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 firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
Additional hotels or lower rates may be available with your own online search, but remember those rooms are usually non-refundable.
Online registration for exhibits opens next Monday, November 20, 2017 at 8:00 am. A letter of invitation was e-mailed to past exhibitors today with a copy available on the Exhibits page.
The exhibit area will contain 64 booths, 36 of which are premium booths at $280 each lining the corridors leading to the business session. The remaining 28 standard booths will be available at $200 for commercial vendors and $140 for non-profit charitable endeavors. All standard booths will be in the Spring Lake Ballroom.
Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to get your preferred location.
The 114th Diocesan Council will be held February 22 – 24, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel and Conference Center. For the first time three churches are coming together to serve as your hosts: Church of the Resurrection, Windcrest; St. Andrew’s, Seguin; and St. Margaret’s, San Antonio. The website is now being updated as new information becomes available. Of current interest are the following pages:
Hotels – We return to the Embassy Suites in San Marcos with a block of 250 rooms for the Thursday and Friday nights of Council. There are three additional hotels serving as overflow. Details for online and phone reservations are here.
Nominations – The 2018 Nominations Instruction Packet PDF Format was sent by e-mail to churchofficelist on August 11, 2017 and is available here. Nominations will be accepted through Nov 1, 2017.
Pre-Council Meetings – The seven annual Pre-Council convocational meetings have been set with dates, times and locations here. For those in the Eastern or Central convocations notice your new time!
Mark your calendars, reserve your hotel rooms, and send your recommendations for those in your church who are willing to help lead our diocese in 2018. For a look back at Council 2017, spend a few minutes at www.council-dwtx.org with the videos, audios, and pictures from last February.
The Rev. Jennifer Brooke-Davidson was chosen Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas during the 113th annual Diocesan Council on Saturday, February 25, 2017, held at the American Bank Center in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is the first woman to be elected bishop in the Diocese of West Texas. Brooke-Davidson, age 56, is currently the Vicar of Saint Elizabeth Episcopal Church in Buda, Texas, and was one of seven nominees. Now as the sixth Bishop Suffragan of the diocese, she will serve alongside the Diocesan Bishop, the Rt. Rev. David M. Reed.
In order to be elected, a candidate needed to receive a simple majority of votes from both the clergy and the lay delegates, voting separately as “orders” on the same balloting round. Brooke-Davidson secured election on the sixth ballot, receiving 55 number of clergy votes and 153 number of lay votes, with 49 and 151 needed, respectively, for election.
Pending consents of the Bishops and the Standing Committees of the majority of the dioceses in the Episcopal Church, Brooke-Davidson will be ordained as Bishop Suffragan during a worship service held on July 29, 2017, at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas in San Antonio. The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church, the Rt. Rev. Michael B. Curry, will preside.
Brooke-Davidson was ordained a priest in 2009 after graduating from Fuller Theological Seminary. Brooke-Davidson has served as Vicar of St. Elizabeth since 2011. She served as the Assistant Rector of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Wimberley, Texas, from 2009-2011. Prior to ordination, Brooke-Davidson practiced commercial financial law for 12 years. She is married to Carrick Brooke-Davidson, and they have two grown daughters, Emma and Kate.
Almighty God, we give thanks that you have called forth leaders throughout the generations who boldly proclaim your love. Call forth through us a bishop who proclaims Christ’s resurrection, and who faithfully interprets the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and who will lead us – the church – into the world in His Name, encouraging the saints and nourishing us from the riches of your grace.
So guide the hearts and minds of those who will discern the person you are calling to be our Bishop Suffragan, so that we may receive a faithful pastor who will guard and govern the church, sustain the presbyters, care for your people, and equip us to serve the world in Christ’s Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord.