News of the Presbytery of San Jose
1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil.  He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was famished.  The tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.”...
Then the devil took him to the holy city and placed him on the pinnacle of the temple,  saying to him, “If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down...
Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor;  and he said to him, “All these I will give you, if you will fall down and worship me.”...
11  Then the devil left him, and suddenly angels came and waited on him.
Selections from Matthew 4:1-11
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
April 6, 2019

Join us Saturday, April 6th for our upcoming Presbytery meeting being held at Gilroy Presbyterian Church at 6000 Miller Ave., Gilroy 95020 . Worship begins at 9:00 am . Check our website closer to the meeting date for a copy of the current docket.
There is currently a part-time position of "Mission Program Coordinator" 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 .
Youth Leader Event
at Princeton

The Forum on Youth Ministry is an event for Christian leaders who work with young people.

At the Forum we gather thought leaders, pastors, and scholars together on the campus of Princeton Theological Seminary for four days to provide lectures, seminars, and worship that feeds our work in youth ministry, and creates space for ministry leaders to network, rest, and learn.
Join us from April 23 rd -26 th , 2019 to explore our theme – Movement: Mission, Body, and Justice.
If you would like to know more about the Forum you can find more information at , or you can email our director, Abigail Visco Rusert at .

(Informational flyers are included here for use in church announcements: Bulletin Flyer and Forum on Youth Ministry Flyer. )
Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church recently purchased new hymnals for their sanctuary. If anyone is interested in their old ones or knows of an organization that could use them, please contact Barb Overholt at (408) 629-5906 or

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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.
Welcome to Collette Lynner, the new Office Manager for the Presbytery!

Collette is a member of the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos and comes to us from CIC Ministries, a non-profit organization which provides chaplaincy services to the Santa Clara County Jails.

Collette is a Navy veteran who focused on Korean language studies during her time in the military. She also has an extensive background in marketing, information technology, management, for-profit, and non-profit enterprises.

When you get a chance, say "hi" and introduce yourself. We are so excited to welcome her to the Presbytery staff!
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For those who need a refresher course or have yet to attend a Safe Church training event, we have one scheduled for Saturday, March 30th from 9:30 am to 1:00 pm at Westminster Presbyterian Church in San Jose. Lunch will be provided. Please RSVP by March 25th using the link included here: Safe Church Training Registration Form .
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.

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Presbyterian Women Present a Forum:
God's Promise...Overcoming Adversity

Join the PW group of our Presbytery as we host a forum Saturday, March 23rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at the Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos. Featured speakers are: Ariadna Manzo, Alisa Summers, and Aida Capita More.

RSVP to Rika Harris at or call Rosaleen Zisch at (408) 723-8456 for more information.

The current local PW Newsletter, including more information on the forum is attached here: PW Newsletter.
Lenten Reflection 

Growing up in a non-denominational church, I was never exposed to the practice of Lent. The Church calendar which revolves around Advent, Lent, and the Easter season is a relatively new structure for me.

My first experience of Lent was of after-work libations with law firm co-workers on "Fat Tuesday" with no clue how Fat Tuesday and Lent were intertwined. Then, I started to notice coworkers coming back from lunch with what looked like toner smudges on their foreheads on "Ash Wednesday." As I became involved with 1st Presbyterian Church of Milpitas and the Presbytery, I gradually learned what Lent was about and how it fits into our spiritual practices. Now, Easter doesn't make sense without it.

I think the Lenten season helps keep us grounded and serves as a reminder that we are not entitled to abundance; that the Christian life also includes sacrifice. And as Lenten practices include "good works," it is also a reminder that there is suffering around me already that I have a responsibility in my privilege to address.

So, as we are in this season of reflection, may humility be fostered within us. And as we look around and see the needs in our neighbors and community, may we be prompted to reach out, as Christ sacrificially extended his embrace to us.

Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: