Ohana for Young Families

Saturday, September 23, 10:00 AM

Families with young children (birth-2nd Grade) enjoy playtime, fellowship, learning, and a potluck lunch. Enjoy a great sense of community and support at this monthly gathering. You and your family are welcome! Contact the church or Jane Shimotsu for more information.

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Guest Speak Colleen “Coke” Tani

Sunday, Sept 24, 9:30 AM

Colleen “Coke” Tani will be the guest speaker at the 9:30 am worship service this Sunday at WLAUMC. Coke was born and raised in the Crenshaw district of Los Angeles.  She was blessed by the ministry at Centenary UMC and “Asian Camp.” She is currently a seminarian at the Pacific School of Religion in Berkeley, CA and a recent recipient of the WLAUMC Sasaki/Murakami scholarship.

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Origami Lesson for Kids

Saturday, September 30, 10:00 AM.

Kids and their parents learn the Japanese art of Origami and make several projects. Taught by Miki Oba, this fun lesson is ideal for getting started on paper folding. Friends and neighbors are welcome! The lesson is free but RSVP is requested at wlaumc@aol.com so enough supplies can be prepared.  Questions, call the church at 310-479-1379.

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Hurricane Relief

You can donate to Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts that will go to the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR). Write your check to “West LA UMC” with a notation “UMCOR”. 100% of your donation will go directly to relief efforts.  Please plan to give generously.


Please pray for those whose lives have been impacted by Harvey.

Please also pray for Early Response Teams, disaster coordinators, and the many volunteers who are working tirelessly to provide relief.

Make relief kits. Download the packing list and shipping label at umcor.org/UMCOR/Relief-Supplies.

Give to UMCOR’s relief and recovery efforts: U.S. Disaster Response, Advance #901670 at umcor.org/donate. Donate only those items requested. (To keep relief supplies in stock, give to Material Resources Advance #901440 at umcor.org/donate.)

Please wait for an invitation to volunteer.

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Bible Study

Wednesdays, 7:30 PM, Learning Center. The group is studying Rob Bell’s book, What Is the Bible? How an Ancient Library of Poems, Letters, and Stories Can Transform the Way You Think and Feel About Everything. All are welcome.  See Rev. Gary Oba for more information.

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Asian Cultural Festival

Saturday, September 16, 11:00-4:30.

Enjoy delicious food and baked goods as you listen to live entertainment throughout the day. Shop at the Silent Auction, Second Chance Store, and plant and produce booths. Kids will love games, crafts and face painting. History buffs will love the cultural displays. It’s all free at the Asian Cultural Festival! Free parking and shuttle service from the Trident Center at Purdue and Olympic. Bring your family and friends to enjoy all of the festivities!

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Rally Day

Sunday, August 27, 9:30 AM.

Celebrate the new school year at worship, Sunday School, and an Ice Cream Sundae! We will honor our Sunday School Teachers during worship and Sunday School classes will begin at 9:30 AM. (Nursery, 3-4 Year Olds, K thru Grade 3, Grades 4-8, and Grades 9-12.) God grant us wisdom and knowledge this year!

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Japanese Film Night

Friday, August 25, 7:30 PM.

See “Silence”/”Chinmoku”, the story of two Portuguese priests who disembark in Japan and attempt to re-establish Christianity in Japan.  Directed by Masahiro Shinoda in 1971, the film is 90 minutes long. The film is free and open to the public. Greg Shikata offers an interesting introduction to each film.

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Guest Preacher Rev. Dr. Davies

Sunday, August 6, 9:30 AM.

Rev. Dr. Mark Y. A. Davies will offer the morning message on “The Fierce Urgency of Now: The Church and Climate Justice.”  Rev. Dr. Davies is the Wimberly Professor of Social and Ecological Ethics and Director of the World House Institute for Social and Ecological Responsibility at Oklahoma City University where he has worked in both teaching and administration for 21 years.

An ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Mark serves as the Chair of the Board of Church and Society of the Oklahoma Conference. He is also a Climate Justice study leader for the United Methodist Women’s Mission U.

His Ph.D. is from Boston University in the area of Social Ethics, and he has served Boston University School of Theology as a member of its Dean’s Advisory Board. He has led and implemented a number of initiatives in coordination with the Division of Higher Education of the United Methodist Church including a Methodist Higher Education Global Ethics Initiative from 2008 to 2012, a United Methodist Higher Education Interfaith Initiative from 2015 to present, and a Global Methodist Higher Education Ecological Ethics Initiative from December 2016 to the present. Mark has published in the areas of Boston personalism, process philosophy and ethics, and ecological ethics.

We are pleased to welcome Rev. Dr. Davies to our church!


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All Church Clean-up

Saturday, August 19, 8:30 AM.

Come, eat donuts, and help clean the church in preparation for fall programs and the Asian Cultural Festival (Sept. 16). Everyone can help, whether it be washing windows, dusting pews, sharpening pencils, or a host of other large and small tasks. Enjoy fellowship while caring for our beautiful church facility.

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