#behold at Council and in 2017

In the book of Revelation, chapter 21, the writer sees “a new heaven and a new earth,” and from the one who is seated on the throne, he hears, “Behold, I make all things new” (21:5, RSV). From this verse comes our diocesan theme for 2017.

So, behold!

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God is at work in your life, in the lives around you, in our life together as a diocesan family. Always, God makes all things new. The challenge for us is take the time to notice how God is working.

Beginning at Diocesan Council 2017 and continuing throughout the year, you are invited to share the ways you see God working with the hashtag #behold on social media. Interact with diocesan members on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Share the acts of love, kindness, and mercy you witness. Share the experiences that make each day brand new. Share the ways a continual change is blessed by the Holy Spirit and offers renewal.

#behold will serve as the official hashtag for Diocesan Council 2017 and to represent the annual theme for the remainder of the year.

Potential Nominees for Bishop Suffragan

From the Rev. David Read, president of the Standing Committee:

Dear Clergy and People of West Texas,

Grace to you and Peace. The 2016 Diocesan Council adopted a resolution outlining the process by which the Diocese of West Texas will elect a Bishop Suffragan. The Standing Committee has been charged with overseeing this discernment process. The nomination period opened on July 1, and the Standing Committee received nominations through September 30. These potential nominees then underwent the canonically mandated background screenings by an outside agency, and were invited to respond in writing to a series of questions. We use the term “potential nominees” because these men and women will not formally become “nominees” until the first ballot – a nominating ballot – is cast on February 25, 2017.

Today, we are pleased to share with the Diocese the names, biographical information, and written responses from seven priests who are potential nominees for Suffragan Bishop of West Texas. We are grateful to these men and women for their faithfulness, and for their willingness to offer themselves to the Lord and to the Diocese of West Texas. We invite you to hold them in your daily prayers in the weeks leading up to the election.

View the Potential Nominees for Bishop Suffragan here.

In preparation for the election, the Standing Committee will host three Discernment Forums.

  • Saturday, January 28, 9:00 am – Noon, at St. Alban’s, Harlingen
  • Saturday, January 28, 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm, at Church of the Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi
  • Sunday, January 29, 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm, at TMI – The Episcopal School of Texas, San Antonio

The Standing Committee encourages Clergy and Delegates/Alternates to Council, as well as visitors, to attend one of the forums. The forums are an opportunity for you to see and hear directly from these potential nominees, and are an important element of this discernment process. Members of the diocese also have the opportunity to submit topics and questions to possibly be addressed by potential nominees during these forums. E-mail suggestions to laura.woodall@dwtx.org by December 31.

Again, we invite you to remain in prayer for these potential nominees, and for the Diocese of West Texas, as we seek to discern God’s will.

On Behalf of the Standing Committee,
The Rev. David G. Read, President

Calling all Exhibitors! Time to Register.

Online registration for exhibits opens next Monday, November 28, 2016 at 8:00 am.  A letter of invitation was e-mailed to past exhibitors with a copy available on the Exhibits page.

The exhibit area will contain 64 booths, 15 of which are premium booths at $280 each.  This year we have a special category of “Hospitality Premier” booths priced at $350. These booths surround the expanded hospitality and seating area enabling full exposure from anywhere in the hospitality area.  The remaining 31 standard booths will be available at $200 for commercial vendors and $140 for non-profit charitable endeavors.

Booths will be assigned on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to get your preferred location.

Hotel Rooms – Get them before they’re gone!

Serving as headquarters hotel for the Clergy Spouse Breakfast and the Friday Bishop’s Luncheon, the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel currently has 40 rooms available from our original 400 room block.  If your church has not made reservations please do so now by following the instructions on the Hotel Page.

Anticipating the need for additional rooms, the diocese is contracting with the Holiday Inn Corpus Christi Downtown Marina hotel (one block from the Omni) for a room rate of $119++ and free parking.  Visit the Hotel Page and scroll below the Omni  information for full details on the Holiday Inn Downtown Marina.

If you have trouble using the national toll-free reservation numbers call each hotel directly.

Save the Date

Pre-Council Meetings / Discernment Forums
Harlingen, Corpus Christi, and San Antonio
January 28-29, 2017

There will only be three Pre-Council meetings this year, all during the weekend of January 28-29, 2017. These three meetings will focus on Discernment Forums to afford voting delegates and clergy the opportunity to hear from the potential nominees for Bishop Suffragan in person. Don’t miss this important event in the life of the diocese.

The members of the Diocese have the opportunity to submit topics and questions to possibly be addressed by potential nominees during these forums. E-mail suggestions to laura.woodall@dwtx.org by December 31.

Nominations for Bishop Suffragan End Sept 30

Following the timeline adopted by the Diocesan Council, the nomination period for Bishop Suffragan opened on July 1, and nominations will be received through September 30, 2016. Names may only be submitted by canonically resident clergy and delegates/alternates to the 2016 Diocesan Council. Each submission requires two (2) clergy and two (2) delegate/alternate signatures. The nomination form, election timeline, and other information regarding the election process may be found at www.dwtx.org/bishop-suffragan or on this website at Bishop Suffragan.

All congregations are invited to remain in prayer for the discernment of our next Bishop Suffragan.

Almighty God, we give you thanks for calling leaders throughout the generations who boldly proclaim your love. Call through us now a bishop who will proclaim Christ’s resurrection, faithfully interpret the Gospel, and lead us into the world to love and serve the Lord, 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, 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. Amen.

For questions regarding nominations or the election process, please contact Laura Woodall at laura.woodall@dwtx.org or (210) 824-5387.

Rev. David G. Read,
Standing Committee President
210) 828-6425.

Council 2017 Website Ready for Business

Diocesan Council 2017 will be held February 23 – 25, 2017 at the AmericanBank CENTER in Corpus Christi, and hosted by Church of the Good Shepherd.  The website, http://www.Council-dwtx.org, is now being updated as new information becomes available.  Of current interest are the following pages:

  • Hotel – “Episcopal Diocesan Council Meeting” has a block of 400 rooms for the Thursday and Friday nights of Council at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel.  Please accurately anticipate your needs and make your reservations as early as possible.  Details for online or phone reservations are here.
  • Nominations – The 2017 Nominations Instruction Packet PDF format  has been sent by e-mail to churchofficelist on August 23, 2016 and is available here.  Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2016.
  • Bishop Suffragan Election – Information and timeline for the Bishop Suffragan Election to be held on the Saturday of Council is available here.
  • Discernment Forums (PreCouncil) – The Discernment Process for a new Bishop Suffragan includes three Forums that will replace the seven annual convocational Pre-council meetings for 2017. Dates, times and locations here. Please add this important event to your church calendar.

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas