February 15th, 2016

February 2016 Town Hall

At our regular Town Hall forums the church leadership gives an update on the state of things and in turn Ecclesians ask questions, raise concerns and share their opinions. The February 2016 Town Hall covered: Elder Nominations How to Join a Lead Team Census Presentation 2016 Points of Emphasis Q & A Watch the whole […]

Read More
February 4th, 2016

We Met at Ecclesia: Cortney & Havilah

Ecclesia is a place where people can form Godly, life-changing relationships.  Havilah Giannetta (left in the above picture) and Cortney Matz (right) met at Ecclesia. Independently they were asked to talk write about their relationship. This is their story. CORTNEY MATZ: I think I met Havilah at least twice before really knowing her. Once at church […]

Read More
January 21st, 2016

#Unusual Sunday

On Sunday February 14,  Ecclesia will exercise together the practices of incarnation living; proximity, generosity, and bravery.   The challenge of LA Marathon route means there will be NO SERVICE SUNDAY FEBRUARY 14. However, it gives us the opportunity to do something different as a church that is still consistent with our values of disciple […]

Read More
December 17th, 2015

“Beautiful, Beautiful” Reflections on Sacrifice

It was an honor last Sunday to sing for my church. I wrote this song (“Beautiful, Beautiful,” in case you missed it) in response to what God has been teaching me over the last few years – namely, to love freely and openly, even if that love is not reciprocated. Love and I have always […]

Read More
December 10th, 2015

The End of the Year

The end of the year. Even in Los Angeles, winter reminds us of our mortality, or at least our frailty. We’re thankful we don’t live in iceboxes like Chicago or Minneapolis, but our pace of life is its own kind of icy wasteland. We stumble along, burdened by waist-deep snow made of unrelenting social and […]

Read More
December 4th, 2015

A Story from the Winter Refuge

On November 12 of this year, actress Pauley Perette was attacked by a homeless man in Hollywood. After the assault, she said he “headed towards Hollywood Blvd with murder in his eyes.” Rolling back the calendar 10 months to January, I helped serve dinner to a group of homeless people as part of the Winter […]

Read More
November 27th, 2015

Advent Series: Christmas Belles

For most of us, it wouldn’t be Christmas without a tree to decorate. Whatever your preference, a wide tree or a tall tree, tinsel or ornaments, colored lights or white ones, the Christmas tree holds a special place in each home. In Chapter 1 of the Gospel of Matthew, we discover a colorful Christmas tree […]

Read More
November 22nd, 2015

Adoption and Foster Care

Sunday we celebrated Part II of Family Sunday with another round of Child dedications and the announcement of two more births.  On Adoption Sunday, we invited two new friends to share with us at Ecclesia, Sergey Pokrovskiy and Rodrigo de la Sotta. Sergey lives with his wife and daughter in Ryazan, Russia where he serves as a […]

Read More