Lenten Groups

Now Forming – Lenten CONNECT! Groups:

Lent begins this year on March 2, with Ash Wednesday, and ends on Palm Sunday, April 10. The 40-days of Lent represent the time Jesus spent in the wilderness being tempted after his baptism. Lent is a time to prepare ourselves for a continued life of discipleship, a time to look at our lives anew; to consider what has brought us to where we are; to ponder what we are carrying within us that needs to be examined. It is a time to meet God again.

La Verne Church of the Brethren has a wonderful tradition of gathering in small groups during the 6-weeks of Lent through intentional engagement with others around topics of shared interest. In the past, groups have formed around bible study, bird-watching, knitting, walking, spiritual practices, hiking, and music, to name a few. 

What these groups have in common is that they were all started by someone who decided to share their passion or interests and invited others to join them. 

Group Leaders Wanted:

So…What are YOU interested in? What gives you joy? What do you wish you knew more about? Why not sign up to lead a Lenten CONNECT! group? You don’t have to be an expert – you just have to be willing to invite others to join you in exploring what you’re interested in!

Click HERE to register the group you’d like to lead.

Forms are due by Sunday, February 6. 

Sign-ups to join groups as a participant will begin Sunday, February 13.

Have questions, email office@lavernecob.org for questions.

Resources for Native/Indigenous History Month

Local articles to start getting a perspective: 

Adult books by indigenous authors: https://kaitlincurtice.com/2018/09/06/25-books-by-indigenous-authors-you-should-be-reading/

For kids: https://bookriot.com/native-american-childrens-books/

Dig deeper:

Peace Camp 2021

Peace Camp 2021, Peace Builders: Shaping our World with Creative Tools, was a weeklong experience for children in our congregation and community to learn and interact with peace building concepts. 


Daily themes included: Peace is built when we care for all bodies. Peace is built when we share a smile and our food. Peace is built when we care for the Earth. Peace is built when we create art, out of anything! 


Seventeen children and their families participated in a hybrid style Peace Camp, with Zoom activities taking place Monday through Thursday and an In-Person Peace Celebration taking place on Friday. Children received their very own Peace Camp Supply Bag, dropped on their doorstep, as well as a Peace Camp Service Project Kit. Peace Camp activities included Qi Gong, cooking peace pancakes, planting squash seeds, and the creation of a peace mandala. An original activity book was created for Peace Campers, but is available as a free resource HERE. As our service project, Peace Campers put together 55 educational supply kits for students in need, who attend Pomona Hope, a local after school program. Despite the pandemic, we were able to create a safe, well-curated Peace Camp for children, which was a beautiful thing! 

Peace and Carrots Garden and Kitchen Partnership

Mike and Michael Wolfsen started a beautiful gardening program by building the Peace and Carrots Garden. It was originally designed to help feed needy neighbors by individuals growing a little bit more than what they needed and donating the extra to a community effort. While that program has proven to be productive with thousands of pounds of produce delivered to our local food bank, we recently have been using extra produce in our Hope for Home meals.  Monday, May 31, was one of those days when we offered Hope for Home a true Farm to Table experience. Eight pounds of Swiss Chard was the inspiration for the meal we made and served to 80 Hope for Home participants. The new garden management team consisting of Kristi Karns, Debra Kniesley and Corlan Harrison are incredibly grateful for the commitment the Wolfsen’s made to creating a program of community effort to feed hungry folks.

Michael Symon’s Orecchiette with Sausage and Swiss Chard

Ingredients

1 lb Orecchiette Pasta (we used Bow Tie Pasta)

1 lb Spicy or mild Italian Sausage

1 lb Swiss Chard roughly chopped with stems

1 cup Cooked Cannellini Beans (drained and rinsed)

8 oz Pasta water

½ cup Chopped parsley

1 T Lemon zest

2 T Lemon juice

½ cup Parmesan cheese

2 T Butter

1T Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions

Bring 6 quarts of water toa boil with 3 tablespoons of kosher salt. Cook pasta until very al dente, about 8 minutes. Remove pasta to a bowl with a slotted spoon and set aside. Do not rinse pasta and reserve one cup of pasta water.

Heat a large Dutch Oven over medium heat. Add the sausage and brown. Add Swiss Chard and cook down for 2 minutes add reserved pasta water and simmer for another minute. Add the beans and pasta simmer for an additional 2 minutes. 

Remove pan from heat and stir in the lemon juice and zest, cheese, parsley, butter and extra virgin olive oil. It’s ready to serve! Enjoy!!

