Stayed home in the morning to prep for an 11am departure for Bloomington and the 135th annual synod of the diocese. We banged the gavel at 2:00pm and banged in again a little past 3:30 as we recessed for the Eucharist at St Matthew’s. In the meantime, we got through the organizational formalities, heard greetings from the Bishop of Chicago, I gave my address, we heard reports from the Youth Department and the Episcopal Church Women, and held an election. We observed the lesser feast of Henry Martyn, Priest & Missionary at Mass, then enjoyed a delicious banquet back at the Chateau Hotel & Conference Center. I am so incredibly blessed to be doing what I’m doing.