the ongoing Migrant Cycle of Prayer for those impacted by the crisis at our border, the Rt. Rev. David Reed will lead us in prayer. He shares, "I invite all churches and parishioners to join in prayer for immigrants and refugees; for Customs and Border Patrol and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents; for the stations and detention centers across the U.S., and for everyone who serves in ministries to care for all involved."

After the first prayer vigil, Immigration Ministries will host weekly online gatherings for fifteen minutes of prayer, Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., led by a rotation of diocesan clergy and inspired by a Cycle of Prayer laid out by Episcopal Migration Ministries.  

RSVP to receive the Zoom information at Please feel free to share the event with anyone who might be interested in participating in the weekly Migrant Cycle of Prayer gatherings.

What is a Deacon?  

By The Rev. Arnoldo L. Romero, MLA

Deacons are members of the ordained Christian ministry, along with priests and bishops. The word deacon is a derivative of the Greek word diákonos, which means servant, minister, or messenger. Hence, in the Episcopal Church a deacon exercises a special ministry of servanthood. He/she serves under the Bishop, and “in the name of Jesus Christ, serves all people, particularly the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely” (BCP 543).   Read more>>


Morning Prayer and Compline are both going "Live" 

Begin and end your day in prayer. 
As you know we recently began live streaming Morning Prayer on Wednesdays at 8:00 a.m. Due to the interest we have decided to offer morning prayer on Monday and Friday in addition to Wednesdays. Morning Prayer will be live streamed on Facebook every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 8:00 a.m.

In addition, we are moving our Compline service that was previously on Zoom to the Facebook platform as well and adding another day. Compline will be on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:00 p.m. beginning tomorrow evening, July 30. 

These services can be accessed on the St. Philip's Facebook page in the same way you watch services on Sunday mornings. 

29 Mary Dale Brewer

1 Grant Taylor
2 Shanna Graves, Dan Kimble, Lizzi Kimble, Raynice Shudde
5 Luke Haag, James Kalmring, C.J. Rivera
8 Eilee Cavasos
13 Cyndy Marsh
15 Susie Martinez, Anna Watkins
16 Emily Brown, Cheryll McGehee
22 Riley Fitzpatrick
23 Sue Capt, Thomas Haegelin, Kristen Tyk
26 Jane Moore
31 Adelaide Gerdes


 3 Jimmy and Amy Carnes
 9 Tommy and Revis Leonard
11 Mike and Jane Moore
16 Beau and Anna Watkins

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