As seen at the celebrations on July 25. Created by Leanna Creel.
Immanuelites Frank Alton, Yolanda Morales, Imelda Tecum, Sam Pullen, Erin Tamayo, Brian Symonds and Ed Murray all took part in this event. Starting with a press conference on the Wilshire Boulevard steps of the church, it continued with an all-day fast and concluded with sharing of powerful stories in Westminster Chapel. Spanish language media gave the event good coverage. Photos courtesy of Erin Tamayo and Ricardo Moreno. Click on an image for larger view.
Celebrando el Ministerio de Frank en Immanuel
Únete con nosotros el domingo, 25 de julio de 2010 por el servicio, celebración y bendiciones mientras que recordamos los 15 anos de ministerio del Rev. Dr. Frank M. Alton en Immanuel.
Comenzaremos con el servicio a las 10:30 a.m., seguido por una breve reunión congregacional en el santuario a las 11:30 a.m., después nos iremos al Patio por almuerzo y compartiendo memorias y expresiones de gratitud. Todos son bienvenidos a traer cartas/regalos para enviar bendiciones a Frank.
A las 5:00 p.m. nos reuniremos en el santuario con la comunidad de Los Ángeles para recordar con historias y canciones el ministerio de Frank en la comunidad, seguido por refrescos en el Parlor.
Esperamos que pueda ser parte de este día especial en la vida de Immanuel.
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Celebrating Frank’s Ministry at Immanuel
Join us Sunday, July 25, 2010 for worship, celebration & blessing as we remember the 15 years of Rev. Dr. Frank M. Alton’s ministry at Immanuel.
We’ll begin with worship at 10:30 a.m., followed by a brief congregational meeting in the sanctuary at 11:30 a.m., then we’ll adjourn to the Patio for lunch and sharing of memories and expressions of gratitude. Everyone is welcome to bring cards/gifts to send Frank on with blessings.
At 5:00 p.m. we’ll gather in the sanctuary with the larger Los Angeles community to remember with stories and songs Frank’s ministry in the community, followed by light refreshments in the Parlor.
We hope that you can be a part of this special day in the life of Immanuel.
Frank Alton, along with CLUE LA, CHIRLA, Korean Resource Center, NAKASEC and many others, participated in a civil disobedience action in Costa Mesa on June 14, protesting the city’s “rule of law” ordinance inspired by similar legislation in Arizona. He and 11 others were arrested as a result. All were released unharmed after a brief detention but will have to return to Orange County for court appearances.
Announcement from CLUE LA immediate following the event:
Three religious leaders joined hands with the immigration reform movement today during a rally and demonstration in Orange County, and they were arrested and taken into custody: Rabbi Jonathan Klein, CLUE-LA’s executive director, and our strong supporters, the Rev. Dr. Frank Alton of Immanuel Presbyterian Church, and the Rev. Dr. Lewis E. Logan II of Rauch Christian Community Fellowship.
These clergy participated in the rally and in an act of civil disobedience in protest against the series of anti-immigrant, SB1070 style resolutions being considered in cities throughout Orange County, including Costa Mesa.
“These resolutions represent fear, and they’re designed to fan the flames of hatred and division,” said Rabbi Klein before the rally began. “We must stand united with the people of Orange County and all of Southern California to work for truly humane and comprehensive immigration reform that respects the dignity of the individual and the family.”
Speaking truth to power is often difficult and results in challenging – and inconvenient – consequences. These religious leaders knew they were at risk for being arrested; there’s been no word yet on their release, but we expect – and pray – it will be soon.
As they were led away, the hundreds of students and community members who came to witness – including CLUE-LA’s own summer interns – chanted, “It is our moral responsibility to disobey unjust laws.” Dozens of protesters knelt and prayed the Our Father in English and Spanish.
Please spread the word that people of all faiths need to speak up, to put an end to the fear and prejudice that drive misguided resolutions. We need comprehensive immigration reform, not more hate.
CLUE-LA stands with all people in the pursuit of justice.
Standing in solidarity,
Pastor Bridie Roberts
Video from a resident of Costa Mesa:
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Video from the Orange County Register.
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Photos from CHIRLA.
Video from a participant.
Immanuel Facebook page.
Thursday, December 24 Christmas Eve | The Light Returns
Christmas Eve Service, 8:00 p.m. Sanctuary, followed by a special Convivio in the Parlor
Isaiah 7:14; Matthew 1:23
When Matthew quoted Isaiah to say, “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son” he was connecting what was happening in his world to what had happened centuries earlier in the history of Israel. For Isaiah the child was a sign that God would prevail against all odds, even though that seemed like the least likely scenario at that time. That the baby Jesus would bring peace to Israel in his day was as unlikely as God prevailing in Isaiah’s day. Matthew found strength to believe that God would prevail again by connecting the birth of Jesus to the prophesy of Isaiah. That is what this turning point from Advent to Christmas is about – at the darkest hour, at the least likely moment, God sends healing and salvation into our history. Connecting our darkness to the darkness of Isaiah’s time and Jesus’ time strengthens us to believe that God will prevail.
Where is the darkness in your world today? Where do you see signs of light? What stories come to mind of light prevailing in darkness?
Rev. Frank Alton
Jueves, 24 de diciembre Noche Buena | La Luz Regresa
Servicio de Noche Buena, 8:00 p.m. Santuario, seguido por un especial Convivio en el Parlor
Isaías 7:14; Mateo 1:23
Cuando Mateo citó a Isaías diciendo, “La virgen concebirá y dará a luz un hijo” estaba conectando que estaba ocurriendo en este mundo a que había ocurrido en las anteriores siglas en la historia de Israel. Para Isaías el niño era una señal que Dios triunfará contra todo pronóstico, aunque pareció como el menos posible escenario en ese tiempo. Que el bebe Jesús traerá paz a Israel en su día era improbable como Dios triunfando en el tiempo de Isaías. Mateo encontró fuerza para crear que Dios triunfará otra vez por medio de conectando el nacimiento de Jesús a la profecía de Isaías. Este es lo que este punto decisivo de Adviento a Navidad se trata – en el más oscuro momento, en el más improbable momento, Dios manda sanidad y salvación en nuestra historia. Conectando nuestra oscuridad a la oscuridad del tiempo de Isaías y Jesús nos fortaleza a creer que Dios triunfará.