A wreath with symbolic colored candles is used for Advent. The first Sunday in Advent is Nov. 27. Traditionally, one candle is lit for each of the four Sundays in Advent. The first candle, violet colored, is said to represent hope. The rose colored candle is lit on the third Sunday and represents joy. The other two violet candles represent peace, second Sunday, and love, third Sunday. (Photo by Philip Janos/Creative Commons CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)
A wreath with symbolic colored candles is used for Advent. The first Sunday in Advent is Nov. 27. Traditionally, one candle is lit for each of the four Sundays in Advent. The first candle, violet colored, is said to represent hope. The rose colored candle is lit on the third Sunday and represents joy. The other two violet candles represent peace, second Sunday, and love, third Sunday. (Photo by Philip Janos/Creative Commons CCO 1.0 Universal Public Domain Dedication)

Here is a sampling of upcoming faith gatherings in the San Fernando Valley.

Nov. 26

Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: The church holds a contemporary service at 5 p.m. Also, a traditional/blended service, 10 a.m. on Sunday. Rev. Titus Utecht is the pastor. The church’s November newsletter, the Oakleaves: bit.ly/3U6OJ0C. The church is located at 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215. www.facebook.com/ShermanOaksLutheran. shermanoakslutheran.org

Nov. 27

A Time of Mystery – First Sunday in Advent: The Rev. Jim Sillerud explains the message, based on Luke 1:5:23, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. The church’s November newsletter, the Spire: bit.ly/3zFfKAk. First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831. www.fpcgh.org

Sunday at Center for Spiritual Living-Granada Hills: Guest speaker the Rev. Jeanne Hoffman discusses “A Celtic Thanksgiving,” at the 8:55 a.m. service; and guest speaker the Rev. Maureen Hoyt delivers the message “Grow in Gratitude,” at the 10:25 a.m. service. The church’s November theme is “Gratitude.” Location, 17622 Chatsworth St. 818-363-8136. www.facebook.com/csl.granadahills

Let Us Go – First Sunday in Advent: The Rev. Timothy Jenks delivers the message, based on Isaiah 2:1-5, 9:30 a.m. Sermons also are available to watch on the church’s Facebook and website. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. www.facebook.com/canoga.park.lutheran.church; www.cplchurch.org

First Sunday in Advent at St. Luke Lutheran Church: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Weekly newsletter: www.stlukelutheran.com/events-1. Sunday worship bulletin: bit.ly/3VoLnX0. Location, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070. www.stlukelutheran.com

Hope in Laughter: The Rev. Douglas Dickson delivers the message, based on Luke 1:5-25, at the 10 a.m. service (English-language). The Rev. Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. service (Korean-language). The church’s November newsletter: bit.ly/3Wuoa7i. Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. www.facebook.com/northridgeumc. www.northridgeumc.org

Bread Communion: The Rev. Matthew McHale discusses the topic, 10:30 a.m. Check for how to watch the service online. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101. emersonuuc.org

When Everything Goes Wrong – First Sunday in Advent: The Rev. Steve Peralta delivers the message, based on Isaiah 2:1-5, 10:30 a.m. First in the Advent sermon series “How the Grinch Found Christmas.” North Hollywood United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. www.facebook.com/nohofumc1. Nov. 27 details: bit.ly/3EXPTXd

I Embrace Giving Thanks: The Rev. Michelle Hubbard gives her thoughts on the topic of the month, based on 2 Corinthians 2:14, at the 11 a.m. service. Unity Burbank – Center for Spiritual Awareness, 637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-4037. Watch the service on Facebook: www.facebook.com/unityburbank. Details on the church and services in the “Words of Light” newsletter: bit.ly/3DXzDVM

Dec. 2

Shabbat at Shomrei Torah Synagogue: Kabbalat Shabbat, 6 p.m. Also, Shabbat morning service, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 3. Location, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. 818-854-7650. www.stsonline.org

Shabbat at Temple Judea: 6:15 p.m. Location, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800. templejudea.com. Details: bit.ly/3u20TvJ

Shabbat at Temple Beth Emet: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the service, 7 p.m. Check the congregation’s “Chai Times” newsletter for December from the link on the website. Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787. www.templebethemet.com

Send information at least two weeks ahead. holly.andres@dailynews.com. 818-713-3708.

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