Bulletin art by the Rev. Shawna Bowman

13Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, 14but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.’
(John 4:13) 

“When you are aware of all that has been given to you, in your lifetime and the past few days, it is hard not to be humbled, and pleased to give back.”
(Anne Lamott)

On Sunday, February 16th, I became officially “official” and joined Stone Church of Willow Glen as a full-time called and installed Associate Pastor.

It was awesome.

Being installed at a church after a year and a half serving there and getting to know the community is a completely different experience than a usual installation service at the beginning of one’s ministry. The energy felt electric and because a good relationship had already been established and feeling truly called to this place–the combination was … AWESOME. (There’s gotta be a better word than awesome, but it’s a pretty good one for me right now).

The quote by Anne Lamott describes how I feel about the day overall. The installation service as a whole, the entire weekend, shed light on all the ways in which I have been given so much and blessed throughout the course of my lifetime and my faith journey. It was energizing and so so humbling. It was AMAZING to have such an array of representation of people throughout my journey present in the room…for an installation service! I am honored, humbled, and pleased to give back for all that I have been given.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU. I don’t know what else to say…
Just, thank you, God.


Asian American mentors, friends, colleagues…


I have known Kristy who flew in from Utah since we were in kindergarten.


I’m emotional as “Uncle” Wesley Woo gives me some words and anoints me with oil…reminding me of my baptism and the cloud of witnesses that surround me.


My mom and me singing a duet during the water/rock ritual following Theresa’s sermon.


Not everyone–but some of the amazing clergy present that day


Dear, dear friends…


Ken giving me the charge.


Action Figure Irene Pak made by Heather Henry. 🙂


The Rev. Dr. Margaret Boles, Teaching Elder, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA**
Stephen Boniface,
 Organist, Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

The Rev. Theresa Cho, Teaching Elder, St. John’s Presbyterian Church, San Francisco, CA

The Rev. Tom Coop, Teaching Elder, Santa Teresa Hills Presbyterian Church, San Jose, CA**

Mel Goertz, Ruling Elder, Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, CA**

The Rev. Kamal Hassan, Moderator of San Francisco Presbytery; Teaching Elder, Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church, Richmond, CA.

The Rev. Dr. Ken Henry, Teaching Elder, Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, CA**

Nancy Kromm, Choir Director, Stone Church of Willow Glen, San Jose, CA

James K. Lee, Ruling Elder, Daesung Presbyterian Church, Sunnyvale, CA**

The Rev. Joey Lee, Executive Presbyter, San Jose Presbytery; Teaching Elder

The Rev. Dr. David McCreath, Teaching Elder, Parish Associate, Stone Church

The Rev. Abby Mohaupt, Teaching Elder, First Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA**

Esther and Sang Pak, Irene’s amazing and supportive parents, who taught her to love and walk with God. Members of First Presbyterian Church, Ogden, UT

Rev. Marge Palmer, Teaching Elder, Pastor Emerita Stone Church, San Jose, CA

The Rev. Jason Reynolds, Senior Pastor, Emmanuel Baptist Church, San Jose, CA

Kristen Sheau, Ruling Elder, Covenant Presbyterian Church, Palo Alto, CA**

Valerie Kiriishi Small, Ruling Elder, Anchorage Presbyterian Church, Louisville, KY

The Rev. Erik Swanson, Teaching Elder, Westhope Presbyterian Church, Saratoga, CA**

The Rev. Dr. Wesley Woo, Teaching Elder, Honorably Retired, San Francisco Presbytery

**denotes Presbytery of San Jose Administrative Commission


Stone Church Choir members

Ushers ~ Madison McManus, Ryann McManus, Ben McDaid, Olivia Van Den Bosch, Meghan Schroeder, Rosaleen Zisch, and Kathleen Oliver

Reception Organizers ~ Della Smith, Catherine Edwards, Hilleguus Faber, and the countless volunteers who signed up to assist with the preparation and clean-up of the reception and service.
Flowers ~ Claudia Hamm
Sound ~ Steve Nelson
ASL interpreter ~ Amber Marince
Photographer ~ Dan Raby
Bulletin Cover Artist ~ Rev. Shawna Bowman
Installation Bulletin ~ Jennifer Scott-Brand

I am also profoundly grateful to my parents, Sang and Esther Pak, who traveled from Utah and prepared several of the dishes for the reception. Many thanks to the San José Presbytery members and staff, ecumenical guests, mentors, colleagues and friends from many different points of my life and journey, and all of the service participants and members of the commission. Again, a special thanks to Rev. Theresa Cho for preaching. Finally, a special shout out to my awesome Head of Staff and colleague, Rev. Dr. Ken Henry.

And Stone Church, I am thrilled to continue this faith journey with you. 


The stones gathered by everyone


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