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April 18, 2020

2020-04-19-Sunday School and Worship-The Eyewitness of Thomas

Hello!

Easter is over.
Christ is risen.  (still)

But some still don't believe.  
Well worship today with your family and BELIEVE!

"I know that He is living whatever men may say..."

​Yes, 

"Because He lives, I CAN face tomorrow

Your know, those are pretty good words, you find them in the Bible, but they certainly express the Truth of Christ and His resurrection.  




After eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors having been shut, and stood in their midst and said, “Peace be with you.”

Then He said to Thomas, “Reach here with your finger, and see My hands; and reach here your hand and put it into My side; and do not be unbelieving, but believing.” 


Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!”
                                                                                      John 20:26-28

Adult Sunday School - Albert Faust - The Road to Emmaus
Luke 24:13-29


Children's Sunday School by Mrs. Denise - Jesus and Thomas

Gather the family and listen and/or sing to the following joyful songs!
We still miss seeing you in church. 

COVID-19 still will NOT keep us from praising God, praying for our brothers and sisters, and helping each other as best as we can.

Denise and I are praying for you during this time, and we are available for private prayer.  
Give either of us a call.
Our numbers are listed below this post.

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

The Thomas Song - Ken Young

Ken Young and the HALLAL singers do a great job telling us this amazing story.

This next song shows the Christian joy experienced in Christ crosses all racial and language barriers.  Part of the song is in Chinese (I don't know if it's Mandarin or Cantonese - but God does)...

Because He Lives - Arlington Chinese Church Virtual Choir 

This is not the familiar "He Lives" song that we all know and love, but a different song completely. 
(Don't worry though, we do have the original "He Lives" just below this video. )

Now enjoy (and sing along with) a song by "America's Worship Leader", Chris Tomlin.

He Lives - Chris Tomlin

And now the the song the almost every believer knows and loves..."He Lives"

He Lives - acappella version

For those who like a "country" version (and twang) here is Alan Jackson's version

He Lives - sung by Alan Jackson

The Eyewitness of Thomas - Pastor Harvey

Pastor Greg Laurie of Harvest America has written a book about dealing with this crisis today; Bringing Christ into Your Crisis. 

And he wants you to have it for FREE.  Just click the button below and fill in the simple web form and he will send it to you immediately.  I highly recommend it.  

Again, Denise and I will be available for prayer.

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

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey

April 16, 2020

Covid-19 Newsletter from Councilman Cedillo

The following update was received from the Councilman Cedillo's office.  it is a reprint of his online newsletter.  The fonts may look a little "wonky" but all the information is there and the links the various resources should work.

Overall, it is very positive.  There are numerous public and private funds available to apply for, in order to ease economic hardship in these times.  

Dear Friend,

As we continue to face this Coronavirus together and changes are occurring rapidly in a crisis nobody has experienced. I want to make sure you get the facts and stay informed about what the Mayor and Councilmember Cedillo are doing to help keep us safe and minimize the stress and financial burden with the priority to reduce the spread of the virus and save lives.

We know people are scared, frustrated, and upset. We must remain united and helpful to each other especially to our most vulnerable.

Stay Informed:

1) Mayor Garcetti's every night will provide a daily briefing at 5:15pm until further notice. You can watch his announcement on his Facebook page, LA City Ch 35, or on news outlets.

2) Visit frequently the City of LA dedicated website on Coronavirus updates at https://corona-virus.la/

3) Sign up for Councilmember Cedillo's newsletter at http://www.gilcedillo.com/newsletter_sign_up

4) Sign up to receive email, text, and or telephone updates from Notify LA at https://emergency.lacity.org/notifyla

5) LA County Departmentof Public Health will provide updated health info and facts at http://publichealth.lacounty.gov/media/coronavirus/

6) State of CA will provide updated info and facts on response and relief efforts at www.covid19.ca.gov 

  • THE MAYOR’S WORKER PROTECTION ORDINANCE IS NOW IN EFFECT:
    • Must allow workers to wash their hands or sanitize every 30 minutes
    • Must provide or reimburse employees for face coverings
    • Clean, fully-stocked restrooms
    • Physical distancing between workers and everyone else
    • Hand Sanitizer at key touch points
    • All customers who enter businesses must wear face coverings

COVID-19 Testing Available from the City of L.A.

Testing is now open to all LA County residents at several locations in Los Angeles. We now can provide same day and next day appointments. We continue working to expand testing as quickly as possible to provide this service to all Angelenos who need it.

These tests are strictly limited to people who complete the online screening and are assigned an appointment.

To learn more about new COVID-19 testing available and to see if you're eligible go to http://Coronavirus.LACity.org/Testing 

Federal Update:

IRS

This week the IRS launched a new tool to help you get your Economic Impact Payment as soon as possible. The payments, also referred to by some as stimulus payments, are automatic for most taxpayers. This tool is for filers and non filers who want to track the status of payment. 

To use this new tool, visit: https://www.irs.gov/coronavirus/economic-impact-payments

U.S. Census Bureau 

The U.S. Census Bureau announced it is extending self response to Oct. 31. It is seeking Congress approval to provide them with authority to deliver data to the President on April 30, 2021 and to States no later than July 31, 2021. Here is the link to the press release  

For more information, visit 2020census.gov.   

State Update:

The Governor announced California is working with Oregon and Washington, the Western States Pact on a plan as to when and how to ease restrictions and reopen local businesses.

A broadly described plan includes steps his administration expects to take in the weeks and months ahead to protect the public and gauge how long California’s stay-at-home order should remain in place. The framework suggest the state must meet a high bar before beginning to undo the order, including:

— Developing the ability to closely monitor and track potential cases;
— Preventing high-risk people from becoming infected;
— Preparing hospitals to handle surges;
— Identifying needed medicines and other therapeutics;
— Ensuring schools, businesses and child-care facilities can support social distancing;
— Developing guidelines for when to ask Californians to stay home again if necessary.

The CA Legislative Analyst Office recently released a report outlining four possible actions the state could take to expand assistance to unemployed workers.

  • Increase benefits. The state could give all unemployed workers the maximum weekly benefit of $450. (Current range is $40 to $450.)
  • Add state $$ on top of federal $$. Under the federal coronavirus relief bill, unemployed workers get $600 weekly, plus state benefits. California could add $100 more per week.
  • Build an unemployment insurance program for ineligible workers. These include recent college graduates, newly self-employed workers and undocumented immigrants.
  • Temporarily allow ineligible workers to access state disability insurance. This allows workers to take leave while receiving a portion of their normal wages. The SDI fund has $3 billion in reserves.

County Update:

The Los Angeles County Health Officer has extended the Safer at Home Order Revised Order (04.10.20) through May 15, 2020. The Health Officer Order will be publicly noticed, as required, by posting on Public Health’s website, posted at the Hall of Administration, provided to members of the public upon request, and disseminated via email. 

Revised provisions include that Essential Businesses must implement a social distancing protocol by April 15th, including a requirement to provide employees with a cloth face covering to wear while performing duties that involve contact with others.

WDACS launched the Critical Delivery Service Program, which will deliver food and other vital necessities to older adults, dependent adults, and individuals with disabilities who are unable to leave their homes due to COVID-19.  All items for delivery must be paid in advance through the store’s/market’s website.  This delivery service is free anywhere in Los Angeles County, 7 days a week. Scheduling can be done in advance (from 2 weeks up to 24 hours), on a one-time or reoccurring basis. In some situations, same day deliveries can be scheduled. Individuals can utilize this service up to 4 times per month. To request delivery services, individuals can call (888) 863-7411 (Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm) or email newfreedom@wdacs.lacounty.gov  See attached flyer.

LA Superior Court Announces Relief Temporary relief includes a 90-day grace period on all traffic and non-traffic infraction tickets as well as a streamlined system for release of driver’s license holds. Attached is the full news release. 

 

City Update:

The Mayor announced L.A. Emergency Child Care Connection, an initiative coordinated with the Mayor’s Fund for Los Angeles and the Department of Recreation and Parks, with three main components:

  • Stipend: A $100 stipend per shift to help qualifying hospital employees pay for the type of child care that works best for them. Families are encouraged to use the stipend to help children stay at home or in the home of a trusted relative or neighbor. Participating hospitals must commit to making the full stipend available to all non-professional employees and prioritize low-wage workers.
  • Child Care Referrals: Free referrals to licenced providers in the community. That means access to three high-quality resources for finding childcare: Carina Care, a web-based matching program aligned with SEIU Local 99; WeeCare, the nation’s largest online private care matching agency; and enhanced referrals through L.A. County led by the Child Care Alliance of Los Angeles member agencies.
  • City Recreation Centers: Starting April 13th, the City’s Recreation and Parks Department will provide free care for children between the ages of 6 and 14 at City recreation centers located near participating hospitals to accommodate employees who are unable to have their children cared for at home. Each site will be open 7 days a week from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. and will offer programming and meals and adhere to public health guidelines. 

