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. 8:30 am—1st service (traditional). 11 am—2nd service (contemporary). 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, [email protected] Dec. 11 (Sun), 10 am—Advent pageant worship. All church luncheon follows in the fellowship hall.
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. 10 (Sat), 9 am—Japanese worship service. 11:30 am—English worship service, “Co-heirs with Christ.” Dec. 11 (Sun), 4 pm—Bible study, explore what has been learned on Saturday. Dec. 14 (W), 6 pm—Japanese Bible study. 7:30 pm—English Bible study Exodus 35.
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 Rev. Kenneth Suhr, Pastor Ki Tae Choi and Rev. Hidemi Ito, (Pastor of visitation and nurture). 8:30 am—Japanese language services 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]
Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena 90247, 310-327-9400, gardenabuddhistchurch.org. Dec. 11 (Sun), 9:30 am—Oseibo Taikai.
Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, gvbc.net. Dec. 11 (Sun), 8:45 and 10:45 am—Sunday worship services. 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. 11 (Sun)—LA church clean-up (Sac’to–12/11).
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.
Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-626-4200, hhbt-la.org. Dec. 11 (Sun), 9 am—Tannisho class. 10 am—Bodhi Day/Year-end family service. Dharma messages by Rev. Miyoshi in Japanese and Rinban Ito in English. Rinban Ito will also give a Dharma message to Dharma school children.
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. 10 (Sat), 1 pm—Nembutsu session. Dec. 11 (Sun), 10 am—Ihai Nokotsu-do service.
Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-1267. Dec. 9 (F), 7:30 pm—Scout Troop 379 assembly. Dec. 10 (Sat), 12 pm—ABA service. 1:30 pm—Japanese language and culture study. 3:30 pm—English Buddhist study. 7 pm—Scout Troop 379 holiday party. Dec. 11 (Sun), 9 am—Temple year-end clean-up. No morning service. 1 pm—100th anniversary meeting.
L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. Dec. 11 (Sun), 8:30-9:30 am—Worship service, adult Sunday school class, studying the book of John. 10:15 am—English service in the Social Hall with Pastor Seigo Takayoshi continuing to speak on The Incarnation series. 9:30 am—Nichigo Sunday worship service in our Chapel. Everyone is invited to stay after worship and enjoy a light lunch.
L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, nishihongwanji-la.org. Dec. 11 (Sun), 10 am—Betsuin Bodhi Day Sunday service. Dharma message in English, Rimban Hiroshi Abiko. 10 am—Hollywood Buddhist Temple Oseibo Taikai. Service Dharma message by Rev. William Briones. 10 am—Sun Valley Oseibo Taikai service. Dharma messaged by Rev. Hidehito Sakamoto. 12:50 pm—Radio sermon, 1460 AM, Nikkei community hour by Rimban Hiroshi Abiko, sponsored by Mr. and Mrs. Shoichi Sayano in memory of mother, Mrs. Miyo Sayano. Dec. 15 (Th), 6 pm—Beginners Buddhist study class, Rev. Briones. 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. 11 (Sun)—Advent III, “God Sent” Holy communion.
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. 11 (Sun), 10 am—Worship on the third Sunday of Advent, “Hope Restored” Pastor Mitchell. 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. 11 (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. 11 (Sun), 8:30 am—Meditation and Shoshinge chanting service. 10 am—Family service. 11 am—Dharma school, adult study class in English and Japanese. Oseibo Taikai. Dec. 14 (W), 7:30 pm—Meditation and chanting.
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. 9 (F), 7:30 pm—Funeral service of the late Mrs. Kathryn Doi. Dec. 10 (Sat)—The annual Mochi-Tsuki fundraising event originally scheduled for today will be cancelled due to the necessary emergency replacement of an underground gas pipe. The temple apologizes for any inconvenience and will refund any advance payment received for mochi orders. Dec. 11 (Sun), 10 am—Late Bishops’ of the Buddhist Churches of America memorial service. English Dharma message by Rev. Lee Rosenthal. Rev. Tetsuo Unno will deliver a message in Japanese. Adult discussion class with Rev. Rosenthal follows service.
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. 11 (Sun), 10 am—Sunday worship service and Sunday school. Third Sunday of Advent. “Seeing Old Things in New Ways,” Rev. Alex Dreese. Hymns led by our choir director, Fabiola Ghebresillassie and special music by Joseph Almohaya. Fellowship hour immediately following the 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. 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. 11 (Sun)—“Courage not to be,” Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, John 1:6-8, 19-28.
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. 10 (Sat), 8 am—Mochi preparation. 10 am—BWA service and meeting. Dec. 11 (Sun)—Mochitsuki (no Sunday service). Dec. 17 (Sat), 9:30 am—Dharma discussion.
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. 10 (Sat)—Bodhi Day program. 4:30 pm—Omairi and meditation. 7 pm—Potluck and movie. Dec. 11 (Sun), 9:30 am—Jodo-e Bodhi Day family service. 10:30 am—English with Rev. Masao Kodani, Japanese with Rev. Kenjun Kawawata, West Covina Buddhist Temple Sangha Teens attend Dharma school.
SNI Church 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5327. Dec. 11 (Sun), 9 am-3 pm—Year end clean up.
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.
Torrance First Lutheran Church 2900 W. Carson St., Torrance 90503, 310-320-9920, www.faith-first.org. Dec. 11 (Sun), 8:30 and 10:45 am— English services. 7 pm—Choir concert. 4 pm—Reception.
Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, unionchurchla.org, Rev. Timothy Yee. Dec. 11 (Sun), 9 am—“Christmas Question: Is He Truly Human?” 11 am—Bridge 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—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.
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. Dec. 11 (Sun)—Worship during the season of Advent. 9:25 am—Worship with Pastor Aki Kawamata, worship by Mari Wada (organ/hymns), liturgist Mae Ozeki, ushers Ko Muraki and Ralph Tanioka.
W. Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-913-0622, livingdharma.org. Dec. 11 (Sun), 4 pm—Year-end service with message by Rev. Kenjun Kawawata. Year-end Party will begin immediately after service.
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. 10 (Sat), 8 am—Mochitsuki. Dec. 11 (Sun), 8 am—Temple and garden clean-up. 10:30 am—BWA meeting. 12 pm—BWA lunch. Dec. 15 (Th), 1 pm—Study class with Rev. F. Usuki. 6:30 pm—Taiko party.
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. Sunday worship services: 9:30 am—English language worship. Child care and Sunday school. 10:30 am—Fellowship time for all congregations. 11 am—Japanese language worship. Christ-centered time for children and youth, Sunday school teaches Bible stories and helps children and youth to learn about living Christ-centered lives. Sunday school is the perfect time to discover God’s magnificent word in classes that are tailored to the educational needs of different age levels.
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. Dec. 10 (Sat)—Christmas program.
Zenshuji Soto Mission 123 S. Hewitt St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-8658. Dec. 10 (Sat), 6:30 am—Zazen. 9:30 am—Advanced Japanese language class, 11 am—Beginner’s Japanese language class. Dec. 11 (Sun), 8 am—Zazen. 9:30 am—Omigaki, garden cleaning and Goeika Osame.