Next Council To Take Place Over Three Days in Galveston
The Bishop's Office has announced that, in response to continued desire to be together and to reorganize Diocesan Council, the 2017 168th Council in Galveston will begin on Thursday evening, February 9, and conclude Saturday, February 11. The conference will be held at the Galveston Convention Center. The final three-day schedule will be published later this month here.
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If your church has a late date for the annual meeting, you can register the number of delegates and alternates in advance and supply the names later. In fact, you are encouraged to do so. Contact Gail McGuire at 713.353.2114 or 800.318.4452 for instructions.
In addition to registering delegates, each church is required to provide the following by no later than February 5, 2017:
Parochial Report (due before council regardless of National Church's later deadline) can be completed on the national church's website starting January 1, 2017 at: pr.dfms.org
Workbooks for completing the report will be available here after January 1.
Special rates available Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, February 9-11, 2017.
Make reservations by phone and ask for the Episcopal Diocese of Texas to get the special rate. The deadline for making reservations is January 9, 2017.
Hilton Galveston Island Resort, 5400 Seawall Blvd, (adjacent to the Galveston Island Convention Center). Rate: $144. Call Reservations Department directly at 877.425.4753.
The San Luis Resort, 5222 Seawall Blvd. Rate: $159. Call Reservations Department directly at 800.392.5937.
Holiday Inn Resort, 5002 Seawall Blvd. Rate: $144. Call Reservations Department directly at 409.740.5300 or 800.465.4329.
All voting will be done electronically using smartphones, tablets and laptops. Wi-Fi access will be provided to each delegate, but electricity will not be. Before you register people, you will need to know if delegates will be able to bring their own mobile device or will need to borrow one. If your alternates do not plan to share a device with your delegates, you will need to count them also. The online registration form will ask how many devices the Diocese will need to provide for those not able to bring their own.
Singers are needed for the diocesan-wide choir that will sing at the annual Diocesan Council’s Friday Eucharist, February 10, 2017 at the Galveston Convention Center. The worship service will begin at 5 p.m. with rehearsal time preceding the service. Music will be emailed to interested singers. To volunteer yourself, your Council delegates, alternates, clergy spouses or choir members willing to come to Galveston, please contact Linda Patterson at or 979.836.7248 ext. 13.