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.
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.
Sam Carter Gilliam, performed a “story portrait” of the Samaritan Woman at the Well on Saturday, February 24. Many of us know the woman well, or at least we think we do. Her story has been told many times, but through Sam’s dramatic portrayal, we heard her tell it, where, beneath the surface and in the spaces between the lines, secrets live. The presentation opens with Marthe Curry reading the story from the Gospel of John.
Welcome in with a loud celebration and a standing ovation, members of Grace Church, San Antonio, walked around the floor of Diocesan Council and made their way to the front, as they were welcomed as the newest parish in the Diocese of West Texas. What began in the Rev. Jay and Jamie George’s living room in 2009 – a dream of a new kind of Episcopal church with their family of 5 – grew to 20 people, to 40, and continued to grow. Grace Church, which became a mission of the diocese in 2011, now has over 220 members and an average Sunday attendance of 97. Over 85 percent of its members are under that age of 55. “You planted this church, with your prayers and support, and we are most grateful. Thank you, thank you,” said Jay George.
Caroline Mowen (St. Luke’s, San Antonio) and John Warren (Good Shepherd, Corpus Christi), co-chairs of the Special Task Force on the Diocesan Budget, presented Diocesan Council with Resolution 2, with a discussion that you can listen to below: