Spring is springing upon us this month – Don’t forget March 12 is that torturous time of “spring forward” for Daylight Saving Time. How can losing that one little hour exhaust us for weeks? If you don’t show up until the end of the service that day, someone is bound to post it on Facebook! Ash Wednesday is March 1. Have you been thinking and praying about how you are going to reflect on the Lenten season? We’re a diverse group here at LCPC. Some like to give something up, some like to take something on, and some like to do acts of service. As long as we fill our minds and hearts with Jesus, it’s all good! The MAZ Rummage Sale is coming up on Saturday, March 4. Donations can be dropped off on Thursday, March 2, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM, and on Friday, March 3, from 9:00 AM to 8:00 PM
in Koopmans, where the wonderful Jerry White and his team will be setting up. We’re so grateful to the team that headed down to Rosarito to continue work on the foundation of the Casa de Los Angeles Orphanage. Our team worked along side friends from La Jolla Presbyterian Church (We miss you Jim Sedgwick!) As always, we enjoyed having Ray Sidney, his singers, and musicians join us for a morning of energetic gospel worship last month! I saw some hips shakin’ (Geoff Bryan) and rumor has it that there are at least two LCPC ladies who plan to dance down the aisle next time Ray leads worship! When the Spirit moves you, there’s just no stopping it! Thank you also to the Cathedral Bell Choir who played their beautiful music for us last month during the second service. It is always such a treat to hear and watch this treasured group of musicians bless us with their talents!
Thank you Al Nunez for organizing the “Lift Up La Crescenta” 24-hour Prayer gathering that was held at Christian Life Church. The Cary’s YAM and Fam Super Bowl party was the place to be for the big game this year! You’ve never seen so much food! Between all the great entrees the Carys served, and Jim Granier’s world famous ribs, it was one happy crowd of young adults and their families, despite the Falcons’ loss. The lone Patriots fan, Kimmy Cox, did enjoy rubbing the victory in, just a tiny bit. Don’t forget to wear your green on St. Patrick’s Day to avoid that little pinch by a leprechaun, and I’ll see you next month! Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s messenger here on the LCPC.net website!
The month of Valentines, heartshaped boxes of candy, and love! Did you know John 3:16 is our Valentine from God? “For God so loved the world that He gave his one and only son that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.” Best Valentine ever! It’s great to be back into our PEAK routine! Lee Cook is digging into the Gospel of Mark with his popular Bible study class in Koopmans. Pastor Andy is in the Chapel leading couples through a program called Deep Love that will help build strong and healthy marriages. Michelle Bouse is inspiring her enthusiastic group of Creative Bible Journalers in the Narthex. Ed Carlson is leading an intergenerational class based on the book Growing Young in the John Estelle Room. Have you been receiving the new daily e-mail “Praying Boldly LCPC”? It’s a simple way to remind us to pray for a specific ministry of LCPC each day, because some of these ministries are behind the scenes and we tend to forget they too need our prayers and attention! Mission trip season is starting up, and the first opportunity will be Rosarito Mexico this month, February 24-26. A team will be going down to continue the work on the Casa de Los Angeles Orphanage. Next month the Mission Arizona team will be going to work on the Vah Ki Presbyterian Church. This trip is a great introduction to mission work for junior high aged kids. Winter camp season has also arrived – the Jr. highers had a cold weekend of outdoor fun at Forest Home. They loved the zip lines, giant swings and ropes courses! Our youth presented another spectacular and inspiring Youth Sunday service last month. The youth praise band is always a treat to worship with, and Brock Cary and Molly Wolflick did a wonderful job speaking about the difference between calling yourself a Christian and actually being one. You make us proud, kids! The LUAU ladies had a great time enjoying salads, dessert, and Bunco last month at their first event of the year. Thank you to Diana Given for organizing this fun evening. Two of our talented LCPC youth, Molly Wolflick and Hannah Weingarten, will be in the cast of the upcoming Phantom of the Opera performance at Crescenta Valley High School. We are desperately in need of someone to run the overhead slides during the 11:00 AM service. Minimal computer skills are needed! Please contact Paul Hofmann if you are able to undertake this important part of our worship service. Enjoy your Valentine’s Day, and remember – We love because He first loved us. Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s messenger here on the LCPC.net website!
