Obituary for Rev. Robert Sherwood

Obituary for Rev. Robert Sherwood

Bob was born on June 24th 1929 in Stockton, California to Goldie and Reta Sherwood who were previously long-time residents of Bloomfield and where Bob spent a great deal of his life. The Sherwood house still exists today. In 1952 he attended Whitworth College in Washington. In 1955 he earned a Bachelor’s of Divinity degree and in 1987 a Master of Divinity degree from the San Francisco Theological Seminary. Bob started his very extensive career serving in the U.S. Navy as Chaplain, working for the State of California and as an instructor at San Quentin. His first ministry was at the First Presbyterian Church in Hamilton, Montana and later in Selma, California. His career spanned 40 years and bob retired from the Presbyterian Church in September of 1994. This did not end his serving as both Interim Pastor and presiding over special services. He also served for the State of California Youth Authority and gained his brokerage license for real estate. Through these endeavors, he developed a long list of friends and life-long relationships. Bob was also an avid carpenter and applied his skills learned from his time as Chaplain serving with the Seabees in the Philippines. He was instrumental in building a new Presbyterian Church in Montana and built the pulpit and many interior pieces himself. He also built his and Katie’s house in Nevada City, affectionately coined ‘Camp Sherwood’ by his many grandchildren until they were grown and where he spent his final years. Bob left behind a large and extended family and will be missed by all. Survivors include wife Katie of Nevada City, daughters Carrie and...
One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering

ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING: SHARING RESOURCES AND CHANGING LIVES WHEN IS ONE GREAT HOUR OF SHARING (OGHS)? Most congregations receive “OGHS” on Easter Sunday, Passion/Palm Sunday or both, while many receive it throughout Lent—however, you can help sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs that are supported by One Great Hour of Sharing Offering by making an online gift at any time throughout the year.   HOW IS MY GIFT USED? A gift to One Great Hour of Sharing enables the church to share God’s love with our neighbors-in-need around the world by providing relief to those affected by natural disasters, provide food to the hungry, and helping to empower the poor and oppressed. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance Presbyterian Hunger Program Self Development of People One Great Hour of Sharing Financials RESOURCES Use these resources for promoting OGHS in your church. Documents will open in a new tab when clicked below. To order resources directly or to check your congregation’s standing order, call Presbyterian Distribution Services at (800) 524-2612 or email pds@pcusa.org. Leaders Guide Minutes for Mission Bulletin Inserts All OGHS Resources  ...
Elder/Deacon Development Day – February 20, 2016

Elder/Deacon Development Day – February 20, 2016

Dear Friends, I hope you all are excited for 2016!  Our Presbytery’s Committee for Healthy Congregations is again hosting an Elder/Deacon Development Day! (insert uproarious applause here!) In addition to the expected Elder and Deacon breakout groups, there will be a special third group on Safe Church Practices led by Jane Odell from the Synod.  This special workshop will be open to any Elders, Deacons, child-workers, and church staff.  Every church in the Presbytery is required to have a “Safe Church” policy on developing and implementing ways to protect the kids from harm and to protect ourselves from possibly liability. This workshop will be a great help for this! The Elder breakout group will talk about “transformational leadership” with a free resource from the “Being Reformed” series.  The Deacon track will be encouraging and informative about how we minister to our members. It all happens February 20th, 8:00am at First Presbyterian Church, Turlock.  We hope each church can send at least one person to attend each track. On behalf of our committee, and our presbytery, I sincerely hope to see you there! Blessings, -Karl p.s. Please print a few of these flyers to pass out at your next Session and Deacon’s meeting or post around church! Download (PDF,...
Youth Bowling Night, January 31, 2016

Youth Bowling Night, January 31, 2016

ROLL on over, there’s no time to SPARE! Stockton Presbytery Youth are going BOWLING and we want YOU there! When:  January 31, 2016 Time: 4:00 – 6:30 pm Who:   All 6th – 12th Graders Cost:   Bowling and Shoe Rental are FREE! Food, drinks, arcade games, etc. are not included. Where:  Manteca Bowl 1251 East Yosemite Ave. Manteca, CA  95336 RSVP:    Reservations required!  SPACE IS LIMITED! Reserve your spot by December 31st. Text, Call, or email Sandy Mahurin with the number of youth and adult spots needed and your contact information. (209) 570-1135 jsjimahurin@comcast.net Fun, Friends, & Prizes Click here to download a printable...

Former Stated Clerk Keith Drury Passes Away

I am saddened to inform you that our dear brother in Christ, and former Stated Clerk of the Stockton Presbytery, Keith Drury passed away today, November 25, 2014 at 5:21 p.m. His memorial service will be on Friday, December 12 in the afternoon (time TBA) at Central Presbyterian Church, Merced. While we are saddened by Keith’s death, we rejoice that our brother is now in glory! Please keep his family in...

2014 General Assembly Summary (From The Presbyterian Outlook)

This is a copy-ready bulletin-sized insert summarizing the actions of the 221st General Assembly (2014) recently concluded in Detroit, MI. The layout is on two sheets to be copied back to back, then cut in half. Click on this link for a Summary of the 2014 General Assembly from the Presbyterian...

General Assembly Update for Saturday (From Rev. Nancy Clegg, Stated Clerk)

More Headline News from General Assembly I have sent to the presbytery the letter from the Stated Clerk Gradye Parsons and the Moderator of the General Assembly Heath Rada, and the Executive Director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency Linda Valentine regarding the vote of the assembly on marriage.  I am attaching the results of the other headline news regarding the assembly’s action on divestment in an effort to speak to the continuing conflict in Israel and Palestine.  It is interesting to me to observe at this assembly the more divided and debated issues were about Middle East issues and environmental issues than about changing the definition of marriage.  I don’t know fully what that means other than one observation that the church reflects the culture of which we are a part. In a way that is a good thing.  The church has to relate to the present and everyday culture (think “seeker sensitive” worship, and listening to the voices of the young adults who seek a place in a church that is not outdated or has no relevance with their life).  In another way the church needs to stand apart and sometimes against the cultural norms and values that are contrary to scripture and the witness of Christ; such as peacemaking, food sovereignty, equitable resources, and human dignity. How did we do at General Assembly?  We addressed a lot of social issues to make a witness to our faith in a loving and forgiving, challenging and renewing God.  We held up the authority of the Word of God in all our deliberations, focused on our calling as baptized children of God called by our Lord, and...