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Welcome to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
At its January meeting the Presbytery of San Gabriel installed RE Fried Wilson (Synod business manager) and TE Becca Bateman as Vice Moderator;
at right, new Synod Executive/Stated Clerk, TE Mark Hong addressed the Presbytery.
Photos by Jim Milley
On January 1, 2017, the Rev. Mark Hong began his service as the Synod's Executive/Stated Clerk, replacing Ruling Elder Doska Ross who is retiring. Linked below is a brochure introducing Rev. Hong that may be shared with presbyteries and churches.
Doska Ross, immediate past Synod Executive/Stated Clerk, will overlap her term of service through the month of January to assist in providing a smooth transition.
Introducing Rev. Mark Hong
A one-page PDF of this article is available HERE.
All through the year, people in churches across Southern California are knitting, stitching and quilting blankets for the patients at LAC+USC. Many of the blankets are created as a prayer for healing and blessing. The chaplains give these beautiful hand made blankets to patients in need throughout the year. However, once a year, in the week before Christmas, a team of volunteers come to the hospital and give a blanket to every patient who is in the hospital over the holidays. December 20, 2016 over 30 of us teamed up to go to each of the 600+ patients to offer them the gift of a prayerfully made blanket.
One of the volunteers, a high school student, told me that when he explained the gift to one patient, she burst into tears. Through her sobs she explained that she had spent the day in prayer, reviewing her life, and that she had taken the difficult first step and reached out and reconciled with a family member. She told the young volunteer “you walked in with that blanket, you are the one God has sent to me as a blessing!”
Another volunteer told of a patient whose mother and grandmother had made quilts just like the one she received. Her quilt had been made by a class of first grade boys. The patient exclaimed, “it gives me the comfort of those memories! Thank you!”
“It was a privilege to walk into the room, on behalf of the greater community of faith, and offer this simple gift made of prayer and love” a volunteer told me over lunch, “one of the patients I visited was unable to talk, but he wept as he wrote out his appreciation for the gift.” Every time I am amazed at how the Holy Spirit knits us together across the distances of geography, language and culture – a knitter prayerfully knitting blanket and a quilter prayerfully fashioning a quilt, a volunteer face to face offering the blessing, a patient receiving the blanket reminded of God’s care for them.
– Rev. Elizabeth Gibbs Zehnder serves as Presbyterian staff chaplain at LAC+USC Medical Center. To find out more about this ministry and how you can be involved, please contact her at Elizabeth.GibbsZehnder@gmail.com.
Revised Synod Bylaws, amended Standing Rules, and an updated Mission Design, all approved at the November, 2016 Synod Assembly are now available and are posted in the Synod Documents column. For your convenience, the new versions are also linked below, in MS Word format:
Bylaws, revised Nov.2016
The Synod Assembly meets twice yearly, usually in the spring and fall. The 2017 dates will be posted when available.
Riverside Presbytery's LEAD (Leadership, Education and Discipleship) event on February 18, 2017 will feature Co-Moderator of the 222nd General Assembly Jan Edmiston as its Plenary speaker. Please see the flyer, linked below.
First Presbyterian Church, Upland
February 18; 9 am - 3:15 pm
Learn more about this ministry, funded by a Synod grant, in Doska's Corner, in an article written by the Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, Pacific Presbytery's Mission Advocate.
Report to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Grateful for this opportunity,
Please download the Partnership Grants Protocol bulletin, linked below, to learn how the synod, in partnership with PC (U.S.A.) may be able to assist your congregation.
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.
GIVE * PRAY • ACT
Assistance in various forms, including funding, may be available from PDA in times of crisis in the local area. For example, PDA assistance was available during the 2016 wildfire emergencies within the Southern California area.
The Presbyterian Mission website has a new look, and many new features. You'll find it HERE.
"Beyond the Veil: Life After Deat
Guilbord Center event at St. John's Cathedral
February 25, 2017;
10 am - 3 pm
The University of Dubuque Theological Seminary regularly updates its online course offerings on its website.
Application and course information for our CLP/CRE program can be found at HERE , and then click on “CLP/CRE Info” in the “Welcome” box under the news feed. The current tuition rate is $390.00 per course.
As always, current students can register by going online at HERE or by contacting Carla Gibbons, Distance Education Coordinator (CGibbons@dbq.edu or call 563-589-3630 / 1-888-207-8218), to pay by credit card or check.
In addition, please check the school's continuing education website.
The school is located in Pasadena. Course information and other news is available on the website HERE.
Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
MARK HONG ext. 109
FRIED WILSON ext. 110
Full Charge Bookkeeper
BARRY PETERS ext. 107
( Email )
NARCISSIS TUCKER BIRHOP ext. 112
( Email )
Moderator—RE Janice Takeda
Stated Clerk: TE Mark Hong
Vice-Mod.— RE Susan Skoglund
Treas.—RE Bill Hughes
CoA Moderator— RE Maurice Caskey
Our Synod Gives Scholarship Money to Racial-Ethnic Pastors-in-Training!
Scholarship opportunities will be posted in early February for the spring scholarship window.
• Synod Commission of Assembly (CoA)
• 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
• Monte Vista Grove Homes, Inc.
( Presbyterian Camp and Conference)
• Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Commission, Inc.
• Presbyterian Men
• Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners
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