O'Grady Celebration

APril 25, 2021 at 6:30 pm

A Message from Your Planning Committee:

It is without question that our church congregation is going to miss the amazing Jeff and Lynn O’Grady as they set off for retirement in Nashville, Tennessee this spring. We want to send them off with a celebration of thanks for all the love, care and service they have given our congregation over the past 15 plus years. In addition, we have established a fund in their honor to recognize their outstanding contributions to our community over their tenure and to provide a long-lasting legacy in their name to the church. (See below)


    The planning committee thanks all who filled out our recent survey to determine numbers and location for a safe celebration.  Your feedback is much appreciated as we move forward in our planning.   

    You will be receiving a formal invitation closer to the time of the celebration asking for a firm commitment. 

    Questions ? Contact Peggy Flynn


    Cindy Jenkins and Lisa Link are creating a wonderful letter/photo/recipe book for Jeff and Lynn to take with them to Nashville, as a loving memory from SMCC. You may participate by providing a note of thanks, a special memory, a favorite recipe and/or a photo of yourself/family. Please email them as attachments to Cindy Jenkins by February 28, 2021. Please refer to specific instructions on how to submit your documents and photos in a useful format. 

  • Celebration Video

    Jeanie Caldwell and Brandon Cooke are creating a video for the celebration. If you have any photos that you would like to contribute to the video, please email Brandon by February 28, 2021. 

  • The jeff & lynn o'grady theology and culture funD

    Thanks to the generosity of a group of donors, the Foundation of San Marino Community Church is delighted to announce the formation of a new fund honoring Jeff and Lynn O’Grady’s ministry at San Marino Community Church. The Jeff and Lynn O’Grady Theology and Culture Fund will receive funds to support the development of educational events and opportunities that center on the intersection of theology and culture by San Marino Community Church. Education is at the heart of the church's ministry, and Jeff and Lynn devoted their professional lives to building institutions of learning and faith. We are delighted to honor the O’Gradys by continuing their legacy at SMCC for generations to come and will make this new fund the focus of the 2021 Legacy Campaign.

    For more information, or to make an advanced donation to the Jeff & Lynn O’Grady Theology & Culture Fund, please contact Victoria Smith, Director of Development.

  • O'Grady Love Gift

    As is customary for retiring pastors, the church family is invited to make a love gift to Rev. Jeff O’Grady in advance of his retirement celebration on Sunday, April 25. A minimum desired amount has been established, and the Foundation of SMCC is receiving gifts toward that goal. There are two ways for you to contribute to this gift of appreciation for Jeff and Lynn’s faithful years of ministry at SMCC:

    Option 1: Submit a contribution to the church office labeled “Attention Skip Ober Miller/O’Grady Love Gift.” Checks should be made out directly to "Rev. Jeff O’Grady." Please note that these will not be received and deposited by the O’Gradys until the end of April. These gifts will be tax free for the O’Gradys, but not tax-deductible for the donor.

    Option 2: To donate anonymously, please do so through The Foundation of SMCC. Checks can be made payable to “The Foundation of SMCC” with “O’Grady Love Gift” in the memo line. These contributions are tax-deductible for the donor, but are a taxable gift for Rev. O’Grady. Following all submissions, The Foundation will ensure the minimum desired amount for the Love Gift is met.

    If you have questions about any specifics related to the Love Gift, please contact Skip Ober Miller or Victoria Smith.

  • Special worship services

    Sundays, April 18 and April 25

    Please plan to join us in worship on April 18th and April 25th, when we will be celebrating Jeff and Lynn's ministry with guest preachers and special recognitions.

    Thank you so much for being a part of this celebration of gratitude for Jeff and Lynn and look for additional updates regarding our plans in the coming weeks.