Religion Events In The San Fernando Valley Area, Feb. 11-18


Northridge United Methodist Church on Reseda Boulevard at Superior Street. (Google Street View) Here is a sampling of upcoming faith gatherings in the San Fernando Valley area.

Feb. 11 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., and also, 8:30-11:30 a.m. Feb. 12. The pantry benefits students who do not have much income for food while school is in session. Current needs: canned soups and other canned goods, pasta and dry boxed goods; also, hygiene items including deodorant, soap, feminine products and shampoos. No glass containers or past date items. Drive-thru and a church volunteer will unload your donation. Location, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831. Details and current needs for the CSUN Food Pantry here: and here:

Mass and Anointing of the Sick – Observance of World Day of the Sick and the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes: Archbishop José H. Gomez celebrates the Mass, 12:30 p.m. The bilingual Mass includes anointing of the sick, blessing of caregiver hands and blessing with water from the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Lourdes in France. Attendees receive Lourdes water and holy card. The Mass is co-presented by the Order of Malta – Los Angeles. The Mass will be live streamed on and Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels, 555 W. Temple St., Los Angeles.

Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: Contemporary service, 5 p.m. Bible study, 6:30 p.m. Also, a traditional/blended service, 10 a.m. Feb. 12. The Rev. Titus Utecht is the pastor. February newsletter, the Oakleaves: Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

Feb. 12 Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: Two services, 8 and 10 a.m. Sunday’s service bulletin: This week’s newsletter: Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, 5700 Rudnick Ave., Woodland Hills. 818-346-6968. Email:

Inquiring Minds Want to Flow: The Rev. Michael McMorrow explains the message at the 9 and 10:30 a.m. services. The church’s February theme is “Curiosity as a Super Power.” Center for Spiritual Living, 17622 Chatsworth St., Granada Hills. 818-363-8136. This week’s details:

Standing for What Is Right: The Rev. Jim Sillerud delivers the message, based on Act 5:27-42, at the 9 and 11 a.m. services. The February “Spire” newsletter: First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.;

Feeding Infants – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: The Rev. Timothy Jenks explains the message, based on 1 Corinthians 3:1-9, at 9:30 a.m. Sermons are recorded and available to watch on the church’s Facebook and website. Canoga Park Lutheran Church, 7357 Jordan Ave. 818-348-5714.;

Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: The Rev. Janet Hansted delivers the message, 9:30 a.m. Check here for the service bulletin: Weekly newsletter: ( St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5312 Comercio Way, Woodland Hills. 818-346-3070.

More Than Words – Scouting Sunday: The Rev. Douglas Dickson explains the message, based on 1 John 3:14-22, at the 10 a.m. service (English-language). The Rev. Ralph Kwon delivers the message at the 11:30 a.m. service (Korean-language). The February newsletter: Northridge United Methodist Church, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

Nobody Plants a Mustard Seed: The Rev. Jonathan B. Hall explains the message, based on Matthew 13:24-43, at the 10 a.m. service. First Christian Church of North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Ave. 818-763-8218. Details in the newsletter for this Sunday:

Reseda Church of Christ: The Rev. Dewayne Winrow delivers the message, 10 a.m. Location, 7806 Reseda Blvd. 818-342-4755. Church website:

Choosing Life Over Death – Sixth Sunday after Epiphany: The Rev. Steve Peralta delivers the message, 10:30 a.m. service. North Hollywood First United Methodist Church, 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Details for this service and week:

Don’t Go It Alone – Finding Resilience Together: The Rev. Matthew McHale, with worship associate Julie Borden, at the 10:30 a.m. service.  Emerson Unitarian Universalist Church, 7304 Jordan Ave., Canoga Park. 818-887-6101.

Love – I Am Loved and Lifted Up: Matt Toronto shares his perspective on the topic of the month at the 11 a.m. service. The February theme is based on 1 Peter 3:8. 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” February newsletter:

Jazz Vespers at Northridge United Methodist Church: Three More Sounds with musicians Carl Burnett, Henry Franklin and Robert Turner, and art by Barbara Tabachnick, present a way to hear and see “the word of God through music and art,” 6 p.m. Free admission/an offering will be taken. Location, 9650 Reseda Blvd. 818-886-1555.

Feb. 14 Judaism Prophecy and Practice – From the Bones of Ezekiel to the Flesh of the Leper: Rabbi Mark H. Sobel continues his adult education series on the topic. Fourth lecture, Elijah’s Fiery Chariot — Do We Really Die?” 7 p.m. The lectures are also available on Zoom (check the website for how to join on Zoom). Final lecture: “The Frankenstein Monster, the Golem’s Progeny,” 7 p.m. March 14. Free/donations to the temple are accepted. Temple Beth Emet, 600 N. Buena Vista St., Burbank. 818-843-4787. Details in the newsletter:

Feb. 17 Shabbat at Temple Judea: 6:15 p.m. Location, 5429 Lindley Ave., Tarzana. 818-758-3800. Details:

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

Feb. 22 Ash Wednesday at North Hollywood First United Methodist Church: Imposition of ashes, 7-9 a.m. in the Boyer Chapel. Ash Wednesday service, 7 p.m. 4832 Tujunga Ave. 818-763-8231. Details on Lent in the newsletter:

Ash Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church of Granada Hills: Imposition of ashes, 7:45-9 a.m. and 11:45-1 p.m. Also, the Rev. Jim Sillerud delivers the Ash Wednesday message “All or Nothing,” based on Luke 9:51-62, 7 p.m. Location, 10400 Zelzah Ave., Northridge. 818-360-1831.;

Ash Wednesday at Sherman Oaks Lutheran Church: The Rev. Titus Utecht leads the service, 7 p.m. Location, 14847 Dickens St. 818-789-0215.

Feb. 23 The University Series: A Roman Catholic, multi-parish adult education program during the season of Lent begins today and runs through March 31. Choose from 67 presentations scheduled during 6-weeks at 15 participating parishes in the San Fernando Valley and Ventura County. FAQ details (helpful hint: go to Ventura Classes to make selection and pay for classes): Season pass $75. Individual classes are $5. Register, purchase the pass and see the class schedule here: Email: 805-496-0222.

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

Vittorio Ferla

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