Anaheim Free Methodist Church: 1001 N. Mayflower St. Anaheim 92801, 714-827-0782, Temp. website: ajfmc.tripod.com. Senior Pastor Nancy T. Wong, Associate Pastor Dr. Shin Asami, Nichigo Pastor Takeo Matsudaira, Youth/Young Adult Pastor Keith Lee. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—All church joint service, special Christmas program.
Centenary United Methodist Church 300 S. Central Ave., L.A. 90013, 213-617-9097, www.centenaryunitedmethodistchurch.org.Dec. 18 (Sun)—Congregation celebrates advent 4. “Mary, Model For All” by Rev. Mark Nakagawa.
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.
Davar Church 1539 E. Howard St., Pasadena 91104, Davarkg.com. Dec. 17 (Sat), 10 am—Japanese/English joint worship service “Co-heirs with Christ.” Dec. 18 (Sun), 4 pm—Bible study, explore what has been learned on Saturday. Dec. 21 (W), 7:30 pm—Christmas special service.
Evergreen Baptist Church of L.A. 1255 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead 91770, 626-280-0477, ebcla.org, [email protected] 8:30 am and 11:30 am—Sunday worship services. Join Senior Pastor Kenneth Fong and other ministry staff as they unfold the 2011 special series—“The Kingdom of God Has Drawn Near.”
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. 8:30 and 10:30 am—Sunday worship services in English by by Rev. Kenneth Suhr, Pastor Ki Tae Choi and Rev. Hidemi Ito, (Pastor of Visitation and Nurture). 8:30 am—Japanese language services led by Pastor Becky Hirata. 8:30 and 10:30 am—Sunday school meets at each Sunday.
First Presbyterian Church 2775 Lincoln Ave., Altadena 91001, 626-791-4271, www.altadenapresbyterian.org, [email protected] Dec. 18 (Sun)—Fourth Sunday of Advent. 9 am—Adult Sunday school. 9:15-10 am—All church prayer. 10:30 am—Family worship. 10:45 am—Godly play. 11:45 am—Share and prayer. 11:45 am—Youth group. Dec. 19 (M), 7 pm—Advent Study at Lau Branson’s. Dec. 20 (Tu), 8 am—Clarion mailing. 10-11 am—Staff meeting. Dec. 21 (W), 7 pm—Music rehearsal. 12:30 pm—Advent study in the Library (Barbie Ishida, bring a lunch).
Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena 90247, 310-327-9400, gardenabuddhistchurch.org. Dec. 18 (Sun), 9:30 am—Regular Sunday service.
Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, gvbc.net. Dec. 18 (Sun), 8:45 and 10:45 am—Sunday worship services. Join us as we celebrate the 4th Sunday in advent. “The Hole in our Christmas: Christmas Without Costly Love,” Pastor Steve Langley. Children’s Sunday school (Toddler to 5th grade) runs concurrently with the 8:45 and 10:45 am services, only. 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. Dec. 18 (Sun)—LA Christmas party.
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. Dec. 18 (Sun)—“A Sense of the Lord: 4) The Fragrance of Christ.” “For we are the aroma of Christ to God among those who are being saved…” 2 Corinthians 2:15, Rev. Dr. Steven E. Wirth.
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-626-4200, hhbt-la.org. Dec. 18 (Sun), 9 am—Annual temple clean up (no Sunday service).
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, jachristianchapel.blogspot.com/, Rev. John Katagi, pastor. 11 am—Worship is a uniting of the multi-cultural English speaking and Japanese language congregations. Sunday school for ages 2-10 is held concurrently. Separate Japanese language messages are scheduled for the third and fourth Sundays of the month.
Jodoshu North America Buddhist Missions 442 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-346-9666. Dec. 17 (Sat), 1 pm—Nembutsu session. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Year end clean up.
Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-1267. Dec. 17 (Sat), 2 pm—L.A. Daishiko. Dec. 18 (Sun)—No morning service. 1:30 pm Osame Daishi Goma.
L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. Dec. 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 Jaime Nakasuji. 9:30 am—Nichigo Sunday worship service in our Chapel. Everyone is invited to stay after worship and enjoy a light lunch. Christmas caroling and shabu-shabu, see Becky Cheng.
