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April 11, 2020

2020-04-10-Joseph of Arimathea the Eyewitness

​Saturday...

a quiet day...a day of reflection and prayer.

The disciples thought it was all over.

Their Hero was killed by the very government He was supposed to overthrow.  

How could this have happened?

Didn't he claim equality with God?

Couldn't He save Himself, just like He saved others?

Were the pharisees and other religious leaders of the day correct?

Surely, Jesus as Messiah, was to usher in glory to Israel again and break the yoke of Roman bondage, what happened?

​Yes, all looks hopeless...

BUT SUNDAY IS COMING! 

Saturday- The Eyewitness of Joseph of Arimathea.

Again, Denise and I will be available for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

Hope you were blessed again today...
come back tomorrow for Resurrection Sunday!
HOPE!

For Him and His Kingdom,

Pastor Harvey

April 9, 2020

Covid-19 Update from Mayor Garcetti

The following update was received from the Mayor's office after his call with faith leaders today.  

The email has been copy/pasted directly, there are some parts that we have highlighted that apply specifically to our church and Christianity, in general.

Good morning, 

Thank you to all who were able to join today's call with Mayor Garcetti and Faith Leaders. For those who did not receive an invitation or were not able to listen-in, I have compiled notes with critical information for you to share broadly. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. As you know, our office has been inundated with emails and calls -- making it almost impossible to respond to every inquiry in a timely manner. So, please read through these notes and visit corona-virus.la for the most up-to-date information. 

Notes:
Safer at Home Directive: Guidance for Faith Organizations

  • The Mayor issued a Safer at Home Executive Order calling on residents of the City of Los Angeles to stay in their residences and limit all activities outside of their homes beyond what is absolutely necessary for essential tasks. Over the next few weeks, it is critical that Angelenos continue to abide by these orders in order to help us flatten the curve by preventing the spread of COVID-19.

  • The Mayor is aware that tonight, Passover begins. On Sunday, many will mark Easter. In a few weeks, the holy month of Ramadan opens.

  • We will celebrate these holy days; but, our holidays cannot be celebrated as usual. And, the vast majority of houses of worship are aware of that. Please plan to observe these days—and encourage your congregants to observe these days—in other creative ways.

  • A few of our houses of worship have not been in compliance with this order. (I'm proud to say that Highland Park Christian Church is NOT one of these.  We are trying to flatten the curve.  I know it is hard to not meet in person, but we are available via the phone.)  Please don’t put lives at risk or waste police resources responding to gatherings. We’ve heard about faith gatherings in other areas of the country that led to tragic consequences—including the loss of life for several congregants.
     
  • Los Angeles County representatives issued worship service guidelines for Faith Based Organizations, that if followed, will help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Also, there is guidance for conducting funeral services. Otherwise, all baptisms, weddings, bar and bat mitzvahs, confirmations, and other life cycle events other than funerals must be conducted virtually or postponed. Please find those resources below here: LA County DHS: Guidance for Faith Based Organizations and LA County DHS: Guidance for Funerals.

Volunteering

  • In partnership with the platform “Inspiring Service,” we’re launching a new online Nonprofit Directory—where organizations in need of volunteers can connect with people who are ready to roll up their sleeves and get to work. To get involved, visit volunteer.lamayor.org and click on the button that says “nonprofit directory.”

  • One of the essential resources our faith organizations provide is food through your food pantries. Starting this Friday, April 10th, all employees of many non-medical essential businesses will be required to wear cloth face coverings over their noses and mouths while at work. We want you to continue to provide this critical service and be safe while doing this work. So if you are in need, please visit Coronavirus.LACity.org/LAProtects to secure your masks and other personal protective equipment.

Testing

  • We're up to 13 testing sites across the county—including 7 within our city limits.

  • This week the Mayor announced we are expanding our free COVID-19 testing program. Effective immediately, any L.A. County resident with symptoms can schedule a test.

    Go to coronavirus.lacity.org/testing to sign up.

  • This week alone we are on track to administer 36,000 tests.

Q&A

Q: Is there any effort in getting services such as instacart or other delivery options to have specific windows of time to fulfill orders from our elderly, handicapped, etc so that those people who are most in need are receiving food in a timely manner?

A: The City of Los Angeles Department of Aging and the Mayor's office are engaging additional partners to mobilize an emergency food delivery program to assist more of L.A.’s most vulnerable seniors. The plan is to have 5 meals delivered twice each week. The meals can be frozen and heated up in their microwaveable containers. Seniors must sign up or have someone sign them up for this service.  Additionally, there are many non-profit partners providing delivery services… including St. Vincent’s Meals on Wheels and the Valley InterCommunity Council. Please see the attachments for details and contact information for these resources.

