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Pastor Christie Melby-Gibbons, right. Photo by Joan Anderson,
  • Pastor Christie Melby-Gibbons, right. Photo by Joan Anderson,

Friday morning report, Aug. 29
WRITTEN BY :   Eric Pierce

Five things to know this Friday morning: 

1.) Rev. Christie Melby-Gibbons is leaving as pastor of the Moravian Church of Downey after “accepting a call to provincial service,” the church has announced.

Melby-Gibbons became the church’s ninth pastor in 2009. She was a recent graduate of Moravian Theological Seminary in Bethlehem, Penn. and became the church’s first female pastor.

With tattoos running down the side of her arm, Melby-Gibbons was admittedly not a “stereotypical pastor,” but it was a role she embraced and used to her advantage.

“Being a tattooed female artist in her early thirties with a tendency to hang out with those who are far removed from the realm of church is not what some people believe to be a “good” pastor,” she wrote in a piece for the Downey Patriot last year. “Truthfully, in most settings when I reveal my profession, people are either shocked with dismay that a person like me would have “Reverend” in front of her name, or they are delighted to find such a down-to-earth, fun-loving, non-stereotypical person in the role of pastor.”

Her last service in Downey is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 7, at 10:30 a.m., which will be the fifth anniversary of her ordination. A reception will follow in the church hall.

The Downey Symphony Orchestra will hold  a flapjack fundraiser at the Applebee’s restaurant in Norwalk on Saturday, Sept. 13, from 8-10 a.m. Tickets are $10 and must be purchased by Sept. 5 by calling E.J. Ball at (323) 304-0172.

Warren High  School’s band and color guard will present their first concert of the year at 4 p.m. in the campus stadium. Admission is free and the public is invited. Students will be performing marching drills they learned during the summer.

The Press-Telegram digs deeper into allegations of hazing at Downey High, with new claims that students were forced to twerk while other students threw candy at them. P-T

Trinity Lutheran Church has called an emergency congregational meeting after Sunday’s 10 a.m. service “to discuss a financial matter that is time sensitive.” No further details were released.

Published: Friday, August 29, 2014, WEB ONLY
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