Pacific Presbytery

Pacific Presbytery’s June Mission eNews!

TO THE LEADERS IN THE PRESBYTERY OF THE PACIFIC:

Please forward to mission committees, deacons, Christian educators, youth leaders, and share your church’s mission stories with us! Contact heidi@pacificpresbytery.org with stories and pictures.

 

Faith-Based Summit on Homelessness

We are in a very active time in the Presbytery in our collective mission witness! On June 7, 2017, half of are churches (approx. 25) are participating in the LA County Homeless Summit in downtown Los Angeles, to explore new collaborations with the city, county, non-profits, businesses and the faith community, as the result the passage of Measure H in LA County. It’s an extraordinary time of possibility and hope. Please pray that the Spirit will move our hearts to find effective solutions together to relieve the suffering of those who live on our streets. More to come as we develop these relationships over the summer!

Grace and Peace,

Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble

Mission Catalyst, Presbytery of the Pacific

heidi@pacificpresbytery.org

YOU ARE INVITED:

“A Faithful Response to the Immigration Crisis”

What does the Bible say about immigration?
What does it mean when people say our immigration system is broken?
What are ways in which my church an get more involved in a compassionate ministry with immigrants and refugees? 
On June 10th at Bethesda Presbyterian Church, the Synod Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee will gather Presbyterians throughout the Synod to learn more about the immigration crisis in our country and discern a faithful, biblical response to it. RSVP on the facebook page or by email to:
Rev. Dr. Sunny Kang, Chair, Synod JPIC Committee: sunnyhkang@gmail.com. Download the flyer here.
Event details:
“A Faithful Response to the Immigration Crisis”
Bethesda Presbyterian Church
14404 So. Crenshaw Blvd
Gardena, CA 90249
Cost: FREE
Snacks provided
–Co-sponsored by the Mission Interpretation and Promotion Committee of the Presbytery of the Pacific, the National Black Presbyterian Caucus of Southern California, and the Asian Presbyterian Ministry Council of the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii.
Questions? Contact your Mission Catalyst, Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble heidi@pacificpresbytery.org. or Rev. Dr. Sunny Kang, Chair, Synod Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Committee sunnyhkang@gmail.com

Join the Matthew 25 Movement: Pledge to stand with and defend vulnerable people in Jesus’ Name

The Matthew 25 Movement is a growing national coalition of over 200 churches who have committed to protect and defend vulnerable communities and to renew the prophetic mission witness of the church. Sign the https://www.matthew25socal.org/pledge/ and follow the Matthew 25/Mateo 25 Facebook page and connect to current advocacy actions HERE.

You and your church can join the Matthew 25 Movement. Click HERE to become involved, as an individual or as a church or contact your Mission Catalyst, Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, at heidi@pacificpresbytery.org.

There’s still time to register:

Big Tent July 6-8, 2017 St. Louis, Missouri

On the off years from General Assembly the PC(USA) is gathering for a grand mission conference called Big Tent. Register or download the flyer.  The dynamic Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), will be the featured speaker this year.

Habitat News:

Culver City Build volunteer days will begin Fall 2017

Our Pacific Presbytery Habitat Planning Team is pleased to announce that all ten of the families have been selected for the Habitat Build in Culver City, and that volunteering at the Culver City build site will begin fall of 2017!!!
The foundations for the Culver City build will be laid over the summer (paid contract work), and official volunteering will begin Fall 2017. The location is across the street from our very own Culver City Presbyterian Church, 11269 W. Washington Blvd, Culver City 90230. Youth 16+ can volunteer on the build site. We will also need volunteers to serve lunches and help with childcare.
Our Habitat Presbytery Team will be contacting your church over the summer to discuss how your church would like to participate in this build. Our Presbytery has raised over $180,000 collectively, which means there will be no additional cost to our churches on build days.
Questions? Please contact our Habitat Presbytery Team Co-Chairs, Rev. Frances Rosenau fwrosenau@culvercitypres.org or Judith Wong judithw@ucla.edu. Or contact your Mission Catalyst, Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble heidi@pacificpresbytery.org.

