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For those of the Christian faith, the church is a gathering place for worship and community. While the Bible provides a basis for how the faith is expressed, services may vary slightly based on the denomination. A Baptist service may be quite different from a Catholic service. But each congregation shares a sense of hope, grace and fellowship. Here are some terms associated with the church and its various denominations.

  • Catholic – A member of the Roman Catholic Church, which tradition says was founded by the Apostle Peter at the bequest of Jesus Christ.
  • Lutheran – A denomination founded by Martin Luther in the 16th century, which departed from Catholic tradition in its views on certain doctrines and teachings.
  • Baptist – A Protestant faith with a strong belief in individual freedom and the separation of church and state.
  • Methodist – Founded in the 17th century, the Methodist church is characterized with active community participation, particularly in social welfare issues.
  • Presbyterian – The Presbyterian church was modeled after the traditional Calvinist churches in Europe, but is also one of the few denominations to ordain women as ministers.
  • Orthodox – A branch of the Catholic faith that separated from Roman Catholic tradition in the year 1054. It remains a dominant religion in many Slavic nations.
  • Communion – A church ritual in which parishioners are given bread and wine, symbolizing the body and blood of Christ.
  • Liturgy – The form and content of the church service.
  • Tithe – The percentage of income a church member is asked to give to their church.
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    New Hope Foursquare Church
    5853 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village, CA 91607
    We are a Russian Protestant Church in North Hollywood, CA specializing mainly on healings, exorcism and teachings of the Word. Compared to other churches, our Russian church keeps you updated online.
    (818) 761-6000
    Islamic Center Northridge
    11439 Encino Ave, Granada Hills, CA 91344
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    (818) 360-3500
    User Review: "Masjid has improve, friday prayer is much better, you can go to the masjid and enjoy praying."
    Pasadena Youth Christian Cente
    1730 N Raymond Ave, Pasadena, CA 91103
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    (626) 794-9996
    User Review: "In the summer of 1984 I was a young man, while embarking on a junket to california to meet my "estranged grandparents." but..." - Boise (MN)
    Bread of Life Ministries
    9691 Sunland Blvd, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 353-2996
    First Baptist Church of Sunland
    10438 Oro Vista Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 353-8555
    Shadow Hills Presbyterian Church
    10158 Johanna Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 353-2500
    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
    7955 Hillrose St, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 352-6360
    Sunland Foursquare Church
    10602 Sherman Grove Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 352-5943
    Assemblies of God Churches
    11120 Oro Vista Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 352-1487
    Sunland Neighborhood Church
    10632 Oro Vista Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 352-3186
    Shadow Hills Gospel Hall
    9900 Clybourn Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 352-0305
    Church of Scientology Mission of Sunlnd-Tujunga
    8828 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 951-3601
    Church of Sciencology
    8229 Foothill Blvd, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 951-1703
    Wesleyan Church
    10614 Leolang Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 353-7760
    King of Nations
    10915 Scoville Ave, Sunland, CA 91040
    (818) 352-0900

    Religion has been around practically since the start of civilization. Choosing a faith is a personal and, at times, lifelong journey, with many choosing to follow one of the most popular religions in the world: Christianity. This large religion, concentrating on the beliefs detailed in the Bible, is divided into branches with distinct differences ranging from Presbyterianism to Methodism. One of the most popular branches of Christianity is Catholicism. Roman Catholics interpret the Bible to worship Jesus and his Apostles who spread his word and are the result of a split away from the Lutherans. The Baptist denomination is unique in its immersion-based baptism and its emphasis on the New Covenant, or the coming of the Messiah. The southern United States features one of the highest concentrations of Baptists along with evangelicalism and Methodists. The Methodist community recognizes Holy Communion and baptism as Sacraments, and many of its structural elements are founded from the original beliefs of Anglicanism. Presbyterianism worship stems from Calvinism and the Reformation, where the authority of God and the Scriptures is the paramount source of grace. These branches all focus on similar missions in their teachings and concentration on events such as Easter, Good Friday, and the Pentecost. Locating the fellowship right for you begins with an exploration of your own personal beliefs and life experiences. What do you hope to achieve from your faith and your congregation? Do you consider yourself a strict orthodox worshiper or something less? These questions will help pinpoint the community right for you. Consult an official in an episcopal church concerning your questions and experiment with different sects as well as churches to find one right for you. When life’s messages come in fuzzy, the presence of Christ helps to filter it and lead you down the right path.
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