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Posted: Thursday, March 8, 2018 1:55 am

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop and Primate of the Episcopal Church, was in Aransas County Wednesday, Feb. 28, along with Diocesan bishop for the Diocese of West Texas (DWTX), Rt. Rev. David Reed, and the Bishop Suffragan for DWTX, the Rt. Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson. They were joined by a large delegation of clergy from the Diocese of West Texas, including those serving congregations in hurricane-affected areas, as well as staff members from the national Episcopal Church offices in New York City.

The delegation was on a bus tour, coordinated by the Bishop’s Deputy for Disaster Recovery for the DWTX, visiting the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, as well as spreading a message of hope and family.

The DWTX is providing assistance to 15 counties, including Aransas, affected by the storm. It includes 86 congregations spread across 60 counties in Central and South Texas. Its offices are in San Antonio.

“We had an incredible day together. We heard and shared the stories of our experiences during and in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Then we spoke about the call upon our hearts to respond, to respond in a fashion that blesses and gives life. Those stories were inspiring and they continue to reach out beyond the walls of our structures.

“We were privileged to participate in this genuine expression of the local and wider church at work in the world,” said St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Rector Rev. Jim Friedel.

Bishop Curry celebrated the Eucharist at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church and preached a sermon focusing on family.

“Episcopalians aren’t sprinters, we’re marathoners,” he said. “We’re in it for the long run.”

He said life is more than food shelter and clothing.

“Of course you need that, but life is more than that,” said the Bishop. “It’s family, caring, love of God and each other.

“Like it or not, we are all family.

“Jesus came to show us how to love God and one another.

“We are different as different can be, but we are family. We may be dysfunctional, but we’re family.

“When we care for each other like sisters and brothers (we will have a different world).”

Bishop Curry said he has toured hurricane-ravaged areas in the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, Florida, and Texas.

“I’m here to tell you, we’re family … with a destiny, called together by Jesus.”

The delegation boarded the bus after the church service and toured Aransas County.

Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce President/CEO Diane Probst and Chamber Vice President of Marketing and Promotion Sandy Jumper narrated the tour of the county.

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