Imagine lacing up tennis shoes in anticpaition for a marathon. You have conditioned your body, careful for what you consumed; and thoughts are on keeping pace, hoping loved ones are watching and perhaps this year will be the year you make it to the top 20? No one could have known that the world’s oldest annual marathon would be a tragic seen of blood, tears, and torn limbs.
Two bomb explosions positioned near the end of the finish line resounded an hour after the marathon had began. Three people lost their life — including an 8-year-old boy — and 176 were treated at nearby hospitals when the twin blasts went off near the finish line Monday afternoon.
“This was a heinous and cowardly act, and given what we now know about what took place, the FBI is investigating it as an act of terrorism,” President Barack Obama said Tuesday after a briefing with his national security team. “Anytime bombs are used to target innocent civilians, it is an act of terror.”
Confusion reigned Tuesday over whether the bombs contained ball bearings or some other form of shrapnel — a key indicator that could help investigators fingerprint the explosives and find those who made them.
Doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital found pellets and sharp nail-like objects in their patients who were wounded in the bombings, said Dr. George Velmahos, head of trauma care for the hospital. Dr. Albert Pendleton, an orthopedic surgeon who was helping staff the race’s medical tent, told CNN on Tuesday it was “basically like the bomb took out the legs of everybody.”
Days like this, when things seem darker than ever, we are reminded why we need hope in a new Kingdom. A Kingdom reigned by a returning King.
Join Bishop Charles E. Blake, Lady Mae, and the entire West Angeles Family as we pray for peace in the city of Boston, healing for its victims, and strength for the families affected by this horrific and cowardice tragedy. We stand and agree that Boston will rise up from the ashes and Americans will reunite like we have been known to do in the face of destruction.
Photo from David L. Ayan/TheBostonGlobe/GettyImages
April is National Autism Awareness Month, which serves to educate the public about autism. West Angeles is joining other congregations around the state in recognizing Autism this month through the efforts of Special Needs Network.
Autism now affects 1 in 88 children and 1 in 54 boys and is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S. On average Autism costs a family $60,000 a year for therapeutic treatment! Time to start embracing, understanding, sympathizing with the realities our kids face today our kids over labeling them.
Autism Awareness Observation will take place Sunday, April 14th during the 11:00AM service. We will be offering information, support, and awareness for families, friends, and advocates.
We invite you to share in this Spirit Filled gathering Sunday, April 21st 8am and 11 am at The West Angeles Cathedral
and Sunday Night April 21st through Wednesday April 24th 7pm at The North Campus Sanctuary!
Come out and be blessed as our Pastor, Bishop Charles E. Blake, continues to focus us on the power of The Holy Ghost in our lives and church!
The intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard could become ‘Bishop Charles E. Blake Square’. In honor of Bishop Charles E. Blake service as Pastor of West Angeles Church for 44 years, City Council President Herb Wesson introduced a motion in the Los Angeles City Council recently, naming the intersection of Jefferson Boulevard and Crenshaw Boulevard in honor of Bishop Charles E. Blake.
“Bishop Blake has been and continues to be one of our preeminent spiritual and community leaders,” said Wesson. “We owe him a tremendous debt of gratitude for his many contributions and the lives he has touched in our community, and on the continent of Africa through his leadership of “Save Africa’s Children.”
Once approved by the City Council and signed by the Mayor, Council President Wesson will lead a community celebration commemorating the designation and the posting of the signs marking the location.