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The 114th Diocesan Council will be held February 22 – 24, 2018 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton San Marcos Hotel and Conference Center. For the first time three churches are coming together to serve as your hosts: Church of the Resurrection, Windcrest; St. Andrew’s, Seguin; and St. Margaret’s, San Antonio. The website is now being updated as new information becomes available. Of current interest are the following pages:
Hotels – We return to the Embassy Suites in San Marcos with a block of 250 rooms for the Thursday and Friday nights of Council. There are three additional hotels serving as overflow. Details for online and phone reservations are here.
Nominations – The 2018 Nominations Instruction Packet PDF Format was sent by e-mail to churchofficelist on August 11, 2017 and is available here. Nominations will be accepted through Nov 1, 2017.
Pre-Council Meetings – The seven annual Pre-Council convocational meetings have been set with dates, times and locations here. For those in the Eastern or Central convocations notice your new time!
Mark your calendars, reserve your hotel rooms, and send your recommendations for those in your church who are willing to help lead our diocese in 2018. For a look back at Council 2017, spend a few minutes at www.council-dwtx.org with the videos, audios, and pictures from last February.
Diocesan Council 2017 will be held February 23 – 25, 2017 at the AmericanBank CENTER in Corpus Christi, and hosted by Church of the Good Shepherd. The website, http://www.Council-dwtx.org, is now being updated as new information becomes available. Of current interest are the following pages:
- Hotel – “Episcopal Diocesan Council Meeting” has a block of 400 rooms for the Thursday and Friday nights of Council at the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel. Please accurately anticipate your needs and make your reservations as early as possible. Details for online or phone reservations are here.
- Nominations – The 2017 Nominations Instruction Packet PDF format has been sent by e-mail to churchofficelist on August 23, 2016 and is available here. Nominations will be accepted through Nov. 1, 2016.
- Bishop Suffragan Election – Information and timeline for the Bishop Suffragan Election to be held on the Saturday of Council is available here.
- Discernment Forums (PreCouncil) – The Discernment Process for a new Bishop Suffragan includes three Forums that will replace the seven annual convocational Pre-council meetings for 2017. Dates, times and locations here. Please add this important event to your church calendar.
New Agenda Details – Banquet on Thursday, Worship on Friday
The St. Alban’s, Harlingen host committee is hard at work in hopes of making this the best Council ever. And their favorite idea for Council is to begin with a party! The Agenda of Events now reflects some of their personal touches. With the Banquet on Thursday, our Council Eucharist will fall on Friday evening beginning at 6:00 pm. As churches begin planning parish dinners at McAllen restaurants on Friday night we recommend an arrival time between 7:30 – 8:00 pm. For all mission and small congregations, good news! Holy Spirit, San Antonio is hosting your Friday evening dinner again, so watch for details coming soon.
Only 119 rooms available in Hotels with diocesan room blocks.
- Courtyard Marriott (New Listing) – 20 double bed rooms available at $109
- Hawthorn Suites by Wyndham – 12 rooms available at $129
- Drury Suites – 23 suites available at $109 or $119, plus 23 standard rooms (2 Queens) at $94
- Casa De Palmas Renaissance – 26 king or 2-double rooms at $119
- Springhill Suites – 15 king rooms at $109
- DoubleTree by Hilton – SOLD OUT
Go to the Hotel page for detail information on these Council hotels.
Central Convocation PreCouncil Meeting . . .
. . . will be SUNDAY, January 31, 2015 at Church of the Resurrection, Windcrest. This PreCouncil meeting was incorrectly listed as Monday, January 31, 2015.
Go to the PreCouncil page for detail information.
Nominations for Diocesan offices close November 1, 2015. Please submit your recommendations now!
Believe it or not Council 2016 is right around the corner, and the host committee from St. Alban’s, Harlingen has started their plans. Council will take place at the McAllen Convention Center beginning on Thursday, Feb 18 and concluding at noon on Saturday, Feb 20.
Much of this website has been updated. It has a new look that features audio or video presentations and pictures from our events. Already on the website find information on:
- Double Tree Suites (formally Embassy Suites)
- Casa De Palmas Renaissance Hotel
- Spring Hill Suites by Marriott
- Drury Suites (Available Soon)
PreCouncil Meeting dates and locations
Nomination Information Packets will be mailed soon, but you can review qualifications and current elected members now.
