CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)          January 2019
Mile Marker#109: Hello-Goodbye
Revs. Don Dewey & Susan Gonzales Dewey Co-Regional Ministers
By Don and Susan Dewey, Co-Regional Ministers
 
Goodbye 2018. Hello 2019. Another year has past and a new one is before us. Like every year that goes by, 2018 was filled with lots of events that impacted our world. We were deeply saddened by another senseless shooting at Parkland school. Uncertainty and turmoil continued in our political world with White House departures, firings, and resignations, Robert Muller's Russia investigation and the Brett Kavanaugh nomination. We also lost many significant persons in 2018: President George H. W. Bush, Barbara Bush, Aretha Franklin, John McCain, Stephen Hawkins and other notables.  Continue Reading

WINTER AND SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS



New Camp Ministry Committee: 
UPDATED CORE VALUES

You can trust that the new Camp Ministry Committee is working hard to provide leadership and structure for regional camp ministries that is welcoming, safe, fun, and spiritually edifying for Christians throughout the PSWR. For those who have been involved over the years, you already know that this is an important part of what makes camp so special. For those Pastors, Churches, and young people who haven't been to camp, we want you to know that we are dedicated to strengthen Christian faith in young lives and are working hard to do this in ways that honor the amazing diversity of our Church. Continue reading


Registration for 2019 Summer Camp Starts January 18

YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT NEWS
Unite 2019

UNITE CONFERENCE: Building Bridges

UNITE is an annual youth and young adult conference that empowers young leaders across the Pacific Southwest Region (PSWR) for Christian service in their local church and all over the world.

February 15-18, 2019 
Oceanside Sanctuary (204 South Freeman Street in Oceanside, California)
For youth and young adults in high school to 25 years old.
Click here for more information or Register here



SAFETY FIRST: INTER-GENERATIONAL MINISTRY THAT YOU CAN TRUST

1. Working with youth requires training.
2. Affection is not always wanted.
3. Maintain a Learner's Mindset
4. Covenant Together

As we look toward 2019, the PSWR Youth and Young Adult Ministries want to make sure every parent, every pastor, and every one who engages in regional ministries can do so without fear of unsafe or dangerous conditions. We are committed to provide sanctuary for those who seek God's love and covenant with one another. Continue Reading

REGIONAL YOUTH ROOM: WE NEED DONATIONS!

We are excited about the amazing, beautiful, and modern design of the youth room at the new Regional Offices. We are hoping to provide a warm and welcoming environment for all young people who use this space for ministry... but we need the help of our friends throughout the region to make it special. Below are is a short list of items that we are hoping some generous folks in the PSWR might be willing to donate to this space. Please contact Associate Regional Minister, B.J. Barlow, if you can make a donation. THANK YOU in advance for your help! We can't wait to use the new space for YLT, YIM, YALL, Youth Group at FCC Fullerton, Worship and Youth Ministries at Casa de Oracion Fullerton!
  • Keurig coffee pods and supplies
  • Board games
  • 2 large (6-8 ft) plastic tables (light weight)
UPCOMING REGIONAL EVENTS


Welcome Hybrid Student Dinner 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019     6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Disciples Seminary Foundation, 300 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont (Great Room)

Seed Planters-"South Pasadena Christian Church Multicultural Leadership Team: A New Model for Doing Church in the 21st Century and Beyond."
Friday, January 18th, 2019    9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Disciples Seminary Foundation, 300 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont (Great Room)
CEU's will be offered.  RSVP HERE:  https://goo.gl/forms/6V5jKa9NiaZ8t44E3

Welcome Student Dinner
Wednesday, January 23, 2019     5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Disciples Seminary Foundation, 300 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont (Great Room)
 
DSF Office will be closed January 21, 2019 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

REGIONAL NEWS + NOTES

The Regional Office has a  new address: 115 E. Wilshire Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832. The phone number will remain (626) 296-0385, starting January 15. Our temporary phone number through Jan 14 is (714) 459 0970.

Staff offices are up and running on the second floor. We still have a few boxes to unpack and we are taking our time as we purchase new desks and furniture. But you are welcome anytime. We may ask you to unpack a box or take home a parting gift but come on by.   Continue Reading

If you would like to schedule meeting space please contact Janelle Vannoy at assist@disciplespswr.org
The Board and Search Committee thank all those who have participated in the search process so far through input in surveys and in-person Listening Sessions, and providing nominations of candidates for the position of Regional Minister(s) of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in the Pacific Southwest Region (PSWR). The application period closed December 7, 2018 and the Search Committee is currently reviewing application materials and evaluating candidates. For information about the next steps in the process, visit  http://www.disciplespswr.org/search-process.  


Disciples Women January News: 
NEW YEAR, NEW YOU, RENEWED US

by Tanya Lopez, Disciples Women Coordinating Minister

Visit the Disciples Women PSWR webpage, or full website at  www.pswdw.com

La Voz de la Convención es la nueva sección de nuestra Convención Hispana del Pacifico dentro del "Newsletter" de la Región Suroeste del Pacifico. Esta columna tiene como propósito de informar nuestras futuras actividades, celebraciones y eventos dentro de nuestra Convención. Si su iglesia celebra aniversario o desea invitar las demás congregaciones para algún evento, favor de comunicarse con este servidor y con mucho gusto esteremos anunciando su evento en esta columna informativa.  Read More

Ryan Pryor, Pastor at Mission Hills Christian Church, was a graduate in the first cohort who took our twelve-week Certificate Course in Spiritual Entrepreneurship. We talked with him recently his ministry and how the program impacted the work he is doing. Continue Reading

If like Ryan, you are asking questions about what the future of your community looks like, or you are wrestling through how to effect transformation and change, or you want to learn how to ask new theological questions, we invite you to check out our course and the other offerings we have on our website.
A new cohort starts end of January!


View the full video interview of Ryan Pryor here.

CLERGY CONTINUING EDUCATION OPPORTUNITIES

Seed Planters- "South Pasadena Christian Church Multicultural  Leadership Team: A New  Model for Doing Church  in the 21st Century and  Beyond."  REGISTER NOW
Friday, January 18th, 2019    9:30 a.m. - 12:00 noon.
Disciples Seminary Foundation, 300 W Foothill Blvd, Claremont (Great Room)

Agents of Compassion: The Compass of Compassion-Based Activism
Engage the Author - Frank Rogers, Jr. (.6 CEUs)  REGISTER NOW
Saturday, January 26   9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
First Christian Church, Pomona - 1751 N. Park Avenue, Pomona, CA



BOUNDARY TRAINING DATES for 2019 are now published on our website. Click here.

The Changing Landscape of Mental Health in Our Youth

by Ted Oden, Member of First Christian Church, Torrance

At our Regional Assembly last month, I asked Susan [Gonzales Dewey, Co-Regional Minister] if our region or even our entire national Disciples ministry had any, or supported any mental health programs. Her answer was that there may be local community activities, but no, there was nothing that she knew of at the regional or national level.

My interest came from participating in an ecumenical faith community panel where we were asked to provide input as to what we are doing to support and educate those affected, and address the skyrocketing rate of suicide in our culture's youth.  Continue Reading



Disciples Peace Fellowship accepting applications for 2019 Peace Interns

Do you know someone that loves peace & justice? Do you know someone that loves camp? Maybe you should encourage them (yourself?!) to apply to be a 2019 DPF Peace Intern!  Information about this extraordinary summer internship, the application process and all online application materials can be found  here

All applications and references for this paid summer internship must be completed and submitted by Feb. 10. If you have any questions about the internship or the application process, please contact  DPFintern@gmail.com.



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SCHEDULING YOUR NEXT EVENT?

Please review the Regional Calendar before your group, unit, or committee schedules your next event. To have your event publicized regionally, please visit our webpage to learn how.

CLERGY CAPTIONS & CONGREGATIONAL NEWS

Clergy Captions
 
Wilshire Christian Church held its last service on Sunday, December 30.
 

GENERAL NEWS AND RESOURCES
For General Assembly housing information, including video links for walking routes, click here.
General Church






Interfaith Toolkit to End Trafficking

Quick Links












The Ministerial Code of Ethics, available in English, Spanish, and Korean.
Resources for Children's Ministries



We believe God calls the Pacific Southwest Region
to be a movement for wholeness in a fragmented world.
 
OUR VISION, to be a faithful, growing church that demonstrates true community,  deep Christian spirituality and passion for justice (Micah 6:8); and,   
 
OUR MISSION, to be and to share the Good News of Jesus Christ, witnessing, loving and  serving from our doorsteps "to the ends of the earth". (Acts 1:8)
 
Pacific Southwest Regional Church Mission Statement
Regional Board of Directors; Adopted September 15, 2003

Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) Pacific Southwest Region
626-296-0385 |   www.DisciplesPSWR.org