Presbytery of Blackhawk
CONNECTIONS news & updates
September 11, 2020
Getting to Know Rev. Eric Heinekamp

Q: Tell us where you grew up.
A: I was raised in the western suburbs of Chicago until I got married. After that I spent time in Colorado, Michigan, and California before moving back to Illinois.

Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I graduated from Lisle High School (go Lions!), have a BA (Political Science) from University of Illinois, MBA from the University of Michigan, and an MDiv from McCormick Seminary

Q: Tell us about your immediate family.
A: I married my high school sweetheart, Patty, and as of March 15, have been happily married 40 years. We have 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. Our family is very close and we all talk or text every day.

Q: What are your hobbies?
A: My favorite past-time is home renovation. I recently finished a 21’ x 15’ wood deck and did it all myself. My next project is remodeling a home bathroom.

Q: What was the last movie or TV show you really enjoyed and why?
A: In preparation for this new role my wife and I binge watched all 7 seasons of West Wing to learn about what it’s like to lead a complex organization.

Q: What type of music do you enjoy listening to - do you sing or play an instrument?
A: My smart speaker is generally on NPR, Christian, or Classic Rock. My wife I and usually visit Ravinia twice a year and have seen great bands like Chicago, Moody Blues, Santana, and Jethro Tull. I sing, but if you want to know how well you’d have to ask those who have heard me. I played piano and trombone in high school. That was a long time ago.

Q: What is your favorite childhood memory?
A: My family camped a lot when I was a child. I still don’t know how my parents did it with 3 kids, a big dog, an old tent, and all the gear as we traveled the country in an old station wagon.

Q: Do you have a recently read non-fiction book to recommend? A fiction book?
A: For recreation reading I love political thrillers like Brad Thor, Vince Flynn, or anything by Tom Clancy.
  • Matthew 25 Gatherings in Blackhawk:
"Matthew 25 Overview" July 14 RECAP (lots of resources are offered)

"Choosing Steps to Dismantle Racism Where You Are"
August 11 RECAP (with more resources)

  • Blackhawk is forming a M25 Subcommittee (of the Mission Committee). They will meet for the first time Sept. 15 at 7:00 pm. Please contact Laurie Walker if you would like to be included.

  • Join a Free Webinar Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 1 p.m. (CDT) featuring Kerry Connelly, author of of the book “Good White Racist?: Confronting Your Role in Racial Injustice” (see more information here)

  • Presbyterian Mission invites you to the next Matthew 25 Online Event Series scheduled for Sept. 16 at 2:00 p.m. (CDT) where the focus is Eradicating Systemic Poverty. Register for this meeting.
Alan G. Manchester
Oct. 30, 1945 - Sept. 2, 2020

Alan faithfully served Blackhawk Presbytery in many ways over the years and will be missed. Please see the obituary here. You may contact us for their home address.
Rev. Robert H. Haas
May 14, 1934 – August 14, 2020

Rev. Haas was a long-time member of the Joliet First Presbyterian and became a member of Blackhawk Presbytery following his retirement and move to the area. (obituary)

Rev. W. Kenneth Wilson II
passed away on August 28, 2020 at the age of 67, after a lengthy illness. He joined Blackhawk Presbytery in 2009 to briefly serve the Kewanee First and Elmira United churches. He and his wife, Julia moved to Gastonia, NC several years ago. She survives him.
Church World Service Kits

Because there will be no in-person Presbytery meeting in November, churches may need to deliver their kits to the nearest drop-off facility:
The Church of the Brethren Headquarters, 1451 Dundee Ave., Elgin, IL
(click for map). Hours: M-F 8 am-11:30 am & 1 pm-3:30 pm. (phone: 800-323-8039).

HOWEVER, we are investigating the possibility of a collection circuit through the bounds of the Presbytery sometime later this fall. It would hopefully eliminate several driving hours for many of you. If your church has been assembling kits that need to find their way to Elgin, please contact the Presbytery office so we can be in touch if this opportunity happens.

All donations for processing / shipping cost ($2 per School & Hygiene Kits and $3 per clean-up bucket) should be mailed directly to: CWS Kit Program, PO Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515-0968
Christian Educators and Youth Leaders
Swap Ideas / Share Concerns
Tuesday, September 22 at 7:00 pm on zoom

All are welcome - clergy or lay leaders! If you have not previously been sent an invitation, please contact the Presbytery office to be included.