News of the Presbytery of San Jose
“For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in him may not perish but may have eternal life. Indeed, God did not send the Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him."

John 3:16-17

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
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Presbytery Meetings

The scheduled dates for pending 2021 Presbytery meetings are below. Check back on the Presbytery website closer to the respective date for registration information and the docket.

September 25th

November 20th
Be sure and visit the Presbytery website at for ongoing current information.
Cultivated in Creativity

On the second and fourth Sundays of each month, Theresa Nelson of Cultivated in Creativity will teach art classes at Trinity Santa Cruz' Fellowship Hall.

Where: Trinity Church – 420 Melrose Avenue, Santa Cruz (corner of Melrose & Poplar Avenue)

Next Gathering: Sunday, August 22nd from 11:45 am to 2:30 pm

More information may be found on the Presbytery website at:

The registration page may be found here:
Volunteers are needed to staff an interfaith booth at the upcoming S.V. Pride event August 28th - 29th. If you are part of the LGBTQ+ community and are interested in volunteering, please contact Rev. Sammie Evans from the Stone Church of Willow Glen at (408) 269-1593 or [email protected].

General information about the event may be found on the organization's website at
Has your congregation engaged in social justice work over the last year? Would you like to share your enthusiasm about this work with the wider Presbytery?

If so, reach out to Meredith Hurley [email protected] to learn more about how you can share your enthusiasm through the Peace and Justice Work Group’s “Spotlight on Justice”. 

Current Open Positions

Stone Church
Stone Church of Willow Glen is looking for a part-time "Tech Coordinator." The position would require 15 hrs/week at $20 - $25/hr. The details may be found here:

Sunnyvale Presbyterian
SVPC is seeking applicants for two positions-- AV/IT Coordinator and Assistant Director of Youth Ministry

Information is available online at:


Santa Teresa/Foothill
STHPC and FCPC are looking for a part-time youth director to oversee a combined youth group.

Contact Rev. Deborah Troester at [email protected] for more information.


Valley Presbyterian Church
Valley Presbyterian Church in Portola Valley is looking for an "Operations Manager." Details may be found here:

The current Mid-Council Newsletter may be found here:

Information for Prospective GA 225 (Summer 2022) Commissioners

(FYI) The meetings of the 225th General Assembly will be a blend between in-person Assembly committee meetings held at the Presbyterian Center in Louisville and online plenaries convened via Zoom. Our Presbytery will seek nominations in September 2021 and elect commissioners at our November 2021 meeting, but we wanted to alert any interested potential commissioners about the new format and timing for Summer 2022.

How will the GA meetings work? All Assembly meetings will be held between Friday, June 17, 2022, and Saturday, July 9, 2022. Commissioners and advisory delegates are asked to hold this full block of time until they have been notified of their Assembly committee assignment. Assembly committee assignment and specific dates for travel to Louisville will be distributed on or about Feb. 28, 2022. Requests to change committee assignments due to scheduling conflicts or other preferences cannot be honored due to the committee assignment requirements of the GA Standing Rules.

Link to more information :

Pastoral Reflection

I was out of town last week. My family was finally able to lay my Aunt's ashes to rest after she passed in March, 2020. We lost her to cancer and pneumonia. I officiated last week's burial.

She had filled out a worksheet early last year provided by her church which had asked for her favorite hymns and Bible passages. Included in her list of passages was John 3:16. I added verse 17 to my sermon; the core message being God's grace.

I told the story of when I visited her and my Uncle in 2016 for Thanksgiving. She engaged me in conversation and challenged me theologically, asking for my thoughts on predestination. Thinking she wanted an intellectual discussion, I bowed out of the conversation. She let me go, but with a parting word. She mentioned returning to church as an adult with regrets in her past. Her first Sunday back in worship, she said she very much felt like an outsider. She didn't think God would choose someone like her. That comment broke my heart. No one should feel like that walking into church!

Thankfully, over the years she was able to let go of that fear of rejection and grow in her faith and as a person. By the time I met her later in life, she was well grounded in God's grace. Her life had undergone an amazing transformation.

As we engage with people in our neighborhoods and welcome newcomers to our services, may God's love and acceptance shine through. May the fact that God sent his only Son for us, and that Jesus did not come to condemn us, but to save us, be what people experience first.


Rev. Dr. Jennifer Bales
Communications Director &
Pastor of Evergreen Presbyterian Church

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: