Mission and Outreach Task Force

Presbytery Activities

1. Presbytery Mission Adventure

In the month of October 2017 and 2018 churches within the Presbytery worked together sharing in each other’s mission and outreach ministries in our annual Presbytery Mission Adventure. For many participants, these were great opportunities to learn from each other, to work hand-in-hand as a family of God, touching people in the communities outside the comfort zone of each church. Please pray for the preparation, work and grace for the continuation of this program.

2) Presbytery Mission to Puerto Rico 2019

Our brothers and sisters in Puerto Rico are still in need, enduring a painfully slow recovery from Hurricane Maria.  A presbytery-wide mission trip is planned to continue the unfinished work from our last trip in the summer of 2018. The group will work in coordination with the local congregations and communities to provide help and share the burdens. For anyone interested, please contact: Rev. Margaret Boles (email: SemFemMB@Aol.com) as soon as possible. Space is limited.

3) San Jose Presbytery Ministry Funding 2018

Front Door Ministry
Immanuel House

Local Church Activities

  • Food Closet:  Monterey, FP San Jose, Covenant, Foothill, Trinity, GKI, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos,  Santa Clara, Daesung, Westview
  • Feeding Homeless:
    – Front Door: FP San Jose, Foothill, Sunnyvale, Los Gatos, Trinity
    – Independent: Monterey, CCSV, Santa Clara, Daesung
  • Housing/Shelter:  Covenant, Monterey, Los Gatos, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Daesung
  • Refugees: Covenant, FP San Jose, Los Gatos,  Sunnyvale, Foothill, CCSV
  • International Mission Program: Covenant, Los Gatos, Monterey,  Trinity, GKI, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale
  • International Mission Trips: Covenant, Los Gatos, Monterey, Sunnyvale
  • Partnership with PCUSA Co-worker: Covenant, El Estero, Los Gatos, Monterey, Sunnyvale,
  • Youth/Children mission trips:  Covenant , Monterey, Sunnyvale, Santa Clara, Trinity, Westview
  • College Campus: Covenant, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, CCSV,
  • Hospital, At Risk, Disabled: Foothill, Monterey, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale, Trinity,
  • Women: FP San Jose, Los Gatos, Monterey, Sunnyvale, El Estero


1. Homeless Garden Project

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HomelessGardenProject

From the rather unique mission site of a 3.5 acre organic garden in the Westside of Santa Cruz, the Homeless Garden Project provides a unique transitional employment and job training program that offers a sanctuary to the homeless, sows seeds of hope for the heavy-hearted, and harvests the potential of every individual.  True to its mission, “in the soil of our urban farm and garden, people find the tools they need to build a home in the world,” the program empowers homeless individuals, helping each recognize and embrace their greater purpose in the world and make the most of their unique gifts

The program allows area homeless to sow, cultivate, and harvest organic produce to feed the community through a charitable CSA program that meets the nutritional needs of eight local nonprofit organizations serving over 1,400 individuals struggling with situations of foster and hospice care, post-imprisonment, HIV diagnosis, homelessness, and domestic abuse.  This transition from the role of recipient to provider gives “homeless trainees” a feeling of purpose and self-worth which allows them to value their unique gifts in the world.  The garden offers an interactive, relevant, and relational mission opportunity to individuals and groups of all ages as volunteers sow the soil alongside of homeless neighbors.  More than produce, the garden harvests relationships of mutual growth that open doors for individuals of all situations to share their stories, wisdom, and support across socio-economic lines.

We hope that you will consider the garden as a possible mission of your church and an opportunity for congregational members of all ages.  Please contact Ryan Althaus, a PC (USA) commissioned ruling elder, founder of Sweaty Sheep Ministries, and recent addition to the San Jose Presbytery at RyanA@homelessgardenproject.org or (443)223-7334, with any questions, ideas, etc.

You can learn more about the Garden at www.homelessgardenproject.org and take a look at the upcoming events at http://www.sustainevents.homelessgardenproject.org.

2. Personal supplies collection:

– Women’s Gathering Place: FP San Jose, Evergreen
– Opportunity Center for women out of jail: Covenant
3. School supplies donation: Evergreen
4. Christmas Gift:
– Ecumenical Hunger Program, East Palo Alto
– Second Harvest
5. Shared ideas:
– Fifth Sunday local services: Trinity
– Adopt a local school: Evergreen
– LIttle Free Library (“leave a book and take a book”): Evergreen
– Habitat for Humanity San Jose
6.Seasonal ideas:
Fall: Trunk-or-Treat: Trinity, Covenant
Winter: Alternative Christmas Gift Fair: Covenant

About The Task Force

1. To engage in sustaining relationships with local and international partners

2. To educate and resource congregations in the Presbytery of San Jose in understanding what it means to walk with our brothers and sisters in faith in communities that are vastly different from our own and to encourage multicultural presence and awareness within our presbytery.

3. To provide experiential/hands on opportunities to go and see what God is doing beyond our comfort zone, equipping God’s Children to serve in local and global communities.

4. To learn about existing partnerships within our presbytery

5. To explore a variety of models that seek to empower and equip God’s children in diverse economic realities

6. To connect with the General Assembly Presbyterian Mission Agency and other agencies both local and international. pcusa.org/missionconnections

Membership: The Mission and Outreach Task Force is comprised of Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders and members of congregations within the Presbytery of San Jose.

If you would like more to participate, or need information, please contact Task Force Chair, Margaret Boles semfemmb@aol.com