Our church logo consists of a cross, with a trillium superimposed. The cross is the central symbol of our Christian beliefs, and also the central focal point within our sanctuary. The cross represents many things to us, and to each member it has different meanings: It represents Christ’s sacrifice, a symbol of hope, a symbol of love and forgiveness.
The trillium is important to our logo, both as a flower and as a symbol. As a flower, it represents growth and the beauty of the Earth that God has given us to care for. As a symbol, the three petals and three leaves of the common trillium represent the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit), the three pillars in the organizational structure of our church (Worship, Faith Formation, and Mission & Outreach), and the three simple statements of our purpose as a faith community:
SEEKING | SERVING | GROWING
The trillium depicted in the commemorative window shown at upper left is in fond memory of a gentle lady, Frances Gibbs, who was a founder of Ladera Community Church and an active member for many years.
Frances wrote this beautiful poem one Easter. It portrays the essence of our theme:
In a cathedral of redwoods
I chanced upon
the first, rare trillium of Spring,
emerging from the ground
still damp and chilled
by winter rains;
the modest bloom -
a trio of pristine petals
as white-robed nuns in supplication;
obscure in the lush of undergrowth
the lovely flower
crushed under a boot
of the passerby.
unknowing that heaven itself
lay at his feet -
three petals – a Holy Trinity;
but, lo, another
even more beautiful
telling the story of resurrection.