Q:How can churches use their empty facilities and parking lots as an asset in response to COVID-19?

A: The City’s Emergency Operations Center (EOC) is gathering and vetting all donations. You can send an email to the Emergency Operations Center at eocbocdptycoord@lacity.org and they will send you a survey. Complete the survey and a member of our team will follow up.

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Q: How many were COVID19 positive, and how many sadly have died.  Can you also post statistics about the number of people who have recovered from Coronavirus?

A: Yesterday, in L.A. County, there were 550 new cases, bringing the total to 6910—a 9 percent increase since Monday. Also, in the City of L.A. there were 279 new cases, bringing the total to 3130—a 9 percent increase since Monday. Sadly, we learned of 22 new deaths countywide, bringing the total to 169. Our numbers of deaths are doubling every 4 days—a rate that remains steady. The Mayor's office is working with our County partners to track how many people have recovered from the virus. We do not have those statistics but as soon as we get them, our office will begin informing the public.

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 Q: Is the National Guard being deployed? If so when?

A: The National Guard has not been mobilized to L.A.—though there are movements of troops around the State to support humanitarian efforts. At this point, the City has asked the National Guard to help support our testing sites and expects to ask the Military Reserve for medical units and supplies to deal with hospital overflow. If and when the National Guard or military units are deployed to the streets of L.A., our office will notify the City.

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 Q: In these two weeks where we expect to see a peak in positive COVID-19 cases, what is being done to assist the most vulnerable in our city?

A: We’ve been warned that this week will be our hardest yet. Nobody is immune. This disease—and especially the way it kills—is hitting folks with preexisting conditions like diabetes, obesity, and other conditions already disproportionately found in poorer communities, and communities of color, the hardest. Based on initial data, this virus is disproportionately killing African Americans. We need every community to know that you are Safer at Home. With this in mind we have done a few things to assist the most vulnerable:

  • We opened 20 Recreations Centers for our homeless neighbors. Four new sites opened on Monday (4/6): Normandale, Green Meadows, Denker, and St. Andrews—adding 162 new beds to bring our total citywide bed count at our recreation centers to over 800.

  • We’re also working with the county to lease more than 1000 hotel and motel rooms in the short-term––and thousands more over the next weeks––to be used as quarantine or isolation units for homeless Angelenos and low-income individuals who live in crowded environments. The program is being managed by LAHSA. For more information please see the Project Room Key FAQ Sheet.
     
  • We launched the L.A. Jobs Portal to help unemployed or underemployed Angelenos search and apply for jobs, access emergency aid, and get other assistance and resources in the midst of this crisis. And you can find that at LAJobsPortal.org

  • The City Council and the Mayor enacted several measures to protect residential and commercial tenants. The Mayor issued a moratorium on evictions of commercial tenants.  Since then, the City Council has extended to 12 months the time residential tenants have to pay back their rent; commercial tenants have 3 months.  The Mayor also signed an order prohibiting no-fault evictions and evictions under the Ellis Act.  In addition, he ssued an order prohibiting rent
    increases in apartments covered by the Rent Stabilization Ordinance.

  • Lastly, through the Mayor's Fund we created a new fundraiser called the “Angeleno Campaign,” which seeks to raise 10 million dollars to provide cash assistance specifically for L.A. Families most in need of income during this pandemic. If any of your members are in desperate need of grocery cards or other cash assistance they can call 311 to get connected to a Family Source Center and make an appointment. 
April 9, 2020

2020-04-10-Peter and Pilate the Eyewitnesses

A bad day and a good day.

Christ died for YOU!

God used, what seemed to be His only failure, and the greatest victory for Satan, for good and for ultimate victory over all of mankind's sins.

And He did it all in less than 1 day, by sacrificing His only Son, once for all-time!  

Hebrews 7:26-27
26 For it was fitting for us to have such a high priest, holy, innocent, undefiled, separated from sinners and exalted above the heavens; 
27 who does not need daily, like those high priests, to offer up sacrifices, first for His own sins and then for the sins of the people, because this He did once for all when He offered up Himself.  (emphasis added)

 

Good Friday - The Eyewitness of Peter and Pilate

Again, Denise and I will be available for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

Hope you were blessed again today...
come back tomorrow for Wednesday's message.

For Him and His Kingdom,

Pastor Harvey

April 9, 2020

2020-04-09-Philip the Eyewitness

This week we present to you short, video messages from eyewitnesses of Holy Week. 

Vine...Branches...Fruit??

What does this have to do with following Christ and the Last Supper. 

Listen to the Apostle Philip below and you will start to get the idea...

 

Maundy Thursday - The Eyewitness of Philip

Again, Denise and I will be available for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

Hope you were blessed again today...
come back tomorrow for Wednesday's message.

