Los Ranchos E-News

  December 2016
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  • The Avocado Tree by Tom Cramer
  • Beyond Voluntary Giving by Forrest Claassen
  • A Life Worthy of Her Calling by Cheryl Raine
  • A Story of Hope by Tom Dykhuizen
  • Dr. William P. Pannell to speak at our Gathering on February 25
  • Jazzy Christmas on December 18 at New Hope Presbyterian Church
  • Mary's Song Video


"When we find ourselves contributing to a greater story, we thrive."  -Pamela Ebstyne King


The Avocado Tree
by Tom Cramer

My focus on winning has sometimes prevented me from being fully in the moment, from enjoying activities for all the beauty and meaning they have to offer, and from being attentive to the feelings and experiences of others.
Beyond Voluntary Giving
by Forrest Claassen

Why should the involuntary nature of the
tithe matter? Because where the church is involuntary, it is sanctifying. When we join—and stay—in covenant relationship with people we have not chosen, those relationships gradually force us out of our self-centeredness.  More


A Life Worthy of Her Calling
by Cheryl Raine

Are you more aware of what you are thankful for, given that as a nation we just paused to celebrate Thanksgiving? Well, I am exceedingly thankful for the Rev. Ngoc-Houng “Cedar” Dang who recently moved from the position of Associate Pastor to the position of Pastor/Head of Staff of the Vietnamese Presbyterian Church (VPC) of Garden Grove.  More

A Story of Hope
by Tom Dykhuizen

The threat of sudden death acts as a wake-up call to focus on what lasts...I should know.  More


  • Jazzy Christmas at New Hope Presbyterian Church on December 18th. See Flyer below
  • Monte Vista Grove in Pasadena has black preaching robes (probably most of these were used by men so may be a little large for women, but anyone is welcome to try), various academic hoods as well as a variety of stoles for sale or for free. Contact Huw Christopher
  • Habitat Coalition Framing Day will be on January 21. Contact Richard Birkemeier
  • 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
  • See Our List of Job Openings here.


Saturday, February 25  Presbytery Gathering. San Clemente Presbyterian Church. 9 AM
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