Archive for October 24, 2013

Quarterback Frankie Palmer leads the Lancers

By Eric Terrazas
Staff Writer
www.411whittier.com

WHITTIER – La Serna High School’s Frankie Palmer has put together a stellar career since taking over as the Lancers starting quarterback two seasons ago.

Palmer has helped guide La Serna to the CIF-Southern Section Southeast Division championship game the last two seasons. La Serna, however, fell short in both title matches – losing to West Covina in 2011 and to Downey last year.

Now in his senior season, Palmer and the Lancers are looking to climb that final hurdle.

“We hope the third time is the charm,” Palmer said. “We want to get that ring – that’s our motivation this year. We just got to keep working hard and look to jell as a team. First, we got to take it game by game.”

After posting a 3-2 record during nonleague play, La Serna has started its Del Rio League slate in impressive fashion. The Lancers opened their league schedule Oct. 11 with a 35-14 win over archrival California.

They then delivered a dominating performance Oct. 18 against Santa Fe. Palmer helped lead the way for the Lancers, completing 13 of 18 attempts for 179 yards and three touchdowns in a 37-0 triumph.

“It feels great to start off league like that, especially against our rival like Cal High,” Palmer said. “We’ve been off and on but when we play together, we play good. We haven’t played our best football yet.”

La Serna (5-2 overall, 2-0 league) will seek to maintain its momentum Oct. 24 against Pioneer (3-4, 0-2). Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m. at California High.

Palmer is once again posting impressive numbers, throwing for 1,264 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has thrown only four interceptions while completing 90 of 148 attempts.

Palmer has also played a key role in the Lancers’ ground attack, rushing for 393 yards and three scores on 61 carries.

When he prepares for a game, Palmer thinks of some of the things he wants to accomplish.

“I just try to visualize some great plays I want to make or have made in the past,” Palmer said. “I listen to pump-up music to get ready for the game.”

Palmer hopes to continue his football career after high school.

“I want to play football at the next level,” said Palmer, who is considering Azusa Pacific University, UC San Diego, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and UC Davis.

Palmer said he is leaning toward studying business or economics in college.

“My brother went through that and could help me along the way,” Palmer said of studying business and economics.

When he is not playing football or doing homework, Palmer said he likes to spend time with friends and travel to the lake.

“I like to hang out with my friends and go to the lake a lot,” he said. “I like to go wakeboarding, fishing and jet skiing.”
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Dia de los Muertos coming to Rose Hills

Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary is hosting the 4th Annual Día de los Muertos Cultural Festival & Marketplace from 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 3.

The event includes an art exhibit inside the SkyRose Chapel showcasing the talents of various artists and featuring internationally renowned local artist, Yolanda Gonzalez.

· Activities for children, including an arts and crafts area with workshops taught by local art instructors, with mini workshops and activities.

· A local vendor area showcasing an array of artisan products and handmade treasures

· A food court that will feature a variety of delicious treats, sweets and goodies for everyone

· Families will be creating their own memorial altars and participating in the community altar contest.

· A fun costume contest for attendees who dress in the Dia De Los Muertos theme

In addition, live entertainment will fill the air featuring folklorico group Tierra Blanca, Paso de Oro, Mariachi Trompetas de Mexico and the sensational sounds of local band, Cambalache.

For more information, visit www.DayoftheDead-RoseHills.com and visit and like Facebook.com/RoseHillsDiaDeLosMuertos

Whittier sports briefs for Oct. 22, 2013

Get ‘Fit for Life’

Whittier’s 5K “Fit for Life” Run/Walk, presented by the Whittier Community Foundation and the Whittier Host Lions Club, is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.

The event will start with the “Children’s Creepy Crawly,” a timed half-mile dash, at 7:30 a.m., followed by the “Spooktacular,” 5K run/walk at 8 a.m.

For more information, call 562-567-9400.

Soccer for toddlers

Youngsters ages 18 months to 3 years old can register for the city of Whittier’s Soccer Starter: The Beginning program.

Through the use of games and activities, children develop basic motor skills needed to play organized soccer. The program focuses on the foot-eye coordination needed to kick stationary and moving objects. Parents participate with their child to develop improved balance, strength and patience.

Two classes are offered at Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.: 4 to 4:30 p.m., Thursdays, Oct. 24 to Nov. 21, and 9 to 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays, Oct. 29 to Nov. 26. The fee is $47 for residents and $52 for nonresidents.

