News and Events

Presbytery and Beyond

General Assembly is starting up!

Posted June 14, 2018

Some of San Gabriel’s team are already on their way to St. Louis, Missouri! Please pray for holy deliberations, great community, and safe travels for:

  • YAAD Sophia Alecci
  • RE Commissioner Deborah Owens
  • TE Commissioner Bear Ride
  • Stated Clerk Diane Frasher
  • Executive Presbyter Wendy Tajima

The booklet for the GA is on-line. It includes all the information about the logistics, schedule, and worship resources for the week. You can find information about GA at –and if you want to download the book, look for the red icon on the left-hand of the screen.

If you want all the detail on the overtures and business of the GA, go to This is constantly updated throughout the week.

And if you want to feel like you’re there, you can get the Guidebook app that includes lots of information, daily news, and regular updates as the business changes. You can get the app at

May we as a church continue to listen for God’s voice, and in all we do and say, may we reflect the light of Christ.

Blessings to all who are traveling to GA!

Help for Those in Need

Board of Pensions

Benifit Connections

Posted March 21, 2018

Thursday, April 19th, 10:30 AM -2:30 PM
Sheraton Gateway on Century near LAX

This will be important gathering for all Presbytery leaders, staff, COM and CPM leaders, pastors, and administrators.  Frank Spencer our Board of Pensions President along with Stew Beltz, VP for Benefits will be present to lead us.  With the new programs for pastors, presbyteries, and plan members coming beginning in July of this year, this will be a chance to learn and prepare, ask questions, and give feedback. More

Register  (Registration ends March 23 or when seating is reached.)

Medical Director for Malawi

Posted March 21, 2018

Nkhoma Hospital is one of San Clemente Presbyterian’s Y-Malawi partners and they are in need of a Medical Director for a year, starting in June 2018.

Contact Sheryl France-Moran if you know anyone who could fill this position.

Job Description

Antiracism Training

Posted March 21, 2018

Saturday, April 14, 9 AM-12 PM during the Synod Assembly

Monte Vista Grove Homes, Marwick Place
2889 San Pasqual St, Pasadena, CA 91107

Presented by Eric Law of the Kaleidescope Institute. Open to all.
Lunch is provided with RSVP.
Please RSVP with Fried Wilson

Spring Review of Minutes

Posted March 21, 2018

The Spring Review of Minute Books will be held at Shepherd of the Valley Presbyterian Church, Hacienda Heights on May 5, 2018 at 10:00 AM. The Review Form has been updated to contain the newly added item: Safety Policy for Youth in addition to one we previously had for Children. This is a new item, but we need to be working on this safety policy as it is a new GA requirement. And we most certainly want to keep our children and youth safe while they are on our campuses or on a field trip of some sort. The two policies should look a little different as it takes different approaches to care for the two different age brackets. Please think independently on each. Click HERE to download the Review Form.

I look forward to seeing many of the clerks and pastors at the Spring Review of Minute Books and Registers. Remember, if you haven’t had your books reviewed for a couple of years, we would expect to see those years too. Now, a caveat to that statement: If you are behind in your Minute Books and Registers for some years, but have this year’s up-to-date, please come and bring what you have. It is better to get started reviewing than to continuing remaining behind. We want to help you start catching up.

The Fall Review of Minute Books is still planned for October 2018 at New Hope Presbyterian Church in Pasadena. We will publish the date as soon as we have it.

Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth

Posted February 26, 2018

Wednessday, March 21
Huntington Hospital, Pasadena

Transforming Loss: Finding Potential for Growth is designed to assist counselors and others working with bereaved persons, the tools to support and encourage transformative growth and will supply self-help advice for the bereaved themselves. The presentation will highlight factors associated with resilience and post-traumatic growth factors.
After the program, a local panel of grief professionals will provide further information and local resources
and be available to answer any questions

Eric Wall, Sacred Music Professor Coming

Posted February 26, 2018

Thursday, March 15 at 4 p.m. in Marwick Place, Monte Vista Grove Homes

Eric Wall, Assistant Professor of Sacred Music and Dean of the Chapel at Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary, will be here at Monte Vista Grove Homes on March 15 as Convocation speaker. At Austin Seminary, Eric is the seminary musician who oversees the seminary worship life. He also teaches courses related to church music and worship. Eric serves as Conference Center Musician for Montreat Conference Center in North Carolina, where he spends the summer season overseeing the music for Summer Worship, directing the summer staff choir, and offering concerts and lectures. From 1998 to 2015, he was Director of Music at First Presbyterian Church, Asheville, North Carolina.

