Focus Meetings

On the morning of the first Sunday of every month, members of the church and community gather for stimulating conversation focusing on a selected topic.

On Sunday, March 6, the topic will be “Homelessness: What Does It Really Mean?” with guest speaker Dorothy Edwards. Dorothy experienced being without shelter and is now employed and a counselor. All are welcome to join us for what is certain to be a thought-provoking discussion.

We will meet at 8:45 am in the St. John’s Room before the service.

Letter to Hollywood Lutheran Church and Pastor Dan Hooper

Listen to my letter to Pastor Dan Hooper of Hollywood Lutheran Church about our recent work with the Pasadena/Altadena Reintegration Council “PACT” meetings and my interest in learning from him and Hollywood Lutheran members who work with incarcerated persons.


Photo - Hollywood Lutheran Letter

April 9 Lenten Bible Study Summary

Our final midweek Lenten Bible study turned into a conversation about how my own views on ministry and leadership have changed over the last several years. You can listen to my attempt to summarize these thoughts by clicking on the podcast link with this post for Christ the Shepherd – Continuing the Conversation.



Lenten Bible Study Summary April 2, 2014

In Mark’s gospel the women who come to Jesus’ tomb learn that Jesus left before they arrived. To find him his disciples have to go to Galilee where Jesus began his work. This week’s Bible study asks how we might find Jesus alive in our local community where people are doing things that make God smile. Click on the podcast start button to hear a summary of our discussion. Some of us drew pictures with crayons!


AMP March 27, 2014 Interview with Aiden Chisum

During the month of March, Sandi Holden and the young people from our CTS Altadena Music Project have been making visits to a local nursing home on Thursday nights. This evening I caught up with them. Listen to this interview with Aiden Chisum. He’s the one in the front row in the middle.


Lenten Bible Study Podcast for March 26, 2014

This week’s Bible study entitled “Teamwork Matters,” focused on Moses’ story in Exodus 18:17-25 and asked the question, “What do we need from each other to succeed and do our best work together at Christ the Shepherd.” Listen to a summary by clicking the podcast link below.