Tustin Presbyterian Church — Tustin, California
Though known for his friendly sense of humor, pastor Steve Ranney felt that a “sign of lament” was the more appropriate gesture when the coronavirus forced the church to suspend in-person services in March 2020. He decided to forego a haircut until the congregation was allowed to again meet in person. The time apart was expected to be short. The joke was on Pastor Steve when the pandemic went on well over a year. When the church doors finally reopened, a haircut was in order. Not an ordinary haircut, but a celebratory event. After the church service on June 20, 2021, a barber did the honors in the church courtyard while smiling congregants looked on. Dismissing their humorous calls to preserve the locks as a relic or auction them off, Steve was content and relieved to at last shed the curly, shoulder-length tresses.
— Gerry Herter, elder
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