#GIVING TUESDAY – Support West Angeles Family Life Center Campaign!

An architectural rendering of the future West Angeles Family Life Center.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. has a God-centered vision for you and your family to live the best life God intended!

The West Angeles Family Life Center will provide the Crenshaw community and the city of Los Angeles with a center devoted to the education, edification, enrichment and equipment of God’s people, based on the principles and spirit of Jesus Christ.

West Angeles equips the whole family through its over 80 ministries, programs and departments, including:

  • The Brotherhood Organization
  • The Young Women’s Christian Council
  • Youth & Young Adult Ministry
  • College Prep (Education Enrichment)
  • Drug & Alcohol Ministry (Free N One)
  • The Prison Ministry
  • The West Angeles Christian Counseling Center
  • The Skid Row Ministry
  • Christian Education

Please click the photos below for a slideshow of some of the West Angeles Ministries:

 

President Barack Obama and Former President Bill Clinton have praised Bishop Blake and the West Angeles ministry model as a shining example of Christian ministry and community-building at its best.

Be a part of the first edifice of its kind in Los Angeles, CA.  PLEASE CLICK BELOW to give to the Family Life Center Campaign today.

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Remember to add #GIVING TUESDAY!

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Today is #GivingTuesday!

Show your support for the work and ministries of West Angeles Church of God In Christ. West Angeles has over 80 ministries and departments under the anointed leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and First Lady Mae L. Blake, including:

• Christian Education
• The Youth & Young Adult Ministry
• The Prison Ministry
• The West Angeles Christian Counseling Center
• The Skid Row Ministry

                                             

 

West Angeles feeds the hungry, empowers those in need with knowledge and education, and equips the people of God for service in today’s tumultuous world through the word of God.

THRIVE. TITHE. GET INVOLVED.
Make a difference. Give to West Angeles Church of God In Christ today!

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West Angeles Hosts Community Thanksgiving Dinner

 

As we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith – Galatians 6:10 (NKJV)

West Angeles Church of God In Christ, under the leadership of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. and First Lady Mae L. Blake, hosted a warm and wonderful Community Thanksgiving Dinner on November 22, 2016. Hundreds of residents and volunteers from the West Angeles community and the greater Los Angeles area converged upon the West Angeles North Campus Sanctuary for an early-afternoon prayer service and praise and worship, followed by a scrumptious, Thanksgiving meal served at no cost to those in attendance, at the lovely West Angeles Crystal Room. Guests were served buffet-style from a full Thanksgiving  including turkey and all the trimmings and a host of desserts.

“We make it a priority to bless those within our church body and our community who might not otherwise have dinner on Thanksgiving,” said Bishop Blake, “or have a chance to fellowship with others.”

West Angeles thanks Marvin Drake and the Media Ministry, the West Angeles Food Services Department, Boy Scout Troop 848, and all of the ministries, departments, congregants and volunteers who made the day an overwhelming success.


WEST ANGELES THANKS YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT! 

Your generous gift makes events like this possible.

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Holy Convocation 2016: Fight for Salvation in a Violent and Immoral World

It was a glorious 109th Holy Convocation of the Church of God In Christ, which took place from November 7-13, 2016, in St. Louis, MO. The galvanizing message of the 5-day convening of the saints was the 2016 COGIC Theme:

“Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World”

(1 Timothy 6:12)

which addresses the need for the church to rise up to its mandate from God to fight for righteousness and holiness. Bishops and Evangelists were consecrated, empowered to go forth in the work of the Lord, and the General Board convened; which ushered in the highlight of the Convocation: the Quadrennial Election where Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake was re-elected for a third term as COGIC’s Presiding Bishop.

The mighty women of the Church of God In Christ were front and center at the Convocation. Among them, First Lady Mae L. Blake – Bishop’s “Secret Weapon” – presented an impassioned speech in support of the mighty man of God at her annual Morning Gems session on Saturday, November 12. Dr. Judith Christie McAllister, International Minister of Music, oversaw praise and worship for Convocation, featuring the COGIC Mass choir, Lady Audrey DuBois Harris and the Clark Sisters, who were among the psalmists for the week. Evangelist Frances Kelley officiated the All Night Prayer Service from Monday evening, November 7 into Tuesday morning, November 8. Evangelist Joyce Rodgers delivered the word during the World Youth Day service, reassuring the young congregation with the acronym, “NFL,” which meant that, although we are in the fight of our lives, our affliction is “not for long.”

Highlights of other powerful sermons at the Convocation include “New Hope for the Church in America” by Bishop Jack Vaughn, who called for the renewing spirit of revival as he presented a prophetic word for the future of the church. In his sermon, presented during the Service of Episcopal Consecration & Installation, Bishop Vaughn prophesied of the enormous call of God on Millennial Generation, reminding us that both David and Timothy would also be considered Millennials today based upon the age at which they were called to follow the Lord. Bishop Jerry W. Macklin, who serves as Second Assistant Presiding Bishop, delivered Part I of his sermon on The Rapture, requesting of 100 pastors in attendance that they complete Part II of the sermon before their own congregations.

For The Lord’s Day Worship Celebration, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake used the 2016 COGIC theme, “Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World,” as the central focus of his commanding “Official Day” sermon. In it, Bishop taught that winning the souls of mankind for Jesus Christ is the most important service that we can perform as Christians.  “Jesus paid His life for man’s salvation,” said Bishop Blake. “There will never be anything more valuable than the life of the Son of God. How long has it been since you’ve led someone to Jesus?”

Excerpts from Bishop’s sermon, as well as photos from the Convocation, follow below:

Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World

by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

1 TIMOTHY 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

The theme which the Lord has given us for the year 2016 leads us to focus on 3 areas:

  1. The nature of the world in which we live.
  2. The 2 primary treasures we must seek.
  3. The level of intensity with which we must proceed.

God intended that the world He created be a majestic, harmonious symphony of love, fellowship, beauty, and peace. The Bible teaches that man was created in innocence; that he was to be in union and in harmony with God, his Maker, his fellow man, and with all creation. But men rejected the will and the command of God; they rebelled against God’s will and against God’s plan, and became a blasphemous satire of what God intended the world to be:

  • War seems to be our favorite pastime; millions have been killed in the wars since Vietnam.
  • Around the world, 100,000 Christians are killed annually.
  • Millions of white Americans are arming themselves for what they feel is the inevitable race war about take place in our nation.
  • In the United States, over 1 million babies are snatched from their mothers’ wombs by abortion each year.
  • 500 blacks are killed by policemen every year, while 5000 blacks are killed by black on black crime.

Someone needs to ask the question, what have we in the west done? Why do they hate us so? And what can we do now to promquote-evangote peace?

Let us start by confessing and proclaiming that this world is violent and immoral. But God is calling upon us to fight for salvation and righteousness in this present world. Salvation is the most valuable commodity available unto men; winning men to Jesus Christ is the most important service that we can perform.

We love and respect those who differ from us. We recognize that God grants to everyone the freedom to choose even that which will lead to death or destruction. But God has also communicated in His Word what is the right and best path to follow, and in His Word He communicates the behavior which He condemns and punishes:

  • Genesis 6:11-12 – The earth also was corrupt before God, and the earth was filled with violence. 12 So God looked upon the earth, and indeed it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted their way on the earth.
  • Isaiah 55:6-7 – Seek the LORD while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near. 7 Let the wicked forsake his way And the unrighteous man his thoughts; and let him return to the LORD, and He will have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon
  • Romans 1:18 – For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness
  • Isaiah 1:5-6 – 5 Where will you be stricken again, as you continue in your rebellion? The whole head is sick and the whole heart is faint. 6 From the sole of the foot even to the head there is nothing sound in it, only bruises, welts and raw wounds
  • Lamentations 2:21 – My virgins and my young men have fallen by the sword; You have slain them in the day of Your anger, You have slaughtered and not pitied.
  • Jeremiah 9:23-24 – Thus says the LORD, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the LORD who exercises loving kindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the LORD.
  • Proverbs 14:34 – Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin condemns any people.quotevalue

God wants His people to be righteous; our world would be better off if men would follow the righteous Word of God. Matthew 1:21 says, “And she shall bring forth a Son, and thou shalt call His name Jesus: for He shall save His people from their sins.”

You learn the value of a thing by observing how much a wise individual is willing to pay for it. Jesus paid His life for man’s salvation. There will never be anything more valuable than the life of the Son of God. How long has it been since you’ve saved a soul from death? How long has it be since you led someone to Jesus?

