Los Ranchos E-News

  June 2016
 
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IN THIS ISSUE:
  • A Time for Fireworks and Chapagne by Tom Cramer
  • When "Plan B" is Better Than "Plan A" by Forrest Claassen
  • Whitworth Preaching Opportunity
  • Los Ranchos Challenge
  • Board of Pensions Lunch
 
SPOTLIGHT ON


Solar power comes to East Whittier. The mayor was there to celebrate on June 5. After the first month, they put more into the grid than they took out. Over the life of the panels the congregation will save more than $600,000.

REFLECTIONS

A Time for Fireworks and Champagne
by Tom Cramer

God answered so many prayers in the month of May it feels like I have been given a new lease on life. On top of celebrating my daughter’s graduation from college, another prayer was answered that I had been praying for a long time. It involved the alignment of so many moving parts and agreement between so many different groups I wasn’t sure if it would ever come to pass, but now it has.  More
When "Plan B" is Better Than "Plan A"
by Forrest Claassen
 

When faithful disciples, who are looking for ways to bring the Gospel to life, pay attention to moments that feel like interruptions, God’s mission goes forward in surprising and joyous ways.

Over the past several years, few interruptions facing the Presbytery have been as difficult as responding to requests for denominational dismissal. Part of that difficulty, I think, is the work’s seeming pointlessness. We cannot avoid the work, yet it feels painfully disconnected from our mission plan. More

PREACHING OPPORTUNITY
 
Whitworth Institute of Ministry
 
Each presbytery is invited to form preaching cohorts of up to 8 pastors, with one of them the “cohort leader,” to engage in guided reflection on the relationship between their spiritual lives and their preaching work. Two tracks are planned: one from the summer of 2016 to the summer of 2017, and one from the summer of 2017 to the summer of 2018. 
 
Grants will provide for a stipend for the cohort leader, a small amount of administrative money for the Presbytery, and scholarships for people to attend the Whitworth Institute of Ministry (cohort leaders get free registration and R&B; cohort members get $50 registration instead of $300, but have to cover their own R&B).

Co-Hort Leader Expectations

Invitation to Cohort Participants

OUR VISION IS TAKING SHAPE



Validated 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.  Website
Los Ranchos Challenge

Funds Distributed YTD - $203,533.36

$292,700 has been set aside for matching grants to increase long-term mission from congregations and individuals in Los Ranchos Presbytery. Each gift to a validated project will be matched dollar for dollar. Your generosity will be doubled. This money must be designated before 2017 and be above and beyond our current mission giving. $203,533.36, or 70% of our fund, has already been distributed to our Validated Projects.

If this is to become a reality we need people like you--people engaged in the mission of Jesus Christ--to prayerfully consider significant gifts toward new and expanded mission.
 
BOARD OF PENSIONS MAJOR REDESIGN OF BENEFITS
Workshop with Clayton Cobb

The Rev. Dr. Clayton Cobb, our presbytery’s liaison to the Board of Pensions, will be hosting a workshop on June 14 from noon to 1:45 at Laguna Presbyterian Church. Location will depend on the number of participants, so please RSVP to Elvira at the Presbytery office (eortez@losranchos.org or 714-956-3691 ext 125)
 

BREAKING NEWS

UPCOMING EVENTS 2016


June 18-25, General Assembly, Portland, Oregon
July 19-23, Youth Triennium
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