L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, nishihongwanji-la.org. Dec. 16 (F), 1:30 pm—Gomeinichi ko (Shinran Shonin’s monthly memorial).
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. 18 (Sun)—Advent IV Christmas program.
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. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Worship and the annual Christmas pageant, “God With Us” by Pastor Mitchell. A Christmas eve candlelight service will be held on Dec. 24th at 7pm. Winter Ex registration is still open and will be held Dec. 27-30th.
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. Dec. 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. Dec. 18 (Sun), 8:30 am—Meditation and shushing service. No family service or Dharma school. Dec. 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. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Year end appreciation service of reflection and expression of gratitude: English Dharma message by Rev. Lee Rosenthal; Japanese message by Rev. Tetsuo Unno. Dharma school to follow. 11:30 am—Oseibo Taikai celebration, general membership meeting and luncheon in temple annex.
Pioneer Ocean View United Church of Christ 2550 Fairfield St., San Diego, 92110, 619-276-4881, pioneeroceanviewucc.com, [email protected], Interim Minister, Rev. Alex Dreese, an open and affirming church. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Sunday worship service and Sunday school. 4th Sunday of Advent and Sunday school Christmas program. “A Failure of Imagination,” Rev. Alex Dreese. Hymns led by our choir director, Fabiola Ghebresillassie. Fellowship hour immediately following the service. Special Christmas lunch hosted by the Board of Christian Education, all are invited.
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. Dec. 18 (Sun)—“The call of the Advent,” 2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16. Luke 1:26-38.
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. Sundays, 7:30 am—Holy Eucharist. 8:30 am—Choir practice. 9:45 am—Holy Eucharist and Sunday school/nursery. (W), 11:30 am—Noonday prayer. Sat., Morning altar guild.
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. Dec. 17 (Sat), 9:30 am—Dharma discussion. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Service. Dec. 25 (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. 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. Dec. 17 (Sat), 7 am—To dusk Senshin Mochitsuki. Dec. 18 (Sun), 9:30 am—Oseibo service. 10:30 am—Study class with Rev. Masao Kodani, Dharma school with Sangha Teens.
SNI Church 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5327. Dec. 18 (Sun), 7 am—Holy Sutra reading, Shinsokan meditation and divine healing. 9:30-11 am—Combined year end purification ceremony with Rev. Kawakami. 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. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Monthly service, followed by a sermon by Rev. Marlon Okazaki 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. Dec. 18 (Sun), 8:30 and 10:45 am— English services. 1 pm—Japanese language service and children’s program.
Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, unionchurchla.org, Rev. Timothy Yee. Dec. 18 (Sun)—“Christian Question: Did People Expect Him?” 9 am—Traditional worship service. 11 am—Bridge contemporary worship
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—Daily services except Wednesdays. Jorei Fukyo—monthly Japanese language service on first Sunday of each month at 12 pm—Dana/Tai-chi exercise program after Tue. morning services, Games Day, after Fri. morning services, Monthly Tsuki Meinichi Hoyo on 4th Saturday at 9:30 am. Dec. 18 (Sun), 10 am—Oseibo service.
Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist 4871 Centinela Ave., L.A. 90066, 310-822-8094, vsmfmc.org.
W. Adams Christian Church 3625 W. Adams Blvd., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5860.
W. Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-913-0622, livingdharma.org. Dec. 18 (Sun), 7 am—Mochitsuki (rice-cake making). Jr. YBA will sell breakfast for a fundraiser.
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. Dec. 18 (Sun), 9:30 am—Regular service, Dharma school and discussion with Rev. F. Usuki. Dec. 21 (W), 7:30 pm—Asoka Fujinkai service and meeting. Dec. 22 (Th)—No study class. Dec 23-26 (F-M)—Temple closed.
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, 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, Rev. Gary Oba, Senior Pastor; Rev. Janet Cromwell, Associate Pastor; Pastor Becky Hirata, Asst. Pastor for Japanese Language Ministry. Dec. 18 (Sun), 9:30 am—Sunday worship in English with child care and Sunday school. 11 am—Sunday worship in Japanese.
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. Dec. 17 (Sat), 6:30 am—Zazen. 8 am—Mochigome washing. 9:30 am—Advanced Japanese language class. 11 am—Beginners Japanese language class. Dec. 18 (Sun), 7 am—Mochitsuke.