See this Powerful Documentary

“Making a Life:Knowledge is Power” tells the stories immigrant workers on the Central Coast. It was produced with a grant from the Presbytery of San Jose and support from First Presbyterian Church of Monterey. Come to the premier: Dec 6 at CSUMB Center for Arts & Culture, 1 Main Street, Salinas, CA. Doors open at 5:30, 6:00pm English Screening, 7:00pm Spanish Screening.

Next Friday’s screening also includes panel discussions with those appearing in the film; complimentary enchiladas, tamales, beverages; the Art of José Ortiz and Hijos del Sol on display; and information on immigration attorneys, mental health professionals, and community support organizations.

Please support this film, produced with the support of First Presbyterian Church of Monterey and a grant from the Presbytery of San Jose. For more information, visit

PC(USA) Responds to Hurricane Dorian

Initially, the Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is sending relief in the Bahamas is in the form of a Solidarity Grant. PDA is working with Bahamas Methodist Habitat, ACT Alliance and Church World Service in the Bahamas; and stateside, with Southeastern Presbyteries in the path of Dorian, such as the Presbytery of Charlotte.

PDA is actively soliciting donations for assistance. “Our ability to respond is a reflection of the generosity of the denomination,” says the Rev. Jim Kirk, Associate for National Disaster Response.

To support PDA’s response, please use this online donation form or send a check with “DR000194-Dorian” on the memo line to:

Presbyterian Church (USA)
P.O. Box 643700
Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Other ways to help:

Stay Informed – Sign up to receive PDA RIN (Rapid Information Network) emails

Learn how to Volunteer with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Assemble “Gift of the Heart” Cleanup Kits

Communications Retreat Aug 17

Pastor Bruce Reyes-Chow of First Pres. Palo Alto will help you to “find engaging and achievable ways to share our versions of the Gospel in ways that make sense to who we are now and who we hope to become in the future.” Register now to take advantage of this free workshop!

9am – Noon, Saturday August 17, 2019
First Pres. Conference Room

1140 Cowper Street
Palo Alto, CA

Details and Registration Link can be found at the website of First Presbyterian Church of Palo Alto:

Join a Civil Conversation, Sept 21

Our Country is having trouble making important decisions and solving problems in the United States. Americans find it more and more difficult to even speak with one another. 

It is damaging in multiple ways:

  • Major issues, such as National Debt, Immigration, Health Care, and Social Security, get kicked down the road again and again.
  • Fewer people vote or participate in public life.
  • We have lost confidence in national institutions.

Click this link to register, and join a civil conversation about our divided house. 

Saturday, September 21, 1 – 5 pm. 
Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church Fellowship Hall
728 W. Fremont Ave. Sunnyvale, CA 94087

We will share views about ways to bridge the divide based on :

  • Reducing dangerous, toxic talk
  • Making and following fairer rules for politics
  • Taking control and making decisions closer to home

Our conversation will cover options, trade-offs, and agreements.

Sponsored by the Leagues of Women Voters of Santa Clara County and the American Association of University Women Interbranch Council Santa Clara County.

Leagues of Women Voters

Grieving for Gilroy

Friends and Colleagues in the Presbytery:

As the tragic shooting at the Gilroy Garlic Festival continues to unfold, we know that many of you have inquired about the folks at Gilroy Presbyterian Church (GPC).

We have been in touch with the pastor, Rev. Trevor Van Laar, who was working at the festival and later provided chaplain duties. We have also touched base with others from GPC, and so far, everyone from the church checks in safe. Joey has been in touch with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, and they stand ready to offer support in the ways that they can.

The area is still an active crime scene, an ongoing investigation is underway, and trauma and grief counseling is available.

We hope you will join us in praying for the victims, recovery for the injured, and patience and strength for the pastors, staff and leaders at GPC as they seek to be light and salt for the community during this difficult time. The church will be open from 11am – 5pm today for prayers and support.

Rev. Joey Lee
Executive Presbyter

Rev. Erica Rader
Stated Clerk