March 31, 2009

Developing, Nurturing
& Supporting Leaders
Job Opening

Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Immanuel Presbyterian Church in Schererville, Ind., is currently seeking to fill two part-time positions in a new and exciting ministry within the church and community. The positions to be filled comprise a preacher/pastoral care position as well as a children and youth specialist which will also be acting as the head of staff.  If you may be interested in either position please contact Robert Harkins, (219) 789-6617.
Mark Your Calendar!

Synod Meeting
April 24, 2009
Urbana, Ill.

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.

Synod Meeting
July 25, 2009
Danville, Ill.

Synod Meeting
Oct. 30, 2009
Urbana, Ill.

Check our website or contact the synod office for details!
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PC(USA) logo PC(USA) General Assembly Council Closes $9.92 Million Budget Gap

The PC(USA) GAC eliminated a $9.92 million shortfall in the 2009 General Assembly mission budget on March 27, making budget reductions of $3.99 million and using unspent previous year revenue totaling $5.93 million.

In doing so, the council reduced the mission budget from $110,885,317 - which it approved last September - to $106,914,584.

The budget cuts include the elimination of 14 incumbent positions and 19 vacant positions at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville.

Synod Will Meet April 24 in Urbana

The regular quarterly meeting of synod commissioners will be held on Friday, April 24 at First Presbyterian Church, 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, (317) 923-3681, 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.

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Synod Offers Grants to Attend Atlanta Event June 11-13

What's Big Tent? It's a gathering of 10 PC(USA) conferences in the same place, at the same time! Conferences include:
  • Healthy Ministry Conference
  • Presbyterian Communicators' Network (PCN) Conference
  • National Multicultural Church Conference
  • Stewardship and Investment Conference
  • Evangelism and Church Growth Conference
  • National Elders Conference
  • Peacemaking Conference
  • PHEWA Social Justice Biennial Conference
  • Racial Ethnic Convocation
  • New Immigrants Ministries Convocation
Attendees of any of the 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.

Bruce Reyes-Chow, tech-savvy moderator of the 218th General Assembly, will present a "Social Media 101" workshop as part of the Presbyterian Communicators segment of Big Tent.

Anyone from the Synod of Lincoln Trails may apply for a $100 grant to attend Big Tent: Lincoln Trails Grant Application. Be one of the first 100 to register for the PCN conference and get three nights paid hotel accommodations for the conference!

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...
EDay Logo International Web Focus Day for Churches on April 26

How can Christians use the bewildering mix of technologies such as the Internet, Twitter and Facebook to share the Good News?

Internet Evangelism Day, an initiative of the Internet Evangelism Coalition, is an annual web-awareness focus day. The Internet Evangelism Coalition is an umbrella group of online ministries based at the Billy Graham Center in Wheaton, Ill. It is completely free and has no fundraising component.

Churches and other Christian groups can take advantage of the day to explain more to their members about the potential for online evangelism and how anyone can be involved. A customized presentation can easily be created using free downloads from the website: video clips, PowerPoint, handouts, music and drama.