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The Walk/Run for Life & Harvest Festival will be: 

Saturday October 10th, 2020. We ask that all participants follow the current L.A. City COVID-19 guidelines. Register today Click Here


At the Event

Live music, a harvest themed photo booth, bounce house, children's activities & more. For sale: Barbecue Burgers (boxed), pre-packaged baked goods, iced coffee & blueberry lemonade. 


The Mission of the Walk/Run for Life

The Walk/Run for Life is a peaceful positive event that gives people a way to apply their pro-life convictions, raise support, and increase awareness in our community. 

Individual Fundraisers: Prizes this year include a three-day stay in Napa Valley, Golf for four at the Porter Valley Country Club, Spa Package, and gift cards for dining or outdoor adventures.

Teams: All teams raising $5,000 or more will receive two $25 Starbucks gift cards per fundraising team member (up to 20 gift cards) 

Free T-Shirt: Turn in $250+ in sponsorships and get a free event T-Shirt. They are available for purchase for $10/each. (While supplies last) 


Your support helps provide compassionate assistance to hundreds of women, men and students every year. We offer comprehensives, positive alternatives to abortion.  


To make your very own fundraising page click here and you will be directed to our event page to register.

Other ways to give: 

We also accept donations on Venmo:@Open-Arms-1

or Zelle: debi@openarmspregnancy.com

See you there! 


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About Open Arms: Your support helps provide compassionate assistance to hundreds of men, women, and students every year. We offer comprehensive, positive alternatives to abortion.


Our free and confidential services include:

Pregnancy Testing

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Ultrasound to Confirm Pregnancy

Medical Referrals

Pregnancy Decision Counseling

Clothing, Food, and Baby Items

Post-Abortion Support

Pregnancy and Parenting Skills Classes


Questions? 818-626-9404


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Dear friends,

I’ve been paying attention to immigration issues in the news for long enough to expect that, in the next couple months, immigration will likely become a significant topic of national political debate.

We all know that immigration is a political issue, and that immigration policies are consequential. But I believe that we make a mistake, as Christians, if we begin and end our conversations regarding immigration from a political perspective. Because, for Christians, our first lens to view any complicated issue should be through the perspective of the Bible.

Regrettably, though evangelical Christians would generally affirm the authority of the Bible as the inspired word of God, relatively few – just 12% according to a LifeWay Research poll – cite it as the primary influence on their thinking on immigration issues. More evangelical Christians cited “the media” than the Bible, the local church or national Christian leaders combined.

But that’s not because the Bible is silent on this issue. In fact, though there certainly is no specific U.S. immigration policy prescription hidden in the pages of Scripture, the Bible speaks frequently to God’s love and concern for the vulnerable foreigner. In fact, the Hebrew word ger, a resident foreigner or immigrant, appears 92 times just in the Old Testament.  

That’s why, shortly after the Evangelical Immigration Table first launched in 2012, we began the “I Was a Stranger” Challenge, inviting Christians to read one Bible passage each day for forty days that relates to the topic of immigration – and to prayerfully seek God’s heart.

There is intentionally no commentary on the passages and no prescription for how to apply them: we leave that to you as you read and pray through the words of Scripture. We believe God’s word is “living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). It does not return void (Isaiah 55:11).

So, in this contentious season, we invite you to ensure that your reflections on the topic of immigration (and your thoughts about immigrants as people made in God’s image) are steeped in Scripture by utilizing this 40-day Bible-reading guide.

We’d also invite you to take it one step further: beyond just reading these passages yourself, would you challenge others? We’ve made that simple, with easily share-able graphics that you can post to Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or any other social media platform once per day for forty days, inviting your network of friends, family and acquaintances to also reflect on God’s word, adding your own reflection on passages if you’d like. 

Imagine if, rather than having our newsfeeds saturated by articles and commentary that too often treat immigrants as a political football, they were saturated with the words of Scripture that focus on God’s heart for immigrants? Would you join us?

In Christ,

 

Matthew Soerens

National Coordinator, Evangelical Immigration Table
 

P.S. Esta oportunidad está disponible en español aquí.

 


 

SALMO 61: 1-4 sermón en video

PSALM 61:1-4 sermon on video

Mentiras que comenzamos a procesar y responder a la injusticia racial en nuestra sociedad, en la iglesia y en nosotros mismos, espero que comencemos a clamar al Señor. Que Él nos guíe a la Roca que es más alta que nosotros y que nos de Su Perspectiva mientras buscamos a proclamar y hacer justicia.


As we begin to process and respond to the racial injustice in our society, in the church, and in ourselves, let's begin by crying out to the Lord. May He lead us to the Rock that is higher than ourselves and give us His Perspective as we seek to proclaim and do justice.

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A Prayer of Lament

LAMENTATIONS 5 CONTEXTUALIZED FOR TODAY


Remember, Lord, what happened to Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, and George Floyd; 

          look and see the disgraceful way their bodies were treated.

Our inheritance of the image of God in every human being

          has been co-opted and denied by others.

The family of Ahmaud, Breonna, and George Floyd has lost their loved ones,

          widowed mothers once again grieve their dead children.

We must scrap for our basic human rights (even to sit peacefully in our homes);

          our basic needs (even the need to breathe) have a great price.

Corrupt officers pursue us with their knees on our necks;

          we are weary and we find no rest.

We submit to uncaring government officials and to big business to get enough bread.

Our ancestors sinned the great sin of instituting slavery;

          they are no more — but we bear their shame.

The system of slavery and institutionalized racism ruled over us,

          and there is no one to free us from their hands.

We get bread (or jog in our neighborhoods) at the risk of our lives

          because of the guns on the streets.

George Floyd is down on the street, his body crying out for air.

Black women have been violated throughout our nation's history;

          Breonna Taylor gunned down in her own home.

Noble black men have been hung, lynched, and gunned down.

          elders and spokesmen are shown no respect.

Young men can't find work because of unjustly applied laws.

          Unjustly incarcerated because of staggering negative expectations.

The elder statesmen and civil rights leaders have been assassinated;

          young people who speak out their protest through music are silenced.

Trust in our ultimate triumph has diminished;

          our triumphant proclamation of victory has turned to a funeral dirge.

Our sense of exceptionalism has been exposed.

          Woe to us, for we have sinned.

Because of this our hearts are faint,

          because of these things our eyes grow dim

For our cities lie desolate with predatory lenders and gentrifiers prowling over them.

You, LORD, reign forever; your throne endures from generation to generation.

Why do you always forget us? Why do you forsake us for so long?

Restore us to yourself, Lord, that we may return;

renew as that we may find a new way forward

unless you have utterly rejected us and are angry with us beyond measure.

Excerpted and reworked (again) from Prophetic Lament: A Call for Justice in Troubled Times.

UNA ORACIÓN DE LAMENTO

LAMENTACIONES 5 CONTEXTUALIZADAS PARA HOY


Recuerda, Señor, lo que les sucedió a Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor y George Floyd;

          mira y ve la vergonzosa forma en que sus cuerpos fueron tratados.

Nuestra herencia de la imagen de Dios en cada ser humano.

          ha sido cooptado y negado por otros.

La familia de Ahmaud, Breonna y George Floyd ha perdido a sus seres queridos,

          las madres viudas vuelven a llorar a sus hijos muertos.

Debemos desechar nuestros derechos humanos básicos (incluso para sentarnos pacíficamente en nuestros hogares);

          Nuestras necesidades básicas (incluso la necesidad de respirar) tienen un excelente precio.

Los oficiales corruptos nos persiguen con las rodillas en el cuello;

          Estamos cansados  y no encontramos descanso.

Nos sometemos a funcionarios gubernamentales indiferentes y a grandes empresas para obtener suficiente pan.

Nuestros antepasados  pecaron el gran pecado de instituir la esclavitud;

          ya no están, pero tenemos su vergüenza.

El sistema de esclavitud y racismo institucionalizado nos gobernaba,

          y no hay nadie que nos libere de sus manos.

Tenemos pan (o trotar en nuestros barrios) a riesgo de nuestras vidas.

          por las armas en las calles.

George Floyd está en la calle, su cuerpo clama por aire.

Las mujeres negras han sido violadas a lo largo de la historia de nuestra nación;

          Breonna Taylor fue abatida a tiros en su propia casa.

Nobles hombres negros fueron colgados, linchados y asesinados a tiros.

          los ancianos y los portavoces no se muestran respeto.

Los hombres jóvenes no pueden encontrar trabajo debido a leyes aplicadas injustamente.

          Encarcelado injustamente debido a asombrosas expectativas negativas.

Los mayores estadistas y líderes de derechos civiles han sido asesinados;

          Los jóvenes que expresan su protesta a través de la música son silenciados.

La confianza en nuestro triunfo final ha disminuido;

          Nuestra triunfante proclamación de victoria se ha convertido en un canto fúnebre.

Nuestro sentido de excepcionalismo ha sido expuesto.

          ¡Ay de nosotros, porque hemos pecado!

Debido a esto nuestros corazones son débiles,

          debido a estas cosas nuestros ojos se vuelven tenues

Porque nuestras ciudades yacen desoladas con prestamistas depredadores y gentrificadores que merodean por ellas.

Tú, Señor, reina para siempre; tu trono perdura de generación en generación.

¿Por qué siempre nos olvidas? ¿Por qué nos abandonas por tanto tiempo?

Devuélvenos a ti mismo, Señor, para que podamos regresar;

renovar para que podamos encontrar un nuevo camino a seguir

a menos que nos haya rechazado por completo y esté enojado con nosotros sin medida.

Extraído y reelaborado (nuevamente) de Lamento profético: un llamado a la justicia en tiempos difíciles.


church-wide prayer

LSPV will have a time of church-wide prayer seeking justice for our neighbor tomorrow night (6/3) on Zoom from 7:00-8:30 PM.


Please join us!


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5178324321

Meeting ID: 517 832 4321

ORACIÓN EN FAMILIA SPIRITUAL

LSPV tendrá un tiempo de oración para toda la iglesia donde por medio de la oracion estaremos buscando/pediendo/rogando por justicia para nuestro prójimo mañana por la noche (6/3) en Zoom de 7:00-8: 30 PM.


Los invitamos.


https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5178324321

Meeting ID: 517 832 4321

please read:

LSPV Family:

This past week, we watched as Minneapolis resident George Floyd desperately pleaded for his life, while an officer mercilessly knelt upon his neck using the full weight of his body to constrict circulation. This inhumane act ultimately resulted in Floyd’s death.


This is not an isolated event but a consistent historical pattern and current occurrence/experience in our society for our black families and neighbors, specifically.

As followers of Jesus, individually and collectively as Living Stones-Piedras Vivas (LSPV), how should we respond?


Micah 6:8

He has shown you, O human, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.


We, the leaders of LSPV, categorically reject the hatred and fear that has led to the senseless taking of George Floyd’s life … and the life before that ... and the one before that .... While it is difficult in such circumstances to know exactly what to say, we acknowledge that to say nothing will also say something. This senseless loss of life and the injustice recent events highlight cannot be ignored or explained away. And, we are called to steward this moment, as representatives of the Kingdom in our broken world. May His Kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven...


In the wake of the ongoing tragedies, amidst grief and lament, we act - moving beyond our walls, loving others with our hands and feet, and voices. We come together in prayer, in nonviolent protest, and in seeking to walk with our neighbors who live amongst us who are oppressed and suffering injustice. We advocate for judicial accountability, systemic reform, and institutional change. We declare that new discipleship paradigms are needed to address racism and reframe it as a matter of discipleship, rather than a mere social issue. We, the body of Christ, purpose that we can no longer sidestep difficult conversations about police brutality/misconduct, racial supremacy and systemic sin.


As followers of Jesus, we remember that we are a people of a shared hope. We know and follow a God who is in the process of restoring all things. We have a message of hope that eclipses despair, dissonance, fatalism and ultimately causes us to remember who we are and whose we are. We know this hope because of the gift and revelation of the Holy Spirit. This hope gives us patience. This hope gives us confidence. This hope fuels our perseverance. This hope ensures us that God has not abandoned us. It reminds us that we must interpret the present in light of the promised future. It reminds us of God’s history of faithfulness amidst oppression, tyranny and injustice. It is this Spirit-inspired hope which empowers and enables those of us living under the weight of oppression and injustice to affirm both our humanity and dignity in the face of systems and structures which seek to strip us of them daily. It provides substance for our sojourn and undergirds our pursuit of the Kingdom.


To Him Who is Able!

Britt

(On behalf of the LSPV Leadership Team)


This will require ongoing reflection and dialogue that begins with seeking the Lord for His perspective and listening to those amongst us who are more directly experiencing and impacted by these tragedies. Please listen, consider, and respond with a spirit of humility as we continue to seek together to be and make disciples of Jesus Christ that are Gospel-Driven, Church-Centered, and Neighbor-Focused.


(parts of this statement adapted from “CCDA’s Response in this Critical Moment”)


Por favor lee:

Familia LSPV:

La semana pasada, se publicó un video de la muerte de George Floyd, un moreno que fue arrestado y murió después de que un policía se arrodilló en su cuello por ocho minutos cortándole la respiración.

Esta es una de muchas tragedias similares que se han visto en los Estados Unidos. Es una experiencia muy conocida por la comunidad morena en este país.

Desde el principio de la historia de este país, la agresión, crueldad y violencia en contra del pueblo moreno siempre se ha visto.

Como seguidores de Cristo, como la Iglesia Living Stones-Piedras Vivas, ¿cómo debemos de responder en la situación presente?  


Miqueas 6:8

El Señor ya te ha dicho, oh hombre,

en qué consiste lo bueno

y qué es lo que él espera de ti:

que hagas justicia, que seas fiel y leal

y que obedezcas humildemente a tu Dios.


Nosotros los líderes de la iglesia Living Stones Piedras Vivas rechazamos la violencia y el temor que llevó no solo a la muerte de George Floyd y sino a todas las muertes de gente morena a manos de los policías. Aunque es difícil en situaciones como la presente saber exactamente que decir, reconocemos que el silencio también comunica algo y por eso hacemos esta declaración. Esta muerte no tiene sentido y la injusticia racial que se ve por medio de los eventos recientes no pueden ignorarse y no tienen excusa. Como representantes del Reino de Dios en este mundo quebrantado, tenemos que administrar bien este momento. Que venga Su Reino aquí en la tierra así como es en el cielo.


Estamos afligidos y estamos lamentando. Tenemos que actuar. Tenemos que usar nuestras voces para denunciar lo que está pasando uniéndonos en oración y en protestas no-violentas, y buscando andar con nuestros prójimos que están oprimidos y sufriendo injusticias. Tenemos que abogar por justicia a nivel judicial, abogar por reforma y buscar un cambio en las instituciones de este país, que siempre han dado preferencia a los güeros, los de piel clara. También declaramos que dentro de la iglesia, tenemos que dar atención a los temas del racismo y ver que no solo existe a nivel social. Tenemos que reconocer que luchar contra el racismo dentro de nosotros y en el mundo es parte de nuestro crecimiento como Cristianos, nuestro discipulado. Nosotros como la iglesia, el cuerpo de Cristo, no podemos evadir las conversaciones difíciles acerca de la agresión policiaca, la supremacía racial y el pecado sistémico del racismo.


Como seguidores de Cristo recordamos que somos un pueblo que comparte una misma esperanza. Conocemos y seguimos a un Dios que está restaurando todas las cosas. Este mensaje de esperanza opaca la desesperación y disonancia de este momento y nos recuerda que le pertenecemos a Cristo y lo representamos a El.

