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Ministry of Compassion

Originaly Posted on January 28, 2016

The Hollywood Adventist Church sits right in the heart of Los Angeles at the intersection of the world-famous Hollywood Boulevard with its walk of fame and the iconic 101 Freeway that tens of thousands of people commute on the each day.

If you aren’t from Los Angeles you might expect Hollywood to be a place of glitz and glamor. While it does put on a show to marvel the eyes, if you leave the tourist area with its bars, theaters and flashing marquees you see a different, less desirable and more foreboding side of the city.

Los Angeles is home to one of the largest homeless populations in the US and over the past few years the number of homeless has been growing. In our city you can’t drive down the street without seeing people pushing all their worldly possession in shopping carts or sleeping on bus benches.

At the Hollywood Adventist Church we believe that God loves our city and compels us to love it too on his behalf.  Our mission statement says “A community of God’s friends, befriending the city.” By “the city” we mean, primarily, the people of the city. In addition, we mean the wonderful web of humanity that exists in a rich cultural environment like Hollywood. We also mean the pain of the city. As God embraced the pain of our world and bore it on the cross we hear God’s call to enter the city at the point of its pain and there extend God’s embrace to others. This means extending the friendship and hospitality of God without judgment and condemnation—fearlessly loving the least, the last and the lost in Christ’s name.

Meeting the city at the point of its pain is a daunting task that often seems overwhelming. However we know that loving the city is what God has called us to do and when we work with the Lord all things can be accomplished. To effectively address issues in our city we take a multi-pronged approach that relies on collaborations with our community partners to address issues in our neighborhood. Through our partnerships with organizations like LA Voice we have worked to lobby for necessary legislative and social changes that directly affect our community and nation. Relationships with non-profits like Imagine LA allow us to assist and mentor families transitioning into housing. Our work with the winter shelter program helps provide shelter to Hollywood’s most vulnerable residents during the coldest wettest weeks of the winter.

As a missional church the Hollywood Adventist Church looks for ways in which God is at work in our community and seeks to join in where God is at work. A few years ago this mindset was put into practice when the church and surrounding neighborhood started receiving a influx of homeless residents displaced from their encampments along the freeway. This influx disturbed the quiet neighborhood around our campus and presented a challenge to the church. Through hours of community engagement and sitting on the curb with the homeless residents it became clear that God was presenting us with an opportunity. The showers rooms on our campus had recently been refurbished and made usable again and here we were presented with a whole group of people that did not have access to showers or facilities that preserve and foster basic human dignity. So we started opening our building several days per week to provide showers. Since that time our work has grown to provide a safe place off the streets during the day, counseling, spiritual support and access to GED tutoring through community partnerships. In 2015 the Hollywood Adventist Church compassion ministry provided 3,600 showers, washed 1,200 loads of laundry, and gave away over 5,000 articles of clothing. 

The work of engaging our community is not without its struggles but we believe that we are called to follow our Savior’s leading. As we take a step of faith into the mess of this world God unlocks missional miracles for us that would never have been possible without divine leading.

If you would like to support the life changing work that we are doing, please visit the giving tab.

If you would like to be involved in this work email

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All Are Welcome Here

Originaly Posted on May 9, 2014

All Are Welcome

At Hollywood Adventist Church, “Where God’s Spirit is given space to change lives,” we are committed to the ongoing work of making that space fully inclusive.

God’s love is broader and deeper than we can fathom. Fellowship and membership in His church should, likewise, be open and generous. The redemptive power of Christ’s love extends to everyone regardless of age, race, class, sexual or gender identity. All are welcome in our church.

We embrace the challenge of being a diverse community, which encourages dialogue and welcomes questions, as we continue to identify the ways God is at work in all of our lives. We believe this will ultimately enrich us and be a witness for and a foretaste of the kingdom God intends to establish in the earth made new.

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Watch Our Worship Services Live Online!

Originaly Posted on April 11, 2014

We are excited to offer streaming video of our Sabbath morning worship service.

If you can’t make it to our church community in person on Saturday mornings, now you can join us in digital spirit on this page. Services are streamed online at 11 a.m. (PST) every Saturday.

In addition to the live stream of our service you can check out our archive of past services on our YouTube channel and share Hollywood’s worship with your family and friends around the world!

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Community Garden

Originaly Posted on December 10, 2013

As committed member of our local community, the Hollywood Adventist Church encourages our neighbors to grow nutritious and healthy food. To support this commitment, we operate a community garden on our church property.

Instead of growing all the food ourselves, we’ve opened the garden to be truly a community garden. For a small fee community members are able to rent a garden plot to grow fresh fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers.

