August 2016 Newsletter

        When the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth? Luke 18:8
 “Namely, the faith that answers the call to rise up in prayer!” Pastor Jack Hayford
Dear HPN members,

We hope you’re having a fabulous summer and thank you in advance for praying through our August, 2016 prayer requests!  There’s always something to pray about in Hollywood and you are the mighty prayer team that we depend on.  As you spend fun times with family and friends this month, we hope you have more time to pray with and for us.  Also, we wish you a Happy Labor Day!

  We thank God that Veronica is back after a 6 week mission trip in Spain
•  We thank God for Connor, our awesome summer intern from APU
•  Let’s pray together for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
•  Pray for the family and friends of Garry Marshall, who died last month
•  Pray for all of the filmmakers at the 43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival
•  There are more commercial/faith based films that are opening in theaters
•  Please pray for the creative artists in Hollywood who are Christians
•  Pray for Anton Yelchin’s family and friends, who died in car accident at age 27
•  Pray for Courtney Vance and Angela Bassett, both committed Christians
•  Morgan Freeman’s series, “The Story of God” has been picked up for a 2nd season
•  Pray for Tom Hanks, an example in Hollywood of humility, grace & integrity
•  Karen is working on a Hollywood Prayer Journal that will come out in early 2017
•  Tell a friend to JOIN THE MOVEMENT at HPN 
•  Don’t miss our upcoming events
•  Don’t forget to re-register for the Kroger/Ralphs Community program & help HPN

Veronica Is Back!!
We thank God that Veronica is back after spending 6 weeks on a mission trip to our HPN Local Chapter in Spain, where she taught dance and poured into the young people at Hector and Lilli Ramirez’s Arts camp in Madrid, the Aslan/ARS Performing Arts Centre.  We are grateful to be partnering with Aslan and with other ministries in the Arts around the world and seeing God touch people through the prophetic work of His creative people! 
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 Connor Is Starting Sr. Year at APU
 We thank God for Connor, our awesome summer intern from APU.  May the Lord bless      his Sr. year of college and use him to change the world after he graduates!

