La Jolla church to salute retiring music director Sunday, Sept. 20

The Congregational Church of La Jolla will bid farewell to retiring director of music Myrl Hendershott with a reception in his honor, 11:30 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 20 in the Grand Room on the church campus, 1216 Cave St.

The public is invited to join Pastor Sam Greening and his congregants as they celebrate Hendershott’s musical legacy and tireless service to their faith community. Cake, Champagne and a special musical program will round out the festivities. Pastor Greening describes Hendershott as a talented organist whose ministry has inspired and uplifted church members for more than half a century. “No one has provided us with more loving service over the past 50-plus years than Myrl Hendershott,” Greening said. “Myrl has played the organ for approximately 2,500 worship services. He has accompanied the vows exchanged at hundreds of weddings. He has helped greet hundreds of babies at the time of their baptism. He has helped us say good-bye to hundreds of beloved family members and friends on the day of their funeral or memorial service.”

Hendershott is professor of oceanography at Scripps Institute of Oceanography. He received his B.S. from the University of Wyoming, and his M.S. and Ph.D. from Harvard.