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IN MEMORY OF . . .

It is with great sadness that we have learned of the passing of two ministers who have served the Synod and their presbyteries so well over the years:

Teaching Elder Michael Haggin

• TE Michael Haggin of Los Ranchos Presbytery was serving as the moderator of the Synod Permanent Judicial Commission and as a Synod Commissioner at the time of his passing. A memorial service is being held at Canvas Church on Saturday, March 25th at 1:30 p.m. Canvas is located at 17332 Von Karman Ste 115 in Irvine, CA 92614.

Teaching Elder Edward Tanng

• TE Edward Tanng passed away March 16, 2017 at age of 86. He was member of San Gabriel Presbytery for many years and had worked for the Synod for more than a decade beginning in 1993. He worked with the Asian Ministry Council to support the development of immigrant Asian churches and their leaders. At the time of his passing Ed and his wife had been living in New Hampshire for several years.

HEAD OF STAFF POSITION SEARCH:RIVERSIDE PRESBYTERY

Presbytery Leader for Mission and Vision/Stated Clerk

Formerly known as the "Executive Presbyter" and "Stated Clerk" positions

The purpose of the (PLMV/SC) is to lead and communicate the goals of the Presbytery of Riverside in fulfilling its mission of the expansion of God’s Kingdom. As Stated Clerk, he/she will do the work as required and detailed in the Book of Order. A complete job description is available at the link below; deadline for applications is April 3, 2017, at 5 PM.
PDF Presbytery of Riverside: Leader for Mission & Vision/Stated Clerk

REPL Scholarship Season

Each year the Synod, through the Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Program, gives scholarship money to racial ethnic seminarians. Details for the spring 2017 program, with the REPL Application Form, can be found at the HERE. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 15, 2017.

REPL LINK

Chaplain’s Corner – Acts of Kindness, December, 2016

You may scroll through this article below; a one-page PDF version, suitable for sharing with congregations, is available HERE.

All through the year, people in churches across Southern California are knitting, stitching and quilting blankets for the patients at LAC+USC. Many of the blankets are created as a prayer for healing and blessing. The chaplains give these beautiful hand made blankets to patients in need throughout the year. However, once a year, in the week before Christmas, a team of volunteers come to the hospital and give a blanket to every patient who is in the hospital over the holidays. December 20, 2016 over 30 of us teamed up to go to each of the 600+ patients to offer them the gift of a prayerfully made blanket.

chaplainQ42016One of the volunteers, a high school student, told me that when he explained the gift to one patient, she burst into tears. Through her sobs she explained that she had spent the day in prayer, reviewing her life, and that she had taken the difficult first step and reached out and reconciled with a family member. She told the young volunteer “you walked in with that blanket, you are the one God has sent to me as a blessing!”

Another volunteer told of a patient whose mother and grandmother had made quilts just like the one she received. Her quilt had been made by a class of first grade boys. The patient exclaimed, “it gives me the comfort of those memories! Thank you!”

“It was a privilege to walk into the room, on behalf of the greater community of faith, and offer this simple gift made of prayer and love” a volunteer told me over lunch, “one of the patients I visited was unable to talk, but he wept as he wrote out his appreciation for the gift.” Every time I am amazed at how the Holy Spirit knits us together across the distances of geography, language and culture – a knitter prayerfully knitting blanket and a quilter prayerfully fashioning a quilt, a volunteer face to face offering the blessing, a patient receiving the blanket reminded of God’s care for them.

– Rev. Elizabeth Gibbs Zehnder serves as Presbyterian staff chaplain at LAC+USC Medical Center. To find out more about this ministry and how you can be involved, please contact her at Elizabeth.GibbsZehnder@gmail.com.



Synod welcomes the Rev. Mark Hong, Synod Executive/Stated Clerk

 

January 1, 2017

On January 1, 2017, the Rev. Mark Hong began his service as the Synod's Executive / Stated Clerk, replacing Ruling Elder Doska Ross who has retired. Linked below is a brochure introducing Rev. Hong that may be shared with presbyteries and churches.


PDF Introducing Rev. Mark Hong

2017 Synod Assembly Dates

Synod Assembly traditionally meets twice per year, once in the fall and once in the spring, in single-day sessions. Dates for 2017 have not yet been set.

 

Mission Funding

PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

Please download the Partnership Grants Protocol bulletin, linked below, to learn how the synod, in partnership with PC (U.S.A.) may be able to assist your congregation.

PDF Partnering Grants Protocol

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PEACEMAKING FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SYNOD

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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.

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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

GIVE * PRAY • ACT

 

Assistance in various forms, including funding, may be available from PDA in times of crisis in the local area. For example, PDA assistance was available during the 2016 wildfire emergencies within the Southern California area.

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Churchwide Events, Resources, Education & News

PresbyterIan Mission WEBSITE

The Presbyterian Mission website has a new look, and many new features. You'll find it HERE.

 

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CLERGY EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

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New Theological Seminary of the West

The school is located in Pasadena. Course information and other news is available on the website HERE.

CRE Online Courses from Dubuque Theological Seminary

The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary regularly updates its online course offerings on its website.
Application and course information for our CLP/CRE program can be found at HERE , and then click on “CLP/CRE Info” in the “Welcome” box under the news feed. The current tuition rate is $390.00 per course.

As always, current students can register by going online at HERE or by contacting Carla Gibbons, Distance Education Coordinator (CGibbons@dbq.edu or call 563-589-3630 / 1-888-207-8218), to pay by credit card or check.

In addition, please check the school's continuing education website.

 

 

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Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC)

JPIC eventThe Synod's Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC), in cooperation with Friends of Sabeel LA/OC offer a half-day seminar, "Where's the hope for the Palestinian Family?" on April 22, 9 am to 1 pm, Grace Presbyterian Church in Long Beach. Major issues to be explored are incarceration, nutrition and water, and physical/mental health. The flyer below lists speakers and details.

PDF JPIC April 22 Event in Long Beach

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Synod staff

Phone: 213.483-3840
FAX: 818-891-0212

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
MARK HONG   ext. 109    
  (Email)

Business Manager
FRIED WILSON     ext. 110
( Email)

Full Charge Bookkeeper
BARRY PETERS   ext. 107
( Email )

REPL Coordinator
NARCISSIS TUCKER BISHOP 
( Email )

synod officers 2017

Moderator—RE Janice Takeda

Stated Clerk: TE Mark Hong

Vice-Mod.— RE Susan Skoglund

Treas.—RE Bill Hughes

CoA Moderator— RE Maurice Caskey

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Synod documents

PDF   Bylaws, revised Nov.2016

PDF   Mission Design, rev. Nov. 2016

PDF   Standing Rules rev. Nov. 2016


PDF Synod Assembly documents,
Nov. 2016

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REPL

 Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Program; Spring 2017 Scholarship Season
March 2 — April 30, 2017
     

Our Synod gives scholarship money to racial ethnic seminarians. The window for Spring, 2017 is open, and the deadline for submitting applications is April 30, 2017.

DOWNLOAD:

PDF REPL Information Sheet, Spring, 2017

PDF REPL Application Form, Spring, 2017
If needed:
PDF PART IV_REPL Application Form, Spring, 2017

DOWNLOAD INSTRUCTIONS
The application is customarily submitted electronically via e-mail (in MS Word); if you need another format please use the contact the Coordinator at  Rev. Narcissis Tucker Bishop via e-mail:  ntucker@synod.org.

All applicants will need the Application Form and the Applications Instructions, linked above under "Download:"

Part IV of the application will require a signature from your CPM/COM/Session OR a typed signature on the Word version, e-mailed to REPL from an e-mail account under the same name. Part IV is included inthe MS Word electronic-fill-in application so the applicant can forward the completed form to the CPM/COM/Session to complete and e-mail to REPL. If you prefer, you may supply a PDF version of Part IV to your CPM/COM/Session instead, using the Part IV Application PDF, below. That page can be returned by mail, FAX, or (if scanned after signing) by e-mail, where the committee will match it up with Parts I - III that the applicant submitted electronically.

PLEASE NOTE THE DEADLINE:
APRIL 30, 2017

For additional information or technical assistance please contact:
     Rev. Narcissis Tucker Bishop
     ntucker@synod.org

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COMMITTEES OF THE SYNOD

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• Synod Commission of Assembly (CoA)
• Synod Permanent Judicial Commission (PJC) • Committee on Representation and Nominations (CR&N);
• Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Committee (REPL);
• Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee (JPIC)

• Polity & Records

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RELATED ENTITIES OF THE SYNOD

• Monte Vista Grove Homes, Inc.
• PCCI
( Presbyterian Camp and Conference)
Centers, Inc)

• Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Commission, Inc.

Synod of the Nile, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt

Related to the Synod through the Commission of Assembly

• Presbyterian Men
Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners

 

Southern California Ecumenical Council

Website

 

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JOB BOARD

HEAD OF STAFF POSITION SEARCH:RIVERSIDE PRESBYTERY

Presbytery Leader for Mission and Vision/Stated Clerk

Formerly known as the "Executive Presbyter" and "Stated Clerk" positions

The purpose of the (PLMV/SC) is to lead and communicate the goals of the Presbytery of Riverside in fulfilling its mission of the expansion of God’s Kingdom. As Stated Clerk, he/she will do the work as required and detailed in the Book of Order. A complete job description is available at the link below; deadline for applications is April 3, 2017, at 5 PM.
PDF Presbytery of Riverside: Leader for Mission & Vision/Stated Clerk

 

 

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