Presbytery of Blackhawk


March 3, 2023

Book of Order Amendments

The presbytery will be voting on proposed amendments to our Constitution (the Book of Order) at our April 11th assembly meeting. To prepare for that vote, Eric Heinekamp will be hosting two informational gatherings to provide an opportunity to learn about and discuss the amendments and the process for approval. These 90 minute sessions will be held on Zoom and you are encouraged to attend either one.

• Saturday, March 18 at 10:00am

• Thursday, March 30 at 7:00pm

You can find the amendments, an overview and current vote totals HERE.

Please register to receive the zoom link. The link is good for either date.

PDA Responds to Turkey-Syria Earthquake

The 7.8 magnitude earthquake near the Turkey-Syria border struck in the early hours of February 6, and is estimated to have affected more than 23 million people.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Solidarity grants to meet immediate needs, such as hygiene kits, psychosocial support, shelter, medicines, winterization items, food packages and more have been processed. As always, PDA will be present for the long-term recovery.

To support the PDA response, designate gifts to DR999999-ST Earthquake
Bulletin inserts are available


Assembly Meeting

Tuesday, April 11 will be Hybrid - on zoom and in person at Rockford Third


New hymn (free for church use) encourages Presbyterians to assemble and deliver emergency CWS kits

Christian Education from PCUSA - see the new Digital Catalog

POAMN Winter Network News

Thirteen Books to Read During Black History Month

(or all year)

The Current
Blackhawk Prayer Calendar
can be found on our website.

An Invitation from Bread for the World and Blackhawk Matthew 25: 

Join us in putting an end to hunger

Every year, Bread for the World organizes churches, community organizations, and people of faith from across the country to write letters and emails to their members of Congress who have the power to impact the policies and programs that can end hunger.  

This year’s “ask” is centered on reauthorization of the Farm Bill. Please find out more.

This Flyer can be customized for your church's Offering of Letters.

Multi-Use Space Strategies for Church Buildings Workshop

  • Making Sure Your Church Facilities Work For Your Future and Not Against It
  • A special one-day workshop hosted by the Presbytery of Chicago
  • Wednesday, March 22, 2023 from 2pm to 8pm – schedule will include afternoon presentations and breakouts, dinner, and evening session.
  • Park Ridge Presbyterian Church

Register now for

MALT Art of Transitional

Ministry Training

Week I & II. May 22-26, 2023

Mercy Center, St. Louis, MO

We live in a crazy time of transition in our churches and culture. Transitional Ministry Education is not limited to those presently engaged in or inquiring about transitional ministry. Anyone interested in learning how to walk through change alongside your church is invited to join in. PLUS, we have expanded to include a more diverse faculty and re-worked curriculum for this spring. READ MORE

Presbyterian Scholarship for Undergraduates

and the Presbyterian Study Grant 

Applications for 2023-2024 need-based scholarships, for both undergraduate and seminary students, through the Presbyterian Mission Agency are now open. 

Find out more or print and share the flyer with your students.

Synod Mission Initiative Grants

The Synod of Lincoln Trails wants to support your new idea for Mission activity in your community. Grants are for up to $1,500 and the application process is easy, but the spring deadline is coming soon - March 10 (fall deadline is October 6).

Please read more

Statistics Season Is Finally Over!

Thank you to all the church clerks, pastors, treasurers, office admins and others who dutifully submitted your year-end reports to the Presbytery and your church statistics to the PCUSA.

Shout-out to Ridgefield-Crystal Lake, Galena First and Henry First for being the very first to submit your online statistical reports!

An updated Blackhawk Directory with lots of new information is now available on our website - it is password protected (and found from the "Member Login" icon in the upper right), so let us know if you need the password. Updates and corrections can be submitted at any time. We like to keep in touch!

"Blue Shirt Sunday"

The First Presbytery Church of Gibson City, Illinois wore our blue church logo shirts on “Blue Shirt” Sunday, February 26th to help remind others that gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing supports disaster recovery efforts in the U.S. and around the world through Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.


Presbytery Meeting

Tuesday, April 11, 2023

9:30 am

Hybrid- on zoom; in person at Rockford Third


The per capita assessment for:

2023 is $42.00

Church payments are posted monthly on the website

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Presbytery of Blackhawk

Our Vision and Values

     Grounded in the biblical image for human community, as disciples of our Lord Jesus Christ, we challenge and support congregations to be thriving faith communities by facilitating competent leadership and resourcing to energize ministry and mission.

     As Christians, guided by the principles of love, trust, open communication, and genuine relationships, we value each other as sisters and brothers in faith in all our varied theological understandings. Therefore, we relish respectful discussions of differing opinions as a necessary part of discerning the will of God.

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