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UCC La Mesa Celebrates Friend-Raising Sunday and Welcomes Interim Pastor

It’s a double header!

 November 7, 2010 is Friend-Raising Sunday in the United Church of Christ (UCC), a special day of sharing and celebrating faith and community in which UCC members worldwide are encouraged to bring guests to church, to fill the pews with friends and family.

Locally, it is also the day the members of the United Church of Christ of La Mesa (UCCLM) will welcome Interim Minister Rev. Dr. William Peterson, to their pulpit.

Peterson, who holds BS degrees in Physics and Statistics, served for five years on a team investigating aircraft accidents before returning to graduate school (MSW, M.Div., Ed.D).   Ordained into the UCC in 1975, he served for ten years both as pastoral counselor and staff trainer for a network of Wholistic Health Centers and on the staff of a UCC church leading innovative family worship services.  He also co-founded Parish Nursing, a nursing specialty in which health care and care of the spirit are partnered.  Entering full-time parish ministry in 1984, he has, since 2003, concentrated on transitional ministry and teaching.  Author of two books of poetry, he is married to Rev. Gail Anne Benson.

You are invited to share this special day at UCCLM, “the church where the front pews fill first.”  You’ll find us at 5940 Kelton Avenue, La Mesa, CA 92142 (619-464-1519 – http://www.ucclm.org ).  Our Contemporary Service starts at 9:00am in Friendship Hall, the Traditional Service at 11:00am in the Sanctuary. 

Everyone is welcome!

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