Nominate Your Pastor

99.5 KKLAAmerica's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering present - Thankful Thursdays - our way of saying thanks to local church pastors and their staffs by delivering a FREE LUNCH* to their offices every Thursday. 

Each week we'll select a church or school from among the nominations we receive from our 99.5 KKLA listeners.  We invite you to nominate your local church, or just a favorite one - for this special honor.

Use the links below to nominate the church of your choice by telling us why you want to bless them.  Then listen to 99.5 KKLA every Thursday for the name of the church to be honored including your nomination story as to why they deserve a Thankful Thursday FREE lunch*.

Help us bless local churches every Thursday - every Thankful Thursday - with lunch for the pastor and church staff courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.

You can submit one nomination per week! Click on the links below to get started with your first nomination.

And Thank You - for helping 99.5 KKLA and America's Christian Credit Union make every Thursday - a Thankful Thursday for the staff of a local church.

*Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering provides lunch for 12.


THURSDAY | MAY 19, 2022
Southern Missionary Baptist Church  |  4678 west adams boulevard, los angeles 90016

Nominated by:  Vanessa Meade

The heart of Los Angeles is home to the Southern Missionary Baptist Church, pastored by Xavier Thompson.  The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team received a very warm welcome and delivered appreciation meals courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.  

SMBCLA also has a North LA campus at Saint Paul Baptist Church of Pacoima, 11137 Herrick Avenue in Pacoima, and a third congregation at Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima.

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their communities, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

           

(Left) Senior Pastor Xavier Thompson is pictured with the KKLA ECOLA Van and leads three congregations, Southern Missionary Baptist Church Los Angeles, Saint Paul Baptist Church of Pacoima and Calvary Baptist Church of Pacoima.  Pastor Thompson flows in all five gifts of the five-fold ministry. He is not only a provocative thinker but a charismatic visionary that teaches the word with authority, clarity, conviction, and courage. For today's appreciation lunch, Pastor X invited the Elders of the Church to join him for this special event. (Center) Appreciation means prepared by our catering partner Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering are ready to be enjoyed.  America's Christian Credit Union is a proud sponsor of KKLA Thankful Thursdays and our mission to show our gratitude and appreciation to local pastors and church leaders.  (Right) Elders and Sisters of SMBCLA assemble in anticipation of a wonderful meal and fellowship.   Southern Missionary Baptist Church Los Angeles, states, "Everything we do as a church is rooted in the infallible Word of God, with a Spirit of Excellence and filtered through our focus on building people to live a purpose-driven life through our five core values. Southern is a place where love is felt, lives are changed, and where the Holy Spirit leads. We continue to grow in grace through faith serving as one ministry in three locations."   Their Sunday Worship Encounter occurs on-site at the Saint Paul campus at 8:00 am and at 11:30 am at the Los Angeles campus.  You can join their live stream of the 11:30 am service on multiple platforms, including YouTube, Facebook and Vimeo.  Their Wednesday night Pastoral Bible Study at 7:00 pm is also live streamed.  Southern Missionary Baptist Church Los Angeles also maintains a Sermons On Demand website, where you can view previous services and studies.


THURSDAY | MAY 12, 2022
CHURCH OF THE OPEN DOOR  |  701 SIERRA MADRE AVENUE, GLENDORA 91741

Nominated by:  Mara Bara

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team found themselves in the picturesque San Gabriel foothills to present appreciation meals courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union to Pastor Dave Anderson and the staff of the Church of the Open Door in Glendora.

Each week 99.5 KKLA Listeners are encouraged to nominate their church to receive a special appreciation for their dedication and service.

           

(Left) America's Christian Credit Union representatives Nikole Pearce, Community Engagement and Marketing and Sam Doctorian, Ministry and Business Sales Executive present a check for $1000 to Senior Pastor Dave Anderson.  ACCU has a major presence in the City of Glendora, "The Pride of the Foothills."  (Center)  Senior Pastor Dave Anderson smiles for the camera along with the appreciation meals provided by Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.  KKLA Listener Mara Bara nominated the Church of the Open Door, noting "Just want to let them know how much they are appreciated for everything they do. I am sure that our church like many others have had to make some difficult and hard decisions during this long few challenging months full of craziness. But they have managed to make it work. This is just a small way to thank and say to them how grateful I am for all they do."  (Right) The Church of the Open Door is a Christ preaching, Bible believing, sinner receiving community of grace. They go on to say, "As the Gospel heals our brokenness, God helps us through our failures as we open our lives to His protective love and the love of one another."  They offer an In-person traditional service, Sundays at 8:00 am, In-person contemporary services Sundays at 9:45 am and 11:00 am with the 9:45 am service also available for view on-demand.  Their beautiful, welcoming campus is located in the foothills of Glendora, nestled amongst oak trees, hiking trails and plenty of open space popular with scores of deer.


THURSDAY | MAY 5, 2022
new heart foursquare church |  380 East Covina Boulevard, Covina 91722

Nominated by:  Rosalinda Gonzalez

Serving the San Gabriel Valley community of Covina, the New Heart Foursquare Church was this week's Thankful Thursday Appreciation destination of the KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team and a visit with Senior Pastor Chuck Cannizzaro and staff.

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor, church staff, or Christian private school for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their communities, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

           

(Left) KKLA Listener and church nominator Rosie Gonzalez (right) joins Pastor Chuck Cannizzaro and wife Marianne for a photo op.  Rosie's nomination included, "Pastor Chuck and the staff at New Heart are amazing and so encouraging. God’s love is so evident through them and they selflessly serve the congregation and the community!"  Thank you Rosie for recommending your church for KKLA's Thankful Thursday Appreciation Lunch program, proudly sponsored by  Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union  (Center)  New Heart Foursquare Church has Sunday services at 10:30 am with a Wednesday Prayer Service at 6:30 pm. They also have Men's, Women's and Married Couples Fellowships, along with services and groups for Children and Youth.  Their online offerings include an archive of prior sermons, found here.  New Heart Foursquare Church has a desire to minister to each individual as a whole person and to minister to each family in the same manner. Their church ministries are designed to accomplish this goal because the believe that God has a special purpose for every single person. (Right) Pastor Chuck Cannizzaro is pictured with the twelve appreciation meals provided each week by Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering. 


THURSDAY | APRIL 28, 2022
HOPE CHAPEL HERMOSA BEACH |  2420 Pacific Coast Highway, Hermosa Beach 90254

Nominated by:  Carrin Leona

The "light on the hill," Hope Chapel Hermosa Beach pastored by Zac Nazarian and expertly lead by a large staff of pastors, church leaders and support staff was visited by the KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team with twelve appreciation lunches courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor, church staff, or Christian private school for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their communities, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

           

(Left) Pastor Zac Nazarian is the Lead Pastor of Hope Chapel.  Fifty years previous, God called a young pastor named Ralph Moore and his wife Ruby to take over a vacant church building in Manhattan Beach. Hope Chapel was born.  A few years later, that young church was full of new believers and its building was overflowing. In 1976, the growing congregation took ownership of an abandoned bowling alley overlooking the Pacific Ocean on Pacific Coast Highway to establish a "light of the hill" in Hermosa Beach.  Zac Nazarian succeeded Ralph Moore to become the second lead pastor of Hope Chapel and, over the past thirty-five years, thousands have been pointed to Jesus and many churches have been planted.  (Center) Teaching Pastor Mike Nazarian, Andrea Cavalieri, Kryslynn Worlitz and Esperanza Deese are just a few of the staff of Hope Chapel on hand for their Thankful Thursday Appreciation Lunch sponsored by Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union (Right) Hope Chapel is a diverse church family that teaches, sings, and lives the Gospel together in order to share the hope of Jesus with the South Bay. They have a robust slate of services, ministries and outreaches to serve the local community.  Worship services are held Saturdays at 5:00 pm and at 9:00 am and 11:00 am on Sundays.  Hope Chapel also champions small groups which they call MiniChurch.  MiniChurches are where authentic relationships for the love and care for one another are realized. Hope Chapel sees MiniChurches as a pathway to building community and helping people grow in their understanding and application of God's direction in their lives. Their on-line resources are extensive, and you can learn more about their many programs and services, including an archive of previous messages and their Live-Stream options.


THURSDAY | APRIL 21, 2022
Crescenta Valley Church |  4001 La Crescenta AveNUE, GLENDALE 91214

Nominated by:  Lesley Asistio

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team stayed close to home as we visited a church in our neck of the woods - Crescenta Valley Church, northeast of the KKLA Studios in the Glendale foothills. Crescenta Valley Church is pastored by Scott Wood.

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor, church staff, or Christian private school for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their communities, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.


Sam Doctorian, Ministry and Business Sales Executive for America's Christian Credit Union presents a check for $1000, to the Staff of Crescenta Valley Church as part of their efforts to support and show appreciation to local churches.  (L-R Chuck Holler, Pastor Scott Alvarez, Henry Alvarez, Pastor Rick Whitlow, Pastor Josh Williams, Tara Martinez, Joann Whitlow, Pastor Kathe Wood, Pastor Beth Krausse, Adrian Stark, Sam Doctorian and Pastor Scott Wood.)

