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MID-WEEK SMALL GROUPS
As part of the 2020 summer sermon series RESILIENT, there will be two small group offerings to the congregation.  
All are invited to join! 
 
Small group ministry is an important way to connect.  
There are additional small groups throughout the week to consider.  
Contact Bob Inadomi for information. rbjn@aol.com  
 
RESILIENT FAITH:
AN INTRODUCTION TO A CONTEMPLATIVE PRACTICE
 
WEDNESDAYS  @ 7:30PM
 
 
HOSTED BY REV. LORA EAST & FRIENDS
 
 
Meeting ID: 867 2949 5953
Password: 773570
To joIn by phone: +1 669 900 9128
 
ARTWORK BY MARGE WINDISH
 
THURSDAY EVENING BIBLE STUDY
A LOOK INTO PHILIPPIANS & GALATIANS
WITH REV. DAVE CARPENTER
 
 
 
thursday from 5pm – 6pm
 
email pastor dave at dcarpenter@bpcusa.org or info@bpcusa.org for the zoom link information.  
all are welcome!  
 
RESILIENT FAITH PODCAST
 
For 9 weeks, we will provide a guided meditation to support your journey to live a fully present life, and a deeper
understanding of the resilient power within you. Opportunities to find deeper resilience within ourselves can come when life seems most challenging. This podcast is to help you develop that resilience and connection with God.
Being Resilient and having power starts with Faith. Resilient Faith is sponsored by
Brentwood Presbyterian Church in West Los Angeles.
 
AVAILABLE ON ALL PODCAST PLATFORMS
Spotify, inTunes, Podchaser, Podcast Addict, Deexer, Listen Notes, iHeartRadio and Buzzsprout
 
OR CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
 
VIRTUAL BOOK STUDY ON THE EFFECTS OF RACISM IN OUR NATION
 
We have been told, rightly, that the work ahead is primarily the work of the white and privileged community to wake up, face the deep systemic evils of the racism we have allowed to fester in the fabric of society, and use our influence tomake real and enduring change.  It all starts by opening our eyes and seeing, listening and hearing, studying and understanding, the systems we have created and passively enjoyed while others suffer.  We want to begin this journey by reading and discussing a book together, “Waking Up White” by Debby Irving.  It chronicles the odyssey of a middle aged, middle class, white woman facing up to the racism in her life and her society.  
 
DATES:  AUGUST 2 – 11:15AM – 12:45PM
 
Zoom Invitation Link: 
Meeting ID #:  865 1757 1537
Zoom Link:  https:11us92web.zoom.us/j/86517571537
669-900-6833 and enter meeting ID
Here is the link to the author’s website:  https://debbyirving.com/the-book/
Here is the link to her TEDTalk:  https://youtu.be/oD5Ox5XNEpg.
 
Stay-Home-Faith-Based Film Series
SELFIE DAD
 
SELFIE DAD features an African-American Christian comedian Ben Marcus (played by real-life comedian Michael Jr.) who gave up stand-up to have a family and ended up in an editing job he hates. His wife, Jessica is Latina, so the multiculturalism is in full bloom with this film (there’s even an Asian minister), and she curses in Spanish at him. On top of that, Ben references being black in his comedy, more so than we’ve seen other characters do in our series.
More importantly, Ben learns to re-connect with his family in this film, being a busy dad who doesn’t prioritize them, until a friend gets him back into the Bible and in right relationship with God and others.
 
The film also stars popular Christian comedienne Chonda Pierce in a minor role. Pierce, known as the “Queen of Clean” is the RIAA’s most-awarded female comic, and has been lauded for being open about her struggles with depression. PG. 97 min.
Watch the trailer:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-e2e6-PVMBA
 
The film is streaming on a number of platforms for as little as $3.99 in SD:
https://www.justwatch.com/us/movie/selfie-dad
 

Read an interview with Michael Jr. about his faith, his family and choosing clean comedy (includes a video clip of his Christian stand-up):

https://www.christianexaminer.com/article/michael-jr-explains-why-he-chose-clean-comedy-and-how-kids-influenced-his-decision/51021.htm