Komedy Explosion, ‘Beautiful Poison’ set for November

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Our very own West Angeles Performing Arts Theater is pleased to
present the following events:

November 13 – 14
“BEAUTIFUL POISON,” A Gospel Play

November 21

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E-WASTE DRIVE ON THE CATHEDRAL PARKING LOT
9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

And, back by popular demand…

November 21

CLEAN KOMEDY EXPLOSION

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7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Edwonda White

For more information on these and many other family friendly and
inspirational offerings from the Performing Arts Theater, please contact
the Church Office at (323)733- 8300

 

AIM to Inspire

The Youth Department is pleased to announcement its first online donation campaign and we need you!

Each year, the Church of God in Christ, Inc., hosts an annual summer convention called Auxiliaries In Ministry (AIM), geared toward leadership training, spiritual growth, education, World Missions training, and fellowship. This convention will be held in Tampa, Florida this year with the goal to achieve effectiveness in ministry.

POINT. AIM. and DIRECT. our Youth’s path to a brighter future in ministry.

 To donate now, click here!

 

Celebration of Life Ceremony for Pastor Andraé Crouch

The Official Celebration of Life Ceremony for beloved gospel music legend Andraé Crouch  is scheduled to take place Tuesday, January 21 and Wednesday January 22 in the West Angeles Cathedral, located at 3600 Crenshaw Blvd, Los Angeles, CA
90016.

Home-going celebrations for the Architect of Gospel Music are as follows:

Tuesday, January 20, 2015
Public viewing: 2-5 p.m.
Special Celebration Concert: 7 p.m.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Funeral service: 11 a.m.

We are pleased to announce that each service will be streamed LIVE on Westa. TV

 

Crouch family requests:

In lieu of flowers, please send tax-deductible donations to:

Andraé Crouch Memorial Fund, c/o New Christ Memorial Church, 13333 Vaughn, Pacoima, CA 91340

http://www.newchristmemorial.org

Cards and letters may be sent to:

New Christ Memorial Church, 13333 Vaughn, Pacoima, CA 91340, Attn.: Mauri Jones

Service seating arrangements are being coordinated through the Crouch family.

Grace is expensive, time consuming, but so worth it

I was born into a family of writers and historians.

I used to sit in on studio writing sessions and see royalty checks coming in.  I recall sitting at the foot of my grandmother’s bed and listening to stories of her being the first female music editor at the Hollywood Reporter.  My first job was writing for Smokey Robinson, and then I moved to a more journalistic approach to writing, interviewing celebrities ranging from Fred Hammond to Stevie Wonder, Beyoncé to Carmen Dellavaude.

I was born to write.

I understood sentence structure before I could properly ride a bike.  Emphasis heavy on nouns, verbs, syntax and diction. In turn, having such an intense understanding of the English language prior to coming into the knowledge of Christ made me understand His Living Word more. When I started reading the Bible, I was blown away how Jesus could shift physics and confront the Laws of Motion with a simple flick of the wrist. But what fascinated me most was that all of a sudden, nouns were reborn into verbs. One word typically used as a simple description could come alive and take flight all with the power of Christ.

So naturally, I took to heart scriptures like Proverbs 18:21, which reads “death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Ephesians 4:29, “ Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs…” Matthew 12:37 “For by your words we shall be justified and by your words you shall be condemned…”

There is something more to the natural and mechanical make up of our words and their supernatural ability to transform our lives and the lives of those around us. But what I couldn’t understand as easily as the scriptures above, because they all had an end game or a consequence, was Colossians 4:6, which reads, “Let your conversation be always full of grace.”

There’s that word: grace…what does that mean?

Grace is a word that many Christians hear and take comfort in, but do we really understand it? Grace, like love or even faith evokes a positive and passionate response without a literal and tangible shape. But grace is something entirely different. Grace is a gift that may inspire love and forgiveness. And because it is a gift, it cannot be earned, but only given and received.

