Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois Newsletter October 18, 2018
Financial Aid for Service awards
Financial Aid for Service awards more than 1 million dollars annually to students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees. Criteria for each program may be reviewed by clicking on one of the options below. Students may receive one grant or scholarship from this office.

Big Tent 2019 dates and location announced
Baltimore, Maryland has been selected as the location for Big Tent 2019. The event will be held August 1-3 at the adjacent downtown Radisson and Lord Baltimore Hotels.

Organizers say that by meeting in the city where the 224th General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) will be held the following year (2020), the educational and missional gathering will continue the tradition established in 2017 of introducing Presbyterians to the host city.

Additional event details will be published as they become available.
Ruling Elders: The Gift of the Spirit
A continuing series on Regarding Ruling Elders: A Monthly Series for Spiritual Leaders.

For the early church, the infallible evidence of being a Christian was the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Jesus, at work in a person's life. The ways the Spirit manifested varied from person to person (not everybody spoke in tongues for example), but the bottom line was this: if you were a true believer, you received the Holy Spirit. It is clear in Acts 19:1–7 that Paul had not been with the people in Ephesus very long before he began to realize that they were missing something.

Peacemaking Program offers firsthand learning
The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program sponsors travel study seminars to different parts of the world to provide Presbyterians with the opportunity to learn firsthand from our partners about efforts for peace, justice and reconciliation in contexts of conflict, injustice and oppression.

Participants return from these travel study seminars informed and transformed by their experiences, ready to share stories and bear witness to all that they have seen and heard.
Travel study seminars are planned in partnership with World Mission staff and mission co-workers and in cooperation with our partner denominations and organizations.