News of the Presbytery of San Jose
“Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen!"
Luke 24:5b-6

My apologies for any confusion or inconvenience, but I listed an incorrect email address for Andy Wong in my initial distribution of the newsletter relating to the open part-time position at Foothill Presbyterian Church. Andy's correct address is . The corrected address is also reflected below in this new version of the newsletter.

In addition, the specific dates the mission trip to Puerto Rico will take place are June 17 - 24, 2019 .



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Presbytery Meeting
June 1, 2019

Join us Saturday, June 1st for our upcoming Presbytery meeting being held at Taiwanese American Presbyterian Church at 3675 Payne Ave., San Jose 95117 . Worship begins at 9:00 am . Check our website closer to the meeting date for a copy of the current docket.
There are currently two part-time positions open in the Presbytery.

The first is for a Music Director at Foothill Presbyterian Church in East San Jose. A church information sheet and job description may be found here: Church Information and Job Description. Contact Andy Wong at or (408) 258-8133 for more information.

Second, a position of "Mission Program Coordinator" is also open at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church. Contact Rev. Karin Hejmanowski at (408) 739-1892 or for more information. Job Description may be found here:
Clergy Boundaries training with Dr. Kibbie Ruth of Kyros Ministry will be offered on  May 4th , from 9:00am to 1:00pm here at the Presbytery Offices. Minister members are required to sign up for a training date in 2019.

Lunch is included.

To RSVP, please use the Google link here: Boundaries Training Registration .
Presbyterian Women & Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church would like to invite you to hear Tracey King-Ortega speak on Sunday, April 28th from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm in Soule' Hall at SVPC.

Tracey is the World Mission Regional Liaison to Central America and is based in Managua, Nicaragua. However, she travels frequently throughout all five Central American countries in which the PC (USA) has denominational partners. Her work centers on reconciliation and peacemaking. Please join us as we learn more about her work and call!
Presbytery Meeting
June 1
September 28
November 23
Stone Church will be presenting a speaker from the ISLAMIC NETWORKS GROUP (ING) on the subject of Muslim women stereotypes and the teachings of the Quran. The event will be held in the sanctuary at Stone Church from 11:00am to 12:15pm on Sunday May 26 as part of our Adult Education offerings. The contact person is Bob Cole at . RSVPs from those who wish to attend would be helpful.
Welcome to Rev. Bruce Reyes- Chow at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto!

First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto and the Presbytery of San Jose welcome Bruce as First Pres' new Teaching Elder and Head of Staff. Bruce may be reached at or (209) 910-4272.

His bio may be found here: BRC Bio
Mission Trip to Puerto Rico!

The Mission and Outreach Task Force is leading another trip to Puerto Rico June 17th - 24th. Contact Margaret Boles at (650) 494-1760 or for more information. Applications to join the team need to be submitted by the end of April.
Summer Youth Intern Position@
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church

Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is looking for a youth interested in serving as an intern this summer. A description of the position and contact information may be found here: Internship Description

A special thank you to Collette, the Presbytery's new Office Manager, for the great administrative work she's already accomplished in the short time she's been with us.

For those who would like to keep track of the time and location of various Presbytery related meetings, visit our new calendar on the Presbytery website: Presbytery Calendar .

Questions related to the calendar may be directed to Collette at
First Presbyterian Church
of San Jose Closing

As it was announced at last Saturday's Presbytery meeting, First Presbyterian Church of San Jose will be closing its doors as of June 30, 2019.

FPCSJ has a long history in this community and birthed several churches in our Presbytery. We are saddened by this transition. However, steps are being taken to preserve its legacy in the downtown area, and we are grateful for the work of its session as they have been carefully and prayerfully working their way through this process.

More information will follow in the coming months regarding a gathering to commemorate the transition.

For those interested in the larger issues facing the denomination, a link to the Mid Council newsletter may be found here: Mid Council Newsletter.
Easter Reflection 

This year, I seem to be seeing the cycle of death and resurrection in more than just the Easter story. As a family member is dealing with terminal cancer, she reminded me that goodbye in this life is not goodbye forever. I have also seen it in a local ministry which is changing from one form to another, and has made a way to leave a tangible legacy behind. It too is a type of death and resurrection. It's been personally helpful in my grief and sadness to think of these transitions in the context of new life.

I don't want the power of Easter Sunday to be contained in a single worship service. I want to find and recognize that resurrection power wherever God's miraculous intervention is needed. But, I'm not good at stopping in the midst of the worry to draw strength from a story. I want to be better at it. I need to be reminded that the power that raised Christ from the dead comes from the God that I worship. If divine intervention is needed, God can and will come through for me. Perhaps you too need to be reminded of that reality?

So, as we encounter those difficult moments of transition and look for God's intervention, may we be reminded of the stories we hold dear ~ the ones that stir our faith ~ and experience a taste of God's resurrection power.


Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: