Today has been a day of remembrance and reflection as we share private and public moments recalling the history changing events of September 11. Hopefully we have all had an opportunity to spend a few moments honoring those we lost and perhaps teaching younger generations about that fateful morning and the days to follow that has shaped our history and culture in ways that were then unforeseen.
Many people flooded churches and synagogues 13 years ago in the wake of 9/11, many seeking solace and a place of familiarity that was offering comfort and order. But as the weeks and months paraded on the rising tide of church attendance began to recede as we settled into our new pattern of life after those brash acts of terrorism.
While I am not a fan of scaring people into church I am glad that people in our communities found us to be that place of support they were seeking even if only for a temporary moment. I am proud that we endeavor to be a place of welcome for anyone seeking a place to call home and who are looking for partners on the tumultuous road of life, so that in our sharing together we discover true faith in the person of Jesus Christ. Everyday life can be challenging and so we remain open to those are seeking a place to connect to God and to other believers along the way.
In the spirit of connections and friendship we are delighted to welcome Rev. Dr. Donald Oliver to our worship this Sunday. Dr. Oliver serves as the Director for Pastoral Care at Hoag Hospital and has been a longtime friend of this congregation through our Kenyan mission work and our sister church New Hope Presbyterian. I hope everyone will join me in welcoming Don this Sunday morning.
We hope by now you have heard the good news about Lauren Gully, a ministry candidate from our church who has successfully completed all her requirements for ordination. We have been given special permission to host her ordination service here at her home church on Saturday, September 27th at 2:00 PM. This is an occasion for all the church to celebrate so mark your calendars – this will be extraordinary.
Speaking of special we are just over a week away from our big time celebration of our mission and service ministries at our Vintage Vegas event on Saturday, September 20 at the Grand Street Center in Orange. It is not too late to get tickets for your friends and other community members to help support the good work we undertake for those in need.
Our Connect Table is always open before and after worship where you will find great opportunities for involvement. If you are planning to join us for an Angel Game and tailgating on September 15, we are almost sold out. You may pick up your tickets at the connect table on Sunday or we will have them for you at the tailgate party!
In His Service,
Rev. Lissa Smith