The Mayor announced Small Business Assistance: Providing small businesses technical support they need to apply for federal loans and assistance; These are competitive loans so we need to do better than other parts of the country; LA Cares Corps will help apply for the loans, which one is best, and how they apply at the City, State, and County level.

For more info, please visit: coronavirus.lacity.org/CARESCORPS

Census Phone Banking Operations -- WE NEED VOLUNTEERS

Due to COVID-19, the City had to cancel our canvassing operation to help encourage Angelenos to complete their form, however we have another way for you to help with Census 2020 outreach from home! You are invited to become a part of Mayor Garcetti’s Census 2020 Volunteer Phone Banking Team. Sign up at bit.ly/censusphonebank!

 

The phone banking team will ask community leaders like yourself to make calls to other Angelenos across the city to encourage them to respond to the Census, answer their questions about how to respond, and also check to make sure they are aware of the resources available to help during the COVID-19 crisis. 

 

Signing up is easy and you can make the calls on your own time, any day between 10am-7pm. All volunteers will receive a $5 VISA gift card. 

Follow these steps to sign up:

  1. Complete the Census Volunteer Phone Banking Sign-Up Form online at bit.ly/censusphonebank
  2. Sign volunteer agreement packet at bit.ly/censusvolunteerpacket and email the completed packet to Mayor.LACensus2020@lacity.org (Note: If you have already signed and submitted a packet at a Census Goodwill Ambassador training, you do not have to sign another form. If you are a City of LA employee, you do not have to sign this form.) 
  3. Complete the online phone banking training at bit.ly/censusphonetraining

The Mayor announced a new report issued by Loyola Marymount University, Center for the Study of LA about COVID 19.  The Center conducted a survey of Los Angeles County residents to assess how the pandemic has impacted them. Residents were asked about the government's response, their understanding of the coronavirus and the measures to take to limit its spread, and the emotional and economic impact it has had on them. 

Read the full report here: https://academics.lmu.edu/studyla/projectsandstudies/covid-19publicopinionsurvey/

The Mayor announced a new RAPID MOBILE TESTING TEAM: From now until until this crisis ends, the City will deploy a rapid response testing team to facilities who house the elderly, chronically ill or debilitated; nursing homes; skilled nursing and assisted living facilities; respiratory hospitals; where there is a symptomatic resident or confirmed  COVID-19 employees or residents at the facility, we will send people to test.

The Mayor announced new OVERFLOW TRASH PICK UP FOR FREE: Temporarily offer free extra collection in those black or blue bins on your regularly scheduled collection days: HERE'S HOW: Meet the drivers at the curb, after they empty the bin, you can add more to it and they will empty that as well; Effective til Safer at Home order is lifted; Bulky items can be reported at 1-800-773-2489 or call 311.The City of Los Angeles needs your help to receive housing and community development federal grant funds to address social and economic concerns facing lower income residents, and assistance to respond to the impact of COVID-19. Please help us spread the word about the community surveys and complete the survey online. See attached flyer.  

LAUSD Update

LAUSD and the Red Cross continue to operate Grab and Go Food Centers in the communities they serve. These centers will be open on weekdays from 7 am to 10 am. Each child can take home two nutritious meals. Locations of the centers can be found here. This is meant to support students who are on lunch programs and would otherwise not have a meal.

LAUSD launched a phone hotline for students and families to call and speak with mental health counselors. The hotline number is (213) 241-3840, and it is open 6am-6pm on weekdays  

Food Resources:

Meals for Seniors

  • Dept of Aging contractors will be delivering packaged and frozen meals for older adults at home
  • Los Angeles Department of Aging at 213-482-7252 or age.webinfo@lacity.org

Meals for Seniors in 90031, 90065, and 90042 zip codes

- MAOF will be delivering packaged and frozen meals to older adults at home

- See flyers for information

Lincoln Heights Area Food Banks

All assistance is by appointment only. Quantity and days of services vary. Contact the organization for more information.

