Notes & Nods


Back to school time comes with a special service at Lutheran Church in the Foothills. This Sunday, Sept. 10, students, teachers, coaches and staff are invited to receive a special blessing during the 10 a.m. worship service with Pastor Rick Hall. Items collected through the church’s school supply drive will be blessed as well. Following the service all are welcome to help assemble school supply kits with the donated items from LCIF’s collection drive. This is part of the church’s annual “God’s Work. Our Hands” day of service event. The school supply kits will be distributed to children in need.

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.

LCIF’s weekly 10 a.m. Sunday worship is held in person and online through the church’s YouTube channel. A live stream is provided and past recordings can be found on the YouTube channel as well. The link to the channel can be found at

Visit for event details, including information on confirmation classes, Bible study, book club and small group meetings. 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.


Community Family Carnival

La Crescenta Presbyterian Church invites the community to an old-fashioned Community Carnival on Saturday, Sept. 23 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in our parking lot. Entry to the carnival is free and all the games are free to play. There will be live music throughout the day, including the local women’s vocal group Monday@JoJo’s, the Scottish Fiddlers of Los Angeles, the LCPC Barbershop Quartet, Music with Max and DJ Ryot. Food will be available for purchase from the In-N-Out Burger truck, as well as favorite carnival snacks and drinks.

The carnival/church is located at 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta. Free parking is available on Montrose Avenue.


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.