Notes & Nods

Lutheran Church in the Foothills

Lutheran Church in the Foothills is using money from its endowment fund to help with the mental health crisis affecting the foothill communities and beyond. The church’s Endowment Committee awarded a donation of $2000 to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, aiming to foster mental health and build initiatives to further understand and prevent suicide. In addition, Mental Health America, Los Angeles will receive $2000 to promote mental health programs for lower-income youths. The LCIF Endowment Committee will also donate $2000 to Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service for its new micro-loan program to assist new migrant and refugee families. A further contribution of $450 will go to the Walter Hoving Home in Pasadena, helping women transition from prison or recover from addiction.

Following a break for the holiday, the church has resumed its ongoing program called, “A Christian Conversation on the Issues of Religion and Science.” Led by Dr. Henry Fliegel, an astronomer and experienced presenter of biblical issues, the discussion group explores the intersection of faith, science and reason. The group meets every Monday at 11:30 a.m. in the LCIF conference room. No background is needed.

Sunday worship with Pastor Rick Hall continues to include programming for young children. Children’s church is offered during 10 a.m. worship.

Visit for event details, including small group gatherings and opportunities to serve. For more information or to request/offer help, email or call (818) 790-1951. The church is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge. Office hours are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Free Parenting Course at La Crescenta Presbyterian

Parents, grandparents and caregivers are invited to a free six-week course on “Parenting the Love and Logic Way” at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church beginning Wednesday, Jan. 17. 

Practical skills will be taught for raising kids from toddlers to high schoolers. Participants will laugh at the common struggles that all parents face and may find the courage to try something new with their children or grandchildren.

Facilitated by Pat Chambers, director of the Center for Children at La Crescenta Presbyterian, the class will take place from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday evenings from Jan. 17 to Feb. 28 at the church campus at 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta. The class will not meet on Feb. 14.

Sign up for the “Love and Logic” class at

The course is part of La Crescenta Presbyterian’s Praise and Education for Adults and Kids (PEAK) program, which also offers free child care for infants and toddlers; classes for children from pre-school to sixth grade; and Abide, a safe and welcoming environment for middle school and high school students.

All programs begin at 6:15 p.m. on Wednesdays and the community is invited to come early for a nutritious and delicious meal for the whole family, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:10 p.m. at a cost of $5 for adults and $3 for kids. 

For more information, visit or call (818) 249-6137.


‘GUT’ to Be Performed at CSL La Crescenta

“GUT,” the true story of holocaust rescuer and survivor Irene Gut written and performed by Janet Rodgers, will be performed at CSL. The performance is on Saturday, Jan. 20 at 2 p.m. at the Center for Spiritual Living, La Crescenta, 4845 Dunsmore Ave. in La Crescenta. Love donation.


Mt. Olive Offers Community Luncheon

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church reminds the public that it hosts a community luncheon on the second Wednesday of each month through May. There is “wonderful food and amazing entertainment.” Cost is just $5. All are invited.

Mt. Olive is located at 3561 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.


All Invited to Support Group

Around the Rainbow, a support group for families of LGBTQIA individuals, meets monthly on the first and third Tuesday nights (note the new days) at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose in room 24: church narthex. Gathering is at 6:30 p.m. and meeting is from 7-8 p.m. 

For more information, contact Jo Ann Stupakis at


Walk and Word

In January, Walk and Word participants will meet in the parking lot of Deukmejian Wilderness Park, 3429 Markridge Road in La Crescenta/Glendale at 8 a.m. on Jan. 14, Jan. 21 & Jan. 28. Participants will walk for the first hour and then gather to read a selection of Scripture. About a half hour will be spent journaling about what was read and then there will be conversation, sharing thoughts.

Participants are asked to bring something to write with, anything wanted to eat or drink, and a chair to use for the writing part of the morning. Because people will be outdoors and social distancing will be practiced, masks will be optional.

Those with questions can email Jeanne at

All are welcome. If the hike is too strenuous, there are level paths at the park. There are ramps from the parking lot to the field where the group gathers after the hike.