Presbytery of Blackhawk
CONNECTIONS news & updates
November 1, 2021
February 2022 Meeting Plans

The Presbytery Assembly Planning Committee is excitedly planning our return to an in-person presbytery meeting in April, 2022. In the meantime, using the Zoom platform for our February 8 meeting allows us to eliminate severe weather concerns and explore a flexible meeting time. This may enable more of our working and younger elders to be part of the Presbytery Assembly. With this in mind, please respond to the following polls so that your preference may be considered in our planning process.
Q1 If you never or rarely attend Assembly, would you attend (on zoom) at an alternate time?
Q2 For all, regular or potential, what is your first choice for a Feb. 8 meeting on Zoom?
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 beginning at 9:30 am
Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022 beginning at 6:30 am
Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022 beginning at 9:30 am
Church World Service Kits Collection

The Kits harvest is ongoing. Please deliver your kits to the Elgin warehouse at any time as there will not be a central drop-off spot in the Presbytery. The Presbyterian Women in Blackhawk are keeping a tally, so send them an email to report your totals. Thanks!

(Above photo shows this year's donations - 200 school kits!- from Elgin First Pres. Already delivered. Thanks!!)
You are invited to join us for
Matthew 25
Roundtable Discussions
1st and 3rd Thursdays:

Nov. 4 at 2 pm Topic: Discussing Racism
Nov. 18 at 2 pm Topic: Congregational Vitality
No Roundtables in December
Jan 6 at 2 pm Topic: Discussing Poverty

1 hour each, on Zoom - Drop in when you can!

Please join our group list to insure you receive the invitation and reminders.
Learn more about the Matthew 25 Initiative on our website or on the PCUSA pages

Following the recent address to the September Blackhawk Assembly by Rev. Denise Anderson, Ridgefield-Crystal Lake Presbyterian decided to reprise the presentation and discussion for their own congregation. They featured the video of Rev. Anderson’s message in an Adult Education event following worship. It was a hybrid event, with some remaining in the sanctuary and others who worshiped from outside the church via Zoom. Approximately 30 attended and all were able to participate in discussion that followed. Discussion focused on the question, “Who would be the dearest to Jesus, the least of us in our community?” Participants identified the elderly, the impoverished, and the marginalized, including Hispanics and LGBTQI+ communities. Following the discussion, three congregation members expressed an interest in being part of their M25 task force.

Matthew 25 was also the focus of their annual joint meeting of Session and Deacons, specifically Jesus' charge to churches to listen, learn and act to correct injustices to the least of us. The lively discussion began that day is ongoing.

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Session Ref!

Do you need a light-hearted look at some of the common ways that sessions may be dysfunctional? This humorous video offers laughs and food for thought. Also coming in early 2022 - Elder Training offered by our Blackhawk Stated Clerk, Rev. Eric Heinekamp. Stay tuned!
Session Records Reviews
Please contact the office if you did not receive the invitation or to RSVP

Saturday, Nov. 13 at DeKalb Westminster, (830 Annie Glidden Rd., DeKalb, IL 60115) at 10 a.m.
Saturday, Nov. 20 at Fulton Presbyterian, (311 N. 9th St., Fulton, IL 61252) at 10 am
Saturday, Dec. 4 at Gardner, Church of Hope, (202 N Monroe St, Gardner, IL 60424) at 10:00 a.m.
Saturday, Dec. 11 at Waltham Pres., Utica (809 N. 3450 Rd., Utica, IL 61373) at 10 a.m.

Thank you to all our hosts!