Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Feb. 25-March 4


Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church on Jordan Avenue at Wyandotte Street, Canoga Park. (Google Street View)


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


Feb. 25


Donations for Earthquake Relief in Syria and Turkey: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles has asked parishes to add a special collection on Feb. 25-26 with funds raised to go to help people affected by the earthquake in Turkey. The funds will be managed by the Society for the Propagation of the Faith. Archdiocese Mission Office, 213-637-7223. Email: For online donations:

Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: Contemporary service, 5 p.m. Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Also, a traditional/blended service, 10 a.m. Feb. 12. The Rev. Titus Utecht is the pastor. February newsletter, the Oakleaves: Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.


Feb. 26


First Sunday in Lent at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church: Two services, 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday’s service bulletin: This week’s newsletter: Location, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email:

Living Curiosity Out Loud: The Rev. Michael McMorrow explains the message at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. The church’s February theme is “Curiosity as a Super Power.” Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. 818-363-8136. This week’s details:

Go and Do Likewise: The Rev. Jim Sillerud delivers the message, based on Luke 10:25-37, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. Communion served at both services. The February “Spire” newsletter: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.;

Sin Permeates Everything – First Sunday in Lent: The Rev. Timothy Jenks explains the message, based on Matthew 4:1-11, at 9:30 a.m. Sermons are recorded and available to watch on the church’s Facebook and website. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714. Facebook:

First Sunday in Lent: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Check here for the service bulletin: Weekly newsletter: ( St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

Temptation Wilderness…: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on Matthew 4:1-11, at the 10 a.m. service (English-language). The Rev. Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. service (Korean-language). The February newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

Forgiveness As Breathing: The Rev. Jonathan B. Hall explains the message, based on Matthew 18:15-35, at the 10 a.m. service. First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave. 818-763-8218. Newsletter for this Sunday:

Reseda Church of Christ: The Rev. Dewayne Winrow delivers the message, 10 a.m. Location, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755. Church website:

Groundhog Day – Sacred Cinema: The Rev. Matthew McHale, with worship associate David Early, discuss the meanings and theme to be found in the 1993 film, 10:30 a.m. service. The congregation watches a film on the fourth Friday of the month and discusses the messages on the following Sunday. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

Love – I Am Loved and Lifted Up: The Rev. Maureen Hoyt shares her perspective on the topic of the month at the 11 a.m. service. The February theme is based on 1 Peter 3:8. 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” February newsletter:


March 3


Shabbat at Temple Judea: 6:15 p.m. Location, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800. Details:

Shabbat at Temple Beth Emet: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the service, 7 p.m. Check the congregation’s “Chai Times” newsletter for March on the website Location, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.


March 4


Lenten Silent Sunday: Communal gathering with Centering Prayer, silence and a contemplative walk, 9 a.m. to noon. A brief introduction to the Centering Prayer will be given to beginners. Register by March 1 to attend. Please arrive by 8:45 a.m. Offering appreciated. Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. Marilyn Nobori, 818-815-4480 or email Details and to register online:


March 7


Full Moon World Healing Meditation Ceremony: Spiritual Unity Movement presents guest speaker Arline Erickson delivering the message “Forgiveness Is the Key,” 6:55 p.m. Donation $20 suggested. Meeting at the Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills.




Lenten Fish Fry at St. Clare of Assisi Roman Catholic Church: Fish dinner or fish tacos dinner for dine-in or take-away, 4:30-8 p.m.  Fridays through March 31. Cost $15 for two-piece; $16 for three-piece. Also, a Family Pack, $55 (includes 10 pieces Beer Battered Cod with a choice of 2 sides (fries, rice, beans), along with rolls, coleslaw and condiments). Beverages and desserts available for purchase. Proceeds go to local charities and families in need. Location, 19606 Calla Way, Canyon Country. 661-252-3353. Pre-order for pick-up:

Fish Fry with the Knights of Columbus Tujunga Council #4438: Fish dinners for dine-in or take-away, 5:30-7:30 p.m. Fridays through March 31. Cost $15; $12 juniors; $10 children. Proceeds go to local charities in Sunland-Tujunga. Our Lady of Lourdes Parish Hall, 10275 Tujunga Canyon Blvd., Tujunga. Details:


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

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