Los Ranchos E-News

  May 2016
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  • A Missionary for Every Place and Walk of Life by Tom Cramer
  • News and Notes from the Stated Clerk by Forrest Claassen
  • Meet Jonas Hayes by Erin Dunigan
  • Whitworth Preaching Opportunity
  • Los Ranchos Challenge
  • Board of Pensions Lunch

Bono and Eugene Peterson on the Psalms. Bono says, "Why I’m suspicious of Christians is because of this lack of realism, and I’d love to see more of that in art and in life and in music" Produced by the Fuller Studio.


A Missionary for Every Place and Walk of Life
by Tom Cramer

Last month I wrote about a powerful process that congregations can use to mobilize their members for mission right where they are. It was the “Awaken & Activate” process, next hosted by the Presbyterian Church of the Master from June 14-16. Now I want to spotlight another resource that is transforming the way Christians in America are bringing the life of Jesus to their communities and places of work. Let me do so by focusing on another friend and colleague, Jim Milley, whose story inspires me to no end.  More
News and Notes from the Stated Clerk
by Forrest Claassen

April has been full of newsworthy events within the Presbytery and the wider church. This column contains those of particular interest to a Stated Clerk—and perhaps to you.

--St Paul's Rescission
--La Habra Dismissal
--Investigation into Pastoral Actions
--Nomination of New Stated Clerk


Meet Jonas Hayes, Grace First's New Pastor
by Erin Dunigan

Before Jonas and his wife Kim were married they took a trip south from San Francisco on Highway 1 to visit her family in Los Angeles. “We stopped in Long Beach and I actually proposed to my wife in Long Beach,” he shared. “In calling us to Grace First, God is leading us back to the place where we were just beginning our journey as a couple.” More
Whitworth Institute of Ministry
Each presbytery is invited to form preaching cohorts of up to 8 pastors, with one of them the “cohort leader,” to engage in guided reflection on the relationship between their spiritual lives and their preaching work. Two tracks are planned: one from the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, and one from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018. 
Grants will provide for a stipend for the cohort leader, a small amount of administrative money for the Presbytery, and scholarships for people to attend the Whitworth Institute of Ministry (cohort leaders get free registration and R&B; cohort members get $50 registration instead of $300, but have to cover their own R&B).

Co-Hort Leader Expectations

Invitation to Cohort Participants


Validated Projects: Bridging Borders/Not Church, Hope for Life Chapel/RV Ministry, Adopt an Elder/Build a Bridge, COA Meal Program, Creating Joy, Little Brown Mission, Placentia Community Outreach & Church Transformation, Power 4Youth Mentoring,  Rising Tide After-School Program, Shower Plus Ministry.  Website
Los Ranchos Challenge

Funds Distributed YTD - $203,533.36

$292,700 has been set aside for matching grants to increase long-term mission from congregations and individuals in Los Ranchos Presbytery. Each gift to a validated project will be matched dollar for dollar. Your generosity will be doubled. This money must be designated before 2017 and be above and beyond our current mission giving. $203,533.36, or 70% of our fund, has already been distributed to our Validated Projects.

If this is to become a reality we need people like you--people engaged in the mission of Jesus Christ--to prayerfully consider significant gifts toward new and expanded mission.
Workshop with Clayton Cobb

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Cobb, our presbytery’s liaison to the Board of Pensions, will be hosting a workshop on June 14 from noon to 1:45. Location will depend on the number of participants, so please RSVP to Bonita Carr at the Presbytery office (bcarr@losranchos.org or 714-956-3691) by June 7.


  • Rev Dr John D'Elia named president of NTSWest
  • Courtney and Daryl Ellis, co-Associate Pastors at Presbyterian Church of the Master, welcomed Wilson Usher Ellis on March 31, 2016. Everyone, including big brother Lincoln, is doing well. Thank you for your love and prayers!
  • St. Mark is hosting the Westminster College Bell Choir on Friday, May 20 at 7 p.m.
  • Help those hurt by earthquakes in Japan and Ecuador.


May 26, Presbytery Gathering, St Mark Presbyterian Church
June 18-25, General Assembly, Portland, Oregon

July 19-23, Youth Triennium
Award-Winning Film Documentary "Delta 180: Changing Lives in the Mississippi Delta" featuring Rev Jonas Hayes of Grace First Presbyterian Church
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