Thank you for your donation!

The La Verne Church of the Brethren is grateful for your financial gifts.  We want to keep God’s love and call for justice alive in our world.  We have a strong ministry of feeding the homeless; a Peace Camp for children every summer that provides activities that give children a chance to learn and practice peace; and three racial justice action groups working to dismantle racism.  Your gift makes these things possible.  

Whether people live close to our church building or on another continent we now have ways to get to know each other.  We want to invite you to check out our website at lavernecob.org.  On our website, you can find our online worship services.  You can check out our CONNECT! Groups.  These are opportunities for connection with church family. There are groups for all ages including adults, youth, children, and families.  We add new opportunities each month so it is worth visiting often.  There is a way to subscribe to our monthly email with news of upcoming events and opportunities. There is also information to help you know more about us.

There are also ways you can connect with us through social media.  Visit our Facebook page at La Verne Church of the Brethren or follow us on Instagram @lavernecob.  Our YouTube channel is La Verne Church of the Brethren and can be accessed HERE. 

Again, please know how grateful we are for your gift and we would love to connect with you on a meaningful level.  If you have questions or would just like to share more about yourself, please feel free to contact me at carol@lavernecob.org or 909-593-1364.

Peace,

Carol Wise, Interim Pastor

Opal Wilkinson

Opal Marie (Carter) Wilkinson, age 92, died on April 20, 2022. She was a graduate of McFarland High School and went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from La Verne College. Opal found the love of her life, Paul Wilkinson, at La Verne College, and they were married in 1953. Together they had three children and lived nearly all their 68 years of married life in La Verne. Opal was both a homemaker and a classroom teacher, specializing in lower elementary grades at schools in Shafter, San Dimas, La Verne, and Pomona.

In addition to teaching and raising her family, Opal enjoyed gardening, flower arranging, sewing, knitting, singing with the Choral Belles, camping, and traveling. After retirement, she became an avid quilter and made many blankets and wall-hangings, winning several prizes at the Los Angeles County Fair for her handiwork. Opal loved serving others. Always drawn to children, she led Brownie and Girl Scout troops, read stories to Head Start preschoolers, served as the nurse at Camp La Verne, and helped with disaster relief childcare. Together with Paul, she enjoyed welcoming new residents at Hillcrest Retirement Community, coordinating neighborhood social events, and visiting residents at Woods Health Services. A member of the La Verne Church of the Brethren for more than 65 years, Opal sang and traveled with the choir, mentored youth who were planning to join the church, and beautified the building with her floral arrangements. She had an impressive collection of nativity scenes from around the world that exceeded 500 sets—a tangible expression of her faith. Her warm, friendly manner was evident in the way she befriended and cared for people both locally and internationally. She will be missed by many.

Opal is survived her daughters Jill Wilhelm and Janay Packard, both of Bakersfield, CA, and her son Jay Wilkinson of Pittsburgh, PA, along with seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren, in addition to nieces, nephews, cousins, and many friends. Opal was preceded in death by her husband Paul, her parents H. Frank and Catherine Carter, and her brothers Wayne and Warren Carter. A celebration of Opal’s life will be held at the La Verne Church of the Brethren on Sat., June 11 at 2pm. In lieu of flowers, gifts can be made in Opal’s memory to Camp La Verne, the La Verne Church of the Brethren, or the University of La Verne.

Help us celebrate Pastor Susan!

Save the date for a special farewell celebration for Pastor Susan Boyer on Sunday, June 26, 2022. Following worship, we will be hosting a brunch and special program in the Fellowship Hall to honor her 20 years of ministry service at La Verne Church of the Brethren.

You are invited to bring a card of gratitude for Susan. If you would like to contribute to a collective gift for Susan, cash or check donations can be delivered to the church office, made through Zelle (type “gift for Susan” in the memo, or through PayPal (select “gift for Susan” on the dropdown menu).

Access PayPal Here: https://www.paypal.com/donate/?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=S4BAF8W942ZCJ&source=url

Chop & Chitchat

Join us in the kitchen, the first Sunday of every month, as we prepare a meal for the Esperanza Villa Tiny Homes residents. The Tiny Homes are in Baldwin Park and house 25 residents transitioning from unhoused to their permanent homes. A beautiful facility dedicated to lending a helping hand to those in need. Check the bulletin for dates

Instant Church Directory

Dear Church Family, 

Our church directory is available to view on your computer! Instant Church Directory – the program we use to build our church directory – has a website.  

Go to https://members.instantchurchdirectory.com/ 

Apple devices (iPhone, iPad) 

To download the app to your Apple device, click here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/instant-church-directory/id589542221?ls=1&mt=8

Android Devices

To download the app to your Android device, click here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.instantchurchdirectory.members

You will be asked to enter your email address as it’s listed in our directory. If your email address isn’t listed in the directory, let the church office know so it can be added. Once you enter your email address, follow the directions on-screen to complete the create log-in process. After you sign in, you’ll see the most up-to-date directory for our church. Any time updates are made, they will show on the Online Members’ Website, too.