Manhood to Fatherhood 2015

Men, please join us every Thursday night at 7 p.m. at the North Campus to learn the skills on how to build a strong foundation for our families to be the strong men of God needed today.

For more information, please call the West Angeles Counseling Center.

National Day Of Prayer

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Thursday, May 7, is the National Day of Prayer, an annual event created in 1952 that encourages joint prayer, nationwide, amongst all religions.

“The mission of the National Day of Prayer Task Force is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture,” according to the National Day of Prayer website.

The 2015 theme for NDP is, Lord, Hear Our Cry. And this year’s verse is, Hear the cry and the prayer that your servant is praying in your presence today.

Watch the 2015 National Day of Prayer theme video HERE.

Learn more about the National Day of Prayer HERE.

Should black people really #Adapt?

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Like many controversies in today’s society, a controversy amongst black americans broke out last week via social media because of a few particularly pointed social media posts.

Actor and comedian Chris Rock, a black man, announced via Instagram earlier this year that he’d post a selfie every time he was pulled over by the police, the suggestion being that black men behind the wheel are often targeted by law enforcement.

Actor Isaiah Washington, also a black male, responded to Rock’s efforts on Twitter, suggesting that Rock “#Adapt” to the circumstances revolving around race relations in America, especially the relationship between black men and the cops.

Click the link below for the whole story and an interview with Washington that aired on CNN.

Washington suggests Chris Rock #Adapt

So…should black people really #Adapt?

What is Palm Sunday?

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What exactly is Palm Sunday? Why do we celebrate it? What are we celebrating?

Well, here’s a brief history…

At the time of Jesus, the Roman Empire was in control of Jerusalem. The enslaved people looked to a new king or hardened warrior to liberate them, but God had other plans. He blessed the people of Jerusalem with the King of all kings, their Savior and Ultimate Redeemer.

The gospels record the arrival of Jesus riding into the city on a donkey, while the crowds spread their cloaks and palm branches on the street and shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David” and “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord” to honor him as their long-awaited Messiah and King.

Palm Sunday is the Sunday before Easter, where we remember the “triumphal entry” of Jesus into Jerusalem.

Matthew 21:1-11 recounts Jesus triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem.

21 Now when they drew near Jerusalem, and came to Bethphage, at the Mount of Olives, then Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go into the village opposite you, and immediately you will find a donkey tied, and a colt with her. Loose them and bring them to Me. And if anyone says anything to you, you shall say, ‘The Lord has need of them,’ and immediately he will send them.”

All this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying:

“Tell the daughter of Zion,
‘Behold, your King is coming to you,
Lowly, and sitting on a donkey,
A colt, the foal of a donkey.’”

So the disciples went and did as Jesus commanded them. They brought the donkey and the colt, laid their clothes on them, and set Him on them. And a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road; others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road. Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying:

“Hosanna to the Son of David!
‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’
Hosanna in the highest!”

10 And when He had come into Jerusalem, all the city was moved, saying, “Who is this?”

11 So the multitudes said, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth of Galilee.”

Join West Angeles this Sunday, March 29, as we celebrate Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Jesus’ death and his Resurrection!

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Join Us for the Brotherhood Breakfast on Saturday!

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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.

Prayer Ministry Shut In

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Stay resolute in committed prayer for God’s will in your life, the ministry of West Angeles, and our nation. Come lay your petitions before the Lord at our February 5th & 6th Shut In, 7pm-12am nightly.

Highlights from ‘Christmas at the Cathedral’

West Angeles Church Of God In Christ started the Christmas season in all-out praise at Christmas at the Cathedral.

“To God Be The Glory” sang the saints as the sanctuary erupted in hand-claps, spontaneous dance, and all-out “call-and-response” praise during Christmas at the Cathedral on Sunday evening. Yolanda Adams was the featured performer, and comedian and long-time West Angeles member George Wallace kept the audience laughing as emcee for the evening.

The evening began with a performance by Gospel singer Terrill Hall and West Angeles’ own phenomenal singer Sister Ayanna Bereal, who were backed by the purple-bedecked West Angeles Mass Choir. Mr. Hall serves as praise and worship leader and music director of Refreshing Spring Church of God in Christ in Riverdale, Maryland, and was recently featured as a contestant on BET’S hit show, “Sunday’s Best.”

George Wallace’s presentation for the evening included a video segment which featured him as a roving reporter in a segment called “Ask the Saints,” which took a humorous look at how little some attendees knew about the upcoming event.

Along with the amazing Yolanda Adams, the evening’s powerful performances also included the Chosen Vessels children’s dance ministry, and stand-up comedy by Nephew Tommy. Mr. Wallace also broke from his usual format by inviting visiting pastor Bishop William L. Sheals to the pulpit to do a reprise of his earlier sermon (from the morning services) called “There Is Something In the Struggle.”

