Howdy from Portland!
Just a quick update to let you know that I arrived in Portland about 5:00 PM local time yesterday (Friday) (remember we are two hours behind you). I was immediately greeted with a cool breeze, fresh air, and a view of a mountain from the airplane. I took the light rail from the airport to the Oregon Convention Center (about a 40 minute trip) where I got checked in to the General Assembly, and then made my way to the hotel.
I attended two meet and greet sessions (one last night with VooDoo Donuts!) and then the Assembly opened this morning at 11:00 with worship and communion. The attached photo is the view from my assigned seat showing the Assembly handbell choir (they played hand chimes and then switched to handbells) who played with the Assembly Choir on "Dream On, Dream On" by Hae Jong Kim, music by Sun Kyung Lee, arranged by Michael Burkhardt.
Know that when Presbyterians gather for the General Assembly we meet in 1) worship, 2) committees, and 3) plenary sessions. My committee starts meeting tomorrow.
Know that when Presbyterians gather for the General Assembly we meet in 1) worship, 2) committees, and 3) plenary sessions. Worship always comes first.
Today is a full day. We are meeting in plenary this afternoon, and will meet again tonight to elect the next Moderator (or Co-Moderators) who will be the face of the church for the next two years. It's a huge job with lots of travel that I would never want! We have been supremely blessed these past two years with the leadership of Heath Rada from North Carolina. Love that man!
I am here with 9 other commissioners from Grace Presbytery. The total commissioners from all presbyteries is about 500. I have also reconnected with friends from the larger church that I have previously met from other conferences.
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At the website you can watch live streaming, read news, or learn more about what a General Assembly is and does.
Until then keep us in your prayers, as you are in mine!