Celebrate Messiah 2000 Newsletter
Edition #2 - December 2000
"Pursue peace with all men, and the sanctification without which no
one will see the Lord." Hebrews 12:14
"Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem:." Psalm 122:6a
Key women leaders will present stories, trends, concerns and strengths of women as they play ever-increasing roles in the task of world evangelization. Participants will look to the future with a young leader, see a dance-drama with a reconciliation theme, join a call to gender reconciliation and hear a challenge from an International women's leader, Judy Mbugua of Kenya.
This is just one of the 14 plenary topics of the conference, including:
SPECIAL NOTE: For those who arrive by 27 December, God's people in the land welcome you in a new session at the International Convention Center (Dulzin Hall) to see God in worship, prayer and the Word. Plan to come from 7:00pm - 9:30pm. The official opening ceremonies of the conference is still on 28 December beginning at 8:00am.
TRAVEL ITINERARIES - Please, oh please, send your complete travel itineraries to the AD2000 International Office just as soon as they are finalized. Receiving your flight schedule well in advance is imperative. If we do not know when you are arriving and departing, there is no way to properly schedule transportation for you from the airport to your hotel or to determine if you require additional nights of lodging at your hotel. Forward by email to Lauri at firstname.lastname@example.org, by fax to 719-576-2865 or by mail to the attention<> of Lauri at AD2000 & Beyond, 2860 S. Circle Dr., Suite 2112,Colorado Springs, CO 80906.
VISAS - CURRENCY EXCHANGE - WEATHER - ELECTRICITY - HEALTH CARE -JEWISH HOLIDAY (HANUKKAH) - Please review CM2000 Newsletter #1 for<> information on all these topics.
Ben Gurion Airport is approximately 45 km (28 miles) from Jerusalem, a 45-minute drive. If you have chosen to use one of our Land Service packages, transportation to/from the airport and your hotel is provided. There will be representatives from the conference tour company at the airport to greet conference arrivals and indicate where to board transportation to your hotels. If you have chosen to arrange for your own accommodations, it is necessary for you to make travel arrangements between the airport and your hotel yourself. Private taxis are available. However, shared taxis (often white vans) run through the night, will drop passengers anywhere in Jerusalem and are the most economical. They can be located just outside the arrivals hall.
Depending on which type of hotel classification you chose, the details of the hotel where you have been assigned follow:
DELUXE and FIRST CLASS (First Class is located in the Royal Wing):
The Renaissance Jerusalem Hotel is ideally located near the entrance to the city, and within easy walking distance of the Israel Museum, the Knesset and the central bus station. The health club, which is available free to guests, contains a huge Jacuzzi, Turkish bath, Nautilus and gym room. It's 650 rooms feature individuall controlled air conditioning and heating, direct-dial telephones, color TV with CNN and cable. A free shuttle is available to the Old City and other locations on a fixed route; there is 24-hour room service, a beauty and barber shop, safety deposit boxes, laundry and dry cleaning, shops, and an on-call physician to mention a few of the services available. Five dining rooms and three restaurants are available to guests.
SUPERIOR TOURIST CLASS:
Shalom Jerusalem Hotel
24 Shachrai Street,
Bait Vegan, Jeruslaem 98470
P.O.Box 16060, Jerusalem 91160, Israel.
Telephone - 972-2-675-2222
Fax - 972-2-641-2563
The reopening of the Shalom Jerusalem Hotel in 1993 takes on special meaning, heralding a new era in our Holy City. Some of the special features of our Super First Class Hotel: 288 spacious rooms with breathtaking view of Jerusalem: a huge dining room which seats up to 600 people comfortably: relaxing lobby-lounge with diary restaurant: banquet, meeting and convention facilities, free shuttle service: shops: free under-cover parking area, outdoor swimming pool, synagogue and more.
Jerusalem Park Plaza Hotel
Address: 2 Vilnay St.
Jerusalem, Israel 95435
Rising above the entrance to Jerusalem, The Jerusalem Park Plaza is the gateway to the ancient treasures of the world's holiest city. At the same time, the Park Plaza stands adjacent to modern Jerusalem's International Convention Center and is only a short walk from the Israel Museum, Hebrew University's picturesque Givat Ram campus and the Knesset, home of Israel's Parliament.
Those involved with CPNRN 3, will stay at:
Yad Hashmona Guest House
P.M. Ha'rei Yehuda, 90895 Israel
The Yad Ha'shmo'nah guesthouse belongs to Moshav Shee'tu'fee (smallholders' cooperative settlement) Yad Ha'shmo'nah. The guesthouse has a thirty-room wing built in Finnish style (high quality wood-built) with accompanying restrooms and Telephones. We offer 12 other rooms in separate wing with individual shower rooms.
Wondering what to wear at the conference? Conservative clothing is always appropriate. For men, it is suggested that you choose sweater and slacks or a sport coat if you like wearing them - a tie is not necessary. For the ladies, skirts are never poor choices, but dressy slacks, vests or jackets are fine too. We want you to be comfortable.
If you are planning to visit holy sites, a skirt below the knees is appropriatefor women (no mini-skirts-even the guide books mention this as an affront). Men should not wear shorts to holy sites but it is doubtful anyone would in December! Women will want to pack a scarf with which to cover their heads -again when visiting any holy sites, that is, churches, mosques or the ultra-Orthodox section of Jerusalem, for example. Again, conservative dress is the safest approach - if in doubt about the appropriateness of certain clothing it is suggested you don't wear it.
"On arrival at Ben Gurion Airport, you will immediately discover just how tight security is in Israel." In light of the current situation, this would suggest allowing more time than usual for delays at the airport. "During your stay, you may be subject to security checks on entering hotels, cinemas and shopping complexes, so it is wise always to carry some [photo] identification, preferably your passport."
"Tourists have never been a target of terrorists and most attacks have occurred well away from tourist sites. Naturally, you have to be alert when in the streets and also keep an eye on the local news. Among the 'sensitive' areas are East Jerusalem and West Bank towns such as Hebron and Ramallah [and Nablus]. .Should you.encounter a disturbance in the streets, [it is advised you] move away from the scene quickly, and make it completely clear you are a foreign tourist.
".Theft, mugging and similar opportunistic crimes are rare in the Holy Land. . As a rule, all areas are considered safe for visitors." However, unaccompanied females are cautioned that harassment could occur and are advised not to walk alone in the Old City and surrounding areas or in scantly populated areas, particularly after dark.
Raw vegetables or food that has obviously been left standing for some time since being cooked should also be avoided. Peel raw fruits before eating. Again, this advice applies mostly to food purchased on the street, rather than in hotels or restaurants. A change of diet anywhere can upset the stomach, so packing and carrying tablets to treat diarrhea is recommended. (See also HEALTH CARE in CM2000 Newsletter #1)<>
Excitement is mounting as we race to finish final preparations for Celebrate Messiah 2000. We hope you are anticipating special times, too, as you prepare to visit the Holy Land.
Do pray for the peace of Jerusalem. Shalom.
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