Notes & Nods

Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph

On March 17 from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., the community is invited to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph with the Italian Catholic Federation at its bake sale and silent auction at St. Bede Church, 215 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada, Mother Teresa Room, next door to the Parish Center.

Home-baked goods, casseroles and Italian dishes and sauces will be for sale. Once again, the silent auction has a variety of items to bid on including museum entrances, restaurant gift cards, vacations, gift baskets and much more.

A portion of the proceeds are devoted to local high school and college scholarships, Cooley’s Anemia, Children’s Hospital and more.


Lutheran Church in the Foothills

Lutheran Church in the Foothills is cooking up its final soup supper for this season of Lent. All are welcome on Wednesday, March 20 at 6:30 p.m. to enjoy a hearty bowl of homemade soup, dessert and refreshments in the Fellowship Hall. Lenten worship follows at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary.

Lent is a 40-day period during which Christians remember the events leading up to and including the death of Jesus Christ. Lent is a time of reflection and of asking for forgiveness. Ultimately, it is a preparation to celebrate Jesus’ resurrection at the feast of Easter.

LCIF would also like to invite all families to its upcoming VBS Sign Up Day on the LCIF campus on April 14 following 10 a.m. worship with Pastor Rick Hall. It’s an opportunity to learn more about VBS (Vacation Bible School) and reserve a spot early. This year’s VBS will be held June 17 through June 21 from 9 a.m. – noon for children in grades K-five. There will be lots of singing and skits, crafts, games and lots of fun, all centered on learning about Jesus and exploring faith.

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.


Mt. Olive Offers Community Luncheon, Breakfast Bible Study

Mt. Olive Lutheran Church reminds the public that all are invited to its monthly breakfast Bible study at Panera Bread Restaurant, 990 Town Center Dr., Suite A, in La Cañada on the third Saturday of each month at 8:30 a.m. The Book of Ephesians is currently being studied. The church also 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.


Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service

Rabbi David Baron, founding rabbi of the Beverly Hills Temple of the Arts at the Saban Theatre, will welcome Dr. Michael J. Fisher, senior pastor of Greater Zion Church Family from Compton, to Shabbat service on Friday, March 15 at 8 p.m. In addition, Fisher’s congregation and the 35-member award-winning Voices of Destiny Gospel Choir, led by Minister of Music Brother Tim Davis, will also be invited to participate in the temple’s Shared Heritage of Freedom Shabbat Service.

The Saban Theatre is located at 8440 Wilshire Blvd. in Beverly Hills. Cantor Ilysia J. Pierce will also be honored in observance of her 25th anniversary as the temple’s cantor.  

This event is free to the general public. For further information, call the temple’s office at (323) 658-9100 or email


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 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


Lift Up Crescenta Valley

Lift Up Crescenta Valley is back, and is having a “mini-prayathon” the day after Good Friday (some call it Holy Saturday) to pray. The 12-hour mini-prayathon is being held in the newly remodeled chapel at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave. on Saturday, March 30 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

To sign up, visit

People are being asked to commit to pray for at least 30 minutes. Three to four people minimum are hoped to be praying continuously for the whole 12-hour time.

Those who want to be a leader are asked to commit to one-hour time-slots.


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 March 17, 24 & 31. 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.