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Synod News

REPL Scholarship Season OpenS MARCH 1

Each year the Synod, through the Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Program, gives scholarship money to racial ethnic seminarians. 2017 details, with the REPL Application Form, will be posted March 1. Deadline for receipt of completed applications is April 15, 2017.

REPL LINK

MISSION SAMPLER
Chaplain’s Corner – Acts of Kindness, December, 2016

You may scroll through this article below; a one-page PDF version, suitable for sharing with congregations, 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.

chaplainQ42016One 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.

Mission Funding

PARTNERSHIP GRANTS

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.

PDF Partnering Grants Protocol

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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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PRESBYTERIAN DISASTER ASSISTANCE

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

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.

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Churchwide Events, Resources, Education & News

PresbyterIan Mission WEBSITE

The Presbyterian Mission website has a new look, and many new features. You'll find it HERE.

 

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CRE Online Courses from Dubuque Theological Seminary

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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.

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new theological Seminary of the west

The school is located in Pasadena. Course information and other news is available on the website HERE.

 

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Synod staff

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

Synod Executive & Stated Clerk
MARK HONG   ext. 109    
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Email)

Business Manager
FRIED WILSON     ext. 110
( Email)

Full Charge Bookkeeper
BARRY PETERS   ext. 107
( Email )

REPL Coordinator
NARCISSIS TUCKER BISHOP 
( Email )

synod officers 2017

Moderator—RE Janice Takeda

Stated Clerk: TE Mark Hong

Vice-Mod.— RE Susan Skoglund

Treas.—RE Bill Hughes

CoA Moderator— RE Maurice Caskey

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Synod documents

PDF   Bylaws, revised Nov.2016

PDF   Mission Design, rev. Nov. 2016

PDF   Standing Rules rev. Nov. 2016


PDF Synod Assembly documents,
Nov. 2016

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REPL

 Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership Program
     
Contact:
     Rev. Narcissis Tucker Bishop
                        Email    
             

Our Synod gives scholarship money to racial ethnic seminarians. Scholarship opportunities will be posted in February for the Spring scholarship window.

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COMMITTEES OF THE SYNOD

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JOB BOARD

HEAD OF STAFF POSITION SEARCH:RIVERSIDE PRESBYTERY

Presbytery Leader for Mission and Vision/Stated Clerk

Formerly known as the "Executive Presbyter" and "Stated Clerk" positions

The purpose of the (PLMV/SC) is to lead and communicate the goals of the Presbytery of Riverside in fulfilling its mission of the expansion of God’s Kingdom. As Stated Clerk, he/she will do the work as required and detailed in the Book of Order. A complete job description is available at the link below; deadline for applications is April 3, 2017, at 5 PM.
PDF Presbytery of Riverside: Leader for Mission & Vision/Stated Clerk

 

 

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