Vacation Bible School

July 15-19, 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

“All Systems… God! Exploring the Vastness of God’s Love” is this year’s theme. Join us for a galactic week of Bible stories, music, science, crafts, mission project, and Asian culture. A snack and light lunch are served.

Registration is now closed.

For more information, please contact Rev. Janet Cromwell at the church office, 310-479-1379.

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UMW Marie Callender’s Fundraiser

Thursday, July 18.

Come join WLA UMW members at Marie Callender’s, 11324 National Blvd., West Los Angeles on Thursday, July 18, from 7:00 AM to 10:00 PM for breakfast, lunch, dinner or takeout.  Please give your server the flyer advertising the event (one flyer per check) and UMW will receive 20% of your purchase. Invite family, friends, co-workers, etc. and enjoy a meal while helping to raise funds for a mission project to be announced at a later date. Thanks for your support!


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Camp Colby Presentation

Sunday, July 21, 11:15 AM

DID YOU KNOW…. That camp and retreat center settings provide for unique opportunities for us to GROW MORE CHRISTLIKE TOGETHER?

Outdoor experiences allow us to see God’s creation and connect with God in places without the many distractions of our everyday metropolitan lifestyles. The quiet of the mountains; the soothing sounds of a creek outside your window; the unprecedented morning sunrises and evening sunsets; and most of all, growing in fellowship with others.

The Cal-Pac Annual Conference owns and operates Camp Colby Ranch in the San Gabriel Mountains, between Altadena and Palmdale, just under 90 minutes away from our church.  It was acquired by the Methodist Church in the 1940’s and grew to a 200 person retreat facility. It incorporated additional facilities and activity areas over the years, bringing some luxury comforts of home to the remoteness of the San Gabriel Mountains. In 2009, the Station Fire burned the landscape around Camp Colby Ranch and some of the camp buildings were destroyed. The camp re-opened in 2013 with many upgrades. Today, Camp Colby Ranch provides well-furnished facilities, as well as rustic cabins, for use by organizations for retreats and helps with program/retreat planning and development.

In June 2019, the Administrative Council approved a service project to support Camp Colby Ranch and their ministries.  We have a two day (one night) Service Project Retreat planned for the weekend of October 12-13. We envision this project to revolve around post-summer season maintenance of the facilities, such as painting, light gardening work and patching holes. We are also planning some fellowship activities and a worship service.  The camp has agreed to provide housing at no cost and only $40/person for four meals.  We are hoping to get a group of 30 people to join in the weekend service project.

Broghan Hunt, the Director of Camp Colby Ranch, will be at WLAUMC on July 21, at 11:15 AM, to provide a short presentation about Camp Colby Ranch and the proposed “Work-a-Treat” in October. Please join us to learn more about the camp programs and how we can contribute to the Cal-Pac camping ministry programs.

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Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

On Wednesday evenings, Egan Yu and Kristen Crabtree host an in-home Bible Study focused on the minor prophets of the Hebrew Bible (also known as the Old Testament).  Each gathering includes a potluck dinner, reading from the Bible, group discussion of the passage, and sharing ways to apply God’s message to everyday life.

This Bible study group is open to anyone that interested in digging deeper into the word of God. Please come ready to learn, ask questions, and spend some time sharing praises and prayer requests.

Please call the church office (310) 479-1379 if you’d like more information and/or plan to attend.


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Japanese Film Night

Friday, July 26, 7:30 PM.

The feature film is “Snow Trail,” a 1947 black-and-white film directed by Senkichi Taniguchi from Akira Kurosawa’s screenplay about the fate of thee bank robbers on the run from the police.  They hide out high up in the snowy Japanese mountains in a remote lodge inhabited by an old man, his granddaughter, and an intrepid mountaineer trapped there by a recent blizzard.”

The film is free and open to our members and friends. There will be relaxed parking available from 6:00 to 10:00 PM, as well as snacks to munch on following the movie. Please join us.

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Creation Bible Study

Sunday, August 4, 2:00 PM.

This Bible Study includes videos, scripture lessons, and creativity to discern God’s message and call in our lives. Based in a home, this gathering provides opportunities for getting to know new friends as we grow in faith and knowledge. New members are welcome. Call the church office at 310-479-1379 or speak to Kathy Orebaugh for more information and to RSVP.

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Kizuna Summer Camp

Mon-Fri, June 24-28, 9:00 AM-5:00 PM.

WLAUMC is hosting Kizuna’s annual Summer Camp June 24-28.  For more information, visit the Kizuna website at

Due to this, the “Alive Now!” Bible Study (Wed) and Tai-Chi Classes (Wed and Thurs) will not be held during this week. However, the newsletter assembly on June 27 (Thurs) will still resume in the Learning Center.

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One Worship Service

Sunday, July 7, 10:30 AM, Sanctuary.

One combined English & Japanese Worship Service will be held on July 7 at 10:30 AM in the Sanctuary, followed by the All Church Picnic at 12:00 Noon at Rancho Cheviot Hills Park on Motor Avenue.  Plan to attend worship and then join the fun at the park.  If possible, please bring something to share at the Potluck Picnic Lunch.  All are welcome.

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Pentecost and Membership Sunday

Sunday, June 9

Pentecost is celebrated on the seventh Sunday after Easter, and marks the arrival of the Holy Spirit upon Jesus’ followers while they were in Jerusalem.  This sacred moment is described in the Book of Acts in the New Testament.
At West LA UMC, we encourage everyone to wear something RED on Pentecost to represent the tongues of fire that descended on the new Christians.
This year on Pentecost, we will welcome new members into the church, as well as honour our graduates and award four church scholarships.  Plan to stay after worship for the New Member Reception, hosted by the UMW Martha Mary Circle.


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Ohana: Families with Young Children

Saturday, June 8, 10:00 AM, Social Hall.

Stan Shimotsu will share stories of the heroic Christians of our Church who, through dark years of uncertainty and danger, continued to have faith, hope and a steadfast belief in justice – a story of prophetic vision and voices and the quest for social justice.

While the adults are meeting, Rev. Janet and Allison Brush will lead the children storytelling, art projects, and playing games.

All are invited.  Please RSVP to Jane Shimotsu by June 6 so that childcare can be arranged.

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