Posts Tagged ‘christian’

October Faith-Based Spotlight

October 9, 2017

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Family Month @ South Hills Church

Everyone you know may have differing perspectives on God, Christianity, and the Bible, but one thing most people have in common is a genuine desire to love & lead their families well. We want our romance to last. We want to set our kids up for success. We want to leave our families something other than a laundry list of issues to overcome in therapy. We all want these things. We’re just not always sure how to go about getting them.

Family Month is about setting aside 5-straight weeks to focus on just that. This October we’ll explore ancient wisdom, cautionary tales & best practices together in hopes of learning how to help our families, current or future, be as holistically healthy as possible. What kind of fun can you expect from us?

CEREAL BUFFET / Sunday, October 8
BOUNCE HOUSE & BUBBLES / Sunday, October 15
JERSEY SUNDAY / Sunday, October 22
COSTUMES & CANDY / Sunday, October 29

2 Services & New Series @ Story City Church

Since day one, we have been a church that believes every story matters and no story is too bad, too good, too mad, or too far from God to matter to Him. This past spring and summer, our church had reached the point where our auditorium felt too full for new faces to feel at home. Because of this, we knew it was time to start again and make more room for more stories, which includes yours. Starting this Sunday, October 8th, we are moving to two identical services starting at 10:00am & 11:30am. Both services will have kids ministry for birth through 5th grade. We also begin a brand new series this weekend titled “The Ever Chasing GOD – a Journey through the Book of Jonah”.

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Christianity Introduction @ Emmanuel Church

ALPHA COURSE: ALPHA is a 10 week introductory course into Christianity. Each Sunday evening begins with a free dinner, followed by a thought-provoking video. Participants then break up into small groups for lively discussions. It is a great opportunity to explore life’s difficult questions in a safe, friendly environment. Alpha begins this Sunday evening October 8, 6:30 – 9:00. For more details contact Rick Durrance: rick@emmanuelburbank.org

Reformation 500 series @ Burbank Pres & Calvary Bible Church

Scripture, Faith, Grace, Christ & Glory to God alone.

Fall Festival @ Burbank Pres – Saturday, Oct. 28th @ 5-9pm

Pumpkin Carving, Hay Ride, Jumper, Obstacle Course, Face Painting, Picture Book. BYO Pumpkin. Dinner avail. Admission: $5.

Fun Fest @ Calvary Chapel Burbank – Tuesday, Oct. 31st @ 6-9pm

Community outreach with free food, candy, cotton candy, popcorn, inflatables, carnival style games, face painting, prizes. See this Video from previous event.

Gift of Life Banquet @ The Castaways – Thursday, Oct 12 from 6pm.

Crisis Pregnancy Clinic (aka Avenues Pregnancy Clinic) fundraiser feat. keynote address by Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, God’s Not Dead). Live Music, 3-Course Meal, Testimonies.

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Happy Easter Burbank!

April 16, 2017

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2016 Election – Local Races & Measure B

November 1, 2016

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Our 2016 Local Election Endorsements & Value Voter Guide Links fyi:

* State Senate (District 25)Michael Antonovich #45 | WebsiteFaceBook

* Supervisor (5th District)Kathryn Barger #76 | WebsiteFaceBook

* Measure B – Vote NO #192 | WebsiteFaceBook – SaveBurbank

Other Suggestions: U.S. Senator – Loretta Sanchez #36. U.S. Representative (28th District) – Lenore Solis #40. Assembly (43rd District) – Neither. Judges – Steven Schreiner #62, Efrain Aceves #65, Susan Townsend #69, David Berger #72. State Ballot Measures: See Below links.

Voter Guides: Craig Huey | Robyn Nordell | SaveCalifornia.com | Platforms

Candidate Forum Videos: State Senate | Supervisor | Assembly | Measures

*** Special Burbank Election Commentary: Vote NO on Measure B

I have many friends both opposing & supporting Measure B and have tried to keep an open mind and listen to both sides arguments for/against a new 14-gate 355,000 sqft terminal & governance changes. The main arguments for Measure B seem to be increased safety (distance from runway, seismic standards, ADA compliance) and improved passenger amenities & conveniences. Having flown into the recently built Sacramento airport, I can say it certainly was a pleasant experience & I have no problem with the modernization & improvements being proposed. That said, the Airport is safe “as is” & has a certain character/charm I would hate to loose if the replacement terminal is not done right (please see the unsightly, blinding RTIC car rental monstrosity). Unfortunately there are no actual architectural plans or models I can find to see what the replacement terminal might look like, so I guess we’ll have just have to wait & see.

