News and Needs

Napa Earthquake Update

Presbytery of the Redwoods 8/27/14

Dear Friends,

Many of you have reached out with prayers and offers to help in Napa following the earthquake. Thank you.

The Napa Covenant buildings and presbytery office had books and papers on the floor, but there does not appear to be any other damage. The Rev. Deana Reed and the Covenant congregation are contacting their membership to determine what assistance may be needed, but as far as they can tell everyone in the congregation is fine and for that we are thankful.

As many of you have heard through news reports, First Napa [Presbyterian] suffered considerable damage to its sanctuary building. I met with the Rev. David Stoker and the Trustees this morning. They will be having inspections done by structural engineers as soon as possible. The sanctuary building suffered considerable damage. The education and gymnasium buildings seem to be without damage, but these buildings will also be inspected. David and the congregation are actively making contact with church members. At this point it appears that all are well. One of their first concerns was to ensure that The Table daily feeding program not be disrupted. David Stoker will be sending out a more thorough message to the congregation very soon and we will forward that message to the presbytery.

John Robinson of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has been very responsive and we shall determine in the next few days to few weeks if any assistance might be helpful.

Last week we scheduled a meeting for September 3rd to discuss disaster preparedness in the presbytery. We had gotten started on this some time ago, but further organization is still needed. Hopefully, the quake early Sunday morning will motivate all of us to be better organized and better prepared.

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes. We shall keep you informed as we know more.

The Rev. Robert E. Conover, Ph.D.

Deacons Ministry

Thank you to all who donated to the deacons fund for the San Pedro Elementary School backpacks.  The deacons and Cub Scout Troup 53 collected and purchased enough school supplies to give San Pedro Elementary School 70 filled backpacks.

Special thanks to Kathleen Murphy and her team of Scouts and their parents who filled the backpacks on Sunday, August 24th.  Way to go!


Your Pastor Nominating Committee News

Have you turned in your survey??  It is not too late - drop it off at the office or put it in the mail today.  It is important to hear from everyone.  We will review and discuss the survey findings during a congregational meeting/potluck on September 7th (directly after worship).

The survey responses will be compiled along with input from the September 7th congregational meeting, and used to develop our Mission Vision Study and Mission Information Form.  These documents will be shared with prospective pastor applicants.

The following individuals are serving on the Pastor Nominating Committee (PNC):

John Bischoff (Chair), Ara Apkarian, Diane Bagley, Michael Baranowski, Ada Endress, Sharon Dowson, John Lenser, George Livingstone, Jean McKechnie, Lynn Mercurio, Dennis Rolstad, George Tuttle and Ted Vogelaar.

Let your voice be heard - turn that survey in today and make plans to attend the congregational meeting!

 Stephan Ministry

An exciting caregiving ministry and a half-day introductory event for all who are interested in serving as trained lay caregivers who provide high-quality one-to-one Christian care to people experiencing various difficulties in life. The cost is $15 per person or a group flat rate of $50 for four or more. The workshop will be at Moraga Valley Presbyterian Church in Moraga, CA on Saturday, September 27, 2014, 9 AM to 1 PM. For more information, visit, call 314-428-2600, or contact the church office.

Memory Garden Update

The first phase of work on the Memory Garden, adjacent to the sanctuary, has been completed.  If you have not yet purchased a brick inscribed with your name, a name of a loved one, or a special thought/quote - contact Laura Hislop today.  Bricks are $100, covering the cost of the brick and a donation to the Memory Garden.  

Gilead Volunteer Opportunities 

Gilead House is looking for people to assist them on occasion at their facility with childcare, maintenance, etc.  If you are interested in helping at the Gilead House, please contact Beth Maxon at or 415-895-5575.  

Come Ride with Us, September 20 to 25, 2014

Tour the beautiful Northern California Coastline, from Orick to Sausalito, 360 miles over 6 days or chose a 1 or 2 day ride.

Your Participation will Accomplish

Helping many food pantries along the Northern Coast of
California, seeking to provide Protein rich foods like Canned Tuna and Chicken, Peanut Butter and Milk to Families, Seniors and Children.

For more Information and to Register or Donate

Ride Organized by The Hunger Task Force

Presbytery of the Redwoods
Patty Sanders, Ride Director