Conocemos esta esperanza por medio de la revelación del Espíritu Santo que se nos ha dado como don. Esta esperanza nos da paciencia. Esta esperanza nos da confianza. Esta esperanza nos ayuda a seguir adelante. Esta esperanza nos asegura que Dios no nos ha abandonado. Esta esperanza nos recuerda que tenemos que ver el presente a la luz del futuro que Dios nos ha prometido. Nos recuerda que a través de la historia, Dios ha sido fiel en medio de la opresión y la injusticia. Para aquellos de nosotros viviendo bajo el peso de la opresión y la injusticia, esta esperanza nos da el poder para seguir adelante y afirmar nuestra humanidad y nuestra dignidad. 


A Aquel Que Es Poderoso, 

Britt

Escrito de parte de todo el equipo de liderazgo 


  Reconocemos que este es un proceso que requiere reflexión y diálogo. Este proceso empieza con buscar al Señor y Su perspectiva. También es necesario escuchar a aquellos que más directamente han experimentado estas realidades raciales. Por favor escuchen, consideren, y respondan en un espíritu de humildad. En unidad queremos ser y hacer discípulos de Jesucristo que están Impulsados por el Evangelio, Centrados en la Iglesia y Enfocados en el Prójimo.  


(partes de esta declaración adaptadas de “CCDA’s Response in this Critical Moment”)

please pray for Larry

LSPV Family:


I wanted to update everyone and ask you to pray for our brother, Larry. He is currently hospitalized at Northridge Hospital & Medical Center and has a planned surgery for tomorrow morning (Saturday, 5/2) at 9:00 a.m. Larry has a bowel obstruction that has not resolved since he was admitted this past Monday evening. The surgery is a laparotomy, which means they will open his abdominal cavity to try and resolve the blockage in his intestine. The extent of the issue, the surgery, complications, and recovery are not known until they begin the procedure. It could be very serious and even require for them to remove part of his intestine and insert a colostomy bag.


We must pray! I would ask that you pray that the blockage would be removed with no intervention before tomorrow morning, with minimal intervention if they proceed with surgery, and that they would not have to remove part of his colon or put in a colostomy bag.


Because of the current situation with Covid-19, there are no visitors allowed at the hospital and Larry has been by himself since I dropped him off on Monday night. Larry is definitely discouraged and anxious at this time. Please text, call, or FaceTime Larry to encourage him and pray with him. His number is 773-308-3918.


I will keep everyone updated as I receive any further information.


To Him Who is Able!

Britt


Por favor ora por Larry

Familia LSPV:


Quería actualizar a todos y pedirte que reces por nuestro hermano, Larry. Actualmente está hospitalizado en Northridge Hospital & Medical Center y tiene una cirugía planificada para mañana por la mañana (sábado 5/2) a las 9:00 a.m. Larry tiene una obstrucción intestinal que no se ha resuelto desde que ingresó el pasado lunes por la noche. La cirugía es una laparotomía, lo que significa que abrirán su cavidad abdominal para tratar de resolver el bloqueo en su intestino. La extensión del problema, la cirugía, las complicaciones y la recuperación no se conocen hasta que comienzan el procedimiento. Podría ser muy grave e incluso requerir que retiren parte de su intestino e inserten una bolsa de colostomía.


¡Debemos orar! Quisiera pedir que oren para que el bloqueo se elimine sin intervención antes de mañana por la mañana, con una intervención mínima si continúan con la cirugía, y que no tendrían que extraer parte de su colon o colocarlo en una bolsa de colostomía.


Debido a la situación actual con Covid-19, no se permiten visitas en el hospital y Larry ha estado solo desde que lo dejé el lunes por la noche. Larry definitivamente está desanimado y ansioso en este momento. Envía un mensaje de texto, llama o FaceTime Larry para alentarlo y orar con él. Su número es 773-308-3918.


