News of the Presbytery of San Jose

18 You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against any of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.
Leviticus 19:18
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 website, particularly the Events page at www.sanjosepby.org.

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Presbytery Meeting
November 23, 2019

Join us Saturday, November 23rd for our upcoming Presbytery meeting being held at Stone Church of Willow Glen at 1937 Lincoln Ave., San Jose. Worship begins at 9:00 am . Check our website closer to the meeting date for a copy of the current docket.
From the Office of the Stated Clerk:

Help us keep our contact lists current. When key leadership changes occur in your church such as new Treasurers, Clerks of Session and Church Administrators, please provide this information to Collette Lynner at  collette@sanjosepby.org  

Thanks!

Erica
Daniel Bannoura , a Christian instructor from Bethlehem Bible College in the Holy Land will be speaking at various Bay Area venues during December, including several of our churches. His talk is titled "Conversations about Bethlehem during Advent." Details on where he's speaking may be found here: Daniel Bannoura Flyer .
The 35th annual Ecumenical Retired Clergy/Partner Retreat will be gathering February 4th & 5th at the San Damiano Retreat Center in Danville. The speaker this year is Dr. Kah-Jin Jeffrey Kuan, Ph.D. who is associated with both the General Conference of the United Methodists, and is also strong advocate for religious pluralism and LGBT rights.

More information regarding Dr. Kuan and retreat registration may be found here:

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Presbyterian Women would like you to "Save the Date" for the following events:

January 5th ~ Epiphany Tea at Stone Church "Time to Look Ahead."

March 28th ~ Annual Gathering at PCLG "Women's Achievements Over Time."

May 7th ~ Annual Together In Action Literacy Day.

Details may be found here:

Stone Church is looking for a part-time organist! If you or someone you know is interested, please contact them. More information may be found here: Organist Position Flyer
Pastoral Reflection 

As we prepare for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Evergreen is focusing on gratitude this month in our corporate worship. One of the texts I used in last Sunday sermon was from the "Holiness Code" Leviticus 19:18 ~ "... you shall love your neighbor as yourself..."

In their book Uncommon Gratitude: Alleluia for All That Is , Sister Chittister and (former) Archbishop Rowan Williams talk about the exercise of faith as a form of gratitude. In this particular chapter, Chittister says, "We do not have the right to loose havoc on the rest of the world in the name of the God we have made in our own image. It is not getting the rest of the world to think and worship as we do that qualifies as real religion. It is giving ourselves for the welfare of the rest of the world to which we are called."

Her succinctness and singular focus startled me. It shouldn't, but it did, and I believe it is a quote that will stay with me. I think it also serves as an effective litmus test. As I engage in outreach, am I trying to mold someone into an image of me or a limited image of God, or am I working for the welfare of all that God has created?

So as we think about gratitude, thankfulness, and responding to God's love, it serves as a reminder that this includes loving others, and that this outward expression is also a form of thankful worship.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: www.sanjosepby.org