If you’re going to be out of town during Big Tent, we’re sorry, I’ve heard it, and we’ll miss you. If you’ll be here July 6-7-8, we NEED your smiling face to help us out! This will be St. Louis’ time to shine and start getting ready for next June when the 223 General Assembly (GA223) will be here and we will need more than 1000+ volunteers that week. Be sure to mark your 2018 calendars for June 16-23 now! In the meantime, this event, Big Tent, to be held at Washington University, already has many wonderful volunteers signed up. I’m grateful and excited to meet everyone!

We still can use more help for many shifts of (golf cart) shuttle drivers, a few Greeter/Guides, and several spots for one of the most important, the check/in/out receptionists for the childcare program. (FYI, bring your book or iPad because you’ll be sitting/waiting a lot in that area.)  If anyone needs help in signing up online, http://oga.pcusa.org/section/churchwide-ministries/big-tent-2017/volunteer-opportunities/  please don’t hesitate to email me Jennifer.Pitcher@pcusa.org and I’ll be happy to assist you. Be sure to sign up for a parking pass, too, so that your parking is covered.

We are grateful to Presbytery of Giddings-Lovejoy for covering that for the volunteers. You are invited to attend many of the 50+workshops, services and displays on the day you volunteer as well. You can come summer casual, dressed for our varied St. Louis weather, bring a refillable water bottle, your smiling faces, and enjoy a few days with Presbyterians from around the world, right here in our neck of the woods!

I look forward to meeting many more of you over the next year as we prepare for GA223. The wonderful steering committee, all of their sub committees and Committee on Local Arrangements (COLA) co-chairs are hard at work already. Many hands make work light—is not just a phrase—it’s a lifestyle! We welcome all volunteers and will find a niche for you for Big Tent and for GA223! It’s great to be back in St. Louis after almost 40 yrs. away, and let’s show the world how friendly St. Louisans can be! Join me July 6-7-8, won’t you?