Anaheim Free Methodist Church: 1001 N. Mayflower St. Anaheim 92801, 714-827-0782, www.anaheimfreemethodistchurch.com, Senior Pastor Nancy T. Wong and Associate Pastor Dr. Shin Asami. 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 17 (Sun), 10:45 am — Annual “Blessing of the Animals.” All animals are invited! Please bring non perishable foods to Social Hall for local food banks. Continue to support Japan. Call church office.
Chatsworth West United Methodist Church 10824 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Chatsworth (One mile south of 118 fwy), 818-341 1270, Pastor Ruy Mizuki. Sunday service and Sunday school at 10 am.
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, 310-328-4861, www.pl-lax.org. Mar. 15 (F), 7:30 pm—Okumura group PL meeting. Mar 16 (Sat), 10 am — cooking class; 7:30 pm — Nakano group PL meeting. Mar 17 (Sun), 10 am — Sunday service, PL yard sale preparation misasage.
Davar Church 1539 E. Howard St., Pasadena 91104, Davarkg.com. Mar. 16 (Sat), 1 pm Bible study using a Sermon Drill. Mar 17 (Sun ) Worship Service, 9 am—(J), 11:30am—(E), Message: “The Power of Joy and Thanksgiving” Mar 20 (W), 6 pm—(E) Bible study, 7:30 pm—(J) Bible study, Jeremiah 4.
Evergreen Baptist Church of L.A. 1255 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead 91770, 626-280-0477, ebcla.org, [email protected] 8:30 and 11:30 am—Sunday worship services. Please join Senior Pastor Ken Fong as he and other pastoral staff preach in our Lenten series, “The Protagonist.”
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, faithsouthbay.org. 8:30, 10:30 am—(E) Sunday worship services and Sunday school, led by Rev. Kenneth Suhr, Pastor Ki Choi and Rev. Hidemi Ito, (Pastor of Visitation and Nurture). 8:30 am—(J) service led by Rev. Becky Hirata.
Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena 90247, 310-327-9400, gardenabuddhistchurch.org. Mar. 15 (F), 9 am—Morning service. Mar. 16 (Sat), 7 am—Meinichiko service. Mar 17 (Sun), 9:30 am—Regular service. Mar 18 (M), 9 am—Morning service. Mar. 20 (W), 9 am—Morning service. 10:30 am—Ondo exercise class, $5 donation. Mar. 21 (Th), 9 am—Morning service
Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, gvbc.net. Mar. 10, 17 (Sun), 8:45, 10:45 am—Sunday worship services. Join us as we continue our series on the Gospel of John, “The Word Became Flesh” with Pastor Steve Langley. Children’s Sunday school (nursery-5th grade) runs concurrently with both services. 8:45 am—Youth Sunday school (jr. & Sr. high). 10:45 am—Nichigo service with Pastor Eiji Osato.
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. Marion Park, associate pastors; Stan DeWitt, minister of music. Mar 17 (Sun), 9 am, traditional-blended service; 11 am blended contemporary service. Sermon: God at Work and Life: the Scent of Money.
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-626-4200, hhbt-la.org.
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 (J) Ministry Pastor E. Carl Zimmermann welcomes all to the Rock Solid Praise service on Saturday at 5 pm and Sunday (J) service at 11:30 am, followed by fellowship in T Hall.
Japanese American Christian Chapel 300 Mission Dr., Camarillo 93010, 805-384-9333, (E) Pastor Dave Watanabe and (J) Pastor Sho Ichikawa. 11 am services with Sunday school.
Jodoshu North America Buddhist Missions 442 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-346-9666.
Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-1267. Mar. 15 (W), 7:30 pm—Harbor Scout Troop 379 meeting. Mar 16, 12 p.m. — L.A. Daishi-Ko service. Mar. 17 (Sun) 10 a.m. — morning service and spring Ohigan service (Harbor), 11 a.m. — beginning taiko class, 2 p.m. — Harbor Koyasan panel discussion, 4 pm — intermediate Goeika practice (Harbor). Mar 20 (W)—10 am, Harbor Goeika practice, 7:30 pm — Harbor Scout Troop 379 meeting.
L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. Come worship with us in our English service at 10:15 a.m. in the Social Hall with Pastor Seigo Takayoshi speaking on Acts 14:1-20. For those who prefer a Japanese speaking service, the Nichigo Sunday worship service starts at 9:30 a.m. in our chapel. Everyone is invited to stay enjoy the light lunch. Church clean-up this Saturday (3/16) starting at 8:30 am.
L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, nishihongwanji-la.org. Mar. 17 (Sun), 10 am— Spring Ohigan Service. Dharma talks will be delivered by Rev. Frederick Brenion. He will also give a message to Dharma School students. Mar 18 (Sun) 1 pm — Buddhism 101—Introduction to Buddhism. Speaker: Rev. Frederick Brenion. Admission is free.
Long Beach Buddhist Church 2360 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach 90810, 562-426-4014. Sunday services from 10 am. Mar 17 (Sun), 2 to 5 pm — Spring Chow Mein Dinner Fundraiser. Donation: $8 per plate. Assorted homebaked pastries and Chinese BBQ pork as well. Mar 31 (Sun), 10 am — April Shotsuki Services.
Lutheran Oriental Church 2654 W. 164th St., Torrance 90504, 310-329-9345, Rev. Paul T. Nakamura, pastor. Sunday service 10 am. Sunday school 9 am. Monthly prayer 1st Wed 10 am. Mar 17 (Sun) Lent V Speaker: David Nakamura, “Do We Obey?” Blsing/Whines. Mar 24 (Sun) Palm Sunday. Speaker: Hunter Choate. Mar 28 Maundy Thursday 10am Communion. Mar 29 Good Friday 12:15-1:15. Mar 31 (Sun) Easter -The Resurrection of Our Lord “Act of God.”
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—(J) Sunday worship service.
Montebello Plymouth Church 144 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello 90640, 323-721-5568, montebelloucc.org. Mar. 17 (Sun), 10 am—Worship service, “Something New” with Pastor Mitchell Young. Fellowship during coffee hour, immediately following worship. For more info on cultural classes, dance, and Bible studies, please contact the church office or visit our website.
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. 9:30-10:30 am—(J) worship with Pastor Haruhiko Hirayu. Children’s (J) Sunday school. The Jpn. speaking youth and young adult also meet after their worship service. 10:45 am-12:15 pm—(E) service with Pastor Dennis Sato. K-6 Sunday school.
Orange County Buddhist Church 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim 92804, 714-827-9590, ocbuddhist. Mar 16 (Sat) 9 am —Spring Ohigan seminar, “What is Buddhism? Chapter 2 of the Tannisho” by Dr. Nobuo Haneda. Mar 17 (Sun) 8:30 am — meditation service; 10 am Ohigan service, English service by Rev. LaVerne Sasaki and Japanese sermon by Rev. Seikan Fukuma; no Dharma school and adult study class. Mar 18 (M) 7 pm— BED class. “Shoshinge: Nagarjuna, the 1st Shin Buddhist Patriarch” by Dr. Nobuo Haneda. Mar 19 (Tu) 7 pm —BEC class, “Shoshinge: Nagarjuna, the 1st Shin Buddhist Patriarch.” Mar 20 7:30 pm —meditation and chanting service.
Orange County Christian Church 4872 Bishop St., Cypress 90630, 714-827-2801, tinyurl.com/occhristian (E), 714-827-6244, occc.org (J). Sundays, 9:30 am–(J) worship; Sunday school (children and youth). 11 am—(E) 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. 17 (Sun), 10 am—Family Dharma Service. English Dharma Message by Rev. Lee Rosenthal; Japanese Howa by Rev. Tetsuo Unno. Adult Discussion Class with Rev. Rosenthal follows service. 10:45 am Refurbishing of wooden white elephant in preparation for Hanamatsuri Service by Dharma School and Sangha Teens students. Mar. 19 (Tu), 9:30 am—Sumirei Kai craft class. New members always welcome. 11:30 am—Potluck lunch. Mar 23-24 (Sat-Sun) 4 -7:30 pm— Annual Sukiyaki Dinner fundraiser. $12 donation. Tickets are available through temple members or at the door.
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. Mar 17 (Sun) 10 am —Sunday school and worship service. Rev. Mary Sue Brookshire will be preaching and music will be led by Fabiola Ghebresillassie. Fellowship hour following service, all are invited.
Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church of L.A. 2701 E. 1st St., L.A. 90033, 323-269-4741, www.rkla.org. (E) service and Hoza (Dharma sharing circle) every Sunday at 11 am. Some special ceremonies start 10 am. (J) 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. 17 This is Youth Sunday where youth will participate in worship leadership. Scripture lessons are John 12:1-8 and Isaiah 43:16-21. English worship service at 9:30 a.m. Sermon: “An Extravagant Gift.”
St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center (Maryknoll) 222 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-626-2279, sfxjcc.org. 5 pm—Saturdays, (E) mass. 8:30 am—Sundays, (J) mass. 10 am—(E) mass. Confessions are on the 1st Saturday of the month, from 3:30-4:30 pm or by appointment. For more info regarding our centennial celebration, religious education, facility use, ongoing community, cultural, and educational classes, please call the rectory office or visit website. Mar. 17 (Sun), 11 am-5 pm—63rd annual St. Patrick’s Day dinner at SFXC Parish Hall. We will have our deliciously prepared corned beef or ham and cabbage dinners for an $8 donation. Mar. 24 (Sun), after 8:30 am (J) Mass and 10 am (E) Mass—Lenten Day of Recollection. Holy Week and Easter schedule will be: Holy Thursday (3/28) Station of the Cross at 2:30 pm, Mass at 3 pm; Holy Saturday (3/30) Mass at 5 pm; Easter (3/31) Masses will be 8:30 am (J) and 10 am (E).
