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Welcome to the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
In July of 2014, 40 Presbyterian youth from across Southern California spent 10 transformative days together. They traveled for two days by bus to the Ghost Ranch Camp and Conference Center in Abiquiu, New Mexico, where they took part in the Youth Service Corps, serving, learning, and worshiping alongside one another. Funding was provided through Synod restricted funds. (Video courtesy the Rev. Rocky Supinger, Claremont Presbyterian Church)
Please share the updated (May 2015) the Congregational Partnering Grants protocol with congregations within the Synod.
2015 Partnering Grants Protocol
Commissioner documents are now available in the single (combined) document below. The file is not password-protected.
SYNOD ASSEMBLY, MAY 9, 2015; PACKET A & B
When opened in the Adobe Reader, linked bookmarks should be visible down the left side.
The Fall meeting will be held November 7, 2015, at First Presbyterian Church, San Diego.
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.
Position Description, Associate for Ministry Development (San Gabriel Presbytery)
Please use scroll bar as needed, or read as single column HERE. A list of archived reports is available at the same link.
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..
Please download the 2015 Partnering Grants Protocol to learn how the synod 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.
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 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.
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
This year's Heritage Sunday focus: “Faith in God,” Abraham Lincoln’s funeral sermon preached by Presbyterian pastor Reverend Phineas Gurley.
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
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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