PSEI News and Events

Nicaragua Mission Trip

Map of Nicaragua
Map of Nicaragua. Source: CIA World Factbook
The 2018 Nicaragua mission and service team trip to La Flor is set for March 10 through March 17. This will be our fifth trip to La Flor and we are just as excited as ever to go and share God’s love with this wonderful, but struggling community.

Our focus in 2018 will be on building green stoves or "cocinas verdes." This is something that every family still using traditional, open fire cooking technology wants and needs. Green stoves vastly improve the health both of the people using them and of the local environment. Each stove costs only $450.00, but makes a world of difference.

If you'd like more information about this project, go to justhope.org.

PSEI Presbyterian Women's Spring Gathering

The Spring Gathering of Presbyterian Women of Southeastern Illinois Presbytery will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, at the Effingham First Presbyterian Church, featuring Rev. Katrina Pekich-Bundy of Hanover, Indiana, on Sabbath in today's life; mission project providing donations for Effingham Child Development Center; election and installation of officers, and more! Lunch $7; register in advance at the Effingham, First office. See the Spring 2018 Newsletter for details! For additional information, contact Jane Hopkins.

Illinois Conference of Churches

Read the latest issue of the ICC's Ecumenical Connection.

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 shelbyvillekeilmantrust@gmail.com. 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 First Presbyterian Church at 217-774-3624 or by email at shelbyvillekeilmantrust@gmail.com.

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Camp Carew This Summer
Fishing at Camp Carew
Fishing at Camp Carew

You may register online for our summer camps and pay online. You may download Camp Carew's 2018 Summer Camps brochure, or visit CampCarew.org to learn more about our presbytery's summer camping programs.

Confirmation Camps

Our weekend confirmation camps are free to youths from all PSEI congregations. Our next camp will be April 13-15, at Camp Carew. You may download this year's Confirmation Camps flyer, and then register online for this weekend camp.

2018 Stated Meetings

Feb. 10: Effingham, First
May 17: Decatur, First
Aug. 23: Sparta, Westminster
Nov. 15: Champaign, First

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