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Hotel Update and PreCouncil Dates

The block of 75 rooms at Embassy Suites has now been fully reserved.  Our original room block for ALL eight hotels was 400.  With about 125 now reserved, there are still 275 rooms available for your selection.

Next up – CAMBRiA Hotel and six (6) others, equally as good!  The Bishops, and speakers will be at the CAMBRiA, while diocesan staff is split between the CAMBRiA and Home2 Suites. Click for Hotels page.

And while you are here visiting www.Council-dwtx.org take a minute to record your convocation’s January/February PreCouncil meeting date on your 2019 calendar.  Click for PreCouncil page.

McAllen Hotel Rooms Available Now

Council 2019 will be held Thursday, February 21 – Saturday, February 23, 2019 at the McAllen Convention Center.  Since our last visit to the Valley in 2016, four hotels have been constructed on the convention center property, and are within easy walking distance to the convention center.  In addition, the diocese has contracted with four other nearby hotels for additional rooms.  This year’s diocesan attendees will have a variety of choices as to location, pricing, and amenities.

To see all the details and contact information click here for the  2019 Hotels page.

 

 

 

Concerning Resolution 2-2018

An initial version of proposed Resolution 2-2018 Examination of Local Option Line 1a and Line 1b was presented by the Budget Task Force at the PreCouncil meetings in each of the convocations (you may view the original version here).  Following the PreCouncil meetings, the members of the Budget Task Force and a group of delegates worked to expand and clarify the original resolution.  Specifically, the authors and editors wished:

  1. To anchor the resolution in our diocesan core value of reconciliation;
  2. To expand the resolution’s focus from only disagreement to also include agreement;
  3. To re-frame the resolution to be a positive statement about building relationships and mutual understanding within the Diocese and between the Diocese and the larger Church;
  4. To more closely follow and respond to the Whereas statements of the original resolution; and
  5. To give clarity and specificity about the desired

ORIGINAL Resolution 2-2018 Examination of Local Option Line 1a and Line 1b (link to Original PDF).

The resulting Resolution 2-2018 below is hereby offered in place of the original 2-2018 distributed at PreCouncil.

FINAL Resolution 2-2018 Examination of Local Option Line 1a and Line 1b (link to Final PDF)

For additional information visit the Resolutions page.

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  (www.Council-dwtx.org) 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 leigh.saunders@dwtx.org or nancy.stinson@dwtx.org.

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

Exhibits Registration Set to Open

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.

Council 2018 Website

Is open for business!

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.