Rev. Dan Hoffman with his wife Leslie
Thank you very much!
Grace isn't a little prayer you chant before receiving a meal. It's a way to live. ~Attributed to Jacqueline Winspear
I learned that everything that is, is freely given by the God of love. All is grace. Light and water, shelter and food, work and free time, children, parents, birth an death—it is all given to us…so that we can say gracias.~Henry Nouwen, Gracias, after living in Bolivia & Peru
Wow, it has been over 2 ½ years since I began to get to know you as a church family and began guest preaching regularly at Westview. It has been a joy being your Temporary Supply Pastor for the last year. I am delighted to now be your Installed Pastor as of June 26, 2011.. THANK YOU for the beautiful, tasty, joyous installation! You all worked very hard and I felt honored.
When I think of my time here at Westview I feel very GRATEFUL!
Thank you, for being such a loving family.
Thank you, for being so loving to my family — especially Rosie and Ian.
Thank you, for all the ways each of you serves to make this a caring place.
Thank you, for risking and trying the new.
Thank you, for valuing relationship.
Thank you, for trusting joyfully in God’s Spirit and your journey-- which is slowly being revealed.
Thank you, for kindness and respect.
You are a dear, kind church family. The Love of God shines through you!
I pray we will continue to be changed as we experience God’s love for us even more profoundly, and as a result be even more of a blessing to the surrounding community proclaiming and living God’s boundless, creative love!
Love in Christ,
INSTALLATION OF REV. DAN HOFFMAN
In a moving and personal service Rev. Dan Hoffman was installed at Westview Presbyterian Church on Sunday, June 26, 2011 at 4:30 p.m.
Rev. Jack Longley, Moderator of Presbytery of San Jose, led the worship.
Rev. Dr. Steve Steele gave the sermon and charge to our new Minister.
All eight Elders from Westview (Joanne Hayashi, David Kadotani, Steve Kajihara, Randy Mano, Diane Mio, Edna Nagata, Lynne Nagata and Willie Yahiro) participated in the service in one way or another, with David Kadotani presenting our Pastor-Elect, Rev. Dan Hoffman, to the congregation. Edith Ichiuji, a long-time friend of Westview and an Elder at El Estero Presbyterian Church in Monterey, read the Scripture from the New Testament. Other participants included Rev. Dr. Bob Bowles, Rev. Dr. Bruce Rowlison, Rev. Dr. Victoria Rue, Dr. Keith Warner, Barbara Rogers and Cheri Holland.
A very special part of the service came when Leslie and Rev. Hoffman's children, Ian and Rosie, read the Scripture from the Old Testament, and then Rosie sang "Mile in Your Shoes". Whether they realize it or not, children can melt our hearts and put smiles on our faces!
Towards the end of the service, Rev. Nan Swanson, who took us under her wing and helped us through some very difficult times, gave the charge to the congregation. And as she stood with a bowl of salt, the congregation was asked to come and take the salt from her bowl and put it into the empty bowl that Rev. Dan was holding. This signified the breaking away from the old covenant and creating a new one with Rev. Dan. What an awesome and significant way to close the installation service for our new pastor!
We were then on our way to the gym for a time of celebration with good food, great company, and a refreshing sense of new beginnings. It was a time to hang out and enjoy our time with family and friends!
The following is a biography from Reverend Dan Hoffman (June 2010)
MY JOURNEY TO WESTVIEW
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