Los Ranchos E-News

  January 2016
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  • Freedom from the Myth of Permanence by Tom Cramer
  • Looking Back: God at Work in 2015 by Forrest Claassen
  • Pastors Retreat with Dr. M. Craig Barnes
  • Officer Training for Deacons and Elders

February 29 -
March 2, 2016

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Freedom from the Myth of Permanence
by Tom Cramer

Something inside you begins to shift when a parent dies. The words of Ash Wednesday begin to sink in, “From dust you came; to dust you shall return.” Even so, most of us live in denial of our death, including me. For this reason, it is not difficult for me to understand why churches live with a sense of permanence that defies all rationality.  More
Looking Back: God at Work in 2015
by Forrest Claassen

When I thought back on 2015, the first thoughts in my head were not happy ones. Across the headlines, it has been a year of grief, pain and fear. I resolved, then, to share with you the points of hope that I have seen. More


Dr. M. Craig Barnes Speaks at Our Pastor's Retreat
President of Princeton Seminary; Feb 17-19, 2016

Our goal is to nurture the personal and spiritual dimensions of our own soul in the midst of these challenging times.  Craig will be helping us from what he has learned and we can help one another given this time of renewal we spend together each year. More   Flyer


Officer Training for Deacons & Elders
Partnering with the Presbytery of Los Ranchos:
Saturday, January 9, 2016, Trabuco Presbyterian Church, 8:30 AM - 12 PM
Saturday, January 30, 2016, Community Presbyterian Church, La Mirada, 9 AM - 12:30 PM

Rev. Forrest Claassen, Stated Clerk of the Los Ranchos Presbytery, will lead the training at both events. The topics will be the same.

This training is for all new and current Deacons and Elders. Officers from local Presbyterian churches have been invited to attend as well.

Some of the topics to be covered are: How General Assembly and Presbytery and the local church work together, church polity and government, and the roles of being a Deacon and Elder.

A continental breakfast will be provided at Trabuco. Please RSVP to Michele Johnson at
(949)589-5110 or michele@trabucopres.com. Please do NOT RSVP to the Presbytery Office.


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Approved 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.  Application  Website



January 9 Officer Training, Trabuco Presbyterian Church, 8:30 AM
January 14, Called Meeting of the Presbytery at First Presbyterian Church, Orange, 7 PM
January 30, Officer Training at Community Presbyterian Church, La Mirada, 9 AM
February 6, Mission Connections: Listening to All Voices, Tustin Presbyterian Church
February 17-19,  Pastors Retreat

February 25, Presbytery Gathering, Covenant, Costa Mesa

July 19-23, Youth Triennium
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