For more information, call 562-567-9430 or visit www.WhittierRec.com.

Adult softball

Open registration is under way for Whittier Adult Softball.

The registration deadline is at 4 p.m., Friday, Oct. 25. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until each league is full. Payment and completed applications must be submitted at time of registration.

The $490 fee includes games, balls and awards. Play will start on Sunday, Nov. 3.

Leagues play at York Field, 9119 Santa Fe Springs Road in Whittier.

For more information, call 562-567-9430.

El Rancho legend to be honored

Legendary El Rancho High School football coach Ernie Johnson, who died Sept. 15 at the age of 87, will be honored by the school at two upcoming events.

Johnson will be remembered at halftime of El Rancho’s Del Rio League contest against Santa Fe on Friday, Nov. 1. A memorial is also scheduled from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3, at El Rancho’s gym. Several of Johnson’s former players are scheduled to speak.

Johnson coached the Dons from 1956 to 1968, posting an overall record of 108-31-5 and leading El Rancho to three CIF crowns.

For more information, call 562-801-5300.

Beginning skateboarding

Children ages 6 to 17 can register for a beginning skateboarding class that is scheduled from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Saturdays from Nov. 2 to 30, at Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave.

Participants must wear helmet, elbow and knee pads, and bring their own skateboard. The fee is $107 for residents and $122 for nonresidents.

For more information, call 562-567-9430 or visit www.WhittierRec.com.

Youth wrestling

The city of Whittier offers a youth wrestling class for youngsters ages 5 to 18.

The Saturday program is slated from Nov. 9 to Dec. 14, at Whittier Community Center, 7630 Washington Ave. Children ages 5 to 12 will participate from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., followed by youngsters ages 13 to 18, who will wrestle from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

The fee for both programs is $59 for residents and $69 for nonresidents.

For more information, call 562-567-9430 or visit www.WhittierRec.com.

Martial arts

East Whittier YMCA Impact Martial Arts program offers several classes at 15740 Starbuck St. in Whittier.

Classes are available for all ages and levels of experience. Impact Martial Arts and Fitness is staffed by professional and experienced instructors who have dedicated their lives to sharing the power of martial arts with the community.

For class times and more information, call 562-943-7241.

Tae kwon do

Uptown Whittier YMCA, 12510 Hadley St. in Whittier, offers tae kwon do classes for ages 3 to adult.

Instructors place strong emphasis on self-discipline and building self-esteem. They will teach how to use strength effectively, maintain cardiovascular fitness, improve flexibility and coordination, as well as tone the muscular system.

For class times and more information, call 562-907-6530.

 

Area gridiron roundup for Oct. 22, 2013

By Eric Terrazas

Staff Writer

www.411whittier.com

 

La Serna High School’s offense came alive in the second quarter, scoring 21 points that helped lift the Lancers to a 37-0 Del Rio League victory over Santa Fe on Oct. 18 at Whittier College.

Senior quarterback Frankie Palmer led the way for the Lancers’ offense, throwing for three touchdowns while completing 13 of 18 attempts for 179 yards.

After grabbing a 3-0 lead, La Serna started its second-quarter surge on special teams, blocking a Santa Fe punt. Tony Ceron then recovered the ball and returned it for a touchdown that gave the Lancers a 10-0 lead.

The Lancers (5-2 overall, 2-0 league) seized control by scoring touchdowns on their next three drives.

Palmer’s first scoring toss came on a 42-yard throw to Matthew Rosales, which came with 5 minutes, 9 seconds remaining in the second quarter.

Palmer then closed the first-half scoring by finding D’Andre Sanchez for a 9-yard score, which gave La Serna a 24-0 lead going into halftime.

Picking up where it left off in the third quarter, La Serna put together an 11-play, 80-yard drive that culminated with Palmer’s 7-yard scoring throw to Sanchez. Sanchez’s second touchdown came with a minute remaining in the third quarter.

Junior running back Bryce Oliver closed the game’s scoring with an 8-yard rushing touchdown that occurred with 9:50 left in regulation.

Senior outside linebacker Luis Camacho led a stellar La Serna defensive effort by posting eight tackles and three sacks.

Santa Fe, with the defeat, falls to 4-3 overall and 1-1 in league play. The Chiefs next take on Whittier on Friday, Oct. 25 at El Rancho High. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m.

La Serna will look to maintain its momentum Thursday, Oct. 24 against Pioneer. Game time is slated for 7 p.m. at California High.

