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Welcome! On behalf of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos, I am pleased to present this blog, home of the exciting Mission Summits which has also evolved into our communications tool for mission and outreach in our presbytery!

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Mission Connections: Listening to all voices, Feb. 6th, 2016, 8:00 AM – 12:30 PM, Tustin Presbyterian Church, 225 West Main, Tustin, CA

8:00 AM – 8:30 AM – Exhibits setup, Registration and Continental Breakfast

9:00 AM – 10:00 AM KEYNOTE:  Rev. Laura Cheifetz, Vice-President, Presbyterian Publishing Corporation, Louisville, KY. Mission and Anti-racism

10: 15 AM – 11:15 AMBREAKOUT SESSIONS (choose one of the following three):

  • Lynn Gifford, Listening to Sojourner Truth: Claiming our own Identity
  • Syuzanna Petrosyan, Lessons Learned About People-To-People Exchange and Citizen Diplomacy
  • Anita Coleman, Four Global Disruptive Forces and Mission Today
11:30 AM – 12: 30 AM – EXHIBITS AND NETWORKING; BLESSINGS RAFFLE PRIZES; CLOSING PRAYER

Exhibitors include:

  1. Angel Interfaith Network
  2. Charis Research
  3. Community Presbyterian Church of La Mirada
  4. Diocese of Orange County, Life, Peace, Justice, OC Death Penalty Group
  5. Empower International Ministries
  6. Fair Trade
  7. First Presbyterian Church – Norwalk
  8. First Presbyterian Church – Orange
  9. First Presbyterian Church – Santa Ana
  10. Friends of Orange County Detainees
  11. Olive Tree Initiative
  12. ­­Peace and Justice Commission, St. Mark Presbyterian Church, Newport Beach
  13. Placentia Presbyterian Church
  14. Pravaham: A Community for Peace and Justice
  15. Presbyterian World Mission
  16. Presbyterian Publishing Corporation
  17. Presbyterian Women of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos
  18. Presbytery of Los Ranchos
  19. Presbytery of Los Ranchos Mission Coalition with Habitat for Humanity
  20. RV Ministry
  21. San Clemente Presbyterian Church
  22. Shower Ministry, First Presbyterian Church – Garden Grove
  23. Syria-Lebanon Partnership Network
  24. Theological Seminary of the West
  25. Unaccompanied Children and Refugee Empowerment / Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
  26. Wings of Faith
  27. With Hope, The Amber Craig Memorial Foundation
  28. Maricarmen Campos Castro, Christian Writer – Meet the Author of Warriors

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Old News Below is Retained for Archival/Informative Purposes

What? Families in Mission (This reflects and acknowledges that our Presbytery churches and mission partners truly come from different groups, fellowships, and denominations beyond the PC (USA). We are the family of God, many families on his mission in our world.)

When? Sat. February 7, 2015 (~8:00 AM – 1:00 PM)

Where? First Pres. Church, 11832 Euclid St. Garden Grove, CA 92840

Who? Keynote Speaker: Dave Scott (Asst. Prof. & Director for the Center of Missiological Research at Fuller Theological Seminary), Topic: Children in Mission; Additional Presentations include Breakout Sessions led by national and presbytery level mission leaders, pastors, worship leaders, and artists; Exhibits by leading local organizations involved in outreach, community engagement, and worldwide mission agencies; multicultural worship and more.

Join us in praying for the Summit! The 2015 Mission Summit Planning team has chosen this Hillsong United song as our prayer: Oceans (Where Feet May Fail)

Here are the lyrics to the song, our prayer for each and every one God is preparing to be a part of Summit 2015:  You call me [us] out upon the waters, The great unknown where feet may fail And there I [we] find You in the mystery In oceans deep, My [our] faith will stand. And I [we] will call upon Your name, And keep my [our] eyes above the waves, When oceans rise, My [our] soul[s] will rest in Your embrace, For I [we] am Yours and You are mine [ours]. Your grace abounds in deepest waters, Your sovereign hand, Will be my [our] guide, Where feet may fail and fear surrounds me [us], You’ve never failed and You won’t start now. So I [we] will call upon Your name, And keep my [our] eyes above the waves, When oceans rise, My [our] soul will rest in Your embrace, For I [we] am [are] Yours and You are mine [ours]. Spirit lead me where my [our] trust is without borders, Let me [us] walk upon the waters, Wherever You would call me [us], Take me [us] deeper than my [our] feet could ever wander, And my [our] faith will be made stronger, In the presence of my [our] Savior. I [we] will call upon Your name, Keep my [our] eyes above the waves, My [our] soul[s] will rest in Your embrace, I [we] am [are] Yours and You are mine [ours]. Amen

