Children’s Ministry Partners with BOSS the Movement

Every year the West Angeles Children’s Ministry meet up with BOSS the Movement, a business that offers a 20-week curriculum for young people ages 7-19 to develop self-esteem, self-confidence, public speaking ability and godly business skills in the greater Los Angeles area.

Parents!  Close your eyes and imagine…Your child developing their God-given talents for success at an early age.  Your child age 7-19, trained to operate in their God-given birthrights: Confidence, Courage, Hope, Belief, Faith and Trust in God as their source!  BOSS The Movement can teach your child how to develop their Confidence, Courage, Hope, Belief, Faith and Trust in God as the source of their Hope.

BOSS The Movement offers you three powerful and unique programs to help your young people grow strong in their faith and step into their divine destiny. (Phase I, Phase II and Phase III).

Bishop Charles E Blake shares testimony about B.O.S.S. The Movement & Vertical Leap

B.O.S.S. West Angeles 2012 dates for Calendar

  • Hours/Days of operation: Fridays, 7 – 9 PM
  • Friday, August 10, 2012: Week 1- The launch of our twenty week curriculum journey.
  • Classes will run through Friday, January 4th or 11th , 2013 (depending on site availability)
  • Graduation: Sunday, January 20, 2013
  • At this time, No classes have been scheduled on the following:
    • Friday, November 23, 2012(Thanksgiving)
    • Friday, December 28, 2012(Christmas)
    • Friday, January 4, 2013(New Years)

By the time you and your young people finish this awesome program, you will begin to see the difference in your kids as they interact with their peers at church, home, school and in the community.

Get your kids on the road to success! Start today and you will be amazed at what God can do through each child’s life. Call the Children’s Department today to get started! (323) 733-8300 Ext. 2612

Youth Ministry Six Flags Trip

Have you heard? Six Flags is offering admission tickets for only $28 through the West Angeles Church Youth Ministry!!

Admission: $28*

Roundtrip transportation is included**

*Meal Voucher is an additional $13.50

**Departing from and Returning to: West Angeles Church (Cathedral Rear Lot located on 36th St/East of Crenshaw Blvd.) – 3600 Crenshaw Blvd.

There are two forms of purchasing options: (please select one):

  1. Submit $28 for the cost of admission with the option of purchasing a meal voucher online @

(Click on “Meal Deals”)

2 . Submit $41.50 and we will purchase the ticket and meal voucher for you (and present it on the day of the event).

Tickets can be purchased directly from the West Angeles Youth Department office or over the phone by using a Credit or Checking card.  If making payment by phone, a copy of your ticket will be emailed to the recipient, or tickets can picked up the day of the event from the Youth Ministry Director.

For more info contact: Donnie Briggs (323)733-8300 x2614

Bishop Blake is Saddened by the Colorado Killings

A gunman wearing a gas mask set off an unknown gas and fired into a crowded movie theater in Aurora, Colorado at a midnight opening of the Batman movie “The Dark Knight Rises,” killing 12 people and injuring at least 50 others, authorities said.

“This is sad news to have woken up to this morning. Sad, unbelievable news,” said Bishop Charles E. Blake on set at a video shoot. “Glad to have heard the gunmen has been apprehended–we extend our sincere and deepest prayers to the victims families in this time of need.”

In other reports, moviegoers did not know what was happening and some thought the attack was part of the show. Then they saw a silhouette of a person in the smoke at the front of the theater near the screen, pointing a gun at the crowd.

“I told my friend ‘we’ve got to get out of here,’ but then he shot people trying to go out the exits,” Jennifer Seeger told NBC’s “Today.” She said the shooter made his way up the aisle, firing as he went, saying nothing.

This has been the worst mass shooting since the Columbine High School massacre on April 20, 1999 where 12 students were found dead and 26 injured.


Photo Courtesy of Business Insider

Kids Summer Camp

“Train up a child in the way he should go” Proverbs 22:6

West Angeles Children’s Ministry is partnering with Coop’s Life Skills Youth Enrichment Program to bring an awesome Christian Sports Summer Camp for children ages 5-12. This exciting three week camp provides tons of entertainment activities, elective classes, arts & crafts, guest speakers, and an awesome field trip!

For three weeks, beginning Monday, July 16th, campers will develop:

  • Life Skills
  • New Friends
  • Lasting Memories
  • Life Changing Relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Click here for more information!

Pre-registrations are strongly encouraged as space is limited! For more information, please contact the Children’s Department: [email protected]/[email protected],  (323) 733-8300 Ext. 2624/2612

Congratulations to the 2012 Graduates!


The Youth and Young Adult Ministry is extending a heartfelt CONGRATULATIONS to your accomplishment!  We would like to extend an invitation to attend our Cross-Over Service, Sunday July 22, 2012 at 11:00AM in the Performing Arts Theater in your honor.

We encourage you to stay in touch with us by email [email protected] We are so proud of all that you’ve accomplished so far, and know that this is only the beginning.

You made it!

