CTS Status

As of this date (June 22) CTS continues to closed.  Since March 16, there have been no onsite church services or onsite meetings of the numerous 12-step groups who meet at the church.  For several weeks our Execuitve Committee has discussed the most recent rules and regulations published by Los Angeles County regarding the reopening and subsequent operation of a church.  This week, the discussion will be expanded to include the entire Church Council, with the hope of setting a tentative date for reopening.  In doing this, the congregational leadership realizes that the current rules and regulations may change in either direction – either less or more restrictive – at any time, depending on circumstances beyond its control.

However, with the help of our Pastor, our musician, and many members of the congregation, CTS has been producing an audio version of a typical Sunday service at CTS (with the exception of the Eucharist).  Anyone is welcome to listen to it simply by clicking on the Worship tab on this website.  The service for a particular Sunday should be online by no later than Saturday afternoon.  We also make available the texts and hymn lyrics each week under the tab  Blog/For the Living of These Days on this website.

CTS Is Currently Closed

Christ the Shepherd, like virtually all congregations of any religion in California, is officially closed until at least April 19th. There will be no Sunday services or meetings of any kind by the church or community groups that use our campus. The church office is closed.

However, you can still reach the church via telephone (626-794-7011) and leave a message, or e-mail us at office@ctsaltadena.org. Both phone messages and e-mail are being remotely monitored daily.

Since people can’t come to church services, we are preparing to bring church services to people. For example, check out the piano accompaniment for the hymns we would have sung today, recorded by our musician, Brian Havey (click here). Pr. Witte is planning to produce an audio blog of his sermon for March 29th, and we are working to gather the Prayers for Intercession that we normally make before the Offering. Stay tuned for more details!

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.

Our Monthly Newsletter

The Shepherd’s Voice provides a window into the recent, current, and upcoming activities at Christ the Shepherd.  A typical issue includes an article by our Pastor, news and notes, one or more articles from sources inside or outside the church, a calendar of meetings and events for the month, and a list of people serving at our Holy Eucharist on each Sunday.  The Shepherd’s Voice is normally distributed in PDF format via Email, although print copies are available at CTS and for those who have no Internet access.

For your convenience, you may download recent copies of The Shepherd’s Voice here:










November 2014

October 2014

September 2014

Most recently made computers include free PDF reader software installed at the factory.  If you find your computer does not have one, you can download a free copy of Adobe Acrobat here.

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!