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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

 


 

Your Hidden Hero

 

When Jesus recruited his first followers, he told Simon, You are Simon son of John.  You will be called Cephas (which, when translated, is Peter).  (John 1:42)

 

You are…you will be.  Right now you are Simon, a weak, spineless person who wilts at the sign of least resistance.  But you will be Peter, and Peter means rock.

 

You are…you will be.  The actual and the possible.  The real and the ideal.  What is, and what can be.  And between the two stands Jesus, whose presence is like a mighty bridge over an uncrossable chasm.   Write your name into that text, because the living Christ can lift you out of whatever weakness presently holds you back, and empower you to become the person God created you to be. 

 

William Barclay tells of a man who encountered Michelangelo chipping away at a huge, shapeless piece of rock.  He asked the sculptor what he was doing.  Michelangelo replied, I am releasing the angel that is imprisoned in this stone.  Barclay adds, Jesus is the one who sees and who can release the hidden hero in every person. The hidden hero: is that you?  Yes, and through Christ’s transforming power, you can be what you ought to be. 

 

 

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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