Blackhawk Presbytery
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Supporting Thriving Faith Communities in Northern Illinois
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061


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Synod of Lincoln Trails

Presbyterian Church (USA)

The per capita assessment for 2014 is $35.56
(GA-$7.02; Synod-$3.81; Blackhawk
Presbytery $24.73)
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Our Vision

Grounded in the biblical image for human community, as disciples of Jesus, 
following His witness and command for His church,
guided by the principles of trust, open communication, and genuine relationships, 
we will challenge and support our congregations to be thriving faith communities by 
     providing competent pastoral leadership,
     resourcing to energize ministry, and
     developing networks and partnerships of Presbyterians.


The 221st General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)
Is Now In The History Books
The theme of this year's General Assembly "Abound in Hope" (Romans 15:13) provided focus throughout the week as tough issues were tackled and challenging decisions were made.
"May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing,
so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope." (Romans 15:13)
As synods, presbyteries, congregations and individual Presbyterians live into the realities related to the actions of the General Assembly, please pray that all of us might remember the call of the apostle Paul to abound in hope. Besides the most talked about issues of marriage and the Middle East, commissioners to the General Assembly also accomplished many other things, including the following:
      Approved the "Educate a Child, Transform the World" campaign...a call to join in a movement to provide quality education to 1 million children in the U.S. and around the world as a way to alleviate poverty.
      Celebrated the nearly 250 new worshipping communities in more than 100 presbyteries that have begun since the last General Assembly (2012).
      Endorsed an initiative to encourage Presbyterians to go beyond the walls of their congregations and increase their engagement in service to their communities and the world by "living missionally".
     ♦ Voted overwhelming to add the Confession of Belhar to the Book of Confessions. The action must now be ratified by a majority of the presbyteries within the next year.
Click Here for 2014 Leaflet-size Summary of the Decisions Made at General Assembly
Click Here for 2014 Booklet-size Summary of the Decisions Made at General Assembly
Click Here for 2014 General Assembly FAQ on Marriage
Click Here for 2014 General Assembly FAQ on Divestment