Category Archives: Council 2019

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and Bishop David Reed Introduce 2019 Diocesan Theme

The Rt. Rev. David Reed introduces our theme, saying “‘Walk in love as Christ loved us’ is our Council theme, as well as the Bible verse (from Ephesians) that will illumine and shape our mission and ministries in 2019. Throughout Council we will connect this passage to our Presiding Bishop’s call to the whole Church to engage, or re-engage, with “The Way of Love,” seven spiritual habits to strengthen our discipleship and help us do the work of the Kingdom of God.”

He explains several activities that will take place during Council 2019, including Way of Love themed bingo and conversations buttons, and then shared a video greeting from the Most Rev. Michael Curry to our diocese.

Greetings from the Most Rev. Michael Curry to the Diocese of West Texas from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Vimeo.

  • To access the diocesan Way of Love resources, click here.
  • To view resources from Presiding Bishop Curry, click here.
  • To join the Way of Love conversation on the diocesan Basecamp portal, click here.

Diocesan Council 2019 – Day One

Bienvenido a Council 2019!

Here’s a preview of what’s in store for us all today, Thursday, February 21.

10:00 a.m. Registration opens (Room 101A)
Exhibit Booths open (Ballroom and Lobby)
Council Prayer Room opens (Boardroom 1)

11:15 a.m. Christian Formation Educator Luncheon (Room 101C)
Commission for Women’s Ministries Luncheon (Room 103)

1:00 p.m. Business Session One (ballots to be taken throughout)
Call to Order
Report of the Nominating Committee
Presentation of New Clergy, New Diocesan Staff, and Senior Seminarians
Welcome from Hosts; Introduction to Council Theme and Bible Study
Revitalizing Stewardship in the Diocese of West Texas
Camps & Conferences Department Report
Mustang Island Waves of Growth and Promise Report
Greeting from The Rt. Rev. Benito Juarez-Martinez,
Bishop of Southeastern Mexico
TMI – Episcopal Report
Basecamp Introduction
Communications Department
World Mission Department
Greeting from The Rt. Rev. David Bailey
Bishop of Navajoland
Way of Love Conversation: TURN

5:30 p.m. Council Worship (Exhibit Hall B)

7:30 p.m. Small Church, Big Mission Dinner (Room 103)

Last Day to Register

Registration closes today at 10:00 pm!

We hope you are ready to see us as much as we are ready to see you! But first, you must register to come to Diocesan Council, February 22-24 (barely a week away!)

Online registration for CHURCHES (clergy, delegates, alternates, and clergy spouses) and VISITORS closes on Monday, February 11.

If your registration is not paid online, mail your checks to the diocesan office ASAP at:

Episcopal Diocese of West Texas
P.O. Box 6885
San Antonio, TX 78209

All CHILDCARE registrations also needs to be completed by Monday, February 11. This is for children ages infant through 2nd grade. No walk-ins can be accommodated.

Registration for all YOUTH and SPONSORS attending Youth in Action must register by Monday, February 18.

Complete your registration today, and plan to get your bags packed. Clergy, remember your pressed vestments; stole color is green. We’ll see you soon!


Cookies Wanted

Love to Bake!  Here is another opportunity.  As you pack your car for the trip to McAllen, include a dozen or so of your favorite cookies.

Deliver to room 102C at the McAllen Convention Center between 1:00 pm and 6:00 pm on Wednesday, Feb 20th and between 8:00 am and 10:00 am on Thursday, Feb 21st.

Council Hotel Rooms

It’s definitely time to finalize your hotel room needs for Diocesan Council, February 22-24, in McAllen.

Call your hotel directly and update your existing reservations to the correct names of people attending.  Visit the Hotel page for contact information.

If you have extra rooms at Embassy Suites, CAMBRiA, Home2 Suites or LaQuinta to return, please allow the diocesan office to re-assign those rooms.  We have a current waiting list of churches moved to offsite hotels due to overbooking issues.  Email the following information to and/or

  • Church
  • Name on reservation
  • Arrival and departure dates
  • Number of rooms
  • Bed types

If you cancel through the hotel, our rooms are lost.  Consider giving your unneeded rooms back so that others can enjoy Walking in Love to the McAllen Convention Center.

Youth In Action 2019 – Registration Opens

sign up for youth in action!

Youth in Action 2019 has two main opportunities to serve this year:

  1. The Comfort House in McAllen – a nonprofit ministry providing end-of-life care to people no matter “their age, race, ethnicity, religion, social status, or ability to pay, taking care of loved ones as if they are their own.”
    Youth will help with outdoor painting and lawn work at the home.
  2. Emily’s Meals, A Helping hand – an ecumenical homeless ministry that prepares and delivers around 50 meals a day to people living without shelter in McAllen.
    Youth will help sort and organize donated food in their warehouse.

Sign up your youth and sponsors today and help our diocese spread the love of Christ, reaching out in His name to serve the larger community hosting our annual Diocesan Council. More details and links to register are at 

Questions about Youth In Action? Contact Katie Young ( or Susan Turlapati (

shoe_14589p.s. De-cluttering your closet this month? Bring your unused shoes to Youth In Action to donate! For the month of February, the youth group at St. John’s, McAllen (our hosts for Youth In Action 2019) is collecting gently used footwear. Shoes collected will be given to micro-enterprise start ups in developing countries; the youth group will be rewarded by the pound for shoes they collect with funds to put toward other youth group mission projects, camp scholarships, and a Confirmation retreat.

“Walk in love as Christ loved us.” (Ephesians 5:2)


2019 Registration Open

Council Signup

Registration is now open for all Council attendees.  Look to the pages on the left under the “Signup” section for additional information.

Our registration process will be very similar to last year with three (3) primary registration forms

Also on the Registration page find help files and payment information.  Use the Navigation bar on the right side of this website  ( for the many events and activities during our time gathered as a diocesan family.

Youth in Action Signup

And Speaking of Registration – full details and links to the Youth and Sponsor registration forms are also available on the Youth in Action page.

Celebrating their 10th year, Youth in Action returns with a call to serve and reach out to our community in love, as the hands and feet of Jesus Christ.  This annual event beginning Friday Feb 22 and concluding with Worship at St. John’s, McAllen Sunday morning February 24, 2019.

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.