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Church Mouse: Jan 2019

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Happy New Year and here’s to 2019 overflowing with blessings! We ended 2018 with a month packed with Christmas celebrations left and right! 

The Cruisers Christmas concert was a fabulous evening of carols and jokes led by the talented Collins family, and a special vocal touch by Todd Marks! The kids and youth groups had various parties throughout the month – a Cookies and Cocoa party, a “Girls Only” youth night, caroling at La Crescenta Healthcare, and a big Kids Hope party with 16 local families joining us for a great night of games, singing, dancing and crafts. The Cathedral Choir, musicians, and Monday@JoJo’s ensemble put on a spectacular show for the Candles and Carols concert with a big crowd enjoying their talents.

The Christmas services were beautiful as always, as we celebrated the birth of our precious savior. The nativity animals were also a big hit! Thank you to Bryan and Whitney Lescher, Josh, and the youth group for doing a fine job decorating the sanctuary this year. Another shout out goes to the Aharonians, Kuhns, Mixons, Cooks, Van Horns, Collins, Graniers and Pratt families for lighting our Advent candles. It’s a special tradition at LCPC and we look forward to it each year.

We’d like to welcome the newest and tiniest member to our LCPC family – Carter Mark Pollock. Carter surprised his family Darren, Ashley and Charlie by arriving 14 weeks early on November 26. By God’s amazing grace, Carter is continuing to grow and develop in the NICU and will be there for a few months. Keep the whole Pollock family in your prayers and we will all look forward to meeting Carter once he is big enough to visit.

Chuck and Valerie Andrew became grandparents again recently, welcoming a new baby girl into their family. Adeh Jean was born to Alicia and Jeff Grell on November 9th and she is adorable!

Another miraculous event happened in the LCPC family on December 6. Four and a half years ago, a severe infection wreaked havoc on Skeet McAuley’s body. After numerous hospital stays, more doctors than he can count and almost 70 days in USC Keck’s ICU on the transplant list, Skeet received the best Christmas gift of his life – a new heart. This heart was a perfect match and he has healed quickly and was back home after only a week and a half post op! Keep Skeet, his rock star wife Karen, daughter Grace and the donor’s family in your prayers. We know Skeet will be taking that new heart on some great adventures very soon!

PEAK will be starting back up on Wednesday January 9 with a new line up of classes for adults, the old favorites for the kids, and of course John Arangio’s delectable dinners. Lee will be starting a class on the book of Revelation and Andy will be the guest speaker in Pat’s parenting class on January 30. A CFC 3rd grader was recently showing Pat her drawing. Pat complimented her by saying, “You have a gift for drawing. It’s fantastic!”  The girl replied, “Pat, you have a gift for talking.” How can you pass up a parenting class with such a gifted teacher?

Be sure to check out the new LCPC website which should be launched by now. It’s much easier to navigate and looks great thanks to the hard work by Y Wyroski and Paul Hofmann. The online giving link is up and running and a convenient way to pay your tithe or offering!

We had a bit of a flood during the rains in December and the stage area and storage room behind it got a little soggy. If you had anything on the ground back there, you might want to check on it.

While Ashley has been on maternity leave, Kristy Hicks has been doing a fabulous job holding the Children’s Ministry fort down. One of Kristy’s many strong points is organizing. She has tackled several of our most cluttered areas, relocating items so they can be found easily. You won’t even recognize the room in front of Ashley and Lee’s offices!

SPARKS Winter Camp at Forest Home is coming up February 8-10, for 4th – 6th graders. Sign ups end January 20, so get your registration in soon!

Have you met Becca Althoff yet? Becca has worked at Mt. Hermon with Josh, Jenna, Carleigh, Austin and Becca Mencia and is now pursuing her Masters and PhD at Fuller Seminary. Becca wanted to get involved with the youth at LCPC and is now leading a 6th-7th grade girls small group and helping Josh with other youth events. We are thrilled to have her here!

So far we have 3 YAMmers working at Mt. Hermon this summer – Jonathon Karpman, Austin Granier and Becca Mencia. There might even be a few more! Our high schoolers love to see familiar faces at summer camp!

Three of our Junior Highers recently starred in the Rosemont Advanced Drama production of Peter PanSammy Bouzukian as Wendy, Katie Vergalito as Tinkerbell and Callym Ecker as Michael. Brock Cary will be starring in CVHS The Adams Family Musical in February.

Good Luck with all those New Year’s resolutions and I’ll see you next month!

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