Synod of Lincoln Trails, PC(USA)
Friday, October 09, 2015
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2015 Stated
Meeting Schedule:
March 13th
First PC, Urbana, IL
June 27th
Philo PC, Philo, IL
Friday & Saturday
October 23rd & 24th
Indiana Interchurch Center,
Indianapolis, IN
Reports and papers for all meetings will be posted under For Commissioners and Committee Members/Meeting Papers.
Judy Lucas will alert all those invited to the synod meetings when papers are available for downloading.
1100 W. 42nd Street
Suite 210
Indianapolis, IN 46208
The Mission of the Synod of Lincoln Trails of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is to develop, nurture and support leaders in partnership with our presbyteries and congregations and coordinate Presbyterian mission strategy within the synod. 

101st Stated Meeting of Synod of Lincoln Trails
Set for October 23-24, 2015 at the Indiana Interchurch Center, Indianapolis, In
The 101st Stated Meeting of the Synod of Lincoln Trails will be a two-day event for fellowship, worship, and looking ahead to activities and programs for the year 2016 as the Synod continues its time of transition. There will also be a special presentation by the Reverend Bruce Reyes-Chow, former Moderator of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). 
Click Here to see flyer advertising presentation.

June 27th, 2015 Synod Meeting Highlights
by Transitional Synod Executive, The Rev. Sara Dingman
The Synod of Lincoln Trails 2015 Theme: Woven Together
The Synod of Lincoln Trails joyfully assembled in Philo IL on June 27th. Some highlights of our work on your behalf:
• Our 2015 theme is "woven together." We're using paintings and fibers to help us ask, "What might God weave SOLT into?" Karen Hahn, Synod Moderator, led us in a discussion of how the eight presbyteries of SOLT are both woven together and woven into SOLT. We prayerfully explored these verses from Colossians: "I want you woven into a tapestry of love, in touch with everything there is to know of God. Then you will have a mind confident and at rest, focused on Christ, God's great mystery." (Col. 2:2-4, The Message)
Click Here to view Sara's complete highlights.   

Synod Continues Funding Opportunity For 2015
Mission Initiative Grants are one-time grants of 'seed' money designed to help begin new congregation based missional activities. These one-time grants are for dollar amounts up to $1,500 and grant recipients will be able to share their stories and progress six months and one year after receipt of the grant. 
Trees need three essential things to grow strong:
               digging the dirt around the roots, loosening of soil so nutrients can get to the roots;
               water, transport of nutrients; and,
Using this metaphor, the Synod is supplying the seeds or seedlings in the form of grant funds. In the application you will have the opportunity to relay the ways that you will be supplying the three essentials while growing a strong new mission through your congregation.
The Synod meets three times in 2015 and applications received prior to each meeting will be reviewed at that meeting. If you have any questions concerning the new Mission Initiative Grants, please contact Judy Lucas at the Synod office. Please note application deadlines: February 20th for consideration at the March 13th Synod meeting; June 5th for consideration at the June 27th Synod meeting; and, October 2nd for consideration at the October 23-24 Synod meeting.
Click Here to view the Application Process and Application.
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Synod's Mission Initiative Grant at Work...
2014 Mission Initiative Grant Recipient
First Presbyterian Church and Their Buddy Bags Program
Meli Cangahuala, Jamie Schwingle, and Christina Berry (pictured) are hard at work filling bags to provide weekend food for elementary age school children. Click Here to see how the grant process works and to learn more about First Presbyterian Church and their Buddy Bags Program. 

The Synod of Lincoln Trails Partners with
The Presbyterian Foundation to Create
Ministerial Excellence Fund: Sustaining The Call
          The Synod opened a mission exchange account with the Presbyterian Foundation as an important part of continuing the work of the Ministerial Excellence Fund Program in the State of Indiana. Four years ago The Lilly Endowment gave grants to 16 denominations to address economic issues facing Indiana pastors. The presbyteries of Ohio Valley, Wabash Valley, and Whitewater Valley all received grant money. The directors of the Ministerial Excellence Fund of the presbyteries understood the need to conduct fund-raising campaigns to help fulfill the following: to meet the obligation of matching funds as required by The Lilly Endowment; and, to create the means to continue the fund activities beyond the initial grant timeline.
Click here to read more about the initiative and as well as interviews conducted with pastors who have benefitted from the Ministerial Excellence Fund Program.
Check back often as our website will continually be updated and will include a "Give Now" button for immediate giving to the program. Giving can be done in two ways: online at and search for Ministerial Excellence Fund or by mailing a check to the Ministerial Excellence Fund, Synod of Lincoln Trails, 1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46208

2015 Per Capita Figures
General Assembly: $7.07
Synod of Lincoln Trails: $3.81 
Presbytery of Blackhawk: $24.73
Presbytery of Chicago: $20.35
Presbytery of Great Rivers: $17.12
 Presbytery of Midwest Hanmi: $16.12
Presbytery of Ohio Valley: $18.45
Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois: $29.12
Presbytery of Wabash Valley: $27.95
 Presbytery of Whitewater Valley: $26.05
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