Religion briefs

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

PTA Beautification Day gets boost

The Verdugo Woodlands Elementary School PTA Beautification Day got a much needed boost from Mormon Helping Hands of the La Crescenta Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

The school’s PTA had planned their annual Beautification Day, anticipating about 35 volunteers to do the work. Fortunately, Mormon Helping Hands offered to help the school as its quarterly local service project, adding another 140 sets of “helping hands” to the project.

In about two hours they planted flowers throughout the grounds, including around the school’s front sign and in all the teachers’ flower boxes. They also pruned, trimmed, cleaned out all dead leaves under the bushes, planted vegetables, spread truck loads of mulch, weeded around the bungalows, emptied the recycling bins, and did basic clean up.

Congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout California participate in Mormon Helping Hands Day two or three times a year, working on local projects to be of service to their communities.

For more information, call Lisa Grigg Coronado at (818) 378-1597, or e-mail

La Crescenta Presbyterian Church

 Talent Show to benefit Malawi

The students of La Crescenta Presbyterian Church will be offering their fourth annual Talent Show at 6:30 p.m. May 27 in Koopmans Hall.

The evening will include dinner, dessert and a variety of entertainment. All proceeds will go to the Christian group Bola Moyo, which ministers in the African country of Malawi. In the past students have raised over $3,000. The suggested donation is $12 per person.

 Young adults group offers summer opportunities

The young adult group at La Crescenta Presbtyerian, Tangent, is offering a variety of summer events this summer, including their kick-off barbecue on May 28.

Young adults(ages 18 to 29) from the area get together for fellowship and Christian study at people’s homes and outside events such as Dodger games.

For more information please contact Jeff DeSurra at (626) 485-0528.

 Chamber Music benefit concert

The members of La Crescenta Presbyterian will be presenting an evening of chamber music to benefit the homeless in Tijuana, Mexico, at 7 p.m. May 31.

The performance will include members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic performing works by Bach, Janacek and Schubert. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted to support the church’s mission work in Mexico.

 Community Baccalaureate Service

La Crescenta Presbyterian Church will present its 2009 La Crescenta Baccalaureate Service at 4 p.m. June 14.

The church will be hosting this ecumenical Christian celebration of local high school graduates — the first of its kind in many years in La Crescenta.

Families and friends of graduating seniors are encouraged to attend. Prayers and music will be led by students and pastors from area churches, and the keynote address will be given by the Rev. Chuck Hunt, a youth pastor from Palos Verdes and frequent guest speaker at Forest Home Christian Camp.

A reception will follow the service.

 Children’s Ministry food drive

The Children’s Ministry Department at La Crescenta Presbyterian Church will be collecting food to distribute to the Children’s Hunger Fund in Pacoima.

Food may be dropped off at the church office during the week from 9 5 p.m. Acceptable foods are beans, rice, canned goods, cooking oil and pasta.

For more information:

Call (818) 249-6137


La Crescenta Presbyterian Church is at 2902 Montrose Ave. in La Crescenta.

Soul Seeker Saturday presented

Instruction on the good news of Jesus Christ is the foundation of Verdugo Valley Baptist Church’s Soul Seeker Saturday at 10 a.m. every Saturday.

For more information:

Call (818) 331-6479.

Verdugo Valley Baptist meets at the Trinity Conference Center, at 1300 E. Colorado St. in Glendale

First Baptist, La Crescenta

 All invited to ‘Labor of Love’

First Baptist Church, La Crescenta presents a men’s breakfast the third Saturday (the next is June 20) each month at 7:30 a.m. 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.

 Church offers ‘Mom’s Day Out’

“Mom’s Day Out” is offered Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Baptist Church, La Crescenta.

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

For more information:

Call (818) 249-5832


First Baptist, La Crescenta is at 4441 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta.

Crescenta Valley Community Church

Church offers PULSE ministry

Crescenta Valley Community Church’s People United by Love to Serve Each Other, or PULSE, brings joy and hope to those sick and hospitalized. If you are aware of someone who is in need or for more information, call the church office at (818) 249-5805.

For more information:

Call (818) 331-6479


Crescenta Valley Community Church is at 4001 La Crescenta Ave. in La Crescenta.

Chabad of Glendale, Foothills

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.

For more information:

Call (818) 618-4910


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

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