March 22, 2013
First PC, Urbana, IL
June 15, 2013
Philo PC, Philo, IL; and,
October 26, 2013
Philo PC, Philo, IL
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.
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.
ALL New Pastors Reunion
November 21-23, 2013
The Synod of Lincoln Trails is excited to sponsor the first ever REUNION of ALL New Pastors Program participants.
Beginning with Group One and including everyone, even Group Twenty Two!
The retreat will be held at Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, IL, beginning with supper Thursday evening,
followed by worship, play, and reflection. The event ends after breakfast on Saturday morning.
Your cost is ONLY $100! Spread the word among your old new pastor friends!
Would you like to help plan the event? Share talents of music, art, or dance?
Synod Meeting Highlights
by Carol McDonald, Synod Executive
The Synod of Lincoln Trails held its first stated meeting of 2013 on Friday, March 22, at First Presbyterian Church, Urbana, IL. The Synod's Moderator, Teaching Elder Cheryl Montgomery, Presbytery of Whitewater Valley, called the meeting to order at 10 a.m. CDT. ruling Elder commissioners Brenda Taylor, Presbytery of Chicago, and Bob Song, Presbytery of Midwest Hanmi, were welcomed to their first Synod meeting. It was noted that the Presbyteries of Blackhawk, Chicago, and Great Rivers could claim 100% attendance by their commissioners!
The Synod spent about 90 minutes concluding its study of The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander and Benjamin Zander. After viewing the Zanders' DVD, small group discussion focused on the questions, "which concepts can make a difference in the life of the Synod and what amI willing to do to make this happen?" Total group reflection "mapped" the conversation and a strong common thread of "communication" emerged.
The Synod will meet next on Saturday, June 15, 2013, at the Philo Presbyterian Church, Philo, IL.
Click here to view Carol's complete highlights including actions approved by the Synod.
Interested in how you can serve the larger Church?
The Synod is composed of an equal number of ruling elders and teaching elders called "Commissioners". Commissioners are elected by their presbytery to serve a three-year term, beginning with the convening of the first Synod meeting in the calendar year after they are elected. Commissioners are eligible for re-election for one additional three-year term. Contact your Presbytery office and let the Nominating Committee know of your desire to be considered as a commissioner to Synod.
A Call to Prayer from your PC(U.S.A.) Leaders
As Hurricane Sandy has made landfall in the Northeast, the storm has wrought devastation and death along its path.
Together we call the church to pray for those affected by the super storm, and for those who will respond:
God of all time and place, We thank you for your sustaining grace when our fears are large and our faith is small. Storms have brought destruction to our sisters and brothers. We grieve the loss of lives, homes and work. Please send your Spirit to the broken and bruised places in their lives. Show us how we can give practical care that rebuilds and renews. Lead us to the place where hope reigns again. May the gift of new life in your son Jesus Christ keep us in these days.
Neal D. Presa, Moderator of the 220th General Assembly (2012)
Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly
Linda Bryant Valentine, Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency
Back by Popular Demand
2013 CRE Continuing Education Opportunities
Continuing Education for Elders who have completed Commissioned Ruling Elder Training.
The Synod of Lincoln Trails is offering continuing education to trained commissioned ruling elders. The preaching workshops are led by The Rev. Dr. Laura Reason, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Highland, Ind. Dr. Reason is a nine-time teacher of preaching and worship leadership to Synod of Lincoln Trails ruling elders. Classes will be held at Philo Presbyterian Church in Philo, Ill. from 9:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Central Time.
Included in the $35.00 per class fee: Lunch and Teaching Materials
CRE Continuing Education Dates:
February 9th - Lent & Easter
May 11th; August 24th; November 2nd
Registration Deadline is February 1st
|Presbyterian Foundation Offers Innovative Gift Program
As with conventional gift annuity programs, the foundation's new charitable gift annuity program provides the donor with an attractive lifetime income, but under the new program, in most cases, the gift portion will be made available to the charity named by the donor immediately. This approach allows the donor to witness the impact of their giving during their lifetime. The charity receives an immediate gift which is always welcome. More information.
Contact regional foundation development officers Lisa Tait Longo
(Indianapolis, 800-710-5094) or Karen Krum
(Wheaton, Ill., 888-751-9222) for details.
Monmouth College Announces Scholarship Program
Light Your Path to Leadership a new Monmouth College Presbyterian Scholarship program includes:
•$5,000 annual scholarship
•Renewable up to three years
•Overnight visit for finalists
Monmouth College, Monmouth, Illinois 800.747.2687
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2013 Per Capita Figures
General Assembly: $6.87
Synod of Lincoln Trails: $3.81
Presbytery of Blackhawk: $23.80
Presbytery of Chicago: $20.00
Presbytery of Great Rivers: $17.56
Presbytery of Midwest Hanmi:
Presbytery of Ohio Valley: $18.72
Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois: $28.60
Presbytery of Wabash Valley: $27.95
Presbytery of Whitewater Valley: $24.92
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