The Episcopal Church of the Messiah is located at 721 Saint Louis Street in Gonzales, Texas

Our office phone number is 830.672.3407. 

Our mailing address is P.O. Box 139, Gonzales, Texas 78629.  

Our parish email address is messiah@gvtc.com 

 

WEEKLY SCHEDULE....

10:30 AM Sunday Worship (Holy Eucharist) 

7PM Monday & Friday: (AA Meetings) 

WOMEN'S GROUP, 2nd Wednesday, 6 PM at Elk's Lodge (Except in Lent)

MEN'S GROUP, 2nd Wednesday, 6 PM at Elk's Lodge (Except in Lent)

Vestry Meetings normally 3rd Wednesday 6pm 

The Rev. Shanna Neff

 

 

 

 

 


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Welcome to the Episcopal Church of the Messiah!   

GOT A QUESTION???

We hope that you'll find this website useful in learning more about us. Please explore it thoroughly. And if you have any questions about us, the Episcopal Church, Church teaching, a theological question, a God question, a Faith quesion, drop me an email at the link to the left side of this page. 

COME AND SEE...

If you're looking for a spiritual home, we hope that you'll come worship with us and see if Messiah feels  like that home to you. Whether you are a seeker or a Christian, our prayer is that we may be a place of safety and spiritual refreshment on your journey with the Lord. To learn more than what is on this website, all I can say is, "Come and see!"  We'd love to have you worship with us and talk face to face over some delicious refreshments!

May the Lord richly bless you with grace, truth and mercy, and fill you with the peace of God, the love of Jesus and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit!  

 

ABOUT THE COMMUNITY OF GONZALES....

 Episcopal Church of the Messiah is located in Gonzales, Texas, just an hour south of Austin, an hour east of San Antonio, 2-1/2 hours west of Houston, and just 13 miles south of I-10.  Founded in 1825, Gonzales is a small, but significant, historical town, reknown in Texas history for being where the first shot of the Texas Revolution took place in October of 1835, when it proudly flew its "Come and Take It" flag, as the Mexican army tried to take back a cannon given to the town to ward off hostile Indians. Gonzales is also known for sending the only responders to Colonel Travis' appeal for reinforcements at the Alamo, as 32 brave men died there for Texas freedom.  The town annually celebrates "Come and Take It" on the first weekend of October.  Among the many activities to be enjoyed during the weekend, is a live reenactment of that historical moment in Texas history.

 

ABOUT THE CHURCH....

Our historic 161 year old parish is part of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas, which is a geographical region that actually includes most of South Texas from Sonora to Corpus Christi, all the way to the Rio Grande River along the Mexican border. While the name is misleading for a South Texas diocese, it originally spanned all the way to El Paso, thus the name.  Later the diocese of the Rio Grande (West Texas and New Mexico) was created, and the Diocese of West Texas retained its name, even though its jurisdiction is actually South Texas. I know...go figure. Our Bishops' offices are located on a retreat-like setting in the heart of San Antonio.  Our Diocesan (head) Bishop is Gary Lillibridge and our Suffragan (Assistant) Bishop is David Reed.  We're very blessed to have two of the most faithful and loving bishops in the Church.

Church of the Messiah is one of the original Episcopal Churches in the diocese, founded in 1852. The current church building was built in 1881, and is the oldest building in Gonzales used continuously for the purpose for which it was built. The current Rectory was built in 1911. For more history and lots and lots of pictures, check out the history link!

Miss Kitty would be proud!   

 

ABOUT OUR BELIEFS....

What can we tell you about us? Following the lead of our Bishops, we believe that God has called us to pattern our lives on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ. We're grounded in Scripture, prayer and sacramental worship. We believe that God has blessed His Church to be a blessing to others by finding ways to share God's saving love and forgiveness revealed in Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit.  As a missional church, we understand ourselves to be people of God who are partnering with God on His redemptive mission in the world. Our mission reaches as far as Uganda, where we sponsor the education of many orphans. We're a faith community committed to living in a reconciled relationship with God and all people who seek to see the world through God's eyes and love it as God does. Our main purpose is to glorify Jesus and witness to his presence in and through our lives.