An outdoor labyrinth walk is scheduled for July 20 at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Woodland Hills. (Google Street View)
An outdoor labyrinth walk is scheduled for July 20 at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church in Woodland Hills. (Google Street View)

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

July 15

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 16. The July “Oak Leaves” newsletter: Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

Jazz in July – First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills: Wayne Bergeron and David Tull, 7 p.m. Scheduled food truck: Burnt to a Crisp BBQ, 6 p.m. Bring your own lawn chair. Upcoming date: July 22. Location, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge.

July 16

Standing on Shiva: 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:

Sunday with First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills: The Rev. Lance Allen delivers the message, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. The Rev. Jim Sillerud will deliver a final sermon, on July 23, before he retires after 30 years with the congregation. 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.;

Seventh 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:

Types of Soil – Seventh Sunday After Pentecost: The Rev. Timothy Jenks explains the message, based on Matthew 13:1-9, at 9:30 a.m. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook:

Seventh 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.

It’s Not Magic!: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on Acts 8:9-25, 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.

Leaving Certainty Behind: The Rev. Jonathan B. Hall, PhD, delivers the message, based on Exodus 16:1-10, at 10 a.m. First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. 818-763-8218. Details:

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

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.

Squidward Has Six Legs (and Other Absurdist Tales): Guest speaker Erik Halseth explains the message, with worship associate David Early, 10:30 a.m. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

Service: The Rev. Jenenne Macklin 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:

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.

July 20

Walking the Labyrinth: Chantel Zimmerman briefly discusses ways to walk a labyrinth, followed by the outdoor walk, 6 p.m. Scheduled dates: Aug. 24 and Sept. 21. Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills.

July 21

Shabbat Under the Stars with Hamakom: Bring your own dairy picnic dinner, 6 p.m. Dinner is followed by a Kabbalat Shabbat service, 6:45 p.m. (details: The two Conservative Judaism congregations, Temple Aliyah, in Woodland Hills, and Shomrei Torah Synagogue, in West Hills, have joined together to form “the place” (English translation of Hamakom). Hamakom’s south campus, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-346-3545.

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 29

Tu B’Av with Challah and Soul: Celebrate the Jewish holiday of love, 7 p.m. Admission $36, includes appetizers and two drinks. Reservations required. The non-profit organization, founded by Judi Leib and Shonda Isom Walkowitz, aim is “connecting Black and Jewish communities through food and storytelling.” Pips on La Brea, 1356 S. La Brea Ave., Los Angeles. Email:

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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