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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CONFIRMATION

Confirmation instruction is provided for all ages as there is need or interest, usually in the fall. The bishop ordinarily makes his annual visitation in late November or early December to confirm and/or receive those into the Church who have completed the classes and discerned a renewed commitment to Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior.  This is an opportunity to learn more about our Lord and His Church, giving every disciple the basic, minimum, knowledge to be an effective witness. Further study is necessary to keep growing toward the goal of attaining the full stature of the Lord Jesus. The rite of confirmation provides the opportunity to either publicly confirm one's baptismal vows, if baptized as an infant, or to make an adult choice to become an Episcopalian.

The Bishop has a direct link to Jesus' Apostles, called Apostolic Succesion, in that he can trace his ordination to the hands laid on him by people who can also trace their ordinations generationally all the way back to the apostles themselves. As the bishop lays hands on the heads of each confirmand (one choosing to be confirmed), he passes on the power of the Holy Spirit, by the authority given to him through Apostolic Succession. This is a powerful, life-changing event in the life of a Christian as each of us is given the gift of a direct connection with the apostles (Jesus' trained followers) themselves through the laying on of hands by one who traces his authority directly to those that Jesus himself commissioned and sent forth to minister in His Name.

One of Ms. Shirley's personalized Confirmation cakes for Shane and Tiffany's confirmation. 

 Fr. Randy, our last priest, and his favorite squeeze Karen, along with Bp. Reed.

  

THE ALPHA EXPRESS COURSE:

Faith Renewal for ALL

 

The Alpha Course is a wonderful, short, practical and entertaining introduction to the Christian Faith, intended for new Christians and non-Christians who simply want to further explore the Church's Faith, and/or be prepared for the sacrament of Confirmation. It's also for mature Christians who are looking for a refresher course in the basics of the Faith, and/or who desire to reaffirm their baptismal vows.

 

The format is a brief presentation via DVD followed by discussion. Partipants receive workbooks with outlines of the talks. Alpha is a safe place to share one's doubts, concerns and questions without fear of ridicule. It's a wonderful opportunity to invite friends who may be curious about the Christian Faith. Periodically the course is offered on Sunday mornings during the Sunday School hour from 9:30 to 10:20 a.m. Non-members are not pressured at all to attend worship, nor is anyone obligated to get confirmed. We use what is called the “Alpha Express,” an abbreviated version of the regular Alpha Course, which normally requires about a two hour time slot.

 

Below is a sample schedule of previous classes. Attendance is important as the classes build on one another. However there is no requirement for attendance except for those who intend to be confirmed (they are expected to attend at least 75% of the classes).  However, a personal commitment to not miss any classes unless for a very serious reason is a discipline that will definitely pay off. 

 

Class 1:   Christianity: Boring, Untrue, and Irrelevant?

Class 2:   Who is Jesus?

Class 3:   Why did Jesus die?

Class 4:   How can we have faith?

Class 5:   Why and How do I pray?

Class 6:   Why and how should I read the Bible?

Class 7:   How does God guide us?

Friday evening and Saturday Retreat: 

                Class 8:   Who is the Holy Spirit?

                Class 9:   What does the Holy Spirit have to do with me?

                Class 10: How can I be filled with the Holy Spirit?

                Class 11: How can I make the most of the rest of my life?

Class 12: How can I resist evil?

Class 13: Why and how should we tell others?

Class 14: Does God heal today?

Class 15: What about the Church?

Extra Classes on the Episcopal Church

Class 16: The Episcopal Church (History and Polity)

Class 17: The Episcopal Church (Sacraments and Church Year)

Class 18: Ministry and Mission of the Church / Core Values