Friday, June 15, 2012

General Convention Update

General Convention is coming up, and the coordinating team for the diocese welcomes your participation. Also, All Saints will have a special schedule on Sunday, July 8. Our 8am mass will proceed as usual, but we will cancel the 10am mass. Join the whole Episcopal Church for worship at 9:30 at the JW Marriott downtown instead.

GENERAL CONVENTION---ALMOST HERE!With a frantic mix of excitement, stress, and anticipation in the air, look out! The 77th General Convention of the Episcopal Church in the US is almost here. On-site preparations begin on Sunday, July 1, with the first "official" day of convention Thursday, July 5. Several preliminary meetings/sessions and the exhibit hall will gear up early that week. Here's a quick round-up about what we still need, what you can do, and what you might need to know.
PLEASE VOLUNTEER!More convention volunteers are still needed and volunteering is FUN! It takes about 1,000 local volunteers to make convention happen.  Click here to volunteer.
JOIN IN our diocesan special event at Victory Field on Sunday, July 8, noon to 4 p.m. "Step Up to the Plate for Partnerships: The Indianapolis Experience" will have four stages of entertainment and over 75 different things to see and do. It is one-third of a mile of fun as we welcome the church, world, and Hoosier community. We have raised nearly $80,000 from sponsors (and more in in-kind donations) to put on this event and it will operate on faith with a generosity model. Games, food, music, and attractions are free---guests will simply be invited to respond with freewill gifts to Bor, Brasilia, and Haiti. For more information---including a complete schedule of entertainment---go to

What do we still need? Volunteers for the event (lots of jobs to choose from), prizes for games (homemade items such as jams, jellies, breads, tomatoes from your garden, bazaar-type items, etc; items for silent auction. arts and crafts persons willing to set up and sell their wares (no cost for set up or percentage of sales), and much more! If you can't be with us, please pray that this event will be a blessing to all and bring in many gifts for Bor, Brasilia, and Haiti. Contact
or 502-345-6406.

Where is the free parking for volunteers?Park in the lot at Lucas Oil Stadium and bring your ticket to volunteer check-in in the convention center for validation.
What if I want to stay overnight?Special rates ($69-$89) have been negotiated with both the Marriott and LaQuinta hotels at 21st and Shadeland. Contact the properties directly and let them know you are attending the Episcopal Church convention.
Where should I park on Sunday for the 9:30 a.m. worship at the JW Marriott and the diocesan festivities at Victory Field?You're on your own. Here are a few suggestions. If you arrive early, there is lots of free parking all over downtown Indianapolis. You may be able to get a free spot in the small parking lot at Victory Field. There is also nearby White River State Park, where rates start at $3 and go up to no more than $12. The JW Marriott has the closest parking but is twice as expensive (maybe carpool and share with your friends?).
What else is the diocese doing for convention?We'll be running a hospitality center in the exhibit hall. Please stop by to visit and/or volunteer to help us meet guests from all over the church and world. To volunteer for this convention activity, contact or 502-345-6406.
What if I can't be at convention but would like to follow the action. What opportunities are there?The diocesan website will link you to a convention media hub. There, you can watch the live action from the House of Bishops and House of Deputies, news conferences, and worship experiences, as well as participate in blogs, tweets, and Facebook posts on all of the action.

HILDREN'S PROGRAM AT GENERAL CONVENTIONThe Children's Program at General Convention is going to be an excellent program of formation and adventure!

Please get the word out that our diocesan children are welcome to participate. However, they must register to do so. Children of volunteers may attend the program at no cost the days the person is volunteering, but one might consider sending their child ($65 per day) on other days as well! To register your child, go to this link, or find more information here.

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