Presbytery of Blackhawk
CONNECTIONS news & updates
February 2, 2021
Annual Reports Missing - YOURS?

The February 18 deadline for entering your Annual Statistical Report rapidly approaches. At press time, only 29% of Blackhawk churches have reported.

Likewise, the other reports requested by Presbytery are coming in, but slowly. The deadline for those reports was January 15. If you are unsure of your status, please check and do what you can to speed these along. Forms and information are on our website and you can contact the office with questions. Thanks!

You are Invited to Join Us for
Roundtable Discussions
1st and 3rd Thursdays:
February 4 at 2 pm and 7 pm Topic: Congregational Vitality
February 18 at 2 pm and 7 pm Topic: Discussing Poverty
March 4 at 2 pm and 7* pm Topic: Discussing Racism
*Due to decreased attendance, the 7 pm slot may be discontinued
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

Year of Leader Formation:
Investing in Ruling Elders and Deacons

Consider beginning each monthly meeting of the session and deacons with a study of one of the constitutional questions from W-4.0404 of the Book of Order. The Monthly Leader Guide provided as a part of Coming Alive in Christ: Training for PC(USA) Ruling Elders and Deacons on the Constitutional Questions on the Equip site provides the framework along with a downloadable visual supplement of PowerPoint slides. Additional resources, including a leader guide for use in a retreat setting, are included within Equip.
Regarding Ruling Elders
Throughout 2021, Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Serving Faithfully will include article focused on leader formation. The first of this special series, "Leaders Listen" is available in here. If you are not already subscribed to receive monthly updates when articles are posted, sign up here.  
In the News
For more information about Coming Alive in Christ, read about it in the PC(USA) News. Read more about the Year of Leader Formation here.

You are invited a workshop sponsored by
The Synod of Lincoln Trails:
How to Lead When You Don't Know
Where You're Going

When: Thursday, March 18th, 9:00 AM - 11:00 PM Central via ZOOM

Cost: Free to all Presbyterian pastors, sessions, church and presbytery leaders (including COMs)

How do you lead an organization stuck between an ending and a new beginning—when the old ways of doing things no longer work but a way forward is not yet clear? The workshop will feature Susan Beaumont, author of "How To Lead When You Don't Know Where You're Going: Leading in a Liminal Season". Such in-between times are called liminal seasons—threshold times when the continuity of tradition disintegrates and uncertainty about the future fuels doubt and chaos. Read more and register today!
A New Year of Training from
Lombard Mennonite Peace Center

The next available sessions for the most popular workshops are Conflict Transformation Skills (Feb. 13), Healthy Congregations (Feb. 18), Mediation Skills Training Institute for Church Leaders (March 1-5), and Leadership and Anxiety in the Church (March 10).

Beneficial for clergy and laypersons alike, these training events help participants deal more effectively with unresolved conflict that threatens the fellowship and mission of their church.

Online registration is now available directly on their website. Brochures for distribution are available.
Mark Your Calendar & Spread the Word!

Compassion, Peace & Justice Training Day will be virtual again in 2021 - a perfect opportunity to taste this yearly event. Presented each year by the PCUSA Office of Public Witness (OPW) in Washington D.C., the event is expanding to three days, April 7-9, offering attendees chances to hear from leaders in and associates of the church’s Compassion, Peace & Justice (CPJ) ministries.

With this year's focus on environmental justice, the days will aim to equip participants to address environmental justice issues in their communities.