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  October 2016
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  • From Oprah to Belhar by Tom Cramer
  • In Pursuit of Financial Freedom by Forrest Claassen
  • Broad Street on Broadway by Rebecca Prichard
  • Cyclical Los Ranchos Seeks Leader
  • New Hope produces the musical sensation, The Wiz

Worship Space at Broad Street Church, Philadelphia. Courtesy of Rebecca Prichard.


From Oprah to Belhar
by Tom Cramer

At our presbytery gathering in September, commissioners were exposed to the potential of, and the threats to, this joyful community.

In my presentation, I reflected on Oprah Winfrey’s battle with weight loss as a symbol
 for how supportive friendships are the foundation of any behavioral change.

She recently purchased a 10% share of Weight Watchers which has stimulated what she calls a “Weight Watchers family evolution.”
In Pursuit of Financial Freedom
by Forrest Claassen

Those choices triggered something in the congregation. Giving spiked. After three years, the Session doubled the rate at which it was reducing its mission aid. After only five years, they voted to go off aid entirely. By then, 39% of the congregants were giving at least ten percent of their household income to the church. More


For those who work in ministry and have young children, are you interested in joining and/or starting a support group?
Contact Kathy Hill Long

What are the typical honoraria for funerals and weddings?
Broad Street on Broadway

Learn more about some of our colleagues' trip to the City of Brotherly Love.


Broad Street Ministry
Seeking an Associate Director of Cyclical Los Ranchos
The Presbytery of Los Ranchos seeks an individual who is passionate about starting new churches to serve as Associate Director of Cyclical, a newly-created, part-time position responsible for nurturing the development and sustainability of New Worshiping Communities (NWC) and their leaders throughout the presbytery.  

Working in conjunction with the presbytery’s Strategic Coordinating Team and Cyclical, a church development consultant, this person will facilitate systems to identify, assess, train and coach NWC leaders, foster the development of NWC, and further the ongoing lifecycle of starting new churches across the presbytery. 

Candidates will be either teaching or ruling elders with knowledge of the Church at the congregational and presbytery level, an understanding of the landscape of national church planting movements, and a commitment to the theology, polity and mission of the PC(USA). 

Prospective candidates can send a resume and cover letter explaining why they believe they are a fit for this role to Cyclical Search Team, Contact: Bonita Carr

Full Position Description
More on Cyclical
Cyclical, LA Website




November 17 Presbytery Gathering. First Presbyterian Church, Garden Grove. Gathering Page
The Wiz
New Hope Presbyterian Church Produces the Musical Sensation, The Wiz
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