MEN: Join us for SUPER SATURDAY, March 17


  • All male members of WEST ANGELES are encouraged to be present
  • Ladies are encouraged to send their fathers, husbands, sons, etc. (ages 8-80)
  • Bring friends, co-workers, neighbors, family members, etc.


Super Saturday is when we come together and feature some of the numerous outreaches that exist at West Angeles Church, created to focus on empowering men.

This year, our focus will be on our Bishop’s 5-point Urban Initiative:

  1. Education  
  2. Crime prevention
  3. Financial literacy
  4. Family
  5. Economic empowerment



8a – Breakfast ($12)

9a – North Campus Sanctuary

11:30a – Lunch ($12)

(Breakfast & lunch combo tickets available for $20)

1p – Breakout Sessions (Two 50-minute sessions)


Bishop Charles Blake

  • Senior Pastor West Angeles Church and Chief Apostle
  • Presiding Bishop of Church of God in Christ

Earvin “Magic” Johnson

  • NBA legend & President of Basketball Operations Los Angeles Lakers
  • Business owner and Entrepreneur
  • Successful Leadership Speaker

Courtney B. Vance

  • Emmy Award Winning Actor
  • Writer, Producer, Director

Hosted by Romell Witherspoon (Former collegiate athlete, Chaplain of the Los Angeles Lakers, actor and motivational Speaker)

The Vision of COGIC Urban Initiatives

The vision of COGIC Urban Initiatives is to build healthy individuals, families and communities for a successful future.

The Message Behind the Vision

COGIC Urban Initiatives is the vision of Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, birthed out of his deep concern about poor academic achievement, financial disenfranchisement, high unemployment, soaring crime levels, the desperate state of the black man and the breakdown of the family that plagues our cities – small and large, urban and rural.

COGIC Urban Initiatives will assist our 12,000 churches within the United States by making available to them programs and strategies that address:

  • Education (Access, excellence and equity)
  • Economic development (Job training and job creation)
  • Crime prevention (Reduction, prevention and rehabilitation)
  • Family life (Developing healthy men, women and children)
  • Financial literacy (Earning, saving, investing, and spending wisely)

Attacking the problem from these interrelated perspectives simultaneously will maximize the likelihood of success.

COGIC Urban Initiatives will provide all churches, regardless of size or location, with encouragement, inspiration, information, consultation and programs to achieve real and measurable change.

The bishop’s goal is to have one program for each initiative in place at each church, equaling 60,000 programs in total.


The Mission of COGIC Urban Initiatives is to empower the local church to implement programs that address education, economic development, crime, family and financial literacy. Those programs will result in measurable improvement in the quality of life for individuals, families and communities served by the Church of God in Christ. We will do this by identifying and replicating best practices from our churches as well as external resources, and making them easily available to all churches utilizing technology and other resources.

Please CLICK HERE to visit our URBAN INITIATES PAGE for more information.

Get Involved: The COGIC Urban Initiatives

Dear Beloved,

We are blessed with infinitely greater opportunities than BISHOPblack people anywhere on the face of the earth. But we are blessed that we might reach out to those less fortunate, and to lift them and help them. We cannot be satisfied to be in a community that’s blessed and prosperous until we reach out and bless everyone in that community.

I pray that, in this season, every one of us will stand upon our watch, and that we’ll go to God and pray:

‘God, I just don’t want to stand by. I want to have a positive impact on life on earth; I want to have a positive impact on my children, on my family, on my community. God, show me what you would have me to do show me what direction you would have me to go.’

As Presiding Bishop of the Church of God in Christ, I’ve asked every one of our 12,000 churches across the world to incorporate into their operations five areas of emphasis. We call this the Church of God In Christ Urban Initiatives.

The five areas are:

1. Education – Includes mentoring, tutoring, and Christian education
2. Economic Development – We offer job training, employment counseling and assistance, and entrepreneurship programs
3. Crime Prevention – We’ve developed alternative programs to proactively keep young people out of a life of crime, and to create collaborative relationships with law enforcement
4. Family – We’ve created programs to strengthen the family with a special emphasis on the role of fathers
5. Financial Literacy – Includes programs for both young people and adults

Some of the best leaders in our denomination have been assigned to lead the success of these programs across the nation. If every church has these five areas at work, there will be 60,000 programs in inner city America impacting our nation, impacting our communities, impacting the cities of our nation. West Angeles Church of God In Christ has all five of these areas well covered, and we must expand even more.

We need your gifts, your skills, and your involvement, and we look forward to working with you. We are Blessed to be a Blessing.

Bishop Charles E. Blake, Sr.
Presiding Bishop
Church of God in Christ, Inc.



  • For financial literacy, economic development, and community assistance programs, PLEASE CONTACT: The West Angeles Community Development Corporation at (323) 751-3440. Please click HERE for more information.
  • For more on our family and personal development programs, PLEASE CONTACT: The West Angeles Counseling Center at (323) 737-7463 or (323) 733-8300×2360, [email protected]
  • For our “Manhood 2 Fatherhood” sessions, please contact The West Angeles Counseling Center at (323) 737-7463. Please click HERE for more information.
  • For The Brotherhood Organization, please contact (323) 733-8300
  • For The Women’s Affairs Organization, SISTERS, and our other women’s initiatives, please call (323) 733-8300, or click below to access our complete ministries list.
  • For more information on our adult and youth Christian Education Classes including The School of Practical Christian Living, Sunday School, and the West Angeles Bible College, please call (323) 733-8300.
  • For college prep and Education Enrichment contact Deacon John Wilson at (323) 733-8300 x2628, 2629 [email protected] [email protected]
  • For West Angeles COGIC Ministries and Auxiliaries – For more information on all of West Angeles’ ministries and auxiliaries, including our Skid Row Ministry, the Prison Ministry and many others, please call 323 733-8300, or CLICK HERE for a complete list.