2016 Summer Olympics: Rio
Let’s pray together for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio, which began on Aug. 5th with closing ceremonies on Aug. 21st. The only way people from around the world get to see these thrilling games is on TV. We ask you to join us in praying for the people choosing which events to air, the words of the commentators, the stories highlighted, and how all the players, the countries, and the sports are represented. An HPN friend, John Robb, requests that we pray with Jonathas Abdou, from Brazil. Abdou has asked that we join him and his countrymen in praying for the Olympics. “Please pray for God's protection and good security and especially for a strong witness to Jesus Christ to the athletes and visitors from throughout the world by the Christian athletes and ministry groups that are present. May His presence be felt by all amidst the fierce competition and glorious spectacle of these global games!” 
The List of Events
Garry Marshall, 81, Dies
Pray for the family of Garry Marshall; a multi-talented actor, director, writer, and producer. He passed away on July 19th.  Garry who was best known for creating “Happy Days”, is survived by his wife of over 50 years, Barbara; his sister, Penny, and other family and friends.  May the Lord touch the hearts of everyone mourning his death, and may Garry’s kind, faithful and generous life be an example to those around him.  
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43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival
Pray for all of the filmmakers and attendees at the 43rd Annual Telluride Film Festival this Labor Day Week-end, Sept. 2-5th in Telluride, Colorado.  Filmmakers, distributors and film buffs come from all over the world to see this year’s new independent films.  And this year’s Guest Director, Volker Schlondorff, an acclaimed German filmmaker, producer, writer and actor, has chosen the films to screen.  May the Lord be present at that event and may the believers who are there be salt and light. 
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More Uplifting Films Opening Soon
There are more commercial/faith based films that are opening in theatres in the coming year.  Our prayer at HPN is for the studios, distributors and the public to get away from labeling certain films with the term “faith-based” or “Christian” but for Christians who make films with a biblical theme or message to market them as main stream films, so that they will have more impact on audiences of all or no faiths around the world.  Would you pray for the quality of these films, for the impact on Non-Christian audiences and for the line of excellence to keep blurring between the Hollywood studio films and independent films produced by professionals who are Christians?  As you pray, here is a list of six films to pray for: 
     *Ben-Hur, Produced by Mark Burnett and Roma Downey and distributed by Paramount, opening August 19, 2016 - More Info Here!
     *Queen of Katwe, A Disney film, based on a true story and full of inspiration and hope, co-starring HPN member David Oyelowo, opens September 23rd:  Watch Trailer Here!
     *Hacksaw Ridge, a powerful true story, directed by Mel Gibson and distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment, opening November, 2016 - Watch Trailer Here!
     *The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, a comedy opening in Jan. 2017 - More Info Here!
     *The Shack, based on the best-selling book, starring Sam Worthington and Octavia Spencer and distributed by Lionsgate Entertainment, opens in theatres March 3, 2017.  More Info Here!
       Silence, based on the best-selling novel, Silence, is a studio feature film opening this Fall, directed by Martin Scorsese, starring Liam Neeson, and distributed by Paramount Pictures. Shooting will wrap in October, 2016. The Christian producers on the film ask us to pray:  "May the film be another vehicle that God would use to redirect our gaze from ourselves to others. May it bring attention that leads to conversations that bear fruit of life giving actions."  More Info Here!
Christians in The Entertainment Industry
Please pray for the creative artists in Hollywood who are Christians – to be better than the average professional, more innovative, outside the box thinkers, compassionate, Christ-like in their lives and Holy Spirit driven in their craft.  We want the Christian artists to rise to the top!  As you pray, be inspired by Pissarro.
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Actor Anton Yelchin, 27, Dies
Pray for those mourning the loss of 27 year old Anton Yelchin, known for playing Chekov in the new Star Trek movie, who died in car accident.  It was a shock to everyone and he was so loved by his family, friends and everyone involved in Star Trek;  J.J. Abrams publicly grieved his friend’s death.  Would you pray for the Lord to draw all of the people in Anton’s life to Himself during this time of mourning? 
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Committed Christians in Hollywood
Pray for Courtney Vance and his wife Angela Bassett, who are both committed Christians in Hollywood.  Courtney, who played Johnnie Cochran in the recent cable series “The People vs. O.J.” is also an ordained minister and a humble man.  May they both continue to be used by the Lord to bring His love and hope to the people around them.
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Story of God Renewal
Morgan Freeman’s series, “The Story of God” has been picked up for a 2nd season:  The National Geographic series tackles one big question of faith every week and then seeks out answers from leaders of different religions all over the world.  Would you pray that this series will bring the audience to a new or renewed hunger for Jesus as they watch! 
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Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson
Pray for Tom Hanks, who is an amazing example in Hollywood of humility, integrity, kindness and talent.  Also, he is a believer in God, along with his wife, Rita.  As you pray for the Lord to keep using him in our community, as an example of a selfless celebrity and a fine actor, read this lovely tribute to him.
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HPN Prayer Journal
Karen is working on a Hollywood Prayer Journal that will come out in early 2017.  Would you pray that this devotional will inspire people from all over the world to pray daily for the people in entertainment, the issues in Hollywood, and then apply those principals to their own lives.
Join the Movement
Spread the word!  Would you pass on this email to any of your praying friends, or tell people to JOIN THE MOVEMENT OF PRAYER FOR HOLLYWOOD by clicking HERE! 
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Thanks so much for your prayers.  Have a fabulous end to your summer and we’ll see you after Labor Day…..
With love and appreciation,
Karen, Megan, Veronica and Kim
Upcoming Events:

Beacon Makes a Move
Starting September 1st, 2016; Beacon Ministry will be meeting on the first Thursday of every month from 7-9pm. Finger Foods, Snacks, Coffee, and Dessert will be offered throughout the evening. This is an event for industry professionals. Click HERE for more info.

Free Screening
Finding Cleveland: Where Far East meets Deep South – A free screening of this powerful documentary short film by Larissa Lam & Baldwin Chiu on Fri., Aug. 16th in Torrance.  For more info, click HERE.  

Ben-Hur Opens 8.19
Ben-Hur opens in theaters on August 19th.  For more info! 

168 Film Festival
168 Film Festival screenings on August 20th & 21st at Regal Cinemas.  To attend, Click HERE
Awake California
You are all invited to Awake California on August 27th at the Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, CA.  It will be a day of Prayer for California with a focus on the Hollywood Entertainment Industry.  Register for free on-line at their website

Let Hope Rise
Hillsong’s “Let Hope Rise,” the movie, is being released on Sept. 16th in theatre's across the country.  It’s produced by members of HPN and tells the story of the Australian church that has exploded across the world.  More information HERE.
Community Calendar
It’s a quiet summer here, but check out the Bible Studies, community gatherings and seminars that are happening this month! 
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Video of the Month

To show the POWER of film, see this cat watching “Psycho”!

Book of the Month
Not Easily Broken, By HPN member Brian Chan 
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Quote of the Month
"Hollywood:  Where the Broken and the Beautiful collide at the table of the Lord."

Verse of the Month

“Your beauty should not come from outward adornment, such as elaborate hairstyles and the wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes. Rather, it should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.”
-1 Peter 3:3-4
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