Government Officials Resource

LVCOB Racial Justice in the Community: Government Officials Resource


President Joe Biden
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Ave NW
Washington, DC 20500
(202) 456-1414 (White House Switchboard)
(202) 456-1111 (White House Comments Line)
www.whitehouse.gov/contact/


Senator Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3841
www.feinstein.senate.gov/public/index.cfm/e-mail-me


Senator Alex Padilla
B03 Russel1 Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
(202) 224-3553
www.padilla.senate.gov


Representative Judy Chu
27th Congressional District (Claremont, Glendora, Upland)
Washington, DC Office
2423 Rayburn HOB
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5464

District Offices
415 W. Foothill Blvd, Ste 122
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 625-5394
527 S. Lake Ave
Suite 250 Pasadena, CA 91101
(626) 304-0110
https://chu.house.gov


Representative Pete Aguilar
31st Congressional District (Rancho Cucamonga)
Washington, DC Office
109 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-3201


District Office
685 E. Carnegie Drive
Suite 100
San Bernardino, CA 92408
(909) 890-4445
https://aguilar.house.gov


Representative Grace Napolitano
32nd Congressional District (La Verne, San Dimas)
Washington, DC Office
1610 Longworth
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-5256


District Office
4401 Santa Anita Ave
Suite 201
El Monte, CA 91731
(626) 350-0150
https://napolitano.house.gov


Representative Norma Torres
35th Congressional District (Chino, Pomona)
Washington, DC Office
2444 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-6161

District Office
3200 Inland Empire Blvd
Suite 200B Ontario, CA 91764 (909) 481-6474
https://torres.house.gov


Representative Young Kim
39th Congressional District (Chino Hills)
Washington, DC Office
1306 Longworth House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
(202) 225-4111


District Offices
Not available at the moment
https://youngkim.house.gov


Governor Gavin Newsom
1303 10th Street, Suite 1173
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 445-2841
www.gov.ca.gov


State Senator Connie Leyva
20th Senate District (Chino, Pomona)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4061
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4020


District Offices
101 West Mission Blvd., Suite 111
Pomona, CA 91766
(909) 469-1110
464 W. 4th Street, Suite 454B
San Bernardino, CA 92401
(909) 888-5360
https://sd20.senate.ca.gov


State Senator Rosilicie Ochoa Bogh
23rd Senate District (Rancho Cucamonga)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 3056
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4023


District Office
10350 Commerce Center Drive, Suite A-220
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91730
(909) 919-7731
https://ochoa-bogh.cssrc.us


State Senator Anthony Portantino
25th Senate District (La Verne, Claremont, San Dimas, Glendora, Upland)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 3086
Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4025


District Offices
116 E. Broadway Street, Suite 204
Glendale, CA 91205
(818) 409-0400
201 E. Bonita Avenue
San Dimas, CA 91773
(909) 599-7351
https://sd25.senate.ca.gov


State Senator Josh Newman
29th Senate District (Chino Hills)
Capitol Office
State Capitol, Room 4062 Sacramento, CA 95814
(916) 651-4029


District Office
1800 E. Lambert Road, Suite 150
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 671-9474
https://sd29.senate.ca.gov


Assembly member Chris Holden
41st Assembly District (La Verne, Claremont, San Dimas, Rancho Cucamonga, Upland)
Capitol Office, Room 5132
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2041


District Offices
600 North Rosemead Blvd., Suite 117
Pasadena, CA 91107
(626) 351-191
415 West Foothill Blvd., Suite 124
Claremont, CA 91711
(909) 624-7876
https://a41.asmdc.org


Assembly member Blanca Rubio
48th Assembly District (Glendora)
Capitol Office, Room 5175
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2048


District Office
100 North Barranca Street, Suite 895
West Covina, CA 91791
(626) 960-4457
http://a48.asmdc.org


Assembly member Freddie Rodriguez
52nd Assembly District (Chino, Pomona)
Capitol Office, Room 2188
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2052


District Offices
13160 7th Street
Chino, CA 91710
(909) 902-9606
http://a52.asmdc.org


Assemblymember Phillip Chen
55th Assembly District (Chino Hills)
Capitol Office, Room 4177
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249
(916) 319-2055


District Office
3 Pointe Drive, Suite 313
Brea, CA 92821
(714) 529-5502
https://ad55.asmrc.org
Claremont
www.ci.claremont.ca.us
Chino
www.cityofchino.org
Chino Hills
www.chinohills.org
Glendora
www.cityofglendora.org
La Verne
www.cityoflaverne.org
Pomona
www.ci.pomona.ca.us
Rancho Cucamonga
www.cityofrc.us
San Dimas
www.sandimasca.gov
Upland
www.uplandca.gov