Connections is the weekly newsletter of Laguna Presbyterian Church. Learn about upcoming events, ministry and outreach programs. All are welcome, no matter where you find yourself on your journey of faith or stage in life. Find out what is happing. Make connections. Participate in the ministry and outreach of LPC.

Thanks to Gary Mills for this beautiful photograph of our church as it is seldom seen: with no cars parked in front of it!

Laguna Presbyterian Church
May 15, 2020

Worship Service – Vimeo (CLICK HERE)
Children’s Sunday School lesson – Vimeo
Children’s Sunday School Group Chat – Zoom 

Reflections on Scripture, by Steve Sweet

Reflections on Scripture, by Gareth Icenogle
Pastor’s Bible Study, 9 a.m. – Zoom
Thrive – Middle School Group, 5:30 p.m. – Zoom
Logos – High School Group, 7 p.m. – Zoom

Reflections on Scripture, by Kathy Sizer

Links to Vimeo recordings and live Zoom meetings are sent out via email list.  Your friends and family can sign up for our emails by sending their name and email address to

Learn Zoom Basics with Instructor Fred Sharman
Much of what we’re doing “live” now at LPC takes place online through Zoom. The Susi Q offers workshops and tutoring that can help you learn Zoom basics for free, taught by LPC member Fred Sharman.

2-hour Workshops: Every Thursday in May, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
To enroll, email Christine Brewer at with your name, address, and telephone number. Questions? Call 949-715-8105.

1-on-1 Tutoring: Every Thursday in May, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
To schedule a 15-minute appointment, email Martha Hernandez at Questions? Call 949-715-8104.

CHOIR: Join the Choir! Zoom on Thursdays, 7 p.m.

Choir Director Linda White has found ways to keep the choir singing that makes social distance seem a little closer. Weekly rehearsals via Zoom give everyone a chance to say hello and connect with friends before the singing begins. You are invited to join them 7 p.m. Thursday. Music tracks are provided so that you can sing in safety and modesty from your own home. Send an email to Linda to receive a return email with materials and a Zoom invitation. Email Linda.

STRESSED? How to cope with anxiety during a pandemic
Our own Dr. Jeff Nagel, County of Orange Behavioral Health Director, is working on an online presentation for LPC about coping with anxiety and stress during this pandemic. 

The next book has been selected for Book Talk:  
The Dutch House, a novel by Ann Patchett, published by Harper in 2019. It tells the story of a brother and sister over the course of five decades. The novel was a finalist for the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. Start reading now so you can be sure to join us next time! (Details will go out closer to the date of the event.)

PRESCHOOL Virtual Story Time – Be a Story-Teller!

Laguna Presbyterian will be having a Virtual Story Time for preschoolers once a week starting the end of May. We will have a volunteer read a story book to the children on either Zoom or a video…to be decided. This will be available to the families on Wednesdays in the afternoon. The books read will be chosen by our preschool teachers. A sample video of Anne Herzog reading a story is here:
If you think you would like to read a story to the children, please email Judy Bell at Judy Bell. We will offer a chance to practice before the stories go out.Preschool News:

Our baby chicks have hatched!!
Meet Bubbles, Butterfly, Pinky Pie, Oreo, Lovey, Rocky and Cat Boy!” Laguna Presbyterian Preschool now has pages on Facebook and Instagram and are posting videos about the chicks they are hatching! 
Here are the links: Instagram / Facebook

Laguna COVID-19 Relief Fund
Endorsed and supported by Laguna Presbyterian Church

Please join with others in Laguna to support this critical help for our neighbors in need! Those who labor in our restaurants and hotels, provide personal services, and serve in retail have been hard-hit by the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus — many are not eligible to receive assistance through existing government programs. In response, the Laguna Beach Community Foundation has launched an Emergency Grant program to provide financial relief to those who live or work in Laguna Beach and are most impacted by COVID-19.

To make a gift, go to or send a check to:
Laguna COVID Relief Fund
580 Broadway, Suite 204, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Questions? Call Jon Moore, (502) 612-5026
Laguna Beach Community Foundation is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

LB Youth ShelterYOU can help!
The Laguna Beach Youth Shelter needs your assistance and support. If you can donate supplies (such as Lysol spray, wipes, etc.) or meals for the 8 kids, plus 3 staff at a time, please contact Chelsea Burch at  

Children’s Ministry – Caring for our children during this time.

Sunday School: Fruit of the Spirit
We are praying for your families to be healthy and continue to find comfort during this time. You can access all the church services and Sunday school lessons through our website Be sure to watch this week’s lesson on Fruit of the Spirit!

1 p.m. Sunday, May 17Sunday School Zoom Chat!
Kids, please join us for a fun time seeing and chatting with each other with Zoom sessions EVERY SUNDAY at 1 p.m. Join with the link below. We will check in and chat for about 30 minutes. Can’t wait to see you!
Join the Zoom Meeting: Contact Gail Onodera for the Zoom link!
Blessings, Gail Onodera, Children’s Ministry

About the “Fruit of the Spirit”
God gives us the fruit of the spirit to help us show others what his love looks like! As our students continue to study about the fruits of the spirit, they have learned that God uses us as his instruments to show his love to others. The fruits become qualities in us the closer we grow in our relationship with Jesus. We are covering our seventh fruit, faithfulness, this week. Only two more to go! 

Click here to watch previous lessons and catch up!

Let Us Pray For YouPrayer Chain
Nancy Wade continues to faithfully keep LPC’s prayer chain for all those who need it. If you have a prayer request, send it via email: Click here.

Prayer Ministers
After worship services in church, prayer ministers are available to pray with you; we are now offering LPC’s confidential prayer ministry online. If you are in need of prayer ministers, send us a message:Click here.

May 24 – Pentecost Sunday is also a Communion Sunday

Ways to Give

By Check: Mail to 415 Forest Ave., Laguna Beach, CA 92651
Click to give Online 
Text-to-Give: Text the word “GIVE” to 949-577-7567. (First-time users will be asked to create an account.)Thank you for your partnership in the ministries of Laguna Presbyterian Church!

Some fake emails have gone out that claim to be from Rev. Dr. Gareth Icenogle but are actually just “phishing” scams trying to trick people into sending cash cards, gift certificates, or other items of value to a thief. 
The first message will ask for a response as soon as the email is received, and if a reply is sent, a second email goes out asking for help to purchase and send something of value to a third party. The reasons usually seem plausible — he can’t make a phone call now, he needs a favor for a good cause, he will reimburse the sender promptly. Please be assured that Pastor Gareth does not ask church members to do such favors.
If you receive such a message, you can just delete it.

If you can’t tell if it’s legitimate, you can forward it to the office for verification: Thank you.

LPC’s Rose Garden. Thanks to Gary Mills for the photo.
Laguna Presbyterian Church
415 Forest Avenue, Laguna Beach, CA 92651
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