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Synod News

Synod Assembly meets next on May 9

Date: Saturday, May 9
Place: Magnolia Presbyterian Church
7200 Magnolia Avenue, Riverside 92504

Commissioner documents will be available for download soon.

The Fall meeting will be held November 7, 2015; location TBD

San Gabriel Presbytery Seeks Associate for Ministry Development

       San Gabriel Presbytery is opening a quarter-time, exempt position for an Associate for Ministry Development. This person will work with the Vision and Strategy and Education Committees to support and guide new worshiping communities, leadership development, and youth/education ministries of the Presbytery. Please see the job description (below) for responsibilities, qualifications, and compensation information.   Interested applicants may ask questions or send a resume or PIF to the Interim Executive Presbyter Wendy Tajima by Friday, May 22nd.
PDF Position Description, Associate for Ministry Development (San Gabriel Presbytery)


July 30 - August 1
Knoxville, TN
Links: Video (1 minute!) • Website/Registration

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

Please use scroll bar as needed, or read as single column HERE. A list of archived reports is available at the same link.

"What I Am Seeing and Hearing Across the Church"

A report made by PC(USA) Moderator Heath Rada to the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board, April 17, 2015

I'd like to encourage you to prayerfully read and consider the nine questions asked of our denomination in a thoughtful report prepared and delivered by Ruling Elder Heath Rada, 221st GA Assembly Moderator.

In his speech, Moderator Rada spoke to nine points, and raised nine corresponding questions for the members and leaders of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to consider. Addressing a wide range of issues, from young people in the church, to the decisions around gay marriage, and to the form and structure of the PC(USA) as an organization, Moderator Rada asked the denomination to thoughtfully consider his observations as members and leaders jointly consider where future steps for the denomination may lie.

The full report may be downloaded HERE.

I do hope that you will be able to read it and give it your prayerful consideration as you think about his questions in light of your own experiences and observations.

Grants, Scholarships, and Funding

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grants & funding

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.

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


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.


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 Organization


Synod staff

Phone: 213.483-3840
FAX: 213.483-4275

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
DOSKA ROSS    ext. 109    

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

Finance Manager
DAVID SUAREZ   ext. 107
( Email )


synod officers 2015

Moderator—Rev. Kristin Leucht

Stated Clerk: RE Doska Ross

Vice-Mod.— RE Maurice Caskey

Treas.—RE Bill Hughes

CoA Moderator— RE Jo Smith


synod documents

PDF   Grant Information—Synod and PC (USA)
PDF  PC (USA) 2014 Grant deadlines only

PDF  Ministry Programs & Projects Opportunities

PDF   Synod By-laws rev. Nov. 2013
PDF   Synod Standing Rules rev. April 2012
PDF Synod Mission Design rev. Nov. 2013



      REPL Coordinator:
      Rev. Leon E. Fanniel
      Phone 213.483-384, ext. 104   

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 in the spring and fall of each year.

The Spring application period has closed; the Fall application period will open on or about September 1. Please contact the REPL Coordinator (E-mail) for additional information.


committees of the synod

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



• Monte Vista Grove Homes, Inc.
• Presbyterian Camp and Conference Centers, Inc.
• Zephyr Point Presbyterian Conference Commission, Inc.

Sister Synod Relationship

Synod of the Nile, Evangelical Presbyterian Church of Egypt

Related to the Synod through the Commission of Assembly

• Presbyterian Men
Presbyterian Women
• Related Mission Partners


More Opportunities . . .

MAY 24, 2015


Presbyterian Historical Society Website
Heritage Sunday bulletin inserts

This year's Heritage Sunday focus: “Faith in God,” Abraham Lincoln’s funeral sermon preached by Presbyterian pastor Reverend Phineas Gurley.  


Master of Arts in Christian Leadership

New online degree program from The University of Dubuque

The University of Dubuque has just launched a new degree program, the Master of Arts in Christian Leadership (MACL), which is perfect for those serving as Commissioned Ruling Elders.

The MACL, a 30 credit, completely-online degree, nurtures biblically and theologically informed, culturally sensitive leaders for the church. The program requires six credits in Christian Scriptures, six credits in the history of Christianity/Christian Doctrine, three credits in Christian mission, six credits in Christian leadership, and nine credits of electives. The degree can be earned in as little as one year. A bachelor’s degree in any field is required for admission. The program starts in September 2015. We are currently accepting applications.

For more information please contact Ms. Burnett-Hackbarth at Khackbarth@dbq.edu or 563-589-3405
Online Information Link