News of the Presbytery of San Jose
 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers.
Acts 2:42

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2022 Presbytery Meetings

September 24th
November 19th
To list an event that is supported by your church or committee, and that is open to the entire Presbytery, go to
Collette and I will be expanding the Presbytery's use of social media starting in May. As a result, the submission deadline for newsletter articles will strictly be the 7th of every month. This allows us to create, schedule, and launch social media posts in a timely fashion as a complement to the newsletter.

So, please make note: newsletter articles are due by the 7th of each month for publication on the 10th.

Thanks! (Jenni)
Be sure to check the
Presbytery's website at
for other announcements and helpful information, including the updated "Ministry Funding Request Form."
For the Mid-Council Newsletter, click below:

Join the Grateful Gardens Juneteenth Celebration on Sunday, June 19th for:

Reserve your FREE tickets here:

The Grateful Gardens are located at the Church of Christ,
990 Meridian Ave., San Jose.

Parking is limited. Overflow parking is available at the Presbytery Office/Cornerstone Church at 890 Meridian Way, San Jose, a few blocks north
of the venue.

This event is being organized by Elder Collette Lynner, Director of Grateful Gardens and the Church of Christ, Grateful Gardens' host.
On July 16th, Foothill Community Presbyterian Church is hosting a fundraising event for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance to help support Ukraine. They're specifically looking for individuals or churches willing to volunteer to help make it happen.

Contact the church office for more information:

(408) 766-1017 or
Presbytery Office Closures

The Presbytery Office will be closed:

Monday, June 20th in honor of Juneteenth Day,


Monday, July 4th for Independence Day
We'd love to know what your church is doing!

The Presbytery Office would like to promote your church's newsletters on our website.

If you'd like your particular church's included, please send Collette the newsletter link at:
Preschool Director 

The Presbyterian Church of Los Gatos is seeking an experienced full-time director for our preschool program, Growing Footprints Preschool. Our thriving program has been an important mission of our church and we are looking for a candidate who will continue our ministry and support our excellent teaching team. Job description and application process can be found here:
Employment Opportunities
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church.

  • Church Administrator (30 hours/week),
  • Children’s Ministry Director (30-40 hours/week) and
  • Preschool Director (full time).

Job descriptions may be found here:

Bell Choir Director Position

Foothill Community Presbyterian Church is looking for a part-time bell choir director.

Job description may be found here:

Contact Peg Nickl at
or 408-258-8133 with any inquiries.
Mark your calendars! Evergreen Presbyterian Church will be hosting a rummage sale on Saturday, June 25th from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm at the East Valley Family YMCA. The Y's address is 1975 S. White Rd., San Jose.

If you're interested in donating items, please contact Jenni Bales at or (408) 439-1406. Otherwise, bring a friend, and hope to see you there!
This month, the Peace and Justice Working Group highlights group work around mass incarceration by the newly formed Presbyterians for Abolition. See their Facebook Page for more info.

 They are hosting a GA-centered event, "An Evening of Abolitionist Art and Testimony" on June 12, from 8:00-9:00 PM ET (5:00 pm to 6:00 pm PT), celebrating abolition through art!

Hear testimony from abolition groups the Solidarity Building Initiative, Voices of Jubilee, and Hager's Community Church. You'll also have an opportunity to donate to these powerful ministries - so bring your wallet!

You can access all PJWG resources and registration links here: 
Are you the one?

Front Door Communities is looking for a new board member.

Click the link below for more information:

March for Our Lives — Saturday, June 11
Want to walk with other Presbyterians? Meet Pastor Hardy Kim (Sunnyvale Presbyterian) at either of these locations:

• Redwood City @ 9 – 11 a.m. starting at the Front Plaza of Redwood City Public Library, 1044 Middlefield Rd. Meet Pastor Hardy on the sidewalk near the library (map) on Middlefield Road at 8:45 a.m. More Info.
• Mountain View @ 5 – 7 p.m. starting at Gateway Park, 790 W. El Camino Real. Meet Pastor Hardy at 4:45 p.m. at Gateway Park (map) on the Castro side. More Info.
Pastoral Reflection

Evergreen has been working our way through the On Being broadcast with Krista Tippett for our Wednesday night discussions. We recently listened to the interview with Oliver Burkeman, a journalist and author with a British Quaker-Jewish background.

His book 4,000 Weeks: Time Management for Mortals turns the time management movement on its head. Rather than organizing our time in a way that fits all of our tasks into our schedule and "clears the deck" (which will never happen), he suggests prioritizing what's important and being willing to be bad at some things or sacrifice them all together to find the most meaning in life. We have maybe four thousand weeks in our lifespan. What are we going to do with the time?

One of his chapters is dedicated to friendships, what we might call fellowship. He points out that quality meaning in life isn't derived from isolating ourselves and having complete autonomy over our time. The best sense of meaning is found in doing things with other people. We may have to make some compromises around preferences in order to be with those other people, but there's something that happens in a relationship or group dynamic that creates the meaning we crave.

As we reflect on Pentecost, the early Jerusalem Church, and the fellowship those involved shared, may we prioritize our relationships in a way that adds meaning to our lives. May it also be a witness to those around us.


Rev. Dr. Jennifer Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose
Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: