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September is National Preparedness Month

Emergency and Earthquake Preparedness: 10 Tips to Keep You Ready

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.

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READY.GOV – Build an Emergency Kit. Please click the image to go to Ready.gov.

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:

  1.  Plan and execute emergency evacuation, protection, and escape drills.
  2.  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.
  3.  Keep important documents, such as identification and deeds, in a waterproof, fireproof container.

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    EARTHQUAKE PREPAREDNESS: Drop! Cover! Hold on! To learn more, click the image to go to Shakeout.org.

  4.  Fill bathtubs with water, turn refrigerators and freezers to the coldest setting, and learn how to turn off electricity, waterlines and gas lines.
  5.  Have a hard travel case for pets; keep pets with you.
  6.  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!
  7. Keep a stash of cash on hand; bank machines may not be working.
  8. Fill the gas tank of your car.
  9. Have a flashlight, batteries, and a portable radio on hand.
  10. 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.

Thank you for taking time help make America more prepared for emergencies!

Disaster preparedness poster

Please click the image above to download and print the Disaster Preparedness poster.

 


GET READY!

DID YOU KNOW?

Former President Barack Obama designated September as NATIONAL PREPAREDNESS MONTH in 2016. Please CLICK HERE to read the proclamation.

Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort: Ready To Ship from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

Bishop Blake: Win the Benefits of God’s Vision for Your Life

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.

“Vision” from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: 5 Facts You Should Know

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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.

 

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The American Cancer Society’s infographic about getting your mammogram.

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 :

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4.  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.
  5. 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.

RESOURCES

Black women and health

 

Bishop Blake: What To Do When Your Soul Refuses to be Comforted

“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.

“What To Do When Your Soul Refuses To Be Comforted” from West Angeles COGIC on Vimeo.

“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.

 

Mully

Movie Review: “Mully” – A Must-see Film

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.

Charles Mully and Bishop Blake

Charles Mully speaks with Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. at West Angeles COGIC, Sept. 2017.

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

MULLY opens in select theaters October 3-5! Buy a Ticket before October 3rd & $15 will be donated to orphans in Kenya and the U.S.

Mully movie poster

A Picture of Peace

By Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

Today is the International Day of Peace. Please take a moment to read and share the scriptures below, and to do one small action toward creating peace in the world.

An artist was commissioned to paint a picture of peace. He painted a picture of lightning flashing across the sky; he painted debris carried thru the sky by the ferocious wind. Then, in the middle of the picture, the artist painted a huge rock that was cracked. And deep in its recesses within a cleft in the rock, the artist painted a little bird sitting on her nest, chirping softly to the little baby birds that were in the nest beneath her.

When the artist was finished, he stepped back and said, “Now that’s peace.”

Peace is not defined by the absence of storms; peace is not the absence of trouble and distress. But if you’ve got Jesus, you’ve got peace. If you’ve got Jesus, you know things are going to turn out well, and you know everything is going to be alright.

 

7 SCRIPTURES OF PEACE

The following is a list of scriptures on the peace and shelter found within the word of the Lord:

Psalm 29:11 (NKJV) The LORD gives strength to his people; the LORD blesses his people with peace.

Isaiah 26:3 You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in you.

Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Mark 4:39 (KJV) And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

John 14:27 Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not a God of disorder but of peace—as in all the congregations of the Lord’s people.

Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV) Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.


DID YOU KNOW?

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How Complaining Can Block Your Blessings

Offer to God thanksgiving, and pay your vows to the Most High. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me – Psalm 50:14-15

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr. commands the pulpit at West Angeles COGIC.

After their miraculous deliverance from the land of Egypt, the children of Israel observed the plagues that God brought down on their enemies. They saw the Red Sea divide so that they might cross on dry land. They saw the Red Sea destroy their enemies who would have enslaved them again.

After leaving the Red Sea, they traveled for three days, but found no water to drink. When they came to Marah, the water they found was bitter. They began to murmur and complain, but God miraculously made the water sweet and drinkable. He then lead them to Elim, where there were 12 wells of water, but then they began to complain again because of the lack of food.

You know, of course, that a murmuring person has no confidence in that which they murmur against. Murmuring is:

  • A manifestation of a lack of gratitude
  • A manifestation of a bad attitude.
  • A manifestation of a lack of faith.

DON’T COMPLAIN: PRAISE!

In Psalm 50, God says,

16 But to the wicked God says: “What right have you to declare My statutes, Or take My covenant in your mouth, 17 Seeing you hate instruction, And cast My words behind you?

19 You give your mouth to evil, And your tongue frames deceit. 22 “Now consider this, you who forget God, Lest I tear you in pieces, And there be none to deliver: 23 Whoever offers

praise glorifies Me; And to him who orders his conduct aright I will show the salvation of God.”

Murmuring is the opposite of praise. If we want God to bless our lives, then we must obey the word of God and do the will of God. Yes, bad things happen, but God has already done so many good things for us, we ought to just praise Him anyhow!

God needs some “Hallelujah, anyhow” people!

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:4-31, Psalm 50:14-19, 22, 23.

Adapted from the sermon, “The Message of the Manna”, by Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.

 

 

DID YOU KNOW?  

To “murmur” translates a Hebrew word “raghan,” which suggests the malicious whispering of slander. In the New Testament “murmur” also suggests indignation and fault-finding.

