News of the Presbytery of San Jose

He has told you, O mortal, what is good;
     and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?
Micah 6:8
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
United Presbyterian's last service was Sunday, January 5th. It was a bittersweet gathering, but the sanctuary was filled to overflowing with those who wanted to share in the service. Pastor Robby's sermon based on John 1:1 both captured the heart of the moment as well as sent us away inspired to see what "new thing" God will be doing in Watsonville. Thank you to those who came to share in the event.
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is currently seeking a Director of Children's Ministry to help oversee staff, manage volunteers and deliver programs that develop the spiritual lives of children birth-5th grade. The position would include a commitment of 30-40 hours a week, with the opportunity to interact with a dynamic and caring staff. If you are interested please contact: 

Lydia Coolidge 
925-787-2316

or 

Judi Pogue

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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:

New Ministries Conversation
Thursday, January 23rd
11:00 am - 1:00 pm
Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos

The Church Health & Growth Work Group is planning a series of conversations about starting new ministries. We want to invite conversation partners and interested parties to discuss the factors and dynamics involved in starting new ministries. Please RSVP to Collette Lynner at collette@sanjosepby.org by January 17th .

Pastor's Retreat
Mon., March 16th @ 12:00 pm through
Tue., March 17th @ 12:00 pm
Villa Maria del Mar
Santa Cruz

This Church Health & Growth Work Group is hosting a retreat for those pastors and associate pastors serving congregations in the presbytery. It's designed to be a short time for rest, fellowship, and reflection.

The cost is $40. Please RSVP to Collette Lynner at collette@sanjosepby.org by February 17th .
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:


A lot is happening with Sweaty Sheep and the Presbytery's Hunger Advocate, Rev. Ryan Althaus!

First of all, Ryan is working on the creation of his own newsletter for distribution. If you would like to receive his specific newsletter and announcements, please submit your email address:



Second, save the date for the following events:

Feb 1st:  During Lunch after the Presbytery meeting, Ryan will be leading an interactive art project as a way to introduce the new WORKSHOPS ON WHEELS art initiative, which strives to build awareness for those with special needs. It's a great opportunity for our churches!

Also on Feb 1st , Trinity Presbyterian is hosting a Valentine's dance at 6pm for those with special needs. Join in the fun and see how our congregations are using their resources to share God's love!  

Feb 9-14th: The denomination is partnering with Zephyr Cove and the National offices of Mental Illness Awareness to host an experimental/experiential mental illness and disability awareness retreat! This is about helping our community better understand and integrate individuals living with isolating conditions. **Share this with lay leaders and congregations who either want to learn more about mental illness OR have a controlled condition and would like to share their wisdom with the community!**

Sign up and learn more at: 


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Presbyterian Women would like you to "Save the Date" for the following events:

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

May 7th ~ Annual Together In Action Literacy Day.

Details may be found here:
In partnership with Rev. Bruce Reyes-Chow, Evergreen Presbyterian Church is hosting a Social Media Workshop for anyone interested in exploring new ways to promote your church and ministries online.

The more who come, the more we'll have to share with each other. Please join us!

When: Saturday, March 7th

Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Where: Chapel Room at the Presbytery Offices

RSVP to Jenni Bales at pastorjennibales@gmail.com by March 4th.

A Note from our 2019 Moderator, Rev. Irene Pak Lee:

Happy New Year, everyone!

Before I officially turn over the gavel and stole to our new Moderator, Elder Frank Bernstein, I wanted to take a moment and express my gratitude for giving me the privilege of serving as the Presbytery Moderator in 2019. I have officially been a member of San Jose Presbytery for over eleven years now, and it was an incredible gift to lead and serve in this particular way. 

As we entered the year 2020, many folks were reflecting on the last decade as we embarked on a new one. As I think back, I am aware that the past decade has included several significant events in my life, such as meeting and marrying my partner, giving birth to our first child, and now anticipating the new addition to our family in June of 2020. But, I am also very aware of my own continued growth and learning as a Minister of Word and Sacrament as I took my first ordained call in this presbytery - and am now entering my twelfth year of ministry.

A significant part of this growth and gratitude has also been the deepening of the ministerial call to be a “friend among colleagues, working with them, subject to the ordering of God’s Word and Spirit.” A lot has changed in the past decade in this presbytery, but as I listen to other colleagues in different presbyteries, I sense that the Presbytery of San Jose as a whole actually takes this part of our vows seriously. I believe this continues to be important in order to do good work together, to remain a connectional church in order to do justly, love mercy, and to walk humbly with our God in these days.

Using the words of Maya Angelou,  “My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness.”  And may you find a love birthed into your life more fully as you walk along the road, into this New Year and whatever lies ahead.

With gratitude, 

Irene Pak Lee



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