Sunday Worship

10:00 am

(childcare available)

Sunday School - 10:00 am

32202 Del Obispo St.
San Juan Capistrano, CA
(949) 493-1502
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This ministry coordinates the social, ecumenical, health and peace concerns programs in our local church, community and the church worldwide. We have partnered with many organizations. . . (more)




The Community Presbyterian Preschool and Kindergarten provides opportunities where children can work, play, and develop cognitively, socially, physically,emotionally, and spiritually. . . (more)




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Mens Fellowship
2nd & 4th Saturdays (more)
Ladies Breakfast
1st Thursday Of Month (more)
Presbyterian Women Spring
Gathering Sat., May 14 (more)
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From the Pastor… and is there anything else you want?

From time to time, I find myself in the drive-through of a fast food restaurant -- so convenient -- I don’t even have to get out of my car. Such comfort food – although there are many other forms of nutrition even more delicious and at the same time healthier. Drive-in food is quick, inexpensive, at the moment tasty, and with inevitable long-range consequences.

Often when I place my order – the unseen voice from the speaker embedded in the menu asks: “and is there anything else you want.” My reply is often: “World Peace.” I get a variety of responses: What? Could you say that again? (and I do.) Wouldn’t that be lovely? We don’t have that.

Yesterday on the way to the airport in Washington, DC I swung through such an establishment. When asked “and is there anything else you want?” I responded ... (you guessed it). The response from the speaker was, “I will join you in that prayer.”

I could launch in to a conversation about the distinction and hierarchy of wants versus needs – but won’t. Peace on earth is not a want – it is a need. It is not just a human desire – it is God’s will and requirement of us. Our myriad forms of conflicts and human disorder are rash, expensive, maybe at the moment tasty to our vilest instinct, and with inevitable, albeit avoidable consequences.

Our Scripture denotes Jesus as the “Prince of Peace” not out of trivial or random reason, but echo and put into action the wisdom and design of the Divine intention for God’s creation and creatures.

I told the above story at the opening of last night’s Session meeting. In a miracle of technology, I had breakfast in the Nation’s Capitol and by 6 p.m. met with our Elders. Human ingenuity and wants will never bring us peace. Only God’s ways will.

Below is the prayer we offered as our Session gathered. Join us in that

-Pastor Michael Vaughn


Surprising God
Within the seasons of our lives
We come to this season
Asking that you awaken our hearts
To the prophet Isaiah’s dream
That one day there would be healing of earth
In which lions and lambs would become friends

The child and serpent play peacefully together
That which is torn asunder be made whole
And within this season, Holy God,
Awaken us from the slumber of indifference
Wash us in he gentle mist of your love
Grant us courage to beat our swords into plowshares
Guide us to the ways of your peace.

In which, through which
A sister’s sorrow is comforted
A brother’s wounds are healed
Family relationships are not described by “domestic violence”
Great and Holy God
Of love born in simple places
Create within us a new longing for simplicity
Desire to live in harmony with all creation
Open our ears to your voice in the marketplace world
Direct our footsteps to your ways of justice and righteousness.

Liberate us form our self-centeredness
That we may find reborn in our lives
Your promise to keep hope alive
And within that promise
May we lift up our voices with sages old and prophets new
To celebrate your advent in each new moment of life
When your way becomes our way
Through him who is your season with us
Christ Jesus. Amen

    - Raymond Hearn
      Let Us Pray, Reformed Prayers for Christian Worship





Cookbook ImageChristmas Cookery Makes A Comeback!

Order Your CookBook Here!!

In 1996, a collection of recipes was assembled with contributions solicited from current and former church members. It included favorites, not only from the cooks themselves, but from the congregation as a whole. It was spiral bound for sale during the Christmas holidays that year to benefit Friends of Music. We have resurrected it since folks have been asking about it. The book is now for sale on Amazon, in both print and Kindle format, to benefit our preschool and kindergarten, just in time for Christmas giving. If you purchase the print version, the Kindle version is only 99 cents instead of $3.99. Buy your copy—or copies—now!

Order Your CookBook Here!!

Proceeds will benefit the children of the Community Presbyterian Kindergarten and Preschool programs.






Atria Senior Living Art Show





The Paintings of Bruce Brown And Others At
Atria Senior Living

You are cordially invited to join Atria Senior Living for an art show. Come enjoy the paintings of Bruce Brown and others who make Atria San Juan their home. Linger for an afternoon of art
appreciation and music.

At 2 p.m., William Havlicek, Ph.D., author and associate professor of art history at Laguna College of Art + Design, will give an audiovisual presentation on “Beauty & Aesthetics.” At 4 p.m., sit back and savor the music of pianist Robert Parker. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served throughout the afternoon.

Sunday, September 27
Noon – 5 p.m.
RSVP at 949.661.1220




School Supplies ImagePresbyterian Women Kick-Off Luncheon

TThe Presbyterian Women’s Kick-off Luncheon for the 2015-16 year will be held on Saturday, August 22 at 11:00 a.m. on Sue’s Porch. Lunch is compliments of PW. Study books will be available.

Signups will be held on the patio on August 9 and 16.





School Supplies ImageBack-To-School Supplies

San Juan Elementary and Kinoshita Elamentary

The Deacons are continuing with the mission activity to once again seek Congregational support of this vital School Supplies Drive for two of our local schools.

Though we do not have direct control over State funding for education, we do have the ability to help our local San Juan and Kinoshita Elementary Schools! Teachers often augment their classroom supplies out of their own pockets and many students are not able to purchase their needed supplies.

Back-to-School bags with an attached supply list are available in the Narthex. The final collection date for your gifts will be Sunday, August 23, which will enable us to deliver these supplies by the 1st week of school (August 25).

On Sunday, August 23 after church, we will have a “bag” lunch (everyone bring their lunch) to divide up the supplies. There will also be a program on “Education and our Schools” from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Thank you for your generous support.
Community Presbyterian Church ~ Deacons





Mens  Group ImageAll Men Invited: Mens Group Organizational Meeting

The desire for a men’s group has been voiced to the Christian Education team by a number of people.

To facilitate forming one, and decide on format (Bible study, book discussion, etc…) the Christian Education Team cordially invites all men in the congregation to coffee and donuts in Fellowship Hall at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 11, to meet and greet one another and make plans.





Welcoming Hands

We need a few more Welcoming Hands this summer to meet and greet our church family and visitors. All it requires is to arrive by 9:45 a.m., wear your name tag and reach out a hand to say hello. It really is fun...even for those of us who are a bit shy!

The following dates are still available for helpers;
Available dates: July 19, July 26, August 2, August 9, August 23, and September 6.

If you are interested Marge Ball or call the church office at 949.493.1502.





Service Scriptures

Luke 9:28-36
Luke 3:15-22 image

28 About eight days after Jesus said this, he took Peter, John and James with him and went up onto a mountain to pray. 29 As he was praying, the appearance of his face changed, and his clothes became as bright as a flash of lightning. 30 Two men, Moses and Elijah, appeared in glorious splendor, talking with Jesus. 31 They spoke about his departure, which he was about to bring to fulfillment at Jerusalem. 32 Peter and his companions were very sleepy, but when they became fully awake, they saw his glory and the two men standing with him. 33 As the men were leaving Jesus, Peter said to him, “Master, it is good for us to be here. Let us put up three shelters—one for you, one for Moses and one for Elijah.” (He did not know what he was saying.)

34 While he was speaking, a cloud appeared and covered them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 A voice came from the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, whom I have chosen; listen to him.” 36 When the voice had spoken, they found that Jesus was alone. The disciples kept this to themselves and did not tell anyone at that time what they had seen.