A United Church of God representative stands ready Friday to direct traffic into the Fort William Henry parking lot for one of their daily services during a convention they are holding in Lake George this week. About 400 members of the church group are participating in the 2012 Feast of Tabernacles, their annual international convention, held this year in Lake George and several other sites around the nation and around the world.
A religious group is holding its annual international convention in Lake George this week, and area officials have extended a warm welcome to the organization.
The United Church of God, based in Cincinnati, is holding their 2012 Feast of Tabernacles at the Fort William Henry Convention Center.
About 400 of the church members from the northeastern U.S. are attending the convention, according to Church of God representative Mark Kasperson.
“We’re delighted to be here,” he said Friday as church members of all ages streamed into one of their daily morning services. “Lake George is an absolutely beautiful location, and we’re really enjoying ourselves.”
The United Church of God is in town for nine days, through Monday Oct. 8.
In addition to services, bible studies, a children’s choir performance and religious presentations, the convention-goers are partaking in such activities as boat cruises, a trip to Adirondack Extreme Adventure in Bolton, and auto tours of the area during peak autumn foliage season. They also may be visiting Lake George’s Village’s Oktoberfest which is being held Friday Oct. 5 through Monday Oct. 8, Lake George Chamber of Commerce President Michael Consuelo said.
For almost four years, Consuelo has been reaching out to various trade and special-interest groups, as well as religious organizations to prompt them to come to hold conventions and conferences in Lake George.
The United Church of God was one of the first organizations he contacted in this outreach effort, Consuelo said.
Traditionally, the group has met in the Pennsylvania area. Consuelo said the United Church of God officials appreciate Lake George’s wide range of places to stay — cottages, cabins and inns as well as hotels and motels.
“There’s no better place than Lake George for a variety of accommodations,” he said. “I’m very pleased they chose Lake George, and hopefully they have a wonderful experience and return in upcoming years.”
Lake George Mayor Robert Blais offered similar comments.
“We’re happy they’ve chosen Lake George, and extend a warm welcome,” he said. “We hope they enjoy our area’s natural beauty and all we have to offer.”