The 222nd General Assembly (GA) (2016) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is about to be underway from June 18 – 25, in Portland, Oregon.

Commissioners and advisory delegates from all 171 PC(USA) presbyteries, along with other participants and observers from around the world, will gather for worship, fellowship and the business of the church. The theme is: “The Hope in Our Calling,” from Ephesians 1:18.

As the 222nd GA approaches, the Presbytery of St. Augustine’s commissioners and young adult advisory delegate (YAAD) elected at the Fall 2015 Stated Presbytery Meeting are imagining their roles at this important event in the life of the church.

Laurie Furr-Vancini (TE – Palms) will be focusing on Middle East Issues within her committee. She is most looking forward to “seeing the highest body of our church at work” and “learning more about our church alive throughout our country and God’s world.” Patti Phillips (RE – Branford), was recently called in as an alternate. Patti states, “I look forward to worshiping and serving, with fellow Christians, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” She will serve on the Mission Coordination Committee.

YAAD Lexi Green’s (Westminster) committee will focus on Theological Issues. “What I am looking forward to most about the 222nd GA is the opportunity to represent a group that I feel is often misrepresented as well as being able to make connections and just feel the power of the Holy Spirit that I am sure will be very present within that place,” said Lexi.

Gabe Goodman (TE – Community) is excited to serve on his committee, Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations. “I’m looking forward to addressing controversial issues and helping the church find resolutions,” said Gabe.

Rick Kirby’s (RE – Orange Park) committee’s focus will cover several areas: the Board of Pensions, the Presbyterian Foundation, and two other agencies. “I hope to grow in my own faith by what I see, hear and feel and I certainly hope to be blessed by interacting with other Christians that I don’t know,” said Rick. “It may seem strange, but what I am looking forward to the most right now is seeing the PCUSA polity in action. I am also looking forward the overall experience.”

Once our commissioners and YAAD complete their particular committee work, they will participate in the “plenary” sessions where the committees present their recommendations and the entire assembly takes action. We look forward to hearing about their experiences when they return home to us!  Please keep each and every one of them in your prayers as they follow God’s call to Portland and back.