January 2017 Newsletter

“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” - Isaiah 43:19

We have a great new year to look forward to – full of promises, adventures, and the unexpected.  Let’s do it with great anticipation that the Lord is walking with us and wanting to do miracles in our lives and in the lives of those people we are praying for!  There is so much to pray for in Hollywood and we look forward to praying with you in 2017!  Here we go…

• Thanks so much to those of you who joined our HPN team of donors
•  HPN is now available on the YouVersion APP as a weekly Devotional
•  HPN invites you to Fast and Pray with us the week before Easter, 2017

 HPN Donors
Thanks so much to those of you who joined our HPN team of donors at the end of 2016.  We are SO THANKFUL for you and want you to know that you not only encouraged us at HPN, but your gifts are allowing us to reach out to more people in need of Jesus in Hollywood.  We Praise God for all of you who pray with us and who donate to us.  THANK YOU!!
HPN on YouVersion
HPN is now available on the YouVersion APP as a weekly Devotional.  We are so excited and would love to have you get the APP so that you can be joining us daily for personal devotionals that also tie in to praying for Hollywood.  We hope you’ll download YouVersion on your phones and put HPN in the search bar!  Check it out and pray with us daily with different topics every week!

Keep praying for Christian Professionals on Network & Cable TV shows
Keep praying for all of the Christian professionals working on TV shows on every network and cable channel. Dozens of current series, movies and upcoming series have Christian producers, show runners, writers and actors involved and we want to lift them all up in prayer – for strength, favor, wisdom, excellence in their craft and love in their lives.  Some of these shows are up for awards and a popular site that tracks reviewers’ opinions is called Rotten Tomatoes.  It lists the top rated shows for this season HERE.  Would you pray that the Lord brings Christians on to every one of these TV shows and uplifts those already working!


Pray For Erwin McManus' Cancer Treatment
Please pray for author, cultural influencer and pastor of Mosaic Church in Hollywood, Erwin McManus.  He is having surgery today for cancer and asked his church to pray with him and for him.  We want our HPN community to pray for Erwin as well.  He spreads the vision around the world of the importance of the Arts and Entertainment industries in culture and he is an inspiration to so many.  Would you also lift up his wife Kim and their family as you pray for the Lord to heal and restore Erwin's body. 
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Pray For All Those in Hollywood Who Lost Family at the End of 2016
We lost a lot of people in Hollywood at the end of 2016.  It’s a sad time for many, but a time where the Lord can embrace people and draw them lovingly to Him.  Let’s pray for the people who have recently lost loved ones – including the family and friends of Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.  A documentary on Carrie and Debbie was just completed right before they both passed away, so as you pray for their families check out Bright Lights.
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Pray For Mark Zuckerberg, Creator of Facebook
Pray for social media guru Mark Zuckerberg, who, since creating Facebook, has gotten married, settled down and even changed his spiritual beliefs.  Once an outspoken atheist, Mark is embracing religion again, now Eastern beliefs.  As he journeys through the world of faith, let’s pray for him to find the unconditional love and hope of Jesus!  
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Happy (Belated) 100th Birthday to Kirk Douglas
On December 9th, 2016 Kirk Douglas turned 100 years old.  Kirk and his family have had a lasting impact on our industry and our country. Let's pray for Kirk and all the Douglas family and ask the Lord to use them to continue to have a positive influence on our world! 
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Pray for the Anticipated Mania of Media Mergers and Acquisitions in 2017
With the new digital platforms for TV programming, such as Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Starz and many more, there is an anticipated mania of mergers and acquisitions in 2017 as media companies rush to gain leverage with their programming through negotiations with distributors.  We don’t even know what the outcome will be, both for Hollywood insiders and for the global audience.  As Christians, would you pray for God’s wisdom, His presence and His guidance as Chinese financing, American businessman and the creative professionals all jump into the mix for new shows in new venues.  Every decision affects all of us around the world. 
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Award Season Has Begun and Everyone Is Watching 
It’s Awards season for the Oscars and people are frantically watching films in order to vote.  It is the perfect time for us to watch movies and then have spiritual conversations afterwards with our friends and family.  So many of this year’s studio films have themes of faith and truth.  We don’t want to miss this opportunity to talk about these films as a culturally relevant way to be open about our Christian beliefs and to learn about others and what they believe. 
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Pray For Andrew Garfield 

