Update from the Reopening Task Force

Since COVID hit more than a year ago, our  Reopening Task Force has been working hard to keep our community connected and safe. Our Preschool has followed protocols and stayed open; WPC developed the capacity to prerecord services; we had outdoor Food Drives and occasional worship services; and Zoom allowed us to have committee and board meetings online, as well as Sunday school, bible study, Women’s Morning Meditation, and more.

Now, as Los Angeles moves into a safer tier, we anticipate with joy the possibility that we will be able to offer worship indoors again, at limited capacity. We are preparing to move from pre-recorded worship to Livestream worship on Sundays at 10:00am. (We will also be recording the Livestream service so that it is available here.)

Here is our aspirational schedule:

May 16 - worship at 10:00am - Livestream only
May 23 - worship at 10:00am - Livestream only; ushers’ training
May 30 - worship at 10:00aam - Livestream; ushers’ training
June 6 - worship at 10:00am - Indoor worship within capacity guidelines; Livestream

Please contact the church office at office@westwoodpres.org and let us know if you have any questions.

 - Reopening T.F. members: Ken Williams, chair; Steve Shepherd, David Kadue, Brad Paris, Rose Helm; staff members Dan Redfeld, Gretchen Greenwood, Bri Naiman, and Rev. Dr. Christine Chakoian

What we've been doing...

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to distance us from our communities, it is easy to feel isolated. Though we cannot come together in person, we are blessed that we are not alone. We are still a community that cares for one another, and for the world.


WPC’s leaders are committed to doing what we can to slow the transmission of COVID-19. To that end, we will continue to follow best practices – including suspending in-person gatherings like worship and meetings for as long as needed.


But we are also committed to being the church. This happens in many ways:


Worship. We are posting every week. Click here for the latest worship audio and videos. Watch for a new one each weekend. We encourage you to join on-line worship with us Sundays at 10am Pacific time. To receive the video and bulletin by email, click here.

Sunday school classes (K-5th grade)  Click here for Sunday School Resources prepared by Brooke Larson, Interim Director of Children & Family Ministries. Brooke will also be emailing parents more resources in the coming weeks; click here to be added to the email list to receive the Zoom link for Sunday school. 

Westwood Youth Collective (6th - 12th grade) Each Sunday from 11:30am - 12:30pm, Jake Putich leads our youth in a time of fun, reflection, and open dialogue about faith. Keep up to date with spiritual resources and event announcements through The Atlas, a weekly newsletter from the Westwood Youth Collective. Please email Jake at jputich@westwoodpres.org for more info!

College & Young Adult Ministry: Please join us every 1st and 3rd Thursday of the month from 7:30pm - 9:00pm on Zoom as we cultivate a space where we can explore faith in an authentic and inclusive spirit. This is an open and affirming group where shame is left behind, doubts and questions are welcome, and no one will ever be turned away. Please email Jake Putich at jputich@westwoodpres.org for more information on how you can get involved!

Adult Education and Spiritual Formation

    • Adult Bible Forum is meeting on Sunday mornings at 11:00am on ZOOM. Contact the church office at office@westwoodpres.org for details on how you can join the group via Zoom.
    • Women’s meditation is meeting on Thursday mornings at 8:30am. Contact the church office at office@westwoodpres.org for details on how you can join the group via Zoom.
    • Guided Meditations, led by our own Becky Crane-Okada, are posted on our website periodically. Click here to participate.   

Support group meetings like AA, Al-Anon, and FA are connecting in different ways. To find out how to connect with a group, contact your group leader directly.

Congregational care needs all of us. The Deacons are leading the way as we tend our beloved community. If you know of anyone in need of outreach, or yourself need assistance, contact one of our pastors. And if you can offer help – like grocery shopping or making a phone call – please let us know.

Mission and Outreach is going strong and you get involved. Click below to:

Committee and board meetings continue to meet by Zoom or Conference Call as we plan worship, support mission, tend to finances, and more.

in the meantime...

In the meantime, we urge you to use this time to practice your faith – especially to love your neighbor as yourself (Mark 12:31).

  1. Keep yourself safe. If your health is vulnerable, avoid crowds.   
  2. Keep others safe. Avoid shaking hands. Wash hands frequently. When possible, cover your hand when opening doors and using keypads.  
  3. Keep sharing the fruit of the Spirit: “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control” (Gal. 3:22-23). Our anxious world needs the calm of the Spirit of Christ.  As Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled – neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27).

We will continue to update you as the situation changes. If you have any questions or concerns, please be in touch.

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COVID-19 Resources

Stay safe and get yourself tested! Los Angeles County COVID-19 testing is free for EVERYONE in Los Angeles, whether or not you have insurance. Most testing centers give results in less than 48 hours. You can make an appointment online and get a "drive-thru" test from the comfort and safety of your car.

Click here to find a testing location near you

If you are unable to leave your home to go to a drive-thru or walk-up testing center, you may be able to schedule a medical technician to come to your home! Results are available in 2-3 business days through Helping Hands Senior Foundation.

Click here for more information about Helping Hands Senior Foundation

or contact Helping Hands at info@helpinghandsla.org or call (818) 279-6580