PSEI News and Events
PSEI Presbyterian Women's Fall Gathering
Presbytery PW Fall Gathering will be Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018, at Centralia, First. Registration is at 9:30 am, and the program begins at 10 am. It will feature worship led by Joannie Naraghi, plus a report on the recent mission trip to Cuba sponsored by First Presbyterian of Champaign, and a panel sharing experiences from the PW Churchwide Gathering in Louisville in August. Lunch will be $7.00, and people should pre-register with the church office.
You may read and/or print the current PSEI Presbyterian Women's Newsletter.
The Presbyterian Foundation presents "Reimagining Stewardship" based on the book Kitchen Table Giving by Bill Enright. The presenters will be William G. Enright and Lisa Tait Longo. Books will be available for sale onsite.
Location: Mattoon, First
You may read and/or print the Stewardship Event poster.
All Session Records must be read prior to the November 15, 2018, Presbytery meeting. The events are held in regional locations, but you may attend one in another region if that date is better for you.
Register online here PRIOR to attending.
You may read and/or print the Records Review poster.
Pastor Support and Enrichment Grants
The Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois received a one-time grant of $33,000 from the Synod of Lincoln Trails to be used in support of pastors. These funds will be administered through an application process and an interview with a committee composed of one member from the Commission of Trustees, the Committee on Ministry Moderator or designee and the Presbyter for Congregational Care.
You may apply online here.
Keilman Trust Travel Funds
Applications for 2019 travel funds will be accepted starting August 1, 2018.
The mission work that you engage in must be a sustainable, foreign Christian mission.
We ask that everyone going on the mission experience be endorsed by their Session or their church board. Priority for funds will be given to individuals and groups from churches in PSEI. Preference is given to smaller teams going for longer than one (1) week. All completed applications made for funding requests submitted by the deadline of November 30 will be considered.
We understand that international travel is difficult to plan for a year in advance, so we are willing to work with you to satisfy the Trust requirements, but you must be in contact with Pastor Andy Sonneborn well in advance of the November 30, 2018 deadline. Specific guidelines are here.
Our congregation's committee will prepare the 2019 budget to be approved by the Trustee some time in December 2018 or early January 2019. We strongly prefer that you email your applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also mail your application to:
First Presbyterian Church
If you mail your application, we request that you notify the church office to expect your application via mail. If you have any questions, please contact Shelbyville, First at 217-774-3624 or by email at email@example.com.
Marion Medical Mission Trip
This Fall a group from the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois will be travelling to east Africa to share the love of Christ with the extreme poor there by providing a sustainable source of clean, safe drinking water.
Marion Medical Mission 2018
What happens when followers of Jesus Christ in Africa and in North America unite in a mission to provide clean water to hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children living in Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia, and countless villages in that area? God is glorified. The church rejoices. Lives are saved.
Haven’t you heard of this ministry? The following definition comes directly from the official website: “Marion Medical Mission is an ecumenical, Christian, front-line, hands-on, volunteer, non-profit organization that responds to Christ’s call to serve by working hand in hand with God’s people in Africa. We show the love of Christ through projects that directly impact the African people, stressing self-help and sustainability.”
I will be heading to Africa to witness this first-hand. I am on “Team One,” a group of about 20 people from all around this country who will be there for three weeks (September 16 - October 6). We will help transport materials to the installation sites, document the well locations, and lead a well dedication service to the glory of God. Team Two will be overseas for the following three weeks. Pray for this mission! This is my first time - pray for me! I expect to be humbled by God’s love through God’s people.
For over 30 years, this God-inspired ministry has been doing what is humanly impossible. Over 4 million people have received clean water in the name of Jesus. The cost per well has come down to about $400 as the construction methods have become ever more efficient. 100% of all donated money goes to well construction, as volunteers pay their own expenses (or, in my case, have churches backing them).
Thank you God, for this mission. Thank God for giving director Tom Logan this vision back in 1985. Thank God for the church in Africa. Thank you for taking the time to read about MMM.
For more information about this God-honoring and people-empowering ministry, visit mmmwater.org.
Yours in Christ,
Nicaragua Mission Trip
This March we made our fifth trip to La Flor, Nicaragua, and we were very excited to go and share God’s love with this wonderful, but struggling community.
If you'd like more information about this ongoing mission project, go to justhope.org.
The Presbytery's 2018 Confirmation Camp was a great experience. Special thanks to ruling elders Dan Kingery, Sheri Moberley, and David Rozanski and to ministers Laurie Fields, Bill McLean, Stu Smith, Dan Whitfield, and Chris Williams. We're confident these confirmands from Champaign, First and Mt. Vernon, First are prepared to be examined by their sessions.
You may read and/or print the Parish Paper.
You may read and/or print the Presbytery's Newsletter.
You may read and/or print the Illinois Conference of Churches' Ecumenical Connection.
Upcoming Stated Meetings
November 15, 2018: Champaign, First
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2018 Per Capita
Presbytery of SE Illinois- $28.46
Book of Order
Book of Confessions