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Fellowship Committee Wants Your Help



The Fellowship Committee needs people who would be willing to be Worship Service Greeters and Cookie Bakers.  Also, if you have ideas for events that you would like to see happen here at TPC, drop by the Fellowship Table in the patio after the Sunday morning worship services to share your ideas, or you can email Barbara Murphy.




First Thursday Fellowship Opportunity



A special invitation is extended to those who are "older and wiser" among us to meet at noon on the first Thursday of each month in the Fellowship Hall for lunch and conversation.  Lunch will be provided by TPC. The cost is only $5 per person.


We will take a summer break in the months of June, July, and August.   The next meeting will be on Thursday, September 7.  Watch for more information later in the summer, and plan to join us.  Please RSVP by calling the church office at (714)544-7070 by Tuesday, September 5.  If you need transportation, please let the church office know, and arrangements will be made so that you can attend.   We look forward to seeing you there!



TPC Bridge Group


A group meets in the Fireside Lounge to play bridge on the third Thursday of every month at 10:00 a.m.  If you enjoy playing bridge, or if you would like to get more information, please contact Dorothy Moulton, or you can call the church office at (714)544‑7070.  The next bridge date is July 20.




Small Groups


At Tustin Presbyterian Church, there are opportunities for men and women to participate in small groups that meet on a regular basis.  Groups currently meet as follows:


For women:

Lunch Group:

Meets at various restaurants in Old Town Tustin (The next meeting is on July 12 at 11:30 a.m. at The Crab Cooker which is located at 17260 E. 17th St. in Tustin.) 

Bible Study groups:

Third Monday of the month, 3:00 p.m.  (The next meeting is on September 18.)  The group uses the Horizons Bible study.

Small Group:

First Thursday of the month  (The next meeting is on July 6 at 6:30 p.m. at Rutabegorz which is located at 158 W. Main St. in Old Town Tustin, across the street from TPC.)  The group uses the Horizons Bible study.


For men:

Covenant groups:

Wednesdays, 7:00 a.m. at Spires on Newport Avenue

Fridays,  7:00 a.m. at The Lost Bean on Newport Avenue


For women and men:

Bible Study group:

Second Tuesday of the month, 10:00 a.m., in the Fireside Lounge (The next meeting is on September 12.)   This year the group uses the Horizons Bible study.



TPC Mountaineers




The TPC Mountaineers hike on July 8 will be in the Laguna Coast Wilderness Park.  This hike is a loop of a little less than four miles.  It is moderately easy.  We will hike up the Laurel Canyon trail.  The trail is wooded and shady.  The route takes us to the Willow Canyon trail and then to the Bommer Canyon trail.  We will follow this trail to the top of the ridge where there is an almost 360° view.  If the day is clear, we will be able to see from the ocean to the San Gabriel Mountains.  We return to the Willow Canyon trail and head back down to the trailhead.  This trail is more open and affords many spectacular vistas.


As parking is limited at the trailhead, we will meet at the church parking lot at 7:30 a.m. to carpool.  Hikers should wear sturdy shoes, hats and sunscreen and bring water bottles and trail snacks.  Everybody is welcome!  We should return before noon.  Longer hikes are available for those who are interested.  A more detailed hike description is available at the Fellowship Table in the patio after the worship service and in the July Parish Press.  Please sign up for the hike at the Fellowship Table after the worship services on June 25 and July 2 so we know who to expect.  We don't want to leave anybody behind.  If you have additional questions about this hike, contact Sue Currie or call the church office at (714)544-7070.


For those of you who are unfamiliar with this most recent incarnation of TPC Mountaineers, we are a group of members and friends of TPC that gets together periodically to hike trails within an hour or so drive from the church.  Everyone is welcome.  We have five hikes planned during 2017.  We plan to have a hike regularly scheduled on the second Saturday of each odd-numbered month.  We try to select hikes that are accessible to most people and that are family-friendly.  Generally we try to carpool to the trailhead, but hikers are welcome to bring their own vehicles if carpooling is inconvenient.  While we are under the auspices of the Fellowship Committee, we have no leader. Anyone may plan and organize a hike.  This year Sue Currie will be coordinating the dates and hike leaders. Please contact the church office if you wish to plan one of this year's hikes or even if you just have a suggestion for a hike that you would like someone else to plan.


Watch in the worship bulletin inserts and the Parish Press for announcements of specific hikes, and remember to save the second Saturday of each odd-numbered month to join us!



We invite you to watch a short video from a recent hike.



The following are pictures from a past TPC Mountaineers outing

 to the Bear Canyon Trail in the Cleveland National Forest.







Join the TPC Gourmet Book Club!




Watch for an announcement about the date, time, and location of the next meeting of the group and the book that will be discussed.




Pageant of the Masters



A limited number of tickets for the Pageant of the Masters in Laguna Beach on Tuesday, July 25, will be available at the Fellowship Table after the Sunday morning worship services.  The total cost of each ticket is $30.  This includes parking, gas, etc.  The tickets are in the Director Tier Side.  The theme of the Pageant of the Masters this year is “The Grand Tour.”  In the 17th & 18th centuries, the desire to experience the world’s great art firsthand inspired the European tradition of continental travel on “the grand tour.”  The Pageant is your passport to experience spectacle, music stories and grand illusions as masterpieces come to life on the outdoor stage.  The Fellowship Committee realizes that it is early to consider this event, but we couldn’t pass up this opportunity.  Our thanks go to Jim Shnell for arranging it.  Please stop by the Fellowship Table in the patio after the Sunday morning worship services and sign up.  We will have a sign-up sheet, and tickets will be on a first come, first served basis.



