Flags representing the different Crescenta Valley communities now line Foothill Boulevard again.
The original flags that invited worshipers from the Armenian, Korean, Mexican, LGBTQ, environmental communities were .
Last week, Congressman Adam Schiff and other community leaders attended the church to help replace the stolen flags.
"All the flags are a symbol of the church’s “open minds, open hearts” philosophy, letting everyone know that all are welcome to worship," according to a news release from Rep. Adam Schiff.
When Schiff heard about the stolen flags, he immediately wanted to replace them, he said.
“When I heard about the flags being stolen, I contacted the vicar and offered to help,” Schiff said.
Vicar Bryan Jones at the ceremony explained how the flags are a symbol of diversity at the church and inclusive to all of its members stating that “all are welcome here in our community. All are welcome to worship together and it’s an honor to be a part of this gathering to replace some of these flags that were taken away and to stand together to say we are all one people.”
Schiff presented the church a flag that was flown over the U.S. Capitol during the ceremony and introduced those presenting flags including Arick Gevorkian, manager of the Crescenta Valley Armenian Community and Youth Center; Young Saeok Suh, a board member of the Korean American Federation of North Los Angeles and member of the Crescenta Valley Town Council; Nancy Guillen of the Glendale Latino Assn.; and Eric Gutierrez of the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center who each presented replacement flags as well.