St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 961 S. Mariposa Ave., L.A. 90006, 213-387-1334, sstmarys-la.org.
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. 16 (Sat), 1 pm—Spring Equinox Ohigan seminar with guest, Rev. Dr. Mark Unno. Mar. 17, 10 am—Spring Equinox Ohigan service with Rev. Dr. Mark Unno (E/J). March 23 (Sat.), 5 p.m., Chili Cookoff and Bingo Fundraiser, everyone welcome.
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. 17 (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. 10 (Sun), 9:30-9:50 am—Shinsokan meditation. 10-11 am—Combined Sunday service with Rev. Teshigawara. 10 am—Sunday schools. Mar. 17 (Sun), 9:30-9:50 am—Shinsokan meditation. 10-11 am—Sunday service with Mr. Otsuka. 10 am—Sunday schools.
Tenrikyo Mission HQ in America 2727 E. First St., L.A. 90033, 323-261-3379, tenrikyo.com. Mar 16 (Sat), 7 pm — Tenrikyo Mission HQ will hold Spring Memorial Service. Mar 17 (Sun) 10 am — monthly service, followed by a sermon by Rev. Teruo Takemoto in English. (with simultaneous translation in Japanese, Spanish and Korean)Joy Workshop (basic teachings of Tenrikyo) starts from 1:30 to 3 pm.
Torrance First Lutheran Church 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance 90503, 310-320-9920, www.faith-first.org.
Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, unionchurchla.org, (E) Rev. Timothy Yee will preach at the traditional worship service at 9 am on “Death to Life: Misfortune to Honor”. Rev. Yee will also preach at the 11 am Bridge worship contemporary service. (J) Pastor Rev. Ryohei Kawano.Mar. 10 (Sun), 9 am.
Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City 90230, 310-391-4351, vhbt.org. Family Sunday service at 9:30 am followed by Dharma school and adult class at 10:30 am. Morning services at 9:30 am on Tu, Th, F, Sat. Jorei Fukyo–monthly (J) language service on first Sun. of each month at 12 pm. Monthly service for YABA on first Sun. of each month at 1 pm. Tai-chi exercise program after Tu morning services. Games day, after Fri. morning services. Monthly Tsuki Meinichi Hoyo on 4th Sat at 9:30 am.
Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist 4871 Centinela Ave., L.A. 90066, 310-822-8094, www.venicechurch.org. 8:45 am—(E) worship service. (J) language Sunday school. (E) Sunday school: preschool-5th grade. Adult Bible study. 10:15 am—(E) worship service. (J) language worship service. (E) Sunday school: infant-adult. 11:45 am—(E) Sunday school: adult Bible study. College fellowship.
W. Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-913-0622, livingdharma.org. On Mar. 16. (Sat.), come support the temple by attending the fun Cherry Blossom Festival. Then, on Mar. 17 (Sun.), the temple holds its annual Spring Ohigan Service with special guest speaker Rev. Nobuko Miyoshi of the Higashi Honganji Betsuin. Complimentary otoki dinner will be served afterwards.
W. Covina Christian Church 1100 E. Cameron Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-917-0743, westcovinacc.com.
W.L.A. Buddhist Temple 2003 Corinth Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-477-7274. Mar 15 (F), 7 pm Bingo. Mar 16 (Sat), 9:30 am-1 pm, Spring Ohigan seminar, Rev. Seikan Fukuma (J) and Rev. Fumiaki Usuki (E). Mar 17 (Sun), 10 am, Spring Ohigan service, Rev. Fukuma (J) and Rev. Usuki (E). Mar 21 (Th), 1 pm —study class; 7:30 pm —taiko lesson. Mar 24 (Sun) 9:30 am, Family service and Dharma School with Rev. Usuki. Mar 25 (M), 12 pm —80+ lunch.
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 (J) Language Ministry. 9:30 am—(E) Sunday worship with child care and Sunday school. 11 am—(J) Sunday worship.
Wintersburg Presbyterian Church 2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana 92706, 714-740-9400, wintersburg.org. Sunday worship services, 8-9 am, 10:20–11:40 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).
Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-8658, www.zenshuji.org. Mar. 17 (Sun), 8 am—Zazen. 9 am—Sunday service. 10 am—Fujinkai meeting. 11 am—Higan-E and monthly service and memorial. 12 pm—Daruma Kai. Mar. 23 (Sat), 6:30 am—Zazen. 9:30 am—Advanced (J) language class. 11 am—Beginners (J) language class. Mar 24 (Sun) 8 am —Zazen, 9 am —Sunday service, 10 am —Dr. Kato’s Japanese lecture.