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Upcoming Events

LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DAY
Sponsor: San Diego Presbytery
January 24, 2015; 9 am to 3 pm;  La Jolla Presbyterian Church
DETAILS

ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE
Sponsor: Southern California Ecumenical Council
January 25, 2015; 3 pm to 5 pm;  Pilgrim Place in Clarement CA
DETAILS

NBPC-SC Sponsors leadership Development session for local church leaders

Saturday, February 7
Westminster Presbyterian Church, Los Angeles
The Lydia McDonald Academy for Ministry offers a training session , "Innovations in Leadership Development," for elders, deacons, and others in church leadership positions. Pre-registration is open now; the registration fee includes continental breakfast and lunch. Details, with registration information are found on the flyer linked below. The National Black Presbyterian Caucus-Southern California Chapter is sponsoring the event. Please plan to pre-register!
            PDF Flyer

LEaD (Riverside Presbytery) Session/Leadership Training

Saturday, February 14 (Registration by Feb. 11 requested)
First Presbyterian Church, San Bernardino
Fourteen workshops will be offered across two sessions during this training opportunity sponsored by Riverside Presbytery's Nurturing Discipleship Team. Workshop and registration details are in the flyer linked below.
          PDF Flyer

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Mission Within the Presbyteries

SANTA BARBARA PRESBYTRY
2015 Mission Conference
Conference Website

LOS RANCHOS PRESBYTRY STRATEGY FOR MISSION COMMUNICATION INCLUDES SOCIAL MEDIA
The presbytery's 2015 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

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Synod Assembly News

Doska's Corner

Please use scroll bar as needed, or read as single column HERE. A list of archived reports is available at the same link.

The Birth of the Christ Child
DECEMBER 18, 2014

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Isaiah 9:6

For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government shall be upon His shoulder. And His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The Mighty God, The Everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

At this time of gift-giving, as we look forward with great anticipation to the celebration of the birth of the Christ Child, let us pause to express gratitude for the many blessings each of us has received.

How grateful I am for the myriad members of this synod who give their time, treasure, and energy to so many worthwhile causes, both in the synod and beyond. What gifts and talents are shared by each of you! How fortunate we are to receive the gifts you offer so selflessly!

The staff of the Synod sends each of you our wish for a Joyous Christmas and a Hopeful and Peaceful New Year!


Leon Fanniel
Doska Ross
David Suarez
Fried Wilson

all commit to this purpose and vision in all that we do, and take time on a regular basis to thank God for the opportunity to serve the world in whatever ways we can, using the gifts God has so lavishly bestowed upon us, including emails and phone calls and meetings. May it be so!

Grants, Scholarships, and Funding

grants & funding

Please download the Grant and Funding Information brochure to learn about funds available to congregations and presbyteries through the Synod.   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.

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PEACEMAKING FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SYNOD

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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Mission Grants Program
PC (U.S.A.)

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.

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Synod Organization

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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 2015

Moderator—Rev. Kristin Leucht

Stated Clerk: RE Doska Ross

Vice-Mod.— RE Maurice Caskey

Treas.—RE Bill Hughes

CoA Moderator— RE Jo Smith

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synod documents

PDF   Grant Information—Synod and PC (USA)
PDF  PC (USA) 2014 Grant deadlines only

PDF  Ministry Programs & Projects Opportunities

PDF   Synod By-laws rev. Nov. 2013
PDF   Synod Standing Rules rev. April 2012
PDF Synod Mission Design rev. Nov. 2013

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repl
      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.  Please check here, or on the REPL website about February 1, 2014 for updates.

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committees of the synod

Active during this time of discernment and experimentation:
• 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.
• Presbyterian Camp and Conference Centers, Inc.
• Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Commission, Inc.

Sister Synod Relationship

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

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Beyond the Synod

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Could your congregation benefit from more generous giving? Consider attending Stewardship Kaleidoscope, the PC(USA)'s national conference on stewardship. This year's theme: Invest in Faith.

March 9-11, 2015
Kansas City, Mo.
Airport Hilton, 8801 NW 112th St.

Learn more or register online today!
Early bird rate of $240 available through February 16.

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wpc discount offered

WHITE PRIVILEGE CONFERENCE March 11-14, 2015
Louisville KY

Register HERE.   A 15% discount is offered on full conference registration; use code PCUSA when prompted for a discount code and select non-profit rate.
      The WPC is in its 16th year.  Mid Council Ministries identified this secular conference as an excellent professional development opportunity for staff to support cultural proficiency goals.
     " Institutes" are an excellent way to get a one-day experience with the conference,, but because they are already lower-priced the discount does not apply.  The Institute offerings are posted HERE.

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NAPC Triennium

The National Association of Presbyterian Clergywomen will gather for its Triennium April 16-19 at Ferncliff Camp and Conference Center of Little Rock, Ark. The theme for the event is "God Moves - Be Still." Stephany Graham, a pastor at Peekskill Presbyterian Church in Peekskill, N.Y., will be the keynote speaker and Adele Crawford, pastor at Valley Presbyterian Church in Brookfield, Conn., will lead worship. Crawford came to the ministry after a 15-year career as a professional singer. Details about the event can be found at PDF"NAPC Triennium."

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