For Him and His Kingdom,

Pastor Harvey

April 8, 2020

2020-04-08-Judas the Eyewitness

This week we present to you short, video messages from eyewitnesses of Holy Week. 

Betrayal...
Greed...
Broken and lost relationship...

What really WAS going through Judas Iscariot's mind at the time?

His story is  below.

 

"Spy" Wednesday - The Eyewitness of Judas

Again, Denise and I will be available for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

Hope you were blessed again today...
come back tomorrow for Wednesday's message.

For Him and His Kingdom,

Pastor Harvey

April 7, 2020

2020-04-07-Andrew the Eyewitness

This week we present to you short, video messages from eyewitnesses of Holy Week. 
Ever been picked last for a team?
or felt alone?
(I mean outside of this COVID-19 pandemic)

Now you know how Andrew must have felt. 
Check out his story below.

 

Holy Tuesday - The Eyewitness of Andrew

Again, Denise and I will be available for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

Hope you were blessed again today...
come back tomorrow for Wednesday's message.

For Him and His Kingdom,

Pastor Harvey

April 2, 2020

2020-04-05-Sunday School and Worship-Palm Sunday

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Hello!

Worship with us online.  Our children (and parents) will enjoy Mrs. Denise's Palm Sunday School message below.  Watch with your kiddos...

Adult Sunday School, will be live via Zoom meetings, Pastor Harvey will send the links out to all to participate.  

Children's Sunday School by Mrs. Denise - Palm Sunday

We still do not get together physically, we CAN (and should), worship God as best we can.    

Denise and I are praying for you during this time.  

Please feel free to use the "comments" section below.
We'd love to hear from you!  

Down to the River - Virtual Choir

The Rocks Will Cry Out

Every year, Marlene, our WONDERFUL pianist, works VERY HARD at practicing "The Palms" so that we can sing it on Palm Sunday.  This year, Marlene gets a break...Please enjoy "The Palms" as sung by Nelson Eddy with beautiful pictures of nature. 

The Palms - Sung by Nelson Eddy

A short message for our church by Pastor Harvey

Sunday Message
"Meeting the Master's Need"
Palm Sunday

Again, Denise and I will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

So, again, join us ONLINE for church this Sunday!  You will be blessed.

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey

April 1, 2020

Giving

We have made it easy to give now and in the future. 

(Yes, we are finally moving into 2020 with our online giving opportunity).

Once you click the button below, you have the opportunity to make a one-time gift or set up a recurring monthly donation.

You do NOT need a Paypal account, gifts can be made via debit cards.

Click the Button Below to be Taken to a Secure Page

Thank you for prayerfully considering this opportunity. 

Pastor Harvey

March 27, 2020

2020-03-29-Sunday School and Worship

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Hello!

Sorry about the live feed challenges last week.

This week we have Children's Sunday School by Mrs. Denise and the message for Sunday already recorded and ready to view.

We are going to have Adult Sunday School, live with Zoom meetings, Pastor Harvey will send the links out to all to participate.  

Check back on this page on Sunday morning for the videos for children's Sunday School and the main church message. 

Children's Sunday School - by Mrs. Denise

Hear the Word of God and Obey It!


Please scroll down and view the following videos, feel free to gather your family around and sing along.  The first video isn't a song, but it puts context to the first song.

Even though we are not together physically, we CAN (and should), worship God as best we can.     

Denise and I are praying for you during this time.  

Please feel free to use the "comments" section below.  We'd love to hear from you!  

This is the true story of the author of "It Is Well"

And NOW the song: "It is Well"  There are MANY versions online, but check out this compilation of MANY people as one!  Praise God!

And during this crazy time in the world and the USA, let us remember to NOT put our hope in any government, preacher,  or anything other than the person of Jesus Christ!

I always feel weird about finances and asking for money for our church.  
But the reality is, that our church needs money to continue to serve the community.  In these times, it is easier than ever to give.

You can make an online donation by clicking the big blue button below.

The button will open up another page and take you to our SECURE Paypal site. 

YOU DO NOT NEED A Paypal account to donate.  You may give as a guest.  

You may make a  "one" time donation, gift, or if you would like to set up recurring donations according to your budget and God's leading, you have the opportunity to do that also.  

You do NOT need a credit card, a debit card is fine.   Thank you for your support!

Casting Crowns "Voice of Truth" has GREAT lyrics about what is TRUE and how the Holy Spirit is working within us!


Sunday Message
"How to Discern Truth from Error"

Continuing in our Tough Questions
Christian Answers sermon series
Pastor Harvey


Again, Denise and I will be available from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm for prayer.

Call Harvey at 323-316-7131
Call Denise at 323-316-7132

So, again, join us ONLINE for church this Sunday!  You will be blessed.

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey

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