Instagram: Capturing Your Christian Walk


:::click click goes the camera:::

Capturing life’s moment day by day has progressively become a billion dollar app that we call Instagram.  In the Instagram world, you will typically see your friends showing pictures of quotes they love, foods they’ve cooked, eating at their favorite restaurants, or just things they’ve seen along on their everyday walk. Instagram has given the ability to have fun with your photos with cool altering depth effects or resolutions for all of your pictures. But if could captured your life through photos…would they tell a life of love and holiness?  Take heed to yourselves, lest you forget the covenant of the LORD your God which He made with you, and make for yourselves a carved image in the form of anything which the LORD your God has forbidden you. Deuteronomy 4:23

:::click click goes the camera:::

We cannot forget that God is the master photographer, architect, and developer over our life.  As a parishoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. Ephesians 4:1-3 NIV

So we ask you this question, If God was to Instagram your life, what pictures would He take of your Christian walk with Him? Would it be filled with collages of you witnessing to others, using your gifts God has given you, and studying His word? Or would he take a pictures of you falling back into your old ways, pictures of distortion because of the confusion in your life, gossiping to friends or would most of your pictures just be a blur?

Share your thoughts…if God summed up your life in a photo album, what would He find? :::click click goes the camera:::

Memorial Day: A Time for Reverence


Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn. Roman 12:15

At cemeteries and monuments across the nation,  small flags flutter by military graves-makers for those who fought valiantly for a cause they believed in. Although Memorial Day honors those who gave their lives, we are encouraged to be mindful of the soldiers who have returned as shadows battling addictions brought on by what they have seen or done. Involvement in such things is against one’s nature and against the teachings of the Lord. Imagine the moral and emotional battle taken place in the minds of our brave soliders. They are not in a position to question, only to obey those in charge with the hope and belief that liberty and justice is being served. They walk among us, hurting and forever changed.

People who gave their lives in service to our country are the reason for Memorial Day–even as we look forward to cookouts, beach towels strewn on lawns and laughing children. Memorial Day is a time to enjoy our lives protected by those who have fought and still fight honorably. We cherish the lives of the “Home of the Brave.”

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

21st Annual Prayer Conference

Prayer Breakfast

21st Annual Prayer Breakfast and Conference

Join West Angeles Prayer Ministry for the 21st Annual Prayer Conference and Breakfast! In the North Campus Sanctuary We have a dynamic word from Bishop Bobby Henderson on Wednesday, July 11, 2012, Bishop Donald Hilliard on Friday, July 13, 2012. On Saturday, July 14th in the West Angeles Crystal Room, you are in for a treat from our very own Director of Prayer Ministry, Evangelist Yvonne Gibson-Johnson along with the ministry of Dr. Wanda Davis.

Last but certainly not least, Pastor Lawrence Powell will be bringing the word on Sunday, July 15th in the Cathedral both 8:00AM and 11:00AM services followed by the 7:00PM service in the North Campus Sanctuary.


For those of you who will be flying in, West Angeles as a number of rooms blocked off:

The Westin Los Angeles Airport ($89/night)

5400 W. Century Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90045

(310) 417-4531


Sheraton Gateway Hotel Los Angeles Airport ($99/night)

6101 West Century Boulevard

Los Angeles, California 90045

(310) 642-1111


Tickets are available for purchase now! Get yours today! 323-733-8300 Ext. 2330.

Summer Enrichment Program


Extended summer break can cause many students to forget lessons learned from previous semesters. West Angeles would like to help bridge that gap with its Summer Enrichment Program, geared toward middle school and high school students. This program focuses on math, writing and science, refreshing student’s memories of what they’ve already learned and providing an advantage for upcoming classes. High school seniors can also get a head start filling out college applications. The program is fun, affordable and beneficial. The price includes classes, field trips and seminars for parents. If you have any further questions about the Summer Enrichment Program, call Deacon John Wilson at 323-733-8000 extension 2628.

Click here for the 2012 Summer Registration Packages

5 Practical Tips to Avoid Budget Blunders

In keeping with our 25 Ways to Lift Your Spirits, our contributing writer, G. Sharp has compiled 5 Secrets from the Best Christmas Givers. Keep these in mind next year to prevent budget blunders!

-Antoinette R. Banks, Editor in Chief

5 Secrets from the Best Christmas Givers

1. Start a Christmas Savings Account

Enjoy the beauty of Christmas without the pressure to go into debt by saving a little toward the holiday throughout the year.  If you didn’t have a savings this year, then start now for next year.  If you need some help, some credit unions and banks offer Christmas Savings Accounts that let you decide on an amount to contribute during the months of January to October.  In November you’ll get a check to cover all your holiday expenses and gift giving.  Imagine, putting away $50 a month beginning in January would mean next November you’d have a check for $500 – A great step toward a stress-free Christmas.

2. Be Intentional

As you’re preparing to give, take a moment to refocus on the reason for your giving. Focus more on showing your appreciation for the person, and resist the urge to think that the best gifts always have a large price tag. Be intentional in your giving by thinking about those you’d like to bless. Honor them with gifts that express their uniqueness and what you know about them and you’re on your way to being a master giver.

3. Have a Plan

In most things a little planning goes a long way and giving is no different.  Taking the time to make your list, research items online and prepare a budget before you head to the mall can help you save both time and money, so don’t skip this step.

4. Pay Cash

It’s much easier to overspend with credit because you don’t see the money leaving your hands.  When you’re purchasing with cash you’ll make better decisions because we innately have more of an emotional experience when our hard-earned cash leaves our hands.  So leave the credit cards at home and then you’ll know when the cash is gone, you’re finished shopping.

5. Limit your Shopping to One Day

Once you’ve completed steps 1 – 4, all that’s left is to go shopping.  Consider planning to devote one day to completing all your shopping.  This way you’ll avoid impulse buying.  Multiple trips to stores increase the likelihood that you’ll find more reasons to bust the budget.  With steps 1 – 4 in place, step 5 should be a breeze

Written and Illustrated by G. Sharp