Thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses will arrive in Johnson City this weekend for the 2012 district convention being held at Freedom Hall Civic Center.
The theme for the weekend will be “Safeguard your heart!” and will focus on different aspects of the heart as mentioned in various Bible passages.
The convention will focus on certain areas of the physical and spiritual heart on certain days. Friday’s spiritual theme will examine similarities between physical heart conditions and spiritual afflictions that can affect the heart. Saturday’s theme will examine how the figurative heart could influence worship and behavior. There also will be an ordination of new members on Saturday.
Sunday’s gathering will feature a series of talks that will review eight individuals who showed their devotion to God through their lifetimes. A live play about young people trying to find the answer to the question “what is true love?” also will be presented on Sunday.
The convention also will be held on June 15-17 at Freedom Hall.
The event will be free to the public, and people interested in going can attend any session or attend the entire day. The morning sessions will begin daily at 9:20. The afternoon sessions will begin at 1:50 p.m. on Friday, 1:35 p.m. on Saturday and 1:25 p.m. on Sunday.
The convention is one of 385 conventions being held in 103 cities throughout the United States. Across the country, the program will be offered in English and Spanish.
In certain parts of the country, the entire program will be presented in American sign language, Chinese, Arabic, Armenian, French, Greek, Haitian Creole, Hindi, Iloko, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, Tagalog and Vietnamese.
The expected attendance for both weekends is expected to be more than 7,000 in the region. The expected attendance throughout the country is expected to be more than 1.7 million.
For additional information, call 737-1708 or visit www.jw.org.