Monday Morning Reflections


I gave you a land on which you had not labored, and towns that you had not built, and you live in them; you eat the fruit of vineyards and olive groves that you did not plant. Joshua 24:13 I hope you had a joyous World Communion Sunday yesterday. We on Presbytery...

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Presbytery Meeting Notes

For the LORD’s anger is but for a moment;    God’s favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may linger for the night,    but joy comes with the morning. Psalm 30:5 After weeks of heat, smoke, ash, and flames, I stepped outside for a bit on Saturday morning and thought I was...

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Reflection: Ally Lee

If there is any encouragement in Christ, any consolation from love, any sharing in the Spirit, any compassion and sympathy, make my joy complete: be of the same mind, having the same love, being in full accord and of one mind. Do nothing from selfish ambition or...

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Stated Clerk’s Corner September 2020

The Stated Clerk’s duties have certainly been impacted by Covid-19 like so many others. I have been postponing Review of Minute Books and Registers until October hoping that things might have changed enough for Clerks of Session to gather together and review each...

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Happy Days are finally here

Happy Days are finally here, The days of nine to five have disappeared. I’ve worked all my life and paid my dues. Now I get to do anything I choose. Author unknown I started my employment at the Presbytery of San Gabriel on July 1, 2001. After an interview with the...

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Adventures in Justice – Merilie Robertson

Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, and please the widow's cause. Isaiah 1:17 I have known Merilie Robertson since the early 1990’s when our paths crossed as my husband and I were gearing up for PC(USA) mission service....

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BListen to me, you that pursue righteousness,     you that seek the Lord. Look to the rock from which you were hewn,    and to the quarry from which you were dug. Isaiah 51:1 It has been a full month since we received any new orders from the LA County Department of...

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New Beginnings

They went through the region of Phrygia and Galatia, having been forbidden by the Holy Spirit to speak the word in Asia. Acts 16:6 The Presbyterian Church (USA) is an ethnic church.  We are a child of the Church of Scotland, and even now there are still signs of our...

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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.