Tuesday, July 8
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The Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois
First Presbyterian Church of Carbondale welcomes young adults from Southern Illinois University who regularly participate in Sunday worship and fellowship, several of whom sing in the choir. The congregation fully subsidizes their participation in First Presbyterian’s intergenerational international mission trips—students pay nothing to participate! Young adults are given a prayer shawl from the congregation upon college graduation, as a way of reminding them that there is always a home for them at First.
The Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois has been in partnership with the McKinley Foundation for over 100 years. The foundation, located on the campus of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I), offers a wide range of religious-life programs designed to reach young adults at various stages in their faith journey. Through worship and Bible study, service opportunities, lectures, and activities designed to encourage exploration and inquiry, the foundation seeks to help all students develop maturity in their faith and life.
The McKinley Foundation LEAD (Learn, Educate, and Discipleship) team is a group of U of I and Parkland College students who work with campus minister Keith Harris to plan and lead Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) events throughout the Midwest. On Sunday evenings, the foundation’s chapel hosts interdenominational worship planned and led by students. The LEAD team believes that serving the community is a key part of a fulfilling and balanced life, and its Service Station program connects students with service opportunities in Champaign-Urbana and beyond.
The 94 congregations of the Presbytery of Southeastern Illinois are family oriented, so when young adults graduate from high school and move away from home for careers in the military, further education, or technical opportunities, congregations support them with seasonal cards and goody boxes. “We want our young people to know we are thinking about them,” says a woman faithfully engaged in this ministry, “so that they will feel good about coming home to church when they are in town. We are proud!”
—Rev. Anne Jones, transitional executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for:
Elder William Capel, member, PMA Board
Rev. Anne M. Jones, transitional executive presbyter for congregational care
Rev. Cynthia Bean, stated clerk
Paul Saegesser, treasurer
Dan Kingery, Camp Carew director
Brenda Garry, administrative assistant
Marsha Mower, secretary and registrar
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
Let us pray
God of singing stars and dancing mountains, your majesty and power astound us. Your steadfast love humbles us. We thankfully stand in your presence. Pure joy! Amen.