Saying goodbye is never easy, particularly to a 97 year-old hometown institution like Crescent Heights United Methodist Church of West Hollywood, which was officially "discontinued" (voted out of business) on June 19th (Happy Fathers Day) by the 2011 Session of the California-Pacific Annual UMC Confference.
Founded in 1914, on the eve of World War I, in a old mess-tent at the corner of two dirt roads in the middle of a barley field, Crescent Heights Church grew and came of age alongside a young new industry called motion pictures and has for almost a century played host to mogul and migrant alike, shining it's beacon of hope over both the bountiful harvests of modernity and the fields of broken dreams of those who dared to chase them. As the “room at the inn” for so many of West Hollywood's community-based programs of wholeness, justice, mercy, and compassion, the church has abided in the same spirit of love, healing, and hope upon which the City of West Hollywood would cone into being some 70 years later.
But sometimes, the "great oaks" of our heritage can dim the light of our future and obscure the forest of new possibilities sprouting in the shade of a storied past. And then, when winter comes and the creeping veil of dormancy presses in from all directions, even those few stalwart leaves clinging mightily to their branches, -- that no rain or stormy blast can seem to dislodge -- can only bear witness more starkly to a poignant and timeless farewell, that the coming Spring might prosper the emergent life yet to blossom beneath.
It is in that spirit of promise that the remnant "leaves" of Crescent Heights United Methodist Church and it’s ”Acorn Choir” take a musical look back -- with an eye toward the future and the "new thing" God will do among us at the corner of Fountain and Fairfax -- and in that same spirit of new beginnings that we cordially invite you to join former pastors and congregants, musicians and vocalists, civic and community leaders on Sunday, August 21st @ 3 PM, as we give Thanks for the Memories: Both Yesterday's and Tomorrow'sand celebrate the noble beginnings, the fruitful life, and the latter-days of our beloved little church, in the shadow of the Sunset Strip, that’s never stopped believing ”it could.“
Guests will be able to stroll through the church and view a variety of historical exhibits andold Hollywood memorabilia culled from CHUMC archives and the church attic. After the service you are invited to enjoy refreshments on the back patio at the Sacred Grounds Coffee House: Where Heaven and Earth “Do Lunch”.
Friends and supporters wishing to contribute prayers, poetry, condolences, personal reflections, or Words of Wisdom and Hope, are welcome to submit them by close of business on August 17th for our Commemorative Program. RSVPs are greatly appreciated including any special needs or disability seating requests and can be lodged by e-mail at:FabulousFarewHello@gmail.com or Voicemail @ 323-848-9522.
Free Will Offerings to help defray program costs and support an ongoing "ministry of hospitality" for the many communiity-based, nonprofit, 12-Step, and other educational and self help programs are greatly appreciated and can be deposited with PAYPAL through our secure Website @ WEHOMethodist.org or placed in the Offering Box at the back of the sanctuary. Please make checks payable to U.M.M.L.A.D.. with "Fabulous" written in the MEMO line.
Media Inquiries and other information requests may be directed to Pastor Scott @ 323-572-5221.
With God as our witness, this is one church service you won’t want to miss.
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