Evangelism is not an option: evangelism is a mandate. It is a survival strategy. We’ve got to win the world or we’ll be destroyed by the world and with the world. When you win a soul, you rob the devil of one more victim. You give that individual a new lease on life; breaking yoke of sin and oppression. The very soul you win may be the one who will save or spare your life.

Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel.” Let men know what God can do in their lives; tell somebody how much you love Him and how He’s changed your life.

Start a party up in heaven: fight for salvation and righteousness in an immoral world. It’s time to fight!

Abridged from “Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World”, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. 109th Holy Convocation, St. Louis, MO.


THE 109th CONVOCATION IS NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD.  The Church of God  In Christ Publishing House has DVD’s of the 109th Holy Convocation. Hear Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake’s entire message, as well as COGIC curriculums, e books, and more. Call toll free at 1-877-746-8578, or please click HERE to visit COGICPublishingHouse.net.

Bishop Blake: Live a High-Leverage Life

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake teaches 5 principles of living a blessed, high-leverage life in the Lord.

2 Chronicles 31:20-21 (NKJV) – 20 Thus Hezekiah did throughout all Judah, and he did what was good and right and true before the Lord his God. 21 And in every work that he began in the service of the house of God, in the law and in the commandment, to seek his God, he did it with all his heart. So he prospered.

I’m quite fascinated by the life of Hezekiah. Hezekiah was prosperous. Hezekiah was blessed. He was one of the greatest kings in the history of the Israelites. During Hezekiah’s reign, Israel became a nation which was admired and respected by the other nations of the world.

Hezekiah prospered in all his works. The man was ridiculously rich. He received tremendous miracles from God. He experienced outstanding manifestations of God’s power and might. His was a high-leverage life because of his attitude, conduct, and behavior, which brought into action the providence and power of almighty God.

Dr. Judith McAllister leads the West Angeles Mass Choir in "Total Praise." 10-2-2016.

Dr. Judith McAllister leads the West Angeles Mass Choir in “Total Praise.” 10-2-2016.

5 QUALITIES OF THE HIGH-LEVERAGE LIFE

When you look at the results of Hezekiah’s life, it is not his effort or ability that caused these great miracles to take place. I focus on Hezekiah today because we can learn from him. We should learn from great men how to be greater; from wise men, how to be wiser, and from blessed men, how to be more greatly blessed.

What positive qualities do great people possess that we can incorporate into our own lives? How can we sense a person’s heart when discerning their conduct? And what qualities do we observe in Hezekiah?

  1. He pleased God. When God is with you, you prosper wherever you go. God is looking for those who will do what’s right; folks who do are high-leverage people. When you are a righteous person, you are in step with the canons and rhythms of God’s great universe.
  2. He was a man of character. How you behave daily is an indication of your character. Character is not only good behavior but also the moral convictions that produce good work in your life. God the Creator has a master plan by which the universe was created and operates. We obey the quote-leverword of God – the Holy Bible – because we recognize the wisdom and authority of God as Creator.  If you’re not obeying God, it’s because you think you’ve got a better solution.
  3. He made a covenant with God. A covenant is a committed relationship. God has committed Himself to us, but so few of us are really committed to Lord. We don’t want a relationship…we want a date! In Romans 8:35-39, Paul said, “Neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
  4. He had faith. He trusted God. Our faithfulness does not exempt us from trouble, but God does promise to be with us in the midst of it (Daniel 3:25). The Son of God will show up in your situation if you’re faithful to God; God will fight your battles.
  5. He prayed. “The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much” (James 5:16, KJV). I know you’re having problems, but stop talking about them!  If you cry out to God, He will show up; if you call Him, He will answer you.

God loves us so much that He sent Jesus to save us. Jesus not only died for us, but He also rose up on the third day.  That’s God’s guarantee to you that you, too, shall rise. The name of Jesus means you can have life everlasting; in Him, your life can be more than you ever dreamed. Let God Himself take control of your life.

When you live a high-leverage life, you’ve got leverage with Almighty God.

