Damage to our sign in front of the church
On Saturday, we discovered the Reconciling in Christ logo (the rainbow heart) was knocked out of the front of our church sign in an act of apparent vandalism. When the damage was discovered, the logo was found intact and laying inside the sign. Though it is not clear exactly what happened, a police report was filed, and we quickly had our sign repaired.
We continue to be a faith community that believes we are all created in God’s image, holy and loved. We welcome all people, and the church sign is a visible display of welcome and hospitality to the LBGTQ+ community. We are grateful for the congregation’s concern and caring response and have also been amazed by the support we have received from our surrounding community, including a homemade sign made by a neighbor.
In addition, we are grateful for Pastor Emily’s inspiring response that was read in church on Sunday:
Some of you may have noticed that the rainbow part of our new sign is missing. It seems the rainbow hearts may have been kicked inside the sign. My heart broke when I heard about it while here on vacation in Ohio. We do not yet have the full evidence of what happened, but we are working to fix it as soon as possible. There’s been a lot of vandalism around Thousand Oaks in response to individuals and organizations that are LGBTQ+ affirming. We will not let a bully or bigotry change who we are and what we’re about. We’ll keep doing what we are called to do – to be a Christ-following, safe, loving, advocating, and affirming space for the LGBTQ+ community. We will pray for the individuals who may have done this, that their hearts would be opened to seeing a different path.
– Rev. Emily Ebert
In Christ’s Love,
Vicar Amanda & Krister Swanson, Acting President – Church Council