RELIGION CALENDAR (1/5/2012)

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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. Jan. 8 (Sun), 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. Jan. 8 (Sun)—Congregation celebrates the Baptism of Jesus. “New Beginnings,” Rev. Mark Nakagawa. New Year’s mochi lunch follows in the church 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.

Evergreen Baptist Church of L.A. 1255 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead 91770, 626-280-0477, ebcla.org, [email protected] Jan. 8 (Sun), 8:30 am and 11:30 am—Sunday worship services. Join Senior Pastor Kenneth Fong and ministry staff as they unfold the 2012 winter Romans sermon series: “Harmony: Pursuing Reconciliation in the World, in the Church, at Home.”

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. Jan. 8 (Sun), 8:30 and 10:30 am—English Sunday worship services, led 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 each Sunday.

First Presbyterian Church 2775 Lincoln Ave., Altaden a 91001, 626-791-4271, www.altadenapresbyterian.org, [email protected]

Gardena Buddhist Church 1517 W. 166th St., Gardena 90247, 310-327-9400, gardenabuddhistchurch.org.

Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, gvbc.net. Jan. 8 (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.

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. Jan. 8 (Sun), 9 am—Traditional-blended service. 11 am—Blended-contemporary service. Church school both hours. “What Is Baptism?” by Rev. Steven E. Wirth.

Higashi Honganji Buddhist Temple 505 E. 3rd St., L.A. 90013, 213-626-4200, hhbt-la.org. Jan. 7 (Sat), 9 am-12 pm—“Buddhism 101” class. A great introductory class for those who would like to learn Buddhism from the beginning. Admission is free. For more info contact our temple office. Jan. 8 (Sun), 9 am—Tannisho class. 10 am—Shotsuki service. Dharma talks by Rev. Miyoshi in Japanese and Rinban Ito in English. Rev. Hasegawa will 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, New website is under construction, Rev. John Katagi, pastor. Jan.8 (Sun)—11 am—Worship service. Sunday school for ages 2-10 is held concurrently. Messages in Japanese every Sunday by newly installed Japanese language pastor, Sho Ichikawa. English language pulpit supply provided in January by Pastor Alvin Espiritu.

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. Jan. 7 (Sat), 1:30 pm—Japanese language and culture study class. 4 pm—Harbor Goeika practice. 5 pm—Harbor Daishiko. Jan. 8 (Sun), 10 am—Morning service. 11 am—BOD meeting followed by cabinet.

L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. Jan 8 (Sun), 10:15 am—English worship service in the Social Hall with Pastor Seigo Takayoshi. 9:30 am—Nichigo Sunday worship service in our chapel. Jan. 11 (W), 7-8 pm—Take the time to pray as a body of Christ as we join together at in the Kuzuhara Library. Jan. 13 (F), 7-8:30 pm—New Bible study starts. Studying the Book of Luke. Jan. 13-16 (F-M)—“WinterVision.”

L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, nishihongwanji-la.org. Jan. 8 (Sun), 10 am—Betsuin service. Dharma message in English, Rev. William Briones in Japanese, Rimban Hiroshi Abiko. 11 am—Buddhist study class in English, Rev. Briones. 12:50 pm—Radio sermon, 1460 AM, Nikkei hour. Dharma message in Japanese by Rimban Abiko. 1 pm—41th  Kohaku Uta Gassen (singing competition “Men vs. Women”)  Temple Gymnasium, $20 donation. Tickets available at Betsuin office.

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. Jan. 8 (Sun)—“God Approves” Bible story by Willie Tahata.

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. Jan 8 (Sun), 9 am—Annual mochitsuki, all are invited to participate. 10 am—Worship, “New Beginnings,” by Pastor Mitchell.

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. Jan. 8 (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. Jan. 7 (Sat), 7:30 pm—Shotsuki Hoyo, monthly memorial service. Jan. 8 (Sun), 8:30 am—Meditation and Shoshinge chanting service. 10 am—Family service. 11 am—Dharma school, adult study class in English and Japanese. Jan. 9 (M), 7:30 pm—BEC class, “Monday Morning Buddhism” by Instructors Bill Dearth and Jon Turner. Jan. 10 (Tu), 7:30 pm—BEC class, “Shin Buddhism Explained Through Western Examples” by Rev. Tetsuo Unno. Jan. 11 (W), 7:30 pm—Meditation and chanting service. Jan. 12 (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, 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. Jan. 8 (Sun), 8:30 am—Buddhist women’s association meeting. New prospective members of the temple are welcome to attend and join in as we move forward in planning the full schedule of events for the New Year. 10 am—New Year’s service and monthly memorial service for January.

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. Jan 8 (Sun), 10 am—Sunday worship service and Sunday school. 1st Sunday after Epiphany. “Things I’d Like You to Remember,” Rev. Alex Dreese. Hymns and special music led by our Choir Director, Fabiola Ghebresillassie. Fellowship hour immediately following service, all are invited. There will be a special farewell potluck luncheon for Pastor Alex and Becky.

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. Jan 8 (Sun), “Revealing Relationships” by Jesse Chang. Scriptures: Psalm 29, Mark 1:4-11.

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. Jan. 7 (Sat), 9:30 am—Dharma discussion. Jan. 8 (Sun), 10 am—Shotsuki monthly memorial service. Cabinet meeting.

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. Jan. 8 (Sun), 9:30 am—Monthly memorial service. Installation of temple board and affiliated organizations. 10:30 am—Study class with Rev. Masao Kodani. Japanese sermon with Rev. Kakuyei Tada, BCA Minister Emeritus. Dharma school. 11:30 am—BWA Fujinkai Reikai.

SNI Church 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5327. Jan. 8 (Sun), 8-9:30 am—Holy Sutra reading, Shinsokan meditation and divine healing, SCMA council meeting. 10-11 am—English-speaking group special Sunday service (Rev. Otsuka). 10 am—Sunday schools. 1 pm—SNI headquarters board meeting.

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. Jan. 8 (Sun), 8:30 and 10:45 am, 7 pm—English services. 8:30 am—Japanese language fellowship and Bible study.

Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, unionchurchla.org, Rev. Timothy Yee. Jan. 8 (Sun), 9 am—Traditional worship service. 11 am—Bridge contemporary worship service. Special guest speaker is Mr. Chris Greer, College Age Ministry Director of Bel Air Presbyterian Church. He will speak on “The Light Shines in the Darkness” at both services.

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.

W. Covina Buddhist Temple 1203 W. Puente Ave., W. Covina 91790, 626-913-0622, livingdharma.org. Jan. 8 (Sun), 10 am—Shotsuki memorial service with the Rev. Kenjun Kawawata officiating and delivering the Dharma talk.

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. Jan. 7 (Sat), 10 am—Shotsuki hoyo. Jan. 8 (Sun), 11 am—Family service, cabinet installation, New Year lunch. Jan. 11 (W), 7:30 pm—Service and annual general meeting. Jan. 12 (Th), 1 pm—Study class (in English) with Rev. F. Usuki. 7 pm—Buddhist men 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, 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. Jan. 8 (Sun), 9:30 am—Sunday worship with child care and Sunday school. 11 am—Sunday worship in Japanese language. Bible studies and mission projects are held throughout the month. Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, will speak on Sunday, January 15 at 1 pm.  Free admission, all welcome, book signing and reception following. Call for more info.

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. Jan. 7 (Sat), 6:30 am—Zazen. 9:30 am—Advanced Japanese language class. 11 am—Beginners Japanese language class. Jan. 8 (Sun), 8 am—Zazen. 9 am—Sunday service. 7:10 am-4:40 pm—“One Day Sitting.”

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