News of the Presbytery of San Jose

4 The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word.
Isaiah 50:4(a)
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 www.sanjosepby.org.

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Presbytery Meeting
Dates for 2020

With the passing of the new standing rules, the Presbytery is consolidating the annual number of meetings to four in the coming years. The dates for the 2020 meetings are below. Most locations are TBD. Check back in future months for more information and the docket.

February 1
Northminster, Salinas

May 2

September 26

November 21

It is with sadness that we announce the coming closure of the United Presbyterian Church of Watsonville. Their last service will be Epiphany Sunday, January 5th at 10:00 am. You are invited to join with them in their worship service as we remember, give thanks, and say goodbye. The church address is 112 E. Beach St., Watsonville.
Daniel Bannoura , a Christian instructor from Bethlehem Bible College in the Holy Land will be speaking at various Bay Area venues during December, including several of our churches. His talk is entitled "Conversations about Bethlehem during Advent." An updated flyer with details on his speaking schedule may be found here:

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Save the Date!

Edd Breeden is once again hosting the Treasurer's Training for our Presbytery. Invite your church treasurer!

The training will take place March 14, 2020 from 9:30 am to 12:00 pm at the Presbytery Offices. Contact Edd at edd@breeden.us or 831-239-6817 for questions or to RSVP.

Flyer may be found here:

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:

You are invited to the ordination of Taelor Tae Kim this Sunday, Dec. 15th, at PCLG. The service begins at 2:00 pm. Clergy are encouraged to wear robes and red stoles. Join us as we celebrate Taelor and all that God is doing in her life and the life of the Church!
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Presbyterian Women would like you to "Save the Date" for the following events:

January 5th ~ Epiphany Tea at Stone Church "Time to Look Ahead."

March 28th ~ Annual Gathering at PCLG "Women's Achievements Over Time."

May 7th ~ Annual Together In Action Literacy Day.

Details may be found here:
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 

For Advent this year, Evergreen Presbyterian is focusing on the four servant songs in Isaiah. The text for week three comes out of Isaiah 50: "The Lord God has given me the tongue of a teacher, that I may know how to sustain the weary with a word" (verse 4).

By means of introduction, this chapter's servant defines themselves as having been empowered by God, thereby shifting any adoration back to God: "The Lord God has given me...".

Second, they use words to minister; they are a teacher and an encourager. But this is no ordinary teacher; essentially, they are guide for those in Babylonian exile ("the weary") who are trying to extract themselves from Babylon and figure out a way home to the Promised Land.

As in all the "servant songs," the identity of the servant is ambiguous, and that ambiguity may help us see ourselves in the story. In this case, do you identify with the servant? Are you someone gifted by God with a ministry of words who teaches and sustains others? What kind of obstacles do you face in ministry? Have you experienced God's reliability and faithfulness? Or, perhaps you identify with "the weary". What is your Babylon? Is there anything which feels like it is trying to supplant your identity as a child of God? Are you having trouble finding a way to extract yourself from it?

Wherever you find yourself in the story, the passage points to how "the Lord God helps me..." and "he who vindicates me is near."

May you experience the deliverance of the Servant during this Advent season whether you're a servant or the weary, for Immanuel ~ God is with us.

Amen.

Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: www.sanjosepby.org