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You have logged on to our web site at a promising moment.  After two years without a called pastor, the congregation is standing on tiptoe to see who their new leader will be.  The Pastor Nominating Committee has been at work since February, 2014, prayerfully scanning hundreds of resumes, seeking God’s choice for a new pastor/head of staff.   Soon they will narrow their search to one person.  That person will preach on a given Sunday, after which the congregation will meet to call him/her to be the church’s pastor.  Then a new day will dawn for Tustin Presbyterian, a day of promise, change, blessing and growth. 

 

Meanwhile, our people worship joyfully, give faithfully, and serve energetically.  I count it a high privilege to be engaged in the mission of Jesus Christ with such a committed congregation. 

 

What about you?  Are you looking for a spiritual home?   I can speak from personal experience: people at TPC will welcome you wholeheartedly.    Give them a chance to prove it by attending worship next Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

 

Tom Erickson

Interim Pastor

 


 

I Am with You

 

When the Swiss theologian Karl Barth set out to explain the Christian faith, he wrote thirteen thick volumes containing almost eight thousand pages and five million words.  Yet when he came to the end of his great work he said that the whole gospel is contained in the name given to Jesus at his birth: “Emmanuel, which means God with us.”

 

Jesus is God with us in every circumstance: times of joy and of sorrow, at birth and at death. 

 

Sadie Fox died at the age of 99, and when the family went through her Bible they found little scraps of paper between the pages.  One contained instructions for her memorial service.  She quote Isaiah 43:1, I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’  She explained, That verse is very real to me as I know it is true.  In 1927 I was very ill.  I went to the hospital where they did an exploratory, but the doctor gave the family very little hope.  But when I went to surgery I carried that verse in my right hand.  I told the doctor not to strap that hand as I was holding onto God with that hand.  Sometime during the surgery it seemed like I fell hundreds of feet, when a hand reached out to me and lo, I was in the most beautiful valley with a beautiful stream flowing quiet and peaceful.  I know it was God’s hand guiding me through that valley.

 

When trouble brews, some of us stick our hands in our pockets in grim resignation.  We imagine no one knows or cares.  Others raise their fists in anger, imagining that someone is out to get them.  Sadie Fox opened her hand to the God who promises, I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’  Whatever you need today, open your hand to Jesus Christ.  For he is Emmanuel, God with us, and he will guide you as he guided Sadie Fox through every valley of need.

 

Tom Erickson

Interim Pastor

 


 

Meet Tom Erickson

 

A bit about Tom:

 

  • Born and reared in Santa Barbara.

  • Happily married for 58 years to Carol McClane (another native Californian).

  • Three daughters, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

  • Educated at Azusa Pacific University, Fuller, Princeton, and San Francisco Seminaries.

  • Ordained in the United Church of Christ; became a Presbyterian in 1969.

  • Retired officially in 2002 after nearly sixteen years as pastor of Valley Presbyterian Church in Paradise Valley, AZ.

  • Since 2002, served as an interim pastor in Washington, D.C., Springfield, MO, Mission Viejo, and Yorba Linda.

  • Living at Monte Vista Grove, a community of retired Presbyterian missionaries, pastors and educators in Pasadena.

For now, I claim Scripture’s promise in behalf of your future: Let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus the pioneer and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, disregarding its shame, and has taken his seat at the right hand of the throne of God.1 With such a Savior at our side we may mount up with wings like eagles…run and not be wearywalk and not faint.2

 

1Hebrews 12:1-2

2Isaiah 40:31

 

 

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