COVID-19 Response Task Force
May 1, 2020
Need a Break?
Your Remote Worship Practices Provide Opportunities
Looking ahead to vacation season and considering those who need a break now, we are assembling information from Blackhawk churches regarding their remote worship practices. Thank you for the early responses. The document will be available next week.

We suggest that a church may want to partner with another congregation (with a similar "style" of remote worship) to swap worship for a week or two, allowing the pastor to take a break and both congregations be blessed with each other's participation. We have at least two churches interested in pursuing this right away: one doing prerecorded services and one live-streamed. Please contact the office for more information.
When It’s Time to Gather Again

While we continue remote worship through May, the growing pressure to loosen restrictions in Illinois reminds us that we need to begin taking the steps necessary to provide safe space for gathering together again. Please consider starting slowly and opening in phases. Below you’ll find other suggestions and resources to help inform your plans and decisions. ( From Resources Compiled by Tricia Dykers Koenig,
Associate Director for Mid Council Relations, OGA)

As the Apostle Paul teaches in 1 Corinthians,
even if “all things are lawful for me, not all things are beneficial.”    
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A place for Blackhawk Presbytery members to share great ideas and resources, ask questions and build a supportive community. We love to hear your stories about what's working, not working, what you're most excited about in your church and community.
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of financial hardship due to decreased contributions is known .

The process is simple:
  • Call the Board of Pensions 800-773-7752 (800-PRESPLAN) Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET.
  • Have your PIN and last billing statement available
  • Ask them what you need to do to get dues relief and they will take it from there. You do not need to notify the presbytery, although we will receive notice of your grant.

Tips for the Casual Zoom User, from Synod of Mid-America. Share this with folks reluctant to use Zoom (the best I've seen) new

Resources for Education During COVID-19 from PC(USA)’s Presbyterian Publishing Corp. - (Many free!) new

Blackhawk Presbytery COVID-19 page seeks examples of things you or your church are doing to "be the church". Short submissions welcome!

Please email the Presbytery office with your questions, concerns or suggestions. We are working from home and not monitoring the office phone.