Advent Shalom

The Advent season is almost upon us. This is the four weeks before Christmas when we reflect on Jesus, his birth, and what this means for us and the world. Often lost during Advent is a time to be quiet and at peace. At LIFEhouse we have an opportunity to change that.


We are going to dedicate each week of Advent by beginning the week with a quiet time of scripture reading, prayer, and quiet reflection. Each Monday during Advent@ 12 noon, we will gather in the sanctuary for Advent Shalom. As we press the pause button in these times before Christmas, we can anticipate the Holy Spirit will inspire us in a variety of ways.


Mondays of Advent 12 noon- 12:30 p.m. 


LIFEhouse Sanctuary

(Bring a lunch if you would like to eat with friends after.)


Monday November 30     The Geography of Waiting: Hope

Monday December 07     The Geography of Waiting: Courage

Monday December 14     The Geography of Waiting: Joy

Monday December 21     The Geography of Waiting: Love




Jen and Craig Thompson will be joining us for one worship service at 10 a.m. on November 29th. Jen (Wagner), a bright light of the LIFEhouse community for many years, and husband Craig, lead a farm ministry, Rockside Ranch (, where they help young men make progress in their lives. Their vision:

We desire to give people an opportunity to experience God away from the distractions of modern life. Together, we are challenged to step into our roles as people of integrity who can make a difference in the world.  We provide a safe place, hands-on work, good food, and a family environment. We are not a rehab or a clinical program, we are a stepping stone for people who desire to make positive life change and just need the time and space to make it happen.

Come and hear their story and meet Jen and Craig at a reception following in the Hall.


Why Not Join a lifeHOUSE today?


lifeHOUSES are an extended family of friends on mission together. lifeHOUSES bring people together beyond Sunday morning and connect them to neighborhoods in host homes throughout the West Valley. If you are interested in participating in a lifeHOUSE, email the host for time and location.



Duane and Barbara Cirks (Porter Ranch)



Buzz and Donnice Brown (Woodland Hills)



Mac and Donna McLeod (Reseda)



Deb Elias (Northridge)


Mike and Debee Jusko (Winnetka)



Bill and Andrea Anz (Northridge/Granada Hills)



Malia Slide FLAT2

We worshipped the Lord with gladness and witnessed the testimonies of Malia Risdall and Alex Vega as they affirmed their baptisms at the Confirmation Service last Sunday. Alex and Malia have known each other since preschool and have been an active part of our LIFEhouse family, great models of faith.

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Thanks to Mike and Debee Jusko for putting together a spirited weekend of celebration!

See Mike feed the geese at our Los Encinos Historical State Park outing!