First Presbyterian Church
“ Loving God by Serving All”
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Sunday Church Service: 10:30 a.m.
THE PRESBYTEER FOR JUNE 2015 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
Reflections from the PNC
We were placed in the unique position to choose a pastor for a dual
call. A call which would require our new pastor to split her time between
here in Oceanside and the City of Long Beach. She would be our pastor but
also minister to members of the Long Beach Community. It was a daunting
task. Many prospective pastors were reviewed and discussed during our
committee meetings. Few people seemed to meet the distinct needs of each
aspect of our call. Many of us felt God directed our path, and ultimately
sent Kally Elliott to us.
We first considered Kally because she is relatively young and had a family,
which made her well suited to bring a freshness and vitality to our
church. The young people of our church need support and someone to relate
to. Like answers to like. We share a hope she becomes a natural
draw, while living amongst us. Further, she has had experience with
evangelistic mission. The 1001 worshipping communities initiative has
trained her for this type of work. She come highly recommended by them
and believes strongly in their principles, Namely that church can happen
anywhere and does not require a building. This concept reflects the love
and acceptance of all, which Jesus preached so long ago. We choose to
support this mission.
After meeting Kally, and hearing her speak so eloquently about her faith and
spiritual journey, we were moved. She was easily approachable and a good
listener. We were very comfortable and made at ease in her
presence. She has a directness, and appears very driven. She comes
across as a goal oriented planner, who sets her mind to achieve that which she
conceives. Someone unafraid to lead and not be led.
We were given the opportunity to hear a few of her recorded sermons,
preached during her time filling in, as pulpit supply. We were also
fortunate enough to listen to her preach at a local house of worship, during
the interview process. She is well spoken and easily understood.
There is an honesty and directness to her approach. When she speaks her
passionate belief is strongly evident. She is able to convey her point in
a very meaningful and real manner. Many of us were very impressed with
her poise as well as the power of her words. This final piece of our
process truly reaffirmed Kally as our choice and removed any lingering doubts
about our decision. We stand by the choice we have made and know that in
doing so we have given our church its best chance at a bright future.
Christine J. Chair
The PNC Committee
Christine wants to express her thanks and gratitude to the
Rev. Janice Moore-Caputo
Margaret Cook – Committee of Ministry Liaison
Note: Pastor Kally was prepared to move to Long Island this week
and to be in the pulpit as of June 7. Unfortunately, the kitchen cabinets
are not complete and so the kitchen cannot be finished in time to allow them to
move as they had planned this weekend of May 31. The new plan is that
Pastor Kally will drive from Knoxville the week of June 7 and will be in the
pulpit on June 14 and June 28. Their furniture will be coming shortly
after June 15 as will her husband Bryce and the children.
Sometime the week of June 22, Pastor Kally and her family will go on
vacation for two weeks for the unique event in that she will be able to perform
the marriage ceremony for her mother. The Elliott’s will return shortly
after July 5.