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West Angeles Celebrates Bishop’s 48 Years of Service

in service on Sunday, January 8, 2017.

(Please click the images below to enlarge gallery).

48 Years…that’s a long time on a job. A long time to serve with excellence.

When you, Lady Mae and Kim arrived in 1969 to a church with a small membership of 50, who knew you would become Pastor of a congregation of 20,000 plus? God knew.

Who knew you would support hundreds of thousands of orphans in Africa? God knew.

Who knew you would become the Presiding Bishop and Chief Apostle of the Church of God In Christ International for three consecutive terms? God knew.

Who knew you would build this amazing cathedral in which we worship in every week? God knew.

Who knew you would be recognized as a world leader in church growth and organization? God knew.

We thank God that your favorite job is pastoring us. We thank God for all the great preaching and teaching, and for:

  • The weddings you’ve performed
  • The babies you’ve dedicated
  • The families you’re comforted in their time of loss
  • The sick you’ve visited
  • The counseling you’ve provided
  • The church’s financial transparency
  • West Angeles’ 100+ auxiliaries and amazing church staff
  • The phone calls, the letters – the prayers…

The Bible tells us in I Timothy 5:17,

“Let the elders who rule well be considered worthy of double honor, especially those who labor in preaching and teaching.”  

Bishop, you deserve multiples of double honor. Bishop Blake, God is not finished with you yet.  With your “Secret Weapon,” our First Lady Mae Lawrence Blake, with your “amazing physique,” and with all of us by your side, there are great works yet to be done at West Angeles Church.

As you often remind us, I’ll take the liberty to remind you, Pastor, that:

“I see you in the future and you look much better than you look right now.”  

God bless you and we love you – Happy Anniversary!

 

Deacon David G. Moore

Chairman, West Angeles Deacon Board and The Brotherhood Organization


WestAngelesMassChoir performs “Great“, at West Angeles COGIC, 2016.

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January is Consecration Month

January is Consecration Month for the Church of God In Christ. The very word consecrate means “to declare” or “to set apart; to be removed from.” In some definitions, the word consecrate means “to hallow” or “to make vulnerable.”

In the above scripture, God is essentially telling the reader that if you declare or set yourself apart from the world and dedicate yourself to a sacred purpose; if you irrevocably devote yourself to Him, there is no way you cannot be holy in pleasing God…for He is holy! (Leviticus 11:45).

As we prepare for Consecration, let us remember that we are making ourselves vulnerable to the Word of God. Fantastic guidelines to live by, wouldn’t you agree?

For 2016, Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake has prepared an updated version of the Consecration Calendar, complete with new rejuvenating scriptures, prayer focuses, and fasting guidelines.

Consecrate yourselves, therefore, and be holy, for I am the Lord your God – Leviticus 20:7

Please click the following link  – 2016 Consecration Calendar  for your copy of the January 2016 Consecration Calendar.
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Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake has shared with us the theme for 2016 for The Church of God In Christ:

“Fighting for Salvation and Righteousness in a Violent and Immoral World.” 1 Timothy 6:12 – Fight the good fight of faith; lay hold of eternal life.

Please join us as we pray for peace, and for the manifestation of the Kingdom of God.

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World Missions Conference

The West Angeles World Missions Board of Directors cordially invites you to worship with us during our 20th World Missions Conference.

The World Missions Board has selected a theme of “Building the Body of Christ In Unity.” Our theme scripture is Ephesians 4: 11-13. Our intent is to create cultural sensitivity so that we can better serve others, demolish racial and ethnic barriers that divide the church, and promote unity in the building of the body of Christ. We will introduce the congregation to other cultures through fellow members from other countries, missionaries who have served around the world, and the diverse local community of believers.

Our scheduled events include:

  • World Missions Night LIVE! with the Young Adults at the Performing Arts Theater on Tuesday, April 14 at 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday Night Pastoral Bible Study, “The Heart of God’s Servant, Preparing God’s People To Do Works of Service,” April 15 at 7 p.m. at the North Campus Sanctuary
  • Unity Worship Service (‘Unity in Faith for Greater Works on the Field’) at the North Campus Sanctuary at 7-8:30 p.m. (April 17). Followed by the “Unity Feast: An International Culinary Experience” at the Crystal Room from 8:30-10 p.m. (entrance fee of $10).
  • Sunday morning worship service at the Cathedral on April 19 at 8 and 11 a.m.
  • Sunday evening worship service at the North Campus at 7 p.m.

Please click here for the complete conference flyer!

