LCPC Resumes In-Person Church Services…Outdoors

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La Cañada Presbyterian Church hosted its first live church service since March this past Sunday. The 6 p.m. gathering was held outdoors in the church parking lot, as nearly 150 people were in attendance, wearing masks and sitting in pre-marked circles for physical distancing.
The worship band played familiar songs and hymns while the masked congregants sang and hummed along. LCPC Senior Pastor Jeff Hoffmeyer preached his first sermon of a two-part series titled, “Benedictions: Blessed Beyond Measure.”
“Wow, after more than five months, it was so wonderful to worship together,” Hoffmeyer said. “It clearly meant so much to those who gathered for worship to be together, sing together, and pray together.”
Said Jack Lantz, LCPC’s director of music, worship and arts: “It was almost like a homecoming atmosphere. People were moved to gather together. Everyone had missed seeing their friends.
“Everyone arrived wearing a mask and, perhaps surprisingly, practiced social distancing and the appropriate safety protocols. Although we could not see them, it seemed as though there were many smiles behind the masks. [Pastor] Jeff stated that it was so much more rewarding preaching to a live group of people, rather than to a camera.”
A second outdoor worship experience is scheduled for Sunday evening, Sept. 27, at 5:30 p.m. Online registration is required.

LCF Church Leaders Seek to Serve During Pandemic

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Local church leaders occasionally meet with educational representatives to discuss the socio-emotional well-being of students and their families. However, these days, they meet on Zoom.

Associate Pastor Chuck Osburn of La Cañada Presbyterian Church has three points he wants to make about the COVID-19 pandemic.
First, he said in a recent phone interview, he doesn’t believe God caused the pandemic. Second, crises such as diseases are nothing new to the history of the Christian church. And third, this is a time for Christians to serve, to “call on people and remind them that God is for them … because we believe that ourselves.”
That final point in particular is something that is echoed by many of La Cañada Flintridge’s church leaders who have voiced a desire to serve a city that, like many, is grappling with the emotional and mental effects of a global pandemic.
And those leaders aren’t just speaking individually. Since 2017, LCF pastors and other church representatives have met a few times a year, when responsibilities and busy schedules allow, often over lunch to talk about their congregations.
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