The 221st General Assembly of the
Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)Is Now In The History Books
The theme of this year's General Assembly "Abound in Hope" (Romans 15:13) provided focus throughout the week as tough issues were tackled and challenging decisions were made.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13)
As synods, presbyteries, congregations and individual Presbyterians live into the realities related to the actions of the General Assembly, please pray that all of us might remember the call of the apostle Paul to abound in hope. Besides the most talked about issues of marriage and the Middle East, commissioners to the General Assembly also accomplished many other things, including the following:
♦ Approved the "Educate a Child, Transform the World" campaign...a call to join in a movement to provide quality education to 1 million children in the U.S. and around the world as a way to alleviate poverty.
♦ Celebrated the nearly 250 new worshipping communities in more than 100 presbyteries that have begun since the last General Assembly (2012).
♦ Endorsed an initiative to encourage Presbyterians to go beyond the walls of their congregations and increase their engagement in service to their communities and the world by "living missionally".
♦ Voted overwhelming to add the Confession of Belhar to the Book of Confessions. The action must now be ratified by a majority of the presbyteries within the next year.
Click Here for 2014 Summary of the Decisions Made at General Assembly
Click Here for 2014 General Assembly FAQ on Marriage
Click Here for 2014 General Assembly FAQ on Divestment
March 22nd Synod Meeting Highlights
by Carol McDonald, Synod Executive
The Synod of Lincoln Trails met for its first Stated Meeting of 2014 on Saturday, March 22nd, at Pullman Presbyterian Church in Chicago. A warm welcome and exceptional hospitality were extended by Pastor Eddie Knox, a former Moderator of SOLT, Arrie Jones, Clerk of Session, and many other wonderful women and men.
Moderator Jennifer Burns Lewis, Teaching Elder, Presbytery of Chicago, welcomed new commissioners Ruling Elder Lynne Tobin, Whitewater Valley Presbytery, Teaching Elder Lonna Lee, Great Rivers Presbytery, and Teaching Elder Murray Thompson, Ohio Valley Presbytery. She also welcomed special guest, Teaching Elder Landon Whitsitt, Heartland Presbytery, and Executive of our partner synod, Synod of Mid-America.
The Synod Begins
Transitional Synod Executive Search
With the retiring of The Rev. Carol McDonald, Synod Executive, the Synod has begun a search for the transitional replacement.
The Synod seeks a Teaching or Ruling Elder to provide faithful and innovative leadership and consultation to the Synod of Lincoln Trails as it seeks to be faithful to its present mission and to discern God's vision and call for its future.
For more information including position description and timelines click here.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org at the Synod office. Please note application deadlines: July 11th for consideration at July 25-26, Synod meeting; and, October 10th for consideration at the October 25th Synod meeting.
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
All Beautiful the March of Days
We all need respite, renewal and refreshment. This workshop is designed to nurture and nourish all Ruling Elders who have completed training to be commissioned within the contexts of their present service.
Framed in the exploration of scriptures and resources provided for the upcoming season in the church year, participants also engage in wide ranging discussions covering ministry challenges, new resources for strengthening leadership skills in themselves and others, as well as current denominational events.
Participants may use the workshop to meet their COM continuing education requirements.
Leadership is provided by the Rev. Dr. Laura Reason in Philo, Illinois, located just east of Champaign-Urbana at the heart of the Synod. To accommodate time zone differences, the four courses offered in 2014 will begin at 9:00 a.m. Central, and conclude at 1:30 p.m. All events are on Saturdays:
• February 15, 2014 (2/22 snow date) - Preparing for Lent and Easter, Year A
• May 17, 2014 - Preparing for Pentecost I
• August 16, 2004 - Preparing for Pentecost II
• November 8, 2014 - Preparing for Advent, Christmas, Epiphany, Year B
Click here for the registration form, print, and email the form to Kristi Miller
; or mail to the Synod office at 1100 W. 42nd Street, Suite 210, Indianapolis, IN 46208; or fax to 317-927-5985