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Join Us for the Brotherhood Breakfast on Saturday!

The  West Angeles Brotherhood Organization wishes to invite all men and women to our monthly breakfast gathering (every third Saturday), which will take place this Saturday, March 21,  2015 at 8;30 a.m. in the Crystal Room.

This month, we will feature our own West Angeles CDC Executive Director Tunua Thrash- Intook, who will speak on “The awesome benefits provided by  your own Community Development Corporation.”

Come out and be blessed.

$12 tickets are available at the door.

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Bishop Blake Declares Dec. 14 “Black Lives Matter Sunday”

Memphis, TN (December 5, 2014) The Church of God in Christ (COGIC) is hosting “Black Lives Matter Sunday” to remind the nation how important the lives of African Americans are.

Sunday, Dec. 14, 2014, the Church of God in Christ (COGIC) will sponsor a day of prayer throughout its 12,000 congregations around the world in honor of the two recent cases of African American men, Michael Brown and Eric Garner, killed by police.

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. says, “I watched, as did most of America, first the video of the incident, then the report of the Grand Jury in the Eric Garner case. I am saddened by the decision of the Staten Island Grand Jury to not indict New York City police officer Daniel Pantaleo. With no indictment in two national cases in less than a two-week period, and to hear and see Eric Garner, a father and grandfather, placed in a banned choke hold and repeatedly say, ‘I can’t breathe,’ takes us back years in the struggle for equal justice.”

Bishop Blake added, “We must find a way, through God’s help, to continue the work of emphatically telling everyone that will listen that, “Black Lives Matter!”

COGIC is asking its pastors and members to wear black on the second Sunday in December to show solidarity. A special prayer will be given for all of the men present in the service on that day.

About the Church of God in ChristThe Church of God in Christ is the fifth largest Protestant religious denomination and the largest African American church in the United States, with churches in 63 countries worldwide and an estimated membership of nearly 6.5 million members.

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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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2014 MONEYWISE Seminar comes to West Angeles on Saturday

The principles of financial freedom and stability are timeless, and are tied to The Word.  We’re called to be responsible stewards of our possessions and finances,  and here at West Angeles, we want to show you how to create income and wealth, and to fortify the  generations to come.

Please join the West Angeles Community Development Corporation for an exciting and fun-filled day at:

THE 2014 MONEYWISE SEMINAR with Kelvin Boston, host of TV’s MoneyWise

When: SATURDAY, AUGUST 9, 2014, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Where: WEST ANGELES CHURCH OF GOD IN CHRIST Crystal Room, 3045 Crenshaw Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90016

Join Kelvin Boston and a panel of internationally-renowned panelists as they present key strategies to increase wealth, secure home ownership, and more. Guests include:

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Learn How To:

  • Build and Sustain Generational Wealth
  • Overcome Setbacks
  • Become Debt Free
  • Secure Your Home
  • Access Business Capital
  • Avoid Consumer Scams
  • Reduce Financial Stress
  • Meet Financial, Government and Non-profit Representatives

Entertainment by Doreen Vail, national gospel recording artist.

Enjoy refreshments, games, and prizes. Panelists will also be on hand to sign their latest books.

ADMISSION IS FREE

Contact: Patsy Morales
West Angeles Community Development Corporation
323-751-3440 ext. 30

Or to reserve your space now, CLICK BELOW to go to the West Angeles CDC registration page and website:

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Hear Dr. Dennis Kimbro discuss the principles of wealth and his new book, “The Wealth Choice: Success Secrets of Black Millionaires” on Washington Watch HERE.

Deuteronomy 28:12 – “The LORD will open the heavens, the storehouse of his bounty, to send rain on your land in season and to bless all the work of your hands.”

 

 

 

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How does technology affect religion?

In April, CNN posted an introspective piece on its Belief Blog entitled, “Is the Internet killing religion?”

It got the wheels in my mind to turning, and I think it begs an overall greater question, one that isn’t so harsh.

How is technology as a whole affecting religion?

It’s a question that lacks a concrete answer, but indeed needs answering. And the writer of the CNN blog post points to recent studies that correlate the lack of religious affiliation among Americans to the increased use of the Internet over the past two decades.

Those that are religiously unaffiliated are referred to as “nones.” One of the points made is that the Internet simply offers an avenue to new ways of viewing the world, in addition to providing a vehicle for nones to connect with others that might share the same views. Essentially, one can not only have a specific view on religion in the new age, but find millions who share in that view or want to help carry on the view, in the click of a button.

