Memorable Moments

Memorable Moments

This time of the year is special in so many ways. For many, seasonal music tops the list of things we look forward to. I have a rule at my house; nothing Christmas till Thanksgiving is in the rearview mirror. Everyone has a favorite holiday song and usually one that they detest and wish it would just disappear. My least favorite is “Grandma got run over by a reindeer” sung by Elmo and Patsy.


My favorite song is “Have yourself a merry little Christmas” from the Judy Garland 1944 musical, Meet me in St. Louis. Hugh Martin composed the song, and when he left Hollywood, he retired in Encinitas. He was a very quiet and gentle man who enjoyed taking walks around town and then to Moonlight beach, which was near his residence. One day I found out that he attended the Oceanside 7th Day Adventist church. That just happened to be the location where the church I pastored met on Sundays. Pastor Eddie Dopp was a very gracious host of our small church for over a decade. And little did we know that, the grand piano that was in the sanctuary, was Hugh Martins personal piano that he had used professionally over the years.


One day I asked Hugh if he would come and play his song for our service. He graciously said yes, and he asked Pastor Dopp’s wife, Monica to sing with him. It really made for a very Merry Christmas for our congregation.


Just a side note. The Oceanside Adventist church is one of our many partners bringing dinners for the homeless.



Pastor Alan

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Volunteer Spotlight – Jenn Burtt-Henderson


Jenn is one of our amazing volunteer client advocates! A Marine Corp veteran and married to a current Marine for 17 years with 2 boys, she understands the struggles that many of our veteran guests go through. She always knew that she wanted to help others, so after graduating in August with a degree in Human Services, she began looking online for volunteer opportunities. Bread of Life was the first organization to come up, and after talking to Pastor Tim, she realized that this was the perfect fit for her. She became part of the ministry here in September of 2018, as well as part of the new Life Skills Academy that Liz Soler is heading up, working as the lead for our disabled veteran guests.

Jenn loves working here at BOL because she gets to help people individually in the many different stages of life that they are in. She loves the family that is such a part of BOL, that we are here because we care about people and love each other. And because everyone here is a volunteer, there is a real open heart of service and care for people.

If you have never been to BOL or are hesitant about looking for help here for yourself or for someone you know, Jenn would like you to know that everyone who works here has gone through or has loved ones that have gone through the same struggles that we see in our guests, so there is a real empathy and concern for our guests, and we will do whatever we can to help and to show the love of Christ to those He brings through our doors. We are so thankful for Jenn and her love for people, and that God brought her to Bread of Life!

We had a great time decorating for Christmas along with several of our shelter guests. The dining room is ready for the Christmas season and we are too! Hoping you all are enjoying a refreshing season reflecting on the greatest gift, which is Christ!

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