Marie Callender’s Fundraisers

Tuesday, March 19—West LA Buddhist Temple

Monday, March 25—Habitat for Humanity

Our congregation has been invited to support two community fundraisers.   All it takes is enjoying a meal (or two!) at Marie Callender’s Restaurant located at Sawtelle and National!  20% of your meal price will go to the West LA Buddhist Temple or Habitat for Humanity Culver City Build.

Remember to take a flyer from the Social Hall with you to the restaurant of the day of your meal.

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Easter Lily Orders

Sunday, March 24 to April 14

We will receive orders for Easter Lilies for four Sundays, March 24 through April 14. The lilies will adorn our sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 21. Please check the Social Hall bulletin board for the order forms.


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Lenten Study Group

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Learning Center.

“The Jesus Challenge: 21 Days of Loving God and Neighbor” by Justin Larosa, is our study guide. Through readings, short videos, and conversation, we will learn new ways to go deeper in prayer, our connection with God, and how to become more like Jesus.

Contact Rev. Janet Cromwell at 310-479-1379 to get a study book.

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Women’s Retreat

March 30-31, Aldersgate Retreat Center.

Register now for “Garden Path: Prayer & Mindfulness,” this year’s Women’s Retreat.  Enjoy a restful break from your busy life to enjoy new friendships, laugh, and be served food you didn’t have to cook!  During the Retreat you will learn a variety of ways to pray and be mindful of God’s presence each day.

Pre-Registration is required. Please submit your Registration Form, Medical Release Form, and Early Bird $99 Retreat Fee to West LA UMC by March 3, 2019. Your early registration will help in planning for a great Retreat! After March 3, the fee is $125. Registration ends on March 17.

For more information contact:, Cindy Morimoto or Rev. Janet Cromwell or 310-479-1379 ext. 102.

Here are photos from the 2018 Women’s Retreat.

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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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Flowers for the Flower Cross

Sunday, April 21.

You are invited to bring fresh flowers from your home to decorate the Flower Cross on Easter morning.

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Administrative Council Retreat

Saturday, March 16, 9:00 AM

The Administrative Council will meet for a one day retreat on Saturday, March 16, from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM. The location is still to be determined.

At the retreat, the church’s Readiness 360 Team will review the principles of multiplying the church’s impact learned from their 18-month study led by leaders from the Cal-Pac Annual Conference.


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Bell Choir Rehearsals

Sundays, 11:15 AM.

The Handbell Choir is rehearsing Sundays at 11:15 in Room 6 until they play on Easter Sunday, April 21, for both the English language and Japanese language services. Please contact Ashley Ramsey, Music Director, for more information.


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Creation Bible Study

Sunday, March 14, 2:00 PM, Call for directions.

This new 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 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, March 9, 10:00 AM, Social Hall.

Kids have a great time playing and learning while parents talk about parenting. The topic will be “Becoming Closer Together,” in small groups.

Our plan is to spend the morning sharing and discussing any topic, which may include how we set limits for our children, how we handle bullying, the family as the trauma center, ultimate parenting skills, or any personal topics that individuals wish to discuss as a group.

The goal will be to dig deeper and get to know each other better, as we challenge and enhance our skills toward becoming better parents, as well as better people.

Ohana 2.0 parents, please RSVP to Jane Shimotsu by March 1.  Thank you!

Potluck lunch follows.


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