Monday Morning Reflections

Stated Clerk’s Corner September 2019

First on my items of the day is to remind everyone that the second and last Review of Minute Books and Registers for the year is coming up on October 5, 2019 at Calvary Presbyterian Church, South Pasadena beginning at 10:00 am that morning and expected to end by noon....

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Reflection

I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. John 13:34 God calls us to love one another, and while sometimes this commandment leads us to do good things for others, at other times it leads us to...

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Students Serve Across Los Angeles

This summer 30 teens and leaders from Presbyterian churches throughout the San Gabriel Valley and Riverside gathered daily for a week to become the hands and feet of Christ in service to others. During these five days, those who participated made a difference in the...

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Reflection: Staffing Update

Last week we included a couple of small staff-related announcements, and I wanted to expand on them today.  The first is the next step in Twila’s decision to move to part-time in 2020, and to focus on the bookkeeping function that has grown so large with the increase...

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Reflection

“Two are better than one because they have a good return for their hard work. If either should fall, one can pick up the other. But how miserable are those who fall and don’t have a companion to help them up!” Ecclesiastes 4: 9-10 The Bible makes it clear again and...

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Reflection: Living Matthew 25

“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on the throne of his glory.  All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and he will...

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Reflection

  “Buenas noches,” said the voice on the other end of the phone. It took me a minute to recognize the polite and timid tone. It was Jose*, a young man whose family I have become close to at church. “Sorry to bother you this late,” he continued, “but I wanted to talk...

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Reflection: Go Back

Perhaps this is the reason he was separated from you for a while, so that you might have him back forever, no longer as a slave but as more than a slave, a beloved brother—especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.          Philemon...

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Reflection: Judgment and Justice

“I myself will show him how much he must suffer for the sake of my name.”  Acts 9:16   There are many reasons that we humans fall into discord and disagreement.  Sometimes this happens simply because the same word means different things in our minds, but we assume we...

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Wendy S. Tajima
Executive Presbyter

Wendy has a creative, spiritual and prophetic way of seeing the world that offers deep insights for practical living. She believes the Church is renewed from the edges, not the center, when those who’ve been marginalized are embraced.