PSEI News and Events

Camp Carew Summer CampsFishing at Camp Carew

You may download Camp Carew's 2018 Summer Camps brochure, or visit to learn more about our presbytery's summer camping programs.

You may register online for our summer camps and pay online.

Our theme for 2018 is "Join the Party."

  • You Are Invited: Luke 14:7-24
  • Remember This Day: Exodus 13:3-10
  • See What God Has Done: Luke 2:8-20
  • Welcome Back: Luke 15:11-32
  • All Is Ready: Luke 22:14-30
  • Go and Tell: Matthew 28:1-10

Youth EventShaving-Cream Whiffle Ball at Camp Carew

Camp Carew is hosting a Labor Day weekend Youth Event for all junior- and senior-high youth and youth leaders of PSEI congregations. The cost will be $50 per person for this August 31-September 2 event. You may register for the event and pay online here.

You may read and/or print the Youth Event poster.

Session Records ReviewSession Records Review 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.

Please register here PRIOR to attending.

  • Sunday, September 16 3:00pm—5:00pm at Cobden, First, 103 N. Jefferson Street, Cobden, IL 62920
  • Sunday, September 23 3:00pm—5:00pm at Decatur, Westminster, 1360 W. Main Street, Decatur, IL 62522
  • Sunday, September 30 3:00pm—5:00pm at New Haven, United, 32 Ford Street, New Haven, IL 62867
  • Sunday, October 21 3:00pm—5:00pm at Charleston, First, 311 N. 7th Street, Charleston, IL 61920
  • Sunday, October 28 3:00pm—5:00pm at Paxton, Federated, 221 W. Center Street, Paxton, IL 60957
  • Sunday, November 4 3:00pm—5:00pm at Butler, Union, 423 Cherry Street, Butler, IL 62015

You may read and/or print the Records Review poster.

Marion Medical Mission TripClean water from a New Well

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.

If you'd like more information about this ongoing mission project, go to

Confirmation CampOur 2018 Confirmands

The Presbytery's April 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.

Nicaragua Mission TripMap of Nicaragua. Source: CIA World Factbook

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

Keilman Trust Travel Funds

All travel funds for 2018 have been distributed. 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 You can also mail your application to:

First Presbyterian Church
201 North Chestnut Street
Shelbyville, IL 62565
attn: Keilman Trust Committee.

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

Read more about the Keilman Trust →

Southeastern Illinois Connection

You may read and/or print the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois' Southeastern Illinois Connection.

Ecumenical Connection

You may read and/or print the Illinois Conference of Churches' Ecumenical Connection.

Upcoming Stated Meetings

August 23, 2018: Sparta, Westminster
November 15, 2018: Champaign, First

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Presbytery of SE Illinois- $28.46
Synod of Lincoln Trails - $3.81
General Assembly - $7.73
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