Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Sept. 4-11

Rosh Hashana, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on Sept. 6. There are a variety of reasons for Jews to hear the blowing of a shofar, a ram’s horn, on Rosh Hashana. One reason is it’s a wake up call to change behaviors from negative to positive in the new year. In the 2020 photo, Rabbi Reuven Mintz, from the Chabad Center for Jewish Life in Newport Beach, demonstrates the blowing of a shofar that is used during Rosh Hashana services. (Photo by Mindy Schauer, Orange County Register/SCNG)


Here is a sampling of religious services in the San Fernando Valley area, Sept. 4-11.


First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills: Christina Chambers delivers the message, at 9 and 11 a.m. Sept. 5. The Sunday Bulletin with more information about each service is available on the website. The congregation’s “The Spire” newsletter: The church is located at 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.;

Dare to be Different: The Rev. Rob Denton delivers the message from a sermon series “Dare to Be Different,” a study of the Beatitudes, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. (indoors and online) on Sept. 5. West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. 818-884-6480.;

Reaching Higher: The Rev. Michael McMorrow explains the message, based on the center’s September theme “Reaching Higher,” 9 and 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5 (the center is taking reservations for in-person services no later than 3 p.m. Sept. 4; call or check the center’s Facebook for more information: ( In addition, McMorrow often gives a “Mid-Day Reset,” around noon Monday-Friday on the center’s Facebook ( Click on the link to watch the service here: Center for Spiritual Living-Granada Hills, 17622 Chatsworth St. 818-363-8136.

Services with the Rev. Chuck Bunnell at Prince of Peace Lutheran, St. Andrew’s Lutheran and on YouTube: In-person services on Sept. 5: 9 a.m. at Prince of Peace (9440 Balboa Blvd., Northridge), and also at 11 a.m. at St. Andrew’s Lutheran (15520 Sherman Way, Van Nuys). For more information or for prayer request, 818-782-5953.

Don’t Be Afraid: The Rev. Timothy Jenks explains the message, based on Isaiah 35:4-7, at a 9:30 a.m. service on Sept. 5. Sermons also available to watch here Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714.

Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost with St. Luke Lutheran Church: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5. Zoom meeting information on the website. The church is in Woodland Hills. Voice mail, 818-346-3070. Email: [email protected];

Chatsworth Lake Community Church: The Rev. Dale Dawson delivers the message, 10 a.m. Sept. 5. The service is outdoors (if weather permits). 23449 Lake Manor Drive, Chatsworth. 818-712-0079. Email: [email protected] Facebook:

Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles: Parishes churches in Los Angeles, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties are open for indoor Masses (read the recent guidelines here: Sunday Masses are live streamed, 10 a.m. (in English) and noon (Spanish) from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels: The daily Masses are live streamed from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels, 12:10 p.m. (in English; no Spanish Mass). Facebook: For more information:

All Work Has Worth: The Rev. Bill Freeman delivers the message, 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Find the Zoom link on the website. 616-796-5598.

I Believe in the Holy Spirit – Communion Sunday: The Rev. Joseph Choi delivers the message, based on John 14:15-17, 10 a.m. (in English) and 11:30 a.m. (in Korean) on Sept. 5 (preregister to attend in person: Also, watch online here: The church’s September newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. Facebook:

Sunday with Woodland Hills Community Church (United Church of Christ): The Rev. Scott Furukawa leads the service, 10 a.m. Sept. 5. Mask wearing is required. Also, the service is available to watch live on the church’s Facebook here: Recent announcements: 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Voice mail, 818-346-0820. Email: [email protected]

All Dogs Go to Heaven: The Rev. Steve Peralta explains the message, based on Mark 7:24-37, at 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5. First United Methodist Church of North Hollywood, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Email: [email protected] Facebook: Website:

Higher Ground: The Rev. Stephen Rambo explains the message, 10:30 a.m. Sept. 5. The service is also available to watch on Facebook by using the link here: Center for Spiritual Living-Simi Valley, 1756 Erringer Road. 805-527-0870.;

Winnetka Church of Christ: The Rev. Bruce Evans delivers the message, 10:45 a.m. Sept. 5. Bible study, 9:45 a.m. Sept. 5 and continuing Sundays; also, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 8 and continuing Wednesdays. 7054 Winnetka Ave., Winnetka. 818-795-5566. Email: [email protected]

I Am Living in the Flow of Good: The Rev. Sue Rubin gives her thoughts on Unity Burbank – Center for Spiritual Awareness’s September theme, 11 a.m. Sept. 5. The month’s theme is based on Hosea 14:7. Background on Unity, founded in the 1880s, here: Unity Burbank, 637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-4037. Facebook:

Outdoor Movie Night at Bethel Christian Reformed Church: Watch “The Prince of Egypt” (1998), 7:30 p.m. Sept. 5. Free. 10725 Penrose St., Sun Valley. 818-767-4488.

Adat Yeshua Messianic Jewish Congregation: Rosh Hashana services, 6:30 p.m. Sept. 6 and 11 a.m. Sept. 7. Yom Kippur services, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 15 and 11 a.m. Sept. 16. Also, Yizkor, a memorial service, 1, and the Neilah service, 6:10 p.m. Sept. 16. Meeting at West Hills Church, 7475 Fallbrook Ave, West Hills. 818-222-0200.

All Is Well with My Soul – Unity World Day of Prayer: The 24-hour event includes prayers, meditations, music and speakers, 5 p.m. Sept. 8 to 5 p.m. Sept. 9. Register in advance to receive the Zoom link: Information about Unity here:

Adat Chaverim Humanistic High Holiday Celebration: The service is led by Cantor Jonathan Freidmann, PhD, and members of the congregation, 2 p.m. Sept. 12. Tickets $50; $15 children. Reservations required. Los Encinos State Historic Park, 16756 Moorpark St., Encino. 888-552-4552 Email: [email protected]

Food drive for CSUN Food Pantry: The Community Concerns Committee at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills holds a non-perishable food drive to help stock the food pantry at Cal State University, Northridge, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 18 and 9-11 a.m. Sept. 19. The pantry benefits students who do not have much income for food while school is in session. Current needs: canned items and dry packaging such as pasta; also, hygiene items including soap, feminine products and shampoos. No glass containers. 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831. More details on Facebook here:

Los Angeles Catholic Prayer Breakfast: Father Greg Boyle, founder of Homeboy Industries, is the guest speaker, 6:30-9 a.m. Sept. 21. Reservations are being accepted now. Tickets $40; $350 for table for 10. Event is held at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles. 800-838-1356.

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

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