Friday, January 23, 2009

Weekly Witness For January 23rd

Calling Volunteers for General Convention!

by Michael S. Bell
GC2009 Project Manager/Meeting Planner 310-591-8109

Want to be part of our faithful witness and work toward full inclusion of all the baptized in all the sacraments? We're seeking passionate and committed hearts, minds, and hands to join with us in our mission at General Convention in Anaheim. Whether you expected to have a few hours one day or know that you are available full-time for the entire two weeks of Convention, we welcome your time and talent on our team. We're interested in engaging people who have had Convention experience as well as "newbies" who are emerging as the next generation of leaders in our community. You can express interest in one our specific teams or in serving as a general volunteer. A volunteer application forms can be found on our General Convention website: This site will continue to evolve as our official hub of information about our work at Convention, so bookmark it in your browser. If you’re not sure if you’ll have time to be active with us, but want to stay informed about what we’re up to, please complete and submit this form anyway--we’ll keep you posted. Please forward this information to others in your communities/networks.

All applications will be acknowledged. Applications received before the end of February will be considered for a limited number of "supported" volunteer roles, for which lodging (two volunteers per room) will be available in our hotel block in Anaheim.

Thank you for considering this opportunity to realize our future!

Speaking Of General Convention...

As announced earlier this month, we have launched our campaign to raise $80,000 for Integrity's witness as General Convention.

As an individual, click here to make a secure, online contribution using your debit or credit card.

As a chapter, network, circle, or congregation, please consider hosting a fundraising event in your area. We plan to hold at least 10 event across the country. Each event is typically two hours in length and takes place at a church fellowship hall or private residence. The function usually begins with a reception, which is then followed by a presentation from the President or another board member, and time for questions and comments. We ask that the local hosting group be responsible for invitations to local individuals and for the expenses and arrangements related to hospitality. The national office will send invitations to everyone in the area and make special e-mail announcements to the entire membership. We can also provide blank invitation post cards to the host. The national office will cover any travel expenses of the board member attending. Please help us schedule these events as soon as possible so that we can aim for the best turnout possible. Contact Bruce Colburn, Integrity’s Development Coordinator, at 800-462-9498 or and he will gladly answer any questions you have and help in any other way possible.

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