March 17, 2009

Developing, Nurturing
& Supporting Leaders
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Religion Communicators Conference
March 26-28, 2009

Presbyterian Writers Guild
April 23-24, 2009

Interim Pastor Training
May 4-8, 2009
St. Louis

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

Covenant Gathering
Family fellowship
and learning
June 28 - July 3
Hillsdale, Mich.

Check our website or contact the synod office for details!
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Join Us at the Big Tent!

Synod Offers Grants to Attend Atlanta Event June 11-13

What's Big Tent? It's a gathering of TEN PC(USA) conferences in the same place, at the same time! What a grand celebration of our denomination! Attendees of any of the ten conferences will enjoy shared meals, workshops, worship services and a grand concluding celebration, in addition to their own special conference activities.

Visit PC(USA)'s Big Tent web page for all the details. View the Big Tent video.

Anyone from the Synod of Lincoln Trails may apply for a $100 grant to attend this exciting event: Lincoln Trails Grant Application

Especially for Communicators...

Free Hotel! The first 100 to register for Big Tent, pay the conference registration fee, and select "Presbyterian Communicators' Network" as their primary conference affiliation will have three nights paid hotel accommodations for the conference. For more detailed information about the PCN part of Big Tent, visit the PCN website.

Dave Crittenden, synod co-executive, will be presenting a workshop at PCN Big Tent. Marta Kramer, synod director of communications, will also be presenting a workshop at the PCN conference.

Early Bird registration ends March 30, so don't delay!
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Unique Opportunity This Year to Observe the Holy Season of Lent

On Sunday, March 29, from 4 to 5:30 p.m. in North Christian Church, Columbus, Ind., just as the season of Lent is drawing to a close, a group of Columbus churches will present a very special aid to our own spiritual journeys.
The Rev. Linda Loving will perform a drama of the life and spiritual teachings of the medieval mystic, Julian of Norwich. An ordained Presbyterian minister with a combined background in theater and theology, Loving has performed J. Jonda's one-woman play, Julian, more than 70 times around this country and in England. This program is underwritten by the First Presbyterian Church of Columbus, Ind., and co-sponsored by North Christian Church and St. Bartholomew Catholic Church. More...
This Easter, Reach Out To the Ones Who Are Searching For You

Professionally designed advertisements from PC(USA) are available free of charge to any Lincoln Trails congregation or presbytery. Use them as print ads, door hangers, flyers or inserts. Take them to your local print shop or newspaper after we help you customize them to suit your needs.

Contact Marta at the synod for more information.
God is Doing a New Thing in the Presbytery of Ohio Valley

Do You Not Perceive It?

Eighty-one congregations in Southern Indiana seek a Presbyter for Common Life to promote openness to the guidance of the Holy Spirit so that together we may live out transforming power of the Triune God in mission and service.

Apply via email to Carol McDonald, synod co-executive. Deadline for PIFs: April 15.

Interim Pastor Training is May 4 through 8

The Synods of Mid-America and Lincoln Trails (MALT) join together every spring and fall to provide interim training to pastors nationwide. Interim training is intended for those presently engaged in interim ministry and those inquiring about this ministry. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in transition will also find the training helpful. More...

MALT also offers interim executive training once a year for current or potential synod or presbytery executives. The next interim executive training is Nov. 6 through 10, 2009. More...
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Presbyterian Conference Center Offers Many Opportunities this Spring and Summer

Montreat Conference Center, located near Asheville, N.C., is one of three denominational conference centers in the U.S. A comprehensive schedule of conferences is coming up:

  • The Spring Spiritual Formation Retreat - Growing in Discernment: Attuning Our Spiritual Senses, April 16-19.
  • Arts & Sabbath: The Montreat Artists Series, April 19-23. 
  • Associate Pastors Conference: Unique Call, Common Ministry, April 20-23.
  • Solo Pastor to Multi-Staff Pastor, April 26-May 1.
  • Proclaiming the Text: God's Word for a Wounded World, June 1-5, for pastors, lay leaders, seminary students, and others.
  • Christian Education - Living Out Hope: Spiritual Practices in a Wounded World, June 1-5, for Christian educators, pastors, and lay leaders.
  • The Women's Connection, "The well...the bucket...and the living water" (John 4:11), August 8-12.
For details and information about these and other conferences, visit Montreat's website.