Council Luncheons

Because all good things come with food, you have two opportunities to enjoy a delicious lunch in the presence of ministry before Diocesan Council begins on Thursday, February 22. Both the Commission for Women’s Ministry and the Department of Christian Education will host gatherings beginning at 11:15 a.m.

The Commission for Women’s Ministries (C4WM) invites all to attend their “Most Honored Woman” luncheon to celebrate the women nominated by their home churches as a “most honored woman.” See the brochure for full details.

If you are among the nominated “honored women,” the meal is free of charge. For visitors, the cost is $25, and you can mark your attendance during your Council registration. The luncheon will be held in Veramendi Salons C&D at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos.

Join us in celebrating the women chosen by their church as someone who exemplifies the ‘Joy of Christ” in all they do!

The Christian Education Department will once again host their popular “working” lunch, on Thursday, Feb. 22 at 11:15 a.m.

Priests, staff, and volunteers of Adult, Children, Youth and Family Ministries are invited to come meet, share and learn over lunch with passionate Christian Educators in the diocesan family.

This year the focus is on Formation Across the Lifespan with an emphasis on Adult Formation. Adults are the primary educators of youth and children, so let’s ensure they have the tools to teach and model what it means to be a disciple of Christ. New and exciting online resources for all ages will also be shared.

The cost is $25, and you can mark your attendance during your Council registration. The luncheon will be held in San Marcos River Room, also at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos.

The Bishops’ Luncheon on Friday, February 23, will welcome guest speaker The Rev. Canon E. Mark Stevenson, Director of Episcopal Migration Ministries (EMM). The luncheon will be held at 12:00 p.m. in Veramendi Salons A-E. The luncheon is included with clergy, clergy spouses, alternates, and delegates’ registration, or is available for $30 per ticket for visitors.

As director of EMM, Stevenson leads a dedicated team in executing a national program of refugee resettlement and related ministries in partnership with the U.S. government, affiliated local resettlement programs, and a developing network of communities and ecumenical organizations across the country.  Learn more on the Speaker page.

Find more on the luncheons and the annual Clergy Spouses Breakfast here, and come to Council ready to feast!

Coming soon to a church near you

All Pre-Council meetings are essential for a delegate’s preparation for Diocesan Council, which will be held February 22-24 at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos.

Pre-Council meetings begin on Sunday, January 21, with the first at St. Philip’s in Beeville. Both bishops and the diocesan team will be at each of the 7 Pre-Council meetings. Be sure to mark your convocation’s on your calendar, and we’ll see you there.

All Pre-Council meetings, with the exception of Beeville, will include dinner. Beeville begins at 4:00 p.m.; the others begin with dinner at 6:00, followed by the presentation at 6:45.

Pre-Council meetings

  • January 21 – Eastern Convocation at St. Philip’s, Beeville, at 4:00 p.m.
  • January 22 – Western Convocation at St. Philip’s, Uvalde, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.
  • January 25 – Northeastern Convocation at St. Mark’s, San Marcos, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.
  • January 28 – Valley Convocation at St. Peter St. Paul, Mission, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.
  • January 29 – Southern Convocation at St. Mark’s, Corpus Christi, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.
  • February 1 – Northern Convocation at St. Peter’s, Kerrville, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.
  • February 5 – Central Convocation at St. George, San Antonio, at 6:00 p.m. Dinner will be served.

Pre-Council meetings are essential to a delegate’s preparation for Council. Many details of the diocesan budget, which Council is responsible for establishing, will be presented at Pre-Council meetings and not be repeated on the floor of Council. Several other important pieces of information that will be taken up at Council will be distributed at Pre-Council meetings.

Council Worship Details

Council EucharistThe Council Eucharist service will be held on Thursday, February 22, at 5:30 p.m. in Veramendi Salons A-E at the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center in San Marcos. Below are details about the worship you need to know beforehand:

Church Banners

Please bring your church’s banner and stand (clearly marked with church’s name) to the registration area [Veramendi Salons A-B] when you arrive in San Marcos for Diocesan Council. The host committee will take the banners and stands to the location of worship and arrange them around the room for everyone to see during the service. You will NOT process in with your banner this year.

