March 2018 Newsletter
 
 
 
Dear HPN members,

Thanks SO MUCH for your loving responses to our monthly emails!  We hope to give all of you the information you need to pray more effectively for our industry and all the wonderful people in it! For those of you who think this is too long, just pray through the summary; for those of you who think it’s too short, then click on all the links and read or watch more; and for those of you who are content with it as is, we’re thrilled. Also, if any of you have a person, a project or an issue on your heart that you want us to pray for, please feel free to email it, along with any link, to our incredible Erin at erin@hpnemail.org! Now let’s start praying…
 
 
 

Summary:​

•  We had an amazing Oscars Prayer Walk around the Dolby Theatre
•  Our wonderful women friends walking through chemo are all doing well
•  Join HPN’s social media - add to our conversations and read our updates
•  We are praising God for the life and ministry of Billy Graham
•  Pray for John Legend, actor, musician, producer
•  Pray for young people who play violent video games
•  Pray for comedian Kevin Smith, 40, who suffered a massive heart attack
•  Pray for Ryan Coogler and Letitia Wright of “Black Panther”  
•  Let’s pray for the filmmakers of the controversial film “A Wrinkle In Time”
•  Pray for actor Dennis Quaid as he stars in a redemptive true film
•  We have to constantly pray for marriages in Hollywood!  
•  Pray for the people in the film growing industry in Toronto, Canada
•  Don’t miss the upcoming events for the Christian community in Hollywood
 
 
 
 
 
Update:
 
 
 
Oscars Prayer Walk
We had an amazing Oscars Prayer Walk around the Dolby Theatre the Thursday before the Academy Awards and there were 40 people gathered to pray. We know our prayers made a difference and we thank you for joining us from wherever you are. These are powerful evenings in Hollywood and one person told us that Thursday night was more eternally significant than Sunday night at the Dolby!
 
 
 
Our Friends Going Through Chemo
Our wonderful professional women friends walking through chemo are all doing well and we thank you for your prayers for Brenda, Edie, Monsita and Marion! It’s miraculous what modern medicine and your prayers can do for our friends who have much more work to do here on earth. Keep praying, but the update is positive  for all of them!
 
 
 
Pray With Us on Social Media
We want you to know that HPN posts prayer requests, current events and praise reports every day on our social media. We are on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Youtube. Please click on the red circles below (and at the bottom of every email we send) so that you can join our active and growing community!
 
 
 
 
 
 
Praises:
 
 
 
Remembering Billy Graham
We are praising God for the life and ministry of Billy Graham, who passed away on February 21st at 99 years old! He is called “The Iconic Evangelist” and was reportedly the most known person across the globe. He was so ready to go to be with Jesus that we can’t grieve his death, but praise God for giving us the gift of this amazing man. As you thank the Lord for Billy, listen to Kathie Lee Gifford share her love for Billy and for God.
 
Kathie Lee Gifford Reflects on Billy Graham
 
 
 
Requests:
 
 
John Legend in Jesus Christ Superstar
Let’s pray for John Legend, actor, