November 13, 2009

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Covenant Gathering 2010
Covenant Gathering is July 4-9, 2010

Plans are underway for the 2010 Covenant Gathering, to be held at Michindoh Conference Center, Hillsdale, Mich. The event is a family-friendly gathering with opportunities for learning, relaxation and fellowship. Visit the Covenant Gathering website for more information.

The Summer Collegium is an ecumenical project fully funded through the Lilly Endowment and seeks to offer encouragement, education, refreshment and renewal to 25 small-church pastors each year.  The dates of the Summer Collegium are June 23-July 1, 2010.  Single clergy and locally ordained persons are welcome to apply.  This year's keynoter is the Rev. Dr. Alice Mann, and music will be led by John Bell of the Iona Community in Scotland. More information...

DEADLINE for postmarking applications is December 15.
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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!
Synod CLP Training Program
Deadline Extended to November 20

This two-year training program is for individuals seeking to expand their service to the church and become commissioned lay pastors.

The next series of classes begins in January 2010. Classes consist of 12 contact hours each and are offered on twelve weekends during the two-year period. Candidates must be endorsed by their presbyteries to participate.

Click to download more information and a registration form or contact Kristi Miller or Carol McDonald.
Invite Someone Home for Christmas

Advent Print AdsThese professionally designed Advent 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.

The series includes one large ad and four small ones. Contact Marta for more information.
Great Rivers Adjunct Staff Position:
Stewards of Energy and the Environment

Great Rivers Presbytery is looking for a person to serve in a very part-time role to help its congregations think about energy conservation, use of new technologies and other efforts toward being good stewards of the earth's resources.

The job will involved research into energy issues as well as investigating possible grants that may be available to churches. It will also involve the interpretation of the information to the congregations of Great Rivers. The contract will initially be for one year. If you are interested or if you know someone who is, please contact Sue Krummel, Great Rivers Executive.
Spring Into FaithSpring Into FaithMiddle school students in the Synod of Lincoln Trails are invited to Spring Into Faith on March 12-13, 2010 at Knox Presbyterian Church, Naperville, Ill. 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.
PC(USA) logo College Scholarships Available

The National Presbyterian College Scholarship Program (NPCS), administered through Financial Aid for Studies, a ministry of the PC(USA) Office of Vocation, offers need-based scholarship assistance to full-time students entering their first year of college at one of the participating colleges related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)  Applicants must be confirmed members of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) and carry a 3.0 cumulative grade point average from high school. Applications for the 2010-2011 academic year are due Jan. 31, 2010.  Learn more about this and other undergraduate opportunities for financial aid or download an NPCS application
NCD Handbook New Spanish/English Handbook for New Church Developments

"Just as the United States offers promise to many immigrants, new churches reflect hope and possibilities," writes Héctor Rodriguez, associate for Hispanic/Latino-a Congregational Support in the introduction to Handbook for Hispanic/Latino New Church Development: Going to Sow. This new dual language, Spanish and English resource is written for pastors, presbyteries, church leaders and members working to build Hispanic/Latino-a new church developments (NCD). The handbook features inspiration, stories of successful NCDs and practical information on church planting, finances and models for ministries.