NEW YEAR RELIGION CALENDAR

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Centenary United Methodist Church celebrates the first Sunday of the New Year, Jan. 3, 2010, with special “Oshogatsu” communion service beginning at 10:45 a.m. Rev. Mark Nakagawa brings the message.

Church of Perfect Liberty Glendale Church, (818)956-7516, Torrance Church, (310)328-4861. This Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, at both Torrance and Glendale Churches, we will have Sunday Service at 10 a.m. and at Glendale, we will have Church Clean-up Misasage following the service. Hope you can join us.

First Presbyterian Church 2775 Lincoln Ave., Altadena, (626)791-4271. Jan. 3, 2010 (Sun.), Second Sunday after Christmas, 9 a.m. – Seekers Class, 10:30 a.m. – Family worship and The Lord’s Supper, message by Pete Morris, 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 (310)327-9400. Dec. 31 (Thu.), 7 p.m. – Year-End Service.

Grace First Presbyterian Church 3955 N. Studebaker Rd., Long Beach, CA 90808 (562)420-3393, (562)421-4100. Traditional-blended service at 9 a.m., Blended-contemporary service at 11 a.m., Church School both hours. Jan. 3, 2010, Christian Reality Shows: 1) Idols by Rev. Dr. Steven E. Wirth. Rev. Wirth, Pastor; Rev. Gerald Arata, Rev. Marion Park, Associate Pastors; Stan DeWitt, Minister of Music; www.gracefirst.org

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. Third St., Los Angeles, CA 90013, (213)626-4200. Dec 31 (Thu.), 6 p.m. – New Year’s Eve Service (Joya-e). Jan 1, 2010 (Fri.), 10 a.m. – New year’s Day Service (Shusho-e). Jan. 2-3, closed. Jan. 10 (Sun.), 10 a.m. – January Shotsuki Service.

Jodoshu North America Buddhist Missions 442 E. Third St., (213)346-9666. Jan. 1, 2010 (Fri.), 10 a.m. – New Year’s Day Service, Ihai Nokotsu Prayer (Prayer at the room to preserve Memorial tablets and Urns).

Los Angeles Holiness Church Happy New Year! We welcome you to join our first worship service on this year on Sunday starting at 10:15a.m. in the Social Hall, with Pastor Seigo Takayoshi speaking on 2 Corinthians 8:1-9, entitled, “Overflow.” Everyone is welcome to join the congregational prayer meeting at 9:38 a.m. to 10:10 a.m. as well as to stay after the worship service for a light lunch. We also welcome you to visit www.LAHoliness.org. For those who prefer a Japanese speaking service, the Nichigo Sunday worship service will be at 9:30 a.m. in the chapel.

Los Angeles Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. First St., Los Angeles, CA 90012. Jan. 2, 2010 (Sat.), Temple Closed. Jan. 3 (Sun.), 10 a.m. – Betsuin Service; Dharma Message in English, Rev. William Briones; in Japanese, Rimban Hiroshi Abiko, 11 a.m. – Buddhist Study Class in English, Rev. Briones; in Japanese, Rimban Abiko, 12:50 p.m. – Radio Sermon; 1460 AM, Nikkei Hour His Eminence Koshin Ohtani, Monshu of the Jodo Shinshu Hompa Hongwanji-ha, 12:30 p.m. – 39th Kohaku Uta Gassen (Singing Competition Men vs. Women) Temple Gymnasium, Donation – $15. Jan. 7 (Thu.), 6 p.m. – Beginners Study Class, Rev. Briones.

Lutheran Oriental Church 2654 W. 164th St., Torrance, CA 90504. Dec. 31 (Thu.), New Year Eve “Kansha” Fellowship at 6:30 p.m., Snax pot-luck. Jan. 3, 2010 (Sun.), 9 a.m. – Sunday Class, 10 a.m. – Sunday Worship, Blessing of Congregation, Holy Communion, “In The Beginning.”

Newport Beach Higashi Honganji 254 Victoria St., Costa Mesa, (949)722-1202. Dec. 31 (Sun.), 6 p.m. – Joya-e (Year End Service), Dharma talks will be given by Rev. Tomoyuki Hasegawa in English.

Nichiren Buddhist Temple 2801 E. Fourth St., Los Angeles, (323)262-7886. Dec. 31 (Thu.), 5 p.m. – Year End service. Jan. 1, 2010, 10 a.m. – New Year’s KITO blessing service. Jan. 3 (Sun.), 10 a.m. – Monthly Kito blessing service.

Orange County Buddhist Church 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim, CA 92804. Dec. 31 (Thu.), 8 p.m. – New Year Eve Service. Jan. 1, 2010 (Fri.), 10 a.m. – New Year Day Service. Jan. 2 (Sat.), 7:30 p.m. – January Memorial Service. Jan. 3 (Sun.), 8:30 a.m. – Meditation and Shoshhinge Chanting; 10 a.m. – Sunday Service; Dharma Message by Rev. Mutsumi Wondra; 11 a.m. Buddhism and Shin Buddhism Classes in English and Japanese.

Pasadena Buddhist Church 1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena, CA 91103, (626)798-4781. Dec. 31 (Thur.), 7 p.m.  – New Year’s Eve Service and traditional year-end ringing of temple bell. Dharma Message by Rev. Lee Rosenthal. Jan. 3, 2010 (Sun.), 10 a.m. – New Year’s Family Service: English Dharma Message by Rev. Lee Rosenthal; Japanese Dharma Message by Rev. Tetsuo Unno. Dharma School to follow service, 1 p.m. – Memorial Service for the Late Mr. John Kehoe. Additional temple information can be found on the Pasadena Buddhist Church web page at: www.janet.org/~pjci/PasadenaBuddhistChurch/pbc.html

Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church 1850 West Hellman Ave., Alhambra. Epiphany Sunday Jan. 3, 2010 at 9:15 a.m. – English/Japanese service of Holy Communion will include sermon by Claremont School of Theology Intern Dylan(Seok Jin) Hyun who will use the lectionary text of Matthew 2:1-6 as basis for sermon. Jean and Kris Taniguchi(choir director and organist) will lead the choir in music for the service of worship. Holy Communion celebrants will include Revs. Haruyoshi and Tyler. Liturgist is Sunyoung Park and Children’s Time led by Sally Bell with childcare by Crystal Nobles. For information about our Japanese Language School call (626)573-9983, Granada Park Nursery School at (626)284-5006, youth group at [email protected] and other ministries of the congregation at (626)284-3229 or email at [email protected]. Web site at SGPUCM.ORG

St. Francis Xavier Chapel Japanese Catholic Center (Maryknoll) 222 S. Hewitt St., (213)626-2279. 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, from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment. Everyone is invited to celebrate New Year with us here at SFX. We will have a Vigil Mass on New Year’s Eve, Dec. 31 at 5 p.m. and on New Year’s Day, Jan. 1, 2010, at 9 a.m. (bilingual). For more information regarding activities, religious education, facility use, ongoing cultural and educational classes, please call the rectory office or visit web site www.sfxjcc.org

San Fernando Valley Holiness Church 9610 Haddon Ave., Pacoima, (818)896-1676. We warmly welcome you to our Sunday worship service. The English Division First Service is at 8:45 a.m.; the Second Service begins at 11:15 a.m. The Nichigo (Japanese Speaking) service will be at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Coffee Hour Fellowship at 10 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. We have an active youth group ministries and exciting kid-venture Sunday School program. Please check our web site at www.sfvhc.org for detailed church programs and ministries.

San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 9450 Remick Ave., (818)899-4030; www.sfvhbt.org Dec. 31 (Thur.), 6 p.m. – New Year’s Eve service. Jan. 1, 2010 (Fri.), 10 a.m. – New Year’s Day service. Jan. 3 (Sun.), 10 a.m. – Shotsuki monthly memorial service.

