New Year’s and Year-End Services

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As part of its year-end events, Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple in Little Tokyo held its annual mochitsuki on Dec. 27. Temple members of all ages pounded and shaped mochigome into mochi for the altar (the stack of mochi known as kagami mochi or okasane) and for ozoni, a traditional New Year’s Day soup. Rachel Miyamoto (pictured) was among the youngest participants. Other December activities included the Bodhi Day year-end family service on the 12th, temple clean-up on the 19th, and Joya-e (year-end service) on the 31st. (JK YAMAMOTO/Rafu Shimpo)

Anaheim Free Methodist Church 1001 N. Mayflower St. Anaheim 92801, 714-827-0782, website under construction, Senior Pastor: Pastor Nancy T. Wong,  Associate Pastor: Dr. Shin Asami, Nichigo Pastor: Pastor Takeo Matsudaira, Youth/Young Adult Pastor: Pastor Keith Lee. Jan. 2 (Sun), 10 am—New Year English service combined. Sunday school (nursery-middle high). 10:40 am—Nichigo service.


Centenary United Methodist Church
300 S. Central Ave., L.A. 90012, 213-617-9097, [email protected], www.centenaryunitedmethodistchurch.org. Jan. 2 (Sun), 10:45 am—Worship with Reverend Mark M. Nakagawa’s epiphany message, “Showtime!” First communion of the new year will be celebrated.

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 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. Church www.pl-usa.org. Torrance Church, 310-328-4861, www.pl-lax.org. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Year’s Day service. A New Year’s ozoni lunch will be served after the service. Jan. 2 (Sun)—Group activity day, no regular Sunday service. Happy New Year!

Evergreen Baptist Church of L.A. 1255 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead 91770, 626-280-0477, www.ebcla.org, [email protected] 10:30 am—Sunday worship services. 8:30 and 11:30 am—Sunday worship services. Please join Senior Pastor Kenneth Fong and other ministry staff as they unfold the 2011 Winter Series “Loved and Called.”
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 Church Torrance 2115 W. 182nd St., Torrance 90504, 310-217-7000, www.faithunitedmethodist.com. 8:30 and 10:30 am—Sunday worship services in English led by Rev. Kenneth Suhr,  Pastor Ki Tae Choi and Rev. Hidemi Ito (Pastor of Visitation and Nurture). 8:30 am—Japanese language service led by Pastor Becky Hirata. 8:30 and 10:30 am—Sunday School.

First Presbyterian Church 2775 Lincoln Ave., Altadena 91001, 626-791-4271, www.altadenapresbyterian.org, [email protected]. Dec. 31 (F)—Office closed. Deacons server dinner at Union Station. Jan. 1 (Sat)—Happy New Year! Jan. 2 (Sun), 9 am—Seekers class. Adult Bible study. 10:30 am—Family worship. 10:45 am—Godly play. 11 am—Children’s Sunday school. 11:45 am—Youth group. Jan. 4 (Tu), 8:30 am—Clarion mailing. 10 am—Staff meeting. Jan. 5 (W), 7 pm—Music rehearsal. 7:15 pm—Session meeting. Deacons meeting.

Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena 90247, 310-327-9400, www.gardenabuddhistchurch.org. Dec. 31 (F), 7 pm—Year-end service (soba served after service). Jan. 1 (Sat), 8 am—New Year service. Jan. 2 (Sun), 9:30 am—Regular Sunday service.

Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, www.gvbc.net. 8:45 and 10:45 am—Children’s Sunday school (toddler to 5th grade). 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, www.gedatsu-usa.org. Dec. 31 (F)—Church closed. Jan. 1 (Sat), 7:30 am-12 pm—New Year homage. Jan. 2-3 (Sun–M)—Church closed.
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 am–Traditional-blended service. 11 am–Blended-contemporary service. Church school both hours.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-626-4200, www.hhbt-la.org. Dec. 31 (F), 6 pm—New Year’s Eve service, Joya-e. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Year’s Day service (Shusho-e). Jan. 2-3 (Sun-M)—Closed.

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 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, 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. Dec. 31 (F), 4 pm—Year-end one hour Nembutsu service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Year’s Day service.
Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-1267. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Year’s Day service. 11 am-5 pm—New Year’s Day prayer. Jan. 2 (Sun), 10 am-5 pm—New Year’s Day prayer. Jan. 3 (M), 10 am-5 pm—New Year’s Day prayer.

L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. 8:30-9:30 am—Adult Sunday school class continuing their study on the book of 2 Samuel. 9:30 am—Nichigo Sunday worship service in our chapel. 10:15 am—New Year with our joint English/Spanish worship service in the Social Hall.

