“This is exciting!” said the Rev. Ben Nelson, as he welcomed all to San Marcos and the “classy” Embassy Suites and Conference Center. Nelson is the rector of St. Mark’s, San Marcos, the host church of this year’s Diocesan Council.
Nelson gave an overview of St. Mark’s and the city of San Marcos, noting several landmarks that serve the community and welcome all. He spoke of the natural springs in San Marcos, where many have received spiritual renewal for hundreds of years. “And for today we all call San Marcos home,” said Nelson. Also in San Marcos, Texas State University, now holds 40,000 college students. “The university brings liveliness to the city, and we are grateful for that,” said Nelson.
Nelson and the community of St. Mark’s are “overjoyed” to welcome all for this gathering of news and business and fellowship. “We all are truly Good News bearers,” said Nelson. Nelson extended heartfelt thank yous to the committee from St. Mark’s that helped pull Council together – including the “dynamic duo of Dianes” and Nelson’s wife, Lynda, as well as many, many volunteers.
Thank yous were extended to the Northeastern Convocation churches and to McCoy’s Lumber Supply, who donated the Rekindle lanyards, and to the diocesan staff. On behalf of the city mayor, Nelson presented three Keys to the City of San Marcos to Bishop Lillibridge, Bishop Reed, and Nancy Stinson, saying, “You are officially San Martians.”