Avoid the Saturday lines!

Join Host Church, St. Thomas’ San Antonio for a reception and early check-in.

All registered attendees to the Special Council are invited.

Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido Dr, 78209)
4:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Friday, October 24, 2014

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Early Check-In for the Special Council

Early check-in for the Special Council to elect a Bishop Coadjutor will be held on Friday evening, October 24, from 4:00 to 7:30 at the Bishop Jones Center (111 Torcido, 78209). A lovely reception with light refreshments is planned. Those registered for Special Council are encouraged to come by and receive their registration packets and enjoy conversation and fellowship.

If you can not make it the Bishop Jones Center on Friday, you may arrive at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25. Registration tables will be set up in the Frost Athletic Building foyer. The Special Council begins at 10:00 am with worship.

Registration Closes Tonight at 11:00 pm

Pre-registration is required for all attending the Special Council 2014 for the election of a Bishop Coadjutor Election on Oct 25th  at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas.  Online registration closes tonight, Monday, October 6, 2014 at 11:00 pm.

Special Council 2014 CHILDCARE Registration & Payment (click to link to online form)

All parents must complete a Childcare Registration Form for each child attending. Cost is $10 per child with a family maximum of $30.  Childcare rooms will be located in the lower level of All Saints Chapel at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas. A professionally staffed nursery will be available for infants through Pre-Kinder, and a Christian Ed Children’s program for Kindergarten through fifth grade.  Pre-registration is required. Drop-in children cannot be accepted.

Special Council 2014 INDIVIDUAL Registration & Payment (click to link to online form) for registration by:

  • NON-ASSIGNED Clergy (Retired & Non-parochial)
  • NON-ASSIGNED Clergy Spouses, and
  • ALL LICENSED Clergy & Spouses
  • ALL Visitors

Special Council 2014 CHURCH Payment (click to link to online form)

Churches can pay for Delegates, Alternates, Clergy, Clergy Spouses and Visitors by credit card using this form.  The original colored registration forms mailed to churches in August must ALSO be returned by fax, e-mail or US Post Office.

For complete details see the registration page.

 

Potential Nominees for Bishop Coadjutor

The Standing Committee of the Diocese of West Texas is pleased to present the six Potential Nominees for Bishop Coadjutor.

The potential nominees have provided biographical data, as well as answers to eight questions given to them by the Standing Committee. Each potential nominee’s profile can be viewed indidviudally, or as a booklet. Churches are welcome to print the booklet to distribute, as needed.

Find the individual profiles and the booklet of Potential Nominees here.

The Potential Nominees for Bishop Coadjutor are:

  • The Rev. Scott Brown, Rector, St. Alban’s, Harlingen
  • The Rev. Ram Lopez, Rector, St. George, San Antonio
  • The Rev. Jim Nelson, Rector, St. John’s, McAllen
  • The Rev. David Read, Rector, St. Luke’s, San Antonio
  • The Rt. Rev. David Reed, Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of West Texas
  • The Rev. Robert Woody, Rector, Reconciliation, San Antonio

Please continue to keep the diocese in your prayers. The Special Council to elect a Bishop Coadjutor will be held on Saturday, October 25, at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio beginning at 10:00 a.m.

Almighty God, giver of every good gift, you have given us a life-giving fellowship in the Diocese of West Texas. Rekindle our hearts with the love of Christ Jesus that we might continue to build upon the legacy left by those who have tended this Diocese and led with Godly courage. Look graciously upon us and upon your whole Church, and guide the minds of those who shall discern the one you are calling to be a bishop for our Diocese, that we may receive a faithful shepherd, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Registration Open for Special Council

Pre-registration is required for all attending the Special Council to elect a Bishop Coadjutor on Saturday, October 25, at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio.

Churches are responsible for registering their clergy, clergy spouses, delegates, and alternates. Registration forms must be mailed back to the Diocese of West Texas. Payment can be by check or online by credit card. The registration forms were mailed to each church office on August 11.

Clergy not assigned to a church (retired & non-parochial) and licensed clergy along with their spouses may return the registration form received in the mail OR complete an online registration form. Forms were mailed on August 11.

Visitors are welcome to attend the Special Council and watch the election via a live feed in the Refectory at TMI. Cost is $30 per person, and this includes a box lunch. Find the registration link on the Registration page.

Childcare is also available for $10 per child or a max of $30 per family. Children must be pre-registered; walk-ins cannot be accepted. Find the online registration link here. Parents will need to supply a sack lunch, comfortable clothes, and a portable crib (if needed). Water and snacks will be provided. Parents may drop off their children beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25.

The Special Council will begin with an opening worship service at 10:00 a.m. Hotel reservation information is available on the Hotels page for out-of-town guests.

 

Reduced Hotel Rate Available for Special Council

Hotel rooms at the OMNI San Antonio at the Colonnade have been blocked at a special rate starting at $110 per night on a space-available basis during the weekend of the Special Council, to be held on Saturday, October 25. The OMNI is only 8 miles from TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, where the Special Council will be held beginning at 10:00 a.m. The election of a Bishop Coadjutor is the only item on the agenda for the Special Council.

The OMNI San Antonio at the Colonnade is located at:
9821 Colonnade Boulevard
San Antonio, TX 78230

To receive the reduced rate, rooms need to be reserved by September 24. For information on how to reserve a room, visit the Hotels page.

Update from the Standing Committee

The Standing Committee would like to share with you an update on the process adopted for electing a Bishop Coadjutor for our Diocese. To date (7.17.14), five persons have been submitted to be potential nominees.  As a reminder, names of potential nominees are being received until July 31. Names for potential nominees may be submitted by any 2014 Diocesan Council Delegate/Alternate or member of the clergy of West Texas. On this site, you can find the Diocesan Profile and other forms:

The Standing Committee encourages and seeks your nominations. We approach this process, not as a secular election with people “running for office,” but rather prayerfully seeking a slate of devoted servant leaders who offer their name to the Holy Spirit for consideration as our next bishop.

Thank you for your prayerful attention to this important time in the life of our Diocesan family. In your prayers for this election process, please remember that from a theological and spiritual perspective, potential nominees are simply being asked to be open to the work of the Holy Spirit in this election through the nomination and election process. Those persons who allow their names to be placed in potential nomination by the July 31 deadline have an important role in our collective discernment of what the Spirit is bringing forward for our Diocesan family.

Finally, the Standing Committee encourages you and your congregation to offer the following prayer daily, and especially each Sunday morning, between now and the election.

PRAYER FOR THE ELECTION OF A BISHOP COADJUTOR

Almighty God, giver of every good gift, you have given us a life-giving fellowship in the Diocese of West Texas. Rekindle our hearts with the love of Christ Jesus that we might continue to build upon the legacy left by those who have tended this Diocese and led with Godly courage. Look graciously upon us and upon your whole Church, and guide the minds of those who shall discern the one you are calling to be a bishop for our Diocese, that we may receive a faithful shepherd, who will care for your people and equip us for our ministries; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Faithfully yours in Christ,
The Standing Committee of West Texas

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