“Let your conversation be always full of grace.” If our words are to be filled with grace, it demands we give a gift to others every time we speak, text, send an e-mail or write a post-it.

Grace is expensive. If we are to speak words full of grace it’ll cost us something. It’ll cost us to speak words that are beyond our agenda, our opinion and even what we think of ourselves.  Grace costs us to think futuristically. To see ourselves and other people the way God sees us in order to communicate in ways that can be revolutionary.

Grace takes discipline. We have to be focused on not spewing hate or words laced with venom because in essence, that is an assault on the heart of another person. This is not so easy when someone is accusing us of things. But should we be more focused on the truth being known or us being right?

Grace creates an active listener. When you really listen to the thoughts of someone, you are not thinking about your next response. You are engaging, nodding in acceptance and approval and not being selfish. Now, this does not mean that we cannot share our thoughts and opinions, but it means we will be able to grow more and connect with whom we are having a conversation with. The bonus feature to this is you will learn more about the person, which will create a better understanding and/or bond with each other.

Grace takes courage. This correlates with the discipline grace take. I am sure there have been a few times where the one at fault blames you. You know it and your accuser knows it. Or other times when someone is yelling so hard and so strong, cussing at you and making you think twice about your religion. But what would happen if, even in the moments when it feels like we are being attacked, we spoke words of grace, hope and forgiveness? That’s where real courage lies. “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a hard word stirs up anger.” Proverbs 15:1

We have been given the power through the authority of Christ Jesus to heal the sick and move mountains if we needed to. Isn’t it amazing that one word of peace or a declaration for your day could help reshape your very life? To rise above we need to hold discipline and courage in one hand and faith and reason in the other hand.

With these tools you could be obedient to God, and unstoppable in this life. You can be the change we all hope to see. Shalom.

EXPERIENCE THE POWER OF JESUS CHRIST: PLEASE JOIN US FOR “THE PILGRIMAGE TO PENTECOST”

Acts 1:8 (NKJV) – Jesus said, “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

What is the Pilgrimage to Pentecost? This 50 Days of Prayer” was established by our Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. in order to empower the saints of the Church Of God In Christ to fervently seek the Power of God in a 50-day period of consecration and sanctification, from Easter (or “Resurrection Sunday”), through the Day of Pentecost.

What is every member of the Church Of God In Christ requested to do?  For the next 50 days, we are asked by our Presiding Bishop to take 11 minutes out of our daily prayer time to focus on the prayer requests provided in the devotional reading.

It is our hope and prayer that: 

(1) every member of the Church Of God In Christ who has not been filled with the gift of the Holy Spirit would be filled, according to Acts 2:4; and that    

(2) every believer who is already filled would receive a “refilling” of the Holy Spirit, according to Acts 4:31 and Ephesians 5:18.  

The  dates for the 2014 Pilgrimage are:

April 20 through June 8, 2014

This Pilgrimage is to benefit YOU! We pray that this event impacts your life, and that praying for empowerment in the Spirit becomes a lifetime endeavor. 

DOWNLOAD the free Pilgrimage To Pentecost Guidebook here.

To get your copy of the Pilgrimage To Pentecost Devotional, please click here to order online, or call (877) 746-8578.

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10 Ways to Be a Better You

The constant upload of photos and videos on Facebook and Instagram can be a bit overwhelming. You see a photo of your friend’s awesome ski trip and immediately think, “wow…his life most be awesome” and immediately feel guilty about your own.

Sometimes it’s harder to just focus on sharpening  you and be satisfied with who you are.

Our lives are a constant exercise in self-improvement and while the majority of the focus lands on education and promotions at work, sometimes we forget that being a better person involves how we treat ourselves and those around us. Below are 10 Ways to Be a Better You.

1. Get up early and confront Your Day.  Everyone recommends this but after spending late nights at the office or getting caught up o your favorite shows on Hulu—getting up early is a task within itself.  But set your alarm an hour earlier. You’ll be amazed by how many more things you can cram into your day.