L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, www.nishihongwanji-la.org. Dec. 31 (F), 6 pm—New Year’s Eve service, Joya-e service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Years Day service, Shusho-e service, New Year’s message by Rimban Hiroshi Abiko, Rev. William Briones, and Rev. Hidehito Sakamoto. Jan. 2 (Sun)—Temple closed. 12:50 pm—Radio sermon,1460 AM, Nikkei hour his Eminence Koshin Ohtani, Monshu of the Jodo Shinshu Hompa Hongwanji-ha. Jan. 6 (Th), 6 pm—Beginners study class, Rev. Briones.

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. Dec. 31 (F), 6 pm—New Year’s Eve potluck gathering. Jan. 2 (Sun), “With God’s Blessing,” holy communion, blessing of the congregation. Jan. 5 (W), 10 am—Prayer meeting.

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

Montebello Plymouth Church 144 S. Greenwood Ave., Montebello 90640, 323-721-5568, www.montebelloucc.org. Jan. 2 (Sun), 10 am—Worship and communion. “Epiphany Celebration” by Pastor Mitchell Young. 9 am—Mochitsuki. 11:30 am—Coffee hour, mochi and ozoni for the New Year.

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. Dec. 31 (F), 6 pm—Joya-e, year-end service. Dharma talks by Rev. Tomoyuki Hasegawa in English.

Nichiren Shu Buddhist Temple 2801 E. 4th St., L.A. 90033, 323-262-7886, http://la.nichirenshu.org. Dec. 31 (F), 5 pm—End of the year service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Year’s KITO blessing service.
N. Hollywood Japanese Sunrise Fourscore 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 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 am-12:15 pm–Pastor Dennis Sato, English service. 11 am-12:15 pm–K-6 Sunday school. Dec. 29-31(W-F)—Youth midwinter.

Orange County Buddhist Church 909 S. Dale Ave., Anaheim 92804, 714-827-9590, www.ocbuddhist.org. Dec. 31 (F), 8 pm—New Year’s Eve service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Year’s Day service. Jan. 2 (Sun), 8:30 am—Meditation and Shoshinge chanting service. 10 am—Family service. 11 am—Dharma school and Adult study class in English and Japanese. Jan. 5 (W), 7:30 pm—Meditation and chanting service (No Irvine mediation service). Jan. 6 (Th), 10:30 am—BEC classes, “Lectures on the Larger Sutra of Immeasurable Life” by Rev. Marvin Harada. 7 pm—Lectures on the Shoshinge by Rev. Marvin Harada.

Orange County Christian Church 4872 Bishop St., Cypress 90630, 714-827-2801, www.tinyurl.com/occhristian (English), 714-827-6244, www.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, 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 pm.

Pasadena Buddhist Temple 1993 Glen Ave., Pasadena 91103, 626-798-4781, www.pasadenabuddhisttemple.org. Dec. 31 (F), 7 pm—New Year’s Eve service (Joya-e) and traditional ringing of temple bell. Jan. 2 (Sun), 10 am—New Year’s service. English Dharma message by Rev. Lee Rosenthal. Japanese Dharma message by Rev. Tetsuo Unno. Dharma school and adult discussion class with Rev. Rosenthal to follow.

Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ 2550 Fairfield St., San Diego, 92110, 619-276-4881, www.pioneeroceanviewucc.com, [email protected], Interim Minister  Rev. Alex Dreese. Jan. 2 (Sun) 10 am—Sunday worship service, “New Year’s and Facing in the Right Direction,” by Interim Minister, Rev. Alex Dreese. Praise songs and hymns led by Choir Director, Fabiola Ghebresillassie. Join us for our fellowship time immediately following the service.

Rissho Kosei-kai Buddhist Church of L.A. 2701 E. 1st St., L.A. 90033, 323-269-4741, www.rkla.org.

Sage Granada Park United Methodist Church 1850 W. Hellman Ave., Alhambra 91803, 626-284-3229, [email protected], sgpumc.org. Jan. 2 (Sun), 9:15 am—2011 Epiphany Sunday, holy communion English worship service. 11 am—Vietnamese and Church of India. 9:45 am-12 pm—Children’s sermon during worship service and Sunday school. Rev. Sunyoung Park’s sermon “God’s Outpouring Blessings Upon Us,” Jeremiah 31:7-14 and John 1:1-9, 10-18.

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 pm (English), Sunday, 8:30 am (Japanese) and 10 am (English). Confessions are on the 1st Saturday of the month, 3:30–4:30 pm. Dec. 31 (F), 5 pm and Jan. 1 (Sat), 9 am —Celebrate New Year with us at our Masses. Regular weekend schedule remains the same.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church 961 S. Mariposa Ave., L.A. 90006, 213-387-1334, www.sstmarys-la.org. Sundays: 7:30 am—Holy Eucharist. 8:30 am—Choir practice. 9:45 am—Holy Eucharist and Sunday school/nursery. Wed.: 11:15 am—Noonday prayer. 6:30 pm Sat.: Morning altar guild.

