Messages from our Pastors at Christmas
The holiday lights are everywhere as people try to capture the joy and festive spirit of the Christmas season, in spite of the times we are living in. One giant blessing this year has been the way our pastors all over the Pacific Union have responded to the pandemic. They have kept us connected, engaged, and inspired—all while going through the same challenges we are all facing. Today we feature two of our wonderful pastors.
Todd Leonard is the senior pastor of Glendale City church in Glendale, California. He is an amazing pastor, one who is willing to share openly and honestly about his own personal mental health journey while staying connected to his congregation and inspiring them with dynamic messages. Firmly believing that robust spirituality develops when a broad diversity of people come together in community, Pastor Leonard and Glendale City church continue to live their mission of revealing the love of Christ in all its tenderness and grandeur to the community in which they live. He joined us by Zoom recently to talk about mental health, especially during the holidays.
Chanda Nunes this summer after searching for more than a year for the right candidate. Pastor Nunes has served the Northern California Conference since 2015, most recently at the Capitol City church in Sacramento, California. She is the first Black woman pastor to serve within the conference, where she was ordained in June 2018. We close our program today with her Christmas devotional.
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“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
– Matthew 11:28-30