Location & Community
Memorial Presbyterian Church is located in Assumption, Illinois, a town of 1400 people. Located in the heartland of the prairie, Assumption is twenty-five miles south of Decatur, Illinois; forty-five miles from Springfield; two hours from St. Louis; and four hours from Chicago.
The church has members from Assumption, Taylorville, Findlay, Decatur. Hospitals frequented by members are in Decatur, Springfield, Taylorville, and Pana, so the church’s ministry extends to those locations. The church serves children from Kemmerer Village, a Presbyterian children’s home in the country.
Presbyterians participate in joint ministry projects and activities with other local churches including the Methodist Church, the Roman Catholic Church, and the churches in the local ministerial association. We have Vacation Bible School with the Methodist and Roman Catholic Churches. The Presbyterians and Catholics have been involved in the Children’s Friendship Project of Northern Ireland. Youth from the two churches have participated together in work camps and weekend excursions.
Assumption is a hub of agri-business. It is home of Sloan’s John Deere, the largest John Deere dealership in the country. Grain Systems Incorporated, manufacturer of grain bins and other farm supplies, is also a major employer of area residents.
The Memorial Presbyterian Church building was constructed in 1919 using the Georgian architectural style. It is an impressive brick building with a traditional interior featuring dark altar pieces, pulpit, and pews. The building also features gorgeous stained glass windows framed by a vaulted ceiling, giving the church a spacious but intimate feel. A beautiful pipe organ is the backdrop for the choir loft. The Fellowship Hall is in the lower level, and features a dining area as well as a modern kitchen.
During the Liberty Loan Drives of WWI, at the age of 84, Martha Olivia Johnson purchased eighty-four $1000 bonds. Four years later, as a gift in memory of her parents and her seven brothers and sisters, these bonds and additional funds were turned over to the board of the Presbyterian Church of Assumption. The funds were used for a new church building. On October 19, 1919, the name of the church was changed from First Presbyterian to Memorial Presbyterian Church.
Memorial Presbyterian Church has a strong commitment to local and world missions. Close to home we have provided support to the Community Food Pantry; to Care & Share Meals; to Kemmerer Village, a Presbyterian home for children located south of Assumption; to Dove, a shelter for battered women; to the Good Samaritan Inn, a soup kitchen; to Shadow House, a shelter for homeless women and children; and the Marion Medical Mission headed by Dr. Tom Logan.
Members of our church have worked closely with the John Morrison Appalachia mission gathering clothing, blankets, books, and Sunday School supplies that are taken to the Appalachia region each fall. Our church has opened our doors to this group to provide a meeting place for them.
Reaching out further, we have donated money, building supplies, and vitamins, to Intercambio Cultural de Maya. Six members of our church have given up their Christmas vacations to participate in construction projects or give medical assistance in the Mexican villages. Our Mexican missions is a strong focus. Besides Intercambio, we have provided monetary assistance to the Yucatan Presbyterian Ministries headed by Ramon Celis. Even our Sunday School children have sponsored a child who attends the Downs Syndrome Institute in Merida.
Through our contact with Dr. Tom Logan, we have become dedicated to the Malawi wells mission project. Our Bible School children raised money to buy tools needed to construct the wells. Through fund raising projects and memorials the congregation raised money to fund four wells in Malawi.
In addition we have helped with Tsunami and Hurricane Relief, Peacemaking Offerings, prepared 22 shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child, contributed to Joy Offering at Christmas, and with help from the local DCFS sponsored a local family in need at Christmas.
We have been honored to have energy and resources to remain committed to our mission work.