Council On-line Registration Opens Today

Be the first to register your attendance at Council 2012 in McAllen February 16 – 18, 2012.  Our registration process will be very similar to last year, but with a more user-friendly interface.  A registration letter and instructions from the host committee has been mailed to all clergy and churches with all the details.  Or click Registration Letter for a copy. Online payment options will include Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express credit card, Visa and MasterCard DEBIT  cards, and e-checks.  If you wish to pay by check, then print the Registration Receipt, make your check payable to Diocesan Council 2012 and mail both to St. John’s McAllen.

Exhibit booths selling quickly

The online registration for Council Exhibitors opened Tuesday 12/6 and already 60% of the booths have been sold.  Of the 64 booths filling the ballroom of the McAllen Convention Center, only six (6) premiums are still available.  We also have 19 unsold standard priced booths.  Every booth should see a lot of foot traffic with the positioning of the exhibits between the business session and the hospitality area.  All our diocesan ministries are represented, along with the artists and vendors who join us each year, providing ministry information, new programs, beautiful jewelry, wooden handicrafts, vestments, crosses and much more.

While attending Council be sure to make time for browsing, and don’t forget the Daily iPad Give-away.  For more on our exhibits click the Exhibitors tab.

Exhibitor Registration to Open December 6, 2011

Planning is underway for another outstanding year of Exhibits.  The  people of St. Peter and St. Paul Church in Mission, let by JB Townsend, have volunteered to serve as the 2012 Exhibit Committee, and full details are available by clicking here or on “Exhibitors” on the left-hand navigation bar.  Online registration will open on December 6, 2011.

The exhibitor area will be located in the Ballroom at the Convention Center.  We have redesigned the layout to maximize traffic for our vendors, as the refreshment area for council will also be located in this area.  We value our exhibitors and are doing everything possible to make this a successful endeavor for everyone involved.  Therefore, we will also be having a Daily Ipad Give-away” during Council.  Attendees will be encouraged to visit each booth and have a “Bingo” card stamped by all exhibitors in order to be eligible to enter in the drawing.

Certification Information Available

On Nov 1, 2011 the Rev David Read, Diocesan Secretary e-mailed information to clergy and the church office listserv.  This packet of Certification information is available here at  There is also an online Certification of Election form that can be completed online, printed, signed and mail as required.  The signed “Certificate of Election of Lay Delegates to Diocesan Council” form is due no later than Feb. 2, 2012.

Embassy Suites McAllen Sold Out

Hotel rooms for Council 2012 are going quickly this year.  The 160-room block at the Embassy Suites is now SOLD OUT.  They will continue to take reservations, but at a higher shelf price (not our $124 group rate).

There are still plenty of rooms available as we have group rate agreements with four other hotels:

  • Homewood Suites at $109+
  • SpringHill Suites at $89+
  • Courtyard Marriott at $89+
  • Casa De Palmas Renaissance Hotel at $109+

Visit the Hotel page of the Council website at for full details and contact information.

Hotels, hotels and more hotels

Five hotel choices to be exact, with 332 rooms all within 5 miles of the McAllen Convention Center.  Embassy Suites McAllen remains the headquarters hotel with 160 rooms, large suites, complimentary full breakfast and open parking.  Other hotels are the SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Homewood Suites Hilton, Courtyard Marriott, and the Renaissance Case De Palmas Hotel, all with outstanding amenities.  The room rates are from $89 to $124.  Something for everyone we hope.

Earlier than normal, the cutoff dates range from January 20  through Feb 10, 2012 with most ending on February 1.  To insure you get your first choice, make your reservations early.  All details can now be found on the Hotel page of this website.

Nominations for 2012 Diocesan Council Elections

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.

Council 2012, let the planning begin!

Council 2012 will be February 16 – 18, 2012 at the McAllen Convention Center. updates have started, although “tentative” is often the catch phrase, you will find new information in many of the areas including:

In the near term expect more on Certification, Registration and Exhibitors.  Later you will see details on Council in Action, Luncheons and a wonderful Banquet featuring great entertainment, Rotel and the Hot Tomatoes, rated one of the top Texas bands!

Council 2012 information coming soon!

Council 2012 will be at the McAllen Convention Center beginning at 1:00 pm Thursday, February 16, 2012 through Saturday February 18 at noon.  With St. John’s Episcopal Church McAllen again serving as the host committee, you can expect another wonderful event bigger and better than 2009.  Details will begin to develop in September with information on hotels and exhibits being among the first to appear.  When information is added to the site a notice will be posted on this home page.  Consider signing up for the RSS feed and have automatic notification of new information. Click “Sign-up” for more information.

NOTE:  All pages contain OLD 2011 information.