Diocesan Council 2020 – Day One

Bienvenido a Council 2020! Here’s a preview of what’s in store for us all today, Thursday, February 20.

10:00 a.m.Council Registration opens
(Foyer – G)
11:00 a.m.Childcare opens
(Watergarden B, 2nd Lvl)
11:30 a.m.Commission for Women’s Ministry Luncheon
(Rotunda, 2nd Lvl)
1:00 p.m.Call to Order, Council Business starts
(Ex. Hall B)
Opening Prayers
Council Committee Reports
Presentation of New Clergy, Seminarians, and Guests
Theme Introduction and Discussion
Communications Department Report
Corpus Christi Metro Ministries
Camps & Conferences Department Report
Commission for Disaster Recovery Report
Episcopal Schools Commission Report
TMI Episcopal Report
Vital University Missions Report
Good Samaritan Community Services Ministry Report
Horizons Stewardship Report
The Rt. Rev. Francisco Moreno,
Obispo de la Diocesis de Norte de Mexico
4:45 p.m.Council dismissed
5:00 p.m.Clergy vesting room opens
(Selena Rehearsal Hall)
5:30 p.m.Council Eucharist
(Selena Auditorium)
7:30 p.m.Small Church, Big Mission Dinner
7:30 p.m.Childcare closes
(Watergarden B)

Unless otherwise noted, all locations are within the American Bank Center; see floor map at the bottom of this page. Abbreviations: Ground Level (G); Second Level (2)

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 – printed or saved digitally to your smartphone or other device
  • Council In Action items – benefitting Corpus Christi Metro Ministries
  • Jacket, sweater, scarf, or light blanket – it can get cold on the floor of Council!
Registration – Thursday, 10:00 a.m. through 1:00 p.m.

After arriving at the American Bank Center on Thursday, come to the first-floor atrium to register that you are here and receive a conference goodie bag. Registration will be open from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. The Diocesan Secretary must confirm attendance to make sure that the appropriate number of clergy and laity are present before Council can begin.

American Bank Center Parking:

A Three-Day Event Parking Pass will be available to purchase for $10 (cash only) from the American Bank Center’s lot attendant, which will cover event parking through Saturday afternoon. You may also purchase a one-day pass for $5 (cash only) from the lot attendant on one or more days. For reference, the American Bank Center is a one mile walk from the Omni Corpus Christi Hotel.

Council Website:

The mobile-friendly Council website, council-dwtx.org, will serve as a hub of information for business, fellowship, activities, and ministry reports during Council. All documents and videos presented during the Pre-Council Convocational Meetings, including a corrected Nominations Booklet and printable Council Booklet, are available online now, at council-dwtx.org/documents.

Click here to read full Council 2020 News, sent February 14, 2020.

See you in Corpus Christi!

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 Diocesan Council, including the diocesan budgets, a resolution, and the nominations booklet, as well as an overview of Council 2020 theme, events, and experiences.

Please be reminded of the following items:
  1. The mobile-friendly Council website, council-dwtx.org, will serve as a hub of information for business, fellowship, activities, and ministry reports leading up to and during Council.
  2. All documents and videos presented during the Pre-Council Convocational Meetings, including a corrected Nominations Booklet and printable Council Booklet, are available online, at council-dwtx.org/documents.
    Please note three corrections to the Nominations Booklet: the Rev. Irv Cutter (TMI Episcopal Trustees and General Convention – Clergy, biography on page 57), the Rev. David G. Read (Executive Board Clergy and General Convention – Clergy, biography on page 45), and Mr. Rodney Hart (Executive Board – Lay and General Convention – Lay, biography on page 46). Corrected Nominations Booklets are available on the Documents page, and will be printed by Dispatch of Business and placed on each table at Council.
  3. A “friendly amendment” to Resolution 2020-1 was received after the Southern Convocation Pre-Council Meeting on January 27. The approved “friendly amendment” and updated text of Resolution 2020-1 will be presented on the floor of Council and is available for review now, at council-dwtx.org/resolution2020-1.
  4. Online Council Registration for clergy, clergy spouses, delegates, and alternates, which is a separate process from Lay Delegate Certification, as well as registration for visitors, volunteers, and childcare will stay open through Monday, February 10, at council-dwtx.org/registration.
  5. All flyers, brochures, and other materials to be distributed on the Council floor must be approved by Dispatch of Business, Canon Caroline Mowen, prior to distribution. The final deadline to submit the Distribution of Handouts Form for approval is Thursday, February 13. Black and white printing through the diocese will cost $0.05 per single-sided page. Color printing will cost $0.30 per single-sided page. 400 copies will provide one per delegate; 90 copies will provide one per congregation and staff table. If you print the items for distribution, ensure that they arrive at the diocesan office in San Antonio no later than 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 13.
For assistance preparing for Council 2020, please contact the diocesan office at (888/210) 824-5387.

Information in this post is excerpted from a Council 2020 News email sent Thursday, February 6. Click here to read the full message.