Below are our favorite photo highlights from the evening:

 

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.

 

1,000 Men

If you’re 12 years or older, Bishop Blake would like to see you Friday, October 17, at 7 p.m. for a Men`s Summit.

Join the men at the North Campus for a special message from Bishop Blake and great fellowship.

Be a part of the 1,000 Men Campaign and support the vision of Bishop Blake.

If you would like your name in the 1,000 Men Campaign Book sign up:

– Brotherhood Tables 2B or 7B
– The men with clip boards at various locations throughout the church.

Deadline is Sunday, October 12.

 

Blacks Are Not Domestic Terrorists #JusticeForMikeBrown

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After the fatal police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Missouri teen Michael “Big Mike” Brown, President Obama urged people to have a discussion ‘in a way that heals, not in a way that wounds.’” 

So, what healing discussion should we have? Perhaps one that says: we are not what the media depicts us to be.

Once word got out that Brown had lost his life in close range at the hand of Ferguson, Missouri Officer Darren Wilson, nine people ranging in age from 19-38 took to looting and rioting Foot Locker and Princess Beauty Supply Store–each of the nine face felony charges relating to burglary and theft along West Florissant.

But if you recall media reports over the first few days of after Brown had been slain, the entire Ferguson County was up in arms and no one was safe.

Do the majority of black people agree with looting and/or rioting? No. That is never the answer. And according to Professor Brittney Cooper, “the answer also isn’t preaching to black people about ‘black-on-black’ crime without full acknowledgment that most crime is intraracial. The answer is not having a higher standard for the people than for the police.”

It seems that when black people get mad when unarmed teenagers are gunned down, the spectator response to looting rioting is “you’re driving business away,” from conservative commentators like Glenn Beck. There is a voice that is being stifled and when our black president finally comments, as mildly as he did, you have commentators like Todd Starnes from FOX news saying, “Pres. Obama is just looking out for his people.”

Which people are you referring to, Todd? The American people or black people?

When black people can’t see clearly through painful eyes and take to looting or other forms of expression, they are labeled as domestic terrorists. But when right-wing “terrorists” in America blow up abortion clinics, shoot Jewish community centers, encourage modern day KKK meetings or cut off the water supply to people in Detroit, they are following their constitutional right to have freedom of expression. The facts don’t lie.

Marc Lamont Hill, a writer and host for the Huffington Posts says, “A Black man in America is killed every 28 hours by police or vigilantes. THAT, not rioting, is domestic terrorism…”

The issue is finding a way to move past the anger. Anger is what makes people act out in ways that they wish they hadn’t in retrospect. But how do you comfort growing negative feelings towards a nonchalant judicial system? The reality is for the black community is that the justice system simply does not measure up to our standards. Numerous cases of unsolved murders, no due process or restitution for a victim’s loved ones are what the black community sees regularly. These emotions cannot be put into words because while prejudice towards black people does exist, it’s rare to find an openly racist cop or a judge. The prejudice is nuanced; it’s woven into the system, and it builds with each interaction until, at last, it results in unequal justices.

There is no comfort that can arrive fast enough, or resolve that can come quick enough. People are concerned for their black husbands, sons and brothers.

Brittney Cooper says, “I refuse to condemn the folks engaged in these acts, because I respect black people’s right to cry out, shout and be mad as hell that another one of our kids is dead at the hands of the police. The police mantra is ‘to serve and to protect.’ But with black folks, we know that’s not the mantra. The mantra for many, many officers when dealing with black people is apparently, ‘kill or be killed.'”

But again, we are not what the media depicts us to be. We are strong descendants from King and Queens of Africa. We are trailblazers in technology, music, medicine, sports, art and chosen heirs to the Father’s Kingdom.

Malcolm West, 26, tells West Angles Online, “I took place in the Hands Up Don’t Shoot rally right where it all happened. Don’t believe what you are seeing in the media. Things are peaceful. No one is rioting or looting.”

Married couple, Cory James, 30 and Rebecca James, 35, both agreed that the city was as peaceful as it has ever been. Rebecca says, “All the years spent in St. Louis, living in the inner-city and suburbs of St. Louis, I have a diverse perspective of how this city runs. The air here is peaceful. People are looking out for one another, sharing their food or water with each other [during the protest].” Cory says, “taking part in this rally made me feel like justice was prevailing. Outside of marriage and conceiving a child, this is the most exciting experience ever in life. My wife and I feel like the new era Civil Rights Activists.”

Hands Up Rally in New York

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Hands up don’t shoot in Kansas City

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Most media outlets are designed to incite an outcry and not necessarily designed to report the news. Stories are fabricated, wounds altered. But we cannot let our emotions get caught up in a situation that may not exist. Continue to pray and protest peacefully. Hold your loved ones a little tighter and believe that better days are coming.

Remember the God you serve. Remember His promises to you. Hold on to His faithfulness.