News of the Presbytery of San Jose

Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ,  who gave himself
for our sins to set us free from the present evil age,
according to the will of our God and Father, 
to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen.

Galatians 1:3-5
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

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Presbytery Meeting
September 28, 2019

Join us Saturday, September 28th for our upcoming Presbytery meeting being held at Westminster Presbyterian Church at 1100 Shasta Ave., San Jose 95117 . Worship begins at 9:00 am . Check our website closer to the meeting date for a copy of the current docket.
For those who could not attend either of the two clergy boundaries training events offered so far this year, a make-up session has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 6th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Presbytery offices.

Note that clergy are *REQUIRED* to attend a training within 2019.

Lunch is included.

To RSVP, please email Collette at
PDA Responds to Hurricane Dorian in the Bahamas

For those sensing a call to help with disaster relief in the Bahamas, PDA is already there offering support. Here is an article about their recent efforts:

Donations to PDA may be made here:

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On Wednesday, October 9th from 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm, Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is hosting an Elder Abuse Awareness Training event.

Cindy Thorp, Esq., Co-Chairperson, Elder Abuse Task Force of Santa Clara County will be leading the discussion.

Contact Jean Ranck, the Pastoral Administrative Assistant at SVPC at 408-739-1892 or
to RSVP.
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The Peace and Justice Task Force is hosting Bob Stromberg from Housing Ready Communities at their next meeting on Wednesday, September 18th starting at 10:30 am at the Presbytery Offices (890 Meridian Way, San Jose). Bob will be sharing his group's endeavor to bring together different agencies in making low income and supportive housing available in our area. The invitation is extended to the Presbytery for those who are interested in addressing homelessness issues. Please RSVP to Julia Cline at if you plan to attend.
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 is hosting a fall conference called "Aging Gracefully: Challenges of Mind, Body and Spirit." Join them at Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Saturday, October 19th from 9:30 am to 2:30 pm. More information may be found here:

PW's Newsletter for our Presbytery may be found here:

On September 21st from 1:00 to 5:00 pm , Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church is hosting a community conversation around civil discourse as we continue to grapple with current political and social issues.

More information may be found here:

Register here: Online Registration
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
On Sunday, September 15th, PCLG is privileged to be hosting Monique Misenga Mukana, a renowned Presbyterian women’s rights advocate from Africa. Join us in the Social Hall starting at 11:30 am for her talk "Empowering Women & Children." Lunch and childcare are provided.
Pastoral Reflection 

I've been reflecting a bit on grace lately. I don't know about you, but it's easy for me to simply hold the idea of a spiritual reality in my head as if something (like grace) was an intellectual exercise in understanding vocabulary. It's not as easy to live into the experience of that spiritual reality.

I preached on Galatians 1:3-5 last Sunday at Evergreen. We are currently working our way through Galatians and part of James as we move into the fall season and our annual stewardship campaign.  We are asking, “What is the Gospel?” and as an extension of that, “What is the purpose of the Church?”

Paul’s greeting in Galatians incorporates two words that deserve to be unpacked in that context: grace and peace.  One of the commentators I read links the word grace to the word “ hesed ” from the Old Testament.  Hesed  is that word with no easy equivalent.  It’s used to describe the essence of God as He enters into his covenant with Israel.  His unbreakable and unique promise to be faithful is saturated with mercy, lovingkindness, and grace.  It’s the kind of grace that’s transformational as you experience it.

It doesn’t work to impose a morality on someone from the outside-in.  A person can’t even change themselves that way.  Transformation comes from the inside-out, and I believe it starts with a healing experience of grace.

I hope to experience more of that as I grow in my relationship with God, and I’m guessing others do too.  As we grow together, may we find ways to live into God’s saving grace.


Rev. Jenni Bales
Director of Communications
Presbytery of San Jose

Phone: (408) 279-0220 Website: