Tuesday, February 10
Presbytery of San Gabriel
Tapestry: A Presbyterian Youth Collective, which grew out of the collaboration of two San Gabriel youth pastors, provides hands-on experiences of compassionate and prophetic discipleship. Four years ago, Rev. Rocky Supinger and Rev. Becca Bateman planned a mission week for junior high students. Each day the students learned about mission opportunities by serving at a different site in the greater Los Angeles area. After the first year’s mission week, they added a retreat at the Big Bear Presbyterian Conference Center for youth from congregations in the presbyteries of San Gabriel and Riverside. And last summer, 42 senior high students participated in Ghost Ranch’s Youth Service Corps program, in which they learned about the cultures of northern New Mexico while serving at Ghost Ranch and in the community.
The Big Bear retreat, the junior high mission week, and Youth Service Corps at Ghost Ranch have become annual events offering missional discipleship opportunities for youth from congregations of all sizes. And the diversity in the two presbyteries means participants have a chance to develop lasting bonds across cultural, class, and theological lines.
This cross-presbytery cooperation has extended to the youth leaders themselves. Rev. Supinger has secured funding from the synod to form a Presbyterian cohort within the yearlong Youth Ministry Coaching Program. Ten youth pastors from across the synod have committed to a year of personal and ministry development through reading and reflection, contextual application, and peer relationships of trust and accountability.
The Presbytery of San Gabriel serves 43 congregations.
—Rev. Wendy Tajima, interim executive presbyter
Let us join in prayer for
Rev. Wendy Tajima, member, PMA Board
Rev. Wendy Tajima, interim executive presbyter
Rev. Dr. Twining Campbell, interim stated clerk
Elder Twila French, office administrator
Elder Pat Collins, bookkeeper
Wendy Gist, mission advocate for hunger, poverty, and peacemaking issues
PC(USA) Agencies’ Staff
James Calkin, PMA
Vincent Campo, PMA
Let us pray
Holy God, you gather us to form a tapestry of your creative genius. We pray that as your love is made real in our service for and with your children of all ages, the world would see the hope of your gospel. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.