Mission Statement

"Faith, Hope

and Love is

Experienced Here!"

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Clinton Presbyterian Church
402 North Center Street
Clinton, Illinois 61727

Phone: (217) 935-6178
Office Hours: 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Monday - Friday

Sunday Worship

Sunday School ~ 9:15 AM
Worship ~ 10:30 AM
Childcare available




Change – The Fourth of July

Did our founding fathers change the world or what?  It wasn’t easy, many men and woman died.  It was said the militia didn’t fight fair, they were gorilla warriors and didn’t face the English on the open field.   The English didn’t like the change, but it worked for us.  We “Americans” wanted a different style of democratic government, we wanted change and we got it.  We Americans live by change, innovators, creators, through community and education.  We know we can’t do it alone, we need each other to create good changes.  In the Declaration of Independence it is written that when the government doesn’t work for us, we change it – or in more flowery original words:  “ When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.”  The United States was built on change and the pursuit of life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

If there was one sermon topic I could preach on all year, the topic would be change.  There are so many areas of our life where change takes place in pursuing life, liberty and happiness.  Our cells change, our dreams change, our children get older and they learn new tricks.  We are always learning and that means we are changing.  Just when my wife thinks she knows me, I change – I used to hate potatoes.  I like to eat all kinds of food and I like change.  How often do you like to eat the same food, meal after meal?  Most likely you say, I just had Mexican or Golden Arches so I would prefer something different.  We like variety and we like certainty.  I knew one man in Perrysburg, Ohio that had pizza every Friday night, he never changed – he liked it.  I did wonder if it was the same kind of pizza?  I like variety.

Jesus didn’t stay in one town very long, I guess he liked change too.  His view of the Messiah was different than most people in his day and it caused him to be different.  Some religious leaders didn’t like the change and his leadership so in order to stop the change, they had him killed.  Yes, some people will do anything to try and stop change.  For us humans, God has written into our DNA that we should always be changing, dreaming, learning, loving, caring, moving, creating, celebrating, building, tearing down, etc.   We are also fearful people, afraid that life could be worse, and we dream of happier days when …  that is all normal.  As Christians, the Holy Spirit is in us, speaking to us, and loving us into better selves – thank God!  God’s change is good and coupled with that means conflict.  In the June 25th worship service in Matt. 10:24-39 we read where we have to pick up our cross (a symbol of torture and death) and follow Christ.  This is discipleship and disciple means “learner”.  As we learn the ways of Christ we change, and being in the Reformed tradition our history tells us we are always reforming or changing.  If we want something different, we have to change.  How are you changing?

Change is in our United States Presbyterian DNA.  Thanks be to God,

Pastor Steve

Shalom and continue loving others from your heart.

Posted June 28, 2017



We are excited to announce the play, “The Little Mermaid” on Sunday, July 16th at the Community Players Theater in Bloomington.  The event begins after worship with a lunch provided by the Good News Team followed by carpooling up to Bloomington.  Interested individuals need to give their ticket money to either Stacy or Karen by Wednesday, May 31st.  The prices include $18 for adults, $16 for seniors (over 60), $11 for students (11 years through college), and $10 for children 10 and under.

Ariel, King Triton’s youngest daughter, wishes to pursue the human Prince Eric in the world above and bargains with the evil sea witch, Ursula, to trade her tail for legs. But the bargain is not what it seems and Ariel needs the help of her colorful friends Flounder the fish, Scuttle the seagull, and Sebastian the crab to restore order under the sea.

Posted May 4, 2017, Upated: May 11, 2017

Adult Sunday School

Winter - Spring Adult Education Series

From Dust, to Glory

From Dust to Glory – An Amazing Overview of Scripture

The Bible.  The 66 books that teach us and guide us about our faith.  Yet free of us really know its content.  R.C. Sproul shares the following:

Virtually every Christian at some point has resolved to read the entire Bible. If we believe the Bible is the Word of God, it’s natural not to want to miss a word of it. If God delivered a letter to your mailbox, I am sure you would read it. But the Bible is a pretty big letter, and its sheer bulk is somewhat daunting, even to the person with the best of intentions. Therefore, few Christians actually keep a resolution to read through the Bible.

 Why do many Christians struggle to read the entire Bible?

Reading Genesis is almost like reading a novel. It is mostly narrative history and biography. It tells of important events in the lives of important people such as Noah, Abraham, Jacob, and Joseph. Exodus is likewise gripping, as it tells the poignant story of Israel’s enslavement in Egypt and of its liberation under the leadership of Moses. The contest with Pharaoh is exciting. But when we get to Leviticus, everything changes. It’s difficult reading about the ceremonies, the sacrifices, and the cleansing rituals because they are foreign to us today. We lack a road map to help us through these difficult portions of the Bible.

This amazing series will highlight the key parts of Scripture and show you how to the Old Testament and New Testament work together.  Won’t you join us!   

Bible Studies

There are a variety of Bible Studies throughout the year.  Please check the newsletter for current studies.



Programs and special events are organized, planned and put into action by committees.

At CPC all members are encouraged to use their spiritual gifts by serving on one of the church committees.


Christian Education – Oversees the Sunday school and Youth Group programs

        Chairperson – Sharon Ijams      Session Liaison – Nancy Lareau

                       Meets 2nd Sunday of each month after worship


Deacons - Cares for the congregations needs

       Chairperson – Marcia Brandenberg       Session Liaison – Alternating

                      Meets 2nd Sunday of each month after worship


Good News – Plans community involvement events and monitors church membership

       Chairperson – Karen Aughenbaugh      Session Liaison – Penny Lichtenwalter

                      Meets 2nd Sunday of each month after worship


Administration – Oversees church financials and develops annual stewardship campaign

       Chairperson – Curt Harbach     Session Liaison – Curt Harbach

                      Meets 2nd Sunday of each month after worship


Mission – Oversees the mission giving of the church

       Chairperson – Tyson Herrmann       Session Liaison – Lisa Mitchell

                     Meets 2nd Sunday of each month after worship


Nominating - Makes annual recommendations for filling positions of Committees, Session and Deacons

       Chairperson – Curt Harbach & Terry Ijams

                      Meets as needed


Property – Maintains church facilities and rental properties

       Chairperson – Terry Ijams     Session Liaison – Terry Ijams

                      Meets 2nd Sunday of each month after church


Worship & Music – Plans regular and special worship services

       Chairperson – Jennifer Killion & Brenda Keelin       Session Liaison – Leland Wright

                      Meets 2nd Sunday of each month after church


 Clerk of Session- Kathy Puckett


Treasurer- Tom Edmunds


Session ~   Meets 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m.


                        Class of 2017                                     Class of 2018                                   Class 2019                          

                            Rylee Brown (Youth)                          Curt Harbach                                      Terry Ijams

                        Lindy Edmunds                                   Lisa Mitchell                                       Penny Lichtenwalter

                        Nancy Lareau                                     Kathy Puckett - Clerk                         Jared Miller

                        Leland Wright


See a committee that matches your talents? We would love to have you, please contact the committee chairperson.

Contact Us

402 North Center Street
Clinton, IL 61727
Phone: (217) 935-6178
Fax: (217) 935-6128
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