RELIGION CALENDAR (1/12/2012)

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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. 15 (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. 15 (Sun), Congregation observes Human Relations Sunday. “Can You Hear Me Now?” 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. Davar Church 1539 E. Howard St., Pasadena,  91104, 626-398-2290, davarkg.com. Jan. 14 (Sat),  9 am—Japanese worship service. 11:30 am—English worship service “Co-heirs with Christ.” Jan. 15 (Sun), 4 pm—Bible study, explore what has been learned on Saturday. Jan. 18 (W), 6 pm—Japanese Bible study. 7:30 pm—English Bible study Exodus 36.

Evergreen Baptist Church of L.A. 1255 San Gabriel Blvd., Rosemead 91770, 626-280-0477, ebcla.org, [email protected] Jan. 15 (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. 15 (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. Jan. 15 (Sun), 9:30 am—Regular Sunday service. Jan. 16 (M)—Office closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Jan. 19-21 (Th-Sat), 7 am—Early morning Sutra chanting.

Gardena Valley Baptist Church 1630 W. 158th St., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5683, gvbc.net. Jan. 15 (Sun), 8:45 and 10:45 am—Sunday worship services. Join us with Pastor Tom Demorest, from CityLights, speaks.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. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Family service. We will have a special presentation from Hoonko Hoshidan tour attendees. 12:30 pm—Bon odori aerobics at Social Hall.

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.15 (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. Jan. 14 (Sat), 1 pm—Nembutsu session. Jan. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Nokotsudo service.

Koyasan Buddhist Temple 342 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-624-1267. Jan. 14 (Sat), 10:30 am—Advance Goeika practice. 12 pm—ABA service. 1:30 pm—Japanese language and culture study. 3 pm—English Buddhist study. Jan. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Morning service. 11 am—100th Anniversary. 3 pm—Intermediate Goeika practice.

L.A. Holiness Church 3660 S. Gramercy Pl., L.A. 90018, 323-733-5000, laholiness.org. Jan. 15 (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. Everyone is invited to stay after worship service and enjoy the light lunch.

L.A. Hompa Hongwanji Buddhist Temple 815 E. 1st St., L.A. 90012, 213-680-9130, nishihongwanji-la.org. Jan. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Ho-onko 750th memorial of Shinran Shonin (founder of Jodo Shinshu school of Buddhism): guest speaker in English Rev. John Iwohara and in both English and Japanese. 11:30 am—New Years Luncheon, welcome new members. 12:50 pm—Radio message. 1460 AM, Nikkei hour in English by Rev. William Briones. Jan. 16 (M), 1:30 pm—Gomeinichi-ko (Shinran Shonin’s monthly memorial service). Jan. 19 (Th), 6 pm—Buddhist study class in English by Rev. Briones.

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. 15 (Sun)—“Come and See.”

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. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Worship service, “Called and Recalled,” 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. 15 (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. 15 (Sun), 8:30 am—Meditation and Shoshinge chanting service. 10 am—Ho-onko service (Shinran Shonin’s memorial) Japanese and English speaker, Socho Koshin Ogui, Bishop of Buddhist Churches of America. No Dharma school or adult study class. Jan. 16 (M), 7:30 pm—BEC class, Monday morning Buddhism by instructors Bill Dearth and Jon Turner. Jan. 17 (Tu), 7:30 pm—BEC class, “Shin Buddhism Explained Through Western Examples” by Rev. Tetsuo Unno. Jan. 18 (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. Jan. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Family Dharma service with Dharma message presented by Mr. Howard Hays. 12 pm—BWA New Year’s party and reunion at Maison Akira Restaurant in Pasadena. Jan. 17 (Tu), 9:30 am—Sumirei Kai craft club. New members always welcome. 11:30 am—Potluck lunch.

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 15 (Sun), 10 am—Sunday worship service and Sunday school. 2nd Sunday after Epiphany. Rev. Linda Sieh will be our guest minister this Sunday. There will be hymns and special music led by our Choir Director, Fabiola Ghebresillassie. 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. Jan. 15 (Sun), “No Man is an Island,” Romans 8:35-39.

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. 14 (Sat), 9:30 am—BWA service/cabinet installation, meeting. Jan. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Ho-onko service with guest, Rev. T. Hirota (Japanese) followed by New Year’s luncheon.

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. 15 (Sun), 9:30 am—Family service. 10:30 am—Study class. Dharma school.

SNI Church 14527 S. Vermont Ave., Gardena 90247, 310-323-5327. Jan. 15 (Sun), 8-9:30 am—SCMA council meeting. 10-11 am—English group Sunday service (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. Jan. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Spring grand service starting followed by a sermon by Rev. Hinao Nagao 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. Jan. 15 (Sun), 8:30 and 10:45 am, 7 pm—English services. 10:45 am—Japanese Bible study and fellowship.

Union Church of L.A. 401 E. Third St., L.A. 90013, 213-629-3876, unionchurchla.org, Rev. Timothy Yee. Jan. 15 (Sun), 9 am—Traditional worship service, “The Good Samaritan”  with Dr. Charles Morgan. 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—Morning services (Tu, Th, F and Sat). Jorei Fukyo, monthly Japanese language service on first Sunday of each month at 12 pm. 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. Jan. 14-16 (Sat-M), 6:30 am—Ojinjo service.

Venice Santa Monica Free Methodist 4871 Centinela Ave., L.A. 90066, 310-822-8094, vsmfmc.org. Jan. 13-16 (F-M)—Conference mid-winter retreat. Jan. 15 (Sun)—“Building a Healthy Family Life” series continues.

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.

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. 15 (Sun), 10 am—Ho-onko service with Rev. Shinji Okada in Japanese and Rev. F. Usuki in English. 12 pm—BWA meeting. Jan. 19 (Th), 1 pm—Study class in English with Rev. F. Usuki. 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. 15 (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 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. 14 (Sat), 6:30 am—Zazen. 9:30 am—Advanced Japanese language class. 11 am—Beginners Japanese language class. Jan. 15 (Sun), 8 am—Zazen. 9 am—Sunday service. 10 am—Tea and discussion.

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