           

(Left) The Staff of Crescenta Valley Church gather for a time of fellowship and recognition as part of KKLA's Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program, sponsored by Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.  (Center) Crescenta Valley Church serves their local community with Sunday Services at 9:30 am and 11:30 am, both in-person and Live Streamed.  Programs for elementary children are held at both services with classes for Youth held during the 11:30 am service only.  CVC also hosts a Celebrate Recovery program with regular and small groups meeting Friday nights at 7:00 pm, both in-person and video options. (Right) KKLA Listener Lesley Asistio nominated her church; “Because Pastor Wood unashamedly preaches the Truth regardless of cultural or political trends and urges his congregation to live it out in faith and love. I am a single mom with a 2 year old daughter. We currently live in a homeless shelter while I work 4 part-time jobs to try to save up money for our own place to live. Attending Crescenta Valley Church and learning in depth about God and the Bible has really given me the strength and resilience to keep pushing through despite adversity and opposition.” Find out more about CVC through their website, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube channel.


THURSDAY | APRIL 14, 2022
First Baptist Church Alhambra |  101 SOUTH Atlantic BOULEVARD, Alhambra 91801

Nominated by:  Diana Olson

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team had the honor of visiting a church that has a 131 year history of reaching out to the Alhambra community and around the world, the First Baptist Church of Alhambra, lead by Senior Pastor Reverend Dr. J. Matthew Barnes.

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor, church staff, or Christian private school for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their communities, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

           

(Left)  The KKLA ECOLA Van is pictured in front of the main sanctuary of First Baptist Church Alhambra - with a rich history that stretches back 131 years and the late 1800s. (Center) Delicious Appreciation Meals from Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering await the staff and pastors of First Baptish Church Alhambra.  (Right) Myrna Garcia, Administrative Assistant, Judy Kjos, Lead Volunteer of LBCA's food ministry program, Alex Liao, Director of LBCA's Chinese Ministries pose with Reverend Dr. Matthew Barnes, his wife Alida and sons Smith and MyronKKLA Listener Diana Olson submitted Reverend Barnes and the Staff of First Baptist Church Alhambra for the weekly Thankful Thursday Appreciation Event sponsored by  America's Christian Credit Union. Diana stated, "Besides providing online services and small groups using Zoom, since Covid began, our staff and volunteers provide groceries to about 400 families each Thursday. Pastor Matt connected with the LA Food Bank and local stores as well as receiving donations from members of our church.”  Food distribution is just one of the many different ministries provided by LBCA. Visit their website and Facebook pages for a comprehensive listing of all of their offerings, including Chinese and Spanish ministries.  Their main Sunday worship service is held at 10:30 am and is also Live Streamed on Facebook.  You'll also find an archive of prior services here.  Their website notes, "You are important at First Baptist Church and we would be excited to have you be a part of all that God is doing in this area. Plan to be a our guest and see for yourself what God is doing today."


THURSDAY | APRIL 7, 2022
ANTIOCH CHURCH OF LONG BEACH |  350 Pine AveNUE, Long Beach 90802

Nominated by:  Yvette Caesar

Downtown Long Beach is the location of Antioch Church of Long Beach, pastored by Wayne Chaney, Jr. and the destination of the KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team for this week's delivery of Appreciation Lunches made possible by Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor, church staff, or Christian private school for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their communities, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

           

(Left) Antioch Church of Long Beach has a rich history of service to the Long Beach community.  KKLA Family Member Yvette Caesar nominated her church, saying, "Our church staff, from our Pastor, First Lady and volunteers work tirelessly to serve the congregation and the community at large. Pastor Wayne Chaney and Lady Myesha hosted a Christmas in the City event in December and a Joy in the City event in January and February this year. At each event open to all in need - individuals and families could come shop for household items, toys, kitchenware, personal items, PPEs, diapers and furniture. All at no cost. They made sure that no one left empty handed. While planning events like this our Pastors manage to stay engage with the community and deliver a fresh word from God on Sundays that is relevant and impacting. I’ve been a member of Antioch for 45 years and can’t imagine serving under another Pastor and First Lady. I would love to see the Staff at Antioch Church of Long Beach honored."   (Center) Jacquez Chubbs, Teffani Taylor, Brandie Freely and Olawale Arowora pause for a photo in recognition of their outstanding service as staff members at Antioch Church of Long Beach.  Join them for their regular Sunday worship service at 10:00 am.  For Easter, they are adding a second service at 8:00 am.  Their services are Live Streamed and you can also watch previous services and gatherings on their Facebook video page.  Visitors will discover that the church focuses on three core disciplines: "Every soul is longing for only 3 simple things: Connection - With God and with others; Growth - Increase in strength and ability; and Impact - to have meaning and leave a mark. We create a dynamic spiritual environment where those core needs can be met."  Visit their Facebook page for comprehensive information regarding events, meetings, activities and service opportunities.  (Right)  America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering are proud partners in the recognition and appreciation of local Churches and Christian Schools. 


THURSDAY | MARCH 31, 2022
Trinity Baptist Church |  2040 WEST Jefferson BOULEVARD, LOS ANGELES 90018

Nominated by:  Charles Henderson*

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team had a bitter-sweet meeting with Reverend Alvin Tunstill, Jr. and the staff of Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles.  Sweet, in that we had the opportunity of extending our appreciation to the wonderful staff of Trinity Baptist Church, bitter in that Charles Henderson, *who nominated his church, had passed away. 

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor, church staff, or Christian private school for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their communities, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

Schuyler Francine, ACCU Senior Ministry Banking Officer presents a check for $1000, dedicated to the memory of KKLA Listener Charles Henderson, to Reverend Alvin Tunstill, Jr. at Trinity Baptist Church in Los Angeles. 

           

(Left) Trinity Baptist Church grew out of a Sunday School that began in June 1917 with fifteen children and three adults. The church was officially organized on the afternoon of Sunday, November 11, 1917. It has been faithfully serving the Los Angeles community for well over 100 years.  (Center)  America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering are proud partners in the recognition and appreciation of local Churches and Christian Schools.  Each week 99.5 KKLA delivers 12 meals prepared by Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.   (Right) Bruce Huff, Yvonne Lee, Pastor Alvin Tunstill, Jr., Cynthia Nixon, Milton Rouse, Anansa Singleton, James Bradley and Michele Baird pause for a photo before enjoying their lunches.  Trinity Baptist Church is especially proud of  proud of their sports ministry where they invite young men from the community to play basketball in their J. L. Caston Fellowship Center and for their tutoring services offered for local children. In addition to these community outreaches, you'll find a wealth of services, fellowship groups and meetings. Sunday Church Services are held at 7:30 am and 10:30 am with Sunday School for all ages offered between services at 9:00 am.  Wednesday's they offer four additional activities, a Living Word Bible Fellowship meeting at noon, a Bible Study Devotion (via Zoom), an in person Adult Bible Study and in person Young Adult Bible Study at 7:00 pm. Following the studies, there is a time of prayer and praise at 7:45 pm. Their website includes a podcast option for previous services, and you can live stream their Sunday worship offering, starting at 10:00 am on both YouTube and Facebook.


THURSDAY | MARCH 24, 2022
the Gathering at the garden church  |  18150 South Figueroa Suite #5, Gardena 90248

Nominated by:  Jarumy Parra

The South Bay was the destination of the KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team and a visit with Pastors Sac & Evelyn Juarez and staff from The Gathering at the Garden Church in Gardena and delivered Thankful Thursday Appreciation meals courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

           

(Left)  Pastors Sac and Evelyn Juarez gather with the staff from The Gathering at the Garden Church to receive their Thankful Thursday blessing courtesy of America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.   (Center) Pastor Sac leads the staff in prayer as they prepare to enjoy some fellowship and their Thankful Thursday box lunches.  (Right) Pastor Eli Parra and his wife Jarumy, (also the KKLA Listener who submitted the nomination, take a picture in front of the KKLA ECOLA Van.  Jarumy had this to say in her nomination comments, "Pastors Sac and Evelyn have been awesome and have made a huge impact in our church. Through the pandemic and by the Word, we have been emboldened to stand firm in Christ and not grow weary in doing good. They constantly give of their time and resources to help those in need. We just celebrated our 5 year anniversary; the church started in their living room (Super Bowl Sunday, 2017) and is now thriving in a building with over 100 members. I am very proud to be under their leadership and in their fold."  You are invited to fellowship with the congregation of The Gathering at the Garden Church at one of their many worship services, home groups or fellowship groups.  Services are held on Sunday at 9:30 am (English Language), 11:30 am (Spanish) and Wednesdays at 7:00 pm (Bilingual).  Services are broadcast via YouTube and Facebook Live and you'll also find a listing of previous services available to watch on demand. 


THURSDAY | MARCH 17, 2022
Morningstar Christian Chapel |  16241 Leffingwell Road, Whittier 90603

Nominated by:  Deby Fierro-Marone

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team had a great visit with Senior Pastor Jack Abeelen and the Staff of Morningstar Christian Chapel when they dropped off Thankful Thursday Appreciation meals courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.

Once again, America's Christian Credit Union, represented by Schuyler Francine, ACCU Senior Ministry Banking Officer was on-hand to present a check for $1000 to Pastor Jack Abeelen in an effort to demonstrate their appreciation of local churches.

           

(Left)  America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering, are in integral part of 99.5 KKLA's mission to recognize and honor local church pastors and their staff members for the incredible contributions they make everyday, as they minister to families in their local communities.   (Center) Pastor Jack Abeelen and members of the staff of Morningstar Christian Chapel in Whittier gather for a photo inside their multi-purpose facility.  Morningstar Christian Chapel has it origins when in 1980 Pastor Jack was given the opportunity to join a church staff as an assisting pastor and in 1985 went out to plant what today is the church he still pastors, Morningstar Christian Chapel, a Calvary Chapel affiliate church.   KKLA Family Member Deby Fierro-Marone nominated the church, pastor and staff noting, "My church of many years, has been there for the community, and us/the body of Christ, throughout the CCOVID-19 Pandemic. I know they've/we've faced challenges, but have continued to teach God's Word, reach out to others, and fulfill the Great Commission!"  (Right) Morningstar Christian Chapel offers engagements and worship services throughout the week, with Sunday morning services held at 9:00 am and 11:00 am, (both are Live Streamed, both on the website and through YouTube and Facebook).  There is a Monday night study at 7:00 pm, a Wednesday night service at 7:00 pm (Live Streamed) and a Thursday morning gathering for those Young @ Heart (Senior Fellowship 55+) at 10:00 am.  Morningstar Christian Chapel also has extensive fellowship opportunities for all other age groups throughout the week as well.  Connect with their website for complete details on all of the opportunities and events they provide. In addition to Live Streamed services, they maintain an archive of prior services available on-demand 24/7.


THURSDAY | MARCH 10, 2022
THE ARK MONTEBELLO |  931 SOUTH MAPLE AVENUE, MONTEBELLO 90640

Nominated by:  Gloria Lopez

A visit to The Ark Montebello was the order of the day for the KKLA Thankful Thursday Team as they delivered Thankful Thursday Appreciation meals courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union to Pastor Rancho Juarez and the staff of The Ark.

Sam Doctorian, Ministry and Business Sales Executive from America's Christian Credit Union presented a check for $1000 to Pastor Pancho Juarez as part of ACCU's commitment to showing their appreciation to local churches and their staff members.

           

(Left) The KKLA ECOLA Van is captured in front of The Ark Montebello.   A small bible study with five faithful people on a shag carpet in a cramped living room birthed the church which exists today. From their humble beginnings to their humble present, they are still a church which recognizes their need and dependency upon the Lord.  Since July 1992, they have been serving the greater East Los Angeles area and are committed to strengthening our church as well as loving "our neighbor as our self" (Matthew 22:39).  (Center) Through the support of  America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering, 99.5 KKLA is able to deliver twelve appreciation meals to The Ark. KKLA listener Gloria Lopez submitted The Ark and Pastor Juarez for this weekly honor.  She stated, "I have been a member for 19 years, and the Pastor and staff work so hard, hours upon hours, day after day. They run the ministry for the Good Lord. Their obedience and love for the Lord is strong. Their love for the congregation is kind and gentle. Sure, they have a day off, but because of their hard work, obedience, and love for the Lord is amazing, they deserve a nice surprise.” (Right) You are invited to visit The Ark Montebello and enjoy a host of ministries and services.  Sunday worship is at 9:00 am and 11:30 am and there is a midweek service on Wednesday's at 7:00 pm.  All services are Live Streamed or in-person. Their website offers a variety of connection and service options, including an archive of previous services along with an extensive podcast page.  The Ark Montebello also offers a smart phone app to increase communication and access to services and ministries.


THURSDAY | MARCH 3, 2022
FLORENCE AVENUE FOURSQUARE CHURCH |  11457 E Florence AveNUE, Santa Fe Springs 90670

Nominated by:  Jorge Cordova

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Team visited Senior Pastor Terry Risser and the Staff of Florence Avenue Foursquare Church in Santa Fe Springs and delivered twelve appreciation meals courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union. 

In addition, Florence Avenue Foursquare Church received a special $1000 grant from America's Christian Credit Union in recognition of their outstanding dedication and service to their congregation and community. Matthew Johansen (r) presents the donation to Senior Pastor Terry Risser on behalf of America's Christian Credit Union.

           

(Left) KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team Lead Steve Hess is given the opportunity to address the staff of Florence Avenue Foursquare Church and share the intent and purpose of our special thank you program that is make possible by the incredible support of  America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.  (Center) Every Thursday, KKLA has the pleasure of delivering twelve meals from Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering to a local church that is nominated by a KKLA listener.  Jorge Cordova submitted the name of Florence Avenue Foursquare Church and stated, "Pastor Terry Risser has been diligent in getting things back to “normal” in our church. He has restarted the afternoon prayer meetings, the mid-week bible studies, the weekend bible study for different age groups, the men's ministry is and the food pantry to help those in need. He prepares special seasonal events to attract and share the gospel with his flock and non-believers. He began a children's basketball league so that kids and parents can be together on the weekends.... the man is a 24/7 non-stop blessing from the Lord." (Right)  Senior Pastor Terry Risser and staff take a picture in front of the KKLA ECOLA Van.  Pictured is is Jemimah Preagido, Oscar Preagido, Sonya Sandoval, Lincoln Sandoval, Pastor Steve Galvan, Pastor Dorothy Quertermous, Pastor Stephanie Risser, Christian Risser, Senior Pastor Terry Risser, Cecilia Villanueva, Donna Hyde, Pastor Joe Jenkins, Marlene Munoz, Angel Garcia, Cindy Jarvis and Susan Rodriguez.  Pastor Risser and staff lead an active and growing congregation, providing a variety of ministries and gatherings for all ages.  Sunday morning services are held at 9:00 am and 11:15 am, with the 9:00 am service Live Streamed.  They offer many different on-line viewing options, (YouTube, Church On-Line and Vimeo) including on-demand viewing of previous sermons and services.  The church also supports the educational needs of their congregation and community, providing a Christian Pre-School and K-8 private school, Santa Fe Springs Christian School, who participates in KKLA's Half Price Tuition Program. Click Here for more information.


THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 24, 2022
CrossLIFE COMMUNITY Church |  33 EAST SIERRA MADRE BOULEVARD, SIERRA MADRE 91024

Nominated by:  Kim Hua-Trieu

In the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains you'll find the community of Sierra Madre and this week's Thankful Thursday destination, Crosslife Community Church. Our 99.5 KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team delivered Lunch for 12 courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union to Pastor Jojo Ma and the staff of Crosslife Community Church.

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left) KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program is made possible by America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering who have made it a priority to recognize local church staffs for their service to their communities.  (Center) Senior Pastor Jojo Ma poses with the KKLA ECOLA Van on the grounds of Crosslife Commuity Church, serving Sierra Madre.  Pastor Ma and Staff were nominated by KKLA Listener Kim Hua-Trieu who stated, "Our pastor not only prepares weekly sermons, preaches and conducts worship services; he also spends time with his flock, he leads with love and compassion, his service is genuine and intentional in glorifying God, he is honest about himself, and he is loyal and humble."  (Right) KKLA Thankful Thursday Team Lead Steve Hess is pictured with Pastor Ma and the Staff of Crosslife Community Church.  Sunday Services are held in-person and Live Streamed at 10:00 am.  An archive of previous services in both Video and Audio options are also available.  Dynamic Men's, Women's and College/Young Adult ministries are offered, along with a variety of LifeGroups and Children's ministries.  



THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 17, 2022
Crosspoint Christian Church |  8155 PAINTER AVENUE, WHITTIER 90602

Nominated by:  Demaris Blose

99.5 KKLA had the pleasure to celebrate Crosspoint Christian Church in Whittier as our latest local church to receive an appreciation lunch for their staff as part of our KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Lunch courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.   

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left)  Pastor Miguel “Mike” Moran takes a picture next to the KKLA ECOLA Van in front of Crosspoint Christian Church which serves the greater Whittier area.  (Center) The staff of Crosspoint Christian Church gathers for their special appreciation lunch provided by America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering. Demaris Blose made the nomination, noting, "Pastor Mike is tireless, self sacrifices and makes himself available any time. He's passionate and energized and a perfect depiction of a Christian." (Right) Crosspoint Christian Church is very active in the community, offering services in English and Spanish, and also runs a Free Food Bank.  In person and Live Streams of their Sunday services are held in English at 9:00 am and in Spanish at 10:30 am.  They also offer a separate Live Stream of their CPKids service at 11:30 am.  You can watch or listen to recorded messages and watch all of their services, in both English and Spanish on their YouTube Channel.  If you are looking for a church, but not sure where to turn - Crosspoint Christian Church wants to help you find a church home. Their church is dedicated to helping every person they come in contact with grow in Christ. Visit their website for a complete listing of services, ministries and mission.


THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 10, 2022
fOOTHILL church |  242 baseline road, glendora 91740

Nominated by:  Emily Kaylor

Our KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team returned to the San Gabriel Valley foothills to reward Lead Pastor Chris Lewis and the Staff of Foothill Church with an Appreciation Lunch courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.   

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left)  KKLA Thankful Thursday Team Lead Steve Hess talks with Lead Pastor Chris Lewis and the staff of Foothill Church sharing the nomination comments of Emily Kaylor, "Pastor Chris and the staff at Foothill Church have been great examples of living the gospel out. The Lord called Chris, his wife Michelle, and their children to serve and lead Foothill Church in Glendora 15 years ago last month. 15 years of pastoring is no small thing. It requires devotion, humility, and grace to lead the family of God, through ups and downs; especially in the last few years. God has used Pastor Chris and the Lewis family in immeasurable ways to preach and lead us to be rooted in the gospel and we are all filled with gratitude for their leadership! By God’s grace, Pastor Chris has sent out two church planters in 2019 to plant churches and he is sending out another this August! Thank you, Pastor Chris! Your passion for the gospel and for lost to be found is exemplary! Keep running your race."  (Center) The KKLA ECOLA Van pauses in front of Foothill Church in Glendora.  Foothill Church offers two Sunday Services at 9:00 am and 11:00 am for both in-person worship and Live Streaming.  Their YouTube page also contains an archive of previous services for easy access.  In addition to worship services, meetings and ministries for all ages, Foothill Church also provides a TK-8th Grade School - Foothill Christian School.   (Right) The members of the staff of Foothill Church, who were able to enjoy a time of fellowship and their KKLA Thankful Thursday Lunch provided by America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering included (L-R) Steve DuBransky, Daniel Kaylor, Ethan Bailey, Elle Alexander, Erika Hussey, Kim Hermosillo, Kadie Hensley, Stephen Coppenrath and Lead Pastor Chris Lewis.


THURSDAY | FEBRUARY 3, 2022
first evangelical community church |  11330 East 166th Street, Cerritos,  90703

Nominated by:  Terry Lim

The First Evangelical Community Church serving a culturally diverse congregation on multiple campuses received a visit from the KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team.  Senior Pastor Joseph Lao and the staff of the Cerritos campus were blessed with  an Appreciation Lunch courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.   

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left)  The KKLA ECOLA Van parks in front of the First Evangelical Community Church, Cerritos Campus. KKLA Listener Terry Lim referred FECC for the Thankful Thursday honor, noting "God has blessed our church with a staff consisting of godly men and women servants whose single-most purpose is to serve God and His people. They are loving, compassionate, caring and seek to encourage and inspire God’s children to a closer and more intimate relationship with Him." (Center)  The Leadership and Staff of First Evangelical Community Church, take a photo together.  Back row (left to right) Rev. Godwin Ngai (Cantonese pastor), Rev. David Tsai (Executive pastor), Rev. Edward Song (English pastor), Minister Tim Xu (Mandarin Minister), Jeff Chan (Youth Director), Front row (left to right): Grace Lin (FECC Children's Academy Director), Tracy Tam (Children's Director), Rev. Joseph Lao (Senior Pastor), Karen Chan (Secretary), Jesus Castro (Facility Manager) and Rev. Paul Hsiung (Mandarin pastor). Rev. Leonard Tan (Kairos pastor) is not pictured.  (Right) First Evangelical Community Church, serves a diverse congregation with services in multiple languages and offers robust children's, youth and young adult programs. The First Evangelical Church of Cerritos was started in 1988 as a church plant of the First Evangelical Church to minister to the needs of the community in the south Los Angeles and north Orange County region. Launching a Mandarin speaking and English speaking congregations with a small group of families, FECC has experienced growth over the course of its ministry. Now encompassing five separate congregations of various language and life-stage emphasis, as well as seeing an increase of influence within the local community, FECC continues its mission to glorify God through the ministry of the Gospel to families of all backgrounds. In 2012, First Evangelical Church of Cerritos voted to extend out into the Fullerton area with a campus plant and amended its name to read First Evangelical Community Church as part of the multi-site expansion. For a complete list of services and ministry programs, visit their website.


THURSDAY | JANUARY 27, 2022
Victory Outreach of the West Valley |  8813 reseda boulevard, northridge 91324

Nominated by:  Daisy Campos

KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team had the opportunity to visit with the staff of Victory Outreach of the West Valley recipients of this week's Appreciation Lunch courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.   

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left) Kris Sorensen is the Senior Pastor of Victory Outreach of the West Valley.  He is pictured with his wife Stacy and their daughter. KKLA Listener Daisy Campos nominated Pastor Kris and staff saying, "I decided to nominate Pastor Kris and his staff at Victory Outreach of the West Valley because of all the hard work that they put into doing the Lord's work. They are dedicated people who have a passion for souls; they are selfless; they dedicate their lives to reaching those that are hurting, those that are lost and broken, and are dedicated to bringing the message of hope of Jesus Christ. They love and serve their community with a passion. Pastor Kris has been pastoring this church for the past four years going onto his fifth year. He’s a hard working pastor who loves people." (Center)  KKLA Thankful Thursday Team Lead Steve Hess speaks with the staff of Victory Outreach of the West Valley as they prepare to enjoy their Thankful Thursday Appreciation lunch courtesy of Hope Cafe and Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.   (Right)  Victory Outreach of the West Valley ministers to the community with a variety of programs and services, including Sunday Morning Celebration Service at 10:00 am, Wednesday Fire, Power & Prayer Service at 7:30 pm and a Friday night meeting for Young Adults and Students, also at 7:30 pm.  Church services are Live Streamed on Facebook and their YouTube Channel offers an archive of previous services and meetings. A Men's Recovery Program is at the heart of Victory Outreach.  Additional information regarding their free Men's Recovery Program call (909) 636-7517 or CLICK HERE.


THURSDAY | JANUARY 20, 2022
Living Way Fellowship Maywood |  4411 East 61st Street, maywood 90270

Nominated by:  Pablo Lindao

The third week of January 2022 saw the KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Team head to the City of Maywood to deliver an Appreciation Lunch courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union to Pastor Andres Huerta and staff of Living Way Fellowship Maywood.  Begun by Pastor Huerta in 2014 as a home based church, Living Way Fellowship Maywood has grown into a vibrant community of believers with hearts for God and their community.   

