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The Rev. Dr. Leon E. Fanniel is honored

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Synod News


Every World Communion Sunday (the first Sunday in October) is an opportunity for taking the Peacemaking Offering, a quarter of which goes to the Synod committee responsible for peacemaking awareness and events, a quarter to the local presbytery (if still organized for such gospel-based witness), and a half of the offering to G.A. In its 34th year the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program is surely among the finest ventures of Christian discipleship our church has been involved with.

PDF Application guidelines for Synod Peacemaking funds are available at this link.

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  2015 mission conference!

Visit here: Conference Website

Future Commission of Assembly Meeting DateS, 2014

Saturday September 13Saturday December 13 (by phone)

Future 2014 Assembly Meeting Date

• November 1 2014; place to be determined

Synod Notables

In the area of Creative Arts

National Association of Negro Musicians Honors The Rev. dr. Leon E. Fanniel

The Rev. Dr. Leon E. Fanniel was honored by the National Association of Negro Musicians, Inc. (NANM) at the Awards Banquet during its recent 95th Annual Convention. Photos of Dr. Fanniel and just a few of his friends and associates who were present to support him, along with a copy of the plaque that was awarded can be seen in the photo feature, at the top of the page. Dr. Fanniel is very well known throughout the Synod’s congregations, so a bulletin-sized version of the biography provided to conference attendees is available below, should you wish to share it with your congregation. Information about Dr. Fanniel's musical background that may be less familiar within the church family is of particular interest.

PDF Leon Fanniel Biographical Information, 2-up bulletin format

The Reverend Curtis Webster's novel, Moonguyen: A Two-Way Tale of Adoption, is published; daughter Trang is the co-author/contributor

WebsterThe Rev. Curtis Webster, a member of Los Ranchos Presbytery, has released the novel he and daughter Trang have written, based on the family's experiences during Trang's first year with them. Their decision was to write a novel rather than a memoir to allow them more freedom in writing. But while many of the details of the book aren’t true to life, the descriptions of the new family’s tumultuous first year and the strong bond they now share are accurate. The book is available through Amazon in both paper and Kindle editions. There is a Presbyterian News Agency article here.

PC (U.S.A.) News

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

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)

ALSO Related to the Synod through the Commission of Assembly

• Presbyterian Men
Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners

UPCOMING EVENTS within the wider church family


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