Farmer's Market Outreach

Once a month we have reserved a booth at the Torrance Farmer's Market on Saturday to pass out free water bottles with Nova's information to all who are shopping there. This will give us the opportunity to share about Nova and invite people to come worship with us on a Sunday! 

Update (July 23, 2019)

The Nova Farmers Market Ministry is a simple outreach ministry seeking to connect people at the Market with Christ. One Saturday morning a month, members from Nova set up a tent, table and banner at the Torrance Farmers Market and seek to initiate conversations with anyone and everyone who walks by; recently we have been offering people some small gift to open conversation with them, either a bottle of water or a reusable sports bottle.

We have seen God work in many ways as He has opened hundreds of opportunities to speak to people through this venue. Principally, we have seen God work in all of our members as we overcome our fear to speak to and reach out to people with love. Since most of us do not approach people we don't know and attempt to speak with them, this high contact ministry stretches our faith and our comfort level.

But we have also seen God working through our encounters with people at the market, as well. We have been able to pray for people who are sick or going through transitions in their lives. We have had people pray for us and our work! Also, we are able to tell people about our church and been able to guide them to our community on Sunday to learn more about Christ.

Please keep the Farmers Market Ministry in your prayers, for great opportunities to share Jesus through our words and actions. Pray for boldness and confidence in God's guidance and equipping through His Spirit. If you would like to participate some Saturday, please contact either Garrett Koch at or Byron Jung at

If you are interested in participating in this ministry, please email Byron Jung at

Laundry Love

Every 4th Saturday of the month from 2:45 - 5:00 p.m., Nova's Laundry Love Ministry provides laundry assistance for members of the community who are in financial need at the Fluff and Fold Laundromat near Rascals (5123 Torrance Blvd).

This assistance includes laundry money, soap, and fabric softener to complete two loads of laundry per family.

Update (June 23, 2019)

For over seven years NOVA has served the homeless and needy through Laundry Love. Through donations and volunteers from NOVA, we have been able to provide laundry service to guests at a local laundromat. This ministry has been a blessing for an average of 18 guests a month that we serve, some of whom have been coming every month since the beginning.  Laundry Love has been a blessing to us as well. We have gotten to know our guests very well and we have grown closer to some Nova members as well. We couldn’t do this without everyone who volunteers every month with us, Thanks to Celia Kida, Phyllis & Herb Jew, Scott Edwards, Peggy Denhart and Rick D’Amico. Also, thanks to those of you who leave detergent and color catchers in the resource room and drop your extra change and bills into our bucket on our table each week! 

Every month we witness God's presence through NOVA's support of our ministry. We also feel it through the gratitude of our guests. Most guests always make sure they say goodbye before they leave and thank us for helping them. It is nice for them to have somewhere to come once a month to get their clothes/blankets washed while chatting with us. They leave the laundromat with dignity and one less thing to worry about knowing that they have clean clothes to wear.   

As Laundry Love continues, we have three specific needs that we would like to share with the Nova family. The first would be for more volunteers. We would love to have others join us in this ministry as there are times when we are short-handed and an extra helper would be great. Second would be for any extra quarters anyone may have! We can also always use quarters. Third is for laundry detergent, and pods would be preferred over regular detergent. We used to use powder or liquid detergent but we found we were going through liquid detergent very quickly. About a year ago we had an “I Love Lucy” or “Bobby Brady” laundry incident where 12-15 washing machines were filled with way too much detergent and were all started at the same time. When it came time for the drain cycle, all at the same time, bubbles were coming out of everywhere….even washers we hadn’t used! There were too many machines and too much detergent at once. We then realized our guests were using way too much detergent for each wash, so single pods are so much easier for us to use and distribute. One per load!   

Please keep Laundry Love in your prayers. Specifically for sufficient resources and guidance in working with this group. Keep our guests in your prayers so they may find peace, shelter, and answers to their needs. If you would like more information, would like to donate, or would like to volunteer with Laundry Love, please visit Jaime and Christie Mancilla on the plaza after Sunday morning worship, or you can email Jaime (

- Jaime and Christie Mancilla

For further information, please contact Nova Community Church at or call 310-371-1274.

Feeding the Hungry

On the second and fourth Friday of each month from 5:00-6:45, Nova people prepare a meal and serve it to those in need at St. John's Evangelical Lutheran Church (14517 Crenshaw Blvd, Gardena, CA 90249). 

To volunteer, donate, or find out more information, visit the Feeding the Hungry table on the plaza or email

Lydia House of refuge

Every month a group of women from Nova lead a Bible study at Lydia House (a transitional house for abused women and their children run by Long Beach Rescue Mission). 

To volunteer, contact the church office at 310-371-1274.