2. Remind the people in your life how much they mean to you.  You can do this by simply sending a ‘good morning’ text.

3. Work on making yourself a little more accountable to the people around you. Sometimes this starts by talking less and listening more.  James 1:19 – Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak… You will learn more about who you’re interacting with know what EXACTLY they need from you.

4. Smile more and laugh more. You can do this by being aware of the joy that’s already around you, and if all you see is pain, transform it into laughter. Psalms 30:5- Pain may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning., Romans 12:2-Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.

5. Learn how to apologize. I think there’s nothing that makes us more beautifully human than making mistakes and owning up to them. 1 John 2:16 – Our foolish pride comes from this world.

6. Let go of our anger, envy and hatred.  Ephesians 4:31Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you.

7. Complain less and make fewer excuses. Learn to enjoy your life and not always focus on what is bad, what is wrong and why you can’t or didn’t do something. 1 Timothy – They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share.

8. Do something nice for someone else — the kind of favor you might not see returned.

9. Give someone a completely unsolicited compliment. If you see something you like on someone where’s the harm in saying so?  9 times out of 10 they will be shocked but gracious which will make you smile harder.

10.  Try to have conversations with people you casually meet in everyday life. Find out the name of the woman you see all the time at the grocery store and engage her. You never know what you will learn from someone else’s experiences.

State Youth Skate Night

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West Angeles Young Adult Ministry is teaming up with the State Youth Department for their annual Gospel Skate Night. As we move into the New Year with great expectation, our goals are simple: Create Vertical and Horizontal Relationships, Build a Spiritual-Based Community and Develop Future God-Minded Leaders.  Our 2014 calendar is set to have a powerful impact on the youth we serve, empowering them to impact their generation!

Gospel Skate Night
Friday, January 31, 2014
Cost: $9.00
Skate Depot
11113 183rd Street
Cerritos, CA 90703

This is a State Youth Department fundraiser, preparing us for our Annual State Youth Congress and upcoming events!

 

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968) was a pastor, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the Civil Rights Movement. Dr. King’s focus was on nonviolence heavily based on Christian beliefs which would lead his orchestration of boycotts and other peaceful methods to demonstrate injustice and appeal for peace.

Born Michael King, his father changed his name in honor of German reformer Martin Luther.

Martin Luther King was seen by some as a radical and a troublemaker, says the Washington Post.  Vincent Harding, one of King’s colleagues, once said, “A dangerous Negro, now a national hero. How shall we work with that?” In 1963 Martin Luther King, Jr. was called the most dangerous Negro in the United States because he posed a threat to the very precious ideals. The truth is that he had considerable faith in America. He believed that when people saw the unfairness of the caste system that had grown up in their country — in a nation founded on the principles of equality before the law, the opportunity to advance in life according to one’s merits, the right to choose the people who govern us — they would understand how truly un-American it was and it would all come to an end, and much of it has.

In the final years of his life, King expanded his focus to include poverty and the Vietnam War, alienating many of his liberal allies with a 1967 speech titled “Beyond Vietnam“.

The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. preached nonviolence, practiced it and led a great movement guided by its principles. We are reminded of his legacy today and pay homage to one of the greatest American heroes of all time. 

Click here for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I have A Dream" speech.

Does Your Soul Say ‘Yes’?

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Do you yearn in your soul to draw closer to God and have an  intimate relationship with Him? Join us for “My Soul Says, Yes, Lord!” workshop. Our journey toward the depths of God’s love will be facilitated by Elder Oscar and Mrs. Lita Owens using an interactive, devotional workbook written by them. It is a 12-month Christian Education workshop to help us cooperate with the Holy Spirit’s power to transform us toward the image of Jesus Christ.

The first session begins Sunday, January 19th at 2:00 PM, in the Multi-Purpose building, room 8. We’re encouraging everyone who plans to attend the workshop to eat in the Crystal Room after 11am service on the 19th, and then meet in the multi-purpose building in Room 8 at 2pm. For more information, call (323) 733-8300, ext. 2345 or email Elder Owens at [email protected]