CHRISTIAN CHURCH (DISCIPLES OF CHRIST)          March 2019
Mile Marker#111: The Circle of Life
Revs. Don Dewey &
Susan Gonzales Dewey
Co-Regional Ministers
By Don and Susan Dewey, Co-Regional Ministers
 
"But we do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters,about those who have died,so that you may not grieve as others do who have no hope." 1 Thessalonians 4:13
 
The season of Lent is upon us. It is a time of remembering who we are and whose we are. It is a time to again acknowledge our fragility, our vulnerability, and our finiteness. Lent is a journey inward where we once again travel the road of our imperfect faith, acknowledging our own brokenness and discover our need for healing.   Continue Reading

SUMMER YOUTH CAMPS

2019 SUMMER CAMP DATES

June 23 - 29   CYF 2   Entering grades 11 & 12, and graduated seniors
June 23 - 26   *Mini Camp   Entering grades 1 - 3
June 30 - July 6   Chi Rho   Entering grades 6 - 8
July 7 - July 13   CYF1   Entering grades 9 & 10
July 14 - July 20   Junior Camp   Entering grades 4 & 5
July 17 - 19   *Wee Camp   Ages 3 - Entering Kinder (Child attends with parent)

*Note that Mini Camp and Wee Camp will take place the same week as another camp.

REGISTER HERE  Have questions about registration? Visit our camp page here: http://www.disciplespswr.org/camp or contact Loch Leven at (909) 794-2507 or office@lochleven.org.

New Camp Ministry Committee: 
SUMMER CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS UPDATE

We have dreamed of achieving a level of sustainability in camp ministry that would allow all campers to attend camp at a very low cost. The PSWR and so many individuals have been tremendously generous in helping move us closer to achieving this dream. However, as expected, the operational costs of camp continue to rise each year. Likewise, the need for scholarship monies also increases as more folks attend camp.   Continue reading


TIME TO CONNECT AND CELEBRATE!
Join us for a day of fellowship at Loch Leven, celebrating the dedication of the Burch Memorial Garden, the Tom Reed Area, and a farewell to Camp Manager Sloan Hamilton and her husband Joseph.
 
Address: 8171 Mountain Home Creek Rd., Mentone, CA 92359
Guided tours will be starting at 10:00 a.m.
Lunch will be served from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m.
Dedications will begin at 1:30 p.m. 

For more information about the event, contact Loch Leven at 909-794-2507 or office@lochleven.org.

YOUTH AND YOUNG ADULT NEWS
 

THANK YOU UNITE VOLUNTEERS

The PSWR Youth and Young Adult Ministries would like to extend a huge thank you to all those who gave of time and talent to make UNITE 2019 a particularly powerful weekend...read more
YLT ADULT LEADERS NEEDED

The Youth Leadership Team is a regional Christian leadership training program for high school students who are passionate about camp ministry and building community. Each year YLT serves to provide support leadership to the various summer camp programs offered in the PSWR... read more

This anti-racism training will help youth and young adults get to know ourselves better in our full humanity and in our social lives,  as well as having conversations about race and racism that matter.

For more information, you can download the flyer  here.

Please sign up no later than March 11, 2019.   The cost is $30 per person - including Saturday meals.   

UPCOMING EVENTS AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES

36th Annual Founders Day

March 9, 2019 | Chapman University: Fish Interfaith Center
Register or find out more at: www.chapman.edu/founders-day

9:00 am  Registration opens (Chapman Plaza)
10:00 am  Fr. Eric Hollas, OSB - The Artist as Preacher
12:30 pm  Luncheon honoring Ms. Elsa M.J. Seifert & Rev. Dr. Bill Thomas (Beckman 404)
1:45 pm  Worship with Rev. Dr. Suzanne Castle preaching
3:15 pm  Closing and book signing
                                                                                  
RUNNING THE RACE AND FINISHING STRONG: HOW TO AVOID BURNOUT IN MINISTRY
.8 CEUs available

Friday, March 15, 2019 |  5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.  
Saturday, March 16, 2019  |  9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Abundant Life Christian Church, 3500 S. Normandie Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90007

Hosted by  Abundant Life Christian Church and the  Pacific Southwest Region   African-American Convocation, this gathering is for clergy and lay leaders considering ways to navigate clergy work/ life stress, and achieve balance and wellness for the long haul of their vocation.

Registration required by February 28, 2019. Learn more or register here:  https://www.nbacares.org/2019-clergy-wellness-seminar

ChurchWest Insurance Services Presents: Emerging Trends

Join us at Chapman University on March 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and learn about critical rule and law changes that will affect your mission to serve in 2019.

For more information,  registration, and a detailed schedule, click here.

0.5 CEUs AVAILABLE  |  Click here to register.

Seed Planters
Friday, March 29, 2019  |   9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Disciples Seminary Foundation 300 W Foothill Blvd Claremont (Great Room) 
RSVP Here:  https://goo.gl/forms/rylIZylwHdzFhaIp1

Pro-Reconciliation Anti-Racism Training
Saturday, March 30, 2019  |  9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Disciples Seminary Foundation 300 W Foothill Blvd Claremont (Great Room)

CEUs available for all events

The Sacred Enneagram Workshop

April 20, 2019 | 10 A.M. to 5 P.M at Mission Hills Christian Church, Los Angeles

.1 CEU available per contact hour

Have you ever asked yourself the quintessential human question of identity, " Who am I ?" Most of us spend a lifetime trying to figure out who we are and how we relate to others and God.

