Assembly met Nov. 2
November 2: All documents are still available to assembly commissioners, at the above link.
The Synod Considers a Sabbatical Season
At the April 2013 meeting of the Synod Assembly a proposal for a Synod Sabbatical was proposed by the Synod Structure Task Force. The work of the Synod Structure Task Force may be viewed HERE.
SEC last met October 26. The documents are available now for members of the commission..
The Synod Executive Commission (SEC) was formerly named the Synod Council.
CCPM met Saturday, October 5
Selected by Synod Executive Doska Ross
GA Stated Clerk
COR: "Spirit and Truth" blog
Rev. Bruce Reyes Chow
Past Moderator of the General Assembly (218)
PRESBYTERIAN GIVING CATALOG
The new Presbyterian Giving Catalog will provide Presbyterians with tangible examples of how their generosity can help make an impact around the world. With examples including goats, chicks, and even new wells providing clean drinking water to villages in need, the catalog will help Presbyterians make a direct connection with those being impacted by their gifts.
To order your copy of the new Presbyterian Giving Catalog, visit the pcusa website
House of Rest (a temporary residence for mission co-workers of the PC(USA) and their families who are on furlough, medical leave, or in the process of relocation) seeks a residence manager. Details are on the Job Board.
Southern California Ecumenical Council seeks an Interim Executive Director. Details are on the Job Board.
In this issue of the Presbyterian Historical Society Newsletter learn how PHS exhibits are coming to congregations through web and traveling displays.
The Insurance Board (this firm handles insurance needs for many of our churches) is offering a new resource. Please follow the link below for a full explanation.
Safe Conduct Workbench
by Synod Executive/Stated Clerk Doska Ross
Shared Mission in the Synod
September 17, 2013
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The work of the synod is centered around supporting the presbyteries in our bounds in whatever way they find helpful. Thus we offer assistance and guidance when requested as presbyteries serve their congregations doing mission and ministry.
This synod has chosen not to be a programmatic synod; this means much of our work is in the ecclesiastical areas of judicial process and administrative review and oversight, most of which is paid for with per capita dollars.
The synod does not have staff working in programmatic areas; most of our assistance is in the form of funding given to presbytery groups who are involved in mission work the presbyteries sponsor and in providing training opportunities. Through our committees, we are particularly eager to give assistance in programs that involve more than one of our presbyteries, working together.
Synod mission dollars help us provide support in the following areas:
• Assistance to presbyteries with funds for new church developments and new worshipping communities
• Scholarships and support for racial ethnic candidates preparing for pastoral ministry
• Training opportunities for elders, clerks of session, nominating committees, and various search committees looking for presbytery leadership, such as the new stated clerks in a couple of presbyteries
• Advocacy and support for a number of social witness projects involving our presbyteries, such as border ministry, immigration issues, peace and justice groups working in the Middle East, ministry to the homeless, to women victimized by prostitution, to the many families caught in today’s financial difficulties
• Support of the Presbyterian Chaplaincy at LAC/USC Medical Center, along with four of our presbyteries. This chaplain provides bi-lingual chaplaincy services to patients and families, many of whom are interacting with the medical system for the first time
• Some financial support for Presbyterian Camps and Conferences such as Big Bear and Zephyr Point