News of the Presbytery of San Jose
The Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which mortals had built. And the Lord said, “Look, they are one people, and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do; nothing that they propose to do will now be impossible for them.
Genesis 11:5-6

We want to keep you informed!
Below is a list of current events happening in the Presbytery of San Jose.

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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 new and improved Presbytery website at
It's also a great place for current information.
The current Mid-Council Newsletter may be found here:

The Peace & Justice Working Group is looking for a Peacemaking Advocate. The position requires 20 hours/month and pays a $300 monthly stipend. Job description may be found here:

Please complete the attached form by Friday, June 11th. Questions may be sent to Meredith Hurley at [email protected].

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:

Ongoing Ministry in our Presbytery...

I received a text a few weeks ago relative to the newsletter entitled "Presbytery pastors support seminarian/inquirer Steve Fainer through disc golf."

Looks like fun was had by all (Dave Watermulder, Steve Fainer, Andy Wong, and Robby Olson), and we're so excited for Steve and his discernment process. Thanks be to God for directing Steve and for the fellowship shared within our Presbytery! We look forward to seeing where the Holy Spirit leads.
Internet Links for County Information
Relating to Covid-19

Monterey County

Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County has been moved into the Yellow Tier. More information may be found on the County and State websites. Link below:

Santa Cruz County

CA State Site with County Information:
Pastoral Reflection

The term "self-sufficiency" has been bumping around in my head. A comment about language and strangers prompted a sermon about the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11. It's an odd little story in a pivotal place between Noah and Abraham; between judgment and promise. It functions as the hinge between Creation and redemption, highlighting the brokenness of human nature that wasn't corrected with the external cleansing of the Flood.

Some look at the "Tower of Babel" story and think it's a commentary on urbanization, a justification for "white flight" and a demonization of the inner city as our urban areas face issues of poverty, homelessness, addiction, and racism, as if God wasn't present and active in our inner cities; as if our inner cities needed suburbanites to impose a solution on the issues involved.

In actuality, the story is a comment on self-sufficiency; the kind of self-sufficiency that says "come, let us make..." and "come, let us build..."; actions attributed to the Creator during Creation, demonstrating a competitive spirit with the Divine. It's a story of unchecked and concentrated power.

Self-sufficiency is deeply engrained in the American culture. Because it is in us, we also bring it with us to church. I also believe that the value of self-sufficiency is (at least partially) fueling the current division between those for and against the Covid-19 vaccine and masks. There may be legitimate medical reasons for some to balk at the recommended solutions to the pandemic, but in many cases, it's also easy to think of our individual selves as islands, unconnected to the community around us.

Our faith points us in a different direction. The story of "The Last Supper" is about foot washing, servitude, loving one another, leaning in on the common good. It's a story that rises above politics and calls us to a different common identity, one that values our neighbor.

As we begin coming back together in person and figuring out what it means to be the body of Christ in the midst of a pandemic, may we be able to discern between our Christian identity and our American identity and rise to the occasion, demonstrating our love of God and neighbor. May we be a counter-cultural witness that points to the difference God makes in our lives.


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

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: