Good Friday Services

March 30, 12:00 Noon and 7:30 PM.

Good Friday is the day that Christians recall Jesus’ death on the cross.  It is the most solemn day of the Christian year as we grieve Jesus’ unjustifiable trials and the suffering that he endured.  It is a day of fasting, reflection, and repentance from personal and corporate sins.

It is only through understanding the deep sadness of Good Friday that we can fully appreciate the glorious new life that takes place on Easter Morning.

Plan to attend either the daytime or evening service on Good Friday this year.


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Holy Thursday Program

Thursday, March 29, 7:30 PM, Social Hall.

We will recall the first Passover meal when the Israelites ate swiftly before leaving from Egyptian slavery.  Following the symbolic meal, participants will share a light supper. Contact Rev. Becky Hirata for more information.

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Manzanar Trip

May 5-6, 2018

Church members and friends are invited to participate in an educational trip to Manzanar National Historic Site to learn more about the Japanese internment during World War II. The bus will leave from the church early Saturday morning, May 5 and return Sunday evening, May 6.  Please contact the church for more information and to register: 310-479-1379.

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Palm/Passion Sunday

March 25, 2018.

Hear the story of Jesus’ triumphal entrance into Jerusalem, followed by the events leading to his death on a cross on Good Friday. Worship in English at 9:30 AM and in Japanese at 11:00 AM.  All are welcome.

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Japanese Film Night

Friday, March 16, 7:30 PM.

See “All-Round Art Appraiser Q: The Eyes of Mona Lisa” (万能鑑定士Q モナ・リザの瞳), a 2014 Japanese crime mystery-drama film directed by Shinsuke Sato. Based on the award-winning and popular ninth novel series by novelist, Keisuke Matsuoka, the film stars Ayase Haruka as Q, a women gifted with brilliant powers of deduction and reasoning which will help her solve the mystery revolving around Leonardo Da Vinci’s most famed painting.

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


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Guest Preacher

Sunday, March 11, 9:30 AM.

Deaconess Jeanne Roe Smith will offering the morning message. Jeanne is the Executive Director of the Wesley Foundation Serving UCLA / 580 Cafe ~ a ministry to university students, staff, and faculty.  Jeanne regularly attends worship at West LA UMC with students, and participates in many church events. We look forward to hearing her preach on March 11.

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Ohana: Families with Young Children

Saturday, March 10, 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM.

Families with young children (birth- Grade 3) are invited to a time of conversation for adults and playtime for children, followed by a potluck lunch. See Jane Shimotsu or Rev. Janet Cromwell for more information. New families are welcome to come, enjoy, and make new friends.

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Lenten Study

The Lenten Study will read Amy Oden’s book to discover the Christian roots of mindfulness. The sessions will include time for discussion and the practice of mindfulness practices in the Christian tradition. Rev. Janet Cromwell will lead sessions on Sunday afternoon at 11:15, beginning February 18, and on Wednesday evenings at 7:00 PM, beginning February 21. Please contact the Church Office to purchase a copy of Right Here Right Now: The Practice of Christian Mindfulness.

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2018 Women’s Retreat

March 3-4, Aldersgate Retreat Center.

Register now! “SeaSide Escape” allows women to find rest and spend time with friends and God. This beach-themed Retreat includes Bible Study, worship, a mission project, lots of great conversation, and delicious meals. The Retreat begins Saturday morning at 10:00 AM and concludes on Sunday at Noon. The “early bird” cost is $99/person by January 28 and includes overnight accommodations, three meals, and all Retreat materials.

2018 Women’s Retreat Flyer

2018 Women’s Retreat Registration Form

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Japanese Film Night

Friday, February 23, 7:30 PM.
This month’s film is “This is Not What I Expected” directed by Derek Hui. Screened in 2017, it is about a flamboyant sous-chef who uses her culinary skills to win over a hotel-acquisition specialist who happens to be wealthy and handsome.
Nominated in several awards and festivals, and won for categories such as Best Actor and Best Co-Production Film.
The film is free and open to the public. English subtitles.
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