- DOSKA'S CORNER
- OTHER VOICES
Welcome to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
The Synod Assembly will hold its second 2014 meeting onNovember 1 2014 at the Monte Vista Grove Homes in Pasadena. Starting time is expected to be 9:00 a.m. Commissioner documents will be available on or about October 23.
REGISTER now FOR THE MINISTRY LAB NETWORK EVENT
A four-day event: November 6-7 and January 22 and 29
One of the Mission Funding Opportunities approved earlier this year by the Synod Assembly is the Ministry Lab Network, and they have announced their first event: Immersion Experience, described as "4 days of unique and focused learning experiences designed to build up new and emerging pastoral leaders, renew and revitalize seasoned leaders, and develop and empower lay leaders." The updated flyer, available at the link below, now includes the faculty roster for the January session.
Details and registration information, are on the flyer, below (Updated October 14).
Immersion Experience from Ministry Lab Network, updated October 14.
The current Mid Councils Newsletter shares information about a resource (PDF link below) that will be widely disseminated across the denomination. This flyer is an encouragement to Presbyterians to participate in “Giving Tuesday.” Details, and other mid council news can be read in the current newsletter.
GIVING TUESDAY FLYER
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.
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 November 1, 2014. Download the 2014 Fall Application Form and REPL Guidelines regarding the requirements for eligibility, at this link.
• Triennial Assembly of the Hispanos Latinos (October 24)
• ISAAC Symposium (November 2-3).
• The Asian Advent Devotional Calendar may be ordered throughout the month of October with copies shipped in early November.
Events & Opportunities Link
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 at this link.
Saturday December 13 (by phone)
September 22, 2014
In May I said to you, “Actions taken by this [General] Assembly could have a lasting effect on the future of the denomination for years to come in a wide variety of ways.” We have certainly seen this prediction come true, in at least these ways:
The GA celebrated the creation of more than 250 1001 New Worshipping Communities in the last two years. At least 12 of those are within our synod’s bounds and they are changing people’s lives. There is much to rejoice!
The votes to divest PCUSA investments in three U.S. companies doing business in Israel and to allow Presbyterian ministers to conduct same-sex marriages in states where those marriages are legal have created controversy and division in some congregations. Some of them are choosing to leave the denomination, which is a loss to all of us.
The action to move from 16 synods to “10 – 12” will be affecting us in the next two years as decisions are made about how that will occur.
The approval of the dissolution of Hanmi Presbytery is affecting this synod in particular as we put much time and attention into transferring the pastors and congregations into geographic presbyteries so that relationships and ministries are enhanced. Our presbyteries are creating criteria for accepting the congregations in their bounds and those churches and pastors are wondering if they will truly be welcomed. What an opportunity!
Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS ext. 109 • (Email)
Office Manager & Meeting Coordinator
FRIED WILSON ext. 110 • ( Email )
DAVID SUAREZ ext. 107 • ( Email )
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
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 November 1.
1. 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.
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.
The Asian Congregational Support Office, part of the Presbyterian Mission Agency, will provide a 2014 Advent Devotional Calendar in Asian Languages, Copies will be sent out in the first week of Novembe/ each copy is $1.50, English or Asian translation copy (shipping included). Please make the check payable to PCUSA and send, before October 31 to:
Asian Congregational Support Office
100 Witherspoon Street Room 3006
Louisville, KY 40202
Devotions will also be avaiable from website each day, with translation options.
October 24-26, 2014
Las Vegas, NV
Theme: “Re-created for…” ( II Corinthian 17:5 and 19-20)
Information flyer and registration
SANTA BARBARA PRESBYTRY
2015 Mission Conference
LOS RANCHOS PRESBYTRY 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
The 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. The book is available through Amazon in both paper and Kindle editions. There is a Presbyterian News Agency article here.
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)
• Presbyterian Men
• Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners
©2014 by the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii. All rights reserved.