Also, I invite you to browse the 2014 welcome letter below. It will give you an idea of our Summit. 

in His Grace,

Anita Coleman,Volunteer, on behalf of the 2015 Mission Summit Planning Team, 16 October, 2014

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Mission Summit 2014 took place on 8 February 2014, at Trinity United Presbyterian Church, 13922 Prospect St., Santa Ana. The Mission Summit blog was created to help us with the process of planning and promoting the Summit. The goal of the Summit is to provide a place for people, interested in missions in our Presbytery churches, though all are welcome, to gather and connect with each other, to learn about mission topics and missions, and to share ideas. The post Summit goal for our blog is informed by our recognition of PLR mission groups as semi-virtual communities who come together annually at the mission summit, and then for the rest of the year work asynchronously (e.g through this blog) and through smaller groups (e.g. local church mission groups, Presbyterian Women, the unaffiliated, and non profit groups, etc.) using real-time and online communication media such as phone call and emails. We want to continue to build our sense of community of God’s mission together and hence this blog.

How can I find out what other churches are doing? How can I share what I am doing? What are the opportunities for serving together in mission? These are questions we hear all the time. Well, join the blog, read the posts, interact, and engage! Join the 2015 Summit Planning Team and get connected with others who are enthusiastically joining God in setting His Creation whole. Share your passion for people in Orange County and around the world, and help us build Jesus’ Kingdom on earth. To find out more about Summit 2014 or past Summits, please browse through these links: Welcome to Mission Summit 2014 and Event Info (which includes the program schedules of all the 4 Summits held thus far). You can also read a brief history of the Mission Summit from this post titled A God-honoring Community. Enjoy!

Stay Connected with the Summit Blog and get the latest news: We encourage you to sign up for our blog updates by using the Follow Blog By Email link on the top right. We will be sharing monthly news about the initiatives we are planning. A call to join the Summit 2015 planning team will be made in the Spring.

Pray for the Mission Summit: In 2014, the Summit Planning Team and a small team of prayer warriors from in and out of the presbytery regularly prayed for all of us. Our prayer used the lyrics from a song by the Irish band Rend Collective Experiment – Build Your Kingdom Here (Album: Homemade Worship for Handmade People).

“Come set Your rule and reign In our hearts again Increase in us we pray Unveil why we’re made Come set our hearts ablaze with hope Like wildfire in our very souls Holy Spirit come invade us now We are Your Church We need Your power In us We seek Your kingdom first We hunger and we thirst Refuse to waste our lives For You’re our joy and prize To see the captive hearts released The hurt; the sick; the poor at peace We lay down our lives for Heaven’s cause We are Your church We pray revive This Earth Build Your kingdom here Let the darkness fear Show Your mighty hand Heal our streets and land Set Your church on fire Win this nation back Change the atmosphere Build Your kingdom here We pray Unleash Your kingdom’s power Reaching the near and far No force of hell can stop Your beauty changing hearts You made us for much more than this Awake the kingdom seed in us Fill us with the strength and love of Christ We are Your church.”

The 2014 Summit Planning Team is now formally ended. Thanks for signing up to follow the blog. I loved seeing you all at the Summit and look forward to connecting with you online via this blog and in real time at events in our churches, Open Space, Presbytery gatherings, and around the OC. Until we meet again. For the Lord takes delight in His people. Psalm 149. 4

Anita Coleman (Volunteer) Chair, 2014 Summit Planning Team; Member, Strategic Coordinating Team (SCT) of the Presbytery of Los Ranchos.

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    • Thanks, Don! What a great idea! Would you please put it in agenda for Jan. WMP meeting? I won’t be there at Dec. meeting as I’ll be on STM in India. Thanks.

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