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LAC+USC Medical Center: Good Friday, 2016

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A PDF of this message, with photos, is available HERE.

We observed Good Friday at LAC+USC Medical Center with worship services and reflections. The chaplains made crosses with patients and staff on the oncology, labor and delivery, surgery and pediatric units. We invited each person to create a cross out of two sticks and some wire and to give a name to the particular cross that they carry.
The nurses who care for the suffering patients every day came and thanked us for the opportunity to pause and receive a blessing on this day of Jesus' suffering. Patients and their families drew near, taking their cross as a symbol of the healing they seek; praying that Jesus would walk with them through their suffering.

One cancer patient I spoke with on Good Friday told me about the liturgical rhythm that the chemo treatments have imposed on his life.
Instead of six days of work and the seventh day of rest - now he's in the hospital for 21 days of grueling chemo and then home for 7 days, tired as death, and then back to the hospital again. He told me that now he sees the calendar differently - now every day is a holy day - its a trap to just observe the official holy days - as if those are the only times when God enters in. Now I see more clearly, he said, when my daughter comes home from school and the family is reunited - this is a holy moment and I observe it - I pause and offer
thanks to God.

This Good Friday, God spoke to me through the wisdom of the patients and staff. It is indeed a holy space when God draws near to us in our suffering and meets us in resurrection.

Thank you for your support of the Presbyterian Chaplaincy among those who suffer in our city. To find out more about how you can be involved in the Presbyterian Legacy of Caring Chaplaincy Ministry, please contact Rev. Elizabeth Gibbs Zehnder at Elizabeth.GibbsZehnder@gmail.com
Peace,
Rev. Elizabeth Gibbs Zehnder
Presbyterian Staff Chaplain

Assistance to Central American Refugees

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.


New Hope Presbyterian Church featured on NBC News

The video, part of KNBC's "Life Connected" series, may be viewed HERE.
New Hope is a member of the Los Ranchos Presbytery; its pastor is the Rev. Chineta Goodjoin. Learn more about church: Website

Los Ranchos Presbytery: Mission Blog

A misson-related blog from Los Ranchos Presbytery shares news of mission opportunities within the presbytery, as well as within the wider church. Blog Link

Doska's Corner

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April 16, 2016

Report of the Stated Clerk/Synod Executive to Synod Assembly

               Five years ago on April first I began my service to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii.  I admit to beginning with some trepidation.  I had heard that this was a synod in a downward spiral, with most of its attention being taken up with remedial complaints, with little love lost between the synod and its presbyteries, with the whole denomination ready to get rid of all the sixteen synods. Some people asked me if I thought there would even be a synod at the end of my first three-year term. And it was a valid question.

In these five years I believe we have seen some improvements - 
   • The Synod’s relationship with the presbyteries is better than it was- the trust has been increasing and working relationships are improving;
   • The Synod has continued providing funding for all sorts of mission projects sponsored by the presbyteries and continues to be strong financially, able to provide such funding for years to come;
   • At our request and at General Assembly’s direction, the Presbytery of Hanmi has been dissolved and almost all of the 65 ministers and twenty congregations have been or will soon be transferred to geographic presbyteries or another Reformed denomination or dissolved. These congregations are starting to be seen as assets in their new presbytery homes;
   • The number of Synod PJC cases has diminished significantly; most of the remaining cases have to do with congregations wanting to leave the denomination rather than internal fighting among congregation members and sessions;
   • The future of synods, while still in question, will be determined definitively during the coming General Assembly in Portland, and I predict we will continue as a synod into the foreseeable future.

After much prayer and hesitation, I have decided not to stand for re-election at the end of my term on March 31, 2017. I would like to retire at the end of 2016, or a short way into 2017 if my replacement is not ready to go by January.

I have loved my service with you and will miss many aspects of this work, but it is time for a new leader to be brought forward, one who can assist you to discover what God is calling the Synod to be and do in the years ahead.

I am asking you to take action today to direct the Stated Clerk and the Commission of Assembly to work with the Committee on Representation and Nominations to begin the process to search for and elect a new Stated Clerk/Executive.

Doska Ross
Synod Executive & Stated Clerk

Attached: PDFSearch and Election Procedures


Mission Funding

GRANTS & FUNDING

Please download the PDF Partnering Grants Protocol to learn how the synod may be able to assist your congregation.

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PEACEMAKING FUNDS ARE AVAILABLE THROUGH THE SYNOD

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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.

PDF Application guidelines for Synod Peacemaking funds are available at this link.

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MISSION GRANTS PROGRAM
PC (U.S.A.)

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.

 

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Churchwide Events, Education & News

2016 Youth Triennium

July 2016
Website

 

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CRE Online Courses

Summer Courses Online through Dubuque Theological Seminary

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CONTINUING EDUCATION WEBSITE

This summer Dubuque Theological Seminary will be offering two online courses for Commissioned Ruling Elders at the University of Dubuque Theological Seminary. 
  • Introduction to Old Testament
Professor Martin Benckhuysen

Reformed Theology
Dr. Gary Eller

    The summer term runs from June 6 to August 26, 2016.  The tuition rate is $390.00 per course. 
CURRENT STUDENTS:
As always, current students can register by going online HERE and paying via PayPal or by contacting Carla Gibbons, Distance Education Coordinator (CGibbons@dbq.edu or 563-589-3630 / 1-888-207-8218), to pay by credit card or check.

PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS  
Please note that the next opportunity to take the required introductory course to begin course sequences begins on April 4, 2016. Application and course information for our CLP/CRE program is HERE.   Under the news feed in the “Welcome” box you will see the following links:  “Admission Information | CLP/CRE Info | Technical Support.  Select the “CLP/CRE Info.”  That will take you to the page with the upcoming courses. We review applications on a rolling basis each semester.

 

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Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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Synod staff

Phone: 213.483-3840
FAX: 818-891-0212

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS    ext. 109    
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Email)

Office Manager & Meeting Coordinator
FRIED WILSON     ext. 110
( Email)

Finance Manager
DAVID SUAREZ   ext. 107
( Email )

REPL Coordinator
NARCISSUS TUCKER     ext. 112
( Email )

 


REPL
      Contact:
      Narcissis Tucker
       
      Email    
             213.483-3840 ext 112  

Our Synod Gives Scholarship Money to Racial-Ethnic Pastors-in-Training! 
Scholarship opportunities will be posted when available.

PDF REPL's May 2015 Report

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General Assembly

WEBSITE

 

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