Philo PC, Philo, IL
Friday & Saturday
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.
Synod Meeting Highlights
by Carol McDonald, Synod Executive and Douglas J. Tracy, Stated Clerk
The Synod of Lincoln Trails met for its final stated meeting of 2013, on Friday, October 25, and Saturday, October 26 at The Presbyterian Church in Philo, IL. The Moderator, Teaching Elder, Jennifer Burns Lewis of Chicago Presbytery, presided with assistance from the Vice Moderator, Teaching Elder, David Jones of Blackhawk Presbytery. The Synod's special participants were members of the Synod's Transition Team - who led the Synod on Friday afternoon.
The Rev. Jan Edmiston, Associate Executive Presbyter for Ministry of the Presbytery of Chicago, preached for Friday evening worship. Using Numbers 11 as her text, she "rocked the house" with her sermon about living in the wilderness and how things must change. She and Carol McDonald presided at the Lord's Table. As our offering, non-perishable food items were brought to the table for the Eastern Illinois Food Bank.
On Saturday morning, the Synod engaged in a time of education and reflection - continuing our emphasis on Just.Good.Food. We watched two TED talks - one by Ron Finley, "A Guerilla Gardner in South Central L.A." and one by Pam Warhurst, "How We Can Eat Our Landscapes." Ideas were shared about how churches can partner with schools and communities in attempting to address the 'food deserts' which exist in many of our cities and towns. Becka McClintock, Teaching Elder commissioner from Chicago Presbytery, taught us how to make pesto - which we were able to sample!
Click here to view Carol and Doug's complete highlights including actions approved by the Synod.
Click here to visit the just.good.food webpage.
Synod Announces New Funding Opportunity For 2014
MISSION INITIATIVE GRANTS
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 2014 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 email@example.com at the Synod office.
Click Here to view the Application Process and Application.
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 www.presbyterianmissionexchange.org 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
|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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2014 Per Capita Figures
General Assembly: $7.02
Synod of Lincoln Trails: $3.81
Presbytery of Blackhawk: $24.73
Presbytery of Chicago: $20.35
Presbytery of Great Rivers: $17.17
Presbytery of Midwest Hanmi: $16.17
Presbytery of Ohio Valley: $18.54
Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois: $29.17
Presbytery of Wabash Valley: $27.95
Presbytery of Whitewater Valley: $24.92
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