HISTORY
The first meeting of Presbyterians in the Effingham area was recorded in 1834. 
The actual organization of a church, however, did not take place until 1864. 
In 1967, our present building at Temple and Maple was completed and dedicated. 

Having served this community for over 150 years, our congregation looks toward the future with great excitement and optimism.  Though the world has changed in many ways over the life of our church (and not always for the better), changing times cannot, and will not shake the sure foundation of our faith in Jesus Christ, nor will they give us cause
to doubt the solid work of those generations of believers who came before us.

 

A BRIEF STATEMENT OF FAITH (Presbyterian Church USA)

In life and in death we belong to God. Through the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God and the communion of the Holy Spirit we trust in the one triune God; the Holy One of Israel, whom alone we worship and serve.  We trust in Jesus Christ, fully human, fully God.  Jesus proclaimed the reign of God preaching  good news to the poor and release to the captives. 

He taught by word and deed; blessing the children, healing the sick, binding up the brokenhearted, eating with outcasts and forgiving sinners. 
He calls us all to repent and believe in the Gospel. 
Unjustly condemned for blasphemy and sedition, Jesus was crucified; 
suffering the depths of human pain and giving his life
for the sins of the world. 

Breaking the power of sin and evil God raised Jesus from the dead vindicating his sinless life and delivering us from death to life eternal.  We trust in God, whom Jesus called Abba, Father.  In sovereign love God created the world good and made everyone equally in God's image male and female, of every race and people, 
to live as one community. 

God is faithful still. We trust in God, the Holy Spirit, the giver and renewer of life. The Spirit justifies us by grace through faith, sets us free to accept ourselves and to love God and neighbor, and binds us together with all believers in the one body of Christ, the Church. The same Spirit who inspired the prophets and apostles rules our faith and life in Christ through Scripture.  

In a broken and fearful world the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced; and to work with others for justice, freedom and peace. 

In gratitude to God, empowered by the Spirit, we strive to serve Christ in our daily tasks and to live holy and joyful lives, even as we watch for God's new heaven and new earth, praying; Come, Lord Jesus with believers in every time and place, we rejoice that nothing in life or in death can separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. Amen.

WHAT IS PRESBYTERIAN?

Think of the whole of Christianity as a family tree.  Presbyterians are a part of the branch called Reformed churches.  These churches began in the 16th century during the Protestant Reformation.  They looked to the teachings of John Calvin and Huldrych Zwingli as being reliable ways of understanding and interpreting the Bible.  Reformed churches were so-called because they wanted to "reform" the Roman Catholic Church on the basis of the Word of God in scripture.  Thus, Presbyterians are akin to Lutheran's in that we are Bible-centric Christians who trace our lineage back to the dawn of the Protestant Reformation. 

Presbyterian Churches specifically get their name from their form of church government: government by "presbyters"...or elders.  Each church is made up of members.  Those members nominate a group of elders (called a session) to lead the church.  That group, or session, then nominates from among themselves a few to serve with other session members from neighboring churches.  That group is known as "the Presbytery."  The presbytery likewise nominates a few to serve a larger group known as "the Synod"...which of course nominates a few to serve the General Assembly.  The General Assembly is the largest, most authoritative body within the Presbyterian Church, and meets relatively seldom; generally convening to discuss potentially divisive matters of doctrinal importance. 

This congregation also convenes several committees which serve to discuss new ideas, build collaborative working teams and do the work of this specific church.  Standing committees include Youth Education & Activities, Adult Education & Activities, Fellowship/WNGT Committee Worship Committee and Communication Committee.  Committees meet monthly to discuss new and old ideas and present any issues to Session.   Congregation members are invited to join committees in their area of interest.

MISSION MINISTRIES
MARION MEDICAL MISSION “2017-2018 Sunday School Mission”  
Building fresh water wells in Malawi Africa for its communities to use.
Donations may be placed in offering plate or given during a Sunday School class.

PRAYER CHAIN Please update with Theresa Harner 217.259.1470 or office 217.342.6272

FOOD FOR THE HUNGRY Non-perishable food donations supply the foodbanks in Effingham.  The donation bin is in Fellowship Hall.  Contact Sue Schimmelpfenning.
 
CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS TREE
Collected during the Advent Season - Donations of new undergarments are given as needed by members of the local community & schools.

PW (PRESBYTERIAN WOMEN)
Currently working on gathering funds to help Effingham Child Development Center purchase things on its wish list - Also actively engaged in Global and other Local Mission

PW RUMMAGE SALES
Sponsors 2 Sales in Fall & Spring

SOUPER BOWL SUNDAY & BAKE SALE
Youth groups accept donations of food & cash to help feed local hungry citizens.

YOUTH MISSION
Sponsors Fund Raising Activities for Global & Local Mission

ANNUAL SUMMER MISSION TRIP
Youth and adults travel, or remain local, to help rebuild communities and homes that have been destroyed by natural disasters and other tragedies.