Blackhawk Presbytery


January 23, 2020


February 11, 2020

Presbytery Assembly Meeting
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It is with deep sadness that I report to you the death of our colleague The Reverend Doctor Paul Nelson, retired pastor of the 1ST Presbyterian Church of Woodstock on January 20, 2020.
Paul was ordained by San Francisco Presbytery on October 22, 1989. He served churches in Lawton, OK., Richmond, CA., and Rancho Santo Fe, Ca., before coming to Blackhawk Presbytery and Woodstock in 2001.
Paul's ministry among us manifested a deep and mature faith exhibited by passion, compassion, grace, love and an obvious joy for all things about Jesus. He had a positive influence on all of us who were blessed to know him. Let us cherish his memory.
Paul is survived by his wife, Sally, his three children Tim, Jamie, and Annie, their spouses and his grandchildren.
Please keep Paul's family, friends, and the people at the Woodstock church in your prayers.
Well done good and faithful servant.
Enter into the joy of your master.
Precious in the sight of the Lord
Is the death of his saints.
John Rickard
General Presbyter/Stated Clerk

We will alert you of additional details when they are available. Please email the office if you would like an address for the family.

Presbytery Assembly Gathers February 11
DeKalb Westminster welcomes Blackhawk on Tuesday, February 11 for the first Assembly Meeting of 2020. Please join us - Registration at 9:00, New Commissioner training at 9:15, Meeting begins at 9:30. 

In addition to our featured guest speaker, Rev. Beth Wagner (see The Church in Transition  below), we will recognize General Presbyter, Rev. Dr. John Rickard for his 18 years of service to Blackhawk Presbytery and Stronghold. This will be the last Presbytery meeting before his retirement on April 1. 

Check the website for reports and documents and please bring your own copies with you.

All Topics Now Announced!

Make plans now to attend a full year of learning focused on the church of the future. Your church in the future. You know change is necessary, but how to begin? Not for Pastors only - it is the responsibility of all church leaders to explore, dream and embrace. CLICK HERE FOR A COPY TO SHARE.
Coins for Kenya
In January 2020, representatives from Blackhawk, together with their Imenti partners, distributed food in Rwarera, Kenya.  People there had survived a drought, but were left in such poverty that they could not afford seed to plant their land.  Over 300 individuals eagerly stood in line to receive food.  However, they expressed even more elation at the announcement that they would be given seed to get them back to sustaining their own lives.
Please donate to Coins for Kenya!  While the Imenti presbyteries will work with the local chief and government officials to determine specific quantities, we estimate they have one-half acre per family for a total of 100 acres to plant.  To provide maize and bean seed, this will require approximately $3,000.  Please send your Coins for Kenya offerings to Blackhawk Presbytery by February 15 so that together we may provide seed in time for the March planting season.  Asante Sana, thank you very much!
Movie Night 
Fox Valley Presbyterian Church is hosting a screening of the 2019 PDA feature length documentary, Flint: The Poisoning of An American City. If you haven't had the opportunity to learn about this movie, check out the website here. I've ( Pastor Stephanie Anthony) been able to see it twice, and I am so proud to be a part of a the denomination that produced a film to get such an important story out.  The movie talks about the history of Flint, the more recent circumstances that brought about the water crisis, the impact it has on residents, how the truth came out, and the current status of the residents and their water.  It is so well done.
We hope you'll share this movie opportunity with your church family.  It's a free screening, and we're looking forward to hosting you on Friday night, January 31, at 7:00 p.m.
Faithful Families Winter Conference
Come and get the tools and resources you need to be refreshed and reinvigorated for ministry with families.
Fri, February 28, 2020
9:00 AM - 3:00 PM CST

Elmhurst Presbyterian Church
367 Spring Roard, Elmhurst, IL 60126    View Map

Session 1: A 360 View of Ministry to Families in a Changing Context
Session 2: Intergenerational Worship: What is it? Why Does it Matter?
Session 3: Empowering Families to Grow Faith at Home
Session 4: Visual Leadership Exercise
April 17 - 26, 2020 is
Faith Climate Action Week
Faith Climate Action Week  is ten days in April during Earth Month when congregations focus on how we can all take action to protect our climate. This year's theme is Love Made Visible: Engaging in Sacred Activism to protect the people we care about who are most affected by climate change.

Partners in this endeavor include the Presbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterians for Earth Care. Many resources, activities and suggestions are available  
Rockford Region
Presbyterian Officer Training
Saturday, January 25
9 am - Noon
1221 Custer Avenue
Rockford, Il 61103
*Being an Elder, Deacon, Trustee
*Dynamics of a good meeting
*What makes a Presbyterian
*Here's where our church is going
Questions: Steve Bowie
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     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.