Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois Newsletter August 18, 2020
August 20th Presbytery Meeting Registration and Information Online
Registration is now OPEN for the August 20th Presbytery Meeting, to be held virtually via Zoom beginning at 10:00am.

Find registration instructions and Presbytery documentation HERE:
Training Opportunities: Save the Dates
Virtual Racism Training led by TableSetters -
September 19, 2020, Times to be announced.

Virtual Boundary Training Opportunities -
September 29, 2020 from 9:30am-12:00pm ET, hosted by Whitewater Valley
October 20, 2020 from 2:00pm-4:30pm CT, hosted by PSEI
Both are free of charge and will meet the mandated 3-year requirement
Thanks to the First Presbyterian Church of Golconda volunteers after helping Family to Farmers distribute boxes of vegetables and boxes of dairy products for 250 families in Pope County. The weekly distribution is coordinated through Main Street Golconda, weekly from June through the end of August.
White Supremacy and the Church
Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Serving...

Another week passes and the protests continue; people fighting against white supremacy and police brutality. The murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor (who are not the latest but just the most public on the current news cycle),...

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No In-Person Session Records Review in 2020
IPH Seeks Executive Director
The Illinois Presbyterian Home in Springfield is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director. 

If you or someone you know might have interest and meet the qualification shown below, please contact Michael Orr at 217-546-6274 or
  • In addition to knowledge and skills in healthcare, the sheltered care home executive director should also have business experience and should be knowledgeable on planning, budgeting and finance and personnel management. 
  • Must be a licensed nursing home administrator. 
  • Required to possess good verbal and written skills in communication so as to easily direct activities along with a good leadership skill.
  • Bachelor’s degree is essential. Advanced degree preferred.
  • Several years’ work experience in health management and sheltered care administration preferred.
August Bible Study
For use at Presbytery gatherings/meetings. Authored by Rev. Bill McLean, Presbyter for Congregational Care.

Romans 10:5-13 (NRSV)
Moses writes concerning the righteousness that comes from the law, that “the person who does these things will live by them.” But the righteousness that comes from faith says, “Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) “or ‘Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

“The word is near you,
             on your lips and in your heart”

(that is, the word of faith that we proclaim); because if you confess with your lips that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For one believes with the heart and so is justified, and one confesses with the mouth and so is saved. The scripture says, “No one who believes in him will be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; the same Lord is Lord of all and is generous to all who call on him. For, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Questions for Reflection & Discussion
  1. Are there ways that our faith either tries to “bring Christ down” from heaven or “to bring Christ up from the dead”?
  2. What does it mean in 2020 that “there is no distinction between Jew and Greek”?
  3. How might the Presbytery/congregation/committee be guided by this scripture?