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.

Global Leadership Summit Comes to LCF Aug. 10-11

Sheryl Sandberg

Facebook Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg will be among the headliners at the 23rd Global Leadership Summit, presented by Willow Creek Association, on Aug. 10-11. The event will feature insight from individuals who will challenge leaders to maximize their influence. The two-day event will be simulcast live by satellite in HD to 600 sites in North America, including La Cañada Presbyterian Church (626 Foothill Blvd., LCF).
Sandberg, who is widely regarded as a key to Facebook’s meteoric success, and television host Marcus Lemonis of CNBC’s “The Profit,” will be among this year’s featured speakers. They are among those who will offer unique perspectives, enabling participants to challenge their learning.
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Obituary: Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes

Beulah Lynch Oakes, a 29-year resident of La Cañada Flintridge, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her home on El Camino Corto on June 21. She was 105 years old. Beulah was an active member of the Thursday Club for many years, having moved to La Cañada Flintridge to live near her son and his family following the death in 1988 of her husband, Dr. Harold Oakes.
Beulah was born in a ranch house on Nov. 16, 1911, near the town of Salt Lake, New Mexico, the youngest of six children. After growing up on the ranch and graduating from Albuquerque High School, Beulah traveled to Washington, D.C., to work for the Department of Labor. She worked in the office of Frances Perkins, secretary of Labor in the Franlin D. Roosevelt administration, who was the nation’s first female cabinet member.
Beulah met Harold in El Paso, Texas, and following their marriage in 1942, she received her bachelor’s degree from UC Berkeley while Harold was serving in the Army in the South Pacific.
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LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant

Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.
Dave Spence’s sons, Steve and Andy, were among the former city councilman’s many loved ones in a crowd of more than 500 who attended the memorial service.

There were tears, yes, but there was also laughter, as more than 500 family and friends remembered longtime City Councilman Dave Spence, 80, at a memorial service Wednesday at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
The Rev. Chuck Osburn asked those gathered if they recalled Spence — a six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor who was serving his seventh City Council term when he died May 16 from an apparent heart attack — gleefully riding down Foothill Boulevard on a fire truck in past Fiesta Days parades. Hundreds of hands shot up. Continue reading “LCF’s Spence Remembered as Kind, Fun-Loving Public Servant”

Service for Spence Will Be Wednesday at LCPC

Dave Spence

A memorial service for local leader Dave Spence will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.
Spence died of an apparent heart attack on Tuesday, May 16. A six-time La Cañada Flintridge mayor, he was serving his seventh term as a member of the City Council. He also served a four-year term on the Public Safety Commission.
In lieu of flowers, Spence’s family requests that donations be made to the “La Cañada Presbyterian Church,” or the “City of La Cañada Flintridge.” Funds will be used to support children’s ministry at the church or a memorial at the new City Hall, respectively.
Checks can be sent to: La Cañada Presbyterian Church, 626 Foothill Blvd., LCF, 91011.

Children’s Favorites at LCPC Pops Concert

How do our children see the world? How do they see us? What can we learn from looking through our children’s eyes? This year, La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Pops show, “Thru Children’s Eyes,” will feature the great songs of the 20th and 21st centuries that connect us with our children. The LCPC Chancel Choir, along with the Jack Lantz Little Big Band and Pops Summer Dancers, are presenting a fun-filled evening of familiar and popular music on Friday, June 2, at 8 p.m. and Saturday, June 3, at 2 p.m.
Songs come from a wide range of movies and Broadway shows and include excerpts from “Frozen,” “Beauty and the Beast,” “Aladdin,” “The Little Mermaid,” “Mary Poppins,” “Shrek,” “Hercules,” “Seussical the Musical,” “Into the Woods” and many others. The show will be multimedia using movie and theater excerpts to introduce and accompany many of the songs, as well as some enlightening comedic moments and some clips of kids.
Soloists include Diane Wallace, Matthew Thomas, Gregory Geiger, Tom Malcolm, Rebecca Sjöwall, Joanne Horne, Ellen Kirstein, Tina Carey, Bill Lundeen, Lynn Keller, Tyler Wright and many others. The Pops Dancers will perform a dance as chimney sweeps.
Tickets are $20 for reserved seats in the front rows and $15 for general admission. Children are free. Tickets can be purchased from any choir member, at the door, or from the church office.
For more information, call (818) 790-6758, ext. 251.

