Every year in March, the National Women’s History Month Project (NWHP) coordinates observances of National Women’s History Month throughout the country. The NWHP originated this widely recognized celebration and sets the annual theme, produces educational materials, and chooses particular women to honor nationally for their work. Women’s History Month programs, community events, plays, essay contests, and related projects often have wide-ranging effects.
This year’s theme according to the National Women’s History Project is “Women Inspiring Innovation Through Imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.”
I think what is interesting is the role of women within the life of the church. Women have often lead auxiliary and organizational groups for monetary contribution, spiritual counseling, and faith development. The Women’s Affairs department ran by none other than 1st Lady Mae shows an excellent example of women’s leadership and contribution. In 2012, Lady Mae presented West Angeles with a check for $500,000 to further position the church to reach the goal of the development of the new Family Life Center.
The church was always seen as a safe haven for blacks during the civil rights era and is the embodiment of spiritual freedom and expression, community and development, and commitment and fellowship! This month of March we will uphold the theme of innovative women and highlight trailblazers of the past who helped pave the way for our future not only in the areas of technology and science, but in the progression of family and community development.
Standing ovation to our leading ladies!
During the month of February, West Angeles Church will be doing a special series on Love in the Church called, “What’s Love Got to do With It?” We sat down with married couple Elder Lawrence Blake and his wife of ten years Jeanine Blake. The couple give advice on how they have maintained a healthy marriage, why God brought them closer and how influential Bishop Blake and Lady Mae have been in their lives. Stay tuned for more profiles of West Angeles couples!
The West Angeles Prayer Ministry will host a Holy Ghost Night on Sunday March 3, 2013 at 7p.m. in the North Campus Sanctuary. We are looking for the Spirit of our precious comforter to descend upon us, to have our hearts filled, to have our gifts stirred and to flow in the anointing that breaks the yokes of bondages. If you have not yet been filled with the Holy Spirit or if you’re wanting to experience a fresh anointing of His Spirit come and be a part of this dynamic night of service as Evangelist Sandra Riley ushers us into the miracle working power of God’s Word.
Proverbs 16:7 When a man’s ways please the Lord He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Learn how interesting it is to know that when you are operating in the will of God—He will even make your enemies prepare a way for you in Presiding Bishop Blake’s sermons, “God’s Way.”
During the month of February, West Angeles Church will be doing a special series on Love in the Church called, “What’s Love Got to do With It?” We sat down with married couple Minister Donnie Briggs and his wife of seven years Kimberly Briggs. The couple give advice on how to maintain a healthy marriage, why God is so important in a relationship and much more.
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son
Love is the root of our exist and relationship with God. Love is the best known and least understood of all God’s attributes. However it is the love of God that undeniably grants us grace, protect, and consoles us in our time of need.
One of the most popular passages no matter one’s belief system is John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
I wonder how regularly any of us actually think about the miraculous and magnificent truth resident in that verse. God in all his sovereignty, the Creator of all things, the Spirit that operates from a holy and righteous place loves us without fail. I believe that if we tried to love others and ourselves the way God loves us, I think we would begin to operate differently. We would start to interact and esteem others differently.
We would prefer to be lights in this dark world (Matt. 5:14), and take a stand rather than adding to the darkness and we would most certainly speak the truth in (Eph. 4:15)—not mockingly, hatefully, or coldly.
As the New Believer’s Bible: New Testament observes: “The more we learn about what God has done for us, the more we will want to know about how to live for him. Our motives will come from a pure heart, not selfish ambition. God is looking for genuine believers whose walk matches their talk. Are you one?” (p. 10). “What’s Love Got to Do with it?” you ask. One might answer, “Everything”
For the duration of February, we will bring you instances of love—sacrificial love, and married love amongst believers.
Every year the theme for Black History Month is announced annually by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH) in Washington DC, which also offers “theme kits” for every African American History year. Dr. Carter G. Woodson realized the importance of providing a theme that would focus the attention of the public when he established Negro History week in 1926.
2012’s theme focused on “Black Women in American Culture and History”. This year’s theme: “At the Crossroads of Freedom and Equality” addresses a complex topic of huge importance.
- 2013 marks the 50th and 150th year anniversaries, respectively, of two parallel events, occurring in 1863 and 1963.
- In 1863, President Abraham Lincoln’s deeply controversial Emancipation Proclamation was enacted, freeing all slaves in the United States.
- A full century later, 1963, marked a tipping-point in the civil rights movement: the March on Washington, an event that is remains in living memory of many older Americans today.
Download The Meaning and Making of Emancipation, an e-book commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation featuring documents held in the National Archives.