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Congregational Prayer for July

Offered for your use by our PC (USA) Stated Clerk, GA 221 Moderator and PMA Executive Director
Use on Sunday, July 20 and/or July 27 is suggested. THE PRAYER, in MS Word format

THE AUGUST Asian Leadership study program will be held LOCALLY

The Asian Leadership Study Program (201408 )will be held at Shepherd of Valley Presbyterian Church, Hacienda Heights, CA on August 21-23.
Dr. Hsin-hsin Huang, a Counseling Professor and practicing Psychotherapist, will present in depth the psychological journey of immigrants and immigrant churches. Using Exodus as an example, she will analyze the dynamics of transformation, from living in Egypt, to wandering in the desert, to entering into the Promised Land. Pastoral implications during each stage of change will be discussed. Registration form attached. Princeton Theological Seminary will grant One Continue Education Credit to who complete whole program.
    Information and Registration

General Assembly 221 MET June 14-21, 2014

GA Website All meeting resources are still available on the GA 221Website, including VIDEOS of various events and NEWS REPORTS of specific action items.   The "Summary of GA Activity"  (linked at the PDF icon below),  was prepared by  the publication Presbyterian Outlook, and has been purchased for the use of churches within the Synod. in two versions.  As well, please see "Doska's Corner" for her perspectives.
  General Assembly Summary from Presbyterian Outlook
                  (to use in church bulletins; large-print version begins on page 3 of this file)
PDF Post-GA Letter to churches from the General Assembly

PDF  Pastoral Letter on Marriage (June 19)

 Presbyterian Mission Agency News Link(PCUSA e-letter)

PDF  Pastoral Letter from a group of 86 PC(USA) leaders of Hispanos Latinos communities:
     Español    •      English    •     Portugese

REPL Scholarship Applications for fall 2014

The 2014 REPL Scholarship's 2014 Fall Application period is now open.
You may submit an application for the 2014-2015 academic year now through October 15, 2014.   Download the 2014 Fall Application Form and REPL Guidelines regarding the requirements for eligibility,  HERE.

Zephyr Point Conference Center's promotion/incentive program.

For visits there during upcoming fall/winter months, special pricing and incentives will be offered to groups from within the Synod's presbyteries. Full details are HERE.

Los Ranchos Presbytery's strategy for mission communication includes social media

The presbytery's 2014 Mission Summit blog and other social media, are serving as communication tools for information-sharing and community building in between our annual mission-gathering events.    Read the blog

Learn more about Santa Barbara Presbytery's recent mission conference!

Visit here: Conference Website

Future Commission of Assembly Meeting DateS, 2014

Saturday September 13 • Saturday December 13 (by phone)

Future 2014 Assembly Meeting Date

• November 1 2014; place to be determined

upcoming events and opportunities . . .

Upcoming churchwide conferences and courses include  the  August Transitioal Ministry Conference at Montreat (August 24-29) and Western National Leadership Training (Sept. 29) and the Triennial Assembly of the Hispanos Latinos (October 24)

Doska's Corner


June 22, 2014

"Abound in Hope"  was the theme of this General Assembly, held in Detroit over the last ten days. It is an appropriate theme for all of us: the PC(USA), the city of Detroit, our country, our world. It is so easy to focus on the negative, on our worries and troubles and concerns, but because of our faith in Jesus Christ and a God who loves us, we can  Abound in Hope.

This was an Assembly that re-asserted the denomination’s historical penchant to take stands on difficult social justice issues. For an overview of the GA’s actions, please see the links HERE.

My concern on this day after the Assembly is for those who disagree with some of the major decisions taken last week; for those who do not see GA’s actions as hope-inspiring.

The majority of commissioners at GA agreed:  
•   To allow Presbyterian pastors to take part in same-gender marriages in states where that is legal,
•   To divest from three American companies that profit from the conflict in Palestine and Israel,
•   To the Synod’s plan to dissolve our Hanmi Presbytery and move forward to transfer the congregations and ministers in Hanmi into their geographic presbytery.

