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This coming Sunday...
Please give a warm welcome to Rev. Linda Culbertson who will be giving today’s sermon while Rev. Kang is away on vacation.
A Brief Bio on Reverend Linda L. Culbertson:
Rev. Linda Culbertson is a native of Southern California. She received a B.S. in Anthropology/Behavior
Sciences and a M.A. in Education from California State University, Dominguez Hills. Her career path
began as an elementary school teacher, followed by an appointment as a community relations specialist
for the Los Angeles Unified School District during the time of court-ordered desegregation of its schools.
An active layperson serving in the ministries of the local church, presbytery, synod, and general
assembly since high school, she further pursued the call to ministry. In 1986, she received an MDiv from
McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago. Before being called to serve the Presbytery of the Pacific in
1992 as the Associate General Presbyter for Congregational Life, Linda served as the director of a
specialized ministry working with street prostitutes and their children and as an interim pastor. In 1998,
the Rev Culbertson was elected General Presbyter of the Presbytery of the Pacific. The Presbytery’s
mission field is one of the most diverse, multicultural regions in the country. Linda continues to serve
our denomination in its work with racial ethnic, cross-cultural and multicultural ministries, new
immigrant ministries, urban ministry, church development, and the missional role of presbyteries for the
21 st century.
News You Could Use:
The following is shared with you since we are a bi-denominational church:
PCUSA Condemns War With Iran
“As people of faith, we condemn the United States’ dangerous aggression towards Iran, including the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani and the deployment of additional troops to the region. We urge the Administration to step back from the brink of war.” --Joint statement by PC(USA) and over twenty denominations and faith-based organizations
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has at several points in recent years lifted up the value of reduced tensions and open dialogue with Iran. The most recent General Assembly affirmed the value of respectful understanding and reducing tensions with the government and the 82 million people of Iran.
As members of a community of nations, we must work to reduce tension and avoid conflict, rather than continuing down the path to yet another war in the Middle East. The PCUSA joined with other denominations and faith-based organizations in a statement calling for an end to the rush to war. Let us pray for peace, and let us stand for peace.
Ask your Senators and Representative to cosponsor S. 1039/H.R. 2354 to prohibit an unauthorized war with Iran.
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Disaster Response: Australia
Prayer for Australia
God of all creation, we weep at the destruction wrought by wildfires in Australia. The images of land, homes, people and animals decimated by flames and smoke evoke cries of “How long, O Lord?”
Bring relief to those suffering unspeakable loss. Grant respite for firefighters and first responders, helpers of all kinds and leaders making difficult decisions. Even as the land is engulfed in devastation, grant hope for new life and restoration. Grow our resolve to do all that is in our power to stop the conditions that are the catalysts of countless natural disasters.
Envelop your beloved world with a vision of your promised future, where crying and death are no more, where the river of life flows, trees shelter all nations and every creature is cared for with compassion.
May your peaceful and certain future compel us to actions that give glimpses of its beauty today, especially in those places most in need of your healing. Amen.
Disaster Response: Puerto Rico
Pacific Presbytery’s Disaster Response Team: Being the Church in Times of Disaster: JOIN US!
Our Disaster Response Team will soon be gathering to develop disaster plans and response for our churches. You are welcome to join us! We meet on an as-needed basis. Please contact Rev. Dave Worth, Disaster Response Team Chair: email@example.com or Rev. Heidi Worthen Gamble, Mission Catalyst: firstname.lastname@example.org to get involved!
Climate Change Challenge
Climate change is causing our fires to burn at hotter temperatures, scorching the earth. We know that is true here in Southern California and it is true for Australia. The Presbyterian Hunger Program launched a new Climate Care Challenge for individuals and congregations in the PC(USA). Take the challenge HERE. And consider becoming an EarthCare Congregation.