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 

Apple devices (iPhone, iPad) 

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Android Devices

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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. 

Carol Wise

After a twenty-five-year hiatus, Carol Wise is delighted to be back in La Verne as an interim pastor. The La Verne Church of the Brethren was the first congregation that she served following her graduation with an M.Div. from the Iliff School of Theology. Most recently, Carol has had a long tenure as the director of the Brethren Mennonite Council for LGBT Interests, an organization that has worked for queer justice within the Mennonite and Church of the Brethren traditions for over 45 years. She credits her experience at La Verne for providing the hope and imagination necessary to persist in the challenging work of social justice and social change. A day at the library, a bike ride, a long walk or an afternoon of cross country skiing are all enjoyments.  Carol lives with her spouse, Kim, and their very social cat, Miriam. 

Kitchen Catch-Up

Thanks to the generosity of this congregation, we’ve been able to continue providing meals to Hope for Home. With a small, mighty crew we provide three full meals a month to 150 participants. I’m truly overwhelmed with this congregation’s commitment to serve our neighbors in need. Thank you!

  We work at creating a home cooked meal and often serve a simple casserole or baked pasta dish, a green salad, fruit and cornbread or garlic bread. Sometimes our budget allows for dessert and I’m told the participants appreciate our efforts, when we’re successful. When possible, we incorporate harvests from the Peace and Carrots Garden to offer a true Farm to Table experience. We are full of gratitude to the families that garden and share their bounty with us. There just isn’t anything better tasting than a garden-fresh meal. 

This program happens because of a generous congregation and amazing volunteers. Special thanks to those who have helped and continue to help.

From my grateful heart, 


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 for questions.