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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

 


 

Time for a Party

 

Parties abound during the holidays: office parties, block parties, parties for family and friends.  But when so many are unemployed, when our inner cities are in turmoil, when ISIS is plundering the Middle East, when Ebola is decimating West Africa, is there any justification for bright lights, happy music, and hearty laughter?  Dare we party when the world is in shambles?

 

Definitely yes!  The light of Christmas dispels the darkness of fear.  Lively music is a tonic for a depressed world.  The One whose coming we anticipate during Advent partied so often that he picked up a reputation as a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners! (Luke 7:34)  Was Jesus in fact a glutton and drunkard?  Of course not, but when one parties with unsavory people as Jesus did, critics will have a field day spreading their ugly rumors.

 

Leonard Bernstein said, “This will be our reply to violence, to make music more intensely, more beautifully, more devotedly, than ever before.”   Roberta Guaspari did just that in East Harlem.  Following a painful divorce, she began teaching violin to elementary children.  Her efforts led to a sense of accomplishment for hundreds of children, pride for low-income families, and pervasive joy throughout her depressed neighborhood.  Eventually her students stood on the stage at Carnegie Hall where they played alongside Isaac Stern and Itzhak Perlman.  Who knows how many lives were saved from violence by Guasperi’s violins?

 

Let’s not boycott holiday parties or ban jubilant music.  Rather, let us sing, Joyful, joyful, we adore thee, God of glory, Lord of love.  Hearts unfold like flowers before thee, opening to the sun above.  Melt the clouds of sin and sadness, drive the dark of doubt away.  Giver of immortal gladness, fill us with the light of day.

 

 

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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