Fibromyalgia-Arthritis Support Group at LCPC

A new community support group is beginning for people with fibromyalgia and/or arthritis. The group will meet monthly at La Cañada Presbyterian Church for personal and social support and education in lifestyle management of these difficult medical issues.
The support group will be led by Dianne Whiting and Katie Phillips-Rector. Whiting has extensive experience as a physical therapist working with people with fibromyalgia and arthritis and is program director for the Fibromyalgia Management Program at Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona. She has been leading a fibromyalgia support group at Casa Colina for the past 20 years.
Phillips-Rector is a marriage and family therapist intern who works with individuals and families facing a variety of chronic pain and health conditions. She also lives with rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia herself, and is passionate about helping others find strength and encouragement while living these medical issues.
The support group will meet at La Cañada Presbyterian Church on the fourth Wednesday of every month, from 1-2:15 p.m. in the library. There is no fee or sign-up for this program, and all are welcome to join us. Email Katie ( or Dianne ( with questions.

Registration for Fall Parent Education Classes Begins May 10

La Cañada Presbyterian Church will offer weekly parenting education classes for parents of children up to 18 from September through May 2018. The registration period will open Wednesday, May 10.
Parent-and-Child classes for parents of newborns through age 5 will feature valuable instruction from seasoned educators; Parent-Only sessions for parents of school-aged children will focus on challenges that accompany raising elementary, tween and teen children; New Babies, Babies and Older Babies will highlight first-year challenges of eating, sleeping and changes in family dynamics; Toddler and 2-Year-Old classes will feature discussions about discipline, potty training and nurturing the whole child; Family Class will enable parents to bring children up to 5 and discuss raising young children as well as creating calm in a multichild family.
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LCPC Finds New Pastor After Nationwide Search

Photo by Mirjam Swanson / OUTLOOK The Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer addresses the La Cañada Presbyterian Church congregation during his sermon on Palm Sunday, after which the church’s members overwhelmingly approved him to be their new pastor. LCPC’s two previous head pastors, Rev. Gary Demarest and Rev. Gary Dennis, served 23 and 24 years, respectively.
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The Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer addresses the La Cañada Presbyterian Church congregation during his sermon on Palm Sunday, after which the church’s members overwhelmingly approved him to be their new pastor. LCPC’s two previous head pastors, Rev. Gary Demarest and Rev. Gary Dennis, served 23 and 24 years, respectively.

This past Sunday — Palm Sunday — La Cañada Presbyterian Church welcomed its new pastor, the Rev. Jeff Hoffmeyer, who emerged from a field of more than 200 candidates to lead La Cañada Flintridge’s largest congregation. Continue reading “LCPC Finds New Pastor After Nationwide Search”

Club LC is Coming Soon

Enjoy listening and dancing to jazz at Club LC, the La Cañada High School Jazz Band and Chamber Singers’ annual fundraiser, on Friday, April 14, at 7 p.m. This always-popular event has moved to a new location: La Cañada Presbyterian Church at 626 Foothill Blvd. Club LC combines big band instrumentals by the LCHS Jazz Band with a variety of vocal standards performed by members of the school’s Chamber Singers for a memorable musical evening.
Ticket prices are $50 for adults and $25 for students and include a light dinner catered by Colombo’s. Sponsorships are available for $250 and include two adult tickets, reserved parking, two Club LC mocktails in souvenir glasses, event recognition and early admission to the venue (6:30 p.m).
Tickets must be purchased in advance and will be held at the will call table.
For tickets, contact Mikaho Hara at or order online at Questions about Club LC can be directed to Sue Wright at

Photo courtesy LCHS
LCHS Jazz Band members Michael Seuylemezian, Brandon Deguzman, Matthew Miller, Charlie Reynolds and Rei Chavez take a break at a recent Club LC.