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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)

Hotels that have our back!

We have had some issues with overbooking at a few of our Council hotels listed on the Hotel page.  I do not anticipate any issues upon your arrival and check-in for your reserved rooms.  However, the McAllen Visitor’s Bureau has connected us with several “standby” hotels if any issues arise.

Radisson Hotel (Full Service) ($79)
2721 S. 10th Street
Contact: Omar Guevara

Doubletree Hotel (Full Service) ($129)
1800 S. 2nd Street
Contact: Laurie Pulido

Drury Inn ($99)
300 W. Expy 83
Contact: Greg Castillo

Hilton Garden Inn ($99)
617 W Expy 83
Contact: Melissa Torres

All hotels have shuttles that are available to take you to the McAllen Convention Center.

radissan hotel

Reserve Your Banquet Table Now!

Pennant decorations await those who have made a donation to Vital University Mission by purchasing a reserved table at the Friday Council Banquet. We have already raised $4,600 with 23 Reserved tables from 17 wonderful churches (large and small), and of course our own two bishops. Current tables assignments shown below (as of 2.16.19)

It’s not too late to add your church to this list with your own $200 contribution.  (Registration as closed) Click HERE to go directly to the “Council Table Reservations” contribution form.  This registration will be open until 12 noon on Friday, Feb 22nd, just in case your Pages convince you that Vital University Missions in the Valley is worth your gift!

For full information on the Friday Banquet visit the Banquet Page.

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!


Calling all Daughters of the King

Help create an environment of continual prayer for the three days of Council by signing up for an hour or more spent in the Diocesan Council Prayer Chapel (Boardroom 1.)  To make this a diocesan-wide ministry we invite all to participate with a goal of three Daughters each hour.  Simply select your times through SignUpGenius at:  After you check the “Sign Up” button you will be asked to enter your first and last name, email, and mobile phone number.  You can return at anytime to change your sign up or add more hours.  For additional information stop by The Daughter of the King Exhibit booth #4.

Full details of the Diocesan Council Prayer Chapel and all Worship times are available on the Worship page (see left-hand navigation.)


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.