From Pastor Stephanie

This weekend the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (USA) kicks off its biennial meeting with opening worship at 11:00 a.m. Saturday in St. Louis, MO. I am looking forward to being there as a member of the Committee on the Office of the General Assembly, the elected body that oversees the office and staff that serve this national gathering and carry out the decisions that are made. The General Assembly is made up of commissioners who are ministers and elders from local congregations and presbyteries all over the country elected to discuss and discern the mission, vision, and allocation of resources on a national level.

That’s the business side of things, but it’s not everything.  General Assembly is also often described as a huge family reunion where friends and colleagues get together to catch up with one another, worship together, participate in mission and ministry, and enjoy the fellowship of the Body of Christ. I love being a part of General Assembly as a volunteer and servant to the wider church. Thank you for your support of my participation in the Assembly.

During the week of General Assembly I’ll post news articles about items of business that I think you will find interesting on the church Facebook page.  You can also follow articles written by the Presbyterian News Service here on our own church website  in the bottom right section of the front page on a desk top or laptop. On your mobile device the Presbyterian newsfeed is at the very bottom of the front page. On Sunday, July 1, I will present highlights from the Assembly during the Adult Education hour, 9:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m., in the sanctuary. I look forward to sharing more about my experience with you then.

Please be in prayer for the commissioners, staff, volunteers, and observers who will gather in St. Louis for General Assembly. In worship here at Fox Valley Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 17, you will be singing the theme hymn commissioned just for this Assembly, as will all the churches in the St. Louis area hosting Assembly participants and many other churches around the country. Our prayers in song will be united.

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