Notes & Nods


Noted astronomer Dr. Henry Fliegel will host a weekly conversation at Lutheran Church in the Foothills on the issues of religion and science. The free lectures and discussions will be held on Mondays beginning Sept. 11 at 11:30 a.m. in the church’s conference room and will last one hour. Dr. Fliegel received his MA degree in physics from Ohio State University in 1959, and his PhD in astronomy from the University of Pennsylvania in 1963. He served in the Time Service Dept. of the U.S. Naval Observatory from 1963-1965, and was a member of the technical staff at JPL from 1969 to the end of 1981, working on problems of spacecraft navigation and of time transfer. Since 1982 he has been project engineer for the global positioning system at The Aerospace Corporation specializing in the logic of ground control software and satellite force modeling. Dr. Fliegel is also an experienced presenter of Biblical issues. All are welcome to attend the sessions at LCIF.

LCIF continues to collect donations for victims of the Maui wildfire disaster. LCIF will match monetary donations from the congregation up to $500 and will direct the funds to the Pacifica Synod for distribution to wildfire victims in Hawaii. Those wishing to donate should visit LCIF’s website for more information, including a link to donate.

Summer worship with Pastor Rick Hall continues to include programming for young children. Children’s church is offered during 10 a.m. worship. Families should meet in the church’s sanctuary. After a message for the children from Pastor Hall, the kids head to the Youth Room for games, crafts and study.

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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday.


Bethel Church Holding Community Events

Bethel Church in Sun Valley is hosting a free community BBQ and movie night on Saturday, Sept. 9. Food service will start at 6 p.m. followed by a showing of the movie “Zootopia” (rated PG, 4 stars) at 7:30 p.m.

The fall ministry season is about to start at Bethel Church – so why not make a decision to start “back to church” at the annual Back to Church Sunday service at 10 a.m. on Sept. 17? Folks will be warmly welcomed, enjoy uplifting times of praise and worship, receive Biblical teaching that will provide purpose, guidance and hope, and experience friendly fellowship with the faithful members of the church at a free after-worship lunch. Sunday and mid-week programs are offered for all ages. Spanish translation is provided.

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


Emergency Preparedness at Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills in Montrose

The community is invited to learn what do before being hit with a natural emergency. Attend a free one-hour presentation on Saturday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. at the Church of Scientology Mission of the Foothills in Montrose. 

The speaker is Paul Dutton, a Crescenta Valley CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) instructor who is also a trainer for the Los Angeles Sheriff Dept. and a Red Cross volunteer. 

Discussion will center on disasters possible in the local area and what to expect, how to be prepared at home, at work and when out-and-about, and creating a family’s reunification plan should something happen. There will be free informational handouts to take home and use. 

Space is limited to this free event, so call (818) 957-1500 to reserve a spot.  

The address is 2254 Honolulu Ave. in Montrose (enter at the back of the building). Free parking above Broadview Drive near Ocean View Boulevard.


All Invited to Support Group

Around the Rainbow, a support group for families of LGBTQIA individuals, meets weekly on Tuesday nights at Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church, 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose in room 24. Gathering is at 6:30 p.m. and meeting is from 7-8 p.m. 

For more information, contact Jo Ann Stupakis at


Women’s Nondenominational Bible Study

Seasons of Life Bible study offers two classes to choose from, the Joy of Living class will be studying II Samuel and the Book of Job. The Women of Faith class will be studying the books, “Ten Women of the Bible” and “Life Changes in Minor Prophets” by Max Lucado. Classes are on Thursday mornings from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. beginning Sept. 21 through April 4 at Highlands Church, formerly First Baptist Church of La Crescenta, (4441 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta). 

If interested, contact Lynda Hessick at (818) 640-6022 or

Registration deadline is Sept. 7.


Walk and Word

In September, 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 Sept. 10, 17 & 24. 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.