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100 year anniversary weekend for LIFEHouse Church of Northridge CA. This is the sermon@ the celebration worship based on Jeremiah 29:4-7.

Anniversary Worship

From the beauty of the patio and narthex to the posh surroundings of Natterstad Hall, our family and friends joined together to thank God for all the blessings he has poured out over his people for all of these 100+ years.

We had a delicious banquet and a inspiring and entertaining program. Pastor Larson gave a heartfelt prayer to start us off and we finished with a wonderful video and word of blessing and hope by Duane Cirks. Thanks to them and to Rob and Marie Reed, Courtney Cirks, Jim and Mary Beth Heglund, Buzz Brown, and Martha Butler-Borck for for a fantastic program!

Then on Sunday, we gave thanks and praise to the God of Glory in music, singing, prayer, and sharing of the Word. Our special guests were Pastor Jay and Isa Spoonheim, who came for the Banquet and celebration worship from Sante Fe NM! Mark Holmstrom played in his usual amazing way and directed an Anniversary Alumni Choir. Kjell Austad brought back our bell choir who started us out with a beautiful piece. Our band provided spirit-led praise and worship, with a strong solo by Connor Miles. Great thanks for all who participated!

There are so many people to thank for all of our anniversary events and celebrations. We truly are a family used by God to continue to be rooted in the hope and joy of Jesus as he works through us to bless and proclaim his name!

Special thanks to Donna McLeod for leading us! The Banquet program is printed below.

With Much More Life to Come…

Pastor Dana



LIFEhouse Church

100 Year Anniversary Banquet Program

Saturday, April 29 2017

Welcome                                Pastor Dana Hanson

Reflection and Prayer            Pastor Lowell Larson

Anniversary Reflection           Martha Butler-Borck

Music ‚ÄúNew Life‚Ä̬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Rob Reed & Courtney Cirks

Anniversary Reflection          Buzz Brown

Anniversary Skit                    Jim & Mary Beth Heglund

Anniversary Reflection          Pastor Dana Hanson

Music ‚ÄúBlessings‚Ä̬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† ¬† Rob & Marie Reed, Courtney Cirks

Anniversary:                          Duane Cirks

Time Capsule




To those who have gone before us, whose vision of God’s church has brought us to this place in time 

To the Centennial Planning & Hospitality Teams:

Pastor Dana Hanson, Peter Borck, Buzz Brown, Heidi Christopher, Duane Cirks, Trish Dallas, Nancy Hanson, Carla Kievit, Michele Knepp, Barbara Le Strange, Donna McLeod, Robyn Vega

To the many hands who participated in executing this celebration: 

Nancy Anderson, Pastor Mike Anderson, Greg & Missy Andrews, Kjell Austad, Donnice Brown, Barbara Cirks, Courtney Cirks, Betty Hadden,  Mark Holmstrom, Rory Knepp, Don Lautenschlager, Barbara Le Strange, Mary Lewallen, Ardis Natterstad, Dolores Nickerson,

Martha Pfleger, Rob & Marie Reed, Beverly Reitz




We will continue our 100 year anniversary celebration with a special worship event on Sunday April 2nd@ 10 a.m. We will have a “Youth” emphasis for the day, with special guest speakers, Pastor Mike Anderson and Missy Andrews!

Come for worship and enjoy a free BBQ lunch after and peruse artifacts and videos of our recent past!


More Life To Come

100 Year Anniversary:

Part Four 1992-Present

Sunday April 2 10 a.m.
Special Guests: Pastor Mike Anderson
Missy Andrews!
Youth Sunday
We remember the last 25 years of LIFEhouse with artifacts, videos, and a BBQ after worship!

 Celebration Weekend April 29-30!

We will culminate our 100 year anniversary celebration with a Banquet and program on Saturday April 29.

This will be a beautiful catered affair…

5 p.m. no-host cocktail hour
6 p.m.  Dinner and program

We will have music, drama, speakers, a special highlight video and the unveiling of the Time Capsule from 1964!

Then Sunday@ 10 a.m. we will have a Festive worship service with bell choir, alumni choir, band, and organ with Mark Holmstrom, along with other special guests.

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The unity of the churches of Jesus focusing on what we hold in common is what moves the good news forward. A sermon on the relationship between Jesus and John the Baptist.




We celebrate the third twenty five years (1969-1994) of our 100 year anniversary@ LIFEhouse. Special guest Ardis Natterstad, widow of long-time pastor, Tom Natterstad. Stephanie Barglowski, daughter of Pastor Tom and Ardis Natterstad, reads a greeting from her mom.


857671_536606203046281_1355914101_oJoin us for Celebration Worship as we look at the years 1969-1994 in the life of our congregation.

Our next event for our 100 year anniversary, More Life to Come, will be Sunday, March 5th@ 10 a.m. We will be remembering the third 25 years of the congregation, 1943-1968. Ardis Natterstad and daughter Stephanie Barglowski  will speak at the celebration worship and give us insight into those years, including their own involvement in  the life of our community!

Fascinating artifacts of the time and delicious deserts to follow!


More Life To Come 100 Year Anniversary Celebration: Part Two!

Our next celebration event for our 100 year anniversary, More Life to Come, will be Sunday, February 5th@ 10 a.m. We will be remembering the second 25 years of the congregation, 1943-1968. During this time, Zelzah Norsk Evangelik Luthers Kirke changed their name to The Central Lutheran Church of the San Fernando Valley, then to First Lutheran Church of North Los Angeles, and then to First Lutheran Church of Northridge. Barbara Lestrange will speak at the celebration worship and give us insight into those years, including her own involvement in  the life of our community!

Fascinating artifacts of the time and delicious deserts to follow!

moved into the neighborhood

John 1
And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.
Eugene Peterson wrote a translation of the Bible, The Message, that really causes you to look at God’s word from a slightly different angle. I always remember his translation of this verse.
“The Word became flesh and blood, and¬†moved into the neighborhood.‚ÄĚ
This is what Jesus does. He moves into our lives in such a way that we become a light wherever we find ourselves. Whether at work, or in school, or in our neighborhood.
As we follow Jesus, we bring light instead of blindly stumbling in the darkness. We make our neighborhoods different. Wherever we go, we bring a place of love, joy, and peace. We move into the neighborhood.
And as we continue to be God moving into the neighborhood, what impact does God have in store for us? The light continues to shine. If God himself can move into the neighborhood and bring his glory, why would God not use us to do this same thing?
How are you a light in your neighborhood?