In other Del Rio League action from last week:

El Rancho 62, Pioneer 21

Dons senior quarterback Ryan Araujo paced an explosive offensive performance, accounting for five touchdowns in a win over the Titans.

Araujo rushed for 196 yards and three touchdowns while also throwing for 174 yards and two scores. He connected on 12 of 18 attempts.

The Oct. 18 triumph allowed El Rancho (4-3, 2-0) to maintain a share of first place with La Serna. The Dons next travel to California High for a Oct. 25 game scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.

Pioneer (3-4, 0-2) will face a staunch test against La Serna.

California 16, Whittier 14

The Condors (3-4, 1-1) posted their first league victory of the season by besting the Cardinals in a tightly contested match.

Whittier quarterback Jared Reza, a senior, completed 6 of 7 attempts for 99 yards and a score. Cardinals junior running back Eddie Orta rushed for 75 yards on 18 carries.

California next hosts El Rancho while Whittier (3-4, 0-2) will face Santa Fe.

MISSION LEAGUE

St. Paul 31, Harvard-Westlake 23

St. Paul emerged with its first victory of the season Oct. 18 by turning in a winning performance on the road.

Junior running back Alfred Delgado played a key role in the Swordsmen’s triumph, rushing for 68 yards and a touchdown while hauling in three receptions for 39 yards.

The Swordsmen (1-6, 1-1) will seek to stay in the winning column Oct. 25 at Chaminade (5-2, 1-1). Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Whittier Christian 41, Village Christian 21

The visiting Heralds (4-3, 1-1) snapped a three-game losing streak by defeating league rival Village Christian Oct. 17 at Occidental College.

Sophomore running back Nick Watase paced the Whittier Christian offense by rushing for 238 yards and two touchdowns on 24 carries. Senior running back David Fischer added 41 yards and two scores.

Senior kicker Derek Brush made all four of his fieldgoal attempts by connecting from 24, 35, 41 and 26 yards.

Senior linebacker Jack Huitt helped lead the Heralds defense by making seven solo tackles and a safety.

Whittier Christian continues league play Oct. 25 with a 7 p.m. home game against Heritage Christian (3-4, 0-1) at Whittier College.

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This week’s homily

By the Rev. Thomas M. Boles Phd., DMin., D.D.

In ancient Greece, one of the most politically crafty philosophers was Aristippus. He also had a hearty appetite for the “good life.” although Aristippus disagreed with the tyrant; King Denys, who ruled over the region, and had learned how to get along with him in court by flattering him on all occasions.

Aristippus looked down his nose at some of the less prosperous philosophers and wise men who refused to stoop that low.

One day, Artistippus saw his colleague Diogenes washing some vegetables. He said to him disdainfully, “If you would only learn to flatter King Denys you would not have to be washing lentils.”

Diogenes looked up slowly and in the same tone of voice replied, “And you, if you had only learned to live on lentils, would not have to flatter King Denys.”

Flattery is a two-edged sword: lying and manipulation.

A genuine compliment is always in order, but flattery is telling a person something that isn’t true in hopes of gaining their favor.

What the flatterer doesn’t realize, of course, is that with each falsehood, he is diminishing his own value. Eventually his words have no meaning and his flattery sounds hollow, even to the one who has been flattered.

“Choose instead to be a person of principle, one who always speaks the truth, with love.

The man who pays an ounce of principle for a pound of popularity gets badly cheated.

For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.”

John 12:43

‘Comedy of Errors’ coming to Whittier College

Whittier native Jonathan Tupanjanin to take center stage

WHITTER — Whittier native Jonathan Tupanjanin will play the role of Egeon in the ongoing Whittier College production of William Shakespeare’s “Comedy of Errors.”

Associate Professor of Theater and Communication Arts Gil Gonzalez directs this all-student production. Each year the theater department produces up to four faculty-directed productions. These plays afford students the opportunity to engage in theater as a collaborative process.

One of Shakespeare’s earliest plays, “Comedy of Errors,” is also the shortest among them. It is an old tale of mistaken identity when two sets of identical twin boys are accidentally separated at birth during a shipwreck. After years of questions, one brother decides to search for the other and both are subsequently thrown into a world of confusion.

The humor of the play includes classic slapstick comedy, word play and the use of puns.

