News of the Presbytery of San Jose
“Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage. "

Matthew 2:2
We want to keep you informed! Below is a list of current events happening in the Presbytery of San Jose. Also remember to check the Presbytery website, particularly the Events page at

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Presbytery Meeting
February 2, 2019

Join us Saturday, February 2nd for our upcoming Presbytery meeting being held at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos at 16575 Shannon Rd., Los Gatos, CA 95032 . Worship begins at 9:00 am . Check our website closer to the meeting date for the current docket at
Young Adult Group Forming!

PCLG will be kicking off a Presbytery-wide Young Adult gathering on January 20th with brunch and board games.

For more information, contact Jacob Gamble at (408) 439-2676 or
Tom Coop

Rev. Tom Coop is Retiring!

This coming Presbytery meeting will be Tom's last with the Presbytery of San Jose. He and his wife DeLynn are moving to Greensboro, GA to be closer to family and enjoy this next chapter in their lives.

Tom first came to our Presbytery in December of 2001 as he was called to pastor Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church.

He's also served as Moderator of the Presbytery, has represented us at GA twice, served on COM, CPM, and the Financial Affairs committee.

He says, "My time here in the Presbytery has been the best 17 years of my life because of a really great church and the great relationships I have made with the pastors and elders of this Presbytery. All will be missed!"

Join us on February 2nd as we say goodbye to Tom and DeLynn.
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Church Treasurers' Training

For the church treasurers! Join Edd Breeden and Diane Case on March 16th from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm in the yellow room of the Presbytery offices as they prepare us for the year ahead.

Contact Edd to RSVP for the event at
or (831) 239-6817.
Tsunami Relief

Trinity Presbyterian Church in San Jose is partnering with GKI (Indonesian Christian Church) to help raise support for the victims of the recent tsunamis. Several hundred people were killed in the recent disasters, many buildings have been destroyed, and people are suffering from tremendous losses. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to a sister church in Indonesia.

Join TPC and GKI on Saturday, February 23rd at 5:00 pm for this musical fundraiser at Trinity located at 3151 Union Ave., San Jose, 95124.

For more information, contact Imelda Solihin at (408) 834-9612.

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Borderlinks Experience

The Peace and Justice Task Force is sponsoring a trip February 15 - 20, 2019 to the Arizona border through the organization Borderlinks.  A Borderlinks Experience is about exploring and addressing migrant issues on both sides of the border.  

More details may be found on the Events page of the Presbytery website at

Contact Julie Cline at for more information.
Clergy Boundaries training with Dr. Kibbie Ruth of Kyros Ministry will be offered on February 9th  and  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 Youth Triennium  is coming July 16-20, 2019 to Purdue University! This event takes place only once every three years. We don't want you to miss it! The theme this year is "Here's My Heart" .

The cost this year is $555/youth and $575/leaders. Travel expenses will be covered by the Presbytery.

The online registration form may be found here:

If you have a high school student or a group of students who are interested in attending, contact Rev. Irene Pak Lee for more information at (408) 269-1593 or email at
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Holy Land Tour

Join Rev. Dr. Libby Boatright and (Elder) Susan Brooksbank, both from Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church for a tour of the Holy Land March 18 -31, 2019 .  Additional details may be found on the Events page of the Presbytery website: .

Contact Susan Brooksbank at  susan.brooksbank@icloud .com  for more information.
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November 23
In partnership with Emmanuel Baptist Church, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is co-hosting a Community Conversations event on Thursday, January 17th at 7:00 pm. The event will be located at Emmanuel Baptist Church at 467 N. White Rd., San Jose.

Dr. Reggie Williams from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago is the guest speaker and will be discussing the life and work of Dietrich Bonhoeffer.

Q&A will follow the discussion.

More information may be found here on Sunnyvale Presbyterian's website: .

Reflection on the New Year

In my sermon this year on the story of the Magi, Herod, and the holy family’s escape to Egypt, my reflection landed on the relationship between the Magi and King Herod.  It’s odd that the Christmas star didn’t lead the Magi directly to the Christ-child.  They had to stop in Jerusalem and check in with King Herod, ultimately endangering the lives of many children.  

In telling the story this way, the text draws out a comparison between these foreign priests and King Herod.  The priests were open to God’s leading, which is contrasted with Herod, a man who should’ve been faithful, but was instead a dangerous adversary.  The stranger did a better job of following God than the one who was familiar with the prophetic stories surrounding the Messiah.  The challenge from the text seemed to be about a question of faithfulness.  Am I taking what is familiar for granted?  Will God raise up a stranger to do what needs to be done to grow his Kingdom, or will my heart be in the right place, ready to serve?

As we enter into a new year, may our hearts be ready to respond to God’s call as we continue with our Kingdom work.

Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: