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 Godís 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 churchís 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.
The Only Constant...Is Change
Heraclitus (d. 475 BC) is best known for his philosophy of change. You cannot step twice into the same river, he wrote. Thatís because the river is constantly changing, becoming, and evolving. Itís true also of the church: revered members die, others move away, new members join, so that the church, while maintaining a fundamental identity, is constantly changing, becoming, and evolving.
You can expect change to accelerate with the arrival of your new pastor. For that reason, I will offer a four-week class on ďchangeĒ starting on Sunday, October 19, at 11:00 a.m., in Fellowship Hall. Each class will consist of a brief introduction, followed by small group discussion, and ending with reports from the small groups.
We all want our new pastor to succeed for many years to come. But our fear of change may be a barrier. So how can we deal responsibly with fear? How can we lay to rest our memories of past disappointments? And how can we welcome the new pastor who is also facing many changes? Each session will be an hour in length. If you have to miss a week, feel free to come the next week. Each session will be complete in itself.
Elizabeth Steele, another interim pastor in our Presbytery, shared a couple of aphorisms with me: Insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. If you always do what youíve always done, you will always get what youíve always got.
Iím convinced that you donít want to get what youíve always got! So join me in Fellowship Hall on October 19. Instead of fear, letís embrace the future!
A bit about Tom:
For now, I claim Scriptureís 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 eaglesÖrun and not be wearyÖwalk and not faint.2
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