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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.

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.

 

Are YOU ready for a Revival?

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The Evangelists/Missionaries and The Brotherhood are joining forces again to present Holy Ghost Revival Part 3. Come join us each night beginning October 21st through October 25th for powerful prayer, inspirational singing, and anointed preaching in the North Campus Sanctuary! You don’t want to miss your blessing!!!!

Real Men Commit

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Join The Men of West Angeles Church for the Annual Men’s Weekend, October 18th and 20th. This exciting weekend begins with an elegant Gala at The beautiful Westin Hotel on Century Blvd. Tickets for this stellar event are $65.00 and are going fast!!!! This wonderful weekend concludes with a spirit filled Men’s Day on the 20th.  We are also asking each Man of West Angeles, to join us in giving $50.00 towards the retiring of the mortgage on that day!  Stop by The Brotherhood Tables on the Concourse to purchase tickets as well as to sign up to a part of The Men’s Day Choir, Usher or Ambassador!

Men’s Day Choir Rehearsal Schedule

Monday, October 7th at 7:00PM

Monday, October 14th at 7:00PM

Thursday, October 17th at 7:00PM

Saturday, October 19th 10:00AM

All rehearsals will be held at the Cathedral!

Looking forward to seeing you there!!

Dr. Judith Christie McAllister Sounds the Trumpet

As the opening night to one of the year’s most anticipated events, Sound The Trumpet-Celebrating the year of the Jubilee, draws closer, it becomes more apparent that this conference is more than a Music and Worship conference, but an in-depth look into reverent worship, the duties of who function in the ministry of music and worship arts leaders and what it means to accept the call!

West Angeles’ Web Team got a chance to sit down with the International Minister of Music for the Church of God in Christ, Dr. Judith Christie McAllister and Facilitator of the conference. Always working in the vineyard, we were honored to have an interview with Dr. McAllister, as she was in preparation to attend yet another planning session in Memphis, TN.

Dr. McAllister, thank you for taking the time to let us have this interview. Many of us are wondering, where did the title “Sound the Trumpet” begin?

In 2008 I recorded a project called, Sound the Trumpet and in preparation, as I began to study the word for the meaning of what the Lord would say through this particular project, He led me to 1 Corinthians 14:8 …..for if the trumpet makes an uncertain sound, who will prepare for battle?  The project and in particular, the title song is a clarion call to the body of Christ to wake up and take on the responsibility to be what the Father had called us to be.  

Is there a difference of expectation between musicians and worship leaders?

When taking careful note of the scriptures, we will observe that the responsibility of those who ministered before the Lord, unto the Lord or to the temple of the Lord, was one and the same.  No matter what their specific function, all priests were required to be sanctified, hence qualified as priests first.  Ministers of Music, Musicians, Choir directors and members, Worship Team leaders and members, Liturgical dancers, all involved in any aspect of Music & Worship Arts should approach their responsibilities as priests first.

As I fulfill my responsibility as International Minister of Music for the Church of God in Christ, I have the opportunity to observe first hand that there are many who have forgotten the aspect of priestly duties.  As opposed to possessing the servant mentality, in many instances we have allowed the spirit of “celebrity” to enter our hearts, therefore breeding the aspect “performance” rather than ministry in the house of the Lord.

Please don’t misunderstand me – I do believe that we live in a sight and sound generation so must not only be anointed, we must be skillful and utilize all of the tools available to “Make His Praise Glorious”, but we should strive to have a perfect balance in our presentation.  However, when the entertainment supersedes holiness then we have a problem.

Dr. Judith McAllister at West AngelesThat’s an interesting understanding.  What do you believe the intersection of entertainment and holiness looks like?  How can an up-and-coming worship leader find a balance?

Through the study of the word of God, through prayer and consecration and attending conferences like the “Sound The Trumpet” Conference.  Through the teaching of the Word, we discover that we have to allow the Word to be hidden in our hearts and at the time appointed God will bring us forth for our purpose to be made manifest.

What is the most important thing to know before you minister?

Know who you are, understand the assignment. Walk in the fullness of what God has called you to by following the leading of the Holy Spirit while being submitted to the leadership who are directly responsibility to in that ministry setting.

How would you combat Fear or Nervousness?

Once again, understand who you are and who God has commissioned you to be.  When one understands the assignment, then God mantle’s us to complete the assignment.

Besides your own music, what are songs you cannot live without?
Oh, I can live without my music (smile), but I absolutely love classical music and listen to it daily and when I work and study!  Besides that genre, one of my favorite songwriters and musical ministers is Kurt Carr–I’m so godly proud of him and celebrate the gift God has given him to encourage others and speak the sentiment of the heart of so many through song.  My favorite singer of all time is Walter Hawkins.

