Month: January 2015

January 29th, 2015

For the Guys: Developing Healthy Relationships

A healthy understanding of sanctification is key to developing healthy human relationships– whether in loving and honoring our wives, respecting our girlfriends, discipling our best friends, or even navigating how to love our enemies as Christ calls us. We need a healthy biblical understanding of sanctification and a daily acknowledgement of the reality of the battle between our […]

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January 29th, 2015

Uganda Here I Come

February 1-15 “we” are going to Uganda. Along with my training partner, Mark Wold and I will be training Ugandan trainers and providing teaching and coaching to over 150 Ugandan pastors and their wives.  I say “we” because without your prayers  this trip would not happen. Pray specifically for: Safety: Flights (Feb 1-2 and Feb 14-15); Feb 3 and […]

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January 27th, 2015

Get Involved with Avenues Pregnancy Clinic

Avenues Pregnancy Clinic is one of our local ministry partners.  We interviewed Leanne Key, Director of Client Services at Avenues about their history and hopes for this next year. What is the mission of your organization? Avenues Pregnancy Clinic is a Christ-centered ministry dedicated to affirming the value of life. Our mission is to provide a […]

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January 26th, 2015

Nine Ways that You Can Serve in Hollywood

1.  Dinner with Friends- serving dinner and hanging out with our homeless neighbors Partner: Hollywood Church Collaborative When: 3rd Wednesday of every month from March – December Good for: Individuals, Community Groups, Families Contact: Micah Brenner: mcfour@icloud.com 2. White As Snow Laundry night- free laundry for people living/working on the street Partner: Broken Hearts When: Last […]

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January 20th, 2015

January Meeting

Hi Ecclesians, Here’s the update from the Elder Board for the last couple months: We’ve hit on lots of EXCITING discussions such as FICA recommendations, Housing Allowances, Pastor Licensing, and Internal Stewardship controls. That last one is actually fairly important… actually they’re all important, but this one seems worth explaining. The stewardship subcommittee did some […]

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January 19th, 2015

CINEMUSINGS: Selma and the Message of Martin Luther King

Marchers in the streets cry out to be recognized as human beings. Militarized police forces wield guns, batons, and tear gas against peaceful demonstrators. Citizens call on their leaders for justice. These images describe periods in American history as distant as 50 years ago and as recent as five weeks ago. We see them both […]

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January 14th, 2015

Volunteering at the Winter Refuge

Last year my lovely Community Group and I were in our second year when we decided to focus first on serving Los Angeles. We realized how many different places each of our lives touched and knew if we put our minds to it, we could make a real impact in our community. Along with other […]

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January 9th, 2015

Reasons to be Thankful at the Start of the New Year

Happy New Year!  I hope you had a restful, meaningful Christmas season.  The year is already off to a fast start.  Here are some things we can thank God for, and keep asking God for… together. END OF YEAR GIVING Thanks to many people who contributed, we had a sizable giving “bump” in the last […]

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January 6th, 2015

How to Be a Foster Parent in Three Not-So-Easy Steps, Part II

Step Three:  Wait Not everyone has to wait as long as I did, but here’s a glimpse into my journey… I mentioned in the last post that during orientation, I realized there were different levels of care that I could engage in.  When respite care was explained to me, I thought that sounded like a […]

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January 6th, 2015

CINEMUSINGS: Let My People Go…to the Movies

The last Cineminklings event of the year saw a movie of biblical proportions–literally. Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings was widely anticipated by moviegoers, particularly those in the church. Of course we wanted to see what these stories in the Bible might look like—the costumes, the ancient Hebrew architecture, the British accents (well, that last […]

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