The economy is tight and as the holidays approach, every penny becomes more valuable as shoppers try to find just the right gift for loved ones.
There are more hungry people in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Spicing up a tradition, Temple Beth Ami hosts its annual "Havdalah in the Park" to celebrate the end of the Jewish Shabbath (Shabbat) 4 p.m. today at the Valencia Meadows Park. The event begins with a community picnic and sports games in the afternoon. A service at sundown follows the picnic and games. Most people begin to arrive at 4 p.m., though the service won't begin until about 7:30 p.m. For more information, call (661) 255-6410.
Chabad of SCV will host a mind games performance by famous mentalist Marc Salem Sunday evening at the Hyatt Valencia to celebrate the congregation's 10-year anniversary.
Bethlehem Lutheran Ministries in Canyon Country recently accepted John Koczman as its new pastor.
As some members leaned over and whispered a quiet prayer over their pets, the worshipers in the synagogue of Temple Beth Ami in Newhall remained surprisingly calm.
With Election Day 58 days away, the Sisterhood of Congregation Beth Shalom will host two presidential election forums in the coming weeks to provide local residents the opportunity to learn about each presidential candidate.
Valencia United Methodist Church commemorates 9/11
The name Veluzat is synonymous with Melody Ranch Motion Picture Studio, Blue Cloud Movie Ranch and the annual Cowboy Festival.
Nancy Freedman Pipolo joined Congregation Beth Shalom as the new religious school director while office manager Mary Smith assumed the role as synagogue administrator. Carol Bloom, former preschool assistant director, was promoted to director of the Early Childhood Education Center.
Movie at Church on the Way
The Rev. Dr. Judith Hirsch-Fikejs remembers bringing up one key question when she interviewed for the pastor position at Acton Community Presbyterian Church in 1985: "Do you want to be a church in the community or a community church?"
The annual Crop Walk fundraiser, sponsored by the SCV Interfaith Council, is set for Sept. 1 and will raise money for the less fortunate living in the Santa Clarita Valley.
Two temples in the Santa Clarita Valley will host open houses during the next week.
Nick Goeigemiller had been homeless for nearly a year. He was an alcoholic, drinking more than a fifth of vodka every night, and was experimenting with other drugs when he finally turned to Mike McCutcheon for help.
This Christmas season one long-standing local holiday tradition was missing from the usual celebrations around town. Bethlehem SCV, formerly Bethlehem Lutheran Church, made the final decision to no longer host the living nativity event "Follow the Star."
It was 8 a.m. on a Thanksgiving morning, not exactly the best time to knock on a stranger's door. But a group of 70 volunteers from Vida Real Church, the Spanish language ministry of Real Life Church, wanted to share God's love by helping people in the community.
"Do you mind if I call you mother?" read the letter to Sandy Dierckman. The writer's mother had passed away. After receiving Sandy's package for his daughter last year through Operation Christmas Child, he looked to her as a surrogate.
Over the next few weeks churches in the valley will celebrate Christmas in different ways. For some that may include the angelic sounds of choirs, a retelling of the Christmas story. But for one church, a unique Christmas event will feature centurions, a recreation of Bethlehem marketplace and a fun trip back to ancient times.