Midweek Message

April 29, 2014

Jim Hopkins

April 29, 2014

Dear Lakeshore,
Thanks again to all who played a role in the joyous celebration of our 25th anniversary as pastor and congregation and the dedication of the Living Tree sculpture. Taking the liberty of speaking for Karen, Aaron, Kristen, Ethan, David, Teresa, Dash and Henry, your expressions of caring touched, and touch, our hearts and souls.
This Sunday Pastor Tanner will preach. Her sermon will be “What Communion Means To Me.” This will be the first in a series, both ongoing and occasional (not every first Sunday), of first Sunday sermons by members of our community on the meaning they find in the observance of the Lord’s Supper.
On Sunday afternoon Kehila Synagogue is inviting members of LABC, as well as members of several other OCO congregations, to join them at Imani Community Church,3300 MacArthur Blvd. from 3:00-5:30 for a viewing and discussion of the Robert Reich film “Inequality for All.”

Prayers of the Congregation

  • Virginia Cheatham, at home under hospice care
  • Shirley Jones  www.caringbridge.org/visit/shirleyjones
  • Sheryl Gattey for her mom
  • Kay Baxter for her family
  • Brenda McCarthy for her family
  • The lives and communities devastated by the tornados in the Midwest
  • A just resolution to the conflict between Ukraine and Russia
  • Thanksgiving for the ministry of the American Baptist Seminary of the West
  • George and Sylvia Lee
  • Steve and Carol Leichter
  • Geetha Thaker for her mom
  • Roy Browner for his grandfather
  • Lloyd Scott for his family
  • All our shut ins
  • Dave Fergusen, Director of Open Door Mission, health concerns
  • Michael Simpson for his mom
  • Sheila Sims for her brother and parents
  • Wally Bryen for his brother and sister
  • Jeanne Robinson for daughter in law Jo
  • Katrina Lau for her grandmother
  • Courtney Wusthoff and Daniel Velazquez as they prepare for the birth of their first child


As a basketball fan and as a citizen of  these United States I believe NBA Commissioner Adam Silver is to be commended for the strong action he took against Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling for his racist comments. The myth that some groups of people exist only to entertain and enrich others needs to be countered as strongly as possible. Commissioner Silver’s actions do just that.