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 during Council on Friday afternoon. Workshop topics have been selected to broaden knowledge, build ministry skills, and foster connections between Council attendees from throughout the diocese. All workshops will take place within the American Bank Center; a 2020 Workshops Catalog is available to help individuals select which workshops to attend.

Preparing for Council

  • End of Year Parochial Reports: All year-end reports and 2019 financial audit instructions are available online. Church reports must be complete and submitted to the diocesan office by February 1, 2020 in order to vote at Council.
  • Certification of Lay Delegates: In order to certify lay delegates in accordance with the diocesan Constitution and Canons, a separate process than online registration, the clergy or lay person in charge of a congregation must complete and sign three copies of the Lay Delegate Certification Form, then send one copy each to the diocesan bishop, the diocesan secretary, and the Council Registration Chair, no later than February 1, 2020.
  • Youth in Action Update: After ten years of service, Youth in Action will take a sabbatical during Council 2020. Bishop Reed reminds congregations that the minimum age for Council Delegates and Alternates is sixteen years old, and invites youth to be present at Council in these roles, or as Visitors. Meredith Rogers, Director of Youth Ministry at St. Mark’s, San Antonio has been named the diocesan Youth Registrar and tasked with reimagining diocesan youth ministry events in partnership with diocesan staff, including future service opportunities and a West Texas youth delegation to the Episcopal Youth Event (EYE) taking place July 7 – 11, 2020.

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 approximately sixty-four booths, with several registration categories: Premium Hospitality, Premium, Standard, and Non-Profit Standard.

Click the button below to visit the Exhibits Registration page for more information about purchasing a booth at Council 2020 for your ministry, non-profit, or business.

A Word of Welcome from the Hosts

Grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. 

On behalf of Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church, Port Aransas and All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi, we invite you to the 116th Council of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. Council will convene at the AmericanBank Center in Corpus Christi on Thursday, February 20, 2020 at 1:00 p.m. and will conclude after the morning business session on Saturday, February 22.

The Rt. Rev. David Reed has chosen “With the Eyes of our Hearts Enlightened” from Ephesians 1:18 as the 2020 scripture theme. This verse points to our dependence upon, and the reality of, the Holy Spirit’s work within us as the people of the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas. It highlights the need to pay attention to what the Holy Spirit is up to among us, within us, and around us. 

Bishop Reed invited All Saints’, Corpus Christi, and Trinity, Port Aransas to host Diocesan Council this year, and we are thrilled to welcome you to the Coastal Bend to enjoy the beauty of this natural setting, to engage in creativity, and to build and strengthen our relationships in our Diocesan Community. Council Co-Chairs Amy Sullivan and Gayle Gottlich have recruited a team of people who have been prayerfully planning for an engaging and meaningful Diocesan Council. 

As the Council Host Churches, we are excited about:

  • hearing the Rev. Becca Stevens preach during Council Eucharist, Thursday evening
  • experiencing the Clergy and Clergy Spouse Art Exhibit
  • sharing an Open Mic and Coffee House space
  • walking a labyrinth, set up outside
  • participating in new Council Workshops to build community, foster connections, and broaden knowledge

 As a new Church year begins and we enter the spiritual wilderness with John the Baptist to prepare for the coming of Christ in our lives, we also invite you to prepare to receive what the Holy Spirit is doing in our Diocese. We specifically invite you to spend time in prayer and preparation in order to:

  • come to Council with stories to share
  • come ready to build new relationships and renew old ones
  • come ready to embrace the beauty of the Texas Gulf Coast 
  • come ready to sing, walk, listen, love, and explore 

More information about the details of Council will be shared in the months ahead. For now we ask that you keep our planning process in your prayers, and pray for Bishop Reed and the diocesan staff. We are moving into a new season as a church, and we seek to do so “with the eyes of our hearts enlightened.” 

Love to you from your Council planning clergy,

Jonathan +
The Rev. Jonathan Wickham
Rector, All Saints Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi

Cynthia +
The Rev. Cynthia McKenna
Associate Rector, All Saints’ Episcopal Church, Corpus Christi

James +
The Rev. James Derkits
Rector, Trinity by the Sea Episcopal Church, Port Aransas

Invitation to Council 2020

Save the date for Council 2020 : February 20 – 22, 2020 in Corpus Christi! Our hosts will be All Saints’, Corpus Christi and Trinity by the Sea, Port Aransas.

The Rev. James Derkits says, “The coast is where we get reconnected with God, as many of you know. And we who live down there have seen more than a few miracles in the past few years, in our resurrection process. So we’re happy to share our gratitude by inviting you, our Episcopal family, to come and see. We hope it will be a time of tending to our church business of course, witnessing beauty, and walking further into the Kingdom of God together.”

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
  • Grace Episcopal Church in Weslaco


Thank you very much!

Bishop Reed’s Council 2019 Summary

“Remember what you saw and what you heard. Take it home with you. Take home the buttons, take all of the buttons, and then explain them to people and engage in conversations with them. And walk in love as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, in offering and sacrifice to God.”

“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 may have an open mind  and an new experience

with the diocese, with our parishes, and with all these things.

Please let me see the truth.