October 3, 2008

Developing, Nurturing
& Supporting Leaders
Mark Your Calendar!

Synod Meeting
October 17
Urbana, Ill.
Synod meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend

Advent Preaching for CLPs
October 18
Champaign, Ill.

Commissioned Lay Pastors Conference
October 22-24
Montreat, N.C.
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Mission to a Post-Christian World
October 24-25
Naperville, Ill.

MALT Interim Executive Training
October 31 - Nov. 3
St. Louis

Stewardship Kaleidoscope
March 9-11, 2009
Kansas City

Big Tent
June 11-13, 2009
10 different PC(USA) conferences, at the same time and in the same place!

Check our website or contact the synod office for details!
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PC(USA) 218th General Assembly

Read News from the 218th General Assembly
Synods, Presbyteries and GAC Find Common Ground
Participants in this week's General Assembly Council/Middle Governing Bodies consultation have produced an agreement titled, "An Invitation to Renew Our Commitment and Mission Together."

According to the Presbyterian News Service, the three-page document covers
  • PC(USA)'s "missional heritage";
  • a "confession" of shortcomings that have characterized the relationship between the GAC and middle governing bodies in recent years;
  • identification of the "cultural context" in which the church seeks to serve today; and
  • themes, values and challenges of the ministry and mission the two groups seek to do together.
Read the Presbyterian News Service story...

Worship leaders for the consultation were Carol McDonald, Lincoln Trails co-executive, and Sue Krummel, Great Rivers executive presbyter. Krummel is president of the Association of Executive Presbyters.
Next Synod Meeting is October 17
Synod commission and committee members are reminded that the next synod meeting is Friday, Oct. 17, at First Presbyterian of Urbana (Ill.). Meeting papers will be posted on the meeting information page of the synod website and invitees will be reminded by email.

Synod meetings are open to anyone who wishes to attend. Please contact Judy Lucas at the synod office for more information.
Advent Preaching
for Commissioned Lay Pastors

Claiming God's Promises, a one-day workshop led by David McDonald, will be presented on Saturday, Oct. 18, at Westminster Presbyterian Church, Champaign, Ill. Bring new life to Advent worship with fresh worship ideas and new insights into the Advent lectionary texts. Participants will receive a resource book to take home. Download more information...
Mission to a Post-Christian World
Blackhawk and Chicago presbyteries will present Congregational Transformation for Mission to a Post-Christian World October 24-25 at River Glen Presbyterian Church in Naperville, Ill. For more information, download a conference brochure and registration form.
Presbyterian Disaster AssistancePresbyterian Disaster Assistance Responds to More Than 40 "Events" in 2008

More than one-quarter of PC(USA) presbyteries have been affected by natural disasters this year, according to Sara Lisherness, director of the denomination's Compassion, Peace and Justice Ministries.
Nineteen of the disasters occurred internationally, in places such as Cuba, Liberia and Haiti. PDA is also involved in 14 other long-term responses in Cuba, Mexico, the Gulf Coast, and other places.

PDA has created a "Minute for Mission" video about response to Hurricane Ike, which can be downloaded from the PDA web page. Check there for also for situation reports, bulletin inserts and other worship resources.

Mid-High BrochureSpring into Faith!
Middle school students in the Synod
of Lincoln Trails are invited to Spring Into Faith next spring. The event
was rescheduled from this fall, so
there's still time to make plans to
participate. Activities will include
fellowship, a mission project,
worship, and lots of FUN!

Contact Julie Shannon (317-283-5025) or Kristi Miller (317-923-3681/800 566-5996) for more information.
question markWhat's Up With Your Ministry?

We'd love to share the news! Contact Marta at the synod with updates from your presbytery, congregation, camp, or other organization.

We'll spread the word!