From the Enneagram-curious to the seasoned lifelong enthusiast, The Sacred Enneagram one-day workshop is for anyone who cares about nurturing a deep spirituality rooted in self-awareness. 

To learn more about the Enneagram and the workshop, click here.
General Assembly Workshop Events
CEUs available 

General Assembly always presents wonderful and engaging opportunities for education, sharing ideas with others, and participating in meaningful and resource-building discussion.


Pre-Assembly events include:
Clergy Retreat: Resilient Hearts, Leaders, Communities
Doing and Denying Justice: A History of the Christian Church (DOC) and Social Justice
Shine 2019

To learn more about General Assembly education opportunities, click here.


REGIONAL NEWS + NOTES

SAVE THE DATE! REGIONAL OFFICE OPEN HOUSE
MAY 18, 2019, 2:00 - 4:00 P.M.

The Regional Office has a  new address: 115 E. Wilshire Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832. The phone number will remain (626) 296-0385.

Staff offices are up and running on the second floor. Come by and visit!   Continue Reading

If you would like to schedule meeting space please contact Janelle Vannoy at assist@disciplespswr.org

Greetings everyone!

We have been so busy around here!  In the business of innovation you have to keep moving and keeping walking into the future, always anticipating shifts, movements, growth and opportunities!  With that being said, we just launched our first round of our Phase 2: Coaching and Training program for three churches in the PSWR. This is a five-month, customized program we have developed where we walk pastors and their teams through a process in which, what we call, a Minimum Viable Benefit is developed, tested and launched. Continue Reading



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
A Call For Pastors and Church Leaders To Submit Yearbook Forms

CCNC-N Churches are reminded to submit their Year Book report online ASAP. The Year Book plays an important part for the church such as providing evidence to the IRS that the church is still functioning as a non-profit 501(c)(3) religious organization. Church administrators are encouraged to call the Regional Office for assistance in completing these reports.

Go to https://disciples.org/yearbook/ to fill out your form online 

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.  


Request a Peace Intern

The Application Window for Requesting an Intern will remain open until March 24. From there DPF will be working hard to begin assigning our Interns to the various camps, assemblies, and events for the summer. 

For anyone who hasn't applied yet, please visit  www.disciplespeace.org/request-an-intern  to fill out our online application form.
Boundary Training Online Registration
Is Now Open


Click HERE to register or visit the boundary training page here on our website  for more information.


Click here first  smile.amazon.com/ch/95-1534943 before shopping with Amazon, and Amazon will donate .5% of your purchase to the Pacific Southwest Region.

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
 
Rev. Stan Smith  completes his service with First Christian Church, Burbank at the end of February 2019.


Prayers are requested for  Rev. Delmy Amaya , pastor at  Rivera Christian Church as she works through some health issues.
 
Prayers are also requested for Rev. Debbie Rice, Pastor of United Church of the Valley (DOC/UCC) as she also faces health challenges.
 
Please pray for Rev. Stan Smith and his family on the passing of his brother Chuck Smith.  Chuck passed away on February 17th.

Rev. Lyn Walker passed away late February. Most recently he served as Pastor to the Covina United Church of Christ congregation. A service is being planned for Saturday March 30th, details TBA.

We received sad news that Rev. Kel Henderson's husband Mike passed away on March 6th . Kel serves as Associate Minister at Church of the Foothills DOC/UCC in Tustin. Please keep Kel and her son Anthony in your prayers. Cards may be sent to:  14122 Springdale St., Westminster, CA  96283.

Celebrations
 
Rev. Brandan Johnson  has been called to serve at First Christian Church, Burbank beginning March 2019.
 
Rev. Bob Bock , Sr. Pastor at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, celebrates 50 years of ministry at North Hollywood.  The celebration service was held Sunday March 3, 2019.
 
Beth McQuitty  will be ordained at First Christian Church, Burbank on April 27th at 2pm.
 
Rev. Rae Karim  has been called to serve at First Christian Church, Honolulu. Her ministry will begin on Easter Sunday.

 
GENERAL NEWS AND RESOURCES
For General Assembly housing information, including video links for walking routes, click here.
General Conference of Disciples Men
Annual Meeting

March 22nd - 24th, 2019 |  Hilton Garden Inn Fort Worth Medical Center, Fort Worth, Texas


For more information and to sign up, download the registration form HERE.

If you plan to attend, please fill out the attached registration form and email it as an attachment to Ron Petrick at ronpetrick@gmail.com.
 
Association of Disciple Musicians

Calling all Disciples of Christ members who are musicians, clergy or laypersons interested in music, liturgy and worship!

July 7-12, 2019 | Webster Groves Christian Church, Missouri


On March 11, 2019, we commemorate the 8th anniversary of the Fukushima nuclear disaster in northeastern Japan. There are still large amounts of radiation present that poses averse health risks for children. To learn more about the current state of the radiation and how this impacts children, please consider reading J apanese politician Akio Matsumura's article here.


Following the great disaster, Global Ministries has supported the following projects in northeastern Japan...continue reading
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Interfaith Toolkit to End Trafficking

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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