Out the door around 9:30 for points south (braving hard rain south of Litchfield). Arrived at the Hilton Garden Inn in O’Fallon, but our room wasn’t ready yet, so I plopped my stuff behind the dais in the main meeting room. Hung out a bit with the General Convention deputation as they gathered for the first time in advance of next summer’s event. Drove across the interstate to find some lunch, and succeeded at Qdoba. Back to the synod venue, where I was able now to check in and get a room key. Retrieved my gear and moved into my room. Donned a cassock and hiked back to the meeting room (it’s quite a trek). Attended to some A/V technicalities and banged the gavel to call the synod to order just a few minutes after our 1:30 target. Everything went smoothly, and we were able to make such progress that there is hope for an early conclusion tomorrow. The liturgy at St Michael’s was splendid, as the was the dinner and post-meal entertainment.