Religion events in the San Fernando Valley area, Dec. 11-18

Here is a sampling of religion events in the San Fernando Valley area.

Dec. 11

Las Mañanitas musical tribute and Mass for Our Lady of Guadalupe: The feast day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Dec. 12, gets an early start with indigenous and folkloric dance performances, veneration of the relic of the tilma, or cape, of St. Juan Diego – on which the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe appeared miraculously 490 years ago in Mexico – and seasonal treats in the plaza outside of the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels in Los Angeles, 6 p.m. The celebration program, in Spanish, continues inside the cathedral with a special Rosary and a performance by Mariachi Lindas Mexicanas, 10 p.m., that in turn is followed by guest singers serenading the Virgin with the song “Las Mañanitas” at 11 p.m. A midnight Mass is celebrated by Archbishop José H. Gomez. Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.

Dec. 12

Third Sunday in Advent at Prince of Peace Episcopal Church: Two services, 8 and 10 a.m. The 10 a.m. service is also live streamed on the church’s YouTube here: Readings: Zephaniah 3:14-20; Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18. Masks are required. 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email: Find the service bulletin and hymns here:

Green Christmas – Colors of Christmas: Pastor John Stalboerger explains the message, 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services. The 10:30 a.m. service is live streamed on the website. West Valley Christian Church, 22450 Sherman Way, West Hills. 818-884-6480.

Humbled: Pastoral intern Marilyn Rios explains the message, based on Luke 1:26-38, at the 9 and 11 a.m. (also online) services. The congregation’s December newsletter “The Spire” for details: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.

The Joy of Becoming: The Rev. Michael McMorrow delivers the message, based on the center’s December theme “Journey of Becoming,” at 9 and 10:30 a.m. (see this week’s bulletin: 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: 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.

I Will – Third Sunday in Advent: Pastor Timothy Jenks explains the message, based on Zephaniah 3:14-20, at 9:30 a.m. Sermons also available to watch on the church website. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714.

Love Will Come at Christmas: The Rev. Bill Freeman delivers the message, 10 a.m. Find the Zoom link on the website. 616-796-5598.

Our Gift to Jesus – Joy: The Rev. Joseph Choi delivers the Communion Sunday message, based on Luke 2:8-12, at 10 a.m. (in English) and at 11:30 a.m. (in Korean). Preregister to attend in person: Also, watch online here: The church’s December newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555. Facebook:

Third Sunday in Advent: The Rev. Randy Spleth delivers the message, 10 a.m. First Christian Church of North Hollywood (Disciples of Christ), 4390 Colfax Ave., Studio City. 818-763-8218. Email:

Sunday at Chatsworth Lake Community Church: The Rev. Dale Dawson delivers the message, 10 a.m. 23449 Lake Manor Drive, Chatsworth. 818-712-0079. Email: Facebook:

Sunday at Woodland Hills Community Church (United Church of Christ): The Rev. Craig Peterson delivers the message, 10 a.m. 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:

Sunday with Congregational Church of the Chimes: A “Children’s Christmas Pageant” will be presented during the service, 10:30 a.m. 14115 Magnolia Blvd., Sherman Oaks. 818-789-7124. Email:

Earl Grey, Hot!: The Rev. Stephen Rambo explains the message, 10:30 a.m. 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.

Just So You Know What You’re Getting Into – New Member Sunday: The Rev. Matthew McHale, with worship associate Julie Borden, lead the in-person service, 10:30 a.m. (reservations are required; 50 people limit; find Dec. 12 service to reserve here: Also, watch the service on Zoom with the link: By phone, 669-900-6833 and use ID: 8581092800 and the Password: chalice. Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

Turkish Delight: The Rev. Steve Peralta explains the message, from a sermon series “Winter’s End: Advent in Narnia” and based on Luke 3:7-18, at 10:30 a.m. North Hollywood United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave.  818-763-8231. Details here:

I Am Surrounded by Love: The Rev. Michelle Hubbard gives her thoughts on Unity Burbank – Center for Spiritual Awareness’s December theme, 11 a.m. The month’s theme is based on 1 John 4:12. Background on Unity, founded in the 1880s, here: Unity Burbank, 637 S. Victory Blvd., Burbank. 818-841-4037. Facebook:

Sunday with Riverstone Chapel of Chatsworth: Pastor Joe Gutel delivers the message, 11 a.m. 10650 De Soto Ave., Chatsworth. 818-882-8177. Email:

Holiday Music Festival – Outdoors and Online: Woodland Hills Community Church (United Church of Christ) presents the concert, 6 p.m. (sharp). Masks required. Refreshments will be offered, 5-5:45 p.m. ($5 for hot chocolate and cookies; $10 glass of wine; purchase of refreshment tickets in advance of event is requested). Also, the concert is available to watch live on the church’s Facebook here: Recent announcements: 21338 Dumetz Road, Woodland Hills. Voice mail, 818-346-0820. Email:

Jazz Vespers at Northridge United Methodist Church: Holiday jazz with Karen Evans, Lanny and Yvette Hartley, Bobby and Patty Henley and Weston Nathanson, 6 p.m. Free admission but an offering will be taken. 9650 Reseda Blvd., Northridge. 818-886-1555. Facebook:

Dec. 14

We Lived There, Too! – An Adult Education Series: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel discusses the Jewish communities in “North Africa and Egypt,” 7 p.m. The talk is in-person and masks are required. Free/donation. Temple Beth Emet, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

Friday and Dec. 18

Shabbat at Shomrei Torah Synagogue: Kabbalat Shabbat, 6 p.m. Friday; a Shabbat morning service, 9:30 a.m. Dec. 18 (check the website or call for Covid-19 rules for attending in-person). The service is in-person or watch here: Shomrei Torah Synagogue, 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. 818-854-7650.

Shabbat at Temple Judea: A service, 6:15 p.m. Friday. Must show proof of Covid-19 vaccination, valid ID and wear a mask to attend. Outdoors, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800.

Shabbat at Temple Beth Emet: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel leads the service, 7 p.m. 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787.

Christmas Crèche concert – in-person and online: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church music director Boude Moore performs a recital based on the figures in a Nativity scene, 7:30 p.m. The concert has limited seating and reservations required. Mask required for in-person seating. The recital will be live streamed on the church’s YouTube channel here: 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email:

Dec. 25

Comedy Night with Shomrei Torah Synagogue: The congregation’s Men’s Club present the evening of comedy with Wendy Liebman, Monica Piper and Mark Schiff, 7-8:30 p.m. Tickets $36 (for either in-person or on Zoom). Reservations required in advance. 7353 Valley Circle Blvd., West Hills. Details and purchase tickets here:

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