There were perhaps many other decisions made in Detroit that we may not like, but the first two above are probably the ones which will find most disagreement among us here in Southern California and Hawaii. My hope is that this becomes an opportunity to prompt each and all of us, individuals and congregations, to pause to consider where our own Hope lies. What, if anything, will these decisions mean for us as congregations, as individuals?

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Synod staff

Phone: 213.483-3840
FAX: 213.483-4275

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS    ext. 109    •  (Email)

Office Manager & Meeting Coordinator
FRIED WILSON     ext. 110   • ( Email )

Finance Manager
DAVID SUAREZ   ext. 107 • ( Email )


synod officers

Moderator—Elder Jo Smith

Stated Clerk: Elder Doska Ross

Vice-Mod.—Rev. Kristin Leucht

Treas.—Elder I. Daniel Lee

Moderator of CoA— Elder Jim Stueck

Scholarship and Funding Opportunities

      REPL Coordinator:
      Rev. Leon E. Fanniel
      Phone 213.483-384, ext. 104          Email       Website

The Mission of REPL is to encourage racial ethnic persons to consider church vocations, with particular emphasis on pastoral ministry in racial ethnic congregations.To assist those who are studying for such vocations, a limited amount of scholarship money is available and is awarded each spring. Applications are now being accepted; the Fall, 2014 deadline is October 15.

1.PDF All applicants need the 2014 Information Page.
2. The application form is in two parts: Applicant Information (parts I-III) and the Recommendation Form which the applicant will forward to the Session or Presbytery to complete. Both are available either as an Online Fill-in (MS Word) or   an Offline (PDF) version.

PDF Parts I-III Applicant (Online)
PDF Part IV Recommendation (Online)

PDF Parts I-III Applicant (Offline)
PDF Part IV Recommendation (Offfline)




grants & funding

Please download the Grant and Funding Information brochure to learn about funds available to congregations and presbyteries through the Synod.   Funds are also available through the Mission Grants program at PC (U.S.A.) Their 2014 deadlines are included in the information brochure or as a stand-alone deadlines page. There is also a Ministry Projects document that lists ministry programs and projects that will be funded from various Synod sources. These were approved at the March 2014 Synod Assembly and include: Lay Ministry Training Institute, Program for Equipping Lay Leadership, Bridges, Youth Ministry Coaching Program, and Ministry Lab Network. In addition to the Ministry Projects document, Doska's Corner (April) provides more information.


To any new groups referred by a Zephyr Point Board Member, there is a special Price Package promotion/incentive to come to Zephyr Point in the months of December & January 2014 and February, March, and April, 2015. The package includes a 25% discount on all lodging, complimentary round trip transportation to and from the Reno/Tahoe Airport and discounts to local ski area; snow mobile tours, spring mountain biking as well as many more local activities and attractions.

Bob Smith, St. Mark Presbyterian Church (Los Ranchos Presbytery, is a Zephyr Point Board Member and would be happy to be considered as a referring person to any Synod group who would like to take advantage of this opportunity. Others who can assist with a referral include Bill Hughes (Santa Barbara); John Moser or Neal Nybo (San Diego); Laura-Jean Slykhuis or N'Yisrela Watts-Afriyie (San Gabriel) and  Synod Executive Doska Ross.


Synod Life

committees of the synod

Active during this time of discernment and experimentation:
• Synod Permanent Judicial Committion (PJC)

• Committee on Representation and Nominations (CR&N);

• Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Committee (REPL);

• Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC)

Related to the Synod through the Commission of Assembly

• Presbyterian Men
Presbyterian Women

UPCOMING EVENTS within the wider church family

August Transitional Ministry Conference

August 24-29, 2014 at the Montreat Conference Center
Info & Registration

Western National Leadership Training

September 28 - October 1, 2014 with optional October 2 trip to Yellowstone Nat'l Park
Jackson Wyoming
Theme: Grieving Loss, Embracing Hope with  Dr. Ken McFayden.
PDFInformation & Registration

Triennial Assembly of Hispanos Latinos Presbyterian Men

October 24-26, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Theme: “Re-created for…” ( II Corinthian 17:5 and 19-20)
PDF Information flyer and registration