Bless Your Church or School

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 and Christian Schools, Principals, Teachers 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, Christian School or just a favorite one - for this special honor.

Use the links below to nominate the Church or School 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 or School to be honored including your nomination story as to why they deserve a Thankful Thursday FREE lunch*.

Help us bless local Churches and Christian Schools every Thursday - every Thankful Thursday - with lunch 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 or Christian School.

*Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering provides lunch for 12.


THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 29, 2022
Unite CHURCH  |  1727 Kinneloa Canyon Road, Pasadena 91107

Nominated by:  Ash Buchan

Unite Church located in Pasadena is a multi-ethnic, multi-cultural, multi-generational church that desires everyone to come as they are. It was founded on a desire to unite the people of Pasadena with God and with others and was the destination of the KKLA Thankful Thursday Team as they delivered Appreciation Lunches to Lead Pastor Jeff Snodgrass and the church staff of Unite Church, courtesy of Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.

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, and is made possible by the continued generosity of America's Christian Credit Union.

 

           

(Left)  In 2014, Lead Pastor Jeff Snodgrass, felt a tug on his heart to do something he “would never do”- plant a church. Over the next several years, he started taking the necessary steps and God started paving the way to one of the most diverse cities in America, Pasadena, CA.  In 2015, Jeff asked God to provide a worship pastor and along came Ashley Beckford. Jeff and his wife Julie, along with Ashley and her husband Lance, decided to take a bold step of faith. The statistics were daunting: 1 in 2 church plants fail. But taking the risk was worth it if they could win even one for Christ. They left the comfort of their jobs and community to follow the call that God had placed on their lives.  In April of 2016, Unite Church had its first core team meeting. They prayed. They worshipped. And they asked God to go before them. What has followed has been an incredible journey of God's faithfulness and provision. A church that started with a small thought is now striving to unite people into a genuine, hope-filled relationship with God and genuine community with others. (Center)  The KKLA ECOLA Van is captured in front of Unite Church in Pasadena.  Unite Church has their in-person Sunday morning worship service at 9:00 am and an on-line streamed service at 11:00 am.  You'll also find an archive of messages and teachings on their Youtube channel and a complete listing of ministries and meetings on their website.  (Right) The KKLA Thankful Thursday Team snaps a photo with joins the staff of Unite Church and their appreciation lunches provided by Artic Hot Spot Cafe and Catering.   Pictured are (L-R) Associate Pastor Ashley Beckford, Catherine Boese (KKLA), Ellis Flowers (KKLA), Lead Pastor Jeff Snodgrass and Reggie Wilburn.  KKLA Listener Ash Buchan nominated Unite Church noting,  “Jeff and his team are dedicated to spreading the good news of Jesus. Their goal is to help people develop hope filled relationships with God and other people. I thank God for leading me down a path with them, so that we can all grow deeper in our relationship with Jesus.”  America's Christian Credit Union sponsors KKLA Thankful Thursday to show their appreciation to Local Churches and Christian Schools.  Nominate your church or school today.


THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 22, 2022
VINTAGE CHURCH PASADENA  |  464 EAST Walnut StREET, Pasadena, 91101

Nominated by:  Debbie LaFerla

Vintage Church Pasadena, lead by Senior Pastor Ben Chase was honored with this week's Thankful Thursday Appreciation Lunch, sponsored by America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.

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) Pastor Ben Chase is an ordained Anglican pastor from the UK who has been starting and growing Churches for the last 15 years. He has a heart to see people experience God’s reality and grow in the life long journey of discipleship and faith. He, his wife Laura, and son and daughter William and Chloe moved to LA in early 2019 after hearing a radical call to join in with God's mission in LA.   (Center)  The Staff of Vintage Church Pasadena gather to enjoy their Thankful Thursday Appreciation Lunches from Artic Hot Spot Cafe and Catering. (L-R) Matt Bird, Tom Read, Pastor Ben Chase, Laura Chase. Arlene Perez and Carla Cavalcanti.  KKLA LIstener Debbie LaFerla nominated the church noting, "Pastor Ben Chase and staff are such a blessing to our community. They serve the body, they love God, they have a heart for others and they work tirelessly. It would be so incredible for the to be on the receiving end of a blessing.”  (Right)  The KKLA ECOLA Van is captured at Vintage Church Pasadena. Pastor Ben and staff invite you to join them on Sunday mornings for their in-person worship experience that begins with the Vintage Brew Cafe open at 10:00 am, followed by a time of worship and prayer at 10:30 am, children and youth are excused at 10:50 am for their age specific ministry groups while the service continues with pastoral teaching and sermon.  If you are unable to join them in-person, you can catch their service with the Live-Stream option.  Their YouTube Channel also has previous services available 24/7.  Vintage Church Pasadena also serves the community with several ministries, including Door of Hope, resources for Families and Children experiencing homelessness, Stars after school program for young people in Pasadena and Claris Health, assistance and care for individuals and their families before, during and after pregnancy and sexual-health choices.  The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program is made possible by America's Christian Credit Union.  Learn more about their financial services and resources here.


THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 15, 2022
South El Monte Community Outreach (SEMCO) | 1530 Central AveNUE, El Monte 91733

Nominated by:  Alejandro Gonzalez

Meeting at New Hope Community Church in El Monte, South El Monte Community Outreach (SEMCO) was selected to be blessed by the Thankful Thursday Lunch Appreciation Program, sponsored by America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.

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) Pastor Charlie Corum, Brandon Norsian and Htike Than prepare to be interviewed for the KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program.  (Center) South El Monte Community Outreach (SEMCO) currently meets at New Hope Community Church, 3041 Peck Road in El Monte.   Pastor Corum started Olive Branch Outreach in Rosemead in 1980 where he was pastor until 1997. Charlie is a ordained Baptist minister and served as a community ministry consultant for the California Southern Baptist Convention from 1999 to 2014. He also has been a chaplain with Pacific Youth Correctional Ministries since 1995. He began the Youthful Offender Resource Network in 2007 that provides services and activities to Los Angeles County Probation youth camps and juvenile halls. Pastor Charlie grew up and lived in South El Monte from age 7 until he was 20 years old. He returned to his childhood city to start a community based outreach ministry and congregation.  His work with juveniles is reflected in the nomination by Alejandro Gonzalez.  “Pastor Charlie is a man of God. When I was incarcerated between 2009-2010, he would come and visit the youth and share the gospel with us. During Thanksgiving and Christmas he would come visit us with bags of snacks, not just for me, but the whole institution. When I got out and had addiction problems, I reached out to him and he didn’t judge me, he would encourage me to come to church and to seek the Lord for help. We are friends and brothers in Christ. I am now an usher at the Church.”  (Right) South El Monte Community Outreach staff gather for a photo (left to right) Bryce Artdelgado, Pastor Charlie Corum, Dee Linda, Brandon Norsian, Daniel Frank and Htike Than.  South El Monte Community Outreach began August 13, 2012 and networks with local schools, businesses, city and county children's, youth and family agencies and others to provide activities and services in the local community including church services. SEMCO began holding regular Sunday Services in July 2014.  They have Sunday services in English at 10 am with Children and Youth classes offered.  Their Spanish Service is held at 12 noon. They also have a weekly Facebook Live Prayer Meeting Wednesday mornings at 7:00 am. The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program is sponsored by America's Christian Credit Union and Artic Hot Spot Cafe and Catering.


THURSDAY | SEPTEMBER 8, 2022
SeaCoast Grace Church  | 5100 Cerritos AvENUE, CypresS 90630

Nominated by:  Debbie Demaree

The KKLA Thankful Thursday Team headed to Orange County to visit with the staff of SeaCoast Grace Church in the city of Cypress and delivering appreciation meals to Senior Pastor Doyle Surratt and the staff of SeaCoast Grace Church courtesy of America's Christian Credit Union and Arctic Hotspot Cafe & Catering.

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) Members of the SeaCoast Grace Church Leadership and Ministry teams prepare to enjoy their Artic Hot Spot Cafe and Catering lunches.  (Center)  KKLA Listener Debbie Demaree shares her insight as to why SeaCoast Grace Church's ministry team, lead by Senior Pastor Doyle Surratt is deserving of this special Thankful Thursday honor saying, "I am nominating my church because I feel my pastors and the church staff are very caring people. I have been attending SeaCoast Grace Church since they merged with my church in 2002. I would like to see them receive a blessing for being available to the church family especially during this last year and a half with Covid." (Right)  SCG has been serving the greater Orange County community for over 33 years and have an expansive campus that hosts a variety of services and age and affinity groups and programs. They also provide valuable services to the community including a Celebrate Recovery ministry.  Join them for Weekend Services Saturdays at 5:00 pm, Sundays at 9:00 am and 10:45 am.  All worship services are streamed Live (click here) with previous services available 24/7 on their sermons page.   As is the case with many larger churches, SeaCoast Grace Church hosts a variety of events and activities for their congregation and community.  Find out more on how to get connected and about the various events they offer on their website.   The KKLA Thankful Thursday Appreciation Program is made possible by the generous partnership with America's Christian Credit Union and Artic Hot Spot Cafe and Catering.


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