DOWNEY - The Moravian Church of Downey will welcome its first female pastor to the pulpit when it installs Sister Christie Melby-Gibbons in a special service Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Melby-Gibbons is a recent graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Penn. She will become the Downey congregation's ninth pastor.
Prior to the installation, the congregation will hold a 9 a.m. rally to celebrate their new Sunday school program. Following the service and installation, the church will host a picnic.
The Rev. James T. Hicks, president of the Moravian Church's Western District, will preside over the installation. The community is invited to all events.
For more information, call the church office at (562) 927-0718.
********** Published: September 11, 2009 - Volume 8 - Issue 21