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)
Discerning What is Best
"...so that you may be able to discern what is best and may be pure and blameless until the day of Christ." - Philippians 1:9-10a
a Wee Kirk Conference
October 6 - 8, 2015
Aspiring to provide Christ centered opportunities for inspiration, encouragement, and community among leaders of small membership churches so they can do the same in their congregations and regions.
Speakers for the event include:
Tim Jones - Spiritual Director, Delaware, OH
Becce Bettridge - Spiritual Director, Friday Harbor, WA
Paul Detterman - National Director, The Fellowship Community
Synod Continues Funding Opportunity For 2015
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 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