Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
Synod of Southern California and Hawaii
8939 S Sepulveda Blvd. Ste 110 #250
Westchester, CA 90045
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Synod Bylaws Update (12/4/2021).
Fatal Mass Shooting Incident at Geneva Presbyterian Church (Presbytery of Los Ranchos)
Parishioners subdue the alleged shooter
(May 15, 2022) The man accused of carrying out a mass shooting at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Laguna Woods, California was subdued by parishioners before authorities could arrive at the church, officials said.
“That group of churchgoers displayed what we believe is exceptional heroism and bravery in intervening to stop the suspect. They undoubtedly prevented additional injuries and fatalities,” an Orange County sheriff said. “I think it’s safe to say that had people not intervened, it could have been much worse.”
This Associated Press report is HERE; updates and reports from multiple sources are expected.
A Call to Prayer
Tom Cramer, Head of Staff and Executive for Vision & and Mission for the Presbytery of Los Ranchos writes:
"The Presbytery of Los Ranchos is deeply saddened by a fatal shooting that occurred at a lunch reception honoring the former pastor of the Taiwanese congregation that nests at Geneva Presbyterian Church in Lagua Woods. Initial reports indicate that one person was killed and several others were severely injured. Please keep the leadership of the Taiwanese congregation and Geneva in your prayers as they care for those traumatized by this shooting.
In your mercy, O Lord, we pray."
May 15, 2022
The Synod has donated $50,000 to the PDA to aid with the Ukrainian refugee needs. Please work with your congregations and Presbyteries to lend your support.
Designated General Presbyter (DGP) Search Information for the Presbytery of Santa Barbara
The Presbytery of Santa Barbara is seeking a DESIGNATED GENERAL PRESBYTER (3/4 time). The Presbytery consists of 20 churches, 7 New Worshiping Communities, and a vibrant university ministry on the central coast of California. We are looking for a candidate that can help us live out our mission and vision that the Presbytery has spent significant work in the past few years to establish healthier channels of communication and transparency to set up ministries to succeed.
Interested candidates may apply to:
MIF # 59677.AB0
The Road to GA 225
The GA225 Website details in-person committee schedules and plenary (virtual) sessions
Update: The Rev. Paula Mann, former Synod Business Manager, has been called to serve as the Executive Associate Pastor at Westwood Presbyterian Church. Fried Wilson will be serving as the Business Manager on an interim basis. Please direct all business-related emails to email@example.com.
Interim manager: Fried Wilson ext. 2
Full Charge Bookkeeper
JOANNE BORTFELD ext. 3
NARCISSIS TUCKER BISHOP
Synod Business Items; Synod Funding Update
Please see the 2021 Synod By-laws for additional details
The general contact at the Synod office is business manager Fried Wilson (Email)
Sister Synod Relationship
• Synod of the Nile
Racial Ethnic Pastoral Leadership (REPL) Scholarship Program
REPL provides needed spiritual and financial support for racial ethnic persons enrolled with presbytery within the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii as an inquirer / candidate for Teaching Elder (Minister of the Word and Sacrament), or with the presbytery and / or session for other professional ministry vocations.
• Priority for scholarships shall be given to persons pursuing the M.Div. degree or its equivalent, or other presbytery-approved programs, in preparation for meeting the requirements for various ministry vocations, including parish ministry:
INFORMATION SHEET (PDF)
DEADLINE: "Open." Apply at any time.
QUESTIONS? E-mail The Rev. Narcissis Tucker Bishop, Coordinator (E-mail)
Please note that applications are now accepted at any time.
Meet the REPL Committee!
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Presbyterian Mission Website
The Presbyterian Mission website displays many new stories of mission and opportunities. Find it HERE.
PC (USA) Churchwide Anti-racism Policy
Facing Racism–Vision of the Intercultural Communigy: Website and Resources