LCPC Hosting New Class on Prayer and Christian Mystics

Janna Gosselin

Back for a fourth summer, Janna Gosselin will teach a five-week lecture series titled “Deepening Your Prayer Life, Learning From the Christian Mystics” in the Family Life Center at La Cañada Presbyterian Church starting on Wednesday evening, July 26, and continuing every Wednesday evening through Aug. 23. The classes meet from 7-8:30 p.m. and are free. The public is welcome to attend individual sessions or the full series.
This summer, Shelley Irvine, LCPC’s director of Spiritual Formation and Equipping, will lead a special prayer practice segment. The classes will focus on particular prayer practices of the Christian mystics, ranging from the Orthodox practice of the Jesus Prayer to Teresa of Avila’s Prayer of Quiet to means of praying with the body as well as ways of praying with images. The hope is that the classes, together with the practice segment, will help students to enter into deep, spiritual prayer to better connect with God and allow for transformation of their lives.
Gosselin and Irvine are members of LCPC and long-time students of the mystics. A professor at the New Theological Seminary of the West and adjunct professor at Fuller Theological seminary, Gosselin holds a doctorate’s from USC, having written her dissertation on the Christian mystic Julian of Norwich, and a master’s degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary. Irvine is a retreat leader, teacher and certified spiritual director who has written curriculum, study guides and retreat resources.
To register, visit or call (818) 790-6708, ext. 216.

LCPC Donates to Nonprofits, Funds Scholarships

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La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board members include Ashley Smith (front row, from left), Maggie Mason and Hillary Clayburgh. Back: Meg Wade, Katie Enney, Anne Bierling, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Maria Strong, Charlotte Miller and Lynne Graves.

The La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently donated 10% of its fundraising proceeds, $4,312 in total, to local charities Harambee Christian Family Center and Elizabeth House, the church said in a statement.
Harambee Christian Family Center emphasizes Christian education, affordable housing and employment opportunities through programs including after school programs, internships, preschool through 6th-grade education, a summer day camp and a community garden. Elizabeth House provides shelter and support to homeless pregnant women and their children in Pasadena. Proceeds were raised through the annual LCPC Parent Education Gala event in February and by selling “Wild Hope” ornaments.
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Kiwanis Celebrates Builders Club Accomplishments

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Builders Club members celebrate the group’s volunteer work, including Gloria Gong, Connor Hall, Jayden Husfeld, Joshua Fung, faculty adviser Sam Picture and Kiwanis President Dr. Mike Leininger.

The La Cañada 8th-grade Builders Club, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of La Cañada Flintridge, had a successful school year. This year, 25 8th-graders volunteered to be part of the community service organization. Their faculty adviser, Sam Picture, has led the Builders Club for eight years.
Builders Club students took on four projects that exceeded last year’s success. Their first project was to help UNICEF raise money to provided medicine, clean water, school supplies and more for kids all over the developing world. The students raised $1,465 over a four-week period, which grew to $2,465, from an additional grant from the Kiwanis Club.
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Descanso’s Bird Observation Station Getting New Look

Starting this week, the Bird Observation Station at Descanso Gardens is getting upgraded. The bird-watching structure, located in the botanical gardens’ Oak Woodland, is expected to reopen in October, according to a news release. A new waterfall feature will debut in November. Descanso Gardens is working in partnership with Pacific Outdoor Living on the project.
For information, visit

Golf Tournament to Benefit Sheriff, LCF Chamber

The Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Support Group and the La Cañada Flintridge Chamber of Commerce will present the 34th annual Crescenta Cañada Golf Classic on Monday, Aug. 21, at the LCF Country Club. Lunch begins at 11:30 a.m.; tee time is 1 p.m.
Awards and prizes will be presented immediately after the tournament. Proceeds benefit the CV Sheriff’s Support Group and the LCF Chamber of Commerce.
The cost to participate is $225, which includes green fees, golf cart, lunch, dinner, awards and tee prizes. Tee and greens sponsorships are available for $150.
“The Sheriff Support Group is a nonprofit organization that is run by volunteer members of the community and the money raised is used to support the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station and its deputies,” an event spokesperson said. “The funds raised help purchase specialized equipment and other programs necessary to operations at the Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station.”
For further information, visit or call (818) 414-2758.

St. Bede the Venerable Choir Holds Spring Concert May 19

St. Bede the Venerable Church in La Cañada Flintridge Music Ministry is proud to announce its annual spring concert, featuring the works of Franz Schubert Mass in G and Beethoven’s “Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives,” on May 19 at 8 p.m.
The concert, which costs a donation of $15 for adults and $5 for children, will take place at St. Bede the Venerable, located at 215 Foothill Blvd.
Franz Schubert’s Mass in G was composed in 1815 in less than a week, the year after his first Mass had been successfully performed in Shubert’s home parish. The second Mass was originally more modestly scored than the first, which is characteristic for Schubert; he is more interested in an over-all devotional mood of a religious composition than in individualistic romantic text-expression, compared to those, for example, that Beethoven would use in his Masses.
“Hallelujah; Christ on the Mount of Olives” (Christus am Olberge Op. 85), is an oratorio by Ludwig van Beethoven portraying the emotional and dramatic humanistic portrayal of the Christ passion, which includes the popularity of the finale chorus “Hallelujah,” frequently performed by church, high school and college choirs.
For more information, call (818) 949-4300 or (818) 321-5503.

Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast is May 4

Photo by Carin Yates / OUTLOOK Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.
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Mayor Terry Tornek (far right) is joined by Friends In Deed board chair Richard Cheung, Delores Hickenbottom and Maria Tornek at last year’s Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast. This year’s event will be held Thursday morning, May 4.

The 44th annual Pasadena Mayor’s Interfaith Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday morning, May 4, at the Pasadena Convention Center. Doors open just before 7 a.m.; the program begins promptly at 7:30.
Proceeds will benefit Friends In Deed, which helps serve the homeless and at-risk population in Greater Pasadena.
The breakfast’s keynote speaker will be John Kobara, who serves as executive director and chief operating officer of the California Community Foundation.
Individual tickets are $35; a “Friends Table” of 10 is $400. Event sponsorships range from $500 to $1,500.
For sponsorship information, call (626) 797-2402 or visit

LCHS PTA Celebrates 31st Annual Spring Home Tour

The La Canada High School 7-12 PTA Home Tour is celebrating its 31st year by featuring four exquisite and well-appointed homes and grounds and an evening reception with a mini tour of another beautiful residence on Friday, April 28. In addition, one of the tour homes will be the site of boutique shopping, with eight vendors selling apparel, accessories and home décor items.

The homes will be open for touring from 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. and from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The separately ticketed evening reception is from 6-8 p.m. and will offer enticing opportunity baskets and venues for festive parties hosted by PTA members. Tickets are available online at and can be purchased at pre-sale prices online or at Printefex, Flintridge Bookstore and the Apple Cart until 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27. The Apple Cart is the site for same-day ticket sales, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, April 28. Proceeds from this event will benefit the LCHS 7/8 PTA and the LCHS 9-12 PTSA programs, technology, library and campus support. Contact with questions.

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Healthy Eating for Cancer Patients

A presentation on healthy eating for cancer patients will be given at the Cancer Support Community Pasadena on Monday, May 15, from 6:30-8 p.m. The presentation is free.
Pam Braun, former chef and restaurant owner, will share her healthy eating plan for cancer patients and survivors. She will explain what to put into the shopping cart and how to cook it.
The Cancer Support Community is located at 76 E. Del Mar Blvd., Suite 215. Call for reservations at (626) 796-1083 or visit