Hotel Woes?

Last update indicated there were a few King rooms available for Thursday 2/21/13 departing Saturday 2/23/13 at the Omni Bayfront.  We have a new block at the second Omni hotel, Marina Towers.  It is a small block of 35 rooms with Wednesday night available for those needing to arrive early.  There are also rooms with double Queen beds.  The Group Code is 14500812235.  Go to the hotel page at for full hotel contact information.  Happy hunting!  Please e-mail nancy.stinson@dwtx if you are having issues reserving rooms.

Premium Booths Almost Gone

2013-Exhibitor-600x800Hurry and purchase your exhibit booth for the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas Council 2013 opening at 10:00 am on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  As of today, at 6:00 pm, only two premium booths remain available. There are, however, 31 standard booths open. Of course you’ll see from the map there really isn’t a “bad” booth, but to assure your preferred location don’t delay in completing the online registration. For full details on exhibiting at Council 2013 find the exhibitor page at

Where in the world are Pre-Council meetings?

Look no further! Our seven convocational meetings are listed on the Pre-Council page at Meetings are during the 3rd full week in January:

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  • Sunday, January 20, Valley and Southern
  • Tuesday, January 22, Eastern and Western
  • Thursday, January 24, Northern and Northeastern
  • Sunday, January 27, Central

Pre-council meetings are essential to a delegate’s preparation for Council. Many details of the diocesan budget, which Council is responsible for establishing, will be presented at pre-council meetings and not be repeated on the floor of Council.

All meetings, except the Central Convocation (San Antonio), will begin with a light supper at 6:00 pm.  The Central Convocation meeting will begin with coffee and a light dessert at 6:15 pm. All presentations will start at 6:45 pm.

Take a minute to find your meeting preference and reserve the date on your calendar. (For those four people who have already looked at Pre-Council dates and locations, a correction has been made.  The western Convocation meeting is in Eagle Pass, not Del Rio.)

Exhibitors start your engines. . .

. . . and check your mailboxes.  An invitation to exhibit at Council 2013 was mailed on Thursday, November 29th to all previous and potential Exhibitors.  As we return to AmericanBank Center, Corpus Christi in February, the exhibits will again be in Watergarden A beside the business session.  And of course, the hospitality area is positioned at the back to insure a steady flow of attendees past our 62 exhibits.  After all, who can resist our tradition of free cookies and coffee?  Back by popular demand, the host church committee will again offer the “Daily iPad Give-away” during Council.  Vendors don’t forget your stamp or sticker to help attendees fill their “iPad card.”  Online exhibitor registration will open Wednesday, December 12, 2012, and complete information including the booth map and committee invitation letter is now available on the Exhibits page at

Council 2013 planning begins!

It’s that time of year.  Time to begin preparing for Council 2013.  This year we will meet in Corpus Christi at the AmericanBank Center, with the first business session beginning at 1:00 pm on Thursday, February 21, 2013.  We’ll be staying at the Omni Bayfront Hotel, and with 400 rooms we’ve got space for everyone.  Hosted this year by the people who are St. Bartholomew’s, their plans have focused first on the location for our Friday night banquet.  And what a location it is!  You won’t want to miss an evening on the USS Lexington Aircraft Carrier, with great food, tours of the ship, flight simulation and more.

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.

Online Donations – Habitat Builders for West Texas

Resolution 4-2012 of the Bishop’s Address and Online Donations

In his annual address to Diocesan Council on February 17, 2012, the Rt. Rev. Gary Lillibridge asked the diocese to renew their commitment to the work of the Habitat Builders for West Texas by agreeing to build three new Habitat homes over the next six years. In order to fund these homes, the bishop proposed the following, which was set forth in a resolution by the Committee on the Bishop’s Address:

Resolution 4-2012 – Renew our diocesan support of the work of Habitat Builders for West Texas by a commitment of financial support to build three Habitat homes during the next six (6) years through a contribution by each of our 90 parishes of at least $300 per year. AND/OR an individual parishioner’s financial support of $2 per month/$24 per year.

To make an online donation, click here. You may also set up recurring payments in the amounts designated above.

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