Reformation Sunday at local church

Pastor Rachel Srubas leads the celebration!

Pastor Rachel Srubas leads the celebration!

Nan Nasser

On Sunday, October 25, Reformation Sunday was celebrated at Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church by including the dedication of an accessibility ramp, welcoming new members and celebrating the 18th birthday of MSPC.

Recently the Session of MSPC authorized the construction of a ramp to the chancel to allow improved access to the pulpit and choir area for people with mobility challenges. Garry Lawrence took the initiative to design the ramp aided by Ken McAllister’s 3-D mock up drawings. Garry was aided in the construction work by Dan Linegar, David Raffety and Dave Smith. Part of the dedication ceremony included the following quote, “When someone said, ‘It can’t be done,’ God said, “Yes, it can.” When someone volunteered to lead the effort, others volunteered to help. For the hours of love and labor that this ramp reflects, we thank God!

In addition to the dedication, MSPC welcomed new members Denny Belitz (and service dog Otto), Al and Wanda Johnson, Gary and Suzanne Mahler, Fran Moran, Evelyn Ramsey and Jeffrey and Karen States. Everyone sported a bright red corsage, including Otto (who seemed quite at home with the dedication). Supporting the entire service, the congregation was treated to the Lazy Bones Trombone Quartet, playing such favorites as Just a Closer Walk with Thee.

The service was followed by a barbecue lunch put together by the Christian Community/Membership team. Dave Smith and Gary Lawrence were the chefs extraordinaire serving burgers and dogs; side dishes and garnishes completed the plate. The meal was finished with a large birthday sheet cake.

Mountain Shadows Presbyterian Church is located at 14240 N. Oracle, the corner of Oracle and Mountainaire Road. Service is at 10:00 a.m. each Sunday with child care available.

Want more information? The website is The office phone number is 825-7858. We are centered in Christ, caring for community and invite you to join us in worship with Pastor Rachel Srubas.