Seicho-No- Ie Southern California Missionary Area 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena, CA 90247, (310)323-5327. Jan. 3, 2010 (Sun.), 7 a.m. – Holy Sutra Reading, Shinsokan Meditation and Divine Healing, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. – English-speaking Group Special Sunday Service (Rev. Mario Kawakami), Japanese-speaking Group Sunday Service (Rev. Tomio Otsuka), 10 a.m.  – Sunday Schools.

Senshin Buddhist Temple 1311 W. 37th St., Los Angeles, CA 90007, (323)731-4617. Thursday, Dec. 31, 6:30 p.m. – Joya-e End of the Year Service & Potluck. Friday, Jan. 1, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – Shusho-e New Year’s Day Service. Sunday, Jan. 3, 2010, 9:30 a.m. – Monthly Memorial Service (Shotsuki Hoyo), 10:30 a.m. – Japanese Sermon – Rev. Kakuyei Tada, BCA Minister Emeritus, Study Class – Rev. Masao Kodani, Dharma School, 11:30 a.m. – Fujinkai Reikai.

Union Church of Los Angeles (213)629-3876. Jan. 3, 2010 (Sun.), Sunday worship service at 11 a.m. with Pastor Ken Yabuki speaking on “Guarding Your Mind in Christ Jesus.” A contemporary evening worship, “The Bridge” is held weekly on Sunday at 6 p.m. Parking is available at 5-Star Parking on Second Street on Sundays.

West Adams Christian Church 3625 West Adams Blvd., Los  Angeles, CA 90018, (323) 733-5860, welcomes you to worship with us at services starting at 9:30 a.m. Rev. Yolanda Marquez-Lucar Sermon will be ” Not Only Words…”John 1:1-9 Words can be as strong as deeds, with power to accomplish God’s purposes.   Liturgist:  Mary Karatsu, Ushers: Ko Muraki, Amy Nakano. Deaconesses  Mitzi Nagano and Sachi Kaneshiro.

West Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., West Covina, CA 91790, (626)913-0622. Jan.1, 2010, 10 a.m. – New Year’s Day Service On January 1 from 10:00 a.m., the Temple will hold its New Year ’s Day Service. Rev. Kenjun Kawawata will deliver the New Year ’s message. On Sunday, Jan. 3 from 10 a.m., the West Covina Buddhist Temple will hold its Shotsuki Memorial Service with the Rev. Kenjun Kawawata officiating and delivering the Dharma Talk.

West Covina Christian Church 1100 E. Cameron Ave., West Covina, CA 91790-3851. Jan. 3, 2010, Sunday Worship is at 9 a.m. in Japanese and 10:30 a.m. in English. Men’s Fellowship is at Carrows, 101 S. Azusa Ave., West Covina, Saturday, Jan. 2 at 8 a.m. New Horizons Bible Study meets at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. The next one is Jan. 5. Young families are invited to join us the West Covina Christian Church for Orange Family Nite on Saturday, Jan. 9 at 5 p.m. Call (626)917-0743 or click on www.westcovinacc.com for more information.

West Los Angeles Buddhist Temple (310)477-7274. Dec. 31 (Thu.), 8 p.m. – Joya-e service. Jan. 1, 2010 (Fri.), 8 a.m. – Door open, 10 a.m. – New Year’s Day Service. Jan. 2-3, temple closed. Jan. 7 (Thur.), 1 p.m. – Study Class, 7:30 p.m. – Taiko lesson.

Wintersburg Presbyterian Church 2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana, CA 92706, (714)740-9400. Nichigo Worship Service and Sunday School for all ages begin at 9 a.m. English Worship Service starts at 10:10 a.m. Rev. Ted Esaki is our senior pastor and Rev. Fred Tanizaki is our associate pastor.  Sign-ups continue for the Perspectives class on the World Christian Movement which will begin Jan. 29 at 7:30 p.m. and continue on Friday nights until May 14. Contact MShiraki@ wintersburg.org for more information.

Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S. Hewitt St., (213)624-8658. Dec. 31 (Thu.), 4 p.m. – Year End Service. Jan. 1-4, 2010, Friday through Monday, the temple closed.

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