Church Highlight:

Culver City Presbyterian Church welcomes a family selected for the Habitat Build in Culver City!!

The families for the Globe Ave build have been selected, and on Sunday, May 21st, Culver City Pres welcomed one of the families during their worship service. It was a joyful Sunday as they heard of this military family’s struggle for affordable housing. What wonderful neighbors they will be.

Join Culver City Presbyterian Church and Christ Church Uniting, Kailua, Hawaii and become an Earth Care Congregation

Is your church active in earth care or interested in becoming more involved a witness of care and compassion for God’s good earth? Use “Earth Care Congregations: A Guide to Greening Presbyterian Churches” to find ideas for earth care projects.

To become certified as Earth Care Congregations churches take the “Earth Care Pledge” and complete activities and projects in the fields of worship, education, facilities and outreach.

 

30 Days with the Belhar Confession

Want a great resource for a Bible study, women’s group, mission team, deacons committee, youth and young adult group? Order “30 Days with the Belhar Confession” HERE

This Belhar Confession greatly blessed our mission team to Baton Rouge last month, as we reflected on what it means be a unified church as a racially diverse group of Christians serving in mission together.

 

Mission Opportunity for Your Church:

Send a work team to South Louisiana

On August 11, 2016, a complex of thunderstorms remained stationary for three days and dumped 6.9 trillion gallons of water in South Louisiana. See a video of the disaster HERE. It destroyed 150,000 homes and left 200,000 people homeless. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has set up three emergency volunteer sites and are in GREAT need of volunteers. Please consider sending a team from your church. Find out more about the PDA disaster recover volunteer sites HERE.
Our Presbytery Team had a transformative mission experience in May 2017 and would love to talk with your church about it! Contact your Mission Catalyst, Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, for more information.

 

Presbyterian Mission Co-Worker Highlight:

Ministry int eh Hard Places: PC(USA) Mission Co-workers in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon Elmarie and Scott Parker

Syria, Lebanon, and Iraq have been dominated by political and religious conflict, war and violence. However, there is a small but faithful Christian community bringing an extraordinary witness of hope and healing to the Middle East.  Turmoil and violence have driven many Christians from the region in recent years, but a number remain and strive to be faithful witnesses in a place where the Christian tradition dates back to the apostolic era.
The Christian churches are working to aid thousands of displaced families of all religious backgrounds, from providing basic life necessities such as food, water, clothing, fuel, rent, and basic medications to helping families rebuild their homes and start their lives again; to providing education to students whose schools have been lost or destroyed; to strategic involvement in developing civil society built around the principles of international law, human rights, and democracy. They are giving a bold and courageous witness of compassion and mercy to the world.
The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) celebrates more than 150 years in the region and maintains close ties with its partner churches, some of which were founded by PC(USA) missionaries. Thanks be to God for our missionaries who serve in the hard places in Jesus’ name.
To find out more about Elmarie and Scott Parker read HERE.
DONATE HERE to give to this extraordinary ministry.
Elmarie and Scott will be in the U.S. this summer (2017) to visit congregations. Email them to learn about their schedule and invite them to visit your ministry: elmarie.parker@pcusa.org or scott.parker@pcusa.org.

 

Mission Quote:

“While the violence in Syria is growing worse and the self-proclaimed Islamic State continues to expand its reach into Syria and Iraq, again and again we have seen all parts of the Christian family in these countries living Christ’s way of peace and transforming love toward all those in need, praying regularly for those who are carrying out the violence, offering forgiveness to the perpetrators, and inviting dialogue and partnership with all who seek to build societies founded on values of human dignity, peace, and mutual respect.
Because of this, lives are being changed…It is a privilege to stand with the Christian community here.”
–Elmarie and Scott Parker, serving in Syria, Iraq and Lebanon
Scripture: “Receive the Holy Spirit” -John 20:22
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