Thursday, June 01, 2006

Welcome to Greensboro, Southern Baptist Convention

Dear Messengers, Guests, and friends of the SBC,

As we near the date of the beginning of the SBC in Greensboro, I want to extend a hearty welcome to the Baptist Blogosphere who will be coming to town. As you travel from your hotel to the arena, you will pass by our church -- Immanuel Baptist. We are on High Point Rd., almost directly across from the Coliseum. Please pray for us as you pass by.

If you are in town on Sunday, June 11, I hope you will join us for worship at 11 am. Our speaker will be IMB President, Dr. Jerry Rankin.

If you are coming in before then, I hope you will take part in Crossover or ICE with the churches of the Piedmont Baptist Association. It is a delight for Greensboro to be your host city this year, and we look forward to a very significant meeting.

Here are a few pointers for life in Greensboro. The nearest Starbucks to the SBC site and hotel is probably the one in the mall. However, there are other coffee shops around like Tate Street Coffee (on Tate St. -- go figure). UNC-Greensboro Campus is only about 2 blocks from the Coliseum, so there are plenty of good coffee joints around. NOTICE-- THERE IS A KRISPY KREME ON HIGH POINT RD. but it is further south from the hotels. It is near the intersection of High Point and Holden Rd. The nearest Panera (I think) is on Wendover just north of I-40, or perhaps the one on W. Market St. near Holden Rd.

As for eateries, between the hotels and arena on High Point Rd., there are a number of options. The mall has a decent food court. Then there are Smokey Bones, Daryls, Chilis, Olive Garden, Hams and Austins. There are also International restaurants for every taste (including Ghassan's--directly across from IBC). In addition to these Let me also HIGHLY recommend Jack's Corner -- a delightful Greek/Mediterranean place at Spring Garden and Aycock, AND Bianca's Italian Eatery at Spring Garden and Chapman. They are easy to get to and walkable from the Convention site. You will not be disappointed. Fast food places abound as well. If you are staying on or near Wendover, there are a ton of chain restaurants all around that area too. If you are interested in a real dining treat, try LeBlon -- a Brazillian Churrascaria on West Market between Spring Garden and Holden. It is pricy ($25/head), but it is all you can eat of fine cuts of meat paraded constantly to your table by Brazilian gouchos.

WIFI HOTSPOTS: Many of the hotels advertise free wi/fi or hi-speed access. Ham's restaurant on High Point Rd. has free WiFi. The Paneras in the area have free WiFi, as does Port City Java on W. Market. There are several blocks downtown that have been WiFi enabled. That is quite a distance from the arena, but if you find yourself down there, you can connect. If I think of other places, I will post them later in the comments.

Aside from these things if I can be of help to you in our city, get in touch. If I can help you in any way while you are in town, please email me (russibc@yahoo.com) or call our church office (336-299-1751). You may have to leave a voice mail but I will be checking them daily througout the convention. I am looking forward to meeting some of you as you come to town. Hopefully we might even see some of you on Sunday, June 11 when we host Dr. Rankin.

Blessings as you travel! Let's pray for a great SBC meeting!

Yours in the Work of the Kingdom,

Russ

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