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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

 

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Carry Out, Live Music Now Available in Crystal Room

Exciting things are happening on Sundays in the Crystal Room!

Not only will you continue enjoying a delicious and wholesome breakfast and dinner, but pick-up/carry out dinner service is now available!

If you prefer to dine in, LIVE music by Anthony Wilkins and Company is provided during the dinner hour. So, come and dine with us in YOUR West Angeles Crystal Room each Sunday. You will be glad you did!

We look forward to seeing you!

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New Generation Sunday

West Angeles Church presents New Generation Sunday, September 27, 2015

Sunday Morning Service Time: 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 a.m.

Sunday Evening Service Time: 6:00 p.m. (Glow in the dark worship experience)

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SHIDA

First Lady Solombra Ingram, in association with “I’m Every Woman Productions,” will present SHIDA, a new musical created and performed by Broadway veteran and gospel music artist Jeannette Bayardelle.

The show will take place at the West Angeles Performing Arts theatre for two nights only: July 10 @ 8 p.m. and July 11 @ 7 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $25 purchased in advance and $30 purchased at the show. Groups of 10 or more may purchase tickets at the discounted rate of $20 each.

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My Soul Says, Yes, Lord!

All are welcome to join the final classes for, “My Soul Says Yes, Lord!” taught by Elder Owens and his wife, Lita Owens, on third Sundays from 2 – 4 p.m.

The classes are free and will be held in rooms 1, 3 & 5 MPB, on October 19, November 16 and December 21.

 

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Annual Men’s Weekend

The men of West Angeles Church are getting ready for the Annual Men’s Weekend, Oct. 17-19.

This exciting weekend begins with a Brothers Only gathering to hear “A Message To The Men” from our Pastor, Bishop Charles E. Blake, followed by a time of fellowship in the Crystal Room. The weekend will conclude with a spirit filled Men’s Day on the Oct. 19 with The Sons of Thunder Choir and our special guest speaker, Bishop Darrell Hines, sharing at all three services.

We are also asking each male member of West Angeles to join us in giving $50 towards the retiring of the mortgage on that day. Stop by the Brotherhood tables on the concourse to get the choir rehearsal schedule, or to sign up to be an usher or ambassador.

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Bishop Blake Calls for Peace, Prayer in the Wake of Michael Brown Shooting

Bishop Charles E. Blake on Thursday issued a request for prayer regarding the shooting of Ferguson, Missouri teenager Michael Brown, as the nation continues to keep its eyes on the happenings surrounding Brown’s death.

Below is Bishop Blake’s statement:

The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) joins the family of Michael Brown in asking for calm and peace in the aftermath of the shooting and killing of their son. Eighteen year old Brown, known as a “gentle giant,” was only days away from beginning his college studies.

It is imperative that the community resist the temptation to retaliate by looting and rioting in our own neighborhoods. Instead, we must allow the St. Louis County Police Department and the FBI’s investigations, regarding the senseless death of this young African American male to go forward.

The destruction of property in Ferguson, Missouri only hurts our communities and places more lives at risk. Furthermore, this riotous behavior takes away attention and resources from these extremely critical investigations.

I ask that we all remain patient and wait for the results of the investigations. During the next few days, please avoid settings that may put you at risks in any way.

Most importantly, please remember to pray for Michael’s family, especially his parents, Michael Brown, Sr. and Lesley McSpadden, as they prepare to lay their son to rest.

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Member Testimony: Jacques McNeil

“The brevity of life and the inevitability of death should cause men to pursue noble and worthwhile goals.”  – Bishop Charles E. Blake

As women, we sometimes have a tough time balancing our different roles on a daily basis: wife, mother, career woman, daughter, sister, and friend. Adding to the list can start to unravel our already harried lives.

But Los Angeles resident Jacques McNeil is finding that balance by weaving family and friends into ministry and discipleship. A West Angeles member for over 30 years, McNeil has found a support system within the church, serving in various ministries including the Young Women’s Christian Council, the Overcomers Sunday School Class, and the Evangelism Department.

Now an aspiring Evangelist Missionary, McNeil is founder of W.I.T.N.E.S.S. Book Club, a Christian women’s group with a two-fold purpose: to encourage women to live victorious, Godly lives through studying the bible and reading books by Christian authors, and to create sisterhood among its members. “WITNESS” is an acronym for “Women Inspired Through Networking Elements, Sister To Sister”.

McNeil is an Instructional Designer with UCLA Health Systems, and also works alongside her husband, Elder David McNeil, at 1 Soul At A Time Ministries. Through their work at 1 Soul, they merge their expertise, skills and anointing to serve as consultants to both individuals and organizations, offering support in a variety of service areas including leadership, ministry and business development, customer service, and conflict resolution. They are the proud parents of one beautiful and brilliant daughter, Micaela.

We spent some time with Mrs. McNeil who shared with us her testimony and journey:

Q: How did your family upbringing and Midwestern roots shape the woman you’ve become? I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio and I was the third of four children. My childhood was amazing. Family gatherings at our home were a central part of life. There was much fun, laughter and a diverse group of family and friends who I had the pleasure of learning from. We attended Shiloh Baptist church as a family, and during evening services, we attended Pentecost Temple COGIC, where Elder Lee Nucklos was Pastor, and my grandmother was an intercessor and Mother of the Church.

My parents instilled in my siblings and me the importance of serving those less fortunate, and they were intentional about exposing us to various cultures. My parents were extremely active in our church and in our community. That really inspired me to also be compassionate, to be at ease with diversity, and to have faith in the impossible. At the age of 13, my parents moved to Los Angeles, due to my father’s health challenges. So my experiences in both [cities] have really shaped every aspect of who I am today.

Q:  How did you choose West Angeles as your place of worship? Several years after my family moved to Los Angeles we started attending West Angeles Church of God In Christ. I was 20 and in college when I was led to rededicate my life to The Lord and to become a member of West Angeles. The “West Angeles Experience” was unlike anything I had ever encountered in my life. The music, the programs, the members, and Bishop’s unique style of teaching the Word of God in a way that was relatable, truly ministered to me.

 Regardless of your story, God loves you and has amazing things in store for you.

Q: You founded W.I.T.N.E.S.S. Book Club back in 1995, but a few years ago, you had an experience which shifted the work of the group’s ministry. Please share that story with us.  In January 2008, I awakened with an idea to deliver sack lunches to people on Skid Row. Our daughter Micaela was 6 years old at the time, and I wanted to introduce her to the importance of serving and giving to those less fortunate. She and I prepared the lunches and, with my husband David, we went to Skid Row to hand them out.

We distributed between 20-25 lunches that day, and the very last lunch handed out was to a young woman. As I handed it to her, she asked if I had any sanitary products, which I did not. She then said, “They give us diapers for that time of the month.” I was so appalled. The women seemed to feel totally degraded. I immediately told the story to the members of W.I.T.N.E.S.S., and suggested that we create personal hygiene gift bags to be distributed on Skid Row on Mother’s Day weekend.

We purchased various items, including feminine products, deodorant, tooth paste, and witnessing tracts, and we prepared 35 beautiful gift bags to deliver to the women that year.

Since its inception, this program has grown exponentially. We now receive corporate donations annually, and this year we were able to create nearly 500 “Bags of Love,” as we call them now. We not only delivered them to women on Skid Row, but to female veterans at the Veterans’ Administration in Westwood, and to women who live in Councilman Curren Price’s 9th District, the lowest-income district in Los Angeles. This year, thanks to the outpouring of donations and support, we were able to include Bibles in the bags as well. God is good and it’s an honor to be a vessel to bless His children.

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Q: Has being a part of West Angeles helped you grow spiritually? If so, how?  Yes! By being an active member of West Angeles, I have grown in ways that I never imagined. Whether attending Sunday School, PCL, Bible College, 6 a.m. Prayer, Shut-In’s, Pastor’s Teaching; witnessing on the streets of LA, on Skid Row, at Convalescent homes, transition homes; or praying, fasting, reading and studying the word of God, my spiritual growth since becoming a member has been constant and enjoyable, and it has equipped me to stand amidst life’s challenges and trials. As a result of the ministry here at West Angeles, the love and consistency of Bishop and Sister Blake, and the excellence in which everything is executed here at West Angeles, I have been challenged to launch my own ministry, and to be a living witness to share the good news of Jesus Christ to everyone I meet.

