Presbytery Assembly Meetings
The Presbytery of Chicago is a Mid-Council of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), serving as a corporate expression of the PC(USA) in Cook, Lake, and DuPage Counties, Illinois, and composed of all PC(USA) congregations and ministers of the Word and Sacrament with these counties. All Councils of the church (including the Session, Synod, and General Assembly) are tasked to help congregations and the church as a whole to be more faithful participants in the mission of Christ. We do this by providing that the Word of God is truly preached and heard, the Sacraments rightly administered and received, and the covenant community of disciples of Christ are nurtured.
When the Presbytery of Chicago gathers for meetings, there are referred to as meetings of the Presbytery Assembly. The Presbytery Assembly typically meets four times each year, and other times as needed. The Session of each congregation elects a specific number of Ruling Elders to serve as Ruling Elder Commissioners. When ministers are present for an Assembly meeting they are serving as Minister Commissioners. These Ruling Elders and Ministers are collectively known as Presbyters.
For additional information, please consult chapter 3 of the Form of Government in the Book of Order.
Grace and peace to you and yours in these hot days of late summer 2023.
Our next Stated Meeting for the Presbytery of Chicago Assembly will be on Tuesday, September 19, 2023 at 4:00 PM. There will be a Pre-Presbytery Meeting Educational event sponsored by the Commission on Anti-Racism and Equity.
This will be our second, in person meeting in recent years – at Sixth Grace Presbyterian Church, located at 600 East 35th Street, Chicago, IL 60616.
The meeting itself will be live streamed so others can watch the meeting at home; however those watching from home will not be able to speak or vote during the meeting.
Please note the following in connection with this September 19, 2023 Assembly meeting:
- Pre-registration is requested – please register below.
- Parking is available in the church parking lot, just to the east of the church building.
Our theme for 2023 is “A Matthew 25 Church” – and we are honored to have our own Rev. Jana Blazek as our preacher. Jana currently serves as the Director of Connectional Relationships for the Presbytery of Chicago (75% time) and for the Synod of Lincoln Trails (25% time).
We are also honored to welcome Lauren Rogers, our Ministry Engagement Advisor with the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Mission Agency. Lauren will be sharing available resources and encouraging participation in the Matthew 25 Initiative.
Sign-in and name badge pick up begins at 2:30 PM. A Pre-Presbytery Meeting Educational Event will begin at 3:00 PM, sponsored by the Commission on Anti-Racism and Equity.
The Assembly meeting will begin at 4:00 PM.
We have a fair amount of business for this meeting, including:
- Ordination Examination for Kim Mendoza, a Pastoral Resident at First, Libertyville;
- Installation of José Muñiz-Agrón as Installed Pastor of Clement PC, Cicero;
- Recognition of Completed Ministry Elk Grove Church;
- Welcome to new POC Staff Members – Kathleen Bromley and Jana Blazek;
- Enabling Motion for the sale of Morton Grove Community Church;
- Review of current Financial Reports & first reading of the draft 2024 POC Budget;
- Review of the current 2023 Financials Reports; and
- An evening meal catered by a local restaurant (cost covered by the Presbytery of Chicago, with Per Capita contributions from your churches).
An email notice will be sent out by September 12, 2023 with instructions on downloading the Meeting Packet from our new website. The Meeting Packet will contain the Docket and Reports for this meeting. An Orientation to this meeting will be included in a Pre-Meeting Orientation Video, which we encourage you to watch before we meet.
Looking forward to seeing and serving with you all as we gather on September 19, I remain,
Yours in Jesus Christ,