Southern Nevada Presbyterian Clergy Christmas Brunch
A hearty brunch was followed with a time of sharing special Christmas moments, reflecting on a devotional, playing a game that tested our knowledge of Christmas music and singing some favorite carols, accompanied on piano by Rev. Lee Styer. Our special guest was Presbytery of Nevada Moderator Scott Plummer.
It was a lovely morning of food, fellowship, and gratitude to God for the greatest gift – our Savior Jesus Christ. Everyone left with a plate of homemade cookies and an ornament for the Christmas Tree.
We rejoice that we in the Presbytery of Nevada are blessed with such faithful pastors and families, who serve the Lord throughout the year – they are also a precious gift to us all.
We are blessed with folks who serve on committees for the ministry and mission of the Presbytery. A printable roster is now available along with a letter from our Stated Clerk detailing changes since the Presbytery meeting.
Thanks to the Nominating Committee, the Council, and the Stated Clerk for their work and the ministers and elders of the Presbytery for their service.
Elder Glen Smith shared some strategies with Lake Tahoe Community Presbyterian Church congregation on how to give more to the church and less to taxes. He agreed to share them with the Presbytery here.
What is your church doing for stewardship? Share in comments below or use our contact form!
Information provided is not financial advice and does not imply endorsement of the Presbytery. Please check all information with your church leadership and financial advisors.
A New Church is Born!
On Sunday afternoon, October 23, 2016 about 200 people gathered in the sanctuary of the Green Valley Presbyterian Church to share in an exceptional and joyful celebration: the chartering of a new congregation in the PC(USA): the First Filipino-American Presbyterian Church of Southern Nevada (FFAPC)! Moderator Scott Plummer called the meeting of the Presbytery of Nevada to order following a time of praise and worship led by the FFAPC Praise Team. In attendance to celebrate this special occasion were pastors and members from several congregations in our Presbytery, Rev. Mei-hui Lai from the Presbyterian Mission Agency, our Presbytery staff, members and friends of FFAPC and 20 or so members from Calvary Presbyterian Church of Wilmington, California, the church that planted FFAPC ten years ago.
The Petition to Charter the newest church in the Presbytery of Nevada was joyfully and unanimously approved. In addition, the Charter Members of FFAPC were received, the first Session and Board of Deacons were elected and installed, the call of the first Pastor, the Reverend Mariano “Nonong” Ordonez was approved and the Presbytery installed him as Pastor.
The Rev. Emmanuel Orendain, pastor of Calvary PC preached an inspiring sermon titled, “Not Just Another Light in Vegas.” He encouraged the new congregation to let the light of Christ shine brightly in their life together and in their ministry to the community. The service included outstanding music presented by the FFAPC Praise Team, FFAPC Choir, the Choir of Calvary Presbyterian Church, as well as a powerful solo by renowned tenor and FFAPC Choir Director Edward Granadosin. The congregation shared in the Lord’s Supper and in prayers for Pastor Nonong and the congregation. It was truly a wonderful and memorable worship service for all who were able to be present.
Following the worship service, everyone was invited to experience Filipino hospitality at its best! What a bountiful and delicious feast awaited all the guests – including the celebrated “Lechon,” a whole roasted pig! There was laughter, music and even some dancing as all shared in the joy of the special day. May God continue to pour out blessings upon pastor and people in the common ministry! Welcome FFAPC!
Here is an email from Rev. Mei-Hui Chen Lai (陳美蕙牧師) an Associate for Asian Congregational Support on the staff of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) in Louisville. Her work seeks to connect, equip and inspire Asian American Presbyterians in evangelism, mission, and leadership. She is a minister member of Seattle Presbytery, and she has served in the General Assembly offices of the Presbyterian Church in Taiwan.
The group picture in this pdf from Rev. Mei-Hui Chen Lai is of the Congregation of our newest Church, First Filipino American Presbyterian Church of Southern Nevada. There is also a picture of the whole kid that they posted. Click image to download
Very happy to announce that we’re going to have an Asian Leaders Gathering on Oct 29 for Southern California and on Nov 5 for Northern California. Welcome anyone who concerns about the Asian ministries to join the gathering. Every Asian church please send at least a pastor, an elder, a woman & an young adult leader to attend.
Purpose: Get together to share the church situation, strength or weakness, needs or resources.
- How we can encourage and enrich each other, share our faith and vision?
- Plan together for training or sharing programs and activities of 2017.
Two locations for your convenience:
Time: 2:00 – 5:30 pm on Saturday, Oct 29, 2016
Place: First Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove
11832 Euclid St., Garden Grove, CA 92840
Time : 10:30 am – 2:00 pm on Saturday, Nov 5, 2016
Place: First Presbyterian Church of Oakland
2619 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94612-3107
I moved to Southern California in Aug. I have already visited several Asian Congregations and Presbyteries. Hope to reach to each of you soon. Please let me know if you have any special event or need. I hope to gather and to learn all our need and hope. Please come to join the gathering.
Please reply to me how many of you will attend, and send me the attendant’s name, email, role in the church at your earliest convenience. I would like to prepare supper on Oct 29 & lunch on Nov 5 for everyone. Any suggestion before the gathering is very welcome.
Advent Calendar for 2016
A Journey of Memories
The 2016 Advent Calendar is available for ordering now. Indonesian translation has been competed. Please pray for all other 4 languages translators, they will complete the good works soon. We will provide Asian congregations the copies of Vietnamese, Thai, Taiwanese, Indonesian, Chinese languages. You may download from website to print or read by yourself for free. If order paper copy from my office, each copy is $1.50.
Asian Intercultural Congregational Support
Racial Ethnic and Women’s ministries
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) urges your support for those affected by Hurricane Matthew. The category 4 hurricane has already been blamed for hundreds of deaths and continues on a path of destruction toward the southeastern US coast. Earliest assessments confirm extensive damage in southwestern Haiti and eastern Cuba. PDA was already active in the area, doing long-term recovery work related to the 2010 earthquake in Haiti and Superstorm Sandy of 2012.
PDA will immediately begin working alongside established partners to respond to this latest crisis. Immediate response will help provide essential food, water, and supplies for impacted communities and villages. As long-term recovery needs are determined, PDA will continue to support those in impacted areas to ensure a comprehensive recovery.
As more information becomes available on conditions in Haiti, Cuba, the Bahamas, and the United States, PDA will update this information and keep the church apprised on the emerging disaster response and community needs for recovery. Thank you for your generosity in prayer and in giving to those whose lives have been impacted by wind and water; as the Holy Spirit once brooded over the unformed waters of the earth and created order and life, so your prayerful gifts bring hope out of chaos.
Do you know someone who may have the gifts, training and calling for these positions?
St. John’s Presbyterian Church in Reno is looking for a part-time youth director. Contact the church office for more information (775-826-0990).
Reno Korean Presbyterian Church is seeking a Youth Pastor – English speaker is requested. Contact Rev. Kyong Gun “David” Pak (775-358-4544).
Green Valley Presbyterian Church in Henderson is seeking a Financial Manager to “…provide financial services to the pastor, church staff and officers of the church, and to back up the Office Administrator in the daily operation of the church office.” Contact Diane Schurr at firstname.lastname@example.org for requirements and details on the position.