New Church Life NCL May/June 2018 - Page 70

n e w c h u r c h l i f e : m ay / j u n e 2 0 1 8 Heilman, who assisted Bob in the early days of the Hatboro/Horsham Group – later to become Ivyland New Church. We also heard a message from the Rev. David Lindrooth, our pastor from 1996 – 2004 (who unfortunately could not be with us due to other church duties); from the Rev. Tom Rose, pastor from 2004 – 2012; and from the Rev. Todd Beiswenger, who acted as assistant to Tom for a time. Then our current pastor, the Rev. Ryan Sandstrom, spoke briefly of his journey to Ivyland. As you can tell from this list of names, Ivyland has been blessed from the beginning with gifted, loving pastors, and we have loved them all. We were delighted to have old friends join us for this celebration, along with newer members. A signature focus of Ivyland New Church is FOOD and FELLOWSHIP. We have had many delightful potluck meals (Feasts of Charity) after church services over the years, and this occasion was no exception. We seated more than 120 people in the tent set up for the occasion, with barbecue and many other delicious treats. Ivyland New Church was founded as a form of outreach to bring our faith to the community outside of the established church center. We have benefited over the years from the support of friends in the Bryn Athyn Church and the Academy of the New Church, from New Church friends located farther out in Bucks and Montgomery Counties, and from friends new to our faith. We broadcast our