Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Aug. 6-13


Kol Tikvah, “Voice of Hope,” is on Ventura Boulevard in Woodland Hills. (Google Street View)


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


Aug. 6


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 August newsletter, the Oakleaves: The church is located at 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

Tisha B’Av: Teaching and discussion by Rabbinic Intern David Mendelson, 8 p.m.; followed by a Maariv service led by Cantor David Childs (from Shomrei Torah Synagogue), at 8:20 p.m.; Havdalah service, 8:31 p.m.; reading of Eichah (Lamentations) at 8:35 p.m.; followed by songs and readings by clergy. Program will be in-person and live stream. The program is co-presented with Shomrei Torah Synagogue in West Hills. Temple Aliyah, Valley Circle Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-346-3545. Details on the calendar page:


Aug. 7


Vida Church LA: Services in Spanish at 8 and 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., and in English at 11 a.m. Meeting at “the Onion,” 9550 Haskell Ave., North Hills. 818-949-1200. Email: [email protected]

Tisha B’Av: Morning service, 9 a.m. Mincha service, 1 p.m. Services are in-person and also online at Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. 818-854-7650. Details:

Ninth Sunday in Pentecost at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church: 9 a.m. (Sunday’s bulletin and hymns: 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. This week’s newsletter:

Vitalized by Life: The Rev. Michael McMorrow delivers the message at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. The theme for August is “Vitality.” Center for Spiritual Living — Granada Hills, 17622 Chatsworth St. 818-363-8136. Check here for this Sunday’s updates:

Communion Sunday at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills: The Rev. Wayne Hawkins delivers the message based on Luke 12:32-40, 9 and 11 a.m. The church’s August newsletter, “The Spire,” 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.

Faith: Pastor Timothy Jenks delivers the message, based on Hebrews 11:1-16, at 9:30 a.m. Sermons also available to watch on the church’s Facebook and website. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714.;

Ninth Sunday in Pentecost: The Rev. Chryll Crews, director for evangelical mission in the Southwest California Synod – Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Check here for the weekly newsletter: ( and also this Sunday’s bulletin here: St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

Love for Real – Communion Sunday: The Rev. Douglas Dickson delivers the message, based on John 15:1-13, at the 10 a.m. (English-language) and the Rev. Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. (Korean-language) service. The church’s newsletter for August: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

What Does It Mean to Be a Covenantal Faith?: The Rev. Matthew McHale discusses the topic, 10:30 a.m. The talk is part of a  series on questions about Unitarian Universalism. Check the website for how to watch online. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Voice mail, 818-887-6101.

The Stuff of the Universe: The Rev. Rob Thompson discusses the topic, 10:30 a.m. Also available to watch on Facebook here: Center for Spiritual Living — Simi Valley, 1756 Erringer Road. 805-527-0870.;

Unexpected Guests – Communion Sunday: The Rev. Steve Peralta discusses the topic, based on Luke 12:32-40, at the 10:30 a.m. service. North Hollywood United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Details from this Sunday’s bulletin:

I Embrace the Divine: The Rev. Karen Mitchell gives her thoughts on the topic, based on John 17:22, 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” newsletter:

Concert at Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church: Roy Zimmerman performs music from his recent album release “This Machine: The Best of Roy Zimmerman,” 7:30 p.m. Tickets $25. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. Voice mail, 818-887-6101.


Aug. 12


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

Tu B’Av – Holiday of Love – Shabbat at Kol Tikvah: A service, 6:30 p.m. 20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills. 818-348-0670. Details:

Temple Ahavat Shalom Band Shabbat: A service, 7 p.m. Temple Ahavat Shalom, 18200 Rinaldi Place, Northridge. 818-360-2258. Email: [email protected]

Shabbat with Temple Beth Emet: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the service, 7 p.m. The Reform congregation’s August newsletter, “Chai Times” here: 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.


Aug. 13


Nature and You – Spiritual Cooling in Heated Times: Mark Mitchell, adjunct faculty member at Loyola Marymount University, leads a  workshop on using physical, spiritual and psychological practices to counter the “heat” in personal, social and global climate change situations, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Aug. 13. Fee $55 with lunch; $45 without. Registration and $10 deposit (non-refundable) by Aug. 10. Holy Spirit Retreat Center, 4316 Lanai Road, Encino. 818-815-4496. Details and to register, click on One-Day Retreats here:


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

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