PostAntiochian Orthodox Christian Archdiocese of North America
Date(s) - 07/21/2019 - 07/28/2019
St. Nicholas Antiochian Orthodox Churhc
GRAND RAPIDS, MICHIGAN
AC2019-Grand Rapids: You’ll Love It Here!
The time has come at last.
July 21-28, 2019, our Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese will hold its 54th Biennial Convention in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Your host church St. Nicholas has been planning for your arrival the past four years. We are so ready to welcome you!
Our city of Grand Rapids, nestled on the banks of the Grand River in Pure Michigan, had been a best-kept secret for years, but no longer. Once known as the Furniture Capital of the World and Home of President Gerald Ford, we’re now known as “Cool City,” “Beer City USA,” and “Leading Place to Visit, Live, Work, and Raise a Family.” We’re a mid-size community with all the attributes of a big city and none of the negatives. We’re family-friendly, safe, affordable, hassle-free, congestion-free, and smog-free. Ask anyone. We love it here!
Metropolitan Joseph visited us recently to put his stamp of approval on our convention plans. He told us, “In Grand Rapids, we are making history. Because of this convention, Orthodoxy will be heard.” He went on to proclaim, “I need the people. The people need the hierarchs. The clergy and people together, that’s why we need this convention.” Sayidna affirmed why it’s important we all attend AC2019. “We go to the convention to please God and to bring more unity in our life and in our society. All of us are one group, one family, one Archdiocese.” We belong together.
Metropolitan Joseph serving at St. Nicholas, Grand Rapids
We’ve been having the time of our lives preparing for AC2019. The hotel rooms are top notch (4-Star 4-Diamond) at hugely discounted prices. The Grand River runs alongside the hotels and convention center and the cafés, pubs, boutiques, museums, and urban market are all within walking distance.
We’re maintaining all the spiritual traditions of the convention like Bible study, services, and Bible Bowl & Oratorical Festival, but we added something new: “Nightly Chats with Sayidna” and “Ask Abouna.” There is a workshop or event for every single person to take part in. Also, for the first time, we have a special workshop for priests put on by Faithtree.
At Kids’ Club, young children will learn how to worship through their five senses and tour the children’s and public museums. To celebrate 50 years of SOYO, there will be an All-Teen Dance. The young adults will tour nationally-renowned breweries in Grand Rapids. At the Family Riverwalk Street Fair, we’ll serve up tacos and sliders, beer kegs and jugglers, balloon and face artists, and stilt walkers. There will be a wonderful Archdiocese Women’s Lunch and Order of St. Ignatius Dinner. We’ll be going “From Broadway to Grand Rapids” with a high caliber musical production featuring some of the best talent in our Archdiocese. At the Hafli – Yallah…Let’s Dance, there will be a Moroccan theme with henna artists, Arabic music for our dabke, and mazza. Then, instead of the typical banquet, we’ll “Light the Night” with a Dinner-Dance Gala with few speeches, exquisite food, and an emotional look back at 40 years of memories of the Antiochian Village.
We have excursions to the Ford Presidential Museum, to an original Frank Lloyd Wright Home, and a tour of Grand Rapids Heritage Hill District. We’ll take you to the Frederick Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park, among the top 30 must-see gardens of the world. And you can’t leave Grand Rapids without experiencing unsalted, shark-free Lake Michigan, with the longest freshwater shoreline anywhere. We’re stealing you away to the beaches and bringing a custom towel for you. If you can’t go, extend your trip to Michigan and visit one resort town after another, minutes from each other, up and down the Michigan Coast. You won’t believe how stunning and breathtaking it all is…a summer place like no other.
AC2019 is about all of us Antiochian Orthodox being together: to meet new friends and rekindle old friendships, to get to know our beloved Hierarchs and Clergy, and to worship, learn, grow in our faith, compete, and have great fun with each other. If you’re not here in Grand Rapids with us, it just won’t be the same without you. YOU’LL LOVE IT HERE! Go to ac2019gr.org for all things convention: register, book hotel, purchase event package and other tickets, and get ready to roll.
Stay, or Go? Top 20 Reasons
|Why stay home?||Why attend?|
|Never thought to go to a Convention||Come to this one, the Unconventional Convention|
|Been there, done that||Now’s the time to come back|
|Why go to Grand Rapids||#1 U.S. Travel Destination|
|Too hard to get to Grand Rapids ||120+ direct flights or a tank of gas|
|Too hot & muggy in mid July||In Pure Michigan: clear, cool, sunny skies|
|Save Money||It’ll be your best investment all year|
|Catch up on Facebook||Catch up face-to-face|
|Don’t know enough people||Will meet more people than you know|
|Don’t know how to dabke||Free dabke lessons|
|Don’t want workshop lectures||Won’t be lectured, will be engaged|
|Can hang by my own pool||Hang out at unsalted, shark-free Lake MI|
|Never went to Camp or SOYO||It’ll feel like you went to Camp and SOYO|
|Kids want to play video games||Play at Kids’ Club & Family Street Fair|
|Like my own lumpy bed||Luxurious 4-Star Hotels at discounted $$$|
|Tune into favorite re-runs||Tune into the Greatest Story Ever Told|
|Can worship here as usual||Worship with 8 Bishops & 250 Priests|
|Can talk with my priest anytime||How about a Chat with Sayidna this time|
|Don’t want to drive everywhere||Just walk, it’s that close to everything|
|Content with my same old food||Not once you get a Taste of Grand Rapids|
|Watch grass grow||Watch faith grow!|
Amway Grand Hotel
From Broadway to Grand Rapids musical production
Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park