Reformation Sunday is celebrated on Oct. 29 at Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church. (Google Street View)
Reformation Sunday is celebrated on Oct. 29 at Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church. (Google Street View)

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

Oct. 28

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: Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

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. Details and purchase tickets:

Oct. 29

Stewardship – Twenty-secomd 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: [email protected].

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. Details:

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: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. Church voicemail, 818-360-1831.

God Is With Us: The Rev. Timothy Jenks delivers the message, based on Psalm 46, at 9:30 a.m. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook:

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: ( and also, the Sunday bulletin: Location, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

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. Newsletter:

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: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

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. Newsletter for the week:

Praise and Worship: The Rev. Dewayne Winrow delivers the message, 10:15 a.m. Reseda Church of Christ, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755.

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.

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:

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: 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:

Nov. 3

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.

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.

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: Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

Nov. 4

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].

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.

Nov. 5

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: 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:

Nov. 12

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:

Send information at least two weeks ahead. [email protected]. 818-713-3708.


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