St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church (St. Matthew’s -NoHo) celebrates 90 years serving and transforming our NoHo Arts District community this weekend.
On Saturday, November 13, from 1-4pm, St. Matt’s—NoHo, a progressive Christian community in the NoHo Arts District, will host a public, community gathering for all ages to celebrate St. Matt’s core community commitments: the arts, LGBTQIA+ rights and inclusion, Deaf rights and inclusion, ending homelessness and advocating for housing justice, and implementing racial equity.
Their Saturday community celebration will feature kid’s activities including a bounce house and lawn games, snacks, an ASL workshop, a performance showcase of musical and acting talent (starting at 2:30pm), greetings from community leaders, and importantly, service projects in support of the homelessness and housing-focused non-profit NoHo Home Alliance that St. Matthew’s started in 2018. To honor the 4-5 unhoused persons who die on the streets of L.A. every day, an ofrenda for the unhoused will be assembled on the terrace.
All are welcome to their Saturday, November 13, 1-4pm community event to celebrate the transformational difference one small faith community of less than 100 members can make in one neighborhood
On Sunday, November 14, they continue their 90th birthday celebration at 10:30am featuring the opening of the church’s recently excavated 1954 time capsule, as well as preaching by Bishop Brenda Bos, former member of St. Matthew’s and the first partnered, openly Lesbian bishop in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
St. Matthew’s—NoHo has been a community focused congregation since it was founded in 1931. In the 1950s, it established a critical, model community mental health clinic. Then, in the AIDS crisis of the 1980s, it put faith into action by welcoming and caring for persons dying of HIV/AIDS. In support of the growing arts identity of NoHo, St. Matt’s established a theater space on its campus in the 1990s that today houses the vibrant Loft Ensemble. In the early 2000s, St. Matt’s formed the only ELCA Lutheran Deaf community west of the Ozarks. In 2016, St. Matt’s established itself as a leading community based force to address homelessness in the east San Fernando Valley, and in 2018 formed the non-profit NoHo Home Alliance which is one of the most impactful community-based homeless services providers in L.A. St. Matt’s racial equity group formed in 2020 leads the congregation in dismantling racist practices in the congregation and wider church.
Saturday, November 13 from 1-4PM
Sunday, November 14 at 10:30AM
11031 Camarillo Street
North Hollywood, CA 91602
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Rev. Stephanie Jaeger
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