Mantendré a todos actualizados a medida que reciba más información.


¡A Aquel que es capaz!

Britt


April 10th, 2020

LSPV Family:


John 16:31-33

31 Jesus asked, “Do you finally believe? 32 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when you will be scattered, each one going his own way, leaving me alone. Yet I am not alone because the Father is with me. 33 I have told you all this so that you may have peace in me. Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.”


In this passage, Jesus was speaking to his disciples about the difficulties and sorrows to come that would be followed by joy - specifically referencing the death he would face on Good Friday and the victory He would claim on Resurrection Sunday. “So you have sorrow now, but I will see you again; then you will rejoice, and no one can rob you of that joy.” (John 16:22). On this Good Friday and looking forward to Resurrection Sunday - as his followers, as his body, as his disciples, these words from Jesus are for us!


He has faced death (both physical and spiritual/eternal) in our place on the cross and now we stand with Him in his victory resurrected from the grave!  Even in the midst of the difficulty and sorrows of our current situation, we can take heart! Jesus has overcome and we have an enduring joy in this moment that will prove eternal.


I am praying for each of you during this time and looking forward to the moment when we can all gather together again in person to worship our King!


To Him Who is Able!


In the past, we have had a Good Friday service together to reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus in preparation for our celebration together on Resurrection Sunday. In the absence of gathering together physically during this time, I wanted to provide you with a resource that would help us to reflect and worship together during this weekend.


Please consider listening to this brief message, watching the short video, reading the passages, and reflecting on the questions in this study from the Bible Project.  Click on the links below:


ENGLISH version

or

SPANISH version



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Familia LSPV:


Juan 16: 31-33

31 —¿Por fin creen? —preguntó Jesús—. 32 Pero se acerca el tiempo —de hecho, ya ha llegado— cuando ustedes serán dispersados, cada uno se irá por su lado y me dejarán solo. Sin embargo, no estoy solo, porque el Padre está conmigo. 33 Les he dicho todo lo anterior para que en mí tengan paz. Aquí en el mundo tendrán muchas pruebas y tristezas; pero anímense, porque yo he vencido al mundo. "


En este pasaje, Jesús estaba hablando a sus discípulos sobre las dificultades y las penas por venir que seguirían con alegría, específicamente haciendo referencia a la muerte que enfrentaría el Viernes Santo y la victoria que reclamaría el Domingo de Resurrección. “22 Así que ahora ustedes tienen tristeza, pero volveré a verlos; entonces se alegrarán, y nadie podrá robarles esa alegría.". (Juan 16:22) En este Viernes Santo y esperando el Domingo de Resurrección, como sus seguidores, como su cuerpo, como sus discípulos, ¡estas palabras de Jesús son para nosotros!


¡Él ha enfrentado la muerte (tanto física como espiritual / eterna) en nuestro lugar en la cruz y ahora estamos con Él en su victoria resucitada de la tumba!

Incluso en medio de la dificultad y las penas de nuestra situación actual, ¡podemos animarnos! Jesús ha vencido y tenemos una alegría duradera en este momento que resultará eterna.


¡Rezo por cada uno de ustedes durante este tiempo y espero con ansias el momento en que todos podamos reunirnos nuevamente en persona para adorar a nuestro Rey!


¡A Aquel que es capaz!


En el pasado, hemos tenido un servicio de Viernes Santo juntos para reflexionar sobre el sufrimiento y la muerte de Jesús en preparación para nuestra celebración juntos en el Domingo de Resurrección. En ausencia de reunirnos físicamente durante este tiempo, quería proporcionarle un recurso que nos ayudaría a reflexionar y adorar juntos durante este fin de semana.


Por favor considere escuchar este breve mensaje, ver el video corto, leer los pasajes y reflexionar sobre las preguntas en este estudio del Proyecto Bíblico.  Haga clic en los siguientes enlaces:


Versión INGLÉS  

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Versión ESPAÑOL