Notes & Nods


A night of family fun is planned on the lawn and under the stars. Lutheran Church in the Foothills is bringing back its popular movie night after a lengthy pause due to the pandemic. All are invited to watch “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” on Friday, Sept. 30 at 7 p.m. Families are encouraged to bring blankets or lawn chairs for the free screening on the front lawn of the church. Refreshments and popcorn will be served.

This Sunday, Pastor Chuck Bunnell will lead worship in person and online beginning at 10 a.m. During the weekly worship service, elementary school children are invited to join a fun-filled hour of learning at Sunday school. The children meet in the sanctuary for a special children’s message with the pastor, then head to class for games and study. LCIF uses the “Simply Loved” program for Sunday school. “Simply Loved” offers a foundational Jesus-centered journey through God’s story of love.

LCIF is continuing to assemble school supply kits for children in need. Donations to help pay for drawstring bags are much appreciated. Other supplies needed include 70-page spiral notebooks, pencil sharpeners, crayons (boxes of 16 or 24) and rulers (30 cm). The items can be dropped off at the church.

Efforts to help the people of Ukraine continue as well. LCIF is grateful for the outpouring of support in its collection drive for medical supplies. Last week, church members delivered donated medical supplies to St. Volodymyr Church in Los Angeles. The Ukrainian church is packaging up the supplies and will get the items where they are most needed in Ukraine. Donations are still being accepted. A list of needed items can be found on LCIF’s website.

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

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. 11, 18 & 25. 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.

 Red Cross Blood Drives 

The community is invited to give the life-saving gift of blood at a Red Cross Blood Drive. Two are planned in the next few weeks. The first is today, Thursday, Sept. 1 at The Church of Jesus Christ Latter-day Saints, 4550 Raymond Ave. in La Crescenta from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. in its Cultural Hall. To make an appointment, visit

On Sunday, Sept. 25 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. a blood drive will be held at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta. 

Blood is essential for surgeries, cancer treatment, chronic illnesses and traumatic injuries. Anyone who has been looking for a local venue to donate is invited to take part.

For more information or to sign up, visit or contact La Crescenta Presbyterian at (818) 249-6137.

Women’s Nondenominational Bible Study

Seasons of Life Bible Study offers two classes to choose from: “Joy of Living” will be studying the book of 1 Samuel and “The Joy of Knowing.” “Women of Faith” will be doing book studies of Max Lucado’s “Life Lessons from Colossians and Philemon” and Margaret Feinberg’s “Experiencing Spiritual Revival” beginning Sept. 22 through April 7 from 10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at the Community Life/First Baptist Church of La Crescenta, 4441 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta.

Anyone interested in taking part can contact Lynda Hessick at (818) 640-6022 or email

Registration deadline is Sept. 6.