Performances will be at 8 p.m. Oct 16-19 and at 2 p.m. Oct. 20 at in the Ruth B. Shannon Center for the Performing Arts, 6760 Painter Ave.. General admission is $15, students/seniors are $9. For additional information, directions, or to buy tickets call 562-907-4203 or visit www.shannoncenter.org.

For more information contact Ana Lilia Barraza at 562-907-4912 or e-mail abarraza@whittier.edu

Area gridiron roundup

By Eric Terrazas

Staff Writer

www.411whittier.com

La Serna

Defending Del Rio League champion La Serna opened the first full week of league play the same way it ended last year’s schedule - with a victory over archrival California.

The Lancers, who captured the 2012 Del Rio crown with a thrilling 20-17 win over the Condors in the last week of the regular season, did not need late-game dramatics this time around.

Led by senior quarterback Frankie Palmer and a tough defense, La Serna came away with a 35-14 victory over California on Friday, Oct. 11, 2013.

Palmer paced the Lancers’ offense by completing 15 of 23 attempts for 187 yards and three touchdowns.

Bryce Oliver and Ruben Rios provided a superb 1-2 punch for the Lancers’ ground attack, each rushing for more than 100 yards.

Oliver ran for 105 yards and one score on seven carries while Rios finished with 104 yards and a score on 12 carries.

The Lancers (4-2 overall, 1-0 league) next face Santa Fe on Friday, Oct. 18 at Whittier College. California (2-4, 0-1) will also be in action this Friday, taking on Whittier. Both games are scheduled for 7 p.m.

Here is a brief round-up of other Del Rio League action from last week:

El Rancho 17, Whittier 3

The Dons (3-3, 1-0) started their league slate on a promising note by coming away with a road victory against the Cardinals.

El Rancho senior quarterback Ryan Araujo played a key role, throwing for 104 yards and rushing for 39 yards and one touchdown. Senior running back Aaron Escareno added 83 yards rushing on 15 carries.

El Rancho next hosts Pioneer at 7 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 18. The Cardinals (3-3, 0-1) will take on California.

Santa Fe 49, Pioneer 15

Junior quarterback Christian Lara led the way for the Chiefs (4-2, 1-0), throwing for 276 yards and three touchdowns while running for 141 yards and another two scores.

All three of Lara’s scoring throws went to senior wide receiver Brandon Takata, who finished with four receptions and 185 yards.

The Chiefs will face La Serna in what promises to be a major test on Friday, Oct 18. Pioneer (3-3, 0-1) will look to rebound against El Rancho.

MISSION LEAGUE

St. Francis 63, St. Paul 18

The struggles continued for the host Swordsmen, who dropped their league opener to the Golden Knights (6-0, 1-0).

St. Paul, which falls to 0-6 overall and 0-1 in league play, continues league play Oct. 18 at Harvard-Westlake (4-2, 0-1). Game time is scheduled for 7 p.m.

OLYMPIC LEAGUE

Cerritos Valley Christian 35, Whittier Christian 27

Defending league champion Whittier Christian was stunned by visiting Valley Chrisitan in the league opener for both teams.

It marked the third consecutive defeat for the Heralds (3-3, 0-1), who started the season 3-0. Valley Christian improved to 2-4 and 1-0.

Senior quarterback Ryan Esslinger led the Heralds offense, passing for 233 yards and three touchdowns. Junior wide receiver Noah Evans was Esslinger’s primary target, hauling in nine receptions for 107 yards and a score. It marked the fourth 100-yard receiving game for Evans this season.

The Heralds will look to get back into the win column this Thursday against Village Christian. Kickoff is scheduled for 7 p.m. at Occidental College.

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Memories of the departed invade Uptown

The Guerreras de Luz (Warrior of the Light) Pico RIvera based, led by Adriana D. Pinto (kneeling with a crown of feathers)

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8th Dia de los Muertos event draws thousands

By Sergio Lopez, Jr.

Staff Writer

411whittier.com

WHITTIER – Thousands of the living roamed Uptown Whittier in celebration of the dead.
Dia de los Muertos is a tradition deep-seeded in Mexican culture. No, it is not Halloween and it differs from many customs dealing with death in that it does not involve mourning. In fact, the vibe is quite the opposite. Celebrating life and the life lived by those who are no longer with us is the name of the game and it is done with food, music, art, and, most importantly, family.
These essential entities were all present at the Eighth annual Dia de los Muertos Art and Music Festival in Uptown Whittier on Oct. 13, 2013.
Hosted by the popular Uptown shop Casita Del Pueblo, the festival was trained at benefiting the Whittier-based SKILLS Foundation. The aims of the foundation are “prevention enrichment and education,” said Executive Director Toni Banuelos. This organization is intended on improving the development of young children up to that of adolescents and their parents with programs like Friday Forum, Butterfly Buddies, Parenting Teens 101, the Club Orchard Dale After-School Program, and the SKILLS Technology and Career Exploration Academies. Banuelos projects that the SKILLS Foundation would net $2,000 in donations from the cultural event.

The day began at 10:30 a.m. with announcements and music. At the main stage, situated in the parking lot at the corner of Bright and Philadelphia, the show began at 11 a.m. and went until 4 p.m., showcasing numerous musical acts and dance groups including the Raks for Paws Dance Troupe, the Lone Ranger Smokers, the Jamun Dance Troupe, Rebels Uprising, The Drizz, Paso de Oro, Betty’s Mustatch, and Mexico 68. The main stage festivities then ended with a custom contest in which winners received prizes from Casita Del Pueblo. Four winners were chosen: Eddie from the Guerreras de Luz (Warriors of the Light), Leticia Salazar with her grandson Elijah Hernandez, and Alexa Cisneros, who at 5 years old was one of the youngest contestants.

On the streets, the atmosphere was one of music, visual art and good food. While a booming drum corps sounded at one side of Greenleaf and the thundering beat of the huehuetl (pronounced weh-weht) echoed from the other, vendors made their art, which ranged from decorative ceramic skulls to hand-painted vintage suitcases, available for purchase.
Cindy and Steven Proios, owners of Low and Dirty Apparel and Accessories, were visibly excited about the opening of their new storefront on the corner of Baily and Greenleaf scheduled for the first of next month and appreciated the opportunity to sell their one-of-a-kind merchandise at the event.
“We’ve received support from familiar locals and even new people,” said Steve Proios. Like other venders, they also held intimate ties with the Dia de los Muertos tradition.
“Growing up,” said Cindy Proios, “we were taught to pray for our family and to give praise to the dead.”
It is no secret that Dia de los Muertos is growing in appeal, especially among young people.
“I’m really glad that it’s becoming better known by young people,” said Whittier resident Adriana Rodriguez. Even people new to this Mexican tradition are submersing themselves in it as passionately as the most staunchest culturist.
“This is our opportunity to thumb our noses at death,” said Alice Gresto, a face-paint-sporting educator of Irish descent who was on her way to La Pescadora to meet with other educators. “Here we are,” she exclaimed, “having a good time and we will be back.”
It is a wonderful thing when passionate people take death and celebrate it by making it beautiful.
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Calvary Chapel founder Chuck Smith dies at 86

 

Architect  of the ‘Jesus People’ movement reached millions

“Much is mumbled, trails off, and is not decipherable, but at one point it was almost as if he were fully awake and standing at his pulpit. May the Lord prepare us for everything. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
It was so pure, so simple, and so like dad. In the last few days, he’s been subjected to lots of tests, daily chest X-rays, procedures, and interrupted sleep from hospital staff and periodic coughing. The prayer he said in his sleep seemed so appropriate it gave me chills.”
- Chuck Smith Jr., Sept. 25, 2013

By Dan Vigil
Staff Writer
411whittier.com

WHITTIER – A pastor who didn’t care if his congregation smoked pot, dropped acid or got their daily dose of God through flower power has himself realized salvation.
Pastor Chuck Smith died Oct. 3 at age 86.
Smith founded the Calvary Chapel movement and his lifelong devotion to Jesus Christ has helped save thousands of souls. Maybe tens of thousands worldwide.
“God got hold of my heart and said: ‘If you heal people physically, the best is just for a time. There’s a sickness that’s killing everybody, and that’s sin. If you can bring healing from that, it’s eternal. Do you want to devote your life to things that are temporal or things that are eternal?’”

Seeking to effect more change in the lives of Christians, Smith developed a simple style of expository, verse-by-verse, Bible teaching that still resonates today with millions.
In the late 1960’s and early 70’s Smith’s teaching began to draw in thousands of young people caught up in the popular “hippie” movement. While the rest of the world was complaining about “those dirty, lazy hippies,” Smith’s wife, Kay, began to develop a strong burden for young men and women.
“I’d see them roaming the streets or wherever I saw them, and I would start crying,” Kay Smith said. “I started praying and saying ‘God, what’s wrong? What’s wrong with their lives?’ And I felt the Lord said to me, “They’re empty, they need me.”
It wasn’t too long before the couple had 10 so-called “hippies” living in their home and countless others coming by to listen to Chuck Smith’s teachings. It was out of these early meetings that the Calvary Chapel movement evolved.
Today one can find Calvary churches in nearly every community. Locally there are places of worship in Whittier, La Habra, La Mirada, Downey and Norwalk.
Born in 1926 to devout Christian parents, Smith made a decision to enter the ministry instead of medical school at 17 while he was at a summer camp.

By focusing on a consistent method of “Bible first” theology and keeping Calvary Chapel open to everyone, a system of one-to-one evangelism evolved that spread like wildfire among young people in Southern California.
When asked how this phenomenon occurred, Smith explained Calvary’s rapid growth was through no effort of his own.

As Smith later said, “We didn’t sit down and have strategy sessions and say, ‘Well now, how can we reach them? And how can we grow? And what can we do here? And all these planning sessions. It was just something that just naturally happened. As you follow the leading of the spirit, you just stumble into it’” Smith said.

The “Jesus People” movement, as it came to be known, seemed to hit young people everywhere. George Adams, a longtime Whittier resident, recalls, “A friend of mine just pulled me out of a party one day and took me to a Bible study. I did the same for one of my friends and he became a Calvary Chapel pastor out in Chino Hills.”

Pastor Jack Abeelen, senior pastor of Morningstar Christian Chapel in Whittier, has built an incredibly successful congregation by emulating Smith’s unwavering commitment to the Lord and the Bible.

“I grew up as a young Christian under Pastor Chuck Smith. I remember vividly sitting each Sunday night in the chapel at Costa Mesa and studying through the Bible with him. Over time I fell in love with God’s Word and Pastor Chuck taught me how I could rely on what God had said,” Abeelen wrote in an e-mail. “Eventually I, too, went into full-time ministry and have now been the senior pastor at Morningstar Christian Chapel in Whittier for nearly 30 years. I have seen what I learned from him many years ago, that the teaching of Gods’ Word will bear much fruit. We have grown from four families in a living room to thousands who gather each week to worship the Lord. Pastor Chuck shaped my view of ministry and I had the distinct privilege these past many years to serve with him and teach with him at many pastors’ conferences and gatherings.

“He was in private what you saw in public, a man of faith and integrity and conviction. He both believed and practiced what he taught. He was a role model to me and I am sure I wouldn’t be in ministry today without his leadership. I will miss him greatly and not just his friendship but his leadership. He was a man of the Word, if God said it, that settled it for him. He will always be for me the standard of what a pastor should be like in terms of practice and commitment,” Abeelen wrote.

Calvalry Chapel churches have brought millions of people to Christ over the years. Today there are more than 1,000 churches in the U.S. and hundreds overseas.
A memorial service will be held for Smith at Honda Center of Anaheim on Oct. 27.

411whittier.com editor Tim Traeger contributed to this story.

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This week’s homily

By the Rev. Thomas M. Boles Phd., DMin., D.D.

Clement Stone, the insurance mogul, recalls, “Selling news-

papers on Chicago’s tough South side wasn’t easy, especially with

the older kids taking over the busy corners, yelling louder, and

threatening me with clenched fists.

“The memory of those dim days is still with me, for it’s the first time I can recall turning a disadvantage into an advantage; Hoelle’s Restaurant was near the

corner where I tried to work.

“It was a busy and prosperous place that presented a frightening aspect to a child of six. I was nervous, but I walked in hurriedly and made a lucky sale at the first table. Then diners at the second and third tables bought papers. When I started for the

fourth, Mr. Hoelle pushed me out the front door. But I had sold three papers. So when Mr. Hoelle wasn’t looking, I walked back in and called at the fourth table.

“Apparently, the jovial customer liked my gumption; he

paid for the paper and gave me an extra dime before Mr. Hoelle

pushed me out once again. But I had already sold four papers

and got a “bonus” dime besides. I walked into the restaurant

and started selling again. There was a lot of laughter. The

customers were enjoying the show. One whispered loudly,

“Let him be,” as Mr. Hoelle came toward me. About five minutes

later, I had sold all my papers.”

Find out what works for you and stick with it!

By perseverance the snail

reached the Ark

Let us run with perseverance the race

marked out for us.

Hebrews 12:1