“Building healthy individuals, families, and communities for a successful future.”

INTRODUCING I AM 2018 – Join us as we celebrate Dr. King’s legacy, renew our commitment to his vision, and train future leaders to accelerate our fight for economic justice and civil reform.  Watch the video below, and please CLICK HERE to learn more.

Watch Night: A Historic Time of Reflection and Renewal

Learn about the significance and history of New Year’s Eve – also known as Watch Night – and the traditions designed to bring Christians closer to God.

The significance and historic symbolism of New Year’s Eve have been overshadowed in recent years by revelry and broken resolutions. Some in society have even discouraged the tradition of making resolutions, citing studies which tell us that only 8 percent of us keep them, and that resolutions may even be harmful to us![1]

But did you know that the Christian New Year’s Eve church service – also known as Watch Night Service – was created to bring Christians closer to God, and also has very special significance in the African American community?

"Waiting for the hour": Watchnight, 1862. Courtesy, Library of Congress.

“Waiting for the hour”: Watch Night, 1862. Courtesy, Library of Congress.


The Watch Night Service tradition can be traced back to the Moravians, a Christian denomination from the Czech Republic during the mid-1700’s.[2]
John Wesley, the British founder of the Methodist Church, adopted the Czech practice of celebrating Watch Night, along with other English Puritan principles, when he instituted the Methodist Covenant Renewal Services[3]. These services were started in August of 1755 as a means of creating for Christians a more formalized and personal connection and covenant with God. British Methodism soon developed the custom of holding these Covenant services near the beginning of the New Year. The service was preceded by a period of preparation through prayer, fasting, reflection and self- examination, which has been credited as the modern source of today’s New Year’s Resolution[4]. The singing, prayers of allegiance and gratitude, testimonials, and scripture readings provided Methodist Christians with a Godly alternative to other secular ways of celebrating the day.

In America, however, another tradition was unfolding. In 1770, the first Watch Services were held in America at the St. George’s Methodist Church. Two slaves, Richard Allen and Absalom Jones, were a part of this congregation and they later left the church after being denied the right to pray alongside white worshipers. In 1794, they became the renowned founders of the African Methodist Episcopal Church (A.M.E.)[5].

The founders of the A.M.E. Church inspired the celebration of a new Watch Night tradition when, on December 31, 1862 – also known as “Freedom’s Eve” – the first Watch Night Services were celebrated in African American communities.
Gatherings  of African American slaves, as well as free blacks, came together in churches and private homes all across the nation awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. At the stroke of midnight on that day, all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free. When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy, as many people fell to their knees and thanked God[6].


Watch Night Services usually begin between 7 p.m. and 10 p.m., and often end just past midnight. Today, the services may combine praise and worship, testimonies, and prophecy for the year to come, but many African American churches still honor Watch Night’s connection to the abolition of slavery.

Over 150 years has passed since the first “Freedom’s Eve,” and tradition now brings Christians of all colors together for worship and celebration each year. African American Christians have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since 1862, praising God for safe deliverance through another year: but, most importantly, honoring the ancestors’ prayers for a future of freedom and liberty.

Karen Lascaris is a regular contributor to She is the author of “In Our Own Image: Treasured African American Traditions, Journeys, and Icons”, published in 2001 by Running Press of Philadelphia.



[1], “Just 8% of People Achieve Their New Years Resolutions.  Here’s How They Do It.”  Accessed 12/26/2015.

[2] “Watch Night”;, accessed 12-28-2017.

[3] “The Covenant Service”.  Accessed 12/27/2017.

[4] “Why We Make New Year’s Resolutions”., accessed 12-28-15.

[5] “The Official Site of the AME Church”., accessed 12-28-2017.

[6] “First Watch Night Service Occurs”; The African American Desk Reference,
Schomburg Center for research in Black Culture., accessed 12-28-2017.


  • Not all Slaves were freed by the issuance of the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863. Only 3.1 million of the 4 million slaves were freed at that time. Freedom’s Eve was a call to action for all Black Americans; a moral imperative to fight for the full realization of freedom for their brothers and sisters who were still enslaved.
  • All enslaved Africans were freed from chattel slavery with the defeat of the Confederacy during the Civil War and the ratification of the 13th Amendment, abolishing slavery on December 18, 1865.
  • In the Anglican and Roman Catholic churches, the tradition of the late night service is called Midnight Mass or Eucharist.  Like the Watch Night service of the Church of Scotland, it is attended on the night of Christmas Eve.


Praise the New Year in with West Angeles! Please join Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake, Evangelist Joyce Rodgers, the West Angeles Mass Choir, and other special guests for Watch Night Service on December 31, 2017 at 10:00 PM the West Angeles at the Cathedral, 3600 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90016.

Please join us for the Afterglow Breakfast! We’re having breakfast in the Crystal Room immediately following Watch Night Service, 12:30-2:30 a.m. on January 1, 2018. Cost: $10 per person in advance, $12 at the door. West Angeles North Campus, 3045 Crenshaw Boulevard, LA 90016. See you then!

January is Consecration Month. Please join West Angeles Church of God In Christ in fasting in prayer for the month of January, 2018.  Complete guidelines and prayer calendar available in the lobby, and on


Christmas at the Cathedral

Please join Presiding Bishop Charles Edward Blake, Sr., First Lady Mae L. Blake and the West Angeles family for exciting Holiday events this season at West Angeles Church of God In Christ!

Join us for Christmas at the Cathedral on Sunday, December 17 at 7 p.m. at the Cathedral