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: 2 Chronicles 31:20, 32:1-7,23,27, 29:2-10, 7:14; 2 Kings 19:14-16, 35-36, 20:1-6,11, 18:5;1 Samuel 16:7, John 4:23, Jeremiah 9:24, 33:3; Romans 1:18, 8:31, 35-39; Proverbs 3:6, 16:7, 14:12; Daniel 3:25, Ephesians 3:20.

Adapted from the sermon, “The High-Leverage Life”, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.; October 2, 2016 at West Angeles Church of God In Christ, Los Angeles, CA.


 

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Back by Popular Demand…THE CLEAN KOMEDY EXPLOSION! 

T’is the season to be jolly! Bring the entire family to the hilarious comedy show at the West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre. Laughter will get you through the holidays – and the house guests!

THE CLEAN KOMEDY EXPLOSION – Hosted by Edwonda White and GiGi Bolden.

Featuring: ALLAN CUNNINGHAM, ACE GUILLEN, BRANDON WILEY AND SHERWIN ARAE.   SPECIAL GUEST: RAY THOMAS

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One performance only – our last Clean Komedy Explosion of the year!

Saturday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m..

Tickets: $12 – adults purchased in advance

$10 – Youth 12 – 17 and seniors 55+ 

$5 – Youth 11 and under

(All tickets purchased the day of the show $20.00)

Tickets can be purchased at:

The West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre Box Office

3020 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA  90016

or call 323-733-8707

Clean comedy at its finest! BE THERE!

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. is Re-elected as COGIC Presiding Bishop

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., Pastor of West Angeles Church of God In Christ, has been re-elected for a 3rd term to the Highest Office of the Church of God In Christ – the largest African-American denomination in the world.

 

bishop-trnsp-bkBishop Charles E. Blake Sr. was reinstated as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) by winning the vote at the COGIC General Assembly on Tuesday, November 15, 2016, following the COGIC 109th Holy Convocation. Presiding Bishop Blake now begins his 3rd term as the Presiding Bishop. Blake is the 7th leader in Succession, and the 7th Presiding Bishop of the denomination since its founding in 1907 by Bishop Charles Harrison Mason.

COGIC boasts over 6.5 million members and has congregations in 63 countries around the world. “I am humbled and overjoyed that God has allowed me to continue my service as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ,” stated Blake. Blake is the Senior Pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where the membership exceeds 25,000. West Angeles represents the largest church within the COGIC denomination.

The election rounded out a week of worship services, meetings, and fellowship during the COGIC 109th Holy Convocation, which took place in St. Louis Missouri from November 7-15. It has been estimated that over 40,000 people attended the Convocation, generating over $30 million dollars for St. Louis’ businesses.

“The Church of God in Christ is a body of Holy men and women whose mission is to seek and save that which is lost. I count it a blessing to serve the members of COGIC and my Lord and Savior with integrity, righteousness and a daily commitment to do the will of God,” said Blake.

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Please Join Us For: “It’s A Wonderful Christ!”

The Young Women’s Christian Council / Virtuous Women invite you to a wonderful morning of fellowship, good food, and an inspiring word from Judge Mablean Ephriam. Please join us in the West Angeles Crystal Room on Saturday, December 10, 2016; see flyer below for details:

It's A Wonderful Christ, with Judge Mablean

It’s A Wonderful Christ, with Judge Mablean

A Letter from Our Presiding Bishop: Our Bridge to the Future

From the 109th Holy Convocation in St. Louis, MO, our beloved Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake addresses the saints of the Church of God In Christ; asking us to trust in God’s divine providence as we enter into our glorious future in holiness, power, and faith.

 

To the Beloved Saints, My Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

I give God the glory for all the wonderful things He has done. With the spirit of gratitude, I thank each of you for your fervent prayers, support, and kind words during my eight years as the Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ. We have accomplished so much toward the growth and maturation of the Church, always giving honor and praise to our almighty God. With great humility, I count it a privilege and a blessing to bridge the holy vision of  the past with the achievements of the past and the future holy objectives of the Church of God in Christ.

Aerial view of the Holy Convocation. America's Center, St. Louis, MO.

Aerial view of the Holy Convocation. America’s Center, St. Louis, MO.

How proud our founders would be to know that the Church of God in Christ is preaching and teaching holiness in 12,000 churches in 82 countries around the world. From a remnant of holy, Pentecostal believers established under Bishop Charles Mason, we continue to grow as a sanctified, Holy Ghost-filled, consecrated Church with over 6 million members: the largest African-American denomination in the world.

