Religion briefs

Verdugo Valley Baptist’s second year

Verdugo Valley Baptist Church has planned a celebration at 10:30 a.m. on April 6 for its second anniversary.

The service will include testimonials, special music and Bible preaching. After the service, the congregation will travel to Lower Scholl Canyon Park for an old-fashioned potluck Baptist-style luncheon followed by games.

Following this fellowship, Pastor Jesse Johnson will preside over an early evening Sunday service as Verdugo Valley Baptist Church contemplates its future.

Verdugo Valley Baptist Church is an independent fundamental Baptist church. It meets at First Lutheran Church, 1300 E. Colorado St. in Glendale. Sunday prayer service is at 9:45 a.m. followed by 10:30 a.m. worship service and children’s church. Sunday evening service is at 5 p.m. Bible study and prayer meeting is at 7 p.m. on Wednesday night. Soul-Seeking is at 10 a.m. Saturday morning.

For more information, call (818) 331-6479.

Chabad Mommy & Me program offered

Chabad of Glendale and the Foothill Communities offers a Mommy & Me program at the chabad at 10:30 a.m. Wednesdays.

Meet and spend time with other moms living in the area while the little ones enjoy new friendships and quality playtime.

Children are introduced to basic Jewish values and traditions. These are integrated through art, music and movement in a warm, creative atmosphere.

The program is offered for children as young as 6 months.

The chabad is at 249 N. Brand Blvd. in Glendale.

For more information, call (818) 618-4910 or e-mail

Men’s breakfast, ‘Labor of Love’

First Baptist Church of La Crescenta presents a men’s breakfast the first Saturday (the next is April 6) of every month at 7 a.m. in the church. The breakfast is open to all men, not just to those who are working with the Labor of Love. Enjoy a great breakfast and devotion. The cost for breakfast is $5. After breakfast there will be an opportunity to do odd jobs around the houses of those who need it.

For more information, call the church at (818) 249-5832. The church is at 4441 La Crescenta Ave., La Crescenta.

Post-Abortion Healing Seminar

Crescenta Valley Community Church’s Post-Abortion Healing Seminar (PAHS) is from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays through April 16 at the home of Laura Whyley.

PAHS is an intensive study that will require an exclusive study commitment.

For more information, call Whyley at (818) 957-0506, or call the church office at (818) 249-5805.

Join CVCC’s Overflow ministry

Overflow is Crescenta Valley Community Church’s newest ministry with a focus on serving the people of the Crescenta Valley and beyond.

Join Overflow in blessing local teachers throughout the year. Become an ambassador to a local school. For details, call the church office at (818) 249-5805. Be a part of the outreach planning team or be a part of the prayer support team. You can also participate by being notified of outreach events. For more information, call Brigetta and Jason Schweigert at (818) 249-5805.

Annual vitamin drive begins

La Crescenta Presbyterian Church will be launching its annual vitamin drive for needy recipients in the Dominican Republic. Each year the church sends a 40-member mission team to La Romana in the Dominican Republic to work with migrant Haitian sugar cane workers. Many of the workers have no running water, electricity or access to medical care. Bring any of the following items to the church office during normal business hours by April 7: vitamins, pain relievers and cough medicine. Call (818) 249-6137 or visit La Crescenta Presbyterian Church is located at 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta.

Los Angeles Clarinet Choir concert

In addition to works by Bach and Mozart, the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir (with guest artist Matt Gray) will be performing original contemporary works for clarinet choir by Robert Roden, Jan Van der Roost, Elliott Del Borgo, Sammy Nestico, and Peter Schickele (better known as “P.D.Q. Bach”) at 8 p.m. April 5 in the sanctuary at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church.

The concert is free and open to the public, with donations gratefully accepted. Call (818) 249-6137 or visit for more information. La Crescenta Presbyterian Church is at 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta.

Three Sunday morning courses

Adults are able to choose from three courses on Sunday mornings. All classes are held on the La Crescenta Presbyterian Churchcampus, at 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta.

 “What did Jesus do on a rainy day?”

Led by Jim Larson, this course explores the connection between the Old and New Testaments through Jesus’ teachings, particularly his use of quotes from the Torah, the Psalms and the prophets.

The class is held 9 a.m. Sundays.

 “Raising children of faith”

Led by Ashley Fernandez and Carrie Hoffman, this class leads parents through the Home Builders Couples Series. Learn how to deal with the hard issues of parenting and build a home that honors God. The class is on Sundays and begins at 9 a.m.

