Los Ranchos E-News

  November 2016
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  • Business Meeting Changed to 2:30 PM on Nov 17th
  • Why Give Money to the Presbytery
  • Mark Roberts at Annual Pastors Retreat
  • Cyclical Los Ranchos Seeks Leader
  • New Hope produces the musical sensation, The Wiz

"When you know the story to which you belong, and when you know your role in that story, you have a profound sense of purpose. That is what we are invited into: God's ongoing work in this world. When we find ourselves contributing to a greater story, we thrive."

Pamela Ebstyne King

Over the coming year, the Council, through its Presbytery Gathering Team, will be innovating new ways to share our ministry together as a presbytery. The first innovation comes on November 17 where we will be gathering around the Lord ’s Table as the crescendo of our time together. The day will build in energy and culminate in celebration led by Chineta Goodjoin and the New Hope worship team. Everyone will leave elevated in spirit.

Please notice the new schedule. Yes, you are reading correctly. The business meeting comes
first, and grows from there to powerful stories of faith and celebration. Make sure you plan ahead so you don’t miss a moment of this special time together as God’s extended family.

2 PM           Registration

2:30            Business
5                 Learning Community
                   A Lesson in Storytelling
6                 Dinner
7                 Worship

                   Rev. Chineta Goodjoin
The worship at 7 PM on November 17th in the sanctuary of First, Garden Grove will include Thanksgiving, Communion and the Necrology Report (send names to Elvira).

TWO REFLECTIONS - Why Give Money to the Presbytery?

Why First-Fruits Giving is Good for Your Soul And the Church
by Forrest Claassen

"We may donate our second and third fruits where and how we please, but our first fruits belong to the church. More particularly, they belong to our congregations, our presbyteries, or our denomination.

How have I reached that conclusion?More

by Erin Dunigan

Of course congregations give to the presbytery – just like people tithe, attend committee meetings, and worship on Sunday mornings. It just was.

But, that world is a world that seems to be behind us, not in front of us." More

Mark Roberts to Speak at Our Annual Pastors Retreat

It is time to think about booking the dates and preparing to sign up for the 2017 edition of the Los Ranchos Presbytery Pastors’ Retreat, scheduled for February 15-17, 2017. Once again we will be gathering at Serra Retreat in Malibu and we will be joined by a number of other pastors from neighboring presbyteries as word has gotten out that this event is “where it’s at” as we used to say.

We are also convinced that some of the positive vibe is the result of our speaker, Dr. Mark Roberts, the Executive Director for the Max De Pree Center for Leadership at Fuller Seminary. Mark's teaching from Ephesians will lay out new models of being Christ's church, including leader training and discipleship strategies. Our time with Mark will be rich and interactive, and will give us insights and materials to use in our ministries, enhanced by some of the best fellowship of the year and the beauty of one of the most pristine places in our area. MORE

Seeking Associate Director of Cyclical LR
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.

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


  • The installation of Rev. Kim Skilling as Designated Pastor at First, Anaheim. Flyer
  • President of Fuller Seminary, Mark Labberton, will speak at the November Bridges Conference in Encino. More
  • There is an excellent, easy means to lift working families from dire poverty. You and your congregation can help them achieve this assistance! More
  • Hope for the Holidays from the OC Food Bank
  • The Lombard Mennonite Peace Center’s Clergy Clinic on Family Emotional Processes offers a workshop on today's rising level of anxiety in society and its resulting impact on families. Flyer
  • 10 Things Every Church should know about payroll.
  • See Our List of Job Openings here.


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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