Eric has contributed to Call to Worship, the journal of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Office of Theology and Worship, to The Christian Century, and to the Hymn Society’s journal The Hymn. He regularly serves the larger church by providing music andplanning leadership for a variety of conferences and gatherings and by serving as a music and worship consultant for other Presbyterian churches. He has taught as an adjunct professor at Columbia Theological Seminary. He holds memberships in the Presbyterian Association of Musicians, The Hymn Society in the United States and Canada, and the American Guild of Organists (Dean of Western North Carolina Chapter, 2009 – 2011). He received a Bachelor of Music in Organ Performance in 1991 and a Master of Music in Choral Conducting in 1993, both from Florida State University.

His knowledge of and appreciation/passion for congregational song helped energize and fortify every worship service. Through his respect for the old and his enthusiastic embracing of the new, congregants came to experience Glory to God, not only as a “new hymnal”
but also as a beloved book. Glory to God connects us with and affirms our past, while giving sound to new vision and challenges facing the church in the 21st century.


Explore Our New Hymnal

Posted February 26, 2018

Tuesday, March 6 and 13 at 4 p.m. in Marwick Place

Led by Rebecca Thompson

Hurricane Relief

Posted January 16, 2018

Would you like to help with the relief effort in Puerto Rico following Hurricane Maria?

International Mission Partnerships and Cross-cultural Training (IMPACT) is taking applications for a trip this summer.

IMPACT is a local faith-based organization that trains and sends out mission groups each year to places where they have local contacts.

IMPACT will be partnering with All Hands and Hearts or World Renew this summer to put together a clean-up and recovery trip to Puerto Rico. The cross-cultural training dates are June 25-28 and it takes place in Southern CA. Directly after training the group will travel to Puerto Rico and is scheduled to return on July 10.

Applications are being accepted now and are due Feb. 10, so don’t delay. For more information about IMPACT.

Caring for Creation with Biodegradable Supplies

Posted Jan 16, 2018



The Justice, Peacemaking, and Mission Committee presented two focus areas for 2018 at our Nov. 2017 presbytery meeting.  One of these 2018 focus areas for the presbytery is Environmental Stewardship.  Acting on this focus the JPM Committee decided to provide biodegradable and compostable plates, cups, napkins, and utensils for 2018 presbytery meetings.  The members of JPM are committed to making a concerted effort to reduce the trash that sits in landfills for years and hopes that all our churches will do the same at congregational events.


JPM suggests that your churches either use reusable/washable items, or biodegradable/compostable items, which are easily found in marketplaces today.  We were pleased to hear from our November survey that some of you are already using real dishes and flatware and washing them.  If you want to use biodegradable/compostable utensils, you can buy them through online marketplaces such as Amazon and local markets such as Smart & Final (at Smart & Final, look for brands like Sun Harvest plates or Greenware cups).  If your church has a good supplier for such items, please let us know so we can pass on the information.


If you need any ideas for how to be better environmental stewards don’t hesitate to ask members of the JPM Committee:


Matt Colwell, Chair
Walter Contreras
Rob Crowell
Carolyn Harris
Young Lee Hertig
Angelica Michail
Jen Strickland
Dean Thompson
Wendy Gist, Staff

New Moderator

Posted Fabruary 6, 2018

The Presbytery of San Gabriel witnessed at it’s January meeting the installation of its new moderator.

At the podium is Elder Fried Wilson, the out-going Presbytery Moderator.  The woman is Rev. Becca Bateman, the new Moderator for 2018 and the man next to her is Rev. Roberto Ramirez, the new Vice Moderator for 2018.


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


Local Church

Malawi: Transformation Journey

San Marino Community Church
July 16-August 2, 2018 More