This last summer the garden yielded a bountiful harvest and hosted many events. This coming season we plan to again rent out plots to members of the community. Stay tuned for info on how to get your own garden plot.

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The Underground

Originaly Posted on December 9, 2013

The Underground Room

If you are young at heart and want to experience God in an authentic fresh way, you are invited to join us at Club Underground on Friday nights (doors open at 8pm). Club Underground is a worship encounter hosted by our young adults with a lounge club vibe. We start the evening off with a light meal or refreshments and time to interact. We end our evening with a devotional thought and discussion. Our encounters are hosted by different young adults each week so our devotionals take many different forms as each of the individual use their God given creativity to guide guests into a fresh experience with our Lord and Savior.

Free parking is available in the church lot. The club entrance is located on Hollywood Blvd. After parking use the side walk to walk around to the Hollywood boulevard side of the building.

A movie projected in the Underground Room at Hollywood Adventist Church

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Hollywood Week of Prayer

Originaly Posted on September 3, 2013

Hollywood Adventist Church has the opportunity to participate with several other neighborhood congregations in the Hollywood Week of Prayer. This is a special time to specifically pray for God’s leading in our community and our city. Prayer times will be hosted each evening, September 8–14, at various locations around town. We encourage you to check out the website to find a location near you, and join with our neighbors in prayer.


Sept. 8th – Reality LA – Ty Nickleberry & Aubrey Seibert:

Sept. 9th – 7:30 – 9:30pm at Fusion – Jason Sobel
5000 Colfax Ave., Valley Village, CA 91601

Sept. 10th – HRock – Gabe Ahn:

Sept. 11th – One Church – Toure Roberts

Sept. 12th, 7:30 – 9:30pm – Radiance International – Jonathan Ngai:

Sept. 13th – 7 – 9pm at Hollywood Pres. and HPN
Scott Erdman and Karen Covell and

Sept. 14th – Faith in Christ Church Los Angeles – Pastor Erlinda: (1600 Morton Ave, LA, CA 90026)

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Apocalypse 2013!

Originaly Posted on July 8, 2013

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This July brings us our yearly Apocalypse sermon series. Despite what some movies might have you think, “apocalypse” actually means revealing or revelation (not the end of the world). Members of our congregation take turns looking closely at popular culture to reveal God’s presence there.

The first sermon in this series is on the film Man of Steel preached by Eugene Abano. Watch the video online:

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Bathroom Renovations

Originaly Posted on July 8, 2013

We’re excited to renovate our church home over the next month. You’ll see some minor changes to our sanctuary and major changes to our restrooms! During the construction process, the downstairs restrooms will be closed but the outdoor restrooms are open (near the Fellowship Hall). Our new tenant, Ecclesia, is sharing the cost with us, but we still need to commit our own funds to this long-overdue project. If you can contribute to the remodeling, please note your donation on the Building Improvement line of your tithe envelope.

Here are some photos of Before and In Progress for the men’s bathroom:




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Five Deadly Sins of the Church

Originaly Posted on February 8, 2013
Five Deadly Sins of the Church
A sermon series presented at the Hollywood Adventist Church for the season of Lent, 2013.
Feb 16 — Looking in the Mirror – Ryan Bell
Feb 23 — Patriarchy & Heterosexism – Trisha Famisaran

Mar 2 — Racism and White Privilege – Jin Kim

Mar 9 — Nationalism & Militarism – Maury Jackson


Mar 16 – Consumerism & Ecology – Ched Myers

Mar 23 – Classism & Wealth Privilege – Ryan Bell

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Seventh-Gay Adventists Screening at Hollywood

Originaly Posted on January 8, 2013

Seventh-Gay Adventists: a film about faith on the margins

Join us on Saturday evening, February 16 from 7–10 p.m. for a screening of the new film, Seventh-Gay Adventists: a film about faith on the margins. The filmmakers, Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer will be on hand to answer questions in a discussion moderated by Pastor Ryan Bell.

This film follows the stories of three gay and lesbian Adventists as they struggle to be true to themselves and their faith.The film is set in the context of the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the fastest growing denomination in the United States, but the film’s themes of belonging, identity, and wrestling to know who you are and how you relate to your faith has been resonating with viewers around the country who can’t tell their Adventists from their Mormons. This intersection of faith and sexuality is at the core of many conversations political, religious, and family conversations today, and this film offers viewers the opportunity to experience the spiritual journey of a gay person of faith.

For more information please visit the web site at

Seventh-Gay Adventists – Trailer from Stephen Eyer on Vimeo.

The trailer for the upcoming documentary feature "Seventh-Gay Adventists".

Producers/Directors: Daneen Akers and Stephen Eyer

Seventh-Gay Adventist Film Poster

Seventh-Gay Adventist Film Poster

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