April 29, 2009

Developing, Nurturing
& Supporting Leaders
Mark Your Calendar!

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

Appreciative Inquiry and Congregational Change
Workshop with Mark Lau Branson
May 19, 2009
Utica, Ill.

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.

Continuing Education for Commissioned Lay Pastors & Preachers
October 21-23
Montreat Conference Center

Synod Meeting
Oct. 30, 2009
Urbana, Ill.

Check our website or contact the synod office for details!
Job Opportunity

Director of Youth Ministry

Westminster Presbyterian Church in Munster, Indiana, is seeking a Director of Youth Ministry. This is a full-time job which we hope to have filled before July 1, 2009. The successful candidate will possess good  organizational and planning skills. Love for, and understanding of, middler and high school age youth is essential. Teaching skills are highly valued.

The position requires leadership skills and the ability to recruit, train and utilize volunteers. Westminster is seeking to fill this position with a person who appreciates working as part of an enthusiastic and energetic  staff.

More information can be found in the job description which can be obtained by emailing [email protected]. Resumes and other questions or concerns may also be sent to [email protected]. Please send to the attention of Youth Director Search Team.
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PC(USA) logoAmendment B is defeated
Presbyteries Keep "Fidelity and Chastity" Ordination Standard

Though the formal results await certification by the Office of the General Assembly, all unofficial tallies show that Amendment B - which would replace the current Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) constitutional requirement that church officers live in "fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man and a woman or chastity in singleness" with a new section G-6.0106b of The Book of Order - has been defeated.

After voting on Saturday, April 25, the count is 69 presbyteries in favor with 88 opposed - one more than the majority of 87 out of 173 presbyteries required to decide the matter.

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for your church.
Invite them in.

These professionally designed
resources from PC(USA) are available to any Lincoln Trails congregation or presbytery. 

Use them as print ads, door hangers, flyers or inserts. We will help you customize them to suit your needs. There is no charge for the use of the ads.

Ad thumbnailThis series includes five large ads and eight small ones. Selected ads also are available in Spanish.

Ad series are also available for:
 Young Adults

Contact Marta Kramer at the Synod of Lincoln Trails for more information.
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Continuing Education for Commissioned Lay Pastors & Preachers

Montreat Conference Center
October 21-23, 2009

This conference brings together the leaders and resources needed by commissioned lay pastors and preachers to enhance and strengthen their ministry of preaching, to better understand congregations, for inspiration, and for networking. More about the conference...

Apply for a $100 scholarship from the Synod of Lincoln Trails. In order to receive a $30 discount from Montreat, please apply on or before September 9, 2009. Download the Lincoln Trails scholarship application.
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Swine Flu Update

Public health officials, including the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization, have confirmed that since Friday, April 24, an outbreak of Swine Influenza A (H1N1) or "swine flu" appears to have originated in Mexico where more than 100 people have died. Since Friday the flu has begun to spread rapidly across the United States -- it is now confirmed in California, Texas, New York City, Kansas and Ohio.

On Sunday, April 26, 2009, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services declared a public health emergency. The WHO has declared the swine flu outbreak a "public health event of international concern.

Resources for more information on Swine Flu
Centers for Disease Control: Swine Flu Updates Page.
Swine Flu Key Facts: Provides facts about Swine Influenza.
Swine Flu and You: Provides answers to questions about Swine Influenza.
Swine Flu Video Podcast: In this video, Dr. Joe Bresee, with the CDC Influenza Division, describes swine flu - its signs and symptoms, how it's transmitted, medicines to treat it, steps people can take to protect themselves from it, and what people should do if they become ill.

Find out how your congregation can prepare to respond to this crisis. Learn more.
Synod of Lincoln Trails logoSynod of Lincoln Trails
Holds Quarterly Meeting

The regular quarterly meeting of the Synod of Lincoln Trails was held at First Presbyterian Church of Urbana (Ill.) last week. Click here to view a synopsis of the meeting.

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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! 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.

Anyone from the Synod of Lincoln Trails may apply for a $100 grant to attend Big Tent: Lincoln Trails Grant Application. Deadline to apply for the scholarship is April 30.

The Big Tent "early bird" registration deadline has been eliminated, which means the registration fee will not increase. There's still time to register for this exciting gathering of fellow Presbyterians this summer. See you at the Big Tent!