2017 –  50 Years On

2017 – 50 Years On

   Reconciliation awaits. Now more than ever. May we teach, preach, hear and move forward with it.  2 Cor 5:16-18 From now on, therefore, we regard no one from a human point of view; even though we once knew Christ from a human point of view,we know him no longer in that way. So if anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation: everything old has passed away; see, everything has become new!  All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation  ...
Four Presbyterian seminaries among top rated theological institutions

Four Presbyterian seminaries among top rated theological institutions

Four Presbyterian seminaries among top rated theological institutions Theological Education September 20, 2016 PC(USA) institutions join 31 schools named ‘Seminaries that Change the World’ by Gregg Brekke | Presbyterian News Service Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary. (Photo provided) yep, our own CT Bailey went there! LOUISVILLE – The Center for Faith and Service, based at McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago, Illinois, has announced the fourth annual list of Seminaries that Change the World (STCTW). Among the winners are four seminaries of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.): Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, Columbia Theological Seminary, McCormick Theological Seminary and Union Presbyterian Seminary. WHERE DO OUR MISSION DOLLARS GO? AND WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE? In a day and age when America’s oldest seminary, Andover Newton, is closing it’s doors and 2 the largest Lutheran seminaries are merging, the Presbyterian Church USA continues to invest in excellent academic training for tomorrow’s missionaries and ministers! “We are pleased that the many efforts of our students, staff and faculty, and indeed the work of the institution itself, have been recognized as we respond to God’s call to engage in and participate with the transforming work of God’s Reign in our world,” said Union Presbyterian Seminary president Brian K. Blount. “Our commitment to serving God in this way neither begins nor ends with this wonderful recognition, but we are delighted to be counted among such wonderful company.” STCTW highlights a select group of seminaries and divinity schools offering innovative courses, programs, and opportunities for students seeking to engage in social justice and service work while in seminary. This year’s list includes 31 institutions, representing a broad range of theological and political perspectives. As part...
Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering, October 15th

Presbyterian Women Fall Gathering, October 15th

All women are invited to participate in the Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering, Artistic Worship, on Saturday, October 15th, 2016 at Manteca Presbyterian Church (275 N. Main Street, Manteca) Featuring SONdance Christian Dance...
Season of Peace

Season of Peace

  “For everything there is a season….” From Presbyterian Mission Agency to Stockton Presbytery Like our other seasons, the Season of Peace is a time to focus our attention and sharpen our awareness.  It is a time to equip ourselves with study and prayer and to respond in word and deed.  It is a time to do and to be – to do the things that make for peace and to be the kind of people who promote peace.   Like other seasons, when the Season of Peace comes around, we’re ready for it!Five years ago the Presbyterian Church (USA) introduced A Season of Peace, a set-apart time during the four weeks preceding World Communion Sunday to focus on peace.  These four weeks include several significant dates already on the calendar.  September 11, which has its 15thcommemoration this year, is on a Sunday.  Wednesday, September 21 is the International Day of Peace and Thursday, September 22 launches the Global Week of Action Against Gun Violence.  The Season culminates on October 2 with World Communion Sunday. The theme for this year’s Season of Peace and for World Communion Sunday is Come to the Table of Peace.  In Psalm 78:19, the Psalmist, asks the question “can God spread a table in the wilderness?”  Presbytery of Stockton let us answer with a resounding “YES!  God can and God does spread a table, even in our wilderness.”  There are 4 weeks in this season. Let us set aside each week for exploring, proclaiming, teaching, witnessing and working towards: PEACE, JUSTICE, RECONCILIATION AND TRANSFORMATION.. The Presbyterian Mission Agency makes this easy for each of us by providing the resources available for the 2016 Season of Peace,September 4...
Gus and Ali Wright Heading to Fort Collins CO

Gus and Ali Wright Heading to Fort Collins CO

After nearly seven years at First Pres Stockton, Pastor Gus Wright and his wife Ali, along with their two little ones, are heading a bit east – to be nearer to Ali’s parents and to utilize her MSW in a new position there. Gus would love to have our prayer support for the goodbyes, the move and a clear open door for the next phase of ministry to be...

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....