Pentecost Celebration

Sunday, May 20, 9:30 and 11:00 AM.

Wear something RED as we celebrate Pentecost on May 20. We will celebrate the birth of Christ’s church with special music and a reception at 10:30 AM for those persons who have joined the church in the past year.

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Japanese Film Night

Friday, May 25, 7:30 PM.

May’s film is “UDON,” a 2006 dramedy directed by Katsuyuki Motohiro. This film argues that udon is truly the Japanese soul food. Founded on that premise, “UDON” ties together the lives and passions of characters who are changed when a local udon fad sweeps over Japan. When Yosuke Santamaria, a failed stand up comedian, meets a harried local journalist, their chemistry helps fuel a food phenomenon.

The film is free and open to the public. Join us for an outstanding Japanese film!


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Memorial Day Remembrance

Monday, May 28, 9:00 AM, Woodlawn Cemetery.

You are invited to attend the combined Buddhist and Christian service at Woodland Cemetery ireito memorial tower to honor the area’s Issei pioneers and Nisei soldiers who died in World War II and the Korean War. Please join us in this important remembrance.

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88th Anniversary Celebration

Sunday, June 3, 10:30 AM.

West LA UMC celebrates its 88th Anniversary on Sunday, June 3, beginning with worship at 10:30 AM at the church.

WLAUMC welcomes all members and friends to remember the storied history of the church and look to the future under the theme, “For the Faith of the Children.”

The celebration will commence with a combined English and Japanese worship service at 10:30 AM with Bishop Grant Hagiya as the guest preacher. The choir will sing a special anthem and members 88 years and older will be recognized.

After the worship service, a group picture will be taken followed by a catered lunch in the church’s social hall.

The number 88 has a special significance in Japanese culture. The kanji character for 88, or beiju, suggests rice and celebration. It is a time to give thanks for the blessings of long life.

All are invited to attend the 88h Anniversary celebration at no cost. For more information, call the church office at 310-479-1379.


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VBS 2018!

Register now for Rolling River VBS, July 16-20! Kids Age 3 – Grade 5 will have the adventure of a lifetime learning about God and growing closer to Jesus. Youth entering Grade 6 in the fall can serve as Youth Assistants. To learn more, contact VBS Director Jeri Okamoto Tanaka or Rev. Janet Cromwell at the church 310-479-1379.

VBS Participant Reg Form 2018 – For Participants.

VBS Youth Assistant Reg Form 2018 – For Youth Assistants.

VBS Medical/ Release Form 2018 – For Participants and Youth Assistants.

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Ohana: Families with Young Children

Saturday, May 12, 10:00 AM.

Join us for playtime with children and conversation among the adults. This is an ideal gathering for families with children from birth thru Grade 2. The morning concludes with a potluck lunch at 11:30 AM. RSVP to Jane Shimotsu or the Church Office at 310-479-1379 so that quality childcare can be arranged.

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Happy Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 13.

Celebrate Mother’s Day at worship at 9:30 AM (English) or 11:00 AM (Japanese). We give thanks for all of the women who have helped raise us.

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Marie Callender’s Fundraiser

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 AM – 10:00 PM.

Enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner at Marie Callender’s on National & Sawtelle on April 26. The restaurant will donate 20% of your eat-in, take-out, and pie purchases to the United Methodist Women’s mission efforts! Be sure to take a flyer with you and present it to your server at the time of your order. Eat well and support missions at the same time!

Marie Callender’s Flier 4-26-2018

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Japanese Film Night

Friday, April 27, 7:30 PM.

“The Hidden Blade” (隠し剣 鬼の爪), directed by Yoji Yamada and based on a short story from Shuhei Fujisawa. The movie follows a lower-class samurai, named Katagiri, who secretly loves Kie, a servant in his family’s household. Eventually their perception of honor forces them to part, and he must turn his focus toward a disheartening task. In addition to 16 nominations, the movie has been awarded with Best Art Direction, Best Actress, and Best Supporting Actress.

The film is free and open to the public. Join us for an outstanding Japanese film!


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Wesley Foundation Gala

Sunday, April 22, 1:00-3:00 PM, 580 Hilyard St.

Visit the 580 Cafe and enjoy live music, refreshments, and a Silent Aucition at the annual Wesley Foundation Gala! Everyone is welcome to celebrate and support the United Methodist Campus Ministry at UCLA. Suggested donation is $25. For more information click here.

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