Here is a sampling of upcoming faith gatherings in the San Fernando Valley area.
Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: The Rev. Titus Utecht delivers the message at the “Real Presence” service, 5 p.m. Also, a traditional/blended service for Reformation Sunday, 10 a.m. Oct. 29. The “Oak Leaves” newsletter: tinyurl.com/4uvznya8. Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215. www.facebook.com/ShermanOaksLutheran. shermanoakslutheran.org
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, 7 p.m. tonight. Tickets $21.50. Harter Hall, at Woodland Hills Community Church, 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. 818-835-0612. www.facebook.com/WHCTheatre. Details and purchase tickets: tinyurl.com/y9wpkr76
Stewardship – Twenty-secomd Sunday After Pentecost: 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: [email protected]. www.popwh.org/
The Genius of the ‘AND’: The Rev. Michael McMorrow explains the message, based 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. www.facebook.com/csl.granadahills. Details: tinyurl.com/3j9j3nws
One, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic: The Rev. Lance Allen explains the message at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. The church’s October “The Spire” newsletter: tinyurl.com/3932c75r. First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. Church voicemail, 818-360-1831. www.fpcgh.org
Reformation Sunday at St. Luke Lutheran Church: The Rev. Melissa Maxwell-Doherty is the guest speaker delivering the message, 9:30 a.m. Weekly newsletter: (www.stlukelutheran.com/events-1) and also, the Sunday bulletin: tinyurl.com/2phxun2n. Location, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070. www.stlukelutheran.com
Love and Money: Guest speaker Mele Maka, lay leader with the California Pacific Conference, explains the message, based on Mark 10:17-31, 10 a.m. Also, Chaplain Shirley Rayburn will give a talk about ministry at Hope Gardens. 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. www.facebook.com/KnollwoodUMC1. Newsletter: https://knollwoodchurch.wordpress.com
So Many Options – Girl Scout Sunday: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on 1 Corinthians 12:4-13, 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: tinyurl.com/4mjxuk2x. Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. northridgeumc.org
Trying to Regain One’s Identity and Find Purpose: The Rev. Jonathan B. Hall, PhD, delivers the message, based on 1 Kings 12:1-14 and 25-29, 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: tinyurl.com/yc5b3cmp
Sacred Cinema – Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind: The Rev. Matthew McHale, with worship associate Tracy Watson, discuss the themes/spiritual messages that may be found in the 2004 film, 10:30 a.m. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101. www.emersonuuc.org
North Hollywood First United Methodist Church: Guest Pastor Christian Washington delivers the message, 10:30 a.m. Location, 4831 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. This week’s newsletter: tinyurl.com/r6tzjcvp
Beauty: Niki Elliott shares her perspective 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: www.facebook.com/unityburbank. Details on the church and services in the “Words of Light” October newsletter: tinyurl.com/2rztjmmf
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: tinyurl.com/292rauyu. www.sylmarcfc.org
Craft Fair – Bethlehem Lutheran Church: Shop for holiday items including decorations and handcrafted items for gifts, kitchen, pets and stocking stuffers and toys, plus vintage jewelry, 3-7 p.m., and also, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4 (before and after the 10 a.m. Sunday service). Location, 12227 Balboa Blvd., Northridge. 818-360-4777. www.bethlehemlutheran.net
Kabbalat Shabbat at Temple Ahavat Shalom: Rabbi Becky Hoffman and Cantorial Soloist Elizabeth Kerstein lead the 7 p.m. service. Location, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. www.facebook.com/TASnorthridge. tasnorthridge.org
Shabbat at Temple Beth Emet: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the service, 7 p.m. Call about the congregation’s pizza night dinner and the cost to attend, 6 p.m. Check the congregation’s October “Chai Times” newsletter: tinyurl.com/5bc32esf. Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787. www.templebethemet.com
Community Garage Sale: Congregation for Humanistic Judaism LA holds the sale that includes clothing, collectibles, dishes, toys and other items. For time and address, call 888-552-4552 or send an email to [email protected]. www.humanisticjudaismla.org/
Día de los Muertos – San Fernando Mission Cemetery and Mission Hills Mortuary: The public is invited to build an altar dedicated to deceased loved ones, doors open, 10:30 a.m. Blessing of the altars, noon. Cultural celebration with folkloric dancers, music, children’s activities and traditional altars, 1:30 p.m. Auxiliary Bishop Albert Bahhuth celebrates the Mass, 6 p.m. Location, 11160 Stranwood Ave., Mission Hills. 844-286-6041. catholiccm.org/diadelosmuertos
Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego pilgrimage: The images go to various parishes in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Check the pilgrimage schedule here: tinyurl.com/bdcpjvn5). The images come to Our Lady of Lourdes (18400 Kinzie St., Northridge) on Nov. 5-6, and St Mel (20870 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills) on Nov. 7-8.
The pilgrimage culminates on Dec. 3 with the 92nd annual procession from Our Lady of Solitude (4561 E. Cesar Chavez Ave.; at 10:30 a.m.) to East Los Angeles Community College Stadium (1301 Cesar Chavez Ave. Monterey Park), for a 1 p.m. Mass celebrated by Archbishop José H. Gomez (flyer and details: tinyurl.com/jt8xbpc9).
St. Francis Xavier Cabrini Pilgrimage: A Mass is celebrated at 11:30 a.m.; followed by the walk, 12:30 p.m. Make a reservation for a 2 p.m. lunch. Cost of lunch $20; $8 for ages 11 and younger (reservations for the lunch is required). Contact Andrea Linn for more information and reservations, 909-762-1392, or [email protected]. St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 3801 Scott Road, Burbank. Information about the Mother Cabrini Shrine at the church: www.icf.org/about/cabrini
Send information at least two weeks ahead. [email protected]. 818-713-3708.