Thursday, December 12, 2013

Christmas Concert - Dec 15th - FREE

Freda Payne, International Recording Artist
Eloise Laws, Award Winning Vocalist
Kevin Toney, Grammy Nominated Pianist & Composer
Lamont Van Hook, Vocalist Extraordinaire
Lynwood UMC Praise Team

Dec 15th 4-6PM

Lynwood UMC, 4207 Carlin Avenue, Lynwood, CA 90260

For information call (310) 638-5163

Friday, December 06, 2013

"Ministering to Problem People in Your Church" - Book Review

There have been a few occasions as Chairman of this or President of that where a member or small group of members attempted to thwart my leadership or undermine my position of authority.  I don’t want to believe that they were motivated by greed or envy or evil.  I’ve thought that they just had a different point of view and used their influence or power or situation to defeat what I was elected or selected to accomplish.  Over time I have slowly learned how to cope with these types of individuals – sincere and well-meaning – but in the end they are overwhelmingly destructive and hostile people.  I believe that if I had been given counsel or advice earlier on, I could have avoid many sleepless nights and hours of soul-searching.  Ministering to Problem People in Your Church” by Marshall Shelley is one of the resources I wish I had found many years ago.  While the title might throw you (I’m not a minister and I don’t regularly go to church), this book speaks to any person in a leadership position who has been given a task or mission to accomplish.  To be a successful leader, you must be able to cope with all types of individuals and maintain your focus on the end game.  Hard to do that when some of the people you MUST work with have decided you’re moving in the wrong direction, or that you’re the wrong person for the job.  Resign? Quit?  Marshall Shelley has some compact advice when attempting to deal with “well-intentioned Dragons”.  Over eleven chapters Shelley discusses different type of dragons (individuals) you might have on a committee or board and how you should begin to adjust your style of leadership to avoid conflict and effect needed change.  There are examples on how to avoid personal attacks or how to deal with new types of communication tools: email, blogs, etc.  While many of the solutions offered by Shelley are based in scripture and reflect his background and training as a minister, his perspective is useful and insightful for any manager or person tasked with a mission or goal.

Ministering to Problem People in Your Church, by Marshall Shelley, Bethany House Publishers, Bloomington, Minnesota, 2013.

Review copy provided free of charge by publisher.

Thursday, December 05, 2013

Free Legal Clinics - San Diego, CA

Thomas Jefferson School of Law will be holding free legal clinics during December and January. Each clinic provides a free legal consultation with a licensed attorney and law student. The clinics provide limited legal assistance for low to moderate income self-represented individuals and will not provide ongoing representation. Please feel free to share information about our clinics with those who may benefit. Appointments are required for each clinic.

Saturday, December 14, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Employee Rights Self-Help Clinic
(619) 961-4371
Provides legal assistance with employment related issues.

Wednesday, December 18, 2013 and January 15, 2014 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm
Veterans Self-Help Clinic
(619) 961-4369
Provides legal assistance to Veterans.

Saturday, January 18, 2013 from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm
Small Claims Clinic
(619) 961-4371
Provides legal assistance to individuals who want to sue or are being sued in Small Claims Court.

Thursday, January 23, 2014 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Family Law Self-Help Clinic
(619) 961-4371
Provides legal assistance with family law related issues. 

Self-Help Clinical Programs
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
495 11th Avenue
San Diego, CA 92101
(619) 961-4371 

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

"Neighborhood Development - What Can We Actually Do?" Dec 10th @ 6PM - 701 16th St, San Diego

Join Voice of San Diego for the "Neighborhood Development - What Can We Actually Do?" panel discussion on Tuesday, December 10 at the old Snowflake Bakery in East Village.  The event, moderated by VOSD reporter Andy Keatts, will take a hard look at what the city can actually do policy-wise to spur "neighborhood development" and how those actions may impact the array of diverse local stakeholders. Expect nothing less than a night of community-centric wonkery.

Confirmed speakers include:
  • Marcela Escobar-Eck, Principal, Atlantis Group, LLC
  • Bill Fulton, Planning, Neighborhoods & Economic Development  Director for the City of San Diego
  • Georgette Gomez, Environmental Health Coalition Associate Director
  • Kenneth Malbrough, Encanto Community Planning Group Chair
  • Lloyd Russell, noted local architect

The event is free for all current VOSD members; a $10 donation is requested for all non-members via the online ticket registration, though tickets will be available at the door prior to the event.

Moniker Warehouse/Snowflake Bakery Building, 701 16th Street, San Diego, CA 92101

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PST)

Doors will open at 6:00, and the program will begin at 6:30 pm.