 

 

Message of the Manna

Sermon: The Message of the Manna

Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr., at West Angeles Church of God In Christ.

Providing respite from the storms and pestilence which plague our world, Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr. preached an inspiring  sermon titled, “The Message of the Manna” at West Angeles Church of God In Christ. The sermon is based on Exodus 16, where God sent manna to sustain the children of Israel for 40 years.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not. And it shall be on the sixth day that they shall prepare what they bring in, and it shall be twice as much as they gather daily.” 6Then Moses and Aaron said to all the children of Israel, “At evening you shall know that the Lord has brought you out of the land of Egypt. And in the morning you shall see the glory of the Lord; for He hears your complaints against the Lord – Exodus 16:4-7.

“Someone here today is confronted by trouble,” said Bishop Blake, “but sometimes things go  wrong because we have not had the Word of God, according to the Will of God. As a source, God is limitless; capable, dependable, reliable, wonderful. Tell your neighbor, ‘Learn how to hold on to God.'”

Highlights from the sermon follow:

“We’re more self-sufficient in this day. We’re prone to look to people; we’re prone to look to governments, we’re prone to look to employers as our source: rather than looking to God.”

“We turn to God only as a last resort, after everything else has failed.”

“Whatever you get from God, you get it on credit.”

“If God doesn’t do anything else for me, God has already done enough.”

“2080 times, God miraculously preserved the manna for two days. 12530 times, God miraculously sent the manna.”

 “The manna had to be a miracle because no other group of people had ever experienced manna before. It had to be a miracle because it has never fallen again.”

“The manna had to be a miracle, and it indicates that God was their source: and we’ve got to remember today that God is our source.”

 

“We’re prone to look to the government as our source, rather than looking to God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.

 

“The terrible tragedy in Houston lets us know that we’re not all that powerful. We’re not all that mighty. We’re at the mercy of almighty God.”

“God is not only in control, God is in possession of everything.”

“As a source, God is limitless; capable, dependable, reliable, wonderful.”

“Though God provided the manna, the people had to actively work to receive and to prepare the manna.”

 

“The terrible tragedy in Houston lets us know that we’re at the mercy of almighty God.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

“Some folk don’t want to do anything…but how many of you know that you’re going to have to do something if God blesses you?”

“In most of the miracles I can think of in the Word of God, God usually asks us to do something before He does what He promised to do. Moses had to stretch out the rod, Joshua had to walk around the wall, the widow had to make a cake first, the woman blood had to touch the hem of Jesus.”

“The Bible does not excuse laziness.”

“God’s blessings must be used or they will be lost.”

“God is not obligated to help anybody.”

“Every step you made, God enabled you to make it. You better point toward heaven and say, God, “By the grace of God, I’ve done what I’ve done.”

“How many of you know God did it? Tell your neighbor, ‘It was God, it was God, it was God!’”

“When we step outside of God’s plan, even our blessings can go wrong.”

“Tell your neighbor, “Don’t hold on too tight!”

 

“God is not obligated to help anybody.” – Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr.

 

“God’s blessings are always accompanied by God’s instructions.”

“When we fail to obey the instructions, then things go wrong in our lives.”

“Learn how to hold on to God.”

“God has given to us everything we have, and God wants us to obey Him.”

“When we fail to give back to God with our tithes and offerings, when we fail to give back to God, then God begins to step back and let us be responsible for our own welfare.”

“A world that is doing its own thing discovers that what it has gathered is sometimes filled with worms.”

“When we look to be blessed outside of God’s will, no blessing shall come.”

“Someone here today is confronted by trouble. But sometimes things go wrong because we have not had the word of God according to the will of God.”

When I shut up heaven and there is no rain, or command the locusts to devour the land, or send pestilence among My people, 14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. 15 Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer made in this place – 2 Chronicles 7:13-15

“When you refuse to do the will of God, then God’s obligation to bless you is cancelled.”

“When you do the will of God, God can preserve your resources when you serve Him.”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘God will preserve your manna.’”

“God can make your ‘little’ go further than another man’s ‘much’.”

“You might not be able to see it, but if you could see it, you wouldn’t need faith.”

“Give your neighbor a ‘high-five’ and tell him, ‘It’s going to be alright!’”

“Tell your neighbor, ‘I’m loaded!’”

“Praise Him for today! Praise Him for yesterday! Help me praise Him!”

“God, we’re still relying on you; we’re still depending on you for tomorrow. We can’t make it without you. We can’t deal without you. We can’t go forward,  survive, breathe, or see without you. We can do nothing without you! Praise the Lord!”

 

SCRIPTURAL REFERENCES: Exodus 16:4-31 , Joshua 5:12, Acts 17:28, James 1:17, Psalm 50:10, Haggai 2:8, Psalm 24:1, 2 Chronicles 7:13,  Philippians 4:19, 14:16, Joshua 6:3, 1 Kings 17:13, Matthew 9:20, Matthew 6:33, Psalm 34:15, Psalm 37:25, Isaiah 43:16-19, 2 Corinthians 5:7, Isaiah 40:31,  Psalm 103:2, 127:1; Proverbs 3:5, 11:24; Psalm 88:9.



Featured image:  Karen Lascaris with Nathan Vanhorn ℅ CreationSwap