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Voice of Christmas Saturday

Author: Presbyter
December 19, 2016


In this warm, happy, full of Christmas atmosphere of the season, on behalf of the Taiwanese American Presbyterian Church of Las Vegas(TAPCLV) we greet you, and wish you all Christmas Cheer!

More than 20 members of the TPC(South California Taiwanese Presbyterian Conference) Choir will come to Las Vegas on Saturday (12/17) for “The Voice of Christmas” program by Joseph M. Martin and “Oasis Choir” from the Taiwanese Association of Las Vegas. The TAPCLV Choir will also be a part of the concert.

Soprano: Pei-Ning Ku, Sally Tsai
Tenor: Scott Pan, Howard Kuo
Musicians: Sam Sun ,Juliana Sun

Come enjoy this wonderful 2016 Christmas music feast with us! Saturday, December 17th at 6:30 pm, TAPCLV Church, 1515 West Charleston Blvd., Las Vegas, NV 89102 (at Grace Presbyterian Church). Due to the widening of Highway 15, the entrance to the car park is bypassed to Shadow Ln. Turn left into Ellis Ave. to get there.  Please leave home early so you don’t miss any of the concert!

This concert is free of charge. Please invite your friends and neighbors, English subtitles translation will be provided.

Once again we wish you a happy Christmas season full of peace and sincerely hope to see you and your friends Saturday, December 17th!

Merry Christmas!!
Rev. Paul Chen


Fry Retries Retiring

Author: Presbytery Elder
December 15, 2016

Reverend Alban (Al) Fry retires on January 2, 2017 from the First Presbyterian Church in Virginia City. Rev. Al has served this church and community for the past five years, first as interim and then as the permanent pastor.

One of his favorite activities is meeting with the Good News Club at the Gallagher Elementary School. The kids are always so open and straight forward about what they think.

Ordained in 1963, Al first served the Elko area churches (Elko, Lamoille and Wells) as their mobile minister. He loved the beauty in that part of Nevada and continues friendships begun there.

He moved to the newly established Presbyterian Church at Incline Village next and served there for three years during which he formed the church Christian education program. Incline holds a special place in Al’s heart as both his children were born during this time.

In 1971, Al went to prison. He began a career of service as the first chaplain in the Nevada Prison System. A lot of his work there was recruiting and equipping volunteers to minister to the inmates throughout Nevada’s prison system. He is really proud of the Native American ministry program which has proven effective at reducing relapse. The program includes a sweat lodge which continues actively today.

Following his retirement in 1999, Al served in Gardnerville and Elko (repeat performance) Nevada, Twin Falls and Burley, Idaho as well as Baker City, Oregon. He specialized in churches in transition helping them find peace in conflict. Al’s hostage negotiation training from the FBI has served his communities well to navigate tough situations.

When asked what he hopes for Virginia City, he said, “I hope the community warmly receives the new pastor (whoever that may be). This will have a positive impact both on the church and on Virginia City.”

Al will preach his last sermon on Sunday, January 1, 2017 with the service beginning at 9:30 am. The community is welcome. The service will be followed by a potluck in his honor. Again, the community is welcome to join in.

Al has retired six previous times. Maybe this time it will stick. We doubt it though. He’ll find some volunteer activity or three and be as busy as he wants to be. We hope he finds some quiet time to just enjoy life and maybe scare a fish or two!

  • – by Cheryl Blomstrom


Pastors Brunch

Author: Hilda Pecoraro
December 3, 2016

Southern Nevada Presbyterian Clergy Christmas Brunch

It was a joy to gather with pastors and their families on Saturday, December 3 at Green Valley Presbyterian Church for an Advent/Christmas celebration.  Nineteen were able to attend and to enjoy the fellowship around the festive tables.

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.

December 2, 2016


Notes from
the Presbytery Pastor

Joys, concerns, events, and mission in Nevada Presbytery collected by our Presbytery Pastor, the Rev. Hilda Pecoraro. Click link above or image at right to download printable PDF notes.


Committees Form

Author: Christy Ramsey
November 29, 2016

CommiteeRosterLogoWe 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.


Thanks for Giving

Author: Christy Ramsey
November 15, 2016

20161113_110842Stewardship Strategies

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.



November 1, 2016


Notes from
the Presbytery Pastor

Joys, concerns, events, and mission in Nevada Presbytery collected by our Presbytery Pastor, the Rev. Hilda Pecoraro. Click link above or image at right to download printable PDF notes.


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 oimag1726f 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, thimag1736e 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!



Asian Leaders Gathering

Author: Presbyter
October 25, 2016

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:

Southern California
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

Northern California

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.


Mei-hui Lai
Asian Intercultural Congregational Support
Racial Ethnic and Women’s ministries



Hurricane Matthew Response

Author: Hilda Pecoraro
October 7, 2016


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.


Presbyterian Disaster Assistance