Lutheran Church Begins New Sermon Series

First published in the Oct. 14 print issue of the Outlook Valley Sun.

Pastor Scott Peterson will lead worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday with a message titled, “Suffering Is Optional” to begin his sermon series “Stewardship Is Heart Work” at Lutheran Church in the Foothills.
Quilts and school kits for Lutheran World Response will be blessed before shipping.
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Lutheran Church Sermon: ‘Sowing and Trust’

Pastor Scott Peterson will lead worship at 10 a.m. this Sunday with a message titled “Sowing and Trust” that continues his “Stewardship ls Heart Work” sermon series at Lutheran Church in the Foothills.
The service will also be livestreamed on the church’s YouTube channel. For those unable to attend or watch live, the videos will be available on the church website and Facebook page later in the week.
Sunday school for grades 1-4 is in full swing. Kids meet in the Worship Center at 10 a.m. then head to the youth room for a time of play and study.
The community is invited to the church’s drive-thru Communion at 11:30 a.m. on Sundays by entering the parking lot from El Camino Corto.
The church is collecting nonperishable food and clean, gently used clothing to distribute to local people in need. Donations are collected in the church office lobby during office hours (Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.).
Visit lcifoothills.org for event details, including small group gatherings and opportunities to serve.
For more information or to request/offer help, email office@lcifoothills.org, or call (818) 790-1951.The church is located at 1700 Foothill Blvd. in La Cañada Flintridge.

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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