Q: What parting words would you share with other women who are looking to make a change in their lives, but do not know where to start? To quote Bishop Blake, “The brevity of life and the inevitability of death should cause men to pursue noble and worthwhile goals.”  I believe we are all born with and for a purpose. We all have unique gifts, talents and specific God-ordained goals to accomplish, and because of the brevity of life, we really only have a short window of time to accomplish these goals, and to impact the lives of those in our circle of influence. I live my life with this at the forefront of my mind. All that I do on a daily basis should reflect that I have spent time with the Lord, and bring glory to God.

I enjoy and am passionate about the things that I am called to do, and that alone makes it all worthwhile. In parting, I would like to remind my sisters in Christ that they are fearfully and wonderfully made, in God’s image. Regardless of their “story,” God loves them and He has amazing things in store for them and for them to do. There is someone, somewhere, waiting to hear your story, to receive your words of encouragement, and to be blessed by your business acumen or parenting skills.

My sisters, be intentional about seeking the Lord and identifying your God-ordained purpose. As you do, the lives which you impact will be endless, and you will experience a level of joy and fulfillment that is second to none.

 

DID YOU KNOW?

West Angeles needs YOU!  There are more than 25 ministries and departments at West Angeles.  To get involved, please click HERE.

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Happy Birthday, Bishop Blake!

Most people who live under the influence of a natural leader, trailblazer, and hero do not realize it until articles and books are published posthumously.

Pastor to West Angeles Church and Presiding Bishop to the Church of God in Christ denomination, Bishop Charles E. Blake, is arguably one of our nation’s modern day heroes and we are proud to call him our spiritual leader.

Bishop Charles E. Blake is the epitome of a servant. His whole life is, and has been, dedicated to loving his fellow man more than himself. He is first a husband to Mae Lawrence Blake. Together, they have three children and eight grandchildren. He is the pastor of West Angeles Church of God in Christ, which maintains a membership of over 24,000.

West Angeles is deeply involved in providing not only for the spiritual life of its people, but for the more than 80 programs aimed at the psychological, social, and economic enhancement of the community. Bishop Blake is a humble humanitarian and communitarian. He is the chief executive officer of Save Africa’s Children, a program berthed out of the Pan African Children’s Fund. The group has assisted over 300 grassroots and faith-based projects in sub-Saharan Africa, reaching over 90,000 AIDS-affected children. In addition, Save Africa’s Children supports more than 100 thousand children in 340 orphan care programs throughout more than 23 nations on the continent of Africa.

Bishop Blake is the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors for C.H. Mason Theological Seminary and has served as an Executive Committee member on the Board of Directors of the Interdenominational Theological Seminary. He also formerly served as an Advisory Committee Member of the Pentecostal World Conference.

Charles E. Blake was appointed the seventh in succession as Presiding Bishop by the General Assembly of the 6.5 million member Church of God in Christ on November 12, 2007. At the 101st Holy Convocation, during the quadrennial elections in 2008, Bishop Blake was re-elected as Presiding Bishop for another four-year term. As Presiding Bishop, Blake has become the new face of, and an international spokesperson for Pentecostalism, as it is known today.

Bishop Blake also served as Jurisdictional Prelate of the First Ecclesiastical Jurisdiction of Southern California comprised of more than 250 churches for 25 years.

On April 6, 2009, in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama tapped Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake to serve on his 25-person White House Advisory Council on Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. He was also tapped as one of four to speak at the Democratic National Convention’s first Ecumenical Service, where he pronounced his status as pro-life democrat and challenged both Democrats and Republicans to protect the rights of the unborn and born alike.

Bishop Blake has received numerous awards, commendations and accolades. A few include:

  • The Distinguished Leadership Award presented by the African Presidential Archives and Research Center at Boston University in April 2007
  • The 2006 Trumpet Award
  • The Salvation Army’s William Booth Award, the Greenlining Institute’s Big Heart Award, and the designated recipient of the L.A. Urban League’s Whitney M. Young Award for the year 2000
  • The Harvard Foundation Humanitarian Medal for his work with Save Africa’s Children and its mission to support orphanages throughout that continent in 2003
  • The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors designated “Bishop Charles E. Blake Day,” February 5, 2004.

Happy Birthday to a man who has inspired many and continues to lead in humility, love, and worship.

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Religion retracted?

Where do our personal beliefs fit into the interpersonal spaces we inhabit?

According to one recent study conducted by sociologists at the University of Connecticut, our most powerful personal belief, our religious affiliation, doesn’t fit in with our most important every day space: the workplace.

Research gathered from the study and summarized in a post on CNN’s Belief Blog concludes that job applicants who list any religious affiliation on their resume are 26 percent less likely to hear back from employers than applicants who do not list a religious affiliation.

In other words, keep your religion to yourself.

But why? What effects does one’s religious belief have on those the company they work for or the coworkers whom with they share an office space?

I have experience including religion on my resume, as recent as July of this year.

I’m a Christian and a consultant for West Angeles’ web and IT team. I put just that on my resume, which I shipped off to Lutheran High School of Orange, a private Lutheran high school in Orange County.

My first day on the job, I chatted with one employee who shared with me that not every student and employee of the school subscribes to Lutheranism, but that every soul at the school shared a strong belief in God. Not every person at the institution goes to a Lutheran church, but they all go to church.

I fell in love with my new work environment, having been schooled to a way of universal thinking void of judgement.

But that’s not the case, clearly, at every place of employment.

In the study, 800 employers around two major Southern cities received 3,200 applications, all of which were nearly identical.

Results show that applicants with non-religious resumes heard back 18 percent of the time. Jewish applicants heard back from employers about 16.5 percent of the time, followed by Evangelicals, which heard back 16 percent of the time.

Muslims heard back from employers less than 11 percent of the time, while atheists, those that don’t believe in God, heard back 12 percent of the time, while Catholics and pagans heard back about 13 percent of the time.

So why is it that some religions received more correspondence than others? It could be a case of religious discrimination, but behind that is the existence of racial and socioeconomic discrimination, according to the report.

Jewish people are often thought to be middle class white people, whereas Muslims are often thought to be minorities practicing a less common religion.

The study also reports that employers fear the possibility of applicants pushing their religious agendas on other employees if hired.

The information from this study suggests that there isn’t much to be gained by putting religion on your resume. The safe bet would be to leave it off. The fact is, especially in a liberal state like California, religion is a hot-button topic.

In fact, earlier this year, I went to a church in California at which the pastor, during his message, said, “Don’t you guys go getting all religious on me.” To put it into context, he was referencing a new-age way of looking at marriage.

Essentially, he was asking the congregation to avoid being old-fashioned.

But, with all of that said, there are positives to putting religion on your resume, and I’m living proof of just that.

For members of West Angeles Church, our Bishop’s words have reached the masses on an international scale. Accompanying his name is the idea of strength, integrity, and wisdom.

In my specific case, noting religion on my resume did more to attract my current employer than dissuade it. In fact, without my religious affiliation on my resume, I would not have acquired this new career opportunity, one that I consider to be my best yet, one that will encourage my strong involvement in my own church.

Religion can be seen as overbearing to many. Those unfamiliar with God and his teachings have a tendency to fear the unknown, just as we all do in different walks of life.

But if your boss or supervisor or manager contests your openness regarding your religious affiliations, then maybe that’s not the place you are meant to be employed.

WestA will read, edit your resume

If there are any members looking to nab their first job or just looking to dust off their old resume, the West Angeles Web team is happy to read, edit, or provide advice on resumes.

Even if you desire assistance with formatting your resume, or simply want it checked for grammar, please email me at [email protected]