A call for Town Council candidates

Do you live in the unincorporated area of La Crescenta, basically between Briggs and Pennsylvania avenues?

If so, your Town Council needs you to step up and represent your town. Any registered voter can run for a seat on the Town Council as long as you've lived in our town for at least one year. You will be amazed at how much you will learn about every aspect of your community.

It really is an eye-opener and a wonderful experience to get to know your sheriff, fire, California Highway Patrol, utility and school representatives, as well as the pastors of our great churches. And the list goes on and on.

The benefits and knowledge you receive are great, but so is the satisfaction that you are giving back to your community. What things have concerned you, be it traffic safety or buildings on Foothill Boulevard? The Crescenta Valley Town Council gets involved with everything.

Once a year — Nov. 6 in 2010 — three voting seats and three alternate seats on our Town Council are up for election. It's not that hard to win, but we need more candidates to run this time to give the voters a choice. Go to our website, http://www.thecvcouncil.com, and download an application to be returned by Oct. 17, when we will introduce our new candidates at the farmer's market in Montrose.

It really is a lot of fun to get to know your community. Our regular meetings are at 7 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month at the new La Crescenta Library.

Our survey about possible new laws for building in residential areas will be available at the election and on our website.

Also, come to our Pancake Breakfast Oct. 23 at Crescenta Valley High School!

Danette Erickson

La Crescenta

Celebrating a year as a church without walls

On Oct. 17, St. Luke's Anglican Church will celebrate its first anniversary of worshipping, praying and serving as a "church without walls."

This hidden blessing came after losing its property to the Episcopal Diocese of Los Angeles ("Court won't review church," March 2). Since then, St. Luke's has met in leased space for its church activities at the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glendale and maintained offices in the Foursquare Building in La Crescenta. During this time, St. Luke's has received an overwhelming show of support from its fellow churches in the Crescenta Valley.

St. Luke's extends a public thank-you to the following churches: the Seventh-day Adventist Church in Glendale, La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, Lutheran Church in the Foothills (La Cañada), Mt. Olive Lutheran Church (La Crescenta), and the Four Square Church (La Crescenta), which have all extended incredible hospitality to St. Luke's during the past year, hosting our worship services, funerals, meetings and fellowship events.

The church has also been blessed by an outpouring of love and support from many other churches and individuals. These letters, e-mails and calls of support and encouragement have truly blessed us.

A year later, the entire congregation is looking forward to the good plans God has in store for us. On Oct. 10, the people of St. Luke's finished a 30-day period of seeking God's vision for their future as they pursue their church's mission of "Encountering Christ, Transforming Lives and Demonstrating Love."

After completing this month of prayer, the people of St. Luke's are renewed in their desire to bring the love of God to the people of this community and beyond. One of the church's new ministries will be their monthly healing prayer services. These will be open to anyone needing healing or wanting to know about healing prayer, according to Christian practice.

St. Luke's Anglican Church invites the community to attend its first anniversary celebration as a "church without walls," which also coincides with the Feast of St. Luke the Physician, the church's patron saint and a lover of God's healing, at 10 a.m., on Oct. 17 at the Seventh-day Adventist Church, 300 Vallejo Dr., Glendale. The church website is http://www.stlukesanglican.org.

Debbie Kollgaard

The Crescenta Valley

Editor note: Kollgaard is a member of the church's communications ministry.

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