Take Me Out to the Ball Game!


There are just twenty tickets for our trip to the Angels game on Saturday, July 15, at 6:07 p.m.  Come join us, and watch our Angels play the Tampa Bay Rays.  Stay to enjoy the fireworks display.  The tickets are $20 each.  If you want to reserve tickets, sign up at the Fellowship Table after the Sunday morning worship services, contact Barbara Murphy, or call the church office at (714)544-7070.



End of Summer Picnic


We are planning the End of Summer Picnic for Sunday, August 27.  We will be grilling hamburgers and hot dogs in the patio.  To round out the menu, we need your delicious salads, side dishes and desserts.  Save the date!  Please stop by the Fellowship Table in the patio after the Sunday morning worship services to sign up for the dish you plan to bring to share.  Please know that you don’t have to bring something to enjoy the BBQ, but we do need to know how many people to plan for, so stop by the Fellowship Table and sign up! Come and enjoy lots of yummy food and good conversation at the End of Summer Picnic.



Men's Retreat


The Annual TPC Men’s Retreat will be held this year on Saturday, September 9, and Sunday morning, September 10, at the Irvine Ranch Outdoor Education Center next to Irvine Regional Park.


We're extremely fortunate, thanks to an introduction by Tom Erickson, to have Dr. Frederick Dale Bruner as our leader this year.  Dale is considered by many fellow scholars to be one of the world’s preeminent biblical scholars and teachers.  He earned his Masters of Theology at Princeton Theological Seminary and his Th.D. at the University of Hamburg in Germany.  Dale has written many books including “A Theology of the Holy Spirit.”


Dale's topic will be “The Holy Spirit in the Gospel of John.”  There will be four sessions on Saturday beginning at 9:00 a.m., and the last session will start at 9:00 a.m. on Sunday, followed by a worship service.  A leader of this stature deserves a very good turnout, and we thus encourage all TPC men to make every effort to attend.



Summer Sundays at TPC


In the summer of 2016, we slowed things down and had fun being together at our Summer Sundays events.


A good time was had by all who attended the first Summer Sunday at TPC on June 19!.  Young and old played board games and cards.  Thanks go to Leslie Benjamin who led the group in the singing of some of the old hymns.  The hymns brought back lots of memories.  We not only sang the hymns, but we learned about who wrote the words and who wrote the music.  At our potluck dinner we enjoyed delicious dishes made by those who attended.


A good time was had by all at our second Summer Sunday at TPC which was held on, Sunday July 17.  “Wreck It Ralph” was the Disney movie that was watched by all!  We even had a real life visit from Vanellope, one of the movie’s characters.  Yummy movie concession stand foods were enjoyed by all.  It’s not often you get to have red licorice and hotdogs for dinner!  Lots of other goodies were available as well.  The mission project for Summer Sundays was introduced: Laurel House.  A list of items was provided to help people decide what they might like to purchase to donate to Laurel House.  The list will be available at the Summer Sundays Table in the patio after the worship service if you would like donate.  Thanks go to Pastor Steve for his introduction of the movie.  Also, many thanks go to the people behind the scenes: Brenda Benjamin, Soccoro Ching, Jennifer King and Jennifer May.


Our final Summer Sunday, held on August 21, was a wonderful multigenerational Country Fair complete with face painting, carnival games, and tasty fair food. The TPC Puppeteers provided entertainment with special music and the debut performance of "Being Neighborly", an original play by TPC's own Loretta Herter. We were thrilled to welcome many new faces to our fellowship and fun. The evening was appropriately concluded with the arrival of our Family Promise guests who joined us for dinner and an encore performance of the special music by the Puppeteers.


Thank you to Erika Arendts, Brenda Benjamin, Socorro Ching and Paul Lalande, Tarry Goeden, Jennifer King, Jennifer May, and Barbara Murphy for their tremendous help making our Summer Sundays possible. Thank you to Loretta Herter, playwright, and the TPC Puppeteers for their special presentation at this final event.


Enjoy these videos of the Summer Sunday events on June 19, July 17 and August 21.



Directory Information Needed


We are preparing for an update to the TPC directory, and we want to be sure that we have the most current information for all members of the TPC family. If your address, telephone number, or e-mail address has changed in the past year, please contact the church office at (714)544-7070 or at to give us the correct information.  You can also come to the table in the church patio after the Sunday morning worship services and review the information that we currently have and provide us with any updates.  If you would like to have different telephone numbers and email addresses listed in the directory for each household member, please let the church office know.  We will try to accommodate such requests.


Electronic Communication


We are always trying to find new ways to communicate with all our TPC members.  In trying to be“green” and help our environment, we will be offering an alternate way of sending out the Parish Press. If we have your email address in our database, you will be invited to receive the Parish Press "on-line." If you have not received an e-mail from us, please contact the church office or send an e-mail to We would be happy to add you to our database so that you will be notified when the most current issue of the Parish Press is available. Of course, those without e-mail will continue to get the Parish Press the good old-fashioned way! And even those with e-mail can opt to continue receiving a paper mailing. All of this is to help us reduce the amount of paper in our lives!






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