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Youth In Action 2019 – Registration Opens

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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.

A Letter from Council 2019 Host Churches

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Estimados Amigos in the Diocese of West Texas,

I am writing to you on behalf of the Upper Valley Episcopal Churches (UVEC). We are pleased and honored to serve as the host committee for the 115th Annual Diocesan Council February 21 – 23, 2019 at the McAllen Convention Center in beautiful McAllen, Texas. The worshiping communities of St. John’s – McAllen, St. Peter and St. Paul – Mission, Grace – Weslaco, Trinity – Pharr, and St. Matthew’s – Edinburg await your arrival to one of Texas’ best kept secrets: The Rio Grande Valley.

In their wisdom, our Bishops have chosen a theme for council that is aligned with The Most Rev. Michael Curry’s plan for the church to seek “The Way of Love.” For Diocesan Council 2019, our theme comes from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians: “Walk in love as Christ loved us.” (Ephesians 5:2). This passage challenges us to remember our Baptismal Covenant and “proclaim by word and example the Good News of God in Christ.” (Book of Common Prayer, pg. 305). It reminds us that love is not merely a disposition or sentiment of the heart, but also an active way of being in the world. It is certainly a task that is worthy of our best efforts!

Council will begin on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 when Registration opens at 10:00 AM; council business begins at 1:00 PM. Our Council delegation will be welcomed and given some helpful information by local author and radio personality, W.F. Strong. At the close of business on Thursday, we will join together to celebrate Eucharist. Afterwards, you will be on your own for dinner. There are many fine restaurants in McAllen, and we hope you will try some of them. The Bishop’s Luncheon will be held on Friday, with guest speaker The Rt. Rev. Daniel Gutierrez, Bishop of the Diocese of Pennsylvania. After close of business on Friday, you will be treated to a “Border Buttermilk Reception” before the Friday evening banquet. After business on Saturday, Council 2019 will draw to a close.

Online registration for clergy, delegates, and alternates will open on December 21, 2018. Until then, visit for hotel and restaurant information, the agenda, nomination forms, and other helpful links. More information will be added there as council draws nearer. The UVEC is ready to welcome you to our home and do everything in our power to make your Council 2019 experience meaningful and enjoyable.

Hasta Entonces,
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The Rev. Rod Clark and the UVEC Host Committee

St. Peter and St. Paul’s Episcopal Church
(956) 585-5005

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 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.




The Samaritan Woman at the Well

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.

Contact info:

Sam Carter Gilliam

“The Bible Brought to Life” The Samaritan Woman at the Well from Episcopal Diocese of West Texas on Vimeo.