Memorial Day Service

Monday, May 27, 9:00 AM, Woodlawn Cemetery
The 60th annual Memorial Day service at Woodlawn Cemetery will be held on Monday, May 27. The combined Buddhist and Christian service, which is open to the public, begins at 9:00 AM.
This Memorial Day marks 60 years since Japanese American communities on the Westside started to gather at the Ireito (memorial tower) to honor the area’s Issei Pioneer and Nisei soldiers who died in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. They endured hardship and sacrifice in hopes of opportunities now enjoyed by current and future generations.
West LA UMC is one of seven churches, temples, and centers sponsoring this event.  All are welcome to attend.

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Japanese Film Night

Friday, May 31, 7:30 PM

This month’s film is “Flavor of Happiness” 「しあわせのかおり directed by Mitsuhiro Mihara in 2008. The movie follows Yamashita Takako (Miki Nakatani) who works in the food section of a department store. She frequently visits a reputable local Chinese restaurant about opening an in-store branch, but the owner of the restaurant, Wang Qingkuo (Tatsuya Fuji) from Shanghai, who does all the cooking by himself, gives Takako the brush-off. One day, however, Wang collapses due to overwork and is left with partial paralysis. Hearing the rumor of the restaurant’s closure, Takako resigns from the department store and becomes an apprentice to Wang.
        The film is free and open to our members and friends. There will be relaxed parking available from 6:00 PM to 10:00 PM, as well as snacks to munch on following the movie. Please come and join us for another fine Japanese film!

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Creation Bible Study

Sunday, June 2, 2:00 PM, Call office for directions.

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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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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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.

Pre-school children (age 3+) thru 6th Grade are welcome to register.  Registration closes June 2, or when classes are filled.

Please complete the following forms for VBS Participants, Age 3 thru entering Grade 6.
VBS 2019 Registration Form – Participant
VBS 2019 Registration Form – Church Program Medical & Release

Please complete the following forms for VBS Youth Assistants, Students entering Grades 7 – 12 in fall 2019.
VBS 2019 Registration For Youth Volunteer
VBS 2019 Registration Form – Church Program Medical & Release

Please print this Poster to share with your friends!
VBS 2019 “All Systems… God!”

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

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Baptism and Membership

Sunday, May 19, 11:15 AM.

Persons interested in baptism and membership are invited to attend three classes led by Rev. Gary Oba. Participants will learn more about the sacrament of baptism for children and adults, and the meaning of membership in The United Methodist Church.  Classes are open to all persons and does not obligate participants to join.  Come, learn, and discover more about our denomination and congregation!

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New! Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM

On every Wednesdays, Egan Yu and Kristen Crabtree will host a weekly Bible Study. They will kick off the group by leading a study on the books of the minor prophets, with each study featuring a 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 (31) 479-1379 if you’d like more information and/or plan to attend.


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Easter Egg Hunt

Saturday, April 20, 10:00 AM, Stoner Park.

The church hosts a community-wide Easter Egg Hunt for children and their families.  Enjoy crafts, games, two age-level Egg Hunts, and a hotdog lunch at Stoner Park, 1835 Stoner Ave, in West Los Angeles. It’s free and fun for everyone!

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Easter Monday

The office will be closed on Monday, April 22, in observance of Easter.

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Easter Worship

Sunday, April 21, 9:30 AM English, 11:00 AM Japanese.

Christ has Risen! Celebrate Easter at West LA UMC! Everyone is welcome as we worship God on this glorious day! Worship in English at 9:30 AM or Japanese at 11:00 AM.

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