Easter and Hanamatsuri Listings


Anaheim Free Methodist Church 1001 N. Mayflower St., Anaheim 92801, 714-827-0782, www.anaheimfmc.org. Senior Pastor: Nancy T. Wong. Associate Pastor: Dr. Shin Asami. Nichigo Pastor: Takeo Matsudaira.  8:30 a.m.—First service (traditional/blended music). 9:45 a.m.—Coffee hour. 10:40 a.m.—Nichigo service (Japanese). 11 a.m.—Second service (contemporary music) and Sunday school is offered during second service for nursery age to middle school. 112:15 p.m.—Coffee hour and egg hunt for nursery age–2nd grade and 3rd–5th grade. April 10 (Sat.), 7:30 p.m.—Youth Basic meeting.

Centenary United Methodist Church 300 S. Central Ave., L.A. 90012, 213-617-9097, [email protected] 10:45 a.m.–Worship service with Reverend Mark M. Nakagawa brings the message, “Something New.” Fellowship lunch follows worship service.

Christ Presbyterian Church of Hollywood 4011 W. Clinton St., L.A. 90004, 323-665-3581, www.presbyteryofthepacific.org/cg/cgs/christhollywood.html. Pastor Stephen M. Baroldy. 9 a.m.—Adult Sunday Bible class. 10 a.m.—Sunday school classes for nursery age to sr. high school. 11 a.m.—Sunday worship service (traditional and blended). Fellowship hour after worship. Casual dress.
Church of Perfect Liberty L.A. Church www.pl-usa.org. Glendale Church, 818-956-7516, Torrance Church, 310-328-4861, www.pl-lax.org. April 4 (Sun.), 9 a.m.—Sunday service. 9:30 a.m.—Yard sale Misasage (Glendale church) to prepare for our yard sale on April 18 (Sun.).

Evergreen Baptist Church of L.A. 1255 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead 91770, 626-280-0477, www.ebcla.org, [email protected] 8:30 and 11:30 a.m.–Sunday worship service. Sr. Pastor Kenneth Fong and other ministry staff unfold 2010 Lenten Series – “Jesus the Servant Hero.” We look forward to sharing our values of hope, humility and hospitality with you.
Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley 323 Workman Mill Rd., La Puente 91746, 626-363-0300, www.evergreensgv.org, Pastor Cory Ishida.

Faith United Methodist Torrance 2115 W. 182nd St., Torrance 90504, 310-217-7000, www.faithunitedmethodist.com. 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.—Sunday English worship service, Revs. Derek Nakano, Kenneth Suhr, Pastor Ki Ta e Choi  and Rev. Hidemi Ito, (Pastor of Visitation and Nurture). 12:15 p.m.—Japanese language worship, Rev. Yumiko Miyagawa. 8:30 and 10:30 a.m.–Sunday school. Japanese language Sunday school meets 2nd and 4th Sunday at 10:40 a.m. Call for info on music classes, Bible study, grief support and other small group gatherings.

First Presbyterian Church 2775 Lincoln Ave., Altadena 91001, 626-791-4271, www.altadenapresbyterian.org[email protected] April 2 (Fri.), 7 p.m.–Good Friday service. April 3 (Sat.), 11:30 a.m.–Easter family event. April 4 (Sun.), 8 a.m.–First service. 9:15 a.m.–Easter breakfast. 10:30 a.m.–Second service. 10:45 a.m.–Godly play. 11 a.m.–Children’s Sunday school. 11:30 a.m.–Fellowship. April 5 (Mon.), 9 a.m.—Clarion editing. April 6 (Tu.), 8:30 a.m.—Clarion mailing. 10 a.m.—Staff meeting and PW craft fellowship. April 6 (Wed.), 7 p.m.—Music rehearsal. 7:30 p.m.—Deacons meeting. April 7 (Th.), 7 p.m.—Session meeting. April 9 (Fri.), 7:15 p.m.—Friday night Bible study. April 10 (Sat.), 10 a.m.—Jim Ishii’s art class. April 11 (Sun.), 9 a.m.—Seekers class and adult Bible class. 10:30 a.m.—Family worship. 10:45 a.m.—Godly play. 11 a.m.—Children’s Sunday school. 11:30 a.m.—Time for fellowship. 11:45 a.m.—Youth group.

Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena 90247, 310-327-9400, www.gardenabuddhistchurch.org. April 3 (Sat.), 7:30 p.m.—Shotsuki Hoyo, Rev. Nakano (English) and Rev. Shindo (Japanese).  April 4 (Sun.), 8:15 a.m.—Dharma school teacher’s meeting. 9:30 a.m.—Family service with Rev. Nakano (English) and Rev. Shindo (Japanese). 11 a.m.—BWA meeting. April 10 (Sat.), 1 p.m.—Nenbutsu Seminar Socho Koshin Ogui. 4 p.m.—Hanamatsuri Okazari. April 11 (Sun.), 9:30 a.m.—Hanamatsuri, Socho Koshin Ogui (special guest speaker), Rev. Nakano (English) and Rev. Shindo (Japanese). 11:30 a.m.—Hatsumairi ceremony. 2 p.m.—Sarana affirmation ceremony (Kieshiki Hoyo).

Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, www.gvbc.net. April 4 (Sun.), 6 a.m.—Easter Sunday sunrise service with Pastor James Chang. 8:45 and 10:45 a.m–Sunday worship services. 9 and 11 a.m.—Sunrise service with Pastor Steve Langley, “The Reality of the Resurrection.” Children’s Sunday school (toddler to 5th grade) runs concurrently with the 9 and 11 a.m. services only. Youth Sunday School (jr. and sr. high) meet at 9 a.m. only. 11 a.m. –Nichigo service with Pastor Bunso Otani.

Gedatsu Church USA 7850 Hill Dr., S. San Gabriel 91770,  626-288-1212, www.gedatsu-usa.org. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Sunday service. April 11 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Spring festival in Sac’to.
Grace First Presbyterian Church 3955 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach 90808, 562-420-3393, 562-421-4100, www.gracefirst.org, Rev. Dr. Steven E. Wirth, pastor; Rev. Gerald Arata, Rev. Marion Park, associate pastors; Stan DeWitt, minister of music. 9 a.m.–Traditional-blended service. 11 a.m.–Blended-contemporary service. Church school both hours. March 28 (Sun.), I Arise Today: “Standing Against the Powers,” Rev. Dr. Steven Wirth.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-626-4200, www.hhbt-la.org. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.–Shotsuki service. Dharma talks will be delivered by Rev. Miyoshi (Japanese) and Rinban Ito (English). Dharma school will prepare for Hanamatsuri special presentation with Miss Mika Ito.

Hollywood Independent, UCC 4527 Lexington Ave., L.A. 90029, 323-664-0036, www.hollywoodindependentchurch.org, Pastor John Varga.

Huntington Beach Lutheran of the Resurrection Japanese Ministry Pastor E. Carl Zimmermann welcomes all to the Rock Solid Praise service on Saturday at 5 p.m. and Sunday Japanese service at 11:30 a.m, followed by fellowship in T Hall.

Japanese American Christian Chapel, 300 Mission Dr., Camarillo 93010, (805)384-9333, http://jachristianchapel.blogspot.com/, Rev. John Katagi, English pastor; Rev. Shozo Yamamoto, Japanese pastor.  Sundays, 11 a.m.—Worship, separate services in English and Japanese. Sunday school held concurrently. Youth ministry follows worship service.
Jodoshu North America Buddhist Missions 442 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-346-9666. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Weekly worship service. Ihai Nokotsu prayer (prayer at the room to preserve memorial tablets and urns).

Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-1267. April 3 (Sat.), 4  p.m.–Harbor Koyasan Goeika practice 5 p.m.–Harbor Koyasan Daishiko service. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.–Betsuin Hanamatsuri service 11 a.m.–Cabinet meeting.

L.A. Gedatsu Church 7850 Hill Dr., S. San Gabriel 91770, 626-288-1212.

L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. April 2 (Fri.), 7 p.m.–Good Friday worship service. April 4 (Sun.), 8 a.m.– Come to our church hungry, for our famous Easter breakfast. 10:15 a.m.–Easter worship celebration with Pastor Seigo Takayoshi.  Everyone is welcome! 9:30 a.m.–Nichigo (Japanese) Sunday worship service in the chapel.

L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. First St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, www.nishihongwanji-la.org. April 4 (Sun.), 8:30 a.m.—Obon odori exercise class. 10 a.m.—Betsuin Sunday service: Dharma message, Rev. Kojo Kakihara (English) and Rimban Abiko Hiroshi (Japanese). 11 a.m.—Buddhist study class, Rev. Kakihara (English) and Rimban Abiko (Japanese). 12:50 p.m.—Radio sermon; 1460 AM, Nikkei community hour in English with Rev. Lee Rosenthal of Pasadena Buddhist Church. Sponsored by Pasadena Buddhist Woman’s Association. April 5 (Mon.), 6:30 p.m.—Japanese Howakai with Rev. Kakihara.

L.A. Makuya at Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, Room 203, L.A. 90012, 310-371-8557.

Long Beach Buddhist Church 2360 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach 90810, 562-426-4014.

Lutheran Oriental Church 2654 W. 164th St., Torrance 90504, 310-329-9345, Rev. Paul T. Nakamura, pastor. April 2 (Fri.), 12:15–1:15 p.m.–Good Friday service. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Easter Sunday “This is the Day” service with Rev. Paul Nakamura. April 6 (Tu.), 10 a.m.—Monthly prayer fellowship (usually on Wednesdays). April 11 (Sun.), “Hunger Fulfilled” holy communion and children’s story: Willie Tahata.

Mission Valley Free Methodist 1201 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel 91776, 626-285-6788, missionvalleyfmc.org.

Montebello Plymouth Church 144 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello 90640, 323-721-5568, www.montebelloucc.org. April 2 (Fri.), 7 p.m.—Good Friday worship service. April 4 (Sun.),  10 a.m.—Easter Sunday worship with Pastor Mitchell speaking on “Resurrection Joy.”Fellowship during coffee hour begins immediately after service. April 11 (Sun.), 10 a.m. Pastor Mitchell speaking on “Resurrection Witness.” Fellowship during coffee hour begins immediately after service.
New Life Christian Church 1020 W. Kenneth Rd., Glendale 91202, 818-242-8801, www.nlc2.com.
Newport Beach Higashi Honganji 254 Victoria St., Costa Mesa 92627, 949-722-1202. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—April Shotsuki service. Dharma talks by Rev. Ryoko Osa in English and Japanese. April 11 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Hanamatsuri. Dharma talks by Rev. Ryoko Osa in English and Japanese.
Nichiren Buddhist Temple 2801 E. 4th St., L.A. 90033, 323-262-7886, http://la.nichirenshu.org. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Monthly KITO blessing service. 12:30 p.m.—Temple board meeting.

N. Hollywood Japanese Sunrise Fourscore Church 5853 Laurel Canyon Blvd., N. Hollywood 91607, 818-782-8738. Sundays, 10:30 a.m.–Worship service,  Pastor Paul Iwata. Musical leaders, Jimmy, Naoto and Tsubasa.

Orange Coast Free Methodist Church 3198-B Airport Loop Dr., Costa Mesa 92626, 714-641-1944, www.ocfmc.net. Sunday, 9:30-10:30 a.m.–Worship schedule: Pastor Hirayu in Japanese, Nichigo service. 10:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–Pastor Dennis Sato, English service. 11 a.m.-12:15 p.m.–K-6 Sunday school.

Orange County Buddhist Church 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim 92804, 714-827-9590, www.ocbuddhist.org. April 3 (Sat.),  7:30 p.m.–April monthly memorial service. April 4 (Sun.),  8:30 a.m.–Meditation service and Shoshinge chanting. 10 a.m.–Sunday family service and Dharma school. 11 a.m.–Study class in Japanese and English. April 7 (Wed.), 7:30 p.m.–Meditation and chanting at OCBC at Irvine, Dharma gathering.

Orange County Christian Church 4872 Bishop St., Cypress 90630, 714-827-280, www.tinyurl.com/occhristian (English), 714-827-6244, www.occc.org (Japanese). Sundays, 9:30–Japanese worship; Sunday school (children and youth).  11 a.m.—English worship.
Palos Verdes Baptist Church 28 Moccasin Lane, Rolling Hills Estates 90274, 310-541-1811, www.pvbc.com. 9.am.–Sunday service. Children’s Sunday school and youth worship are held at the same time. Jr. and high school students are invited to exciting Friday Night Fellowships at 7:30 p.m.

Pasadena Buddhist Church 1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena 91103, 626-798-4781, http://web.me.com/jeannie_toshima/index.html. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.–Monthly memorial service. Dharma message by Rev. Lee Rosenthal. Adult discussion class and dharma school to follow service. April 6 (Tu.), 9:30–11:30 a.m.–Sumire Kai craft class. Potluck lunch to follow.

Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church of L.A. 2701 E. 1st St., L.A. 90033, 323-269-4741, www.rkla.org. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.–Service for Shakamumi’s birth. 12:30 p.m.—”Sen-no-Kaze” Concert. April 10 (Sat.), 10 a.m.—Co-founder’s memorial service. 4 p.m.—Board meeting. April 11 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Sunday service (Japanese). 11 a.m.—Sunday service (English).

Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra, 91803, 626-284-3229 [email protected] or, sgpumc.org. April 4 (Sun.), 9:15 a.m.—Easter Sunday, music by choir with director and organist, Jean and Kris Taniguchi, respectrully.  The lectionary text of John 20: 11-18, “If the Word Got Out…” by Rev Tyler.  Holy communion (open to all persons) will be celebrated with Rev. Fujimoto and Rev.Tyler. Food for homeless collected each first Sunday for People to People of San Gabriel Valley. New acolyte robes will be dedicated by Ms. Sunyoung Park and new acolytes Sommer Kitsuse and Ernest Tom, III will assist in communion. Scripture will be read in Japanese by Mami Kagawa. Children’s words and Sunday school will be offered for elementary children. April 11 (Sun.), 11 a.m.—Iman Ali Siddiqui of the California Muslim Institute and Center for Interfaith Studies of Santa Rosa guided by Rev Dickson Yagi, chairperson of the Interfaith Committee, will present   in the Fellowship Hall. All are welcome to attend.

St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center (Maryknoll) 222 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-626-2279, www.sfxjcc.org. Masses celebrated Saturday 5 p.m. (English), Sunday 8:30 a.m. (Japanese) and 10 a.m. (English). Confessions are on the 1st Saturday of the month, 3:30–4:30 p.m. or by appointment. April 2 (Fri.), 2:30 p.m.–Good Friday, stations of the cross. 3 p.m.–Mass. April 3 (Sat.), 5 p.m.–Holy Saturday, mass. April 4 (Sun.), 8:30 a.m.–Easter Sunday, Mass  (Japanese). 10 a.m.–Mass (English).

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 961 S. Mariposa Ave., L.A. 90006, 213-387-1334, www.sstmarys-la.org/. 7:30 a.m.–Holy eucharist (English). 8:30 a.m.–Choir practice. 9:45 a.m.–Holy eucharist (English). 11 a.m.–Profile committee meeting. March 28 (Sun.), 7:30 a.m.–Holy eucharist. 8:30 a.m.–Choir practice. 9:45 a.m.–Holy eucharist. 11 a.m.–Christmas boutique workshop.

San Fernando Valley Holiness Church 9610 Haddon Ave., Pacoima 91331, 818-896-1676, www.sfvhc.org. April 2 (Fri.), 12 and 7 p.m.—Good Friday communion services. April 4 (Sun.), 8:45 and 11:15 a.m.—Easter Sunday English services. 10 a.m.—Baptism service in sanctuary. Easter coffee hour follows baptism service. 11 a.m.—Nichigo service. We also have many small group (Koinonia) gathering meetings through the week including active jr. and sr. high school ministries and exciting kid-venture Sunday school program.

San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 9450 Remick Ave., Pacoima 91331, 818-899-4030, www.sfvhbt.org. April 3 (Sat.), 9:30 a.m.—Dharma discussion. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.—Shotsuki monthly memorial and Hanamatsuri service with guests, Rev. W. Briones (English) and Rev. S. Mohri (Japanese). Board meeting following lunch. April 8 (Th.), 7 p.m.—Spring seminar series, “Being Buddhist at Work and Play.” April 10 (Sat.), 10 a.m.—BWA monthly service and meeting. April 11 (Sun.), No service at temple. 11 a.m.—Service and temple picnic at O’Melveney park.
San Fernando Valley Sunrise Japanese Church 14705 Wyondotte St., Van Nuys 91405, 818-782-8738, Sunday, 6 p.m.–Evening service, Pastor Spring Iwata. On the second Wednesday of every month at 7 p.m., a home meeting takes place at Yukio Masai’s, 1656 W. Gardena Ave., Gardena, 310-329-1586.

Seicho-No-Ie So. Calif. Missionary Area 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5327.
Senshin Buddhist Temple 1311 W. 37th St., L.A. 90007, 323-731-4617. April 4 (Sun.), 9:30 a.m.–Hanamatsuri service. 10:30 a.m.–English and Japanese with Rev. Masao Kodani. 10:30 a.m.–Dharma school.

SNI Church March 28 (Sun.), 7 a.m.–Holy Sutra reading, Shinsokan meditation and divine healing. 9:30-11:30 a.m.–Sunday service, Rev. Kawakami (English) and Rev. Otsuka (Japanese). 10 a.m.–Sunday school. 11:30 a.m.–Chorus. 1:30-2:45 p.m.–Visit to Keiro Home and RM Home.
South Bay Community Church, Gardena 1459 W. 190th St., Gardena 90248, 310-972-2910, SouthBayCommunityChurch.com. Worship services: Saturdays at 5 p.m., Sundays at 8:30, 10 and 11:30 a.m. Kidz Krew Children’s and Infant/Toddler ministries available at all services, except Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Youth services held at 370 Amapola Ave. #208, Torrance 90501. Jr. high on Sundays, 10 a.m., high school on Sundays, 5 p.m.

Tenrikyo Mission HQ in America 2727 E. First St., L.A. 90033, 323-261-3379, www.tenrikyo.com.

Torrance First Lutheran Church Japanese Ministry 310-320-9920, ext. 159, Pastor Itoh. Sunday, 1-2 p.m.—Japanese language service. Bible reading meeting every Wednesday at 1 p.m., gospels.

Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, www.unionchurchla.org. April 4 (Sun.), The Easter message will be  “Jesus is Risen, Just as He Said,” by Pastor Mas Hibino. 11 a.m.–Praise and worship with special musical selections by Dan Taguchi, Music Director. “The Bridge” contemporary worship is held weekly at 4 p.m. with Pastor Jim Kermath giving a special Easter message. Everyone is invited for fellowship and food following worship.

Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City 90230, 310-391-4351, www.vhbt.org. Sunday, 9:30 a.m.—Family Sunday service. 10:30 a.m.—Dharma school and adult service. Daily services at 9:30 a.m. except Wednesdays. Jorei Fukyo – monthly Japanese language service on first Sunday of each month at 12 p.m. Dana/tai-chi exercise program after Tuesday morning services. Games Day after Friday morning services. Monthly Tsuki Meinichi Hoyo on fourth Saturday at 9:30 a.m. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.–Hanamaatsuri/Hatsumairi family service with guest speaker, Rev. Tetsuo Unno. April 18 (Sun.),  9:30 am–Dharma school open house.

Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist 4871 Centinela Ave., L.A. 90066, 310-822-8094, www.vsmfmc.org. April 4 (Sun.), 10 a.m.–Easter Sunday, one service only (English and Japanese), will be held at the Venice Japanese Community Center.

W. Adams Christian Church 3625 W. Adams Blvd., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5860. April 4 (Sun.), 9:25 a.m.–Easter Sunday, Pastor Yolanda Marquez-Lucar’s message is entitled “A Living Easter”  John 20:1-8. Easter hope permeates all of our lives. It give us a solid foundation for living. Come and celebrate with us at this special worship service!

W. Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-913-0622. April 4 (Sun.),    10–a.m.–Hanamatsuir service, Rev. Kenjun Kawawata osfficiating and Mr. Peter Hata delivering the message.

W. Covina Christian Church 1100 E. Cameron Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-917-0743, www.westcovinacc.com.

W.L.A. Buddhist Temple 2003 Corinth Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-477-7274. April 3 (Sat.), 10 a.m.–Shotsui hoyo. April 4 (Sun.), 9:30 a.m.–Hanamatsuri and Hatsumairi service. 12 p.m.–BWA meeting.1 p.m.–Matinee with BWA, everyone welcom. April 5 (Mon.), 7:30 p.m.–Board meeting. April 8 (Th.), 1 p.m.—Study class. 7 p.m.—Buddhist men meeting. 7:30 p.m.—Taiko lesson. April 10 (Sat.),  10 a.m.—Buddhism class. April 11 (Sun.), 9 a.m.—Jr. YBA class. 10 a.m.—Eshinni, Kakushinni and Takeko Kujo memorial service with Rev. Seikan Fukuma (Japanese) and Rev. F. Usuki (English).
W.L.A. Holiness Church 1710 S. Butler Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-473-2138. Pastor Stephen, 213-604-1105, [email protected] Rev. Stephen Sato, English and Rev. Takashi Furuyama, Japanese. Weekly worship celebrations and luncheon. 8:30 a.m.—Youth choir. 9:30 a.m.—Sunday school and Nichigo service. 11:15 a.m.—English service. 12:30 p.m.—Lunch.

W.L.A. United Methodist Church 1913 Purdue Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-479-1379, www.wlaumc.org. Sunday, 9:30 a.m.—English worship service, child care, Sunday school for youth, children’s church, drama and music class for all children. 11 a.m.—Japanese language service.

Wintersburg Presbyterian Church 2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana 92706, 714-740-9400, www.wintersburg.org, Rev. Ted Esaki, sr. pastor and Rev. Fred Tanizaki, associate pastor. Sunday, 9 a.m.—School for all ages; Nichigo worship service. Mr. Koji “Keith” Ikeda has been appointed  new Nichigo Sensei. 10:10 a.m.—English worship service.

Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-8658. April 3 (Sat.), 6:30 a.m.—Zen meditation (Zazen). April 4 (Sun.), 8:30 a.m.—Pancake breakfast. 11 a.m.—Hanamatsuri. April 10 (Sat.), 6:30 a.m.—Zen meditation (Zazen). April 11 (Sun.), 8 a.m.—Zen meditation (Zazen). 9 a.m.—Sunday service.


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