Author Archives: Tom Dykhuizen

Los Ranchos Challenge Fund Is a Success!

Kathy has good news! We have matched and distributed all of the funds from the Los Ranchos Challenge to the Presbytery’s special projects. The Fund began in the fall of 2014 as part of a settlement in dismissing seven congregations from the PC(USA).[i] It matched, dollar-for-dollar, any congregation’s contributions above 2014 levels made toward Presbytery-designated ministry projects. Between the creative settlement and the churches’ above-and-beyond gifts, Los Ranchos has distributed nearly $600,000 to: —build a … Read More

Rodger Nishioka Speaks at Presbytery

A Historic Event

Forrest Claassen calls Cedar, “selfless, humble, brave.” Tom Cramer adds, “she is a beautiful example of God at work through a ‘clay jar’ open to his Spirit.” On Sunday, March 26th, Cedar made history. When Rev. Huong Dang, affectionately nicknamed “Cedar”, was installed at the Vietnamese Presbyterian Church in Garden Grove, California, she became the first female senior pastor of a Vietnamese-language congregation in the PCUSA. After the ceremony, Cedar expressed her gratitude by saying, … Read More

A Story of Hope

Last month I had the opportunity to go on a family trip to Italy. Here I am in the Coliseum with my brother, Ron. Like every tourist, the biggest challenge I faced was how to get my souvenirs back to the United States. That’s where this backpack comes in. All my clothes would fit into a small suitcase. All the souvenirs would fit into the backpack. At first, the backpack worked like a charm. I … Read More

A Life Worthy of Her Calling

By Cheryl Raine Are you more aware of what you are thankful for, given that as a nation we just paused to celebrate Thanksgiving? Well, I am exceedingly thankful for the Rev. Ngoc-Houng “Cedar” Dang who recently moved from the position of Associate Pastor to the position of Pastor/Head of Staff of the Vietnamese Presbyterian Church (VPC) of Garden Grove. I have worked side by side in ministry with Pastor Cedar, beginning while she was … Read More

Giving Tuesday

The Presbyterian Foundation has partnered with the Presbyterian Mission Agency to support #GivingTuesday on Nov. 29, when the world comes together to celebrate generosity and provide an opportunity for people to give more, give smarter and give great. With religious organizations receiving 40 percent of all donations on #GivingTuesday, the Foundation is using the security and reliability of the Presbyterian Mission Exchange to bring focus to several Presbyterian ministries and Mission Exchange partners, as well … Read More

Shower Plus Ministry Going Strong

By Cheryl Raine             Apostle Paul’s word to the church at Ephesus ring true when it comes to the Shower Plus Ministry (SPM) at the First Presbyterian Church of Garden Grove (FPCGG), “To God – whose power now at work in us can do immeasurably more than we ask or imagine!” What started with a simple shower for a man named Alan Bartley in October of 2011 has blossomed into a ministry that continues to … Read More

Dr. Mark Roberts to Speak at Annual Pastors Retreat

February 15-17, 2016 Serra Retreat Center, Malibu Register Fellow colleagues in Los Ranchos: We invite you to sign up for the 2017 edition of the Los Ranchos Presbytery Pastors’ Retreat, scheduled for February 15-17, 2017. Once again we will be gathering at Serra Retreat in Malibu and we will be joined by a number of other pastors from neighboring presbyteries as word has gotten out that this event is “where it’s at” as we used … Read More

Clayton Cobb on Changes to the Board of Pensions Plan—Videos

Our regional representative, Clayton Cobb, presented the changes to our benefits recently at our Presbytery Center. You can watch the presentation in its entirety below on Vimeo. Or you can read about the changes in these two documents. Overview of the 2017 Benefits Plan2017 Benefit Plan Redesign Handout by Clayton Cobb If you have further questions you can make a comment below or contact Clayton directly.          

Dr. Craig Barnes Speaks on “Body and Soul”

Introduction The Heidelberg opens with the affirmation that our only comfort is that we are not our own, but belong body and soul, in life and death to our faithful savior Jesus Christ. This stands over against the contemporary mythology that life is something we self-construct. These presentations by the Rev. Dr. Craig Barnes at the Annual Pastors Retreat for the Presbyteries of Los Ranchos and Santa Barbara focus on Jacob who is an ancient … Read More