Blackhawk Presbytery
Wednesday, October 28, 2020
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Blackhawk Presbytery
1922 N. IL Rte. 2
P.O. Box 199
Oregon, IL 61061
815.732.6111
 

 

 
 
 

Matthew 25

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What does it mean to be a Matthew 25 Church?
 

Matthew 25:31–46 calls all of us to actively engage in the world around us, so our faith comes alive and we wake up to new possibilities. Convicted by this passage, both the 2016 and 2018 General Assemblies exhorted our denomination to act boldly and compassionately to serve people who are hungry, oppressed, imprisoned or poor. By accepting the Matthew 25 challenge, your congregation will join with others in the PC(USA) to become a more relevant presence in your community and the world. 

How do we begin?

All PC(USA) churches and mid-councils have been encouraged to join this movement by pledging to work on one or more of the following focus areas (click each for more information):

Building congregational vitality by challenging people and congregations to deepen their faith and get actively and joyfully engaged with their community and the world.
Eradicating systemic poverty by working to change laws, policies, plans and structures in our society that perpetuate economic exploitation of people who are poor.
Dismantling structural racism by advocating and acting to break down the systems, practices and thinking that underlie discrimination, bias, prejudice and oppression of people of color.
Start by visiting the PC(USA) Matthew 25 page. where you can find a sign-up button. Also on this site you will find an amazing number of resources and ideas to assist your church's response and efforts. Blackhawk Presbytery also wants to provide support and encouragement and opportunities to engage with others on the journey. 

The Presbytery of Blackhawk is a Matthew 25 Presbytery 

We rejoice with the following Blackhawk Presbytery churches who have joined this initiative and fervently hope others will commit to becoming a Matthew 25 church also.

Crystal Lake Ridgefield – Crystal Lake Presbyterian Church

Elgin | First Presbyterian Church

Elwood Elwood Community Church

Gardner | Church of Hope

Gibson City | First Presbyterian Church

Joliet |  Westminster Presbyterian Church

Kankakee First Presbyterian Church

Morrison First Presbyterian Church of Morrison

Oswego | Oswego Presbyterian Church

Sterling | First Presbyterian Church

 

UPCOMING EVENTS and SEMINARS

 
 
Jesus Christ and the ‘Dividing Wall’: Race and God’s Mission. FREE. Sponsored and hosted by the World Mission Initiative and Continuing Education at Pittsburgh Theological Seminary October 7, 14, 21, 28 - 7:30 pm online SEE MORE
 

Matthew 25 Online Event: Eradicating Systemic Poverty: Global Issues.
Where in your church can you take action to address systemic poverty on a global level? The next online Matthew 25 event (Presbyterian Mission Agency-sponsored), scheduled for October 28 at 1:00 p.m. CDT, will lift up how to engage existing partners for this work and where potential partnerships might exist. This event will follow the model of the previous Matthew 25 events with facilitated dialogue, guest speakers, and the sharing of resources. Mark your calendars today and register here. 

 
 

BLACKHAWK NEWS and STORIES

 
 
 
 

PC(USA) STORIES and RESOURCES

From the Presbyterian News Service and other sources
 
CONGREGATIONAL VITALITY
 
DISMANTLING RACISM

 
ERADICATING POVERTY