Van Nuys Blvd, a 10-mile stretch of pavement that reaches from the Santa Monica Mountains to Lake View Terrace. In just those few miles, among the scores of shopping centers, car dealerships, gas stations, and fast food restaurants, exists an assortment of faiths, theories, and ideologies.
More than two-dozen churches border the boulevard and it’s surrounding area. It is home to members of Pentecostal, Lutheran, Seventh-Day Adventists, Baptist, and Non-Denominational churches. Each with its own distinctive character, as well as a common facet: the aspiration to unify the community around them.
The majority of them maintain websites that celebrate their accomplishments in their community as well as around the world. Mary Immaculate and St. Elizabeth Catholic Churches offer privatized educational services for students in preschool through eighth grade. Apostolic Worship Center in Pacoima has developed a Prison Ministry serving facilities in the Los Angeles, Ventura, and Orange counties. They also provide Life Line Outreach, a Drug and Alcohol Rehabilitation and Prevention for men within their community. Living Truth Ministries, a non-denominational establishment, offers a Karaoke Ministry to those living on Skid Row.
Bible Baptist Church in Arleta is proud to promote their Bible Institute and Seminary in addition to the ministries they’ve helped establish in Mexico, Paraguay, and Uruguay. The Seventh Day Adventist church testifies about the international aid they’ve offered to more than 100 of the world’s worst disasters, as well as their Biblical, and GeoScience Research Institutes. The Church of Scientology is also a large contributor with a World Disaster Relief Fund aiding countries all over the world.
A few establishments in particular offer a more unique experience into the analogous community. The Iranian Church on the Way, in association with the International Church of the Four Square Gospel, offers their services and ministries in Farsi to accommodate a wider audience. Among the slue of churches, Iman Bukhary Masjid, an Islamic Mosque, and Temple B’Nai Hayim stand out, ministering to a more customized congregation.
With the broad variety of doctrines, teachings, fellowships, and community and social services provided, it would be difficult for a parishioner to not find what they’re looking for along the once infamous route.
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