Japanese Film Night

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.

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88th Anniversary Photo

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

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2018 Church Directory

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.

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Rev. Richard Kuyama preaching

Sunday, June 17, 9:30 AM, Sanctuary.

Former West LA UMC Nichigo pastor, Rev. Richard Kuyama will preach on June 17 at the 9:30 AM worship service. Join us as we welcome Rev. and Mrs. Richard and Keiko Kuyama back to West LA UMC!

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Japan Mission Trip Report

Sunday, June 10, 9:30 AM.

Hear from our Mission Team about their experiences of learning and sharing in Japan.

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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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88th Anniversary Luncheon

Sunday, June 3, 12:00 PM.

Celebrate at the 88th Anniversary Luncheon in the Social Hall, immediately following the congregational Group Photo.

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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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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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