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The Racial Ethnic Pastoral Scholarship Program (REPL) is accepting applications for its spring scholarship season. Information and Application forms are available below; deadline for the Spring 2015 scholarship season is April 30, 2015. This opportunity serves racial ethnic persons engaged in preparing for church vocations, with an emphasis on pastoral ministry.
REPL Scholarship Program Information 2015-2016 (Needed by all applicants)
OPTION A: ( Download both) Electronic Application Form (Parts I - III) and
Electronic Recommendation Form (Part IV)
OPTION B: Application form Parts I - IV) (complete this version offline)
Saturday, May 9 (Note date change)
Magnolia Presbyterian Church
7200 Magnolia Avenue
Riverside, CA 92504.
November 7, 2015; location TBD
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I want to share with you a letter released by the Moderator and Vice-Moderator of the 221st General Assembly.
Dear members and friends of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.):
Grace and peace to you in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Presbyteries have been engaged in conversation, discernment, and prayer concerning the recommendations from the 221st General Assembly (2014) in the nine months since Detroit, Michigan. Today, Amendment 14F (On Amending W-4.9000 Marriage) received the required majority from the presbyteries.
The approved amendment to the Book of Order lifts up the sanctity of marriage and the commitment of loving couples within the church. It also allows teaching elders to exercise their pastoral discretion in officiating weddings and in doing so “… the teaching elder may seek the counsel of the session, which has authority to permit or deny the use of church property for a marriage service.”
Though we know that this amendment received the necessary majority for approval, we encourage the congregations, presbyteries, and synods of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to continue to be in conversation about marriage and family. We hope that such “up/down” voting does not mark the end, but the continuation of our desire to live in community; a partnership that requires prayer, the study of Scripture, listening to and with one another, and a dedication to partnership in the midst of our diversity of opinion.
We trust that God whose Word brought Creation into being is also the same Word that speaks to us today. With confidence, we believe that God calls the Church into living as a transformative community that embraces the call to be God’s beloved community in the world.
Ruling Elder Heath K. Rada
Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)
The Reverend Larissa Kwong Abazia
Vice Moderator, 221st General Assembly (2014)
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.
To any new groups referred by a Zephyr Point Board Member, there is a special Price Package promotion/incentive to come to Zephyr Point through 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. Fried Wilson in the Synod Office can direct your inquiry.
Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS ext. 109
Office Manager & Meeting Coordinator
FRIED WILSON ext. 110
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.
Spring, 2015 Information and Application Forms, in two versions, are now available:
REPL Scholarship Program Information 2015-2016 (Needed by all applicants)
OPTION B: Application form Parts I - IV) (fill out this version offline)
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
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
WJKP Summary: "Fred Rogers was one of the most radical pacifists of contemporary history. We do not usually think of him as radical, partly because he wore colorful, soft sweaters made by his mother. Nor do we usually imagine him as a pacifist; that adjective seems way too political to describe the host of a children's program known for its focus on feelings. We have restricted Fred Rogers to the realm of entertainment, children, and feelings, and we've ripped him out of his political and religious context. Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister, and although he rarely shared his religious convictions on his program, he fervently believed in a God who accepts us as we are and who desires a world marked by peace and wholeness. With this progressive spirituality as his inspiration, Rogers used his children's program as a platform for sharing countercultural beliefs about caring nonviolently for one another, animals, and the earth.
"To critics who dared call him "namby-pamby," Rogers said, "Only people who take the time to see our work can begin to understand the depth of it." This is the invitation of Peaceful Neighbor, to see and understand Rogers's convictions and their expression through his program. Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, it turns out, is far from sappy, sentimental, and shallow; it's a sharp political response to a civil and political society poised to kill."
Availability: Multiple online and bookstore sources
Summer Courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders (CLP/CRE),
Sponsor: Dubuque Theological Seminary
June 1 - August 23
Three courses (The tuition rate is $380.00 per course):
• Introduction to New Testament
Dr. Annette Huizenga
• Presbyterian Polity
Dr. Scott Nesbitt
• Reformed Theology
Dr. Gary Eller
Current student registration link
Contact: Carla Gibbons, Distance Education Coordinator CGibbons@dbq.edu
563-589-3630 / 1-888-207-8218),
New students registration
click on "CLP Registration Information" for application and course information.
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