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Ordination of Brian Gaeta-Symonds: 3.7.15


Please join us for Brian’s ordination service on Saturday, March 7, at 2:00 pm. We look forward to celebrating God’s work through Immanuel, rejoicing in our shared Christian calling, and marking this moment in Brian’s ministry.


Por favor, únase a nosotros para el servicio de ordenación de Brian el sabado 7 de marzo a las 2:00 pm. Esperamos ansiosamente celebrar la obra de Dios a través de Immanuel, regocijándose en nuestra vocación cristiana compartida, y que marca un momento especial en el ministerio de Brian.

Snapshots: Matthias’s Ordination 2.22.15


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Support Matthias and Brian!: 1.24.15


God is GOOD!
Matthias Peterson Brandt and Brian Gaeta Symonds both will be examined for ordination at the January Presbytery meeting, Matthias for his role as Immanuel’s Interim Associate Pastor and Brian, who is under care at Immanuel, for a validated campus ministry at United University Church. Come and show your support for the ministry and witness of these two fine men of God.
Presbyterian Church of the Redeemer
900 East Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Saturday, January 24, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Call the front office if you are interested in carpooling from Immanuel (leaving at 8:00 a.m.)


¡Dios es BUENO!

Matthias Brandt Peterson y Brian Gaeta Symonds serán examinados para la ordenación en la reunión de enero del Presbiterio. Matthias por su papel como Pastor Asociado Interino de Immanuel y Brian, que se encuentra bajo el cuidado en Immanuel, para un validado pastoral universitario en la Iglesia de la Universidad Unidas. Venga y muestre su apoyo al ministerio y el testimonio de estos dos hombres finos de Dios.
Iglesia Presbiteriana del Redentor
900 East Rosecrans Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90059
Sábado, 24 de enero 2015 de 09 a.m.-12:30p.m.

Nicaragua Partnership Blog


Three Immanuelites, Debbie Breeding, Susan Lawrence, and Brian Gaeta Symonds, were part of the Presbytery of the Pacific’s Nicaragua Partnership mission trip this month.  An excerpt from the team’s blog:

Through these relationships, I have been blessed but also challenged. Challenged to look at life in ways that would be difficult if not experiencing Nicaragua, or being in relationship with the amazing people we have met there. Challenged to look at poverty, wealth, dignity, intelligence, governments, cultures, individual dynamics, group dynamics, and a myriad of other things through a lens of God’s grace and justice. This is transforming indeed. I pray that we are, and continue to be, agents of transformation for our partners as well. And, I pray that we together, with God’s help, help to transform the world.

I would like to leave you with a quote from an Australian Aboriginal Elder, Lilla Watson: “If you’ve come here to help me, you’re wasting your time. But if you’ve come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”

Debbie Breeding, Immanuel Presbyterian Church

Read more here.


Presbytery of the Pacific: Embracing God’s Mission


Presbytery of the Pacific: Embracing God’s Mission. Video from the extraordinary September Mission Event 9/27 + 9/28 (with some familiar faces and voices!).

Immanuel and Presbytery + Immanuel y el presbiterio


Many Immanuel members are very active in the Presbytery of the Pacific (the geographic division of the Presbyterian Church USA of which Immanuel is a part).  Thanks and congratulations to elders Diane Baxa (Administration Committee), Jim Rispin (chair, Committee on Preparation for Ministry), Tina Mata (Committee on Ministry), and Brian Symonds (Mission Interpretation and Promotion Committee, Self-Development of People Committee), for their commitment both to Immanuel and to the larger church.

pacific presbytery

Muchos miembros de Immanuel son muy activos en el Presbiterio del Pacifico (la división geográfica de la Iglesia Presbiteriana de EE.UU. de que Emanuel es parte). Gracias y felicitaciones a los ancianos Diane Baxa Comité de Administración), Jim Rispin (presidente del Comité de Preparación para el Ministerio), Tina Mata (Comité de Ministerio), y Brian Symonds (Interpretación Misión y Comité de Promoción, Auto Desarrollo del Comité Popular), por su compromiso tanto con Immanuel y para la iglesia en general.