Jehovah’s Witnesses to hand out invitations to convention
Saturday, July 01, 2006
By George Jaksa
FLINT – Area residents are familiar with Jehovah’s Witnesses knocking on their doors with literature in hand.
This time, it could include an invitation.
The denomination is delivering personal invitations to its July 28-30 district convention, at the Dow Events Center in Saginaw.
Daniel Ferriss, spokesman and full-time Jehovah’s Witnesses minister in Grayling, said each of the 49 area Witness congregations will canvass neighborhoods to hand out two-page invitations to the “Deliverance at Hand” sessions opening at 9:30 a.m. July 28 at the center, 303 Johnson St.
Ferriss said the convention is free and no collections will be taken.
“These kinds of conventions have been successful in California, New York and other states,” said Ferriss, who said Flint-area people will be among speakers.
Ferriss said the convention is expected to draw 5,400 people each day – part of a massive volunteer effort to invite people to similar conventions around the world. The programs, all with the same theme, will be staged in 155 nations and include more than 260 in the United States.
“The Witnesses believe that mankind sorely needs deliverance from the effects of inherited sin and its consequences, death,” said a news release explaining the effort. “They feel that only God can bring about the kind of deliverance.”
Ferriss said the July program will be followed by similar sessions at the Dow Events Center Aug. 4-6 and Aug. 11-13.
District conventions in the recent past have been held at the Pontiac Silverdome but a smaller venue was chosen this year for more personal contact, Ferriss said.