The problem & primary reason I cannot support Measure B at this time is the governance changes that take away Burbank residents rights to vote on any future airport expansion i.e. increases in # gates, and gives them to unelected, unaccountable Airport Commissioners appointed by the City Council; I simply don’t trust them to protect Burbank residents best interests & quality-of-life. Nor do I trust any politician, so replacing them with City Council members who have made many decisions I disagree with (Talaria, BPD litigation “mess” etc.), does not make up for the loss of our voting rights. We also give away our land-use powers, meaning the City no longer has zoning/easement oversight on future airport development. These 2 changes are deal-breakers for me & should never have been agreed to by our City Council.

There are many other concerns I have. The measure was rushed onto the crowded November Ballot instead of being voted on during our local City Elections next Spring where the topic could be debated in much more detail. Most people have no idea what Measure B really is & simply don’t have the time to read through all the measures on the Ballot (17 State + 4 County/Local) and make an informed decision.

We also just learned the FAA is switching from a Radar based air traffic system to a Satellite system called NextGEN, a system that leads to greater flight efficiency and has lead to increased air traffic & new flight paths in some places where it’s already been implemented. And while the Yes folks claim there will be no increased flights due to NextGEN outside of market-driven forces, I prefer to wait-&-see what actually happens beginning November 10 when it’s implemented at BUR airport.

There are serious environmental concerns that still need to be addressed. If approved, construction wouldn’t begin for about 5 years but it would take 5 years to complete. The proposed replacement site is toxic and would need to be cleaned up of all the hazardous waste ala the Empire Center & Home Depot sites and constantly monitored. The construction will have major negative environmental impacts on those who live adjacent to the site, as those adj. to the 5 fwy construction are suffering through. Some opponents have even expressed concern about possible Easterly take-offs over the Hillside based on old FAA documents, although it appears this is not possible based on current FAA rules that prohibit such take-offs due to the runways proximity to the mountains. And while the Airport has threatened to build a new terminal anyway if they loose on the SW Quadrant, this is not their preferred site as it would takes years more to build (7 instead of 5), cost Millions of dollars more, &  may involve land-use related litigation with both the City of Burbank & Los Angeles.

At the end of the day, I believe we can do better than what’s been proposed and will be in a much stronger negotiating position of we Vote NO on Measure B now and force the airport to bring the item back with the above-mentioned protections that should have been there in writing in the first place, on our local election ballot next April. These protections should include a written guarantee that the number of gates can never be increased under any circumstances &/or a Measure B vote of the people, retaining the proposed Super-Majority in light of the fact that airport decisions directly effect/impact Burbank much more than Glendale/Pasadena, retaining existing zoning/easements oversight, continuation of the existing voluntary curfew & ongoing efforts to obtain a mandatory curfew, even though I don’t believe this will ever happen (the FAA already said NO to our Part 161 Study application), actual architectural plans/models for the replacement terminal, and a written guarantee that there will never be flights taking off to the East (regardless of FAA) and no commercial flights landing from the East ever! Do this, and I will support Measure B in 2017.

Links: City of Burbank Measure B information | NO on B | Yes on B

Bethlehem Village @ Burbank Pres

December 14, 2015

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Links: Event Info | FaceBook Events – Friday & Saturday | 2014 Photos

Bob Huff for LA County Supervisor (District 5)

November 20, 2015

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CA State Senator Bob Huff spoke recently @ the Burbank Buck & Ballot Brigade “Bakery & Politics Night”. Huff covered a wide range of topics including transportation, water, public safety, helping small business, film tax credits, the demise of redevelopment, working with others across the aisle to get things done (sometimes incrementally) as a minority leader, reaching Latinos, his journey into public service from Church to City Council to State Senator, and his upcoming campaign to replace Mike Antonovich (termed out) for LA County Supervisor. For more information on his candidacy, please visit his website: http://supervisorbobhuff.com/ &/or FaceBook page. Links: FLICKR PHOTO Album | FACEBOOK PHOTO Album

Mid-Term Election Day: Faith, Family & Freedom

November 4, 2014

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We’re voting for Faith, Family & Freedom today. # Vote your Values!

Links: Craig Huey websiteRobyn Nordell website | SaveCalifornia.com

Our Recommendations: Todd Royal* (State Assembly), Steve Stokes (US Representative), Ashley Swearengin (Controller), Pete Peterson (Secretary of State), Marshall Tuck* (Schools), Jim McDonnell (Sheriff), Proposition 1 – NO.   [* denotes opposes AB 1266 – Co-Ed Transgender Bathroom/Shower Bill ]

Senate Election Watch: [@ 8:45pm] 6 Down 0 to Go! REPUBLICANS take the SENATE! (+9) Congrat’s to Rep Tom Cotton (AR), Shelley Moore Capito (WV), Mike Rounds (SD), Cory Gardner (CO), Steve Daines (MT), Joni Ernst (IA), Thom Tillis (NC), Dan Sullivan (AK) & Bill Cassidy (LA_ on their wins, as well as Senate GOP Minority Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (KY). House Gains = + 13 Republicans. Governor Races: Greg Abbott (TX) & Scott Walker (WI) have both won easily! Rick Scott (FL) narrowly defeats Crist (D). Bruce Rauner ousts Pat Quinn (IL) & Nathan Deal wins Georgia! (+3 Gain)

Pulpit Freedom Sunday & Family Promise update

October 8, 2014

Pastor Ross Purdy speaks about religious freedom & politics in his Pulpit Freedom Sunday sermon – “Rendering to God” at First Presbyterian Church of Burbank on 10/5/14. Scriptures: Matthew 22:15-22, Psalm 50:9-12. Worship Videos: Praise BandYouth. Website: http://www.BurbankPres.org

Additional Links: Pastor Jack Hibbs (Calvary Chapelsermon/history lesson.

I Stand Sunday Promo | Webcast Link re Nov 2 event for Houston Pastors.

Family Promise update: Last Thursday Burbank Pres hosted a special meeting to discuss all the exciting things happening with Family Promise of the Verdugos as we move towards re-opening early in 2015! Speakers included JP O’Connor, Sandra Thompson and new Board Members Debbie Merta Kukta (City Treasurer) & Zizette Mullins (City Clerk). Rep’s from various Host & Support Congregations were able to sign-up to house & feed homeless families and details were given re FPV’s “Restore the Dream” Benefit Dinner Nov. 14 at the Autry Center and “Houses for Change” program to create awareness of FPV and raise needed funds for our invaluable services. Special Thanks to Pie Awesome Pizzeria for generously donating some awesome pizza for attendees. Website: http://www.FamilyPromiseVerdugos.org

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Happy 4th July! Welcome Hobby Lobby! Wake Up!

July 3, 2014

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Pastor Jack Hibbs (Calvary Chapel Chino Hills) Special 4th of July Message

Holy Week – Easter in Burbank

April 13, 2014

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Easter Services schedule @ First Presbyterian Church of Burbank:

Maundy Thursday – Last Supper re-enactment. FLICKR PhotosVIDEO
Easter Sunday – 9:15am (traditional) & 11:15am (contemporary) – FLICKR Photos | FACEBOOK Photos | Easter Sermon by Ross Purdy @ Burbank Pres

Easter Friday @ Calvary Chapel Burbank @ 12pm/7:30pm. IOSpic | mp3mp3

Sunrise Service @ Forest Lawn Hollywood with Ross Purdy  @ 6AM

Please join us Saturday week after Burbank on Parade for Open House @ First Presbyterian Church of Burbank from 1pm-3pm and see a special Easter Children’s Play. http://burbankpres.org/gc-events.htm

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Open Letter to Mike Gatto re Co-ed Bathrooms

March 22, 2014

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Gloria’s letter to Assemblyman Mike Gatto Re AB 1266 – the Co-Ed Bathroom / Shower Bill (Don’t make Mama Bear angry).

I am writing to voice my strong disapproval of your vote in support of AB 1266, the Transgender Co-ed Bathroom Bill. I cannot believe the legislator I voted for in the past 2 elections would support such a horrendous bill. I am a Parent of a 6th grader in the BUSD and can tell you that my daughter and her friends are horrified at the thought of confused boys going into the girls bathroom, not to mention showers if they elect to play on girls sports team. Why would you choose to inconvenience 99% of our kids to accommodate a handful of students? Why do you care more about promoting the LGBT agenda vs. promoting Family values and protecting our children? I can also tell you the nearly every parent I’ve spoken to in the district and @ Church share my concerns. And this is not a partisan political issue; parents agree regardless of their political leanings.

Gender-confused children are allowed to use Teachers bathrooms in many schools and this should suffice. Some schools are assigning special gender-neutral bathrooms just for these children, again a much better & safer solution. I ask that you re-consider your support for this & move to repeal the law immediately before the voters do. As you know, the Bill is currently in limbo pending approval of a ballot measure to repeal it. Unfortunately Sec. of State Debra Bowen continues to deliberately circumvent the will of the people by first refusing to count all the signatures submitted, & after being ordered by a judge to count them, throwing out 131k signatures she claims are invalid, and doing everything she can to hinder & intimidate those challenging valid thrown out signatures. My husband & I vow to continue to educate parents & members of the faith-based community in Burbank on this issue, to hold lawmakers accountable for their actions, and to protect our Children’s Right to Privacy.

Links: Privacy for all Students websiteFaceBook page | Pacific Justice Institute website  – PJI FaceBook page | http://www.faith-freedom.com | http://www.watchmenministry.com | ACLJ.org |  Mike Gatto website | SaveCalifornia.com/Not-Born-This-Way

Public School alternatives: HSLDA website – FaceBook | Village Christian | Catholic Schools – St Finbar | St Francis Xavier St Roberts – Bell-Jeff

* UPDATE 3/25/14PJI Files Lawsuit against Sec. of State Debra Bowen asserting enough signatures for Co-ed Bathroom Bill Referendum. *


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