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Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Vergers at General Convention in 2018

This VergerTV video shows the VGEC booth as General Convention prepares to open on July 3, 2018

By Scott Smith, VGEC President and Head Sacristan, Trinity Church Wall Street, [email protected]

As the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church gets underway in Austin, Texas, the Vergers Guild has an excellent location in the Exhibit Hall of the Austin Convention Center. We plan to spread word of the verger ministry to the over 1000 attendees of this triennial.

The one minute video above shows the results of a full day’s work yesterday. We have started an online photo album where we will be uploading photos and videos of the event.

The VGEC has had color-
changing cups at General
Convention since 2009 and
they have become very
The VGEC had its first booth at General Convention in 2009 in Anaheim, California followed by 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana, 2015 in Salt Lake City, and now 2018 in Austin, Texas.

25 vergers volunteers will be working in shifts to staff the booth for the entire time the exhibit hall is open. Some are delegates or alternates, some are local to the Austin/San Antonio area, and several are traveling from afar. According to Duke DuTeil, this year’s General Convention Committee Chair, “We have spent several months planning the event here in Austin and we are delighted to welcome the greater church to our part of the country.”

We invite you to tell anyone that you know who is attending the event this year to stop by the booth and pick up an orange color changing VGEC collector’s cup. They can’t miss us - tell them to look for the large overhead “got vergers?” sign.

We have put aside a stash of these awesome orange cups for those attending the VGEC Annual Conference in Denver on September 20 to 23, 2018 in Denver, Colorado.

The 2018 VGEC Annual Conference is in Denver from Thursday, September 20 to Sunday, September 23, 2018. This conference marks the 30th year that we have gathered together to learn about and explore the ministry of the verger in God's church. The deadline to register is Monday, September 10, 2018. We cannot accept on-site registrations! Fees increase after August 15, 2018!

Abstract: Vergers are being well-represented at the 79th General Convention of the Episcopal Church being held in Austin, Texas from July 3rd to July 13th.

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