Religion events in the San Fernando Valley, Oct. 1-8


A Blessing of the Animals and the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi takes place on Oct. 2 at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church on Sherman Way in Van Nuys. (Google Street View)


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


Oct. 1


Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: The church holds a contemporary service at 5 p.m. Also, a traditional/blended service, 10 a.m. on Sunday. Rev. Titus Utecht is the pastor. The church’s October newsletter, the Oakleaves: The church is located at 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.


Oct. 2


Seventeenth Sunday in Pentecost at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church: Two services, 8 and 10 a.m. (the 10 a.m. service is live stream). Sunday service bulletin: 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. The congregation’s newsletter for this week: Information on how to watch online:

Jesus and the Table – World Communion Sunday: The Rev. Jim Sillerud explains the message, based on Luke 22:7-23, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. The church’s October newsletter, the Spire: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.

Forgive – Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Pastor Timothy Jenks delivers the message, based on Luke 17:1-10, at 9:30 a.m. Sermons also are available to watch on the church’s Facebook and website. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714.;

Seventeenth Sunday in Pentecost: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Check here for the weekly newsletter: ( and also, the Sunday bulletin: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

Holiday Gift Boutique: Global Truth Center presents a sale of  holiday items that include art and home decor, candles, ceramics, desserts, jams, jewelry and handcrafted wreaths, 9:30 a.m.-1 p.m. 880 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village. 818-508-7171.

Blessing of the Animals and the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi: The Rev. Robin Kassabian leads the bilingual service, 10 a.m. Pets must be properly restrained to attend the service or bring a photo of your pet animal. St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, in the labyrinth, 14646 Sherman Way, Van Nuys. 818-785-4251.;

First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Disciples of Christ): The Rev. Jonathan B. Hall delivers the message, 10 a.m. The church is located, 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. 818-763-8218.;

The Wisdom of the Garden: The Rev. Matthew McHale explains the message, with worship associate Aimee Noel, 10:30 a.m. Check the website for how to watch the service online. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

World Communion Sunday: The Rev. Steve Peralta leads the service, 10:30 a.m. North Hollywood United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231.

Real Spiritual Demolition Teams: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on Ephesians 2:13-22, at the 11 a.m. combined service (for both English and Korean languages). The church’s October newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.


Oct. 22


Halloween Costume Ball with Italian Catholic Club of Santa Clarita: The event includes dinner, complimentary wine, dancing to music by a DJ, costume contest and door prizes, 6-10 p.m. Tickets $40. Reservations required by Oct. 17. Mail a check written out to The Italian Catholic Club and mail to The Italian Catholic Club, 23045 Lyons Ave., Santa Clarita, CA 91321. The event is held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Parish, 23045 Lyons Ave., Santa Clarita. More information, Anna Riggs, 661-645-7877.


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

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