March is here, and so is the Lenten season. Ash Wednesday falls on March 6 this year so we won’t be offering PEAK classes or dinner that night, but instead an Ash Wednesday service in the Sanctuary at 7:00 PM. We hope you will join us! Hopefully you didn’t give up pie for Lent, because we have a scrumptious Pi (pie) Night event planned for March 14 (3.14). Join us in Koopmans Hall from 5:30-7:30 PM to celebrate America’s favorite math term and dessert. We will be serving pizza for dinner, and you are invited to bring a homemade or store-bought pie to share. There will be a “create you own” mini pie station, and a pie throwing opportunity! The event is free, but donations welcomed. RSVP to: Student Ministries is hosting their annual rummage sale Saturday, March 9, from 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM in Koopmans Hall. All proceeds support the students’ Casa Mission trip to Rosarito, Mexico. Only small to medium size items will be accepted. Drop off donations to Koopmans Thursday, March 7, from 4:00 – 8:00 PM or Friday, March 8, from 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM. Questions? Call Josh at (909) 362-2685. We had a good turnout last month at the first Town Hall Meeting to discuss details of the strategic plan, “All Eyes on God: Vision 2020.” There was open dialogue and lots of great viewpoints expressed. The next Town Hall Meeting will be Sunday, March 10, at 6:30 PM in the Sanctuary and will focus on mission work. Josh, Austin, Andy and some leaders from Glendale Presbyterian Church are excited about the upcoming youth Casa Spring Break Mission trip for students from both congregations. The trip will be March 16-21 and the cost is $250. They will be continuing work on the foundation of the orphanage and will be staying at a secure retreat facility in Rosarito. They will surely find time to sample the local cuisine and work in plenty of fun! Contact Josh to sign up. Ashley, Kristy and Josh have started a Bible study for 5th and 6th graders each Monday from 4:00-5:00 PM that will go through the end of March. It’s a great introduction into studying the Bible a bit deeper. Ashley can give you the scoop if you’re interested. Take a break from your tax prep for a night of Bunco, Friday, March 29, from 7:00 – 9:00 PM at the Wolflicks’ Home. Anyone age 21 and older is invited. The Wolflicks will provide beverages, and you are free to bring a dessert or snack to share. RSVP to Rachel at: or (818) 957-1032. Space is limited to 36 people. The SPARKS and Abide groups both had epic winter camp experiences last month at Forest Home. There were primo snowball fight and snow angel conditions and plenty of flurries throughout the weekends. It was the perfect wonderland backdrop for growing closer to Jesus and each other. The men of the church enjoyed a delicious and successful Men’s Breakfast last month prepared by Jim Granier, Jim Larson, John Holmquist and Doug Given. In addition to the great meal, they brought in a pile of tools and a basket of cash that will be donated to the Casa de Los Angeles Orphanage construction site. If you missed the LCPC group trip to Children’s Hunger Fund’s Poverty Encounter, the exhibit is open four days a week. You can sign up on their website, Povertyencounter.org, and tour it anytime that works with your schedule. It’s a powerful way to get a close-up look at poverty around the world and learn how you can help those in need. Great news – the amazing Mary Wilson was able to negotiate better airfare rates for the June Dominican Republic mission trip, so the cost has been reduced by $300. The cost is now $1,190 for the 10-day trip. Check with Andy or Mary to see if there is still space left for this life-changing service opportunity. Are you into the KonMari decluttering method Lee talked about a few weeks ago? If the following items don’t spark joy for you, then CFC could use them – measuring cups and spoons, plastic tongs, ice cream scoops, ice cube trays, or potato mashers – really any kitchen utensil without sharp points. CFC will be offering their awesome day camp during GUSD’s spring break in March for ages Kindergarten – 6th grade. Spread the word to your friends because kids love it! And summer day camp is just around the corner. Those CFC kids are spreading joy! For Kindness Week, they wrote letters to people they appreciate. One Kindergartener wrote to her teacher, “You are the beast teacher!” Inventive spelling is always fun! The CFC cook got, “Robert is a good cooker man!” Baldo and Javier got, “Clean rooms are better than dirty ones!” Out of the mouths of babes! Elaine and Noel Collins have been bird sitting Geoff and Martha Bryan’s parrots. Noel has taught one of them to whistle three measures of Beethoven’s 5th Symphony. It sounds just like Noel’s whistle! Contact Noel if you have any pets you want musically trained! Are you holding this Messenger in your hands right now? It takes a village to get it printed, folded, sealed and mailed and the team is in need of volunteers one day a month. If you’re able to help, Contact our editor Shawn Kelly at: May your Lenten journeys bring you closer to the One who gave it all for us. Talk to you next month!