October 19, 2014
Pastor Shelly's first baptism at East Church was with a remarkably amiable Andrew Lusa. Andrew, evidently secure in the support of his sisters and parents, appeared unfazed as the center of attention for the Sacrament of Baptism. He likewise appeared to enjoy his ride down the center aisle and back as Pastor Shelly introduced Andrew to the congregation, who had promised to support and nurture him in the preceding liturgy. Following the Baptism Sacrament, Pastor Shelly gathered the church children around the baptismal font for a special Children's Message. And yes, the water used for Andrew's baptism included traces of water offered and consecrated at our summer Beth El table.