San Fernando Valley Holiness Church 9610 Haddon Ave., Pacoima 91331, 818-896-1676, www.sfvhc.org. 8:45 or 11:15 am—Sunday family worship and communion service, English division. 10-11 am—Coffee fellowship hour. 11 am—Nichigo service. Pastor Robert Tsujimoto with the morning message.
San Fernando Valley Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 9450 Remick Ave., Pacoima 91331, 818-899-4030, www.sfvhbt.org. Dec. 31 (Fri), 6 pm—New Year’s Eve service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—New Year’s Day service. Jan. 2 (Sun), No service.

San Fernando Valley Sunrise Japanese Church 14705 Wyondotte St., Van Nuys 91405, 818-782-8738, Sunday, 6 pm–Evening service, Pastor Spring Iwata. On the second Wed. of every month at 7 pm, 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. Dec. 31 (F), 6:30 pm—Joya-e end of the year service and potluck. Jan. 1 (Sat), 9:30 am—Shunsho-e New Year’s Day service. Jan. 2 (Sun)—No services.

SNI Church 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5327. Jan. 1 (Sat), 7-8 am—New Year ceremony. Jan. 2 (Sun), 7 am—Holy Sutra reading, Shinsokan meditation and divine healing. 9:30-11 am—English speaking group special Sunday service (Rev. Kawakami). 10 am—Sunday schools.

South Bay Community Church Gardena 310-972-2910, SouthBayCommunityChurch.com. Worship services: Sat. at 5 pm, Sun. at 9:30 and 11 am. Kidz Krew Children’s and Infant/Toddler ministries available at all services. Youth services held at 370 Amapola Ave. #208, Torrance 90501. Jr. high on Fri., 6:30 pm, high school on Sun., 4 pm.
South Bay Free Methodist Church 310-539-8663, 25514 Narbonne Ave., Lomita 90717. English Pastor Cliff Rapp, worship service, 11 am. Sunday school for adult, children, youth, 9:30 am Japanese Pastor Nobuo Kawahara, worship service, 9:15 am. Sunday school for adults and children, 11 am.

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 pm—Japanese language service. Bible reading meeting every Wed. at 1 pm, gospels.

Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, www.unionchurchla.org. Jan. 2 (Sun),9 am—Traditional worship service. “Map Check,” New Year’s message by Mr. Roger Lee. 11 am—Bridge contemporary worship service.

Venice Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 12371 Braddock Dr., Culver City 90230, 310-391-4351, www.vhbt.org. 9:30 am—Family Sunday service. 10:30 am—Dharma school and adult service. 9:30 am—Daily services, except Wednesdays. Jorei Fukyo—monthly Japanese language service on first Sunday of each month at 12 p.m. Senior outreach/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. Dec. 30 (Th), 7:30 pm—Joya-e, end of year service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am—Shunsho-e service.

Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist 4871 Centinela Ave., L.A. 90066, 310-822-8094, www.vsmfmc.org. 8:45 and 10 am—English worship service and Sunday school. 11:30 am—Japanese worship service and Sunday school.

W. Adams Christian Church 3625 W. Adams Blvd., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5860. Jan. 2 (Sun), 9:25 am—Join us for worship the 1st Sunday of the New Year! 10:30 am—Bible study. Pastor Aki Kawamata. Worship, Mari Wada. Liturgist, Sam Kawata. Ushers, Ko Muraki and Amy Nakano.

W. Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-913-0622, www.livingdharma.org.

W. Covina Christian Church 1100 E. Cameron Ave., W. Covina 91790-3851, 626-917-0743, www.westcovinacc.com. 9 am—Japanese service with Pastor Yoshinosuke Nakao. 10:30 am—English service with Pastor Rick Iwanaga.

W.L.A. Buddhist Temple 2003 Corinth Ave., L.A. 90025, 310-477-7274. Dec. 31 (F), 8 pm—Joya-e New Year’s Eve service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 8 am—Doors open. 10 am—New Year’s Day service. Jan. 2-3 (Sun-M)—Temple closed. Jan. 6 (Th), 1 pm—Study class. 7 pm—Buddhist meeting. 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, [email protected] Rev. Stephen Sato, English and Rev. Takashi Furuyama, Japanese. Weekly worship celebrations and luncheon. 8:30 am—Youth choir. 9:30 am—Sunday school and Nichigo service. 11:15 am—English service. 12:30 pm—Lunch.

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

Wintersburg Presbyterian Church 2000 N. Fairview St., Santa Ana 92706, 714-740-9400, www.wintersburg.org. 10:10-11:30 am-—Sunday worship service. 9-10 am—Nichigo worship service. 9 am—Sunday school and Bible studies (all ages). 10:20 am—Nichigo Bible studies. 4 pm—college/young adults Bible study (ages 17-22).

Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-8658. Dec. 31 (F), 4 pm—Year-end service. Jan. 1 (Sat), 10 am— Shunsho-e. Jan. 2-4 (Sun-Tu)—Temple closed.

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