So mark your calendars, reserve your hotel rooms, and begin to think who might help lead our diocese in 2016. For a look back at Council 2015, spend a few minutes at www.council-dwtx.org with the videos, audios, and pictures from last February.
Not quite “Next Year”, but the planning is well underway. Council 2014 will return to the Embassy Suites Hotel, Spa and Conference Center at 1001 E. McCarty Lane, San Marcos, TX. Point of reference, right next door to Tangers Outlets! For those who attended Council 2011, you’ll remember we arrived on Thursday morning and didn’t need our cars again until Saturday afternoon.
We will be welcomed by the people who are St. Mark’s, San Marcos. They are already finalizing plans for the activities of Council including exhibits, luncheons and the banquet. You can expect some great shopping opportunities, Texas hospitality and outstanding menus all in a wonderful venue. The business of Council opens at 1:00 pm on Thursday Feb 20, 2014. Don’t be late!
Details will be added to this website as they develop. But for now, pages just updated are:
Now it’s time for you to begin your plans. Make your hotel reservations, mark the calendar for your PreCouncil meeting date, and consider nominating someone to serve at the diocesan level.
The official Report of the Diocesan Nominating Committee to the 108th Annual Diocesan Council has been posted online. To see the potential nominees who have allowed their names to be place on the ballot visit each of the related webpages below or on the left-hand navigation. Each page contains:
- The number of people to be elected
- A description of duties
- The current members
- Eligible or ineligible of incumbents for re-election
- 2012 Nominee listing
The nomination booklet, in printed format, will be distributed to clergy and delegates at the Pre-council meetings.
Excerpt from Rev Jim Friedel in the September 2, 2011 letter to all Rectors, Vicars, Assistants and Wardens –
“As you know, the Nominating Committee of our Diocese convenes each year to seek the names of individuals who may be called to serve the Church in a wider capacity through the elected offices of the Diocese. As chair of this committee for the 2012 Diocesan Council, I am writing to invite your participation in this process through steadfast prayer, and by the raising up of faithful, skilled leaders from within your own congregation. Those who feel called to potentially minister in this capacity, and whose names are submitted, will be considered for nomination and possible election to the various offices which will be filled by the 2012 Diocesan Council.”
“The Council 2012 Theme will be “Abound in Hope” (Romans 15.13) is both a bold charge and a subtle reminder that the work of the Church requires the diverse gifts and abilities of many individuals to faithfully engage the tasks to which God calls us. Therefore, as you encourage people to submit their names for consideration, remind them that their willingness to share their knowledge and skills with the larger Church is essential to the mission and ministry of the Diocese of West Texas. Furthermore, please remind them that, because the needs of the Diocese vary, the process of selecting nominees is a process of discernment, and not all names submitted for consideration will necessarily appear on the ballot.
Thank you for your support and participation in this process. Through your prayerful involvement year by year the Diocese of West Texas continues to raise up strong, faithful individuals to lead our Church in its duty to engage the calling of Christ.”
In the Nomination section of this website you will find a description of each office, current elected members, qualifications, and a biographical data sheet to complete for each nominee. These data sheets are due to Laura Woodall in the Bishop’s Office by November 1, 2011.
The complete January/February 2011 Church News is available on the Church News page as a PDF file. On pages 7 – 10 you will find four pages devoted to all the details of Council. Of special note is the cover story Abide in Me III Moves to Council. Our annual Abide in Me conference will once again bring together churches from around the diocese for a time of sharing and collaboration as we all live out the ministries given to us in this time and place. It will happen immediately after the closing of the 107th Annual Diocesan Council on Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Council site, the Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center. Congregational leaders who are not Council delegates are especially invited to participate in these workshops. There is no fee, but pre-registration is required. For those attending Saturday only, check-in will begin at 9:30 am on Saturday.
The Pre-Council page has been updated to include items distributed in the delegate packets including Nominations, Resolutions, Proposed Statement on Anglican Covenant, Council in Action poster and information, Council Live poster plus Mrs. Barrington visits Council flyer. For your reading pleasure the Anglican Communion Covenant, Commentary on Section IV, and Supplemental information from Council 2010 are also available.
The full Report of the Diocesan Nominating Committee to the 107th Annual Diocesan Council as distributed at Pre-council meetings is available on the Council website at Nominations Page . For specific positions (Executive Board, Standing Committee, etc) and those nominated for that position go to the individual pages of the website.