Asian Cultural Festival

Saturday, Sept. 21, 11:00 AM — 4:30 PM.

Enjoy delicious Food, Live Entertainment, Plants, Produce, and a fabulous Silent Auction. Kids love Crafts, Games, and Face Painting.  A huge “Second Chance Store” has over 1,000 new and like-new items at bargain prices!

Invite your family and friends to come on September 21!

FREE Admission, Parking and Shuttle Service!

Everyone is welcome!

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Festival Entertainment

Here’s Saturday’s entertainment line-up:

11:00   Welcome!

11:05   (1) “Early Bird” Door Prize Drawing & Announcements

11:15   Chikara Taiko – Centenary UMC

12:00   (2) Door Prize Drawing and Announcements

12:15    Music – David Mann – WLAUMC

12:30    Tai Chi Chuan Demonstration – WLAUMC

12:50    (3) Door Prize Drawing and Announcements

1:10      Music – Ted Yamada on Saxophone

1:20      (4) Door Prize Drawing and Announcements

1:35      Music – Praise Band – WLAUMC

2:00      Silent Auction Bidding Closes

2:10      Music – Irish Band – Jamie Thierman – WLAUMC

2:40      (5) Door Prize Drawing and Announcements

2:55      Music – Nichigo Choir – WLAUMC

3:10      (6) Door Prize Drawing & Announcements

3:30      Ondo Festival Dancing – Terminal Island Ondo Odori Group Ryujin Taiko – Mission Viejo

4:00     (7) Final Door Prize Drawing & Water Break for Dancers

4:25     Closing Comments and Words of Appreciation

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Festival Silent Auction

Saturday, Sept. 21, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Bid on over 300 fabulous items, including Japanese dishes, glassware, art work, dolls, vintage and collectibles, sports equipment, gift cards, and more!  Bidding closes at 2:00 PM so you can take your items home on Saturday!

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Festival Second Chance Store

Saturday, Sept. 21.

Shop for over 1,000 new and like-new items at the “Second Chance Store” from 11:00 AM – 4:30 PM. Housewares, dishes, glassware, home decor, toys, camping equipment, purses, and so much more!  Bargain prices!

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Festival Angel Backdrop.

Saturday, Sept. 21.

Be an Angel!  You’re invited to take your photo with the Angel backdrop!

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Calling All Bakers!

We are looking for church members and friends of West LA UMC to support the “Bake Sale” at our annual Asian Cultural Festival. Please bring your non-perishable baked goods to the Social Hall the morning of September 21.

Everyone loves to buy homemade mochi, manju, cookies, cakes, bar cookies, candies, jams and whatever is yummy and sweet! Please pre-package your items in small bags or disposable containers.  If possible, mark what you have baked for us. We need to know if any nuts are in your goodies.

For questions, please contact Allison Brush at or 213-248-2478.

Thank you in advance for your goodies!

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Camp Colby Work Retreat

Registration Deadline: Sunday, September 8.

We need YOU. We are planning to send a group of 30 people to help spruce up Camp Colby Ranch in October.  After a long and demanding summer camping season, the historical Camp Colby Ranch is in need of some cosmetic first aid for their buildings and facilities.  WLAUMC will be hosting a working retreat at Camp Colby Ranch, over the Columbus Day weekend (October 12-13), to help them do some cosmetic repairs, paint their buildings and tidy up some of the landscape. As a plus, this will not be “all work and no play.” The staff at Camp Colby Ranch has a retreat program planned for us so we can Grow More Christlike Together.
Camp Colby Ranch has agreed to provide the lodging at no cost but a nominal fee of $50/person will be collected to cover the meal costs. Please contact Wayne Nomi for additional information.
Deadline to sign up is September 8. Camp Colby Ranch is owned and operated by the UMC Cal Pac Annual Conference.

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Creation Bible Study

Sunday, October 6, 2:00 PM.

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, September 14, 10:00 AM, Social Hall.

Parents will enjoy important conversations on parenting issues and concerns while children enjoy storytelling, art projects, and playing games.

All are invited.  Please RSVP to Jane Shimotsu asap so that childcare can be arranged.

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Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM-8:30 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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