Offers note on Anglican/Episcopal relations

I noted the recent exchange between Kenneth Grissom and Patrick McDonald regarding St. Luke’s of the Mountains Anglican and  Episcopal Churches in La Crescenta and thought I should clear the air a little.

While we appreciate the support of members of the community and their coming to our defense, the loss of our property has not left us in gloom. It was hurtful, but the joy of the Lord has been our strength and healer. In fact, our final service in our former property was astonishingly joyful. The Lord truly blessed us. I hope Kenneth Grissom will come worship with us in the SDA chapel, Vallejo Drive and see that we are indeed well and thriving in our new worship location.

Patrick McDonald’s experience of worship with the Episcopal community in the same property after our departure, while we hope it was joyful and pleasing to God, is really a separate matter to the hundreds of us that were evicted from our church home. God does love us all, so we wish them well and hold nothing against those worshipping there now. In fact, I would like to state for the record  that we wish The Rev. Bryan Jones well and all God’s blessing in his  ministry in the Crescenta Valley.

Peace to all.

Rob Holman

St. Luke’s Anglican Church

La Crescenta

Pleased with veterans’ article

I was glad to see that Mary O’Keefe mentioned Veterans’ Day’s origin as Armistice Day (“Honoring those that served our country,” Nov. 12).  Another significant part of its history should be noted however.

On Nov. 11, 1919 President Wilson proclaimed the first Armistice Day thusly:  “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.”

So peace was right up there with honoring our heroes and giving thanks for the victory. Armistice Day was observed until 1954. President Obama knows his history; his statement this year referred to honoring veterans by “the hard work of peace” and his “hopes of a day when we no longer need to” fight. We must also hope he is wise enough (and gets enough pressure from peace-makers) to end our current inglorious and unnecessary wars – they do no honor to our veterans.

Roberta Medford


Shares her gratitude for having a local paper

Isn’t it great to have a local paper again? I know everyone who is reading is grateful to have this wonderful service to our community. I know that all of us who appreciate this paper don’t want to see it fail.

So, for those of you who have paid for your subscription like I did today, you have done your part to keep the paper in business. If you have not yet paid for your subscription, you should. I know the paper will come to your driveway even if you don’t pay so it’s easy to accept it and enjoy it and not feel obligated to pay.

You should feel obligated. It is not the kind of business that people running the paper should be doing on a volunteer basis, or an underpaid basis. The subscription rate is $1.00 a week; isn’t it worth  $1.00 a week to have this kind of public service? Not only does the paper inform the community, it helps to build and bind the community – definitely worth $1.00 a week.

Pay for your subscription. Support those who are doing the hard work behind the scenes. Support those who report, photograph, edit, deliver. Your subscription is not only an investment in the paper but in the community as well.

Enjoy the paper knowing that you’re a part of making it happen.

Alison M. Brett

La Crescenta