Project Dominicana (A Ministry of the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church)
Project Dominicana is an annual short term mission trip to the Dominican Republic. Begun in 2002 this mission trip has involved some 800 adults and high school students from La Crescenta and nearby communities. Project Dominicana reaches out to Haitian cane cutters and their families who work on the sugar cane plantations surrounding the city of La Romana in the Dominican Republic. For hundreds of years these migrants have performed backbreaking labor in conditions of oppression and extreme privation. Partnering with local host churches in the DR, volunteers have been able to assist in construction projects, remedial medical clinics, vacation Bible schools, Teachers’ Workshops, and evangelism. Since 2005 we have been working with the Beraca Church to improve the lives of people living in poverty in the barrio of KM 6. We have been able to help build a new sanctuary, construct a school, re-build homes and run remedial medical clinics. LCPC has a long term commitment to this community.
Each Spring we send a team of men from our church to partner with Baja Christian Ministries, to build a house for a needy family in Tijuana, Mexico. In just one weekend, the men join their various talents and build a house in one day. The congregation also joins in by donating housewarming gifts to the family. Contact Greg Wolflick for more information.
Casa de Los Angeles Orphanage, Rosarito, Mexico
In 2012 we broke ground on the construction of this new orphanage. We are partnering with several other churches, and periodically send teams down to the work site for construction work. Click HERE for more information on our next trip to Rosarito. Click HERE for the Registration Form.
Missionaries around the world
LCPC supports mission workers all over the world. Currently we support people spreading God’s word and doing his work in Bangladesh, northern Thailand, Nigeria, Taiwan, east Asia, Egypt, Guatemala, and InterVarsity workers in Boston and Oregon.
The children at LCPC support two young children through Compassion International. The offering collected by the kids each week goes to sponsor Luis and Sabita, a young boy and girl in need of help in order to have food, clothing and enough money for an education. Compassion also provides the children with Bible teaching, medical care and recreational activities. The children of LCPC also correspond with Luis and Sabita throughout the year by writing letters that are translated by Compassion employees and sent to the small towns that Luis and Sabita live in. Below is a little more information about these two precious children. You can also learn more about Compassion International at www.compassion.com.
Luis Caton is 8 years old and lives in Bolivia in a mountainous community called Villa Clotilde. He lives with his father and mother and three siblings. He goes to school and likes to play with cars. His father is sometimes employed but does not have a consistent job.
Sabita Nag is 7 years old. She will be 8 on November 11th. She lives in the rural community of Katharagoda in India. She is responsible for caring for her family's animals and helping to clean. She does not attend school right now but does go to church. She has one sibling and her mother stays home with the children while her father sometimes gets work as a farmer.
Operation Christmas Child
Every year in November, our children lead this project for the rest of the church. Operation Christmas Child collects shoeboxes filled with items such as small toys, candy, hygiene items and school supplies for children in need. These boxes are then collected and distributed by Samaritan’s Purse (link to Samaritan's Purse) at Christmas time around the world.
RELAY FOR LIFE
LCPC participates each year in the Foothills Relay for Life. The LCPC Halos team was started in 2007 by church member John Olsen. He lost his battle with cancer two months after the event, and close friends and family have been leading our team ever since to honor his legacy, and the legacy and fight of so many others. Our team has been one of the event’s biggest fundraisers for a number of years and we continue to have a large turnout. Our team’s goal is to have at least one person from our team walking the entire 24 hours of the event, and praying for those whose lives have been touched by cancer.
CENTER FOR CHILDREN
As a ministry of La Crescenta Presbyterian Church, the Center for Children is an after-school, preschool, and childcare program available to the Crescenta Valley community. Our mission is to provide quality child care that is nurturing, respectful, and educational, reflecting Christ's love to the children and their families. We strive to be mindful of all facets of the whole child. We serve children 6 weeks - 8th grade, year round. (CFC Website)
cHILDREN'S HUNGER FUND
Throughout the year the children and youth of the church go to the Children’s Hunger Fund in Sylmar to pack food for needy families around the world. Children’s Hunger Fund is a Christian organization that works with churches around the globe to meet not only physical needs but also spiritual ones. Each time we volunteer we begin with prayer in the church parking lot and the Hunger Fund leaders close us in prayer at the warehouse. We meet at 8:30AM on Saturday a month and return by 11:30AM. Children in 3rd grade and up are welcome to come without a chaperone. We do ask that younger children have an adult or older sibling come with them. Adults are always welcome too! You can learn more about Children’s Hunger Fund at www.chfus.org
Neighbors Helping Neighbors
On the first Sunday of every month, the Deacons collect boxed cereal, pasta sauce, bottled salad dressing, condiments, shampoo, laundry detergent, bar soap, paper towels, toilet paper, diapers and women’s products for distribution to needy families in our community. Please do not bring any food that is past its expiration date. You can leave your donations in the Narthex or the LCPC Church office.