Clergy Vestments

Clergy, you may also leave your vestments at the registration area with the host committee volunteers. There will be clothing racks on which to hang your vestments. The host committee will deliver all vestments to the San Marcos River Room, where you will vest beginning at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday. As we will already be in the season of Lent, purple stoles, please.

Council Choir

All church choirs in the Northeast Convocation are invited to take part in the Council Choir to perform during Thursday’s Eucharist service. If you are interested in joining the Council Choir, email Music Director, Wendi Gustafson, at so she can order anthem music. There will be a Council Choir practice on Sunday, February 18, at 2:00 p.m. at St. Andrew’s, Seguin.

Other Worship

Morning Prayer will be held on Friday, February 23, at 8:00 a.m. in the San Marcos River Room. Bishop Jennifer Brooke-Davidson will serve as the officiant.

An Order of Compline will be held in the Embassy Suites Atrium at 8:45 p.m. on Friday, February 23, following the Council Banquet.

You can find all the worship information here.

#ReadtheWord in 2018

The theme for Diocesan Council and all of 2018 is “The Word is very near to you,” from Deuteronomy 30:14. At Council, Bishop Reed will ask that every one read the Bible in its entirety this year. As we engage in reading and studying, we invite you to share your thoughts, reflections, and experiences in living with the living Word.

Beginning at Diocesan Council, the hashtag #ReadtheWord will be used across social media platforms to interact with one another and to learn about personal and congregational journeys through the Bible. You can engage with the Diocese of West Texas on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

Your congregation may choose a specific program that outlines reading and studying the Bible in one year, such as the ones proposed at Council: “The Story,” “The Path: a journey through the Bible,” or “The Bible Challenge.” You also may choose to make this a personal journey. However it works best, share your reflections and how the Word resonates in you and your daily life.

Together we will journey onward “this way” toward the Kingdom. Along the way, we will continue in our outreach efforts, being Jesus’ witnesses in our corners of the world. And we will return to His Word, reading and holding fast to His promises.

Council 2018 Online Registration Opens

Registration is open for all Council attendee categories, and information pages can be found under the “Signup” section.

Our registration process will be very similar to last year with three (3) primary registration forms

  • Church Registration for Clergy, Delegates, Alternates ($165 fee) and Clergy Spouses ($120).
  • Individual Registration for Visitors ($35) and Volunteers
  • Child Care Registration for Children ages infant through 2nd grade ($10/day per child.)

Find the registration links on the Registration page along with help files and payment information.  Use the Navigation bar on the left side of Council website  ( for the many events and activities during our time gathered as a diocesan family.

Coming Soon – full details and links to the Youth and Sponsor registration forms on the Youth page.  For the ninth year Youth in Action returns with a call to serve at their event beginning Friday Feb 23 and concluding with Worship at St. Mark’s, San Marcos Sunday morning February 25, 2018.

Embassy Suites Hotel Rooms Sold Out

It’s happened already.  All 254 rooms in our Council 2018 block have been reserved.  If you do not have your hotel room reservations yet, check out the overflow hotels on the Hotel page.  There are three additional locations north of the Embassy Suites:

  • Candlewood Suites, 600 Wonder World Dr, 78666 (2 miles) for $119++
  • Holiday Inn San Marcos, 105 Bintu Dr, 78666 (2.4 miles) for $149++
  • Hampton Inn & Suites San Marcos, 106 N IH 35, 78666 (4 miles) for $119++

You can expect a few of these 254 rooms at the Embassy Suites to become available again as churches decrease their own reservation blocks in late January.  We will try to send out any updates on openings.  If you would like to be placed on a wait list for Embassy Suite rooms, please contact or

Additional hotels or lower rates may be available with your own online search, but remember those rooms are usually non-refundable.

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