News of the Presbytery of San Jose

Thus says the Lord of hosts: old men and old women shall again sit in the streets of Jerusalem, each with staff in hand because of their great age.  And the streets of the city shall be full of boys and girls playing in its streets.  Thus says the Lord of hosts: Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the Lord of hosts?

Zechariah 8:4-6  
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
September 28, 2019

Join us Saturday, September 28th for our upcoming Presbytery meeting being held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1100 Shasta 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.
For those who could not attend either of the two clergy boundaries training events offered so far this year, a make-up session has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 6th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Presbytery offices.

Note that clergy are *REQUIRED* to attend a training within 2019.

Lunch is included.

To RSVP, please email Collette at
Communication Retreat:
Telling Our Story

On Saturday, August 17th , Bruce Reyes-Chow is leading a communication retreat from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto to help individuals, pastors, and churches develop their skills relating to online communication and the Gospel message. More information may be found here: 1st Presbyterian PA Blog

Space is limited, so be sure to reserve your spot early!

Register here: RSPV
The 35th annual Ecumenical Retired Clergy/Partner Retreat will be gathering February 4th & 5th at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. The speaker this year is Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Ph.D. who is associated with both the General Conference of the United Methodists, and is also strong advocate for religious pluralism and LGBT rights.

More information regarding Dr. Kuan and retreat registration may be found here:

The Mid-Council newsletter for the denomination may be found here: Newsletter

On Saturday, September 21st from 1:00 to 5:00 pm , Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is hosting a community conversation around civil discourse as we continue to grapple with current political and social issues.

More information may be found here:

Register here: Online Registration
Stone Church is looking for a part-time organist! If you or someone you know is interested, please contact them. More information may be found here: Organist Position Flyer
Pastoral Reflection 

Given the three mass shootings in our nation last week, one of which was within the boundaries of our own Presbytery, words from the pulpit seemed insufficient last Sunday. How does God's Word help us through the trauma, tragedy, and grief over and over again when there are steps that may be taken politically to change things? Do words in our worship services make a difference?

I found myself drawn to the prophets and the story of Elijah on Mt. Horeb. God's presence was experienced in the silence as Elijah faced the corrupt political power of Ahab and Jezebel.

This week I also picked up a book by James Atwood called America and it's Guns and was drawn in by the hope of Zechariah as Israel returned from exile and the consequences of idolatry. Rather than the attention being on the problems of the widows and orphans, Zechariah pointed to a coming prosperity where the elderly and children could safely and peacefully spend time together in the streets of Jerusalem again. A feeling that perhaps we long for in this moment.

Atwood also talked about the value of human life, as we are all made in God's image. He went on to talk about the idolatry found in our American gun culture. His core questions relate to where we find our security in life and what/who do we worship? If our image of Jesus includes a gun, something is horribly wrong. His perspective gave me hope that there is a viable and needed theological response to what we are facing as a nation.

May you find hope within your faith as we continue to be a witness for the God who asks us to worship Him alone and to love our neighbor.

Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: