RELIGION CALENDAR (3/15/2012)

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Anaheim Free Methodist Church: 1001 N. Mayflower St. Anaheim 92801, 714-827-0782, www.anaheimfreemethodistchurch.com, Senior Pastor Pastor Nancy T. Wong, Associate Pastor Dr. Shin Asami, Nichigo Pastor Pastor Takeo Matsudaira. Mar. 18 (Sun), 8:30 am—Traditional 1st service. 11 am—Contemporary 2nd service. 10:40 am—Nichigo service. 11 am—Sunday school (nursery-middle high).

Centenary United Methodist Church 300 S. Central Ave., L.A. 90013, 213-617-9097, www.centenaryunitedmethodistchurch.org. Mar. 18 (Sun)—Rev. KarenFay Ramos-Young brings the message.

Christ Presbyterian Church of Hollywood 4011 W. Clinton St., L.A. 90004, 323-665-3581, www.presbyteryofthepacific.org, Pastor Stephen M. Baroldy. 9 am—Adult Sunday Bible class. 10 am—Sunday school classes for nursery age to sr. high school. 11 am—Sunday worship service, traditional and blended. Fellowship hour after worship. Casual dress.

Church of Perfect Liberty L.A., pl-usa.org. Torrance Church, 310-328-4861, www.pl-lax.org. Mar. 16 (F), 7:30 pm—Azama group PL meeting. Mar. 17 (Sat), 11:30 am—Ballroom dance class. 7:30 pm—Nanko group PL meeting. Mar. 18 (Sun), 8:30 am—Hokyoshi meeting. 10 am—Sunday service. 11:30 am—Zumba class.

Davar Church 1539 E. Howard St., Pasadena 91104, Davarkg.com. Mar. 17 (Sat), 9 am—Japanese worship service. 11:30 am—English worship service “Co-heirs with Christ.” Mar. 18 (Sun), 4 pm—Bible study, explore what has been learned on Saturday. Mar. 21 (W), 6 pm—Japanese Bible study. 7:30 pm—English Bible study Exodus 37-40.

Evergreen Baptist Church of L.A. 1255 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead 91770, 626-280-0477, ebcla.org, [email protected] Mar. 18 (Sun), 8:30 am and 11:30 am—Sunday worship services. Join Senior Pastor Ken Fong as he and other pastoral staff preach from the book of Hosea in this year’s Lenten series, “Unbelievable.”

Evergreen Baptist Church of San Gabriel Valley 323 Workman Mill Rd., La Puente 91746, 626-363-0300, evergreensgv.org, Pastor Cory Ishida.

Faith United Methodist Church Torrance 2115 W. 182nd St., Torrance 90504, 310-217-7000, faithunitedmethodist.com, Rev. Kenneth Suhr, Pastor Ki Tae Choi and Rev. Hidemi Ito, (Pastor of Visitation and Nurture). Mar. 18 (Sun), 8:30 and 10:30 am—English Sunday worship services and Sunday school. 8:30 am—Japanese language services led by Pastor Becky Hirata.

First Presbyterian Church 2775 Lincoln Ave., Altaden a 91001, 626-791-4271, www.altadenapresbyterian.org, [email protected]

Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena 90247, 310-327-9400, gardenabuddhistchurch.org. Mar. 17 (Sat), 1 pm—Ohigan Nenbutsu seminar with Rev. Nobuo Miyaji (English) and Rev. Koju Terada (Japanese). Mar. 18 (Sun), 9:30 am—Spring Ohigan service with Rev. Nobuo Miyaji (English) and Rev. Koju Terada (Japanese). Sangha teens spaghetti lunch.

Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, gvbc.net. Mar. 11 (Sun), 8:45 and 10:45 am—Sunday worship services and children’s Sunday school (Toddler to 5th grade) runs concurrently with these services.  Join us as we continue in our series from “Sacred Pathways,” “Static Noise” with Pastor James Chang speaking. 8:45 am—Youth Sunday School (Jr. and Sr. high). 10:45 am—Nichigo service.

Gedatsu Church USA 7850 Hill Dr., S. San Gabriel 91770, 626-288-1212, gedatsu-usa.org.

Grace First Presbyterian Church 3955 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach 90808, 562-420-3393, 562-421-4100, gracefirst.org, Rev. Dr. Steven E. Wirth, pastor; Rev. Gerald Arata, Rev. Marion Park, associate pastors; Stan DeWitt, minister of music. 9 am—Traditional-blended service. 11 am—Blended-contemporary service. Church school both hours. Mar. 18 (Sun)— “Listening With Obedience,” Rev. Dr. Steven E. Wirth.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-626-4200, hhbt-la.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 9 am—Tannisho class. 10 am—Spring ohigan service. Dharma talks will be delivered by Kenjun Kawawata in Japanese and Rev. Hasegawa in English. 1 pm—Spring seminar, speaker: Rev. Tomoyuki Hasegawa Theme: “What Does it Mean to be a ‘Seeker’?-Learning from Shinran’s Life,” admission is free.

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

Hope Chapel Torrance 3555 “K” Lomita Blvd. Torrance 90505, 310-539-2896, 310-972-0786, hopechapeltorrance.org, Pastor Don Shoji. 10 am-12 pm—Sunday service.

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

Japanese American Christian Chapel 300 Mission Dr., Camarillo 93010, 805-384-9333, New website is under construction, Pastor Sho Ichikawa.

Jodoshu North America Buddhist Missions 442 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-346-9666. Mar. 17 (Sat), 1 pm—Nembutsu session. Mar. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Ihai Nokotsu-do service.

Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-1267. Mar. 17 (Sat)—L.A. Daishi-Ko. Mar. 18 (Sun), 1:30 pm—Spring Ohigan service. 3 pm—Intermediate Goeika practice.

L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 8:30-9:30 am—Adult Sunday school class studying the book of John. 10:15 am—English service in the Social Hall with Pastor Seigo Takayoshi. 9:30 am—Nichigo Sunday worship service in our chapel. Everyone is invited to stay after service and enjoy a light lunch.

L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, nishihongwanji-la.org. Mar. 17 (Sat), 9 am—Spring Ohigan seminar “Jodo Shinshu: My Path For Living,” guest speakers in English Rev. George Matsubayashi and in Japanese Rev. Seikan Fukuma, both are former Betsuin Rimban have since retired from BCA. Registration fee: $10 includes Obento lunch. Mar. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Betsuin spring Ohigan service/Rimban ki, guest speakers in English Rev. Matsubayashi and in Japanese Rev. Fukuma. 12:50 pm—Radio sermon, 1460 AM, Nikkei community hour in English, Rev. Briones.

Long Beach Buddhist Church 2360 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach 90810, 562-426-4014. Sunday services from 10 am. Mar. 25 (Sun), 2:30-5 pm—Annual spring chow mein dinner, $8 donation. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling the church.

Lutheran Oriental Church 2654 W. 164th St., Torrance 90504, 310-329-9345, Rev. Paul T. Nakamura, pastor. Mar. 18 (Sun)—4th Sunday in Lent, sermon by Willie Tahata. Choir. Numbers 21:4-9, John 3:14-21.

Mission Valley Free Methodist Church 1201 S. San Gabriel Blvd., San Gabriel 91776, 626-285-6788, missionvalleyfmc.org. 10 am—Sunday worship service and Kid’s Church, then stay for MV Café. 9:30 am—Japanese Sunday worship service.

Montebello Plymouth Church 144 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello 90640, 323-721-5568, montebelloucc.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Worship service with Pastor Mitchell speaking on “No Matter What.”

New Life Christian Church 1020 W. Kenneth Rd., Glendale 91202, 818-242-8801, nlc2.com.

Newport Beach Higashi Honganji 254 Victoria St., Costa Mesa 92627, 949-722-1202.

Nichiren Shu Buddhist Temple 2801 E. 4th St., L.A. 90033, 323-262-7886.

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

Orange Coast Free Methodist Church 3198-B Airport Loop Dr., Costa Mesa 92626, 714-641-1944, www.orangecoastfm.org. Mar.18 (Sun), 9:30-10:30 am—Japanese worship with Pastor Haruhiko Hirayu. Children’s Japanese Sunday school. The Japanese speaking youth and young adult also meet after their worship service. 10:45 am-12:15 pm—English service with Pastor Dennis Sato. K-6 Sunday school.

Orange County Buddhist Church 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim 92804, 714-827-9590, ocbuddhist. Mar. 18 (Sun), 8:30 am—Meditation and shushing chanting service. 10 am—Family service. Dharma school and adult study class in Japanese and English. Mar. 19-20 (M-Tu), 7 pm—BEC class, “Lectures on the Shoshinge” by Dr. Nobuo Haneda. Mar. 21 (W), 7:30 pm—Meditation and chanting service.

Orange County Christian Church 4872 Bishop St., Cypress 90630, 714-827-2801, tinyurl.com/occhristian (English), 714-827-6244, occc.org (Japanese). Sundays, 9:30 am–Japanese worship; Sunday school (children and youth). 11 am—English worship.

Palos Verdes Baptist Church 28 Moccasin Lane, Rolling Hills Estates 90274, 310-541-1811, pvbc.com. 9 am–Sunday service. Children’s Sunday school and youth worship are held at the same time. 7:30 pm—Jr. and high school students are invited to exciting Friday Night Fellowships.

Pasadena Buddhist Temple 1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena 91103, 626-798-4781, pasadenabuddhisttemple.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Family Dharma service with Rev. Lee Rosenthal. Dharma school and Sangha teens classes and adult discussion class to follow service. 11:30 am—Pasadena Japanese Cultural Institute 50th anniversary celebration in temple annex. Mar. 20 (Tu), 9:30 am—Sumirei Kai craft class. New members always welcome. 11:30 am—Potluck lunch.

Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ 2550 Fairfield St., San Diego, 92110, 619-276-4881, pioneeroceanviewucc.com, [email protected], an open and affirming church.

Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church of L.A. 2701 E. 1st St., L.A. 90033, 323-269-4741, www.rkla.org. English service and Hoza (Dharma sharing circle) every Sunday at 11 am. Some special ceremonies start 10 am. Japanese service and Hoza every Sunday at 10 am.

Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra 91803, 626-284-3229, [email protected], sgpumc.org. Mar. 18 (Sun)—John 3:14-21, “Love That Matters.”

St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center (Maryknoll) 222 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-626-2279, sfxjcc.org. 5 pm—Saturdays, English mass. 8:30 am—Sundays, Japanese mass. 10 am—English mass. Confessions are on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 961 S. Mariposa Ave., L.A. 90006, 213-387-1334, sstmarys-la.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 9:45 am—Holy eucharist, bilingual, one all-parish service. 11:15 am—Vestry meeting, no 11:45 service. Mar. 20 (Tu), 6 pm—S. Bay Bible study: Patridge’s.

San Fernando Valley Holiness Church 9610 Haddon Ave., Pacoima 91331, 818-896-1676, sfvhc.org.

San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 9450 Remick Ave., Pacoima 91331, 818-899-4030, sfvhbt.org. Mar. 17 (Sat), 1 pm—Spring Equinox Ohigan discussion on “Expanding the Sangha” with guest, Rev. Ron Miyamura of Midwest Buddhist Temple, Chicago. Mar. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Spring Equinox Ohigan service with Rev. R. Miyamura in English and Rev. S. Okada Japanese. Mar. 22 (Th), 7 pm— “Introduction to Buddhism” class, everyone welcome. Mar. 24 (Sat), 1 pm—Dharma discussion. 2 pm—Spaghetti dinner prep. 4-7 pm—Spaghetti/bingo fundraiser, everyone welcome. Mar. 25 (Sun), 10 am—Service.

San Fernando Valley Sunrise Japanese Church 14705 Wyondotte St., Van Nuys 91405, 818-782-8738. Sunday, 6 pm–Evening service, Pastor Spring Iwata. 7 pm—On the second Wed. of every month, a home meeting takes place at Yukio Masai’s, 1656 W. Gardena Ave., Gardena, 310-329-1586.

Senshin Buddhist Temple 1311 W. 37th St., L.A. 90007, 323-731-4617, senshintemple.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 9:30 am—Family service. 10:30 am—Study class with Rev. Masao Kodani.

SNI Church 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5327. Mar. 18 (Sun), 7 am—Holy Sutra reading, Shinsokan meditation and divine healing. 10-11 am—Sunday service (TBA). 10 am—Sunday schools.

South Bay Free Methodist Church 25514 Narbonne Ave., Lomita 90717, 310-539-8663, English Pastor Cliff Rapp. 11 am—Worship service. 9:30 am—Sunday school for adult, children, youth. 9:15 am—Japanese Pastor Nobuo Kawahara, worship service. 11 am—Sunday school for adults and children.

Tenrikyo Mission HQ in America 2727 E. First St., L.A. 90033, 323-261-3379, tenrikyo.com. Mar. 17 (Sat), 7 pm—Tenrikyo Mission HQ will hold spring memorial service. Mar. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Monthly service followed by a sermon by Rev. Yutaka Nomachi in English (with simultaneous translation in Japanese, Spanish and Korean). 1 pm—Joy workshop (basic teachings of Tenrikyo).

Torrance First Lutheran Church 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance 90503, 310-320-9920, www.faith-first.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 8:30 and 10:45 am, 7 pm—English services. Japanese Bible study and fellowship following the 8:30 service.

Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, unionchurchla.org, Pastor Rev. Tim Yee. Mar. 18 (Sun), 9 am—Traditional worship service “Jesus in the Psalms: Character of Mission.” 11 am—Contemporary worship service.

Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City 90230, 310-391-4351, vhbt.org. 9:30 am—Family Sunday service. 10:30 am—Dharma school and adult service. 9:30 am—Morning services (Tues, Thurs, Fri and Sat). 12 pm—Jorei Fukyo, monthly Japanese language service on first Sunday of each month. Tai-chi Exercise Program after Tue morning services. Games day, after Fri morning services. Monthly Tsuki Meinichi Hoyo on 4th Sat at 9:30 am. Mar. 17 (Sat), 5 pm—“Family Fun Knight.” Mar. 23 (F), 7 pm—Buddhist Education committee presents “Film Festival, White Dog.”

Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist 4871 Centinela Ave., L.A. 90066, 310-822-8094, vsmfmc.org.

W. Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-913-0622, livingdharma.org. Mar. 18 (Sun), 4:30 pm—Autumn ohigan service with Rev. Kenjun Kawawata officiating and Rev. Tomoyuki Hasegawa delivering a Dharma talk.

W. Covina Christian Church 1100 E. Cameron Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-917-0743, westcovinacc.com. Join Pastor Rick Iwanaga and our congregation in a celebration of Christ.

W.L.A. Buddhist Temple 2003 Corinth Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-477-7274. Mar. 16 (F), 7 pm—Bingo. Mar. 18 (Sun), No service (visit to SFVHBT). Mar. 22 (Th), 1 pm—Study class in English with Rev. F. Usuki. 7:30 pm—Taiko lesson.

W.L.A. Holiness Church 1710 S. Butler Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-473-2138, Pastor Stephen, 213-604-1105, westlaholiness.org, [email protected] Rev. Takashi Furuyama,

W.L.A. United Methodist Church 1913 Purdue Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-479-1379, www.wlaumc.org, Rev. Gary Oba, Senior Pastor; Rev. Janet Cromwell, Associate Pastor; Pastor Becky Hirata, Asst. Pastor for Japanese Language Ministry. Mar. 18 (Sun), 9:30 am—Sunday worship in English with child care and Sunday school. 11 am—Sunday worship in Japanese. Children, youth, and families are welcome. Weekly Bible studies are open to new members. The church sponsors mission projects and social activities each month. A free Japanese Film Night is held each forth Friday at 7:30 pm in the Social Hall.

Wintersburg Presbyterian Church 2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana 92706, 714-740-9400, wintersburg.org. Sunday worship services, 8-9 am, 10:10-11:30 am. 9-10 am—Nichigo service. Sunday school and Bible studies, all ages. 10:20 am—Nichigo Bible study. 4 pm—College/young adults Bible study (ages 17-22). Wednesdays, 10 am-1 pm—Senior fellowship ministry (except during field trips). Wednesday Bible studies, 7:15 pm—Men and women’s studies, college and career women’s studies. Thursday Bible studies, 7:30 pm—Young adults. Friday Bible studies: 7:30 pm—Jr. high special k, high school fellowship, Genesis too; niching. Men and women’s study, 2nd and 4th Fridays: MnM (Mothers in Ministry). 9:45 am—1st and 3rd Fridays.

Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-8658. Mar. 17 (Sat), 6:30 am—Zazen. 9:30 am—Advanced Japanese language class. 11 am—Beginners Japanese language class. 1:30 pm—Goeika practice. Mar. 18 (Sun), 8 am—Zazen. 9 am—Sunday service. 10 am—Dr. Kato’s lecture Japanese. 10 am—Fujinkai meeting. 11 am—Higan-E and monthly service and memorial. 12 pm—Daruma Kai.

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