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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

 


 

A Tribute to The Rev. Dr. Kass Kassouni

 

Let us now sing the praises of famous men . . . those who gave counsel because they were intelligent, those who spoke in prophetic oracles, those who led the people by their counsels, and . . . were wise in their words of instruction.  Wisdom of Sirach, 44:1ff

 

Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.  1 Timothy 5:17

 

Had they known him, Sirach and Paul (the author of 1 Timothy) would have dedicated their words to Kass Kassouni.  We do know him, and we thankfully sing his praises and consider him worthy of double honor! 

 

Kass takes with him the profound gratitude of the homebound and hospitalized for whom he has been a devoted visitor, of students who have sat under his Biblical instruction, of the Deacons for whom he has been a wise consultant, and of the entire congregation who have been uplifted by his pastoral prayers and gracious leadership in our worship services.  He takes with him my personal appreciation for his counsel, kindness, and unfailing support.  Kass is the finest colleague with whom I have had the privilege to serve.   

 

While we will miss Kass on the chancel, we will find him sitting with Samira in her pew, for the Kassounis will continue to worship at TPC. 

 

In the New Year, I will take on the ministry of visitation.  Please continue to phone the church office when you learn of illness or death in the TPC family, so I can respond as quickly as possible.  Don’t assume that someone else has called the church.  Your call, even if it is the tenth, witnesses to your love and concern for your church family. 

 

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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