Church Bells to Ring on Christmas Eve

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“I think it’s just a reflection that COVID can’t keep God from coming to us,” the Rev. Chuck Osburn, associate pastor at La Cañada Presbyterian Church, said of the Christmas Eve event.

The churches of La Cañada Flintridge are inviting members of the community, wherever they are in the city, to sing a carol and reflect during an event on Christmas Eve.
Residents will be able to hear bells tolling from the churches that have bell systems, including St. Bede the Venerable Church and St. George’s Episcopal Church, from 8:57 p.m. until 9 p.m., when they will stop to allow La Cañada Presbyterian Church to play “Silent Night” through its system.
The sound will be most audible on Foothill Boulevard, and those within earshot — whether they be out for a walk or on their front porch — are encouraged to sing along with the song or simply ponder the lyrics. Even those who are out of range of the bells’ sound are invited to take a few minutes to sing with their families at 9 p.m.

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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.

Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020

Sally Reid Samuelson

Sally Samuelson lived a long and wonderful life. Born in Salem, Oregon on June 1, 1926, only child of James Morton Reid and Sarah E. Reynolds, she made California her home at a young age. Moving to Long Beach as a child, she experienced the earthquake of 1933, and went onto to live in Los Angeles County for all the years thereafter. Sally lived in the hills of La Cañada Flintridge for more than 55 years with her husband, Jack Samuelson, before moving to Royal Oaks Manor, a senior community in Duarte. She was an active community and church member. She joined the La Cañada Presbyterian Church in 1952 where she served as an elder, was responsible for family church dinners and knit hats and scarves for Operation Christmas Child.
Residing in Los Angeles, Sally graduated from Dorsey High School in 1944 and traveled, across town, to attend Occidental College (Class of ’48) where she received her bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and was an active member of the Delta Sorority. She met Jack, a fellow Math major, at Oxy and they were married in August, 1948. Sally continued her education at USC where she received a Masters and became an Algebra teacher before raising a family.
Married for nearly 72 years, family, faith and friends were at the center of Sally and Jack’s life. Sally spent her marriage supporting Jack in his business endeavors and caring for their family. Together, they built a family of 4 children, 8 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, along with spouses, totaling 39. Always on the go, Sally was an active and energetic lady. She and Jack traveled the world, visiting over seventy countries during her lifetime, and loved their weekends at the beach and desert. She was an avid golfer and a loyal Dodger and USC fan; enjoyed bridge, reading and crossword puzzles. Known as “Mama Sally” to her family and friends, she took joy in spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, celebrating holidays together and summers boogey boarding right alongside them.
Sally Reid Samuelson, a strong and caring wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, passed peacefully at home on July 14, 2020 at the age of 94. Survived by her husband Jack and sister-in-law Doris Samuelson, son Reid (Joyce) Samuelson, daughter Lisa (Chuck) Paugh, daughter Laura (Kevin) Murphy and son David (Michelle) Samuelson along with her eight grandchildren: Heather (Carl) Dene, Lauren (Patrick) Elliott, Todd (Palin) Samuelson, Holly (Matt) Krivos, Brad (Shannon) Paugh, Kayley (Tom) Danielson, Torre (Joe) Berro, Conor Murphy and thirteen great-grandchildren. She will live on in the hearts of her family and friends forever. A private service commemorated her life and passing at Forest Lawn Glendale. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Beacon Housing, 5000 Edenhurst Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90039.