Notes & Nods

Lutheran Church in the Foothills

Lutheran Church in the Foothills is celebrating the accomplishments of member Olivia Brandt who came up through the church’s youth group and is now officially “Dr. Olivia Brandt.”

Brandt successfully completed her Ph.D. at the Purdue School of Materials Engineering. Her work focused on fabricating a novel ceramic heat exchanger for improved thermal efficiency of turbine engines. Brandt begins work next week as a researcher at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, DC. She will work in the Spacecraft Division. Brandt received her undergraduate degree from UC Riverside, majoring in Materials Science.

Throughout her academic journey, Brandt remained active in her hometown church, LCIF, serving as acolyte and lector. LCIF members most recently enjoyed Brandt’s warm presence during her reading as lector for its Christmas Eve service. Brandt is the daughter of LCIF members Renee and Jeff Brandt, and the sister of Frederic.

LCIF reminds the community of its upcoming meeting for anyone interested in becoming a member of the church. Pastor Rick Hall will hold a New Members Meeting at the church on Sunday, Jan. 28 at 9:15 a.m. Regular Sunday worship will follow at 10 a.m.

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.


Soundbath Healing at CSL-La Crescenta

The Center for Spiritual Living-La Crescenta is having a soundbath healing on Saturday, Jan. 27 at 1 p.m.

A $25 donation is requested.

For more information, call (818) 249-1045. The Center for Spiritual Living-La Crescenta is located at 4845 Dunsmore Ave. (at Santa Carlotta) in La Crescenta.


Free Parenting Course Continues 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 began on 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 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.


Mt. Olive Offers Community Luncheon, Breakfast Bible Study

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.


Friendship Weekend 

Bethel Church in Sun Valley is hosting special events for the whole community the weekend of Feb. 10-11. On Feb. 10, there will be a potluck supper starting at 6 p.m. followed by a 6:30 p.m. showing of the movie “A Million Miles Away” (rated PG) about the inspiring real-life story of NASA flight engineer José Hernández. It tells the story of Hernández who embarks on a decades-long journey from a rural village in Michoacán, Mexico to become an astronaut in the International Space Station. Activities for younger kids will be provided during the movie. Dessert follows at 8:30 p.m.

Then on Sunday, Feb. 11 Christian worship is at 10 a.m. (Sunday school and nursery care are provided) followed by a light lunch. Everyone is invited!

Bethel Church, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley


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

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. 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.