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Photos from the November 2014 Synod Assembly

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Upcoming Events

Sponsor: San Diego Presbytery
January 24, 2015; 9 am to 3 pm;  La Jolla Presbyterian Church

Sponsor: Southern California Ecumenical Council
January 25, 2015; 3 pm to 5 pm;  Pilgrim Place in Clarement CA

Riverside Presbytery Seeks a Transitional Executive Presbyter

The Presbytery of Riverside, in the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii is seeking a Transitional Executive Presbyter. The Person/Position Description is linked below; salary will be commensurate with experience. Deadline for accepting applications is January 16, 2015. Please send PIF or resume to: RiversideTEPSC@gmail.com.
            PDF Transitional Executive Presbyter Person/Position Description

Synod Assembly News

Synod assembly's 2015 meeting dates:

April 11, 2015; location TBD
November 7, 2015; location TBD

Doska's Corner

Report of the Synod Executive
November 1, 2014

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How busy we are these days, with meetings and phone calls and emails and conversations and on and on and on! For what? We say we are doing God’s work in the world, but are we?
           Your Synod staff members have been caught up in this whirlwind of activity reflected in the dozens of papers and documents you have received for today’s meeting. In my position individually, with PJC cases, concerns about the future of the presbyteries and the synod, attending presbytery meetings, sale of properties held by the synod for presbyteries, transfer of Hanmi congregations, assisting other councils as they deal with conflict that accompanies diminishing staff and finances, it is easy to lose sight of our purpose. What is our purpose, anyway?
           According to the Synod Bylaws, our purpose is:

As disciples of Jesus Christ, instructed by the Scripture and empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Synod is called by God to be a community of faith to carry out the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) within its bounds, and specifically to perform the function of synods as set forth in G-3.04 of the Form of Government in the Book of Order. The purpose and vision of the Synod is set forth in a Vision Statement included, along with the Mission Design, in the Manual of Administrative Operations.

The Vision Statement adopted in 2007 says:

The Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
has as its foundation Jesus Christ.
As the body of Christ, it is a visible sign
of a rich diversity of persons, gifts, and understandings.

We are becoming a flexible community
as the Body of Christ
for creative interplay among governing bodies.

This is a new day for mutual up-building
and for actively forming relationships grounded in Christ
that enable congregations, presbyteries and the synod to serve most effectively
the emerging mission in their contexts,
consistent with the constitution of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

          And the final sentence of that document says, “We will collectively commit to becoming an empowering middle governing body that seeks to be a relational, outwardly-focused community that exercises its gifts for the advancement of ministry and mission in the region.”
           My prayer is that we will all commit to this purpose and vision in all that we do, and take time on a regular basis to thank God for the opportunity to serve the world in whatever ways we can, using the gifts God has so lavishly bestowed upon us, including emails and phone calls and meetings. May it be so!

Synod staff

Phone: 213.483-3840
FAX: 213.483-4275

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

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

Finance Manager
DAVID SUAREZ   ext. 107 • ( Email )

synod officers

Moderator—Elder Jo Smith

Stated Clerk: Elder Doska Ross

Vice-Mod.—Rev. Kristin Leucht

Treas.—Elder I. Daniel Lee

Moderator of CoA— Elder Jim Stueck

Synod Relationships

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

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.  Please check here, or on the REPL website about February 1, 2014 for updates.


Opportunities: Funding & Employment

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.



Around the Synod

presbytery mission activity

2015 Mission Conference
Conference Website

The presbytery's 2014 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



To any new groups referred by a Zephyr Point Board Member, there is a special Price Package promotion/incentive to come to Zephyr Point in the months of December & January 2014 and February, March, and 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.



Sponsor: San Diego Presbytery
January 24, 2015; 9 am to 3 pm
La Jolla Presbyterian Church
The Synod membership is invited
Information Link


Sponsor: Southern California Ecumenical Council
January 25, 2015; 3 pm to 5 pm
Pilgrim Place in Clarement CA
This is the Council's annual Prayer Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
PDF Flyer


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