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Welcome to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT DAY
Sponsor: San Diego Presbytery
January 24, 2015; 9 am to 3 pm; La Jolla Presbyterian Church
ECUMENICAL PRAYER SERVICE
Sponsor: Southern California Ecumenical Council
January 25, 2015; 3 pm to 5 pm; Pilgrim Place in Clarement CA
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!
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.
SANTA BARBARA PRESBYTRY
2015 Mission Conference
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
April 11, 2015; location TBD
November 7, 2015; location TBD
Please use scroll bar as needed, or read as single column HERE. A list of archived reports is available at the same link.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS ext. 109 • (Email)
Office Manager & Meeting Coordinator
FRIED WILSON ext. 110 • ( Email)
DAVID SUAREZ ext. 107 • ( Email )
Moderator—Rev. Kristin Leucht
Stated Clerk: RE Doska Ross
Vice-Mod.— RE Maurice Caskey
Treas.—RE Bill Hughes
CoA Moderator— RE Jo Smith
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.
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
• Presbyterian Men
• Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners
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.
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.
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 "NAPC Triennium."
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