By The Church Mouse
June 01, 2017

It’s official folks – Summer is here! School’s out, the college kids have migrated back home, vacations are happening, and the LCPC summer events are starting! First up is the annual LCPC Dodger Night, Monday, June 5, at 7:10 PM, Dodgers vs. the Nationals. Be praying for our Dominican Republic team as they head to La Romana June 10 to work on the mission house, renovate four homes in the neighborhood, and offer healthcare to the surrounding barrios. We also have our SPARKS heading up to Forest Home and our Junior Highers going to Campus by the Sea on Catalina Island that same week.  Ashley is hosting a new event on Tuesday, June 20, called Bookies and Cookies. Kids are invited to bring a good book to read, and Ashley will provide a comfy setting and lots of cookies and beverages. Mark your calendars for the All-Church Picnic on Wednesday, June 21, at Dunsmore Park. Let’s congratulate Pat Chambers on her 20th year as the Director of CFC! Pat has been a blessing to hundreds of families in this community, to this church, and to her devoted staff. It’s clear to see why CFC is the best childcare establishment in town when you have a director like Pat! Ashley is working hard on the Passport to Peru VBS coming up July 10 – 14  If you’d like to volunteer for this energetic ministry, contact Ashley and she will find a place for you!  Ashley and Mary hosted their always popular SPARKS in the Dark night a few weeks ago. There’s nothing more fun than a giant hide and seek game on the church campus with all the lights off and ending with an ice cream party.  We had a terrific Kids Hope party with about 60 kids, families, mentors, and prayer partners celebrating another successful year of the Kids Hope USA program.  Gary Woodward and his Early Rodders friends treated us to a spectacular morning of classic cars and a delicious pancake breakfast! He had a great turnout and all proceeds benefited the LCPC Choir Concert fund.  Have you seen the fantastic video footage of our services streaming on Facebook Live? Todd Marks is working hard to bring our LCPC service straight to your computer screen so you won’t have to miss a single week!  You can go back and watch the videos at any time on the LCPC Facebook page.  See you next month! Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s messenger here on the website!

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By The Church Mouse
May 01, 2017

We didn’t get too many April showers, but we still have plenty of May flowers thanks to all the rain we got earlier in the season! Our Easter services were glorious, as always. Everyone loved having our sweet children sing on Palm Sunday. Ashley and Talin Emmerson did a wonderful job leading them. Thank you to Jim Larson, Geoff Bryan, Austin Granier, Katie Rose Clem, Cadie Carlson, Juliana Ramos, and Devon Fernandez for volunteering as different biblical figures in Children’s Ministries “Journey to Easter” on Palm Sunday. The Maundy Thursday dinner was delicious and we are so appreciative of the Deacons’ hard work in preparing and serving the meal to us. The Cathedral Choir with guest musicians, including Karen and Katie Hayhurst and Joseph and Jamie Mendoes, did a beautiful job leading worship that night, and there wasn’t a dry eye in the house after Ashley’s touching message about loneliness and the kindness of special strangers. Our Easter services were full of joy, celebration and new faces, with uplifting music from our Praise Band, Cathedral Choir, 18 guest musicians including strings, woodwinds, brass and percussion, several guest singers and our Cathedral Bells. It was a jubilant culmination to a very holy week. Thank you to everyone who donated items and complete kits for the Refugee Welcome Kits that will be distributed through World Relief. Please be praying for all displaced families around the world. The Cruisers hosted a fun Civil War music event last month at their meeting. The Foothill Armory Brass Band, featuring Noel Collins and Alex Waggoner, played music from the era and wore uniforms of both the Union and Confederate Armies. Jim Yukl did a great job delivering the Gettysburg Address – there is no finer Abe Lincoln around! Ashley was thrilled to hand out inscribed Bibles to seven 2nd graders a couple weeks ago. Please pray for the Word to speak to them as they grow. Registration for summer camps (including VBS) is officially open now for Children’s and Youth Ministries!  Summer is just around the corner, and if you know anyone looking for a great summer day camp program, we’ve got just the place! CFC’s program is the most flexible one in town, and it’s the most fun too!  See you next month! Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s messenger here on the website!

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By The Church Mouse
April 01, 2017

We’re more than halfway through the season of Lent, and our Easter celebration is almost here! The “I Was a Stranger” theme has been an inspiring and powerful focus for us both inward and outward in our community.  The Lenten Blog has been a motivating daily reminder about the Bible’s commands to care for oppressed people. We are blessed to have so many wise and articulate writers in this church!  You can also find the Lenten Blog here on the website. It’s time to get the Sanctuary polished up for Easter! Please come and your elbow grease will be put to good use! After your productive morning, go get cleaned up and come back because Dr. Darren Pollock will be ordained in the fresh, clean Sanctuary at 2:00 PM that afternoon! The Pollock family would love to have you join them for this special service and dessert reception. Saturday, April 8, Carrie Hofmann and Michelle Bouse are hosting a one day Women’s Mini Retreat/Simulcast featuring Priscilla Shirer, pastor and actress in the War Room movie. It will be at Carrie Hofmann’s home from 8:00 AM – 3:30 PM and will include teaching and worship via the simulcast, prayer time, a potluck lunch, and a Bible journaling break.  Care for a spot of tea? Mary Wilson is hosting the Project Dominicana Tea Party and Silent Auction on Saturday, April 29, from 1:00 – 3:00 PM at The T Room in Montrose. All proceeds go toward building and medical supplies. Reservations are required. Contact Mary Wilson if you’d like to attend. The annual Mission Arizona trip was a huge success again! Under the leadership of Josh and Kim, 10 fearless adults and 20 enthusiastic kids spent their Spring Break pouring concrete around the Vah Ki Presbyterian Church and installing new chain link fences.  Thank you to everyone who donated items to the MAZ Rummage Sale, or bought new treasures. More than $3,300 was raised for building supplies for this trip. Save the date for the Men’s Mission Mexico Trip – May 5-7. If you don’t have a passport, there’s still time! The team leaves May 5 in the afternoon, builds a house on May 6, and is home in the afternoon on May 7. Contact Greg Wolflick if you would like to join them! Pat & Bob Chambers are bursting with the exciting news that their daughter Kelsey is engaged to a wonderful young man named Richard Welch. Kelsey is living in Greenville, South Carolina but there will be lots of FaceTime wedding planning chats with Pat, I’m sure! Congratulations! Thanks for being patient with all the exterior work being done on the church. It sure looks nice, huh? Mark Kaufmann has been working hard to coordinate the painters and construction around all our activities and the CFC Spring Day Camp. Thanks Mark! Praise God for our beautiful Spring weather, the Easter season, and the fact that He is Risen Indeed. See you next month! Be sure to check out my full report in this month’s messenger here on the website!

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By The Church Mouse
March 01, 2017

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 website!

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By The Church Mouse
February 01, 2017

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 website!

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