One actor to pray for is Andrew Garfield, who played two amazing Christian characters this season – Desmond Doss, the committed 7th Day Adventist in Hacksaw Ridge and a 17th century Jesuit priest in Silence.  Making both of these powerful films changed Andrew’s life and we ask that his experience with Jesus will be lasting, sincere, and contagious to the people around him. 
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Pray For Those Involved In the Making of the Film Silence 

Pray for the people involved with Silence, based on the book “Silence” by Shusaku Endo.  Below are some articles that show the power of this film and how Art can change people’s lives and touch society. We ask that you pray with us that this film and others with themes of truth, lifting up the human spirit and pointing people to God through tough questions will continue to eternally impact individual lives and our culture! 

 •  Actor Andrew Garfield talks about how his role in Silence brought him to a relationship with Jesus: Read it HERE! 

 •  “Through Silence Martin Scorsese Examines His Own Spiritual Journey”: Read it HERE! 

• Writer/Professor/HPN member Craig Detweiler’s talks about the rich faith in Silence in his review on the film: Read it HERE!  

Artist Mako Fujimura and his impact on Martin Scorsese through Silence: Read about it HERE!  
HPN Prayer and Fasting The Week Before Easter, 2017

Here at HPN we have decided to PRAY and FAST this year! So, would you prayerfully consider fasting and praying with us the week before Easter, April 10 – 16, 2017, ending on Easter day, April 16th.  We want to pray for the people, the projects and the influence of the global entertainment industry on our lives and our cultures. I believe our FASTING and PRAYER can make an eternal difference both in the world and in our own lives!

Thank you for praying with us and for us this month.  As 2017 moves forward, we in Hollywood depend on all of you around the world to walk along side us and lift us up in prayer.  We need you more than you will ever know!

With love and thanks,
Karen, Megan, Veronica and Kim
Upcoming Events:

January 20th - The Resurrection of Gavin Stone
The Resurrection of Gavin Stone, out in theaters Friday January 20, is an inspirational comedy rated PG about faith and forgiveness. Gavin Stone, a washed-up former child star is forced to do community service at a local mega- church and pretends to be a Christian so he can land the part of Jesus in their annual Passion Play only to discover that the most important role of his life is far from Hollywood. Visit the movie website HERE!

SALTworks is a new Christian filmmaking co-op of creative professionals here in L.A. and their core values are in their name--Story, Art, Laughter, Truth. They meet as a group once a month and shoot one video a month, and they gather for retreats or fun events every three months. Once a year, they bring in new members. Check them out HERE! 

March 5th @ 3pm - Christian Youth Film Festival
The 23rd annual Christian Youth Film Festival will be Sunday, March 5th, 3:00-8:30pm at the Majestic Fox Theater in Bakersfield. Everyone is invited to view the student films and encourage the young filmmakers with your presence and conversation.  Check it out HERE!

May 10th-21st - Israel Missions Trip
The REAL ISRAEL TOUR anticipates a unique tour of Israel designed for first and second time visitors to the Land. The group is limited to two dozen people, with high quality accommodations and transportation. Our tour guide has been called the best in Israel. Join us May 10th - 21st.  For more information contact Robert Wolff at rwolff1@mac.com. Click HERE for more info!

May 4th - Night of Honor and Prayer in Hollywood
May 4, 2017 HPN is co-hosting a night of Honor and Prayer in Hollywood, with Mastermedia Intl.  As our two ministries come together, we are inviting all of you to join us on a CBS soundstage to honor and pray for specifically the Christian professionals in Hollywood.  Mark your calendars and keep your eyes and ears open for more information on this exciting gathering!
Community Calendar
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Tip of the Month
As 2017 begins and you make your plans and goals, don't lose sight of your dream project: 

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Quote of the Month
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.  Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."  
-Martin Luther King Jr.
Verse of the Month
“See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.”
-Isaiah 43:19
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