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Act of Kindness

Posted January 16, 2018

Blessing Formula: 4 large skeins of yarn or 3 yards of fabric + 40 hours of hand work + 40 hours of prayer = 1 hand crafted blanket x 631 = Every patient at LAC+USC Medical Center BLESSED on December 19, 2017!

All through the year, people in churches across Southern California knit, stitch and quilt blankets for the patients at LAC+USC. Many of the blankets are created as a prayer for healing and blessing. The chaplains give these beautiful hand-made blankets to patients in need throughout the year. However, once a year, in the week before Christmas, a team of volunteers come to the hospital and give a blanket to every patient who is in the hospital over the holidays. December 19, 2017 over 30 of us teamed up to go to each of the 600+ patients to offer them the gift of a prayerfully made blanket.

One of the volunteers described a patient who kept her eyes lowered and barely greeted him when he walked in the room, but once he explained that someone had made a blanket just for her, her face lit up with gratitude and a smile. I have continued to visit patients after the holidays, and in the middle of their drab space, I find the colorful hand made blankets carefully laid across their bed.

This outpouring of compassion was made possible by the many skilled hands who knit, crocheted and quilted their prayers into blankets and the dedicated volunteers who came to help distribute the blankets. Thanks to everyone who gave of their time, talents and treasure to bear witness to God’s love for those who are suffering.

Rev. Elizabeth Gibbs Zehnder serves as Presbyterian staff chaplain at LAC+USC Medical Center. To find out more about this ministry and how you can be involved, please contact her.

Service for the Unclaimed Dead of Los Angeles County

Posted January 16, 2018

December 6, 2017 we gathered around the fresh grave in the lawn behind the county crematorium, blinking in the bright Los Angeles sunlight – county workers, elected officials, community members, and family members. Chaplains and clergy from many faith traditions sang and offered blessings, including Rev. Elizabeth Gibbs Zehnder, the Presbyterian Staff Chaplain at LAC+USC Medical Center. The Street Symphony Chamber Singers filled the cemetery with song as mourners laid flowers and burned incense and sage. We came together opening our hearts to honor the lives and legacies of the 1,461 unclaimed people who were at last laid to rest.

A simple gravestone engraved with “2017” now marks the place where they are buried. How can it be that so many bodies go unclaimed in Los Angeles County? There are many reasons – Some people die alone in nursing homes and hospitals. Some were homeless. Others were babies who died at birth. Some people die and their families can’t afford to “claim” them. In the days before the service, the undertaker placed their ashes in a single mass grave. “2017” — the year they were cremated — now marks the plot.

Rev. Elizabeth Gibbs Zehnder serves as Presbyterian staff chaplain at LAC+USC Medical Center. The Presbyterian Chaplaincy is made possible through the Consortium funded by the Synod of Southern California and Hawaii, the Presbyteries of the Los Ranchos, Pacific, San Fernando and San Gabriel. To find out more about this ministry and how you can be involved, please contact her.

Mosaic of Peace

Posted January 9, 2018
April 29-May 12, 2018
A Presbyterian Peacemaking Conference in Israel/Palestine.

Apply online or call 800-728-7228 x5805


Job Opening

Posted January 9, 2018
Director of Outreach, Full Time
Claremont Presbyterian Church is seeking a Director of Outreach.
Minimum Qualifications:  Bachelor’s degree and three years’ experience working in a church, nonprofit, or similar organization. Some post-graduate work preferred. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
To apply: Submit resume, cover letter, and three current references in pdf format to  Applications will be received until the position is filled.


Presbytery Minumums 2018

Posted January 9, 2018
Pastor’s Miminum Salary: $53,745
Travel/Professional Expense Reimbursement: $2,550
Study Leave: $950
2018 Mileage Reimbursement Rates:
Ministry .545 cents per mile
Charitable 14 cents per mile
Business .545 cents per mile


Homeless Count 2018

Posted January 9, 2018
Los Angeles has more chronically homeless, homeless veterans, and homeless young people than any other city in the country. Seventy-five percent of all homeless people in Los Angeles are living on the streets, in their cars, or in other makeshift situations, the second-highest rate of in the country.  While homelessness is a big problem, we don’t have to accept it as an unsolvable problem.
The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count and the Pasadena Homeless Count are each an on-the-ground census of our homeless neighbors in need of support.  These Homeless Counts occurs every year and the data collected is essential for advocating for and allocating resources where they will serve the greatest needs.
The Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count: January 23-25, 2018 
There are various ways to volunteer.  Training and all equipment and materials needed are provided.  The time commitment on the night of the Count is usually 3-5 hours.  Donations of refreshments and other in-kind donations at deployment sites are also being sought.
For information on the Greater L.A. Homeless Count and to sign up to volunteer visit:  and
To see results from 2017 Los Angeles Homeless Count for the San Gabriel Valley click on this link:  San Gabriel Valley homelessness fact sheet
Pasadena Homeless Count: January 23 & 24, 2018
Volunteers are sent in teams of 2-3 to an assigned zone on the night of January 23 (8:00-10:00 p.m.) and the morning of January 24 (6:00-8:00 a.m.).  The same teams go out both times.  Volunteers should be 18+ and must attend an orientation on Jan. 17 or 18 (6:30 – 8:30 p.m.).
For information on the Pasadena Homeless Count and to sign up to volunteer visit: 

Grace for the End of 2017

Posted January 9, 2018

There’s still time to complete your shared mission giving for 2017!  The Presbytery office will receive 2017 contributions to the broader mission of the church until January 16, 2018.  The per-person apportionment will continue at $68/member.  Call the Presbytery office if you have any questions 626 614-5964.


Celebration of Life

Posted January 9, 2018

Memorial Service; January 27, 2018; 3:30 PM
Pakard Hall, Westminster Gardena, Duarte

Elder Hazel Harken, Commissioned Christian Educator for San Gabriel Presbytery, passed away on December 19th.  Hazel was the only person commissioned for education in this presbytery, and among other things coordinated a regular meeting of preschool directors for the presbytery.  Elder Harken, a long-time member of First Presbyterian Church Monrovia, she became a member-at-large of the presbytery when Monrovia left the PC(USA).
A service celebrating her life and giving thanks to God for her presence and leadership among us.  The service will be at Packard Hall at Westminster Gardena, 1420 Santo Domingo Avenue, Duarte, at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, January 27.



Posted January 6, 2018

January 20, 2018; 9 AM-1 PM
Presbytery Center, 9723 Garibaldi Ave., Temple City
Register Flyer

Plenary Speaker — Jake Mulder, Growing Young Author, Fuller Youth Institute
Unleashing the passion of young people in your church is possible! Churches are losing both members and vitality as increasing numbers of young people disengage. Based on groundbreaking research with over 250 of the nation’s leading congregations.

Growing Young provides a strategy any church can use to engage 15- to 29-year-olds and as a result grow spiritually, emotionally, missionally, and numerically. Growing Young co-author Jake Mulder will show us how we can position our churches to engage younger generations in a way that breathes vitality, life, and energy into the whole church.

APCE Annual Event

Posted August 6, 2017

January 31-February 3, 2018
The Galt House, Louisville, KY

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