Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Dec. 2-9

Rabbi Zalman Marcus of Chabad of Mission Viejo lights the menorah on the first night of Chanukah during a Festival of Lights celebration at Oso Viejo Park on Sunday, December 18, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)
Hanukkah, the eight-day Jewish Festival of Lights, begins at sundown on Dec. 7 and ends at sundown on Dec. 15, 2023. Three blessings are recited before one candle is lit on the hanukkiah, the special nine-branch menorah, on the first night of the festival (an extra candle is used to light additional candles on each other night). In the file photo, Rabbi Zalman Marcus, of Chabad of Mission Viejo, lights the menorah on the first night of Hanukkah at Oso Viejo Park on Sunday, December 18, 2022. (Photo by Jeff Antenore, Contributing Photographer)

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

Dec. 3

First Sunday in Advent: Services, 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday’s service bulletin: Newsletter: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email:

Bethlehem – First Sunday in Advent: The Rev. Lance Allen delivers the message at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. The December “The Spire” newsletter: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. Church voicemail, 818-360-1831.

Embrace Wholeness: The Rev. Michael McMorrow delivers the message, based on the church’s December spiritual values theme “Living as Wholeness,” at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services (note: the “Granada Hills Holiday Parade” is at 1:30 p.m. Dec. 3 on Chatsworth Street). Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. 818-363-8136. Details:

Waiting – First Sunday in Advent: The Rev. Timothy Jenks delivers the message, based on 1 Corinthians 1:3-9, at 9:30 a.m. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook:

First Sunday in Advent: Worship leader David Primuth delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Sunday bulletin: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

Sisterhood Holiday Boutique – Temple Beth Emet: Shop for gift baskets, books, jewelry, Judaica, kitchen items and memorabilia, plus a silent auction, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

Be Ready – First Sunday in Advent: Rev. Kalesita ‘Ulu’ave-Tu’ifua delivers the message, based on Mark 13:24-37, 10 a.m. A service in Tongan is held at noon. Knollwood United Methodist Church, 12121 Balboa Blvd., Granada Hills. 818-360-8111 or 818-284-3495.

Don’t Just Sit There! First Sunday in Advent and Communion Sunday: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on Mark 1:1-8, at the 10 a.m. English-language service. Pastor Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. Korean-language service. December newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

We Make the Road by Walking – First Sunday in Advent: The Rev. Jonathan B. Hall, PhD, delivers the message, based on Isaiah 40:1-11, at 10 a.m. First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Disciples of Christ), 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. 818-763-8218. Newsletter for the week and upcoming events:

Reseda Church of Christ: Praise and worship, 10:15 a.m. The Rev. Dewayne Winrow is the senior pastor. Location, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755.

Our Lady of Guadalupe and St. Juan Diego Procession and Mass: The 2023 pilgrimage culminates with the 92nd annual procession — “Holy Mary of Guadalupe – Path of the Light and Hope” — 10:30 a.m. (from Our Lady of Solitude, 4561 E. Cesar Chavez Ave. — corner of Ford Boulevard — Los Angeles), and an outdoor Mass celebrated by Archbishop José H. Gomez, 1 p.m., at East Los Angeles College, stadium, 1301 Avenida Cesar Chavez, Monterey Park. 213-637-7235. Details on the history of the procession and to watch the Mass live streamed:

What’s It All About?: The Rev. Chamie Delkeskamp delivers the message, based on Acts 17:16-28, at the Communion service, at the 10:30 a.m. North Hollywood First United Methodist Church, 4831 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. “Good News” newsletter details:

Peace – I Am Calm and Peaceful: The Rev. Maureen Hoyt discusses the church theme for December, based on Philippians 4:7, 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” December newsletter:

Sylmar Christian Fellowship Church: Pastor Pierre Howard and First Lady-Evangelist Mary Howard lead the worship service, 11 a.m. The church theme for 2023 is “Believe in God,” based on John 14:1. Location, 13901 Polk St. 818-364-8955. Facebook:

Dec. 7

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting at Palisades Village: Chabad of Pacific Palisades co-presents the event, with Caruso, that includes blessings, the lighting of the first candle for the first night of Hanukkah plus music and Hanukkah food treats, 5 p.m. Menorah lighting at 6 p.m. Location, 15225 Palisades Village Lane (event is on Swarthmore Avenue), Pacific Palisades. and

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel, from Temple Beth Emet in Burbank, leads the event, 6 p.m. Burbank Town Center, 201 E. Magnolia Blvd.

Chabad of Northridge’s Chanukah Celebration: 6:30 p.m. Veterans Memorial, corner of Chatsworth Street and Zelzah Avenue, Granada Hills. 818-368-3937. Flyer:

Dec. 8

Hanukkah and Family 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. Pizza Night, 6 p.m. (call for cost of dinner and to make a reservation). Hanukkiah lighting after the service, Check the congregation’s “Chai Times” on the website. Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

Hanukkah Choir Shabbat at Temple Beth Hillel: 7 p.m. Rabbi Sarah Hronsky is the senior rabbi. Location, 12326 Riverside Drive, Valley Village. 818-763-9148.

Dec. 9

Chancel Choir Concert – Dona Nobis Pacem – A Concert for Christmas Peace: Performances, 2 and 7 p.m. Freewill offering. First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Disciples of Christ), 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. Flyer:

Dec. 10

Hanukkah Festival at the Skirball Center: The event includes music by the band Mostly Kosher, Hanukkah story retelling (1, 2 and 3:45 p.m.), dance, crafting activities, photo booth, latkes and jelly doughnuts, noon-5:30 p.m. Hanukkiah lighting, 5 p.m. Admission $18; $15 seniors and full-time students; $13 ages 2-12. Reservations. Location, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd., Los Angeles. 310-440-4500. Details and to purchase admission:

Dec. 11

Hanukkah at the Shoppes – Westlake Village: Chabad of Conejo leads the event with blessings and hanukkiah lighting, 5:30 p.m. Location, 30770 Russell Ranch Road.

Dec. 12

Hanukkah Menorah Lighting – Calabasas: The Commons at Calabasas hosts the event for the sixth night of Hanukkah, 6:30 p.m. The event includes live music, Hanukkah food treats and concludes with a fireworks show. Location is at the Calabasas Civic Center Plaza, adjacent to the Commons, 100 Civic Center Way, Calabasas.

Dec. 14

Hanukkah in the Foothills: The community is invited to learn about Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights, with candle lighting, food, games and music, 5 p.m. Dec. 14. Location, Elk’s Lodge, 10137 Commerce Ave., Tujunga.

Dec. 21

Winter Solstice Labyrinth Walk: A short introduction for walking the labyrinth, followed by a ritual ceremony before the walk, 7 p.m. Freewill offering. Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. 818-784-4515. Details:

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

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