Los Ranchos E-News

  March 2015
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  • How Then Shall We Live? by Forrest Claassen
  • Reflections on the Open Letter by Tom Cramer
  • Formosan Presbyterian Church of Orange County by Erin Dunigan
  • My Story by Chelsea Leitcher
Denominational Vote Chart

84 Yes 42 No

Admendment 14F Passes
"Same-Sex Marriage" is Approved


How Then Shall We Live? - Post Same-Sex Marriage Approval
by Forrest Claassen

When I consider that 14-F has passed in spite of the vote of Los Ranchos Presbytery, it occurs to me that some of us are at least a little disappointed, perhaps deeply so. And some of us are at least a little relieved, perhaps even elated.  More
Reflections on the Open Letter
by Tom Cramer

An ad hoc group of 22 teaching and ruling elders sent an Open Letter to all commissioners of Presbytery... The letter shares the signers’ convictions about our Presbytery’s future with regard to church property. More


Getting to Know Los Ranchos: Formosan Presbyterian Church of Orange County
by Erin Dunigan

The year 2015 is an important anniversary year for the Formosan Presbyterian Church of Orange County - though next year will mark the congregation’s 40th year since its founding. More
How IPC and Veritas/Canvas Reshaped My Story
by Chelsea Leitcher

My story is not unique ... I grew up in a non-denominational church that used the Bible to hurt people. More


Just a quick note from the Generative Catalyst Team to say that the five regional home gatherings of session representatives are going great. The meetings have been elegantly and abundantly hosted. We have found that just meeting together in homes with other elders has been a huge encouragement in and of itself. Elders have come prepared to share their answers to three questions regarding how God is at work in their respective congregations and in their local neighborhoods.

The GCT is grateful for the elders’ passion and insights, and looks forward to reflecting upon them in our April and May meetings. In June, we will bring what we are hearing to the Presbytery Council to begin focusing on a collective vision for this chapter of our life together as a Presbytery. There will also be two “Open Space” meetings at the September presbytery gathering to share what we are learning.

Thank you for participating in shaping God’s vision for Los Ranchos.
Reflections from a Member of the Generative Catalyst Team
by D. Mark Davis

While our role as a GCT requires patience and an enormous capacity for listening, two things have already emerged in our work that are capturing our focus right now.   More
Los Ranchos Challenge Fund

The Presbytery of Los Ranchos has the opportunity to double its giving. The Leadership Team for the campaign is developing plans on how the matching gifts will work. Stay tuned.



May 28  Presbytery Gathering. Place TBD

July 30-August 1 Big Tent in Knoxville, TN

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