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  October 2017
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Information and Ways to Help

Canyon Fire 2 Alert Center

If you are an evacuee or would like to offer a room to share with those displaced by the “Canyon 2” fire, please contact Bonita Carr.
A Word of Gratitude

Dear Presbytery Staff,
Thank you so much for your quick action and thoughtful communication yesterday in response to the Canyon Fire 2. 
I spoke with Lissa Smith (pastor of Canyon Hills Presbyterian Church) last night and we both are grateful to report that, so far as we know, none of our members lost their homes and those who were evacuated were able to stay with family or friends. Most will be able to return to their homes tonight or tomorrow. We are mindful of our neighbors who have lost their homes and will be discerning how we can best serve them. I spoke with Kass Kassouni this morning; he and Samira live just off of Peter’s Canyon. They were evacuated,
but were able to return to their home last night around 8:00. They are safe and grateful.
Please convey our thanks to the members of the Presbytery for their prayers. I received several text messages and phone calls holding us up in prayer and offering cots and other supplies that might be needed. I’ve always considered Los Ranchos Presbytery to be my church family, and it was wonderful to experience their support in a time of need.  My morning commute took me from south to north to the west of the fire. The whole way, there was a thick blanket of wet fog, like we see so often at this time of year. It reminded me of James 5:16 “The prayer of the righteous is powerful and effective.”
With you in ministry,

Lynn Stone
Yorba Linda Presbyterian Church



Back to School
by Tom Cramer

Dr. Rah reminded us that China alone has more Christians than any other nation with estimates of 300 million, and that most children in U.S. kindergartens these days are not of European decent. More
Airplane Seats and a Cross-Shaped Life
by Forrest Claassen

In these last few months we have witnessed grave anger and sorrow. Our hearts have been immersed in vicarious, and sometimes not-so-vicarious, suffering. What are we to do?   More


Thursday, October 12, 6:30 PM
Frank's Restuarant, Bellflower

This gathering is for individuals or congregations who are interested in what it means to start a new worshiping community or for anyone who desires to support someone who has interest.


October 9-15
Pastor Manh Nguyen from Vietnam will be visiting our Presbytery. Pastor Cedar Dang and Garden Gove Vietnamese have taken the lead in hosting Pastor Nguyen.
Is there any activity at your congregation that would fit in with some of those days when Pastor Nguyen has free time so he can attend to see other members and congregations of Los Ranchos?
Please contact Elvira or



6 PM, Friday, December 1
First Presbyterian Church, Orange

Rev. Chineta Goodjoin will be installed as pastor of New Hope Presbyterian Church. An informal reception will follow the service.
5 PM, Saturday, December 2
First Presbyterian Church, Orange

A celebration of Los Ranchos's first Chartering service in many years.

Andre Bartlett from the World Communion of Reformed Churches, Kathy Smith from Calvin College, and Robina Winbush from the GA’s Ecumenical Office are planning to attend the chartering service.   

A formal reception will follow the service.


June 16-23, 2018
St. Louis, MO

Our Presbytery Nominating Committee is looking for candidates interested in being 2018 GA Commissioners for next year in St. Louis.

Nominating Guidelines
Biography Forms


Monday-Wednesday, January 29-31
Serra Retreat Center, Malibu

"Resilience in the Pastorate" by Dr. Laurie Ferguson
This coming pastors’ retreat with Laurie Ferguson is all about building resilience into your life and ministry.

If you are a pastor, you have layers, and then more layers, of demands on your life. Your family, your congregation, and the world you seek to serve. You begin to wonder if you’ll survive your ministry, much less thrive as the leader you want to be. Where does it ever end?

From exploration of scripture, pastors will learn how to care for their souls, deep
minds and bodies in such a way that they tap into the abundant reserves of God, finding joy and energy to love, learn and take risks with God’s people.


This may be your opportunity to make a real, lasting difference in the world!

The Louisville Institute of Louisville Seminary seeks to fund innovative, experimental projects that will contribute to new learning within both church and academy.

Eligibility Quiz
How to Apply


Kitchen Table Giving: Reimagining How Congregations Connect with Their Donors

Author Bill Enright to Tom Cramer, "Several years ago I had the joy and privilege of leading a series of seminars in your presbytery for the Lake Institute on Faith & Giving, Indiana University. Members of your presbytery were also part of the executive certificate program in religious fundraising I led for three years at Fuller Seminary.

"Upon my retirement as founding director of Lake Institute in
2016,  I began to reflect on what I had learned and observed in directing the research projects of more than a hundred clergy and church leaders in our executive certificate program and working with more than a thousand congregations in our seminars. The result is this book."  More
  • The Center for Innovation in Ministry at SFTS is excited to launch ThisWeAffirm.org, a crowd-sourced and curated collection of resources for worship. More
  • New Hope Church is planning to initiate a project in which any and all Presbytery churches can participate, the Church Homeless Advocacy Network & Taskforce (CHANT). Contact Richard Norwood or 949-350-2049.
  • The Presbyterian Peacemaking Program presents the Mosaic of Peace 2018, a 12-day
    peacemaking conference April 29-May 12, 2018
    Bulletin Inserts
  • The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center has ongoing workshops of interest. See their website for more. Leadership and Anxiety in the Church is a local offering.
  • See Our Full List of Job Openings here.


Thursday, November 30  Presbytery Gathering. Presbyterian Church of the Covenant, Costa Mesa
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