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Church Mouse: April 2019

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The old saying goes, “April showers bring May flowers” but we Southern Californians learned that lots of February and March showers bring wildflower super blooms and swarms of butterflies! What a beautiful Spring this is turning out to be, just in time for Easter. We hope you’ll join us for our Holy Week services! There won’t be PEAK on Wednesday April 17, but there will be a special dinner the next night, April 18, before the Maundy Thursday service. The Deacons will be preparing and serving their delicious vegetable beef soup (a vegetarian option too), with bread and oranges from 5:30 – 6:30 PM in Koopmans, followed by the service at 7:00 PM. The Good Friday service will be at 7:00 PM, April 18, and immediately after the service, the giant boulder will be rolled in front of the Sanctuary doors. We will once again gather around a campfire in the front of the church from 7:50- 10:00 PM for a vigil led through songs, prayers and readings. We’ll have coffee and cookies too! Easter Sunday, the boulder will be rolled away and we will have our regular services at 9:00 and 11:00 AM, celebrating our risen Lord with worship music, the Cathedral Choir and special musicians. It’s the perfect opportunity to bring your friends and family who may not usually attend a church service. To get ready for the Holy Week services, we’re having our annual All-Church Work Day on Saturday, April 6, from 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM. We’re looking for volunteers to help clean out storage areas, spruce up planter beds, wash windows, polish pews, and other important tasks around the campus. Contact Judy Trumbo to sign up to help – Foothills Relay for Life is also going on that weekend at Clark Magnet School, Saturday April 6, from 9:00 AM to Sunday April 7, 9:00 AM. The LCPC Team Halos will have a booth and be walking round the clock to raise money for the American Cancer Society. Contact Amanda Granier at to sign up for a time slot and to register on the team page. Let’s give generously to this worthwhile cause that touches all of us. The Annual Meeting of the congregation will be the evening of Sunday, April 7. Please join us for this informative gathering that sums up all we accomplished in 2018 and looks forward to LCPC’s vision for 2019. We will also have our 3rd Town Hall Meeting on Sunday, April 28, from 6:30 – 8:00 PM in the Sanctuary to discuss another topic of the Strategic Plan. Let’s hear it for Josh, his dad David Horton, and Duane and Ashley Fernandez (pictured above) for conquering the Abide Ride! They rode 333 miles on their bikes (in the rain!) from LCPC to the Mexico border and back to raise money for Student Ministries camps and mission trips. They were tired but thrilled when they returned to church to the excited congregation waiting to welcome them out on Montrose Avenue. They raised close to $4,000! LCPC’s first ever Pi Night was a smashing success! (literally) Everyone enjoyed the delicious pizza provided by Ameci Pizza Kitchen in La Crescenta. They very kindly offered us a discount and threw in a couple free pizzas. The variety of pies for dessert was amazing, and a difficult choice to decide which pies to partake in! The kids loved Chrissy Mark’s fabulous “make your own mini pie” station, but the pie-throwing booth was the highlight of the night! Thank you to our enthusiastic and brave staff – Andy, Lee, Austin, Josh, Kristy and Mary for letting your loving congregation throw whipped cream pies at your faces. You’re the best - Here’s to 3.1415926…! Bunco Night at Greg and Rachel Wolflick’s home was a huge hit as always! I don’t know how rolling three little dice can get everyone so wild and crazy, but it does and everyone loves it! Can’t wait for next year! The annual Rummage Sale raised about $2,000 for the Casa Spring Break Mission Trip. Thank you Jerry White, Josh, Austin and Jim Granier, Darrell Fernandez, Alice Hill, Terry Long and Jim and Marvene Larson for the long hours and hard work you put into making it a success. A team of 30 energetic kids and adults headed to Rosarito soon after and performed a lot of cinder block work on the Casa de Los Angeles Orphanage. They visited other orphanages in the area and enjoyed the kids there. The group ended the trip with tacos on the beach while they processed their week together. The Pollock family is thrilled to have baby Carter home with them after 96 days in the NICU! Carter is 18 weeks old now, almost 7 pounds and loves being with his mommy, daddy and big sister Charlie. Darren and Ashley are so grateful for all the prayers from our church family. Congratulations to Tyler Carlson and Steven Hodges and the rest of the CV Falcon Varsity basketball team. In this historic season, the Falcons reached the CIF State Semifinals and made it into the Final 4 for all California high schools. Their team is tied for the most wins in all of CV’s history! So much fun to watch you boys make basket after basket. Go Falcons! Congratulations also to Gary Woodward and Jeanette Draney on their recent marriage! We’re so happy you found each other here at LCPC and wish you all the best! This Easter remember Jesus didn’t say, “I am finished.” He said, “It is finished.” He was just getting started. He is Risen Indeed! Talk to you next month