First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills presents "Jazz in July" on July 8, 15 and 22 outdoors at their Zelzah Avenue campus in Northridge. (Google Street View)
First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills presents “Jazz in July” on July 8, 15 and 22 outdoors at their Zelzah Avenue campus in Northridge. (Google Street View)

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

July 8

Hamakom – the Place: The two Conservative Judaism congregations Temple Aliyah, in Woodland Hills, and Shomrei Torah Synagogue, in West Hills, have joined together to form Hamakom, that translates from Hebrew to mean “the place.” Rabbi Richard Camras (formerly of Shomrei Torah Synagogue) and Rabbi Stewart Vogel (formerly of Temple Aliyah) are jointly leading the new combined congregation. 818-346-3545. For more information:

Harmonic Splendor – Summer Organ Recital: Sook Hyun Kim, organist for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, performs a variety of classical music including works by Bach, W. Bolcom, C. Franck, Handel, S. Karg-Elert, A. Piazzolla and C.M. Widor, 4 p.m. Free admission. Parking $10. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.

Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: The Rev. Titus Utecht delivers the message at the “Real Presence” service, 5 p.m. Also, a traditional/blended service, 10 a.m. July 9. The July “Oak Leaves” newsletter: Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

Jazz in July – First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills: Wartime Radio Review Swing Orchestra with Pete Jacobs, 7 p.m. Scheduled food trucks: Uncle Al’s BBQ and Nashville Hot chicken, 6 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair. Upcoming dates: July 15 and 22. Location, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge.

July 9

Got Me Hypnotized: The Rev. Michael McMorrow explains the message, 9 and 10:30 a.m. The church’s July spiritual theme is “Speaking Truth to Circumstance.” Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. 818-363-8136. Details:

From Eli to Samuel: The Rev. Jim Sillerud delivers the message, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. Sillerud will deliver a final sermon, on July 23, before he retires after 30 years with the congregation. The Rev. Lance Allen is the congregation’s incoming pastor as of July. The July “Spire” newsletter: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.;

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: Service at 9 a.m. (summertime hour). Sunday’s service bulletin: Newsletter: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email:

Time for Rest – Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: The Rev. Timothy Jenks explains the message, based on Matthew 11:25-30, at 9:30 a.m. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook:

Sixth Sunday After Pentecost: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Sunday bulletin: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

Painful Glory: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on Act 7:54 to 8:3, at the 10 a.m. English-language service. Pastor Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. Korean-language service. The July newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

Sunday at Reseda Church of Christ: The Rev. Dewayne Winrow delivers the message, 10:15 a.m. Location, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755. Church website:

Building a Firm Foundation: The Rev. Chamie Delkeskamp delivers the message, 10:30 a.m. North Hollywood First United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Church details: Sunday’s newsletter:

Sunday with First United Methodist Church of San Fernando: Pastor Teaira Parker, the congregation’s new pastor as of July, delivers the message, 10:30 a.m. Location, 1525 Glenoaks Blvd. 818-365-3156.

Do You Wanna Play?: The Rev. Matthew McHale, explains the message, with worship associate Julie Borden, 10:30 a.m. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

Service: The Rev. Maureen Hoyt gives her perspective on the theme of the month, based on Luke 22:26, 11 a.m. Unity Burbank – Center for Spiritual Awareness, 637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-4037. Watch the service on Facebook: Details on the church and services in the “Words of Light” July newsletter:

Jazz Vespers at Northridge United Methodist Church: Jazz vocalist Melba Joyce performs, 6 p.m. The musical series is presented by the congregation as a way to hear and see “the word of God through music and art.” Free admission/an offering will be taken. Location, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. Details:

July 14

Shabbat at Temple Beth Hillel: 6 p.m. Rabbi Sarah Hronsky is the senior rabbi at the Reform Jewish congregation. Location, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. 818-763-9148.

Shabbat at Temple Judea: 6:15 p.m. Location, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800. Details:

Kabbalat Shabbat at Temple Ahavat Shalom: Join with the Reform Jewish congregation in “receiving” Shabbat, 7 p.m. Location, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. 818-360-2258.

Shabbat at Temple Beth Emet: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the service, 7 p.m. The congregation’s “Chai Times” July newsletter: Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

July 16

Temple Etz Chaim – Our World Evolving – Global Thought Leaders in Our Community: Pulitzer Prize winner Jared Diamond, an author and historian-geographer, discusses “Societal Development: The History of Everybody for the Last 13,000 Years,” 7 p.m. July 16. Rabbi Ari Averbach, from the temple, moderates a Q&A after the program. Tickets $45; $75. Bank of America Performing Arts Center, Scherr Forum Theatre, Thousand Oaks Blvd., Thousand Oaks.Tickets: Temple Etz Chaim, 1080 E. Janss Road, Thousand Oaks.

Aug. 4

Candlelight with LeAnn Rimes – An Intimate Song and Chant Experience: 8 p.m. Songs from the albums “Chant: The Human & the Holy” and “God’s Work.” Minimum age: 8. Tickets $45 and up. Immanuel Presbyterian Church, 3300 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Tickets:

Send information at least two weeks ahead. 818-713-3708.


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