February 25th, 2016

We Met at Ecclesia: Matthew and Kat

Ecclesia is a place where people can form Godly, life-changing relationships. Kat Miller and Matthew Schulert met at Ecclesia. Independently they were asked to write about their relationship. This is their story. KAT MILLER: Matt and I started serving together on the Welcome Team in 2010. The Parking Team, to be specific. Parking Team Awesome […]

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February 17th, 2016

When Dreams Die

I arrived in Los Angeles about four years ago. I was two years post-film school with two worthy scripts under my belt, and my wife and I moved here to chase “the Hollywood dream.” Four years later it’s still that ­– a dream. After a dozen reads, one meeting and a whole lot of dead leads, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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