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 Canada-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 Canada 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. Continue reading “Obituary | Sally Reid Samuelson June 1, 1926 – July 14, 2020”

La Cañada Presbyterian Has Taken Worship Online

In the midst of change, La Cañada Presbyterian Church is celebrating online the unchanging good news of Easter and Christ’s resurrection in its sermon series, “#SignsOfHope.”
“There is no greater sign of hope than God’s raising of Jesus from the dead,” said LCPC Senior Pastor Jeff Hoffmeyer. “Now more than ever, we trust that God is making all things new and that God is at work in our weary and hurting world. We are looking for signs of hope in our community and invite you to join us.”
Online services are Sundays at 9 a.m. (traditional) and 10:30 a.m. (contemporary). All are invited to participate. Continue reading “La Cañada Presbyterian Has Taken Worship Online”

Blood Drive at LCPC on May 3

La Cañada Presbyterian Church will be hosting a blood drive in Fellowship Hall on May 3 from 8 a.m. until 2 p.m. The church is located at 626 Foothill Blvd., La Cañada, CA 91011.
“Due to the coronavirus, blood donations are down by 300,000,” according to an event spokesperson. “The Red Cross had a huge outpouring from the public for drives for the month of April; however, months of May, June and July are wide open. Since blood only has a shelf life of 42 days, the Red Cross is looking for blood donation sites during these months.”
Appointments may be made online at redcrossblood.org (use sponsor code: lacanadapreschurch). For those familiar with RapidPass, you may use it to read the necessary information and answer the questions 24 hours prior to coming to donate. Go to redcrossblood.org/rapidpass.
Event organizers request individuals to arrive at the church 15 minutes prior to the scheduled donation time to line up. Social distancing protocol will be followed. Individuals must have a photo ID with them at the event to give blood.
For questions, email Gerard Marzilli at gerard.marzilli@redcross.org or call LCPC Blood Drive volunteer Sheri Morton at (818) 790-7612.

LCPC Parent Education Starts 41st Year With Welcome Tea

Parent Ed relies on the efforts of people, including Heather Ehrhart (front row, from left), Paige Thatcher, Amanda Baughman, Maggie Mason, Cathy Steward, Debbie Barsom and Katie Enney. Middle row: Jina Khachik, Betty Bredemann, Tracy Tobias, Jan Roberts, Sarah Montes, Mikki Weightman and Charlotte Miller. Back: Jana Van Dyck, Monica Skeehan, Paula Giboney, Katy Riddell, Stephanie Ferguson, Sloan Walsh, Paige Dunbar, Barbara Stratte, Melanie Frey, Vicki Rekedal and Kathy Kovalcik.
Photo courtesy Barbara Stratte
Parent Ed relies on the efforts of people, including Heather Ehrhart (front row, from left), Paige Thatcher, Amanda Baughman, Maggie Mason, Cathy Steward, Debbie Barsom and Katie Enney. Middle row: Jina Khachik, Betty Bredemann, Tracy Tobias, Jan Roberts, Sarah Montes, Mikki Weightman and Charlotte Miller. Back: Jana Van Dyck, Monica Skeehan, Paula Giboney, Katy Riddell, Stephanie Ferguson, Sloan Walsh, Paige Dunbar, Barbara Stratte, Melanie Frey, Vicki Rekedal and Kathy Kovalcik.

By Katie Enney
Special to The Outlook


La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education program has kicked off its 41st year, continuing a legacy of quality education for parents whose children range from newborns to 18-year-olds. Parent Ed offers 16 weekly classes from September to May, along with the evening Parent Express program that offers monthlong classes for parents who cannot attend during the day. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Education Starts 41st Year With Welcome Tea”

LCPC Parent Ed Donates to Local Nonprofit

La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Board members
Photo courtesy LCPC
La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Board members who helped raise funds for Door of Hope include Dorothy Chen, Stephanie Ferguson, Maggie Mason, Ashley Barrett, Angela Shepherd-Isagholian, Daniela Kim, Barbara Stratte, Lynne Graves, Betsy Farhat, Darby Pearson and Charlotte Miller.

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook


A Pasadena organization was the recipient of a gift from the La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program. LCPC’s volunteer board donated 10% of its anniversary fundraising proceeds, $4,619 in total, to Door of Hope, a local nonprofit organization serving homeless families.
Parent Education board chair Maggie Mason represented the board during a tour of Door of Hope. “Our Parent Ed board is excited and humbled to be able to support such a wonderful organization that is serving our homeless brothers and sisters,” she said. Continue reading “LCPC Parent Ed Donates to Local Nonprofit”

Parent Ed Honors Erskine, Young Families at Year-End Celebration

Chris Erskine (third from left), Jack Erskine and George Young
Photo courtesy Dorothy Chen
Chris Erskine (third from left), Jack Erskine and George Young were honored by La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education program during a recent celebration. They are pictured with (from left) Nancy Stoner, Parent Ed director Anne Bierling and Lynne Graves (far right).

By Amanda Baughman
Special to The Outlook


La Cañada Presbyterian Church’s Parent Education Program recently had its annual Year-End Celebration at Ashley Barrett’s home, wrapping up its 40th anniversary year. In addition to showing gratitude to the program’s 44 team members, the event honored the Young and Erskine families for the memorials they donated to Parent Ed over the past year. Continue reading “Parent Ed Honors Erskine, Young Families at Year-End Celebration”

Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom

Capernaum prom
Photo courtesy Liv Amend Steingart
Capernaum prom participant Tyler Penniall, with volunteers Stephanie Lough and Carter Newman-Milic, celebrated in style at the dinner and dance held recently at La Cañada Presbyterian Church.

To most average high schoolers, prom is the culmination of the school year, a time to make memories and cherish crushes.
But for anyone living with an intellectual or developmental disability, that time-honored tradition might never come, with the logistics of such celebrations growing more complicated by the year.
That’s why, for some 11 years, Greater Pasadena Young Life Capernaum has held a glittering prom called “Evening of Dreams” for young people with such disabilities, giving them the same opportunity to gather with peers and bask memorably in a true prom experience in a safe and loving environment. Continue reading “Young Folks Strut Their Stuff at Sparkling Prom”

Obituary: Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas ‘Dougie’ Sibbald Dolfie
Jan. 9, 1936 – Dec. 5, 2018

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie

Douglas “Dougie” Sibbald Dolfie passed away at Royal Oaks Manor in Bradbury on Dec. 5, 2018, from complications of heart disease.
Dougie was born Douglas Hungerford Sibbald in Collegeville, Pennsylvania, on Jan. 9, 1936. She was the daughter of Dr. Reginald Spalding Sibbald and Minerva Lawson Sibbald. Her father was the head of the romance language department at Ursinus College in Collegeville. Her mother was a rare woman for her time with a college degree, and a music teacher who later roamed the mountains of West Virginia instructing students in 100 schools.
Dougie graduated from Elkins High School in 1953. During those four years, she was a majorette in the marching band and proudly carried the letter “S” at all performances.
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