Holy Thursday Meal

Thursday, April 18, 7:30 PM.

This is a meal to celebrate and remember the Passover night when God saved the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Please RSVP by signing up in the Social Hall or calling the church at 31-479-1379 by April 14.

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Easter Lily Orders

Now thru April 14.

Place your Easter Lilies order from now thru April 14. The lilies will adorn our sanctuary on Easter Sunday, April 21. Please check the Social Hall bulletin board for the order forms or contact the church at 310-479-1379.


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Palm/Passion Sunday

April 14, 9:30 AM.

Hear the story of Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem through his last supper, betrayal, arrest, trial and crucifixion as described in Matthew’s Gospel. This power story will be brought to life by four readers.  All are welcome.

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Women’s Retreat

March 30-31, Aldersgate Retreat Center.

Register now for “Garden Path: Prayer & Mindfulness,” this year’s Women’s Retreat.  Enjoy a restful break from your busy life to enjoy new friendships, laugh, and be served food you didn’t have to cook!  During the Retreat you will learn a variety of ways to pray and be mindful of God’s presence each day.

Pre-Registration is required. Please submit your Registration Form, Medical Release Form, and Early Bird $99 Retreat Fee to West LA UMC by March 3, 2019. Your early registration will help in planning for a great Retreat! After March 3, the fee is $125. Registration ends on March 17.

For more information contact:, Cindy Morimoto or Rev. Janet Cromwell or 310-479-1379 ext. 102.

Here are photos from the 2018 Women’s Retreat.

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Lenten Study Group

Wednesdays, 7:00 PM, Learning Center.

“The Jesus Challenge: 21 Days of Loving God and Neighbor” by Justin Larosa, is our study guide. Through readings, short videos, and conversation, we will learn new ways to go deeper in prayer, our connection with God, and how to become more like Jesus.

Contact Rev. Janet Cromwell at 310-479-1379 to get a study book.

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Marie Callender’s Fundraisers

Tuesday, March 19—West LA Buddhist Temple

Monday, March 25—Habitat for Humanity

Our congregation has been invited to support two community fundraisers.   All it takes is enjoying a meal (or two!) at Marie Callender’s Restaurant located at Sawtelle and National!  20% of your meal price will go to the West LA Buddhist Temple or Habitat for Humanity Culver City Build.

Remember to take a flyer from the Social Hall with you to the restaurant of the day of your meal.

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Bell Choir Rehearsals

Sundays, 11:15 AM.

The Handbell Choir is rehearsing Sundays at 11:15 in Room 6 until they play on Easter Sunday, April 21, for both the English language and Japanese language services. Please contact Ashley Ramsey, Music Director, for more information.


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Ohana: Families with Young Children

Saturday, March 9, 10:00 AM, Social Hall.

Kids have a great time playing and learning while parents talk about parenting. The topic will be “Becoming Closer Together,” in small groups.

Our plan is to spend the morning sharing and discussing any topic, which may include how we set limits for our children, how we handle bullying, the family as the trauma center, ultimate parenting skills, or any personal topics that individuals wish to discuss as a group.

The goal will be to dig deeper and get to know each other better, as we challenge and enhance our skills toward becoming better parents, as well as better people.

Ohana 2.0 parents, please RSVP to Jane Shimotsu by March 1.  Thank you!

Potluck lunch follows.


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Ash Wednesday

Wednesday, March 6, 7:30 PM.

Ash Wednesday begins Lent, the sacred season of prayer, reflection, and repentance.  All are welcome to attend this service of scripture, prayer, and the imposition of ashes.

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Congregational Meeting

Sunday, February 24, 11:15 AM, Social Hall.

All church members and friends are invited to attend this important meeting to hear from our church’s Readiness 360 Team. The Team has spent the last 18 months learning about the tools that churches can employ to multiply their impact on individual lives, the surrounding community, and the world.

Members of the Team will share what they have learned about the four components of Readiness 360 including:

  • Spiritual Intensity – growing in faith in God and discipleship of Jesus
  • Dynamic Relationships – cultivating meaningful friendships
  • Missional Alignment – focusing the church’s calling, mission and ministry
  • Cultural Openness – welcoming all people into our faith community

Please plan to stay after worship on February 24.  The Team looks forward to sharing their experiences and welcomes your feedback as our congregation grows into the future.



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