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left) The KKLA Thankful Thursday Team rolled into Maywood to deliver 12 Appreciation Meals to the staff of Living Way Fellowship courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union(Center)  KKLA Listener Pablo Lindao submitted Living Way Fellowship Maywood for Thankful Thursday recognition, saying "I nominate Living Way Fellowship in Maywood for their relentless and unselfish service to the community and congregation. I thank the pastor for teaching God's word and living it out. I thank the staff for their unconditional love to us all and their service to our Lord and savior Christ Jesus."  (Right)  Living Way Fellowship started as a home based church lead by Pastor Andres Huerta.  Pastor Huerta has a dynamic and moving Christian testimony.  Growing up in a rough neighborhood with a single mother and five siblings he was involved with gangs and spent considerable time in and out of prison. He nearly lost his life due to a lifestyle of drugs and gang violence and at the age of 26 found himself facing a double life prison sentence. Facing reality, he found that his criminal life, bitterness, sorrow, anger, hatred and no sense of hope had consumed his soul. In these darkest moments, God's grace and mercy began to reach out and penetrate his heart. Romans 5:8 says, "But God demonstrates His own love towards us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Andres responded to the message of salvation, repenting of his sins and confessing Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior. Since that moment of salvation, Andres has never looked back, but only forward. Today Andres serves God as a Pastor/Preacher, partnering with a group of precious people who have joined him to minister to at risk men and women in the Maywood area.  Living Way Fellowship Maywood has a variety of services and meetings, in both English and Spanish, including Sunday Morning Prayer at 7:00 am and worship and teaching at 9:00 am (Spanish) and 11:00 am (English.)  There is a Men's Study on Mondays at 7:00 pm, with the Women meeting Tuesday Night at 7:00 pm. The Wednesday Night Service is also held at 7:00 pm and includes a youth group meeting.  Sunday services are Live Streamed and there is an archive of previous services on their Facebook page and Sermons page.


THURSDAY | JANUARY 13, 2022
CALVARY CHAPEL SOUTH LOS ANGELES  |  2010 East 87th Street, Los Angeles 90002

Nominated by:  Morena Hernandez

The new year KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union continues as we head south to Calvary Chapel South Los Angeles lead by Senior Pastor David TrujilloPastor David grew-up in South Central Los Angeles and planted CCSOLA in 2003.  

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left) Pastor David Trujillo is joined by the staff of Calvary Chapel South Los Angeles as they receive their Thankful Thursday Appreciation lunches courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union(Center)  CCSOLA and Pastor David Trujillo were nominated by Morena Hernandez who noted, “Pastor David Trujillo has dedicated his service to a community that is broken. South LA is full of people with addictions, trauma, poverty and in need of Jesus. Pastor David makes himself available every day to support and love on his sheep, regardless the time. He takes his calling to the heart and does everything he can to reach out the masses. He brings hope to the hopeless through the word of Jesus Christ. He deserves a little reward for all that he does.”  (Right)  Services at CCSOLA  are held Sunday morning at 10:30 am with a Wednesday night Bible Study at 7:00 pm.  Services are Live Streamed and are available 24/7 as on-demand video offerings - click Here for Sunday Services and here for Wednesday Services. There are also a variety of weekly gatherings and meetings. Find out more information on weekly activities here.  


THURSDAY | JANUARY 6, 2022
CENTER OF HOPE  |  9950 Crenshaw Blvd. Inglewood 90305

Nominated by:  Redina Williams Harrell

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Team started off the 2022 Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program with a visit to Center of Hope in Inglewood.  Pastor Geremy Dixon leads this vibrant congregation and a second campus located in Sherman Oaks.  The staff of Center of Hope was delivered a special appreciation lunch courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit Union.  

Each week 99.5 KKLA selects a church from the nominations received from KKLA listeners recommending their pastor and church staff for an appreciation lunch to reward them for their dedication and service to their church.

           

(Left) Pastor Geremy Dixon is pictured with the KKLA ECOLA Van as we deliver Thankful Thursday Appreciation lunches on a very bright January morning, courtesy of Hope Cafe & Catering and America's Christian Credit UnionCenter of Hope was nominated by Redina Williams Harrell who stated, "I was a new member and my husband had passed away. This church stepped in made sure everything I needed to get through this time I received. A Minister came to the service for support and afterwards I would get a call every week to check on me and pray for me. This was really touching and it helped me get through a very difficult time.” (Center)  Center of Hope offers a wealth of ministries and programs for individuals of all ages, with a second campus located at in the valley at the Envision Center, 15055 West Oxnard Street in Van Nuys.  Sunday Services are held in-person and streamed live on-line at 8:00 am and 11:00 am in Inglewood and at 6:30 pm in Sherman Oaks. There is also an on-line archive of sermon messages.  (Right)  Pastor Dixon and his staff enjoyed twelve delicious lunches prepared by Hope Cafe and Catering.



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