Rabbi Reuven Mintz of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life with a shofar in Newport Beach, CA, on Thursday, September 22, 2022. The shofar is an ancient musical horn typically made of a ram's horn. It's blown on Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)
Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on Sept. 15 and ends at sundown on Sept. 17. There are a variety of reasons for Jews to hear the blowing of a shofar, a ram’s horn, on Rosh Hashana. Reasons include that it’s a wake-up call to change behaviors from the negative to the positive and a call to return to God. This year, the shofar isn’t blown on Sept. 16 since it is Shabbat. It will be blown instead on Sept. 17, the second day of Rosh Hashana. In the file photo, Rabbi Reuven Mintz of the Chabad Center for Jewish Life with a shofar in Newport Beach, CA, on Thursday, September 22, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Gritchen, Orange County Register/SCNG)

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

Sept. 9

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. Sept. 10. The September “Oak Leaves” newsletter: tinyurl.com/5n6jmjr8. Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215. www.facebook.com/ShermanOaksLutheran. shermanoakslutheran.org

BBQ and Movie Night at Bethel Church: Enjoy a dinner, 6 p.m., followed by a screening of “Zootopia” (2016) at 7:30 p.m. Also, learn about the church and congregation at “Back to Church Sunday, the beginning of their fall ministry season, 10 a.m. Sept. 17. Location, 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. 818-767-4488. bethelsunvalley.com

Selichot at Temple Beth Emet: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the service, 7 p.m. Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787. www.templebethemet.com

Selichot at Temple Beth Hillel: Rabbi Sarah Hronsky leads the service, 7 p.m. Location, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. 818-763-9148. www.tbhla.org/

Selichot at Temple Ahavat Shalom: Rabbi Becky Hoffman and Cantorial Soloist Elizabeth Kerstein lead the service, 7:30 p.m. Location, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. 818-360-2258. www.facebook.com/TASnorthridge. tasnorthridge.org

Selichot at Temple Judea: 6:15 p.m. Rabbi Joshua M. Aaronson leads the service, 8 p.m. Location, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800. Details: templejudea.com/pray/high-holy-days/

Sept. 10

Fifteenth Sunday After Pentecost: Services, 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday’s service bulletin: tinyurl.com/438um2aa. Newsletter: www.popwh.org/happenings.html. Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email: office@popwh.org. www.popwh.org/

Love on a Spectrum: The Rev. Michael McMorrow delivers the message, 9 and 10:30 a.m. Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. 818-363-8136. www.facebook.com/csl.granadahills. Details on Facebook: tinyurl.com/m2hauk7z

What Do You Owe?: The Rev. Timothy Jenks delivers the message, based on Romans 13:1-10, at 9:30 a.m. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook: bit.ly/41nCcKs. www.cplchurch.org

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

Back-2-Church – Kick-Off Sunday: The Rev. Lance Allen delivers a message based on Matthew 7:15-20, at the 10 a.m. service. The church’s September “The Spire” newsletter: tinyurl.com/mup5jscs. First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. Church voicemail, 818-360-1831. www.fpcgh.org

Greener Grass: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on Luke 15:11-19, at the 10 a.m. English-language service. Pastor Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. Korean-language service. The September newsletter: tinyurl.com/mv5ap626. Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. northridgeumc.org

When God Calls…: Pastor Taulau Tupua delivers the message, based on Genesis 2:4b-25 and Mark 1:16-20, at 10 a.m. First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. 818-763-8218. www.fccnh.org. Newsletter for the week and details: tinyurl.com/bdpcnps4

Reseda Church of Christ: The Rev. Dewayne Winrow delivers the message, with special guest soloist Ashley Elizabeth Crowe, 10 a.m. Location, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755. resedachurch.com. www.facebook.com/ResedaChurch

Ingathering and Water Communion: The Rev. Matthew McHale leads the service, with worship associate Jeremy Pace, in marking the new church year for Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 10:30 a.m. Location, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101. www.emersonuuc.org

Fall Kick-Off and Communion Sunday: The Rev. Chamie Delkeskamp leads the service, 10:30 a.m. North Hollywood First United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. www.facebook.com/nohofumc1. Weekly newsletter: tinyurl.com/2br69n48

Prayer: Matt Toronto gives his perspective on the church’s theme for September, based on Ephesians 1:16, at 11 a.m. 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” September newsletter: tinyurl.com/489fj9p7

Sylmar Christian Fellowship Church: Pastor Pierre Howard and First Lady and Evangelist Mary Howard lead the worship service, 11 a.m. Location, 13901 Polk St. 818-364-8955. Facebook: tinyurl.com/292rauyu. www.sylmarcfc.org

Filipino American Association of St. Euphrasia Parish: Announce a Filipino Mass, 12:30 p.m. (and also, every second Sunday of the month). Location, 11760 Shoshone Ave., Granada Hills. steuphrasia.org

Jazz Vespers at Northridge United Methodist Church – A Tribute to Eddie Harris: A spiritual concert with Lanny Hartley, Don Littleton, Kevin O’Neil and Phillip Whack as they present a way to hear and see “the word of God through music and art,” 6 p.m. Free admission/an offering will be taken. Location, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. Details: tinyurl.com/mv5ap626

Sept. 15

Adat Yeshua Messianic Jewish Congregation: Messianic Pastor Mike Cohen leads the Rosh Hashana service, 7:30 p.m., and Elijah Cohen is the speaker at the 11 a.m. Sept. 16 service. Location, 7475 Fallbrook Ave., West Hills. 818-222-0200. www.adatyshua.org

Sept. 16

Magical Tashlich Rosh Hashana Retreat: Rabbi-Cantor Judy Greenfeld leads the interactive gathering with a healing ceremony sound bath, meditation, journal-writing and prayer, 2-5 p.m. Cost $100 (can be applied to membership subscription). Reservations required. Location, Westward Beach, Malibu (directions will be given upon registration). Dana, 818-789-7314. Details and to make a reservation and payment: rabbicantorjudy.org/events

Worship Summit – Pepperdine University: The annual event includes guest speaker Jonathan Evans, a former National Football League fullback who is currently a chaplain with the Dallas Cowboys (co-author, with his father the Rev. Tony Evans, “Get in the Game: a Spiritual Workout for Athletes”); Phil Wickham, a Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter; United Voice Worship, an a cappella group, on Sept. 16. Dinner at 5 p.m. (from food trucks) and the worship event at 7 p.m. Tickets are free but registration is required at go.pepperdine.edu/w23. Location, Firestone Fieldhouse at Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu. 310-506-4448. www.unitedvoiceworship.org. philwickham.com. www.facebook.com/jonathanblakeevans and jonathanblakeevans.com. About Pepperdine University: www.pepperdine.edu/

Sept. 17

Adat Chaverim – Congregation for Humanistic Judaism High Holiday Celebration: Cantor Jonathan Friedman leads the combined High Holiday celebration, 2 p.m. Cost $50; $15 ages 12 and younger. Los Encinos State Historic Park, 16756 Moorpark St., Encino. Reservations required by email: adatchaverimla@gmail.com or 888-552-4552. Facebook: tinyurl.com/bdh5h5sc. www.humanisticjudaismla.org

Sept. 19

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast: Guest speaker Joe Sikorra, former police officer, actor, stuntman, author, musician and a licensed marriage and family therapist, discusses “Faith Through Adversity,” 6:30-9 a.m. Tickets $40; $350 for table for 10. Reservations required in advance. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. 626-476-4888. Email: info@lacatholicprayerbreakfast.org. joesikorra.com. www.lacatholicpb.org

Sept. 23

Food drive for CSUN Food Pantry: The Community Concerns Committee at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills holds a non-perishable food drive to help stock the food pantry at Cal State University, Northridge, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., and also 8:30-11 a.m. Sept. 24. The pantry benefits students who do not have much income for food while school is in session. Current needs: canned or boxed food items and hygiene items. No glass containers or past-date items. Drive-thru and a church volunteer will unload your donation at the church, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. Church voicemail, 818-360-1831. www.fpcgh.org/outreach. More details on California State University, Northridge Food Pantry here: bit.ly/3ch6IRl and a wish list here: bit.ly/3TeJiNe

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


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