March 13, 2013

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& Supporting Leaders

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Synod of Lincoln Trails

2013 Meetings


March 22

First Presbyterian Church

Urbana, IL


June 15

 Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL

October 26 

Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL



Leadership Development


April 29-May 1

New Pastors 21

Geneva Center

Rochester, IN


May 6-10

MALT Interim/Transitional Training

Mercy Center

St. Louis, MO


May 11

CRE ConEd - Pentecost I

Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL


May 13-15

New Pastors 22

Geneva Center

Rochester, IN


August 24

CRE ConEd - Pentecost II

Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL


October 21-23

New Pastors 22

Geneva Center

Rochester, IN


Oct. 28 - Nov. 1

MALT Interim/Transitional Training

Mercy Center

St. Louis, MO


November 1-4

MALT Executive Training

Mercy Center

St. Louis, MO


November 2

CRE ConEd - Advent, Christmas and Epiphany

Philo Presbyterian Church

Philo, IL








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Synod All New Pastors Reunion

Save These Dates: November 21-23, 2013

Synod of Lincoln Trails' New Pastor Program Participants Invited to Reunion


The Synod of Lincoln Trails is excited to sponsor the first ever REUNION of ALL New Pastors Program participants. Beginning with Group One and including everyone, even Group Twenty Two!
The retreat will be held at Hawthorn Suites in Champaign, IL, beginning with supper Thursday evening, followed by worship, play and reflection. Ending after breakfast on Saturday morning.
Your cost is ONLY $100! Spread the word among your old new pastor friends!
Would you like to help plan the event? Share talents of music, art or dance? Contact Peggy McDonald, [email protected].
Click here for the invitation.
Click here for a registration form  
Or watch for online registration and payment information on the Synod website or in the March 27 Leadership Update.
Synod Offers Leadership Development Opportunities

The Art of Transitional Ministry

MALT Regional Education for Transitional Ministry


We live in a time of great transition in our churches and culture. Transitional Ministry Education is intended for those presently engaged in or inquiring about the nature of transitional ministry. This includes Temporary Transitional Ministry positions; which may include interim ministry, designated ministry, other temporary ministry or Installed Transitional Ministry positions. Committee on Ministry members and presbytery staff persons with responsibility for congregations in this time of transition will also find the education helpful.
Training dates are May 6-10, 2013 at Mercy Center in St. Louis, MO.
For more information click here.

Back by Popular Demand

CRE Continuing Education Opportunities


The "Sacred Seasons" preaching workshops are led by the Rev. Dr. Laura Reason, pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Highland, Ind. Dr. Reason is a nine-time teacher of preaching and worship leadership to Synod of Lincoln Trails ruling elders.


The 2013 workshops are:


May 11 - Pentecost I

August 24 - Pentecost II

November 2 - Advent, Christmas and Epiphany


Cost: $35 per class. Includes lunch and teaching materials.


Classes will be held at Philo Presbyterian Church in Philo, IL from 9:30am - 2:30pm (Central Time).


For more information contact Kristi Miller via email or by calling

(800) 566-5996.


News from the Board of Pensions

Healthcare Committee Deliberates Potential Changes to Medical Coverage


Maintaining the nature of community, continuing to listen, and ensuring the long-term viability of the medical plan were the key topics of discussion for the Healthcare Committee at the March 9, 2013, meeting of the Board of Directors.
The Board of Pensions announced in February that the Healthcare Committee would not bring a considered recommendation to the full Board of Directors at its March meeting but rather would re-examine its approach to meeting the Medical Plan's financial challenges. From the time it first announced, in October 2012, an approach to restructuring medical dues to address coverage affordability issues, the Board has listened through varied media to the many voices of the Church who responded, from pastors, to mid council staff, to churches and other employers.
News and Opportunities within the PC(USA)

Synod Young Adult Making an Impact in the Church


My Invisible Backpack - 2013 One Great Hour of Sharing
My Invisible Backpack - 2013 One Great Hour of Sharing


Abbi Heimach daughter of The Rev. Robert Heimach, Irvington Presbyterian Church in Indianapolis, makes an impact on behalf of the One Great Hour of Sharing offering. 


One Great Hour of Sharing

Sharing resources, changing lives

Since 1949 Presbyterians have joined with millions of other Christians through One Great Hour of Sharing to share God's love with those in need. Your generous gifts assist those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and assist in helping to empower the poor and oppressed.


Gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing support the following:

Most Congregations receive the offering on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday or both, while many receive it throughout Lent - however, you can help sustain the important PC (USA) ministries and programs that are supported by the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering by making an online gift at any time throughout the year.

Heartland Region of the Administrative Personnel Association Announces Spring Conference


"Rooted in Faith"

Heartland Regional Conference

(Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio and Michigan)


May 17-18, 2013

Louisville, KY


For more information and to register click here

The Administrative Personnel Association (APA) offers opportunities for professional development and personal growth for those called by God to serve as support staff of the Presbyterian Church.

The members of APA are persons engaged in administrative support work in any local church-related institution, governing body or agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), the Reformed Church in America, the Presbyterian Church in Canada, or any church organization on a full or part-time basis.
For more information on APA click here.

2013 Presyterian Youth Triennium



July 16-20, 2013
Purdue University
Lafayette, IN
Synod Happenings 

Jacksonville, IL Youth Group Writes and Produces Song for Joplin Relief Effort

 "Turn Us Into Miracles (Song for Joplin)" is now available. All proceeds go to Rebuild Joplin Tornado Relief


When the First Presbyterian Youth Group in Jacksonville, IL travelled to Joplin, MO in August of 2012, four members of the group and their adult leader were inspired by the experience to write a song. Now, that song has been professionally produced, performed by the youth group and it is available for download from every major digital music service. The song "went live" on March 8, 2013. All proceeds from the sale of "Turn Us Into Miracles (Song for Joplin)" will be donated to "Rebuild Joplin" and the on-going Joplin Tornado Recovery effort.


To hear a sample click on the link below. 

"Turn Us Into Miracles (Song for Joplin)"

(with multiple fade points. Guitar solo by Robert Sampson.)




Find out what's happening within the presbyteries of the Synod of Lincoln Trails. Click on the links below to read the newsletters or visit their webpages. 




Learning Alert

Center for Congregations

Indiana Statewide Workshops



Service and Faith Formation in the Congregation

Leader: Diana Garland

March 21, 2013 - Indianapolis, IN

March 22, 2013 - Fort Wayne, IN




Making Room: Cultivating Communities of Inclusion with Children and Youth with Disabilities

Leader: Barbara Newman

April 10, 2013 - Austin, IN

April 11, 2013 - Zionsville, IN



Positive Change for Congregations

Leader: Susan Weber

April 10, 2013 - Evansville, IN

April 12, 2013 - Seymour, IN




The Clergy Program "Resilient Leadership"


The Clergy Program offers on-site programs available for the upcoming months of March, April, May and June of 2013 for pastors, church professionals and other church leaders. The five-day intensive Program features daily individual and group consultations, fitness assessment and training, spiritual direction, and professional follow-up coaching.


The Board of Pensions assists pastors offset program costs through the Shared Grant Fund. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has long sponsored pastors affected by trauma.


For more information click here.