Kindom Building for the 21st Century
“But strive first for the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” Matthew 6:33
June 16-23, 2018
Important Dates to Remember
February 16, 2018 - 120 Day Deadline
- Overtures proposing an amendment to the Constitution or requiring an interpretation by the General Assembly of the Book of Order must be delivered to the Stated Clerk.
- Concurrences to any overture with constitutional implications shall be received.
- All reports of entities, commissions, and committees of the General Assembly shall be delivered to the Stated Clerk.
April 17, 2018 - 60 Day Deadline
- All papers intended for consideration by the General Assembly that are forwarded to the Stated Clerk and postmarked less then 60 days, but no later than 45 days prior to the convening of the General Assembly, shall be reviewed by the Stated clerk, who shall determine whether or not to refer them tot h Assembly Committee on Business Referral.
May 2, 2018 - 45 Day Deadline
- All other overtures and communications intended for consideration by the General Assembly shall by forwarded to the Stated Clerk, postmarked no later then forty-five days before the convening of the General Assembly.
- Resource material, including advice and counsel memoranda from advocacy and advisory committees … shall be submitted to the Stated Clerk, postmarked no later than forty-five days before the convening of the assembly meeting…
WELCOME TO THE 223rd GENERAL ASSEMBLY (2018)
Get plans in motion now for the 223rd General Assembly (2018) of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), June 16–23, in St. Louis, Missouri.
Commissioners and advisory delegates from all 170 PC(USA) presbyteries, and other delegates and observers from around the world, will converge on the America’s Convention Center in downtown St. Louis for celebrations, deliberations, and inspirations in support of the denomination’s biennial gathering.
The Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy will serve as host to the 223rd General Assembly (2018), united under the theme “Renewing the Vision: Kindom Building for the 21st Century,” from Mathew 6:25-33, and will include rich worship services, the election of the Moderator and Vice Moderator or Co-Moderators, action on a plethora of overtures, and much more. View the proposed docket.
General proceedings and worship during assembly will be live-streamed, and this website will provide up-to-date information leading up to the gathering on travel, registration, and various other details. Bookmark the page and check back often.
REGISTRATION & LODGING
Assembly registration will open by February 27, 2018. Commissioners, advisory delegates, other official participants, and observers will use this on-line process to register, order tickets to events scheduled throughout the meeting, and reserve a room in one of the assembly hotels.
Rooms have been blocked at seven hotels in downtown St. Louis. Reservations are made through the GA registration process. All attendees who register in advance (including observers) are eligible to request reservations in one of the assembly hotels.
DINING & MEALS
Some group meals are provided at the America’s Convention Center for commissioners and advisory delegates. Other participants can purchase tickets to these as they register. There are concession areas in the convention center, restaurants in the assembly hotels, and many other restaurants and dining outlets nearby.
Many of the optional events scheduled during the assembly include a meal. Tickets will be available for purchase with registration.
The exhibit hall will be located in Hall 5 of the America’s Convention Center, and will open from Friday, June 15, through Wednesday, June 20. Find out about the latest resources and happenings across the denomination at displays of General Assembly agencies, not-for-profit groups, commercial vendors, and others. The bookstore (jointly sponsored by the Presbyterian Publishing Corporation and the Presbyterian Mission Agency’s Curriculum Publishing) and the global marketplace are highlights of the hall.
There are many opportunities to worship together during the week, beginning with opening worship on Saturday, June 16, at 11 a.m.
On Sunday, June 19, all assembly registrants are invited to worship with St. Louis area congregations that are making special arrangements to welcome them. Transportation is provided to churches and most of the churches are providing lunch to their assembly guests that day. Participants will be able to sign up as they register.
The Committee on Local Arrangements is planning several mission tours during the assembly. Descriptions will be available in the Schedule of Events. These are excellent opportunities to learn more about the history and cultural offerings of the area, and to see how the Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy is engaged in mission. Tickets will be available for purchase with registration. Most tours are not available to commissioners and advisory delegates because they conflict with official meeting times.