News of the Presbytery of San Jose

And he said, “Truly I tell you, no prophet is accepted in the prophet’s hometown. But the truth is, there were many widows in Israel in the time of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a severe famine over all the land; yet Elijah was sent to none of them except to a widow at Zarephath in Sidon.

Luke 4:24-26

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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

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PC(USA) has awarded our Presbytery with three grants related to ministry in the field of mental health. Details may be found here:

On May 23rd at 4:00 pm, join the Peace and Justice Working Group for an online watch party and (Part 2) small group discussion of the documentary 13th by Ava DuVernay. The film focuses on matters of mass incarceration and it's relationship with racial justice. Closed captions will be provided.

A trailer of the film may be viewed here:

Zoom Registration Link is here:

Email Meredith Hurley with any questions at [email protected].
The current Mid-Council Newsletter may be found here:

As has been mentioned previously, Jane Odell is in the process of retiring from coordinating our Presbytery's safe church practices and chairing the G.P.S. subcommittee. In honor of her years of faithful service, a brief overview of her life's work may be found here:

Ongoing Ministry in the Community...

Gilroy Presbyterian Church is in the news! Thanks to Gilroy Pres' willingness to open up their campus, the Gilroy Garlic Festival is likely to host one of their events on the church property this summer to accomodate Covid-related restrictions; specifically, the "Drive-thru Gourmet Alley." A news article with details (including upcoming dates) may be found here:

Internet Links for County Information
Relating to Covid-19

Monterey County

Santa Clara County
Santa Clara County has been moved into the Red 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

Evergreen Presby is continuing to work our way through Barbara Brown Taylor's book Holy Envy. This last week, we wrestled with the idea of whether or not we "own" God. In other words, can we claim an exclusive understanding of God? Could the Church also be blessed by "strangers" outside of our faith?

One of the textual stories she leans on is Jesus preaching from Isaiah in his home synagogue within Nazareth. He has been baptized and just finished his 40 days of temptation in the wilderness. On the way home, he has been preaching and performing miracles along the way, already making a name for himself. By the time he reaches Nazareth, word about him has spread, and his hometown is full of pride at the prophetic leader he has become.

That Sabbath in the synagogue, he reads about the anointed prophet in Isaiah and tells the crowd that his presence fulfills Isaiah's prophecy ~ God's jubilee is here. Something then shifts in the room between Jesus making this declaration and an angry mob forming. It's a mob comprised of people who may have known him since childhood.

Jesus mentions two familiar stories from the prophets: the provision for the widow of Sidon and the healing of Namaan, the Syrian soldier; two individuals who received God's blessing outside of his covenant people and instead of his people. Taylor asserts that Jesus' point is that Israel doesn't "own" God, and the reflection highlights a privilege and prejudice that the crowd can't process. Instead of being able to examine themselves, this impulsive mob forms intent on killing Jesus.

Asking if we as the Church "own" God is a worthy conversation in and of itself. But, I also think it applies to other current issues. Where do we see ourselves in the story when it comes to matters of "cancel culture" or "white fragility"? Are we able to internalize critique or are we prone to become the angry mob? What is a helpful theological and redemptive response to these matters of social justice?

By way of application, may we be able to see our reflection clearly and respond appropriately, mindful of God's grace.


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

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: