LCF is Backbone for Family of Boy With Crohn’s

Forgive Jasmine DeMatteis for wishing for an end to the holiday season and all of its focus on food — which isn’t any fun for a 4-year-old who can’t eat it.
Her youngest, Jude DeMatteis, has primarily been living off a feeding tube since he was 4 months old because he’s unable to digest proteins in food.
Until recently, doctors and other medical experts were stumped as to why. A new diagnosis has offered clarity, but life’s still difficult for the little guy, who is never far from the loving, devoted embrace of his mother and family — as well as some excellent area doctors and many others in La Cañada Flintridge who have monitored his status.
In December 2014, Jude’s condition attracted attention from local media outlets, including KTLA-TV and newspapers that reported on the “mystery illness” plaguing the toddler.

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Four-year-old Jude DeMatteis (right), who has been diagnosed with Crohn’s disease, has many dedicated supporters, including family members Jack, Jasmine, Jenna and Jason.

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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”

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”

Award-Winning Comedian to Headline Parent Ed Benefit Feb. 25

Ron Pearson, renowned comedian, will entertain with laughs and maybe even a little juggling during La Cañada Presbyterian Church Parent Education board’s annual benefit at Vertigo in Glendale on Saturday, Feb. 25.

Ron Pearson
Ron Pearson

This year’s benefit theme, “Last Parent Standing, A Night of Laughs with Ron Pearson,” is one familiar to all parents whom undoubtedly deserve a night filled with laughter. The Rev. Chuck Osburn also will be joining as an emcee.
The 2016 Parent Ed Benefit will include dinner, complimentary drinks and an online silent and live auction. The auction items will include a beach house in Playa del Rey, a condo in Maui, concert tickets and an evening at the Magic Castle.

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