Welcome Presbytery Coordinator (Rev) Bill McGuinness

I began among you early in August and am still finding my way around the territory, the files, the contacts, the policies et al with the help of Stated Clerk Nancy, Treasurer Jim, the Finance Committee and the eight local church Pastors I’ve met with so far over coffee or a meal. The week of August 22 will be another full one including meetings with Staff, Council and COM. Pray God’s leading for me please as I seek to be clear, energetic, thoughtful, wise, thrifty and brave...
www.uscongregations.org

www.uscongregations.org

Here’s a great tool for deepening the self-understanding of our individual congregations. Presbytery-wide pricing and NO CHARGE consulting may soon be available for your congregation !  Spend some time on the www.uscongregations.org website and consider the possibilities....
A Lot to Celebrate!  Great Adventure Opportunity Grants

A Lot to Celebrate! Great Adventure Opportunity Grants

Dear Friends, It has been an exciting time in the life of the Presbytery of Stockton and we are encouraged to see what God is doing in and through our churches. Due to some grants received and the commitment of our presbytery to invest in each other, we offered opportunity grants for our churches. It is our hope that the grants will be used to try something new, to stretch in ministry, and to be able to step out in faith. Below is a list of the grants awarded. Healthy Congregations Great Adventure Opportunity Grants Community Presbyterian Church, Gustine $6000 Money used to help congregants and school folks learn Spanish Grace Presbyterian Church, Lodi $5,000 Money used to help elder/pastor team attend Whitworth training Central Presbyterian Church, Merced $7,000 Money used for contacts with students by staff/interns First Presbyterian Church, Columbia $17,800 Money used for PT visitation person & worship musicians Trinity Presbyterian Church, Stockton $500 Money used for purchase of VBS curriculum Community Presbyterian Church, Vacaville $10,000 Money used for Student Ministry Intern First Presbyterian Church, Turlock $10,000 Money used for after school tutoring First Presbyterian Church, Stockton $4,800 Money used for 2nd service and monthly lunch for...
Acts 16: 5 Resource

Acts 16: 5 Resource

A Great Suggestion from our Grace Presbyterian Church in Lodi: Acts 16:5 A Resource for Churches WHAT WE HAVE DONE Vision Team: Personal Growth * Awakened a high expectation of what God will do * Renewed faith commitment * Have a regular devotional life * Pray for individual as well as whole team members * Sought through pray a select few to disciple * Strive to be encouragers/appreciators * Read TWELVE DYNAMIC SHIFTS * Selected and focused on 1 or 2 defining Practices in Ministry With Congregation in General * Introduced and trained Session, Deacons and staff on Acts 16:5 * Obtained Session approval for Acts 16:5 * Developed and obtained Session and congregation approval of a revised Defining Vision * Implemented the Vision statement in literature, bulletins, and with congregation * Implemented Word-Share-Prayer in most church committees * Use the Halverson Benediction for closing worship * Had one Celebration Event and have planned 2 more within the next 3-4 months * During Lent had an Encouragement Activity * During Lent had a Thank You activity * Shared the first quarterly meal as a Vision Team * Assessed the membership participation in small groups and identified potential members for participation NEXT STEPS UNDER CONSIDERATION * Plan 2 celebratory event: all church picnic and block party for neighborhood * Plan study day this summer for session to discuss TWELVE DYNAMIC SHIFTS * Review plan for incorporating new members into church life * Decide first primary focus out of: Grow 50% of congregation to have active devotional life, develop small groups with 50% participation, teach the 4 Ss’(no secrets, no surprises,...