God Save the King – A Word from DS Rev. Andy Smith

For the first time in my lifetime (and I’m getting kinda old) there is a different monarch on the throne of Great Britain than Queen Elizabeth II. I watched with fascination all of the events and pageantry surrounding the Queen’s death and burial last September. And I will watch as much of the Coronation of…Read More »

Meet Mabel – A Word from DS Rev. Andy Smith

Meet Mabel, our cat, who is just about a year old. She came to live with us exactly six months ago. We named her Mabel after Selena Gomez’s character in “Only Murders in the Building,” because she is smart, beautiful and just a little bit damaged. Our good friends who are veterinarians found Mabel for…Read More »

Rio Texas Annual Conference 2023

Rio Texas Annual Conference Thursday, June 8, 20239:00 AM – Saturday, June 10, 202311:00 AMAmerican Bank Center, Corpus Christi Rio Texas Annual Conference 2023 information

Jesus Wept – A Word from DS Rev. Andy Smith

As Holy Week dawns, and Easter is fast approaching, the Common Lectionary has us looking at a couple of gospel stories in which Jesus wept. The first is in John 11 for Lent 5. As Jesus approached the tomb of his friend Lazarus in Bethany, Mary, one of Lazarus’ sisters was weeping, and the Jews…Read More »

Mindfulness – A Word from DS Rev. Andy Smith

This year, as my spiritual discipline for Lent, I will engage, through prayer and reflection, the practice of mindfulness. In their book, “Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems,” Phyllis Cole-Dai and Ruby R. Wilson define mindfulness this way: “Mindfulness is keeping our heads and hearts where our bodies are. Moment by moment, we…Read More »

Rev. Dr. Marcus Freeman named new Capital DS

Rev. Dr. Marcus Freeman to lead Capital District – Bishop Announces New Appointments for Las Misiones and Capital Districts — Rio Texas Annual Conference Bishop Robert Schnase of the Rio Texas Conference announces the appointment of Rev. Dr. Marcus Freeman as superintendent of the Capital District. Rev. Dr. Robert Ortiz has been appointed as the new…Read More »

I Wanna See You Be Brave – A Word from DS Rev. Andy Smith

Few things inspire me like music does. Lately I’ve been watching the official music video for the song “Brave” by Sara Bareilles. In the video, several people dance, each one by themselves in a public place like a shopping mall, gym, bus stop or sidewalk. Most of the dancers appear to be ordinary folks, not…Read More »

Arise – A Word from DS Rev. Andy Smith

“Arise, shine; for your light has come,and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.”—Isaiah 60:1 One of the first things I do each day after I wake up is reach for my phone and play the daily Wordle. My starting word, almost every time, is ARISE. I’ve thought about using a different word…Read More »