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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

 


 

How Will You Vote?

 

It’s November, and midterm elections are just around the corner.  Signs clog our street corners.  Attack ads fill our TV screens.  Talk show hosts level their verbal guns at candidates they dislike.  This morning, my email included an urgent appeal for funds from my political party.  It was entitled, All hope is lost! 

 

I deleted it, not because politics are bad or because we can get along without elected leaders.  I deleted it because my hope is in a Person, not in a party.  Somehow we will muddle through, whoever wins the midterms.  But we cannot flourish personally or live productively without Jesus Christ.  In the words of the Second Helvetic Confession (part of our Presbyterian Constitution), We teach and believe that this Jesus Christ our Lord is the unique and eternal Savior of the human race. 

 

Not all people vote for Jesus, either now or when he walked the paths of Galilee.  Early in his ministry, Mark writes, his fame began to spread throughout the surrounding region.  But just a few weeks later the Pharisees went out and immediately conspired with the Herodians against him, how to destroy him.  You might expect Mark to fill his Gospel with glowing testimonials in favor of Jesus and to minimize opposing views.  But he purposely lays out the options in order to make us choose sides.  So who is Jesus?  Imposter or Savior?  Son of God or just another failed politician?

 

 

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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