Another point implied in the post is that similar to the creation of the Internet itself, the Internet serves as such a massive and powerful tool that it allows people to create, learn about, and research other incredibly powerful tools, that in turn put more faith in humanity than in God. In short, Internet users are learning of man’s “creations” at an accelerated rate, and it is shifting the focus from the power of God to the ability of humankind.

So what’s to take from this?

Even for those who aren’t heavy Internet users, how do we see technology and religion intertwined on a daily basis? The greatest platform for the two to cross paths, at least in recent years, is social media.

Without fail, every time I take to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, I see a post related to God. But what is most interesting, and perplexing, about these social media posts is that their content often seeks to thank or communicate with God. I would debate that more people take to social media to thank God for the day than they take to prayer, and that begs another question: Since when did social media become the most reliable avenue in which to speak to the Lord?

The reliance on technology as a pathway to God, specifically with the younger generation, is not bad, but it certainly is different, and we can refer back to the Internet for examples.

How many kids have a physical Bible as opposed to a Bible app on their phones? How many children would draw a depiction of God as opposed to looking up one on their computers? How many people read the story of Noah as opposed to going to see Noah in theaters? Don’t be fooled, movies and television are two of the greatest forms of technology.

So now that we see how technology has affected religion, we must make it up in our own minds whether this change in the way people worship or relate to God is negative or positive. And I think the most accurate conclusion is, it’s not that you use the Internet to connect with religion, it’s how you use the Internet to connect with religion.

Using the Internet to distance yourself from the Lord, to become one of the nones, obviously creates a negative connection between the web and God. But if you are using the web to study up on God, read the Bible, and connect with others that are searching for and researching God’s word, there is no better source, outside of church and its services, to gain knowledge of the Lord.

Personally, I believe however you communicate with God, the important thing is that you are communicating with Him. On many of those Facebook or Instagram posts, the comments consist of others thanking God or expressing their love for the Lord, and that is always positive.

You can also think of the positives of having church services broadcast on television and the Internet. West Angeles has an amazing livestream of church services that lend a helping hand to those who might be sick come Sunday or are physically unable to make the trek to church. Maybe you’re out of town on business, but don’t want to miss Bishop’s message. Maybe you’re out of town visiting family and want to give your relatives a glimpse of the wisdom of our Bishop.

Technology will continue to develop. Who knows, maybe we’ll be able to project holograms of Bishop Blake in our living rooms in the next few years. But our Bishop has preached the word of God to us for decades, and that word will never change, no matter how we choose to receive it or spread it.

If you haven’t already, pay a visit to Westa.tv. In addition to a livestream of West Angeles services is an online Bible, our prayer wall, Sunday’s Best, and podcasts of past sermons.

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Prophetic Summit

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God’s Prophetic Word is food for our spiritual growth. We need to take it off the shelf, open it up, and feast upon it  with believing hearts. The Christian Education Departments will host their annual Prophetic Summit. This year’s theme is “Understanding the Prophetic Move of the Holy Spirit in the Believer.”  Come and be blessed by Anointed Intercessory Prayer, Praise and Worship and Thought Provoking Class Participation.

Bring these Key Scriptures about Prophecy with you!

Let’s conclude with a reminder of what the Word of God itself says about the value of prophecy. In this way we can be assured that the effort we expend in looking at the prophetic scriptures will be time extremely well spent.

“The secret things belong to the Lord our God; but the things that are revealed belong to us and to our sons forever” (Deuteronomy 29:29).

“Surely the Lord God does nothing, unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets” (Amos 3:7).

“I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is no one like Me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things which have not been done… I have spoken; truly I will bring it to pass. I have planned it, surely I will do it” (Isaiah 46:9-11).

“[Jesus said] ‘Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I did not come to abolish, but to fulfill'” (Matthew 5:17).

“[Jesus] said to them, ‘These are My words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things which are written about Me in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms must be fulfilled'” (Luke 24:44).

“Of Him [Jesus] all the prophets bear witness that through His name everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins” (Acts 10:43).

“The prophets who prophesied of the grace that would come to you made careful search and inquiry, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow” (1 Peter 1:10-11).

“…we have the prophetic word made more sure, to which you do well to pay attention as to a lamp shining in a dark place… But know this first of all, that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of one’s own interpretation, for no prophecy was ever made by an act of human will, but men moved by the Holy Spirit spoke from God” (2 Peter 1:19-21).

“The testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Revelation 19:10).

 

For more information contact the Christian Education Office: (323) 733-8300, ext. 2345