 “Jesus’ words to you today”

Taught by elder George Buehler, this class focuses on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount.

What would Jesus say to you if he were here in the flesh and you could sit at his feet?

Engage with Jesus and the Holy Spirit in study and contemplation. Classes are held Sundays at 10:45 a.m.

For more information on this and other classes, call the church at (818) 249-6137.

LDS family service project held

Nearly 150 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, La Crescenta Stake, participated in a family service project at Glendale Unified School District’s Pacific Avenue Education Center. It involved families from La Cañada, La Crescenta, Glendale, Tujunga, and Sunland.

The project included painting modular classrooms, removing large bulletin boards and cabinets from three classrooms, building an interlocking brick border for a small garden, leveling a truckload of dirt to prepare for a new lawn, assembling foosball and ping-pong tables, and cutting decorations for future classroom bulletin boards and class projects. Volunteers included kids and adults of all ages.

The new garden will be used for the transitional students to plant vegetables which they will later harvest to be used in their cooking class as part of their life-skills training.

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, La Crescenta Stake, is at 4550 Raymond Ave. in La Crescenta.

For more information, call (818) 248-0794.

Mom’s Day Out offered by church

Mom’s Day Out is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. atFirst Baptist Church of La Crescenta.

For more information or to sign your children up, call the church office at (818) 249-5832.

First Baptist Church of La Crescenta is at 4441 La Crescenta Ave.

Loss, Grief Support Group begins

St. Luke’s of the Mountains Anglican Church announces its Loss and Grief Support Group.

The group will meet weekly for seven weeks Saturday mornings at 9:30 in the church’s Disciples Center.

The first meeting is April 12 at St. Luke’s at 2563 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta. The last meeting is May 31.

St. Luke’s extends a warm welcome and encourages all from the community to attend the group. The church asks that attendees participate from the beginning to develop relations and enhance continuity.

The group will be facilitated by Rebecca Gagne Henderson, a certified hospice and palliative care nurse and an end of life clinical educator with prior experience facilitating similar grief support groups.

For more information, call Henderson at (323) 270-1187 or e-mail

St. Luke’s Soup Group ministry

Soup Group is a ministry to the seniors of St. Luke’s of the Mountains, providing an opportunity to share communion, fellowship and friendship.

Soup Group meets at 11:30 a.m. the third Wednesday (the next is April 16) of the month in the parish hall to celebrate the Holy Eucharist followed by lunch.

Transportation is provided if needed.

The church is at 2563 Foothill Blvd. in La Crescenta.

Any senior who would like to attend this monthly gathering can call Donna Hogstedt at (818) 242-8279 or the church office at (818) 248-3639.

Hunger Ministry needs food items

Every first Sunday (the next is Apdil 6), Crescenta Valley United Methodist Church congregants are invited to bring canned goods and other nonperishable foods for the Food Pantry that operates out of Tujunga United Methodist Church.

Place contributions in the colorful box located downstairs in the Fellowship Hall.

Crescenta Valley United Methodist is at 2700 Montrose Ave. in Montrose. For more information, call (818) 249-6173.

Bereavement support group

Is there a such a thing as "good grief” and how do you know it’s being experienced when one grieves? Is it possible to experience bereavement and now grieve?

Join St. Bede Parish’s six-week series for those who have suffered the loss of a loved one.

Sessions include: “The Tasks and Process of Grieveing,” “What Is Good Grief and Bad Grief?” “Coping With Lonliness and Depression,” “Stress Management,” “Learning to Live Alone” and “Learning to Let Go.”

The series begins April 14 and meets for six Mondays, April 21, 28, May 5, 12 and 19 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Bede Catholic Church Catholic Center, at 215 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada.

For more information and to register, call (818) 949-4300 or visit

Calvary Chapel men’s breakfast

Calvary Chapel of the Foothills presents its men’s breakfast at 8 a.m. on Saturday, April 19.

The group will meet at Scarantino’s Resturant at 1524 E. Colorado St. in Glendale.

All are invited to come and join the group as they break bread and study God’s word.

Sign up is available at the back table after services.

Calvary Chapel of the Foothills is located at 663 ½ Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada. Weekly service is at 9:30 a,m, on Sunday mornings and 7 p.m. Wednesday evenings.

For more information, call (818) 790-0064 or visit

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