- Healing Urban Barrios 

See attached flyer for details

- LA Boys and Girls Club 

See attached flyer for details

MAOF Countywide Food Bank 

All assistance is by appointment only(323) 278-3628 Quantity and days of services vary. Contact the organization for more information. 

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See flyer for details 

Countywide Food Bank Locator:

lafoodbank.org 

Financial Assistance

Faith & Community Empowerment (FACE) SBA Webinar

COVID-19 Federal Assistance & Loan Forgiveness Programs for Churches and Nonprofits information in  two seminars - one in English and the other for Korean language speakers. A Microsoft Teams webinar link will be sent to you after you register.

Friday, April 17 at 8:30 AM (Seminar will be in Korean Language)

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/102635028132

Friday, April 17 at 11 AM (English)

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/102634241780

LA Chamber of Commerce

The LA Chamber of Commerce has launched a series of weekly webinars where they will walk you through the challenging landscape of resources, tools and solutions to help your business during this challenging crisis. These are free webinars but you do need to register.

For more information and to RSVP:

https://lasbdcnet.ecenterdirect.com/events?reset=1  

Jewish Free Loan Association This amazing non profit offers interest-free loans on a non-sectarian basis to individuals and families whose needs are urgent and who may not qualify through normal financial channels. Interest-free loans, instead of charity, fill an important gap in our social system by promoting self-sufficiency with dignity.  

Visit: www.jfla.org

United States Bartenders Guild

This organization is offering loans to bartenders and their families who may be out of work.  Visit: https://www.usbgfoundation.org/beap  

Restaurants Care

This California based organization is offering grants for the following:

(1) Diagnosed with coronavirus (COVID-19), or a caregiver for an immediate family member who has been diagnosed with COVID-19, or quarantined with a doctor’s note

(2) Restaurant closed and out of work 3 weeks or more and no unemployment benefits

Visit: https://restaurantscare.org/

Children of Restaurant Employees

CORE is is offering funds to restaurant workers who have tested positive for COVID-19 and have children at home.
Visit: https://coregives.typeform.com/to/SnZmOQ  

National Domestic Workers Alliance 
This organization has set up a fund for in-home care workers, nannies and house cleaners.  Visit: https://domesticworkers.org/coronavirus-care-fund  

Financial Relief for Los Angeles Artists  
Community Partners aim to provide relief to the spectrum of LA-based performing artists who were financially affected by the disruption of COVID-10.  Round-one of this emergency grant relief opportunity is open to performing artists and small ensembles in dance, music, and theater who cancelled performances, shows or concerts due to the virus, that were within the City of Los Angeles and open to the general public.

Apply by Friday, May 1 at 11:59 p.m at https://culturela.org/grants-and-calls/aer-fund/

Art Resources
The City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs developed a list of resources for arts education, arts experiences, and creative activities to engage in during this period of physical distancing.
Visit: https://culturela.org/programs-and-initiatives/arts-resources-during-covid-19/

LA Theater Works Setting the Stage for Learning 

LATW brings free audio recordings of important stage plays to middle and high schools around the world, harnessing the power of professional theatre to deepen students’ understanding of complex literature and subject content.

 

AT-HOME LEARNING RESOURCES FOR SCHOOLS AFFECTED BY COVID-19:

For educators experiencing distance and online learning, LATW is offering an expanded collection of 25 education titles listed below.  Enroll today! We will send a link to enable you and your students free streaming access, along with an introductory educator guide for how to use our recordings in remote learning settings and in your classrooms.
Visit: https://latw.org/  

A Message from LA County Department of Mental Health

The Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health (LACDMH) supports the well being of everyone in LA County. When you hear, read, or watch the news about an outbreak of an infectious disease, you may feel anxious and show signs of stress—even when the outbreak affects people far from where you live and you are at low or no risk of getting sick. These signs of stress are normal and may be more likely in people with loved ones in parts of the world affected by the outbreak. During an infectious disease outbreak, care for your own physical and mental health and reach out in kindness to others.
For more information: https://dmh.lacounty.gov/covid-19-information/

LACDMH’s 24/7 Access Line at (800) 854-7771 is also available to provide mental health support, resources and referrals.


