Los Ranchos E-News

 November 2015
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  • Warming Up by Tom Cramer
  • Roberts Rules and the Lesser of Evils by Forrest Claassen
  • Steve Wirth on Generosity and Giving It Away by Erin Dunigan
  • Heath Rada Invites Us to Join the Conversation
  • Perfect Harmony: A Hope Alive Music Event. Sunday, November 15th

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Warming Up
by Tom Cramer

Healthy congregations have learned how to stretch, how to get unstuck when necessary... Crabtree calls this spiritual gift, “missional flexibility.” And he has developed an analytical tool that enables a church to identify and then correct where its “muscles” have become stagnant.  More
Roberts Rules and the Lesser of Evils
by Forrest Claassen

The Native Alaskans among whom my wife and I ministered for ten years loved parliamentary procedure . . . Yet outside of the Native Alaskan community, I have heard repeated complaints about how Presbyterians do business. Parliamentary procedure, the critics say, is divisive; it gives the advantage to experts; it strips issues of their nuances.  More
Steve Wirth on Generosity and Giving It Away
by Erin Dunigan

“My attitude is, this is free money (the LR Challenge Fund) - what do we have to lose?” Steve does recognize that there is a tendency at times to want to ‘hunker down’ and to ‘protect.’ “But whenever anyone starts to hunker down I say, give it away. I think there is a Bible verse that says something about giving away your life to find life…” More


Heath Rada Invites Us to Join the Conversation
by Tom Dykhuizen

We have the opportunity to discuss the identity and purpose of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) as part of a church-wide conversation. More   Video



Los Ranchos Challenge - Double Your Gift

Approved Projects: Bridging Borders/Not Church, Hope for Life Chapel/RV Ministry

Projects in Process of Approval: 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. 
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We are saddened to announce that HR TE Jack Barrell passed away October 23, 2015 as a consequence of a fall. Rev. Barrell served as a Temporary Supply Pastor at Tustin Presbyterian Church from 1993 to 1999 when he honorably retired. Once a police officer, he had been a member of the Orange County Chaplains and volunteered as chaplain to the Tustin Police Department. Rev. Barrell was 83 and is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann.
We regret to report that TE Lisa Munroe died October 29, 2015 after a three year battle with cancer. She was a graduate of Cal State Long Beach, then attended San Francisco Theological Seminary. After earning her Master of Divinity, she was ordained to her first call at Greenbank Parish Church in Glasgow, Scotland. Returning to SoCal, she served churches in Lakewood, Yorba Linda, Bellflower, Orange & Anaheim. Her focus in ministry was Christian education for all ages, youth, and community outreach. Her other loves were gardening, cooking, hearing people's stories, growing spiritually, and enjoying family and friends. Memorial services are pending for Saturday, November 21, 2015.



Novenber 15, Perfect Harmony, A Hope Alive Concert. Purchase Tickets
November 19,  Presbytery Gathering. First Presbyterian Church, Garden Grove

July 19-23, 2016 Youth Triennium
Concert, Sunday, November 15, 2015, 6 PM, Bill Medley Auditorium
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