Skyline Church normally uses its billboard-sized Campo Road sign to promote upcoming events, but this weekend it looked back—100 years.
“Happy Birthday La Mesa,” said the sign, incorporating part of the city’s centennial logo. It will stay up a few more days, said senior pastor Jim Garlow.
Garlow told Patch that a “graphics man” for the megachurch designed the sign and apparently had permission to use the licensed logo with the blessing of La Mesa’s mayor.
“I talked with Mayor Art Madrid—and we let him know that Skyline wanted to honor the city,” Garlow said Monday. “He came to Skyline on Dec 30th and spoke before the congregation, and [he] shared some things about the City of La Mesa.”
Madrid “connected the persons at city government with Skyline’s graphic man,” Garlow said.
Why was the sign posted this week in particular?
“This week marked the culmination of the yearlong event of celebrating the 100th anniversary,” Garlow said two days after the culminating Party of the Century. La Mesa became a city on Feb. 16, 1912.
Garlow also explained why his 3,500-member church lists a La Mesa mailing address despite being in Rancho San Diego—about 4 miles southeast of La Mesa.
“Rancho San Diego has no post office,” Garlow said via email. “U.S. Post Office assigned us a La Mesa address.”