Hygiene Services and Shelter to Homeless Community

Together with the Mayor and the LA Homeless Services Authority we deployed across the City a total of 120 portable toilets and 306 hand washing stations to help people experiencing homelessness wash their hands regularly.  We are aggressively trying to secure more stations and bathrooms but the demand across the world is making this a challenge.In addition, we increased our mobile shower program from 5 to 7 days and our mobile laundry program from 2 to 5 locations to help increase hygiene services across Council District 1.Under the emergency disaster declaration the city opened 20 recreation centers providing 851 beds (avg 95% occupancy) to move homeless people indoors. Under guidance from the LA County Department of Public Health all sites will have admission and operation requirements to uphold the goal of minimizing the spread of the virus. Our goal with the LA County Department of Public Health is to open more recreation centers next week as shelters.We have been advised it is safer for homeless people to live indoors in a place where they have bathrooms and showers, and where shelter operators watch to see if they exhibit symptoms of the virus and need medical attention, than it is to have them wandering outside, unable to wash their hands.The LA Homeless Services Authority will create a by-name-list of unsheltered individuals who are over the age of 55, have an acute underlying health condition, or are otherwise highly vulnerable. These individuals will be prioritized for placement into new shelter beds. Our outreach teams know who falls into these priority categories and will also receive recommendations from non profit homeless agencies, LAPD, LAFD, and other agencies who on a regular basis interact with the homeless community. Project Room ( LA County, LAHSA and City of LA allocated $39.3 million in state emergency homeless funding)


  • As of this morning we have 8 Hotel/Motel sites online totaling more than 600 rooms
  • More rooms are coming online to be operated by non profits with onsite nursing

Discussions continued this week between Federal Court Judge Carter and LA County and LA City on the need for additional recreation centers, motel/hotel rooms, hand washing stations, and portable toilets. The City and County continue Federal court appearances and discussing with Judge Carter on our efforts to move homeless indoors and provide hygiene services.   Now more than ever, we need everyone's support and understanding on our actions to move people at risk who voluntarily agree to come indoors.  Share this information with others. Please let me know if you have questions or have a resource to share. 

The Office of Councilmember Cedillo is here to help.
Stay safe and be well!
Take care,
Jose Rodriguez
Deputy District Director Office of
Los Angeles City Councilmember Gilbert Cedillo

Council District 1District Office 

5577 N. Figueroa St.Los Angeles, CA 90042
(323) 550-1538



Sign up for our newsletter here:    http://www.gilcedillo.com/newsletter_sign_up

April 11, 2020

2020-04-12-Sunday School and Worship-Easter Sunday

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Pastors Harvey & Denise

Hello!

This is it!
Jesus dying on the cross saved us.

We ALL have sinned and we all deserve the punishment that Christ paid for us.  But since Jesus paid it all, we don't have to now!  We just need to accept what He did for us and come to Him with humbleness and thanksgiving.

 
IT IS FINISHED!


Resurrection Sunday is God's stamp of approval that His Son's sacrifice sated His need for justice.
Nothing else need be done.

For You will not abandon my soul to Sheol;
Nor will You allow Your Holy One to undergo decay.

                                                                                       Acts 13:35

Adult Sunday School - Zoom Meeting
Led by Albert Faust

Matthew 27:50-54, 57-61 Matthew 28:1-8

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

Gather the family and listen and/or sing to the following joyful songs!
We miss seeing you in church. 

COVID-19 will NOT keep us from praising God, praying for our brothers and sisters, and helping each other as best as we can.

Denise and I are praying for you during this time, and we are available for private prayer.  
Give either of us a call.
Our numbers are listed below this post.

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

My Redeemer Lives - Nicole C. Mullen

Our first song that we chose for you is has one of Pastor Denise's favorite lyrics of all time ... "I know that my Redeemer lives...Because I talked with Him this morning"...

Here is a great version of "The Easter Song"

The Easter Song - Keith Green

This next song is a favorite of Pastor Harvey.  Enjoy!  
It tells Peter's story after the resurrection.

He's Alive - Dolly Parton

Easter Sunday Message - Pastor Harvey

Again, Denise and I will be available for prayer.

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

In Christ,

Pastor Harvey

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 5, 2020

2020-04-06-Lazarus the Eyewitness

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

 

"Fig" Monday - The Eyewitness of Lazarus

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 today...come back tomorrow for Tuesday's message.

For Him and His Kingdom,

Pastor Harvey

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