Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Oct. 14-21

Knollwood United Methodist Church on Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills. (Google Street View)
Knollwood United Methodist Church on Balboa Boulevard in Granada Hills. (Google Street View)

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

Oct. 14

Solidarity Gathering for Israel: 12:45 p.m. or online. HaMakom, south campus, 6025 Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills.

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. Oct. 15. The “Oak Leaves” newsletter: Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

Oktoberfest– Palisades Lutheran Church: Purchase tickets for the event that includes traditional German food, games, a log sawing event and music, 5-9 p.m. Tickets $22; $10 ages 13 and younger (online purchase); $25; $12 ages 13 and younger (on Oct. 14). Location, 15905 Sunset Blvd., Pacific Palisades. 310-459-2358.

Things My Mother Taught Me: Charles Stewart Howard Playhouse presents the play by Katherine DiSavino about a couple who move into their first apartment together and are surprised when their parents show up to help, opening night 7 p.m. Show runs 7 p.m. Oct. 15, 21-22 and 28. Tickets $21.50. Harter Hall, at Woodland Hills Community Church, 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Tickets $25. 818-835-0612. Details and purchase tickets:

Oct. 15

Stewardship – Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost: 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday’s service bulletin: Newsletter: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email:

Shaking Up Our World View: The Rev. Michael McMorrow delivers the message, part two of five sermons on the October theme of “Playing with Paradox,” at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. 818-363-8136. Details for this Sunday:

The Holy Spirit: The Rev. Lance Allen delivers the message at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. The church’s October “The Spire” newsletter: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. Church voicemail, 818-360-1831.

Rejoice: The Rev. Timothy Jenks discusses the message, based on Philippians 4:4-13, at 9:30 a.m. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook:

Expanding Our Vision – Stewardship Sunday: Guest speakers from North Valley Caring Services and Hope Gardens discuss the topic, 10 a.m. A service in Tongan is held at noon. Rev. Kalesita ‘Ulu’ave-Tu’ifua is the congregation’s lead pastor. Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. 818-360-8111 or 818-284-3495. North Valley Caring Services ( Hope Gardens ( Newsletter:

Why Am I Here?: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on 2 Corinthians 5:11 to 6:2, at the 10 a.m. English-language service. Pastor Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. Korean-language service. The October newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

Praise and Service – A Celebration: The Rev. Dewayne Winrow delivers the message, based on Matthew 3:16 and 17, 10:15 a.m. Reseda Church of Christ, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755.

Love Is the Doctrine of this Church: The Rev. Matthew McHale, with worship associate David Early, deliver the message, 10:30 a.m. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

Laity Sunday at North Hollywood First United Methodist Church: Members of the congregation lead the service, 10:30 p.m. Location, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Details on the newsletter:

Beauty: The Rev. Jenenne Macklin delivers her message based on the church’s theme for October, based on 1 Peter 3:4, at 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” October newsletter:

Sylmar Christian Fellowship Church: Pastor Pierre Howard and First Lady and Evangelist Mary Howard lead the worship service, 11 a.m. The church theme for this year is “Believe in God,” based on John 14:1. Location, 13901 Polk St. 818-364-8955. Facebook:

Oct. 20

Shabbat at Temple Ahavat Shalom: Rabbi Becky Hoffman and Cantorial Soloist Elizabeth Kerstein lead the 7 p.m. service. Location, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge.

Choir Shabbat at Temple Beth Hillel: 7 p.m. Rabbi Sarah Hronsky is the senior rabbi at the Reform Judaism congregation. Location, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village.

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

Oct. 21

Halloween Costume Ball with Italian Catholic Club of Santa Clarita: The event includes dinner, complimentary wine, dancing to music by Valery Moiseyev, a costume contest and door prizes, 6-10 p.m. Tickets $45; $20 for ages 11 and younger. Reservations required by Oct. 16. The event is held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help, parish hall, 23045 Lyons Ave., Santa Clarita. Information on making a reservations and how to purchase tickets, call Anna Riggs, 661-645-7877.

Hermandad del Señor de Los Milagros: A Mass is celebrated at 7 p.m. for the miracles attributed to an icon of the Passion of Jesus Christ that was painted in 17th century colonial Peru by an enslaved man who was taken from what is now believed to be the country of Angola in Africa. It is customary to wear purple at this Mass. St. Patrick Catholic Church, 6160 Cartwright Ave., North Hollywood. 661-713-0498.

Oct. 22

Mass in Recognition of Healthcare Professionals: Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates the Mass, 3:30 p.m. The annual service recognizes those who care for the sick. A “blessing of hands” of healthcare professionals takes place at the end of the Mass. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. 213-637-7655. Email: and

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

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