USC vs. Stanford Sponsored Game

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The Brotherhood is pleased to sponsor a trip to see USC vs. Stanford, Saturday, November 16th. We will be meeting at the North Campus for a “spiritual tailgating fellowship” and then convening at the Cathedral Parking to take the Expo Line to the Coliseum.  Please stop by The Brotherhood Table to sign up and purchase your tickets.  Ladies you are welcome!!!!

 

Thanksgiving Service

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As a gift to The Body of Christ and Community, Bishop Charles E. Blake, Lady Mae L. Blake and the West Angeles Music and Worship Arts Ministry invite you to spend the Holidays at West Angeles. Throughout the months of November and December, we will be blessed with special services, concerts, children programs and worship experiences.

We begin to celebrate “The Reason for The Season with Thanksgiving Day Service at The Cathedral, Thursday, November 28th at 10:00am.

A Psalm of Thanksgiving.

100 Make a joyful shout to the Lord, all you lands!
2 Serve the Lord with gladness;
Come before His presence with singing.
3 Know that the Lord, He is God;
It is He who has made us, and not we ourselves;
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.

4 Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
And into His courts with praise.
Be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
5 For the Lord is good;
His mercy is everlasting,
And His truth endures to all generations.

Children Holiday Auditions

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We are getting ready to start our Children Holiday Auditions! We are reaching out to families who are willing to share their talents at our ‘Family Reunion … Celebrating Jesus’ Birthday’ Christmas Production.

If your family sings, dances, does poetry, plays musical instruments, or you want to share your family Christmas traditions, we invite you to come to the first audition on Tuesday, October 22nd, at 7:00PM in the Youth Center. Remember this is a family affair and more than one member of the family must participate.  For more information contact the Children’s Ministry.

11/11/40 Prayer Initiative

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As the Church of God in Christ approaches  the annual Holy Convocation, our Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake asks us to intercede and seek the Will of God for Revival, Renewal, Breakthrough in Jesus name. For our  11/11/40 Prayer Initiative we are asking you  to join with us in this time of consecration and spend 11 minutes a day, lifting up these 11 petitions for this 40 day period.

From October 4th through November 12th set aside a specific time to dedicate to the Lord and believe that this years Holy Convocation will be a life transforming experience.  The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much. James 5:16.

Here is one snippet of the petitions on Worship:

Father, the Holy Convocation is for Your glory! Be pleased with our worship, as we offer up praises to You in every worship service.  Let no flesh glory in Your Presence (1 Corinthians 1:29). We confess that ever program participant is “God-focused.” Let every part of every program be cohesive, unified and yet Spirit-led.  We ask that You would allow each person to have a “worship encounter” before they get to church; and once we all come together let Your fire fall in Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Psalm 29:2. “Give unto the Lord the glory due to His name; Worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.”

John 4:24. “God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.”

 

Here is the complete Prayer Guide  to this prayer initiative.

 

 

 

Christian Apologetics with Dr. Wilfred Graves

 

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Dr. Wilfred Graves Jr. is dedicated to communicating truth in clear and effective ways.  Having once been an aerospace engineer, Dr. Graves brings science and logical reasoning in his embrace and unshakable belief in Christianity.

Stemming from the success of his highly acclaimed book, “In Pursuit of Wholeness: Experiencing God’s Salvation for the Total Person,” Dr. Graves wishes to share Godly wisdom in his anticipated free monthly seminar that focuses on the existence of God, the accuracy of the Bible, the deity of Jesus Christ, the Resurrection, and other fundamental Christian teachings.

Ranging from young to old, students to professionals, volunteers to leaders …this seminar promises to be a systematic presentation of beliefs and practices never seen before!

Next class, Spiritual Disciplines and the Formation of the Christian is scheduled for Friday, October 11, 2013 at 7:00pM in the North Campus Sanctuary. Admission is FREE and open to the public.

Call 323-733-8300 ext. 2324 or send an e-mail to [email protected] to RSVP today!!

Historic COGIC Church Burned

Crouch Memorial Pentecostal Church of God In Christ, a historical church and a fixture in the South Los Angles community was set ablaze earlier this week. The fire, which was reported at 9:27 am on Tuesday morning, caused the roof to cave in, trapping two firemen underneath, and demanding the service of over 150 firefighters, who battled the flames for 4 hours.  The beautiful white Romanesque-style Church was formerly named Beth Eden Baptist Temple, and had been a beacon of light in the South Los Angeles community for over 100 years.

