For the seventh consecutive year, thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses from Pennsylvania and surrounding states will come together in downtown Johnstown to attend their annual convention.

The denomination’s 2019 convention, with the theme “Love Never Fails,” will be held at 1st Summit Arena @ Cambria County War Memorial on three weekends in June – Friday, Saturday and Sunday; June 14, 15 and 16; and June 28, 29 and 30.

Todd Kravits, a local media contact for the Jehovah’s Witnesses, said that hundreds of volunteers spent the past weekend cleaning 1st Summit Arena and preparing it for the convention, making the Napoleon Street venue “a place where we can come together for fellowship and instruction.”

Kravits said that “the city of Johnstown has been wonderful to work with in helping us plan our convention over the past several years.” The community, too, has presented “a wonderful display of hospitality” to delegates at past years’ conventions, he added: “The hotels have been truly accommodating, and we truly enjoy all the places we have to go to eat and socialize each night.”

The program of events for each of the three weekends is identical. Kravits said that the convention has been spread out across three weekends so that each of the 10,800 delegates who are expected to attend can be accommodated in the 4,000-seat 1st Summit Arena.

In keeping with the convention’s theme, “Love Never Fails,” each day’s program is based on a Bible verse on the subject of love, according to an online schedule of events. 

Friday’s program is based on 1 Thessalonians 4:9, “Taught by God to love one another.” Saturday’s program is based on Ephesians 5:2, “Go on walking in love,” and Sunday’s program is based on Jude 21, “Keep yourselves in God’s love.”

“We really appreciate the love and hospitality that the city of Johnstown has shown us in the past, and we know it will show us that same love and hospitality this year,” Kravits said.

More information about the convention, including a complete program of events and helpful information for delegates, is available online at www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions.

Mark Pesto is a reporter for The Tribune-Democrat. Follow him on Twitter at @MarkPesto.