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Some Things I’ll Miss About California

By Mark D. Roberts | Monday, October 1, 2007

If you’re a regular reader of my blog, you know that, after sixteen years, I have just finished up as pastor of Irvine Presbyterian Church in California. As of today, I am officially the Senior Director and Scholar-in-Residence for Laity Lodge, a ministry in the Hill Country of Texas, outside of San Antonio. I’m spending my first day in my new position driving through Arizona and New Mexico on my way to Texas.

I will miss many things about California. I thought I’d share a few of these with you. For one thing, I’ll miss the Pacific Ocean. Yes, I know Texas has the Gulf of Mexico, but I won’t get ocean sunsets anymore. The picture below is an undoctored view from Doheny Beach in Orange County.

During our last days in California, our house was empty. So some friends offered to put us up. Now the fact that they live only fifty yards from the ocean was an incentive. The photo below shows my study space yesterday morning. Not bad!

Yes, I will miss some things about California!

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4 Responses to “Some Things I’ll Miss About California”

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    October 1st, 2007 at 1:43 am

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  2. Ken Fleck Says:
    October 1st, 2007 at 3:39 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I will be leaving california soon as well to pursue ministry in Arizona. It’s nice to know i’m not alone. Appreciate your site.


  3. real live preacher Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 12:10 pm

    Um, yeah. I’d like to write at a little table overlooking the Pacific. How’d you get that gig? :=)

  4. Fred M Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 2:59 pm


    Wow — I can hardly believe the change! What a loss for IPC & blessing for your new ministry. You were one of the sad aspects of our own relocation to Oregon, now that feels less — but I’d imagine the church is immensely sad to see you leave. Blessings in the new post … hopefully we’ll stay in touch.

    Fred M


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