Out with the old and in with the new – Happy 2017! Let’s
pray that this new year will be filled with peace and blessings! 2016 ended with a wonderful Christmas celebration here at
LCPC. Thank you to Jenny Schwing and her team of youth helpers for doing a
fabulous job transforming the Sanctuary, Courtyard, and Koopmans into a
Christmas wonderland for all the festivities. “Sew Much Fun”
sewing night was a great opportunity for our kids to create some special
Christmas gifts for friends and family. Thank you to Mary Wilson, Marcia
Randis, and Melanie Wilkie for lending their sewing expertise! There was a big crowd here for the Kid’s Hope Christmas
party! It was wonderful to welcome so many families from our own community for
a night of games, crafts, gingerbread house making, and a special Christmas
story read by Mary Wilson. The kids, families, mentors, and prayer partners all
had a great night together. All the Christmas Eve services were well attended. The
live nativity animals were a hit as always, The magical night ended with the
Candlelight Lessons and Carols service led by the Cathedral Choir and Cathedral
Bells. Don’t forget to pick up your 2017 Offering Envelopes in
the Narthex before or after services. Please use those colorful little
envelopes for your tithes and offerings. Sure makes things easier for our
meticulous financial team!
Congratulations to Evan O’Meara and Jessica Stepp on
their marriage December 17. They had a beautiful ceremony surrounded by their
LCPC friends and family. Wishing many blessings on this special couple and
their children. Student Ministries offered the perfect antidote to the
stress of finals week last month – a Puppy Party! About 10 adorable puppies
were brought in for the teens to play with to balance the studying and late
night cram sessions! We should have done that for the adults on Election Night! Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s
messenger here on the LCPC.net website!
Joy to the World and Deck the Halls because It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year! What better Christmas gift can you give someone than a pint of blood? The Deacons will be holding their annual blood drive on Sunday, December 4, on the church campus. If you would like to sign up to donate, contact evanomeara@ aol.com. Did you see the stacks of colorful Operation Christmas Child boxes on the Chancel steps? As always, our congregation was extremely generous and we collected more than 300 boxes that will be distributed world wide to children in need. Children’s Ministries is collecting gift cards for the Adopt-a-Family program for the ninth straight year. Grocery store and Target gift cards will be wrapped up by our kids and distributed anonymously to local schools to give to families in need in the La Crescenta area. Please drop gift cards off in the office or offering plate by December 18. The Christmas Choir Concert is coming up on Wednesday, December 21, at 7:30 PM. Under the direction of Gary Woodward, the Cathedral Choir, Bell Choir, and Children’s Choir will perform a glorious collection of Christmas music that will fill your heart. Bring a friend The SPARKS entertained us with another fabulous talent show featuring great musical acts, comical skits, and their famous homemade apple pie for dessert. All donations of money they received will be going toward children’s books for the orphanage Megan Doeding is working at in Guatemala. Thank you to the Deacons for preparing and serving the delicious Thanksgiving brunch after the Dedication Sunday service. It’s always special to have the whole congregation together. One CFC three-year-old named Kristin informed Pat, “Hey Pat! Kristin in the office has the same name as me, but she has a different face.” You gotta love the simple observations kids make! Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s messenger here on the LCPC.net website!
November – the month for giving thanks! It is also that glorious time of year when we gain an extra hour of sleep, courtesy of Daylight Saving Time ending! Don’t forget to set your clocks back before you go to bed on Saturday, November 5. Thank you to Jenny Schwing and her team for organizing an enjoyable and successful Phantom of the Auction. So many people graciously donated items, services, and gift certificates. Another team hit the pavement and solicited donations, wrapped baskets and set up Koopmans. The youth were in full force helping out and offering their musical talents to the evening. Journey With Jesus II has been going great! Attenders are once again blessed by the opportunity to gather in small groups and dig in to the topic of the evening with meaningful discussions. The series will continue until Wednesday, November 9. On Saturday, November 12, Ashley, along with Ed and Shirley Carlson, will be hosting a workshop called “Generations: Growing in Faith Together.” The class will be led by Liz Perraud from GenOn Ministries. She will be teaching us how to effectively use our programming to create intergenerational discipleship. We hope you can attend 8:30 AM – 12:00 Noon. You’ve still got time to get your Operation Christmas Child boxes filled, wrapped and delivered to the sanctuary by Thursday, November 14. It will be the best gift you give this Christmas season! We were grateful that Pastor Andy made it safely to and from the Dominican Republic last month. He was en route at the same time Hurricane Matthew was headed straight for Haiti, and the storm made landfall just hours after his safe arrival. Fortunately La Romana was not affected by Matthew and Andy was able to continue his work on the Mission House and another housing renovation. The Student Ministries interns are in full swing. Their teaching intern, Andrew Granier, has planned a sermon series entitled “The Great Expedition” which focuses on our journey to grow closer to God. The program interns have decked out the student center with tents, mountains, vines, and trails - come check it out! There will also be a video series chronicling this journey on the Abide website. Count your blessings this month, Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s messenger here on the LCPC.net website!