Preparing for Council 2020: Don’t Forget!

The Rt. Rev. David Reed, host churches, and diocesan staff look forward to welcoming you to the 116th Annual Council of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas next week, February 20 – 22, 2020. Here are a handful of reminders as you get ready to travel to the coast. What to Bring: Council Booklet –Continue reading “Preparing for Council 2020: Don’t Forget!”

Pre-Council 2020 Recap and Final Deadlines

As the Rt. Rev. David Reed shared at each Pre-Council Convocational Meeting, “We don’t host Council for the sake of hosting Council, we do it for the sake of strengthening the mission and ministry of the churches of our diocese.” During these meetings, Bishop Reed and diocesan staff introduced items that will come before DiocesanContinue reading “Pre-Council 2020 Recap and Final Deadlines”

2020 Council Registration Opens

Council Registration is now open and will close Monday, February 10, 2020. All clergy, clergy spouses, delegates, alternates, visitors, childcare attendees, and exhibitors must register online to attend Diocesan Council. As part of registration for Council 2020, clergy and lay participants are required to select preferences for two workshop sessions, which will take place duringContinue reading “2020 Council Registration Opens”

Exhibits Registration Opens for Council 2020

Online registration for exhibitors at Council 2020 is now open, with a registration deadline of January 17, 2020. In the American Bank Center, the exhibitor area will be located on the lower level in Exhibit Hall-A, next to the Council Business Session in Exhibit Hall-B, also located on the lower level. The Exhibit Hall will contain approximatelyContinue reading “Exhibits Registration Opens for Council 2020”

Thank You to Council 2019 Host Churches

To our five Council 2019 Host Churches, we are so grateful to all of you, for all that you’ve offered us, and for your example of generous hospitality. St. John’s Episcopal Church in McAllen St. Peter and St. Paul Episcopal Church in Mission Trinity Episcopal Church in Pharr St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Edinburg GraceContinue reading “Thank You to Council 2019 Host Churches”

“Formerly Known as Apportionment Ad Hoc” – Shared Ministry Report

The Rev. Ram Lopez and Richard Mosty address Council about the challenges and the benefits to the diocesan apportionment for congregations of all sizes. They open their presentation with a “Set Aside Prayer”: God, please help me set aside everything I think I know about myself, the apportionment, and You, God, so that I mayContinue reading ““Formerly Known as Apportionment Ad Hoc” – Shared Ministry Report”

“Where your Treasure is, There your Heart Shall Be Also.” – Budget Priorities Report

Martha Steves and Tommy Funk speak about the work of the Executive Board – Budget Priorities Ad Hoc Committee. They share the ongoing work of the committee, and emphasize the spiritual aspect of their work, quoting Matthew 6:19-21. She explains that they have been going through the budget with the goal of “discerning if theContinue reading ““Where your Treasure is, There your Heart Shall Be Also.” – Budget Priorities Report”