Sunday Lunch for The Homeless
LCPC partners with seven other Glendale churches (Salem Lutheran, Glendale Presbyterian, St. Mark’s Episcopal, Incarnation Catholic Church, Glendale City Church, Holy Family, and First United Methodist) to serve a free lunch at a church near downtown Glendale every Sunday of the year. LCPC has participated in this program for decades. LCPC’s role in this ecumenical partnership is to send a team of volunteers to one of the south Glendale churches generally one Sunday each month to set up, prepare, serve and clean up for a lunch. We typically serve from 30 to 80 hungry customers, many of whom go through the serving line three and four times. Usually we offer a grace and a brief devotion. For volunteers it is a three hour commitment. For more information contact George Vine at
LCPC is honored to partner with Eagle Rock Covenant Church in supporting Family Promise of the Verdugos, a non-profit, interfaith hospitality network providing temporary assistance, hospitality and case management for families with children experiencing homelessness. The interfaith, nonsectarian network brings the faith community together to help situationally homeless families regain housing, independence and dignity in a time of need. With a 100% success rate of homeless to home transition, Family Promise of the Verdugos is building a better community, one family at a time. To volunteer, refer families, join or contact our organization, please call 818-588-6723 or email The website is familypromiseverdugos.org
Golden Outreach is LCPC's ministry worshiping with and visiting the residents of La Crescenta Health Center (formerly Verdugo Vista), a nursing home just down the street from the church. We conduct a brief worship service for the residents on the 3rd Sunday of each month at 2:30 p.m. Come share the joy of Christ and sing hymns with these folks who often have few if any visitors. Youth who would like to develop a "grandparent" relationship with a resident are encouraged to apply. Contact Judy Trumbo at for further information on these and other opportunities.
Lift Up La Crescenta
Lift Up La Crescenta is a group of believers from multiple churches in the Crescenta Valley dedicated to praying for our local community, our youth, schools, families and churches in the Crescenta Valley, since 2010. We hold prayer events at various times through the year to pray for the needs of our beautiful valley. Please come join us! For more information email us at
kIDS HOPE USA
One child, one hour, one church, one school! That is the concept behind KIDS HOPE, a national mentoring program that is now reaching 15,000 at risk children all across the country. For the last three years the La Crescenta Presbyterian Church Chapter has been partnering with La Crescenta Elementary School. Volunteer mentors from LCPC invest one hour a week with the same at risk child for one school year. Mentoring happens at the school Monday-Thursday, between 2:30-3:30pm. Mentors receive five hours of training. Research shows this kind of one-on-one relationship can make a big difference in the life of an at-risk child, improving academics and behavior, and ultimately changing a life. Other opportunities to participate in this program include substitute mentor, prayer partner or hospitality coordinator. For more information, contact Mary Wilson at .
Diabetes Support Group
The Diabetes Support Group is a group that supports people and families living with Diabetes. The group shares updates on their Diabetes, and provides support and ideas on nutrition, exercise, and health care. There is a nurse with expertise in Diabetes at each meeting. The group meets in Koopmans the 1st Thursday of each month from 7:00-8:30 pm. For more information, contact Michele Fernandez at
Bosom Buddies is a support group for women whose lives have been touched by breast cancer. They meet on the 2nd Monday of each month at 11:30 am in the Fireside Room. Contact the church office for more information.
We take care of God's creations at LCPC by watering, weeding, disposing of dead leaves, planting flowers, and trimming plants around the church campus. All ages are welcome. We're there every Saturday between 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. For more information, contact the church office.
tech & Sound Crew
Join the dynamic team that supports the technical aspects of Sunday worship, including sound, lighting, projection, set-ups, slides, etc. No experience is necessary. After training, volunteers work on a rotating basis. Do you have Powerpoint experience or want to learn a new skill? Contact Dan Blessinger at if you are interested in being part of the Tech and Sound System Crew or call the church office.
Members of the congregation are invited to purchase a flower arrangement that is displayed beneath the cross on the chancel (stage) each Sunday. The cost is $45. You can either pay in the church office or put a check in the offering plate marking the check "flowers"; there is also a sign-up sheet posted on the bulletin board in the Narthex. The church office will get in touch with the person sponsoring the flowers the week before to remind them, find out what they would like to say in the Sunday bulletin, and what they would like to do with the flowers after the 11am service, i.e. take the flowers home with them, or have the Deacons take them to a person in a hospital, or homebound, etc. Contact the church office to sign up.
Goodies are needed for Hospitality Time in-between services. Cookies, brownies, cut up bagels are all popular treats. Each week we need four volunteers to bring in 48 or more goodies. Contact to sign up for a Sunday.
We make meals for people and their families who have had recent surgery, given birth or persevering with a death. Contact the church office who will put you in touch with the Deacon in charge of this ministry.
Other Mission Opportunities
There are other projects and programs that go on throughout the year. Examples include food drives, clothing drives, lunch packing events for Union Station and more. Please check out our church’s upcoming events to learn more about what we have planned. Your child is never too young to start learning to follow Christ’s call to service and generosity.