“Who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but according to His own purpose and grace which was given to us in Christ Jesus before time  began.” (2 Timothy 1:9)

Our world is filled with stress and strife because there has been a shift away from earnest teaching, preaching, and worshiping. Our society is becoming devoid of holy living, awareness, and accountability. Consequently, our cultural reality is filled with unnecessary, unexplainable violence and death, disrespect for authority, celebration of hedonistic lifestyles, financial upheavals on every level, and the minimization of Church rights.

Nevertheless, I am encouraged that the Church of God in Christ has been called, and is spiritually equipped, to lead by example; trusting in God’s divine providence. We must continue to:

  • assist cities which have been devastated by natural disasters
  • lend our voices and support to demand justice when our lives seem not to matter
  • exercise patience and respect authority
  • provide resources to assist the poor, disabled and disenfranchised

Most importantly, we must offer up prayers for world peace, poverty elimination, racial discourse, and a worldwide holiness renewal.

 

CHALLENGES TO THE CHURCH

Appearing to be a part of the body of the Church are workers of iniquity, wolves dressed in sheep’s clothing, and demonic spirits testing the will of God. There have been defamatory attacks, hate-filled propaganda and even death threats.

“Now I urge you, brethren, note those who cause divisions and offenses, contrary to the doctrine which you learned, and avoid them.” (Romans 16:17)

In spite of it all, I declare the decree: “No weapon formed against me, the Church of God in Christ’s leadership, and this holy denomination, will prosper.”

 

OUR BRIDGE TO THE FUTURE

I am thankful to my lovely wife, Lady Mae; for she is a virtuous woman and a wife of noble character. I am appreciative of the love and encouragement from my children and their families, as well as from the West Angeles Church of God in Christ membership.

We have a tremendous opportunity to continue the anointed work God has called us to do that will positively impact our families, churches, communities, and the world. We must continue our commitment to holy living with fasting, praying without ceasing, demonstrating compassion toward our fellow man, toiling in the vineyard, and worshiping with power. We are the salt of the earth, the light of the world; the Church that is set on a hill which will not be hidden.

Let’s continue to walk in our holy purpose. I see the Church of God in Christ in the future, and we look much better than we do right now.

I humbly ask that you give me the opportunity to continue serving as your Presiding Bishop.

 

In His service,

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Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle

Seventh in Succession

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Convocation Expected to Inject Millions into STL

Originally posted on STLAmerican.com

The Church of God in Christ’s 109th Holy Convocation projected to make over $30 million economic impact to St. Louis metro area. This gathering of more than 40,000 attendees, scheduled for November 7-13 at the America’s Center and the Edward Jones Dome in downtown St. Louis, is one of the city’s largest conventions.

“We expect a record number of attendees this year, which means our organization will have an increased economic impact on the St. Louis area,” Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake Sr. said.

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is one of the oldest Pentecostal denominations in the world and the fourth largest Protestant group in the United States, with churches in 83 countries worldwide and a membership of nearly 6.5 million adherents.

Highlights for the week include:

Thursday, November 10. COGIC Cares Community Clean-up. Meet in front of the America’s Center at 10 a.m. to help clean up St. Louis’ 4th Ward. To volunteer, email [email protected].

Thursday, November 10. COGIC Urban Initiatives presents “An Education Affair” in collaboration with the United States Department of Education, in America’s Center Atrium from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Thursday-Saturday, November 10-12. COGIC Health Fair in America’s Center Atrium, 2nd Floor, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily.

Friday, November 11. COGIC Urban Initiatives 7th Annual Job Fair in America’s Center Atrium, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Saturday, November 12. Christmas in November blesses the St. Louis community with free groceries, clothes, appliances, cosmetics, toys, hot lunches, haircuts, and free cell phones with minutes for those who qualify, at 5300 Dr. Martin Luther King Dr., 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Children must be present to receive toys, and adults must show an ID. This event requires registration at COGIC.org, or call 314-583-0610.

“This will be the sixth year the convention has been held in St. Louis,” Bishop Blake said, “and we are excited to return to such a hospitable city.”

For more information about COGIC’s community outreach efforts during the 109th Holy Convocation or to view the schedule of activities, visit www.cogic.org.