Pastor's Blog

November 23, 2019

This weekend, It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood opens to screens nationwide, a tribute to the life and work of Fred Rogers, played by actor Tom Hanks.  We Presbyterians are very proud to be associated with this particular pastor.   The Presbyterian Historical Society celebrates the impact of this uniquely gifted child of God:

Fred Rogers grew up in western Pennsylvania in the town of Latrobe, where he attended Latrobe Presbyterian Church. As a student at Rollins College in Winter Park, Florida, where he majored in music composition, he had his first encounter with television, and was appalled by the children’s programs he saw. He thought, “Children deserve better.”   In 1953, he was invited by WQED in Pittsburgh, the nation’s first community-supported public television station, to co-produce a daily program called The Children’s Corner. The experience convinced him he had a future in children’s television.  https://www.history.pcusa.org/blog/remember...

May 18, 2016

Wikipedia defines Fellowship Hall as “a large room in a church building where certain activities take place, such as, dinners, breakfasts, meetings, workshops, etc.”  Did you know that our own Fellowship Hall was the original sanctuary long before the “new” sanctuary, completed in 1962, was even a dream?  So much living has happened in that building.  Imagine a time lapse camera placed up in the corner some 65 years ago that never stopped snapping pictures.  The resulting film would tell of unnumbered wedding vows, memorial receptions, youth group meetings and senior celebrations, Sunday classes and International Fellowship dinners, community gatherings and food packing events, Red Cross blood drives, VBS day camps and Christmas fairs, the prayers of a thousand elders and deacons, and ten thousand nursery school naps!  That camera would also tell of the inevitable wear and tear; the holes made by an over-zealous game of dodge ball, that leaky roof, and those clogged kitchen drains....

May 11, 2016

What our leaders were sharing at the February Leadership Retreat was a little surprising, even shocking in a way, but let me back up a little.  If you haven’t heard, St. John’s current goal is “to be a place where our discipling relationships inside the church help us to disciple people outside the church.”  For the past two years we’ve been encouraging each other to build relationships with folks outside the church, learn how to articulate our personal story of Christian faith, and share the gospel in a meaningful way.  That’s a tall order in a culture that encourages us to keep quiet about our faith.  Yet, many in our congregation reported that they were starting to form authentic friendships outside the church, and even had opportunities to share their faith in the super-natural course of conversation.  That’s something to celebrate!
 
But when our leaders gathered at Serra Retreat in Malibu we also heard something that could potentially derail this goal or energ...

March 30, 2016

Yesterday my family and I were walking through a gift shop at the Getty Villa, waiting for a tour to begin.  A moment later I heard the sound you don’t want to hear.  One of our girls had just knocked over a glass jar filled with tea leaves.  A shop worker came over.  “We’ll pay for that,” I said confidently -- now that I knew it wasn’t that $300 replica of Aphrodite.  “Don’t worry about it.  This happens about once a week.”  Another employee came over with a broom as I bent down to look for shards of glass.  “Did you knock this over sir?” He sounded serious. “Well, actually my daughter did,” I mumbled.  “Are you sure you didn’t knock this over -- Steven H. Craig.”  Wait…how did this guy know ---?  I looked up and started laughing. The employee grinning down at me was a friend from St. John’s.   He was trying to think of a clever way to say hello when we didn’t see him behind the counter; and our little mishap was too good to be true.  Turns out, he had just told his wife that though h...

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