The church was built in 1895, and according to some accounts, may have been the hub for Los Angeles prohibition efforts during the 1920’s. It was previously listed on the National Register of Historic Place.

When asked about the source of the blaze, the church’s current pastor, Pastor Lawrence McGee who was inside the building at the fire’s inception, stated that the fire erupted after he lit the churches wall heater. An official cause has not been determined.

Despite the intensity of the flames, the firemen were able to protect all nearby homes. In addition, parishioners were able to save the organ and a few other items.

West Angeles is standing with the pastor and congregation of Crouch Memorial Pentecostal Church of God in Christ, and is praying for the renewed strength of the injured firefighters and their families.

 

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Worry Has No Place In A Christian Heart

Your car is driving funny, but you need it to get to work. You’ve put in 12 years at the same firm, but due to corporate budget, there are layoffs and your department may be next. You have a big presentation tomorrow, and you feel nothing but nervousness. Your relationship has hit a snag, and you feel more distant from your partner than ever. Your child is getting into trouble at school.

You worry, worry, WORRY!

But did you know that the Bible mentions “worry” over 100 times? Time and time again, Christ implores us to cast our burdens onto him, instead of taking the worry and stress onto ourselves.

Worry is a natural response to trouble, and most times, as humans, we cannot stop ourselves from giving in to it. But if we look through The Word of God, we can clearly see what it has to say about worry, and why we need to stop doing it.

One of my favorite Bible verses that addresses worry is Luke 12:22-34:
“And [Jesus] said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?”

In the above text, Jesus talks with his disciples, and questions them about their worry. He reminds them that if God will take care of the birds who do not worry, how much more will he take care of us, who are so dear to Him and for whom He sent His son to die? If we understand and believe this lesson, then it should be clear that worry has no place in the hearts and minds of God’s believers. When we worry, we are telling God that we have to take care of our problems ourselves because we do not have faith in His capabilities. In this way, we doubt his Omniscience, Omnipresence, and Omnipotence when we take on the worry ourselves. Now why would we do that!

Realistically, worry only ADDS to our stress and anxiety! Time spent worrying could be spent in prayer and in action. Jesus reminded his disciples that worrying about their future would not add a single hour to it. Unless you have supernatural powers to manipulate situations with your mind, you will have to ask God for direction, and put in the work in order to even begin to change your situation.

Remember this: Worry does nothing to solve tomorrow’s problems. All it does is take away today’s peace.

Try this: the next time that you want to go directly to worry, go directly in prayer instead. Try this prayer:

Dear Lord, I am facing a difficult situation. I ask that you replace my desire to worry, with a desire to put my complete faith in you. I will trust you to order my steps instead of searching within myself for an answer. I know that you are omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent, and I thank you for perfect peace and clear direction. Amen.

College Readiness for High School Seniors!

Do YOU know about our college readiness courses here at West Angeles Church?
Deacon John Wilson and the Educational Enrichment Ministry are here to assist YOUR High School Senior prepare for college in four key ways: Admissibility, Affordability, Sustainability, and Scholarships.
Watch the video above to learn more, and please share this with the parents and caretakers of ALL high school seniors! West Angeles and the Education Enrichment Ministry wants to equip all young people with the skills to be successful in college so that they may bring their knowledge and skills back to their family, their church, and their community, and their world! You do not want to miss out on the blessings that this amazing ministry has to offer your youth!

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Breast Cancer Awareness

Despite impressive advancements in the early detection and treatment of cancer, the disease still costs the U.S. $228 billion each year in medical costs and lost productivity. Each year, cancer still claims more than half a million lives and inflicts incalculable physical pain and emotional distress on cancer patients and their families, according to the Susan G Komen Alliance. Breast Cancer Awareness Month  is a collaboration of national public service organizations dedicated to early detection and prevention of the disease.

Although male breast cancer is rare, we certainly don’t want to over look that. There are advocacy groups like Out of the Shadow of Pink, A Man’s Pink, and the Brandon Greening Foundation for Breast Cancer in Men.

West Angeles will host it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Service second Sunday, October 13th for the 8AM, 11AM and 7PM evening services for resources against the disease and personal testimonies of cancer survivors.