Is there anything you would like to add about the “Sound The Trumpet” -Celebrating the year of the Jubilee?

This conference is primarily for those who have a desire to be a instrument in the hand of the Lord to herald his word, will and purpose in these last days. While it has been formulated with the Music Minister and Worship Arts Minister in mind, the concepts and training modules provided are for all who consider ministry their Kingdom assignment.

I will specifically deal with the as aspects of the Shofar  (The Old Testament Trumpet) – the process it must go through to be authenticated and qualified to be utilized in the hands of the priest.  In many ways, the Christian is likened unto the Shofar in that we must be processed to be an instrument in the hand of the Lord.

Amen! How can people register for the conference?

STTCONFERENCE.ORG  The Day class sessions will be held at The Gateway Sheraton Hotel, (6101 West Century Blvd).  The Evening Worship Celebration services will be held at West Angeles Church of God in Christ.

During the evening services, which are free and open to the general public, we will have two of the most prolific preachers to minister the word of the Lord.

On Friday evening, we will have an extended time of worship into the wee hours of the morning, somewhat reminiscent of the Worship-A-Thons we had at West Angeles.  All are invited to come and enjoy the in depth teaching and the vibrant Worship we will experience.

Thank you so much for your time today.  We are certainly praying for your safe travels and can’t wait to see you back here at West Angeles for the Jubilee!!

It was my pleasure and I appreciate it. See you soon and may God bless you.
Dr. Judith McAllister

“SOUND THE TRUMPET”  – More than a song, it’s a Movement!

New Generation Sunday: Youth and Young Adults Take Over

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The Children, Youth and Young Adults are gearing up to take over West Angeles’ Sunday Services for New Generation Sunday!  Get ready to take the limits off of your past, present and future as we experience an outpouring of unyielding power in Jesus name.

Last year, many of you submitted your dreams for New Generation Sunday and many of you may have felt your dreams have not come to past.  We are going to show you how to take the limits off your dreams so they SHALL COME TO PASS.   God sees you as a precious being and places “No limits” on you! “Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, Nor have entered into the heart of man; The things which God has prepared for those who love Him. 1 Corinthians 2:9

You can get ready  for an awesome word Sunday, September 29, 2013 from Elder Lawrence Champion Blake,  Elder Manuel Thomas, Young Adult Pastor, and Minister Donnie Briggs, Youth Pastor.

Bishop Charles E. Blake says, “Our Children are our future. All that we labor for and all that we produce–we will leave in their hands.”

Get ready for the take over and supporting our children and young people as they go forth in ministry on September 29th; New Generation Sunday!  A day of teaching you how to take the limits off!

Here is your personal invitation! Click here and let us know you’re coming.

You may pre-order your “No limit” t-shirt today by calling (323) 733-8300 Ext. 2629. Hurry while supplies last!

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March on Washington’s 50th Year Anniversary

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The 50th Anniversary of Rev. Martin Luther King Jr’s iconic “I Have A Dream” Speech is upon us.  On Wednesday, August 28th  2013, America will pause to remember the legacy left by one of the most powerful and influential men in our country’s history.

50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. spoke to a broken nation about an America that he envisioned, where all people could live together as one.  As a visionary, he saw an America where the son of the slave and the son of the slave owner could sit together as equals.  As a man of God, he reminded a nation of its Biblical mandate to love our neighbor just as we love ourselves, no matter if our neighbor is Black or White, Jew or Gentile.  As a political figure, he believed in the vision that the Founding Fathers set for America when they wrote into the Declaration of Independence that, “all men are created equal.”  And on August 28th, 1963, He challenged both White and Black Americans alike to live up to the promises of our nation.  I believe, in that soul-stirring speech delivered 50 years ago, Martin Luther King Jr. called all Black Americans to realize their full potential by actively pursuing their right to life, to liberty, and to the pursuit of happiness.

By living up to our full potential and reaching our goals, we are telling the world that the limits to what we can achieve are no longer determined by what other people think we can do, but are limited only by what we think of ourselves.  Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream implores all Americans to step out of the shadow cast by America’s dark past, and to boldly demand the creation of a brighter future—a future that we are still building even 50 years later.

In the coming week, let us all examine ourselves and determine if we are actively living up to Martin Luther King’s dream.  Are you working to create a brighter future for America, for your community, for your family, for yourself?

Or…are you still stuck in the shadows?


Shara Stewart is a recent graduate of San Francisco State University, with a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature. She is a long-time member of West Angeles Church, and a contributing writer/blogger for the West Angeles WebTeam.