Did you know that October 19th is International ShakeOut Day? Do you know what to do in the event of an earthquake or an emergency? West Angeles Church of God In Christ is providing you with the tips, resources and information you’ll need to keep you and your family prepared, in case of an emergency.
October 19 is recognized as International ShakeOut Day, which provides us with drills and preparedness in case of an earthquake. As we’ve also just emerged from National Preparedness Month (September), the increase in wildfires, the threat of earthquakes and the other natural disasters which plague our planet today serve as a reminder that we all must take action to be prepared – now and throughout the year. There are many types of emergencies that could affect us right where we live, work, and visit. In order to insure your safety and the safety of your family, it’s important to have resources and plans in place to be prepared and as safe as possible.
10 TIPS TO KEEP YOU PREPARED FOR EMERGENCIES
Here are 10 tips to start you and your family on the road to emergency preparedness:
- Plan and execute emergency evacuation, protection, and escape drills.
- Have a designated meeting place for the members of your household. Also designate an out-of-area contact; inform all members of your household of this contact information as well.
- Keep important documents, such as identification and deeds, in a waterproof, fireproof container.
- Fill bathtubs with water, turn refrigerators and freezers to the coldest setting, and learn how to turn off electricity, waterlines and gas lines.
- Have a hard travel case for pets; keep pets with you.
- Have enough water, food, and medical supplies (including prescription meds) for 3 days (72 hours). Rule of thumb: I (one) gallon of water per person per day. Focus on non-perishable food items, canned goods and dry pet foods. Don’t forget to include a can opener in your kit!
- Keep a stash of cash on hand; bank machines may not be working.
- Fill the gas tank of your car.
- Have a flashlight, batteries, and a portable radio on hand.
- Include in your emergency kit sturdy shoes/boots, warm clothing layers, blankets, and a full change of clothing for each person.
For full information on disaster preparedness, Ready.gov is continuing their commitment to help us prepare ourselves in case of emergency, with an emphasis on preparedness for youth, older adults, and people with disabilities and others with access and functional needs.
To download free emergency information, including how to build your own emergency toolkit, please click the links below. Please click the images above to go to Ready.gov. and Shakeout.org, and please click on the poster below to download and print.
- Download the Department of Homeland Security’s “Preparing for Disaster” booklet HERE.
- Download the FEMA app for disaster resources, weather alerts, and safety tips HERE.
- Get information on building your own emergency kit and plan, as well as preparing your car, your family, your pets and more HERE.
- Get the Department of Homeland Security’s “Active Shooter Pocket Card” HERE.
- For more information and resources on creating an emergency plan for your family, please CLICK HERE to visit Ready.gov.
- For more information on preparing drills for an earthquake, please CLICK HERE to go to Shakeout.org.
Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies!
Please click the image above to download and print the Disaster Preparedness poster.
DID YOU KNOW?
Where there is no vision, the people perish – Proverbs 29:18
In his sermon titled, “Vision,” Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. challenges us to receive God’s vision for every aspect of our lives. Envisioning ourselves living the life God wants for us places our dreams in direct alignment with the Word of God.
In a world full of tribulation, pain and heartache, people need hope. Having a vision provides hope to a dying world. When we link that vision to the power of the Holy Ghost, God breathes the breath of life and prosperity into every aspect of our dreams. Vision coerces our hearts and souls to dream on.
With God, nothing is impossible. Continue dreaming and watch the hand of God move in your life.
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. It’s important to be proactive about good health and to lead a healthy lifestyle. One step in the process which has been recommended by medical experts is to have regular screenings for breast cancer. Breast cancer typically produces no symptoms when the tumor is small and most easily treated. It is typically detected either during a screening examination, before symptoms have developed, or after a woman notices a lump.
Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women; therefore, it is very important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage.
TAKE CHARGE OF YOUR HEALTH
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it’s a great time to remember to schedule a mammogram, the test used to detect breast cancer. The Affordable Care Act requires that private health insurance plans provide preventive health services without charging you a co-payment or coinsurance.
Please see the following 5 important facts about breast cancer below, and download additional information about Breast Cancer, its statistics, and getting checked in the attached links :
- One in 8 women in the U.S. will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. Please download the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Fact Sheet HERE.
- Breast cancer Cells can grow out of control before any symptoms of breast cancer appear. Please download the Susan G. Komen “What is Breast Cancer” Facts For Life fact sheet HERE.
- It is very important for women to follow recommended screening guidelines for detecting breast cancer at an early stage. Please see the American Cancer Society’s 2017-18 Facts & Figures HERE.
- African American women who develop breast cancer are more likely to die from it than women of any other racial or ethnic group in the United States. Please download the LIFELINES newsletter from the National Cancer Institute for Black Women HERE.
- Getting a mammogram is an important step to keeping and monitoring the health of your breasts. Please download the American Cancer Society’s infographic about getting a mammogram HERE.
Visit West Angeles West Angeles Church of God in Christ, where you’ll find additional resources and information in the vestibule after Sunday services during the month of October.
DID YOU KNOW?
Physical inactivity, alcohol consumption, and excessive weight have all been linked to increased cancer risk.
- For more specified information on Black women and breast cancer, please click the link to read the Black Women’s Health Imperative article titled, “Black Women And Breast Cancer: Why Our Diagnosis And Care Are Different” https://www.bwhi.org/2017/07/20/black-women-breast-cancer-diagnosis-care/.
- For more information and resources on health and wellness, including breast cancer statistics and research on African American women, please click here to read Black Women and Health: 8 Actions to Take Now
“But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint – Isaiah 40:31
Sometimes, peace of mind may seem elusive. The problems and issues of the world dominate our minds, seep into our hearts and afflict our souls. Our past hurts and our sins plague us, and it seems as if things may never be right again. When we feel overwhelmed by the shadow cast over us, we must always remember that God is often trying to teach us that we have strength in Jesus. He is teaching us resilience; how to have faith, how to overcome, how to triumph.
In this sermon, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. gives us the example of a mother eagle teaching her baby how to fly. Sometimes the mother eagle will drop her young from her grasp, then swoop down at the last minute as it falls. Just as the eagle saves her offspring moments before it hits the earth, God looks out for us in the same way. Comfort comes in knowing that God will never leave us; nor will He forsake us in our time of need.
“When you endure difficult trials your soul should be comforted,” said Bishop Blake… “Jesus has already paid the price…God is trying to teach you how to fly. James 1 says,
‘My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.'”
What do you do when your soul refuses to be comforted? Are there bible verses that you refer to when you are feeling anxious or depressed? Please feel free to share them with others below or on our social media page, so that others may be comforted too.
The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’ Matthew 25:40 NIV
This October, there are, finally, a choice of films to see which reflect the power of Jesus Christ and the principles of the faith. There’s A Question of Faith, presented by Los Angeles-based media company Silver Lining Entertainment, with Richard T. Jones, Kim Fields, T.C. Stallings and C. Thomas Howell. And if you’re in the Los Angeles area on Sunday, October 15th at 4:00PM, you can swing by West Angeles’ north campus to see The Case for Christ, our Discipleship ministry’s free Movie Event.
There’s another film in theaters next month, however, in which there is only a very short window to see, and this is one film you don’t want to miss. That film is called Mully.
Here’s the synopsis:
What happens when a six-year-old boy in Kenya is abandoned by his family and left to raise himself on the streets? MULLY is no ordinary rags-to-riches tale. It’s the true story of Charles Mully, whose unlikely stratospheric rise to wealth and power leaves him questioning his own existence, searching for meaning in life. Against the better judgment of family and community, MULLY sets out to enrich the fate of orphaned children across Kenya. Jeopardizing his own life and the security of his family, Charles Mully risks everything and sets in motion a series of events that is nothing short of astonishing.
A GOD OF MIRACLES
In our current age where we’re left feeling overwhelmed, depressed, helpless, faithless and confused about how we got to this place in history, there emerges a story about what one man can indeed do to change the world: with the power of God behind him.
The film is the true story of the life of Charles Mully, formerly a successful Kenyan businessman with an amazing testimony, who’s experienced trials and triumphs reminiscent of the Joseph story in Genesis. His journey starts with his happy, simple life in his Kenyan village, surrounded by his family. But his life takes a turn when he ends up homeless, and is eventually saved.
This is only the beginning of Charles Mully’s journey. One can only say that God has called him, and clearly had a plan for his life, because Charles Mully subsequently experienced an amazing rise to success and prominence, even from the condition in which he found himself as a child. But what happens next is nothing short of the miraculous, and shows the power that God provides for us when we follow Him. This film is about how obedience to God produces miracles, and the story is reminiscent of those we read in the Bible.
A LIFE-CHANGING FILM
The film, directed by Actor-Writer-Producer Scott Haze, was released abroad in 2015 to awards, accolades and fanfare; yet, the buzz about this amazing story has only just reached American shores. I had the privilege of screening this life-changing film a year ago, and my husband and I were indeed left both speechless and inspired.
I believe we’ve been blessed to see Mully now: at such a time as this.
See Mully in theaters nation-wide from October 3rd-5th