Saturday, July 14, 11:00 AM, Social Hall.
Senior members and friends are welcome to lunch and a brief program on July 14. Enjoy a simple, traditional Japanese lunch and singing Japanese songs. All are welcome. See Rev. Becky Hirata for more information.
July 16-20, 2018. Kids Age 3 – Grade 5 will have the adventure of a lifetime learning about God and growing closer to Jesus. Numerous adult leaders will be guiding the program throughout the week. Youth entering Grade 6 in the fall serve as Youth Assistants.
For questions, please contact VBS Directors Jeri Okamoto Tanaka or Rev. Janet Cromwell at the church 310-479-1379.
Friday, July 27, 7:30 PM.
“Black Belt” takes place in 1932 in Japanese-occupied Manchuria, in which the corrupt leaders of the Japanese army are trying to take over all of the Karate dojos for their own benefit. The master of one of these dojos dies before passing on the black belt to his successor. Three of his pupils: Taikan, Giryu and Choei, have the task of deciding among themselves who deserves it most. After they bury their master, they are forced to leave the dojo and join the Japanese army. At this point, their journeys lead them on different paths both in life and in the understanding of their master’s teachings of martial arts. They are reunited in the end, to battle together against corruption and uphold tradition. The film was made in 2007 and directed by Shunichi Nagasaki. The film is free and open to the public.
Sunday, July 29, 10:30 AM.
A combined English and Japanese Worship Service will be held on July 29 at 10:30 AM. Celebrate the summer at this casual worship service followed by the All Church Potluck Picnic at Cheviot Hills Park at Noon.
Sunday, July 29, 12:00, Cheviot Hills Park.
Following worship at 10:30 AM, come to the All Church Picnic at Cheviot Hills Park, 2551 Motor Avenue. Our picnic spot is located behind the swimming pool, on the hill. Bring something to share at this potluck lunch. Games for children and BINGO for everyone! Join us for this joyous celebration of God’s glorious summer season.
Friday, August 31, 7:30 PM. Kenichi Horie in “Alone Across the Pacific” is determined to challenge his family, the law, and nature as he crosses the Pacific Ocean to America in a small sailboat. Despite his careful planning, many unforeseen events will test his determination. Directed by Kon Ichikawa in 1964. The film is free and open to the public. Sponsored by West LA United Methodist Church and coordinated by Greg Shikata.
Sunday, August 12, 12:15 PM.
Enjoy traditional Japanese songs, dance, and music during Pacific Theater Productions’ presentation. The program will include culturally inspired shamisen and O-koto performances. The cost is $10/adult (21+) and free for those 21 and younger. Sponsored by West LA United Methodist Church’s Social Action Commission.
Friday, June 29, 7:30 PM, Sanctuary.
Enjoy “Mother”, directed by Mikio Naruse and staring Kinuyo Tanaka, Kyoko Kagawa, Eiji Okada, and Daisuke Kato. The 1951 black&white film is based on a prize-winning entry of a school essay-writing competition and screenplay by Yuko Mizuki. The film depicts a tough period in the life of Masao Fukuhara who struggles to care for her family and dry-cleaning business following the death of her husband.
The film is free and open to the public. Everyone is welcome.
Receive a copy of the 88th Anniversary Group Photo by giving your order form and $25 to Grace Seto by Sunday.
WLAUMC 88th Anniversary Group Photo order form 2018
Sunday, June 10.
All church member families and non-members who took a photo are eligible to receive one copy of the new 2018 Church Directory. Pick up your copy this Sunday on the Patio after worship. A limited number of copies will be available for sale for $20.00.