Religious Events in the San Fernando Valley Area 1-8 January – Daily News

The Holy Spirit Retreat Center on Lanai Road, Encino has two upcoming one-day retreats. (Google Street View)

Here is a selection of religious events in the San Fernando Valley area.

January 2nd

Burning Bowl Ceremony with Spiritual Life Center-Granada Hills: “Release the Old Year, Embrace New Intentions” is the theme of two personal church services, 9 am and 10.30 am. Click the link to watch a service here: Reservations due to limited seating and social distancing. Masks required. In addition, Rev. Michael McMorrow often gives a “mid-day reset” from Monday to Friday around noon on the center’s Facebook page ( The center is located at 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hill. 818-363-8136. Details here:

Second Christmas Sunday in the Lutheran Church of St. Luke: In person and online, 9:30 am Click the YouTube link on the website to watch the service. The church is located at 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

Knowledge or wisdom? – Second Sunday after Christmas: Pastor Timothy Jenks delivers the message based on Psalm 119: 97-105 at 9:30 a.m. wearing a mask. Sermons can also be viewed on Facebook and the Church website. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714.;

Count Your Blessings – Communion Sunday: Rev. Joseph Choi delivers the message based on Ephesians 1: 3-14 at 10 a.m. (in English) and at 11:30 a.m. (in Korean). Pre-registration for personal participation: Also watch it online here: Church January Newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. Facebook:

Love is the answer: Guest speaker Rev. Megan More delivers the message online at 10 a.m. You can find the zoom link on the website. 616-796-5598.

Sunday with the Woodland Hills Community Church (United Church of Christ): Pastor Craig Peterson delivers the message online at 10 a.m. See the Church live here on Facebook: Latest announcements: 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Voicemail, 818-346-0820. Email: [email protected].

Simple questions: Rev. Stephen Rambo delivers the message at 10:30 a.m. The service can also be viewed on Facebook via the link here: Center for Spiritual Life-Simi Valley, 1756 Erringer Strasse. 805-527-0870.;

January 7th

Shabbat in the Temple of Judea: A church service at 6.15 p.m. Proof of Covid-19 vaccination, valid ID and wearing a mask must be presented to participate. Out in the yard at 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800.

Kabbalat Shabbat with Kol Tikva: See the temple on Facebook, 6:30 p.m. ( The temple is located in Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670. Email: [email protected].

January 8th

Holy Spirit Retreat Center: Two events: Centering Prayer Introductory Workshop, presented by Bobbi Rudin and Marilyn Nobori, 9:00 am -12: 30 pm. Fee 40 USD. Register in advance on the website by January 5th with a USD 10 non-refundable deposit. “Silent New Years Sunday”, led by Marilyn Nobori and the centre’s contemplative outreach team, 9:00 am-12:00pm. The center is located at 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. Email: Amanda Berg at [email protected]. Click here on “One-Day Retreats” to register:

January 9th

Jazz Vespers at Northridge United Methodist Church: Spiritual messages and music by the John Mayer Trio, 6:00 p.m. A donation will be accepted. Church January Newsletter: The church is located at 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. Facebook:

11th January

We lived there too! – A series on adult education: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel speaks about the Jewish communities in “Ethiopia and Sub-Saharan Africa”, 7 pm The conversation takes place in person and a mask is required. Free / donation. Beth Emet Temple, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

13th January

Do B’shvat Seder in the valley of Beth Shalom: The Valley Beth Shalom Sisterhood is hosting the Seder “New Year for Trees” under the direction of Cantor Toby Schwartz, member of the sisterhood, 6:00 pm. The seder includes an Italian dinner from LA Kosher. Costs $ 45 through January 3rd or $ 50 through January 9th. Reservation and payment required by the RSVP appointment (no walk-ins). Proof of Covid-19 vaccination required. Register and pay here: Part of the proceeds will be used to buy trees for Israel. 15749 Ventura Blvd., Encino. Email questions to: [email protected].

Submit information at least two weeks in advance. [email protected]. 818-713-3708.

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