May 28th, 2015

Gettin’ Churched in Kids Club

Late last year, about the only thing I had not done at this church, because it always felt way out of my skillset, was Kids Club. What little I did know about children I learned from my little cousins, but they see me more as an indestructible toy or a freelance pet, and their parents […]

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May 22nd, 2015

Ecclesia Turns 10 Years Old

Since 1993 I’ve kept a journal. Not a diary. A journal. The result is volumes and volumes of notes on my day: where I traveled, who I visited, what I ate for lunch and which games I played. Just the facts, not feelings. These records serve a practical purpose come tax season when I need […]

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May 19th, 2015

Marie Scanlan recaps “Blind 8”

I’ve been a Deacon at Ecclesia for about two years.  Back home in Sacramento I worked at my church, temporarily until I found something better I thought, but as the church grew, my job did too.  Eventually I was a manager of our cafe/concert venue ministry.  Growing up with the traditional “my life will start […]

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May 17th, 2015

Update from the Lead Pastor Interview Team

On the weekend of May 1, we invited Jon Ritner, a candidate for Ecclesia’s next lead pastor, to meet with the interview team, the staff of Ecclesia, our board of elders, several volunteer leaders and others who were able to chat with him and his wife Kristyn after both of the worship services on Sunday, […]

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May 13th, 2015

Returning to Kenya

Imagine yourself in a sea of smiles, hugs, and laughter. Now, test your imagination a little more and try to imagine meeting some of the most loving and resilient children – children that have dreams and aspirations. Almost instantly upon meeting these children, they welcome you with open arms and accept you as family. These […]

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April 14th, 2015

This Better Be Worth It

”This is a lot of work, it better be worth it.” “I AM the Vine and you are the branches.  My Father prunes every branch…so that it will bear more fruit. This is to my Father’s glory – that you bear much fruit, proving to be My disciples.” (John 15) In our post-Easter sermon series […]

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April 9th, 2015

Asking Questions

Ecclesia is blessed with a small army of volunteers. There are over 100 people serving with our Sunday morning Welcome Team. They help park your car, brew your coffee and greet you at the auditorium doors in addition to a long checklist of responsibilities. As you can imagine, there are so many to-do list items […]

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March 24th, 2015

Honeychild: A Film by Erin Brown

1.  Tell us a little bit about yourself.  How long have you been in LA and part of Ecclesia? My husband Jake Thomas and I have been married for 3.5 years, although we’ve been together for 8.5. Jake and I have been in LA for 8 years, and we started attending Ecclesia the first week […]

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