News of the Presbytery of San Jose
When he (Jesus) was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will this be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” Jesus answered them, “Beware that no one leads you astray..." 
Matthew 24:3-4

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.
The current Mid-Council Newsletter may be found here:

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, July 25th 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
The Peace and Justice Work Group would like to thank the Rev. Geoff Browning for his many years of service as our Peacemaking Advocate in the Presbytery and throughout the denomination. We are grateful for his dedication to justice and know that he will continue this important work in his new home in Washington.

Now that Geoff has moved on, we enthusiastically welcome Addie Domske as our new advocate. Addie is currently the director of youth ministry at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church, and she’s looking forward to connecting with our congregations as they pursue peace and justice work throughout their communities.

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:


SVPC is seeking applicants for two positions--Executive Assistant to the Head of Staff and AV/IT Coordinator

Information related to the job descriptions, questions, letters of application, and resumes may be requested or sent via email to Judi Pogue at [email protected].

SVPC is so grateful for the service of two long-term employees who are retiring this summer and vacating the above positions.
Gilroy Presbyterian Church is an integral part of the Gilroy Garlic Festival this year on July 23-25 and July 30 - Aug 1. They will be hosting the "drive-thru gourmet alley" in the church parking lot.

Participating in the festival is a great way to support the local community and Gilroy Pres.

Details may be found on the Presbytery website at:

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.

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Ongoing Ministry in the Community...

A note from the City of San Jose to Westminster Presbyterian Church for hosting the "Rose, White, and Blue" party this month:

"…A special thanks to Westminster Presbyterian Church, San Jose for donating their time, space, and equipment to host this event. They have generously provided countless hours as well as the use of their space to this community for years, and we are tremendously grateful for their contributions."

Great job, Westminster!
Pastoral Reflection

A quote by the Mennonite theologian John Howard Yoder caught my attention recently. From his unique eschatological perspective, he offered a critique in saying that we are obsessed with "a deep desire to make things move in the right direction. Whether a given action is right or not seems to be inseparable from the question of what effects it will cause. Thus part if not all social concern has to do with looking for the right 'handle' by which one can 'get a hold on' the course of history and move it in the right direction."

The context for the quote is a commentary on the Gospel of Matthew by Stanley Hauerwas, reflecting on Matthew's apocalyptic section in chapters 24 and 25. In speaking to that desire to move history in a particular direction, Hauerwas comments that rather than focusing on the exact future day and time of the apocalypse, Jesus is teaching his disciples how to faithfully live in the moment with his response to their questions and in telling the parables of the Ten Bridesmaids, the Talents, and the Separation of the Sheep and the Goats.

I had never before thought of that drive towards social justice as being a construct used to turn history in a certain direction. The quote bothered me as I think I saw myself in it. It felt like there was a prompt there to question how much of history's movements should be left to God's sovereignty and at what cost is humanity trying to direct things? How does living in the moment distinguish itself from trying to make history change course?

By way of application, may we take action that is faithful in the moment, balanced in our approach to justice. May we allow ourselves to be productive partners with God, both living under his sovereignty and as willing servants doing our part to fulfill our dynamic calling.


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

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: