All posts by Nancy Stinson

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.

 

Discernment Forum 1/29/17 at TMI

The last of three discernment forums held across the diocese, this two-hour video presents the seven potential nominees for Bishop Suffragan of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas.  Each potential nominee has a 3-minute opening statement and a 3-minute summation.  In addition, each is asked three randomly selected questions with a 3-minute response.  The election for Bishop Suffragan will be held on February 25, 2017 at Diocesan Council in Corpus Christi, Texas.

Have banner? Will travel (to Discernment Forums)

Did you see the banner “wall” created by the Host Committee and displayed in Selena Auditorium during Eucharist at Council 2013?  Well, here it is!

Banner Display Council 2013

And this year, Council 2017 planners will be recreating this beautiful backdrop for our Worship on Thursday evening of Council, but we need your banner NOW!

Please bring your congregation’s banner to one of the Discernment Forum/PreCouncil meetings the weekend of January 28 – 29, 2017.  Diocesan staff will deliver them to Council.

banner-pieces-with-textNo stands will be needed, just the banners labeled with contact info.  The banners will be available for pickup Friday afternoon and Saturday morning, February 24 and 25, 2017 in the exhibitor area.

CIA – Operation FLAGS

Click here for a flyer to publicize at your church.At Council 2016 Bishop Reed introduced six initiatives and the collaborative leadership to vision ways forward in these areas of need.  One such initiative was Veterans’ Ministries where Bishop Reed said, “the needs are many and complex – not only for combat veterans, but for active duty personnel stationed among us and families left behind and waiting.”  Our Council in Action 2017 project specifically addresses the children of active duty personnel left behind and waiting as our Military Ministry team partners with JBSA Randolph Hearts Apart.

CIA will support Operation Flags (Families Learning About Global Support), a mock-deployment event for 300, third-fifth grade students at Randolph Elementary School in San Antonio.  The annual event helps students to experience what it’s like for their active-duty parents to leave for a deployment.

Our goal is to donate 400 posters & 400 flags to students and families participating in Operation FLAGS. Each flag cost 25 cents.

Parochial Report Forms Online

Now available on the Council website is complete 2016 Parochial Report information including a blank parochial report form with instructions and a link to the Episcopal Church website for online completion.

Additionally, all the Diocesan requested forms and information are available for download.  A Parochial Report packet was mailed to each church on December 30, 2016, but the forms online, (in Word Document format) can be filled out on your computer, printed, and returned with the parochial report due Feb. 1, 2017.  Happy downloading!