Blackhawk Presbytery
Sunday, August 02, 2015
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


Stronghold Camp & Retreat Center

Synod of Lincoln Trails

Presbyterian Church (USA)

The per capita assessment for 2015 is $35.61
(GA-$7.07; 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.




United Presbyterian Church in Freeport is happy to issue the 2015 Kit Challenge to the churches in Blackhawk Presbytery.  In coordination with Church World Service, we have learned that while all kits virtually fly out of the warehouses, it is especially difficult to keep the school kits on the shelves.  Therefore, we are challenging each church in our Presbytery to put together fifty (50) school kits in 2015.  If you feel this is too many, we are offering an alternate goal of thirty-five (35) school kits and one (1) emergency clean-up bucket.

Inspired by the Elmira Church, last year we held a “Fill Up Lunch”.  This after-church event gave us the opportunity to Fill Up our stomachs with the good cooking of our church folks and then to gather around tables and Fill Up special school bags. 

The bags were hand made by our Saturday at the Church group, a group of women and a few men who gather once a month on Saturdays to knit and crochet prayer shawls, create prayer quilts and passage quilts, and generally bless others with these and other hand- and love-made items.  This will be the third year they have made CWS school bags for us. 

Some years we request that people bring the items to fill the bags to the church.  Last year we used the money from our Make the Change banks (pocket-change banks located in our Narthex and in Holy Grounds, our after-church fellowship time and meeting room) from January and February in order to purchase the school supplies.

Funding for the $2/kit requested shipping support came from a free-will offering at the Fill Up Lunch.

The difficulty that Church World Service has in keeping these kits on the shelf speaks to the huge need that exists in our world.  Most of us take education for granted.  When a school kit can make the difference in whether or not a child is able to get the most basic of educations, it’s not too much for each of our congregations to support this challenge by providing school kits. 

And so, the United Presbyterian Church of Freeport challenges your church to put together fifty (50) school kits in 2015!  (Of course, any quantity of any of the four CWS Kits will be gratefully accepted.)  Bring them to the November 10, 2015 Presbytery Assembly at Stronghold Center.  Please bring the kits in boxes, marked with 1) the name and address of your church and 2) the kind and quantity of kits inside.  Buckets do not need to be in boxes but should have the name and address of your church taped to the outside.  Although CWS will transport the kits to the warehouse for free, a gift of $2 per kit, and $3 per bucket, made out to CWS, will help get the kits into the hands of those in need. The exact contents of CWS Kits can be found at    Please reach out to us with questions, or to CWS: or 630-200-4572.


The Mission Team of United Presbyterian Church