Notes & Nods

This Week at LCIF 

Lutheran Church in the Foothills continues to have in-person services on Sundays at 10 a.m. However, due to the highly transmissible omicron variant of COVID-19, the church is encouraging the community to watch its services online instead. Bible school is on pause, as is choir and the fellowship time after the service. Anyone attending in person should keep in mind that a well-fitting surgical or medical grade mask is required, such as a KN95, KF94 or K95. A safe and easy way to enjoy Sunday worship is by tuning in to the church’s live-stream on YouTube or by visiting LCIF’s website where services are posted and can be viewed anytime.  

This coming Sunday, Pastor Chuck Bunnell will preach from the Gospel of John 2:1-11. Pastor Bunnell gives context to the Bible readings and offers a message of hope in these troubling times.   

Visit the church’s website at for details on all of the events happening including small group gatherings and opportunities to serve.

The church office is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge and is generally open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the office via email at or call (818) 790-1951 for details, information, offering help or requesting help.

COVID Testing Available

In response to the widespread omicron strain of COVID-19, La Cañada Presbyterian Church has arranged with Breakthrough Genomics test lab to collect samples and perform confidential COVID-19 PCR saliva direct tests.

Lab personnel will be present outside of the LCPC Fellowship Hall every Friday in January from 9 a.m. to noon to collect saliva samples. The sample collection is non-invasive; all that is required is for participants to spit/dribble into a test tube, which is then sealed, labeled and bagged. Lab personnel will courier the samples to the lab. Results will be provided directly and confidentially to each person late Friday or early Saturday morning. 

There are no out-of-pocket costs for COVID-19 testing at a testing site. An insured person can get a COVID-19 test when needed by any provider, in or out of their health plan network, at no cost. For those who are uninsured, the government will pay for the test.

Pre-registration is encouraged. Visit to pre-register.

La Cañada Presbyterian Church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

‘The Chosen’ Being Screened

Starting Sunday, Jan. 23 and on the second and fourth Sunday evening of the month thereafter, Bethel Church is offering a showing of the recent hit video series, “The Chosen.” “The Chosen” is a compelling and insightful portrayal of the life and teachings of Biblical Jesus. It provides a fresh look at the Gospels for those who have been reading the stories for years or for those who are just curious about who Jesus is and was. See Jesus through the eyes of the Jewish religious leaders, the disciples and children. Join in viewing this popular video series; one episode to be shown each Sunday evening at 5 p.m.

Bethel Church, 10725 Penrose St. in Sun Valley; (818) 767-4488.

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. 16, 23 and 30. They 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.