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Convention Planners Release Information Sheet for Attendees

All those who attend the Archdiocese Convention will be provided with the following Announcements sheet. It is also being made available here for your benefit.


Please be sure that your cell phone and/or pager are turned off or on “vibrate” while in the chapel.

The Convention Registration Counter will be closed during all chapel services.

In order to maintain a prayerful attitude during our services, please afford yourself enough time to enter the chapel before the start of services and plan to be properly attired.  Shorts and tank tops are not appropriate in the chapel.  It is also proper to observe a pre-communion fast before receiving Holy Communion at the Divine Liturgy.  Priests are available to hear Confession at the front of the chapel prior to the beginning of Liturgy, Vespers, and Daily Orthros.

To all hotel guests – a “Resort Fee” is optional for all convention guests.  The amenities which are included in the fee include wireless internet service and access to the Resort exercise facility.  Hotel guests may inform the front desk to have this fee removed from their charges upon checking in.

Are you commuting from another hotel or a local residence?  The JW Marriott Resort (Convention hotel) is providing free Parking to all registered convention guests.  You will be able to show the parking attendant your registration badge upon exiting the self-parking gate and not be charged for parking.

All parents and chaperones must have turned in to the Convention Registration Counter a completed and signed Parental Consent Form for all teens and children in their care.

For a good street map of Palm Springs and Desert Cities see the center page of Travelhost magazine (in your hotel room).
Your registration name badge is your “ticket” to convention events and provides you with free parking.  It is very important that you wear your badge when you enter each event. 

All personal checks used for payment at the convention must be drawn on a U.S. funds bank account.  The use of a credit card is recommended for a convenient exchange.

A limited supply of tickets for all evening events is available for purchase.  Please check with the registration counter for availability.

Make your seat selection for the Tuesday Order of St. Ignatius Dinner, the Thursday Mexican Fiesta, and the Saturday Grand Banquet and Dance at the table near the Registration Counter from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. today or until the start of the event.

Members of The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch are reminded to wear their crosses to the dinner on Tuesday evening.

All registered persons at our convention will receive a 10% discount in all Marriott restaurants with their convention badge.  Also, should you be an AARP member, you can receive a 25% discount at all Marriott restaurants.  Note:  Both discount options may not be used at the same time.

The clergy photograph with the hierarchs will take place following the morning Liturgy on Saturday, July 25th, in the chapel.
Lost and Found items may be located or turned in at the North Convention Registration Counter.

Attention hotel guests:  Please inform the hotel front desk should you choose the option of a late 3 p.m. check-out, available for Sunday only (July 26th).
Attention all Oratorical Festival contestants:  Plan to meet with Ramia Baba, Oratorical Coordinator, outside the Chapel following Vespers on Friday.
Attention Pastors:  Please see Fr. George Kevorkian to sign for and receive your ballots at the clergy meeting on Tuesday, July 22nd at the back of the chapel.

Attention to all Bible Bowl Teams:  All team members will need to attend a meeting at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, July 22 in Desert Salon (room) 7 to go over the rules.  The teams will be able to leave following the meeting.  The Bible Bowl will begin at 7:45 p.m. that evening.

Don’t miss our closed circuit convention program on channel 33 available in your hotel room featuring Orthodox ministries, including SOYO, The Fellowship of St. John the Divine, IOCC, FOCUS North America, OCF, Project Mexico, St. Tikhon Seminary, St. Vladimir’s Seminary, Holy Cross Seminary and Hellenic College.

The following exhibits and vendors are participating in our Convention:
In the pre-function corridors of the Convention Center: 
St. Tikhon Seminary;
The Antiochian Department of Youth;
St. Vladimir’s Orthodox Theologial Seminary;
Chris J. Kamages (Byzantine Architectural) Design
(CJK Design Group of San Francisco)
Conciliar Media (AKA Conciliar Press);
Michael Herzak Insurance System Group;
Hellenic College and Holy Cross Seminary; 
Stewardship Advocates; www.stewardshipadvocates....
Project Mexico;
Orthodox Christian Prison Ministry;
International Orthodox Christian Charities;
The Order of St. Ignatius of Antioch;
Orthodox Christian Mission Center;
Orthodox Christian Fellowship;
The Antiochian Orthodox Christian Women of North America;
The 50th Antiochian Archdiocese Convention (2011),
St. George, Cicero, Illinois
The Antiochian Department of Christian Education;
Orthodox TV; 
Iconographer, Heather Sommer
Bone Marrow Donor Program (San Francisco)

In Desert Salons 1-6 (across from the chapel): 
Eighth Day Books (Wichita, Kansas);
Krista West Vestments;
Monastery of St. John (Manton, California)
St. Matthew Bookstore; Torrance, California
Melleni Byzantine Mosaics
Orthodox Church Supply of America;
St. Zosima Church Supply;
NuSkin Enterprises; (Kh. Kimberly Taweel and Donna Malouf)
Comprehensive Ecclesiology, Inc. (St. Nicholas, Montreal);
The Life Giving Spring Bookstore (Glendale, California);
Holoviak’s Church Supply, Inc.;
Annunciation Press;
American Church Supply; www.americanchurchsupply....

Convention Guest Speaker:  Metropolitan NIKITAS: Thurs., July 23 and Fri., July 24, following Vespers in the chapel

Youth Speakers (see Convention Schedule):  Alex Younes:  Thurs., July 23rd (3-5 p.m.) on the convention theme: “Seizing the opportunity to do good works – fashioning the True Cross in each of our lives as we aspire to the Kingdom;” Fri., July 24th (1:30 – 3 p.m.): “Defining ‘those that are poor’ in the secular world and the Orthodox perspective.”  And on Sat., July 25th (1-2 p.m.): “Approach in local parish communities to planning a recurring ministry to those in need” (with a video presentation); Father Josiah Trenham “Dating… The 12 Things You Must Know Before You Start Courting” (Fri., July 24; 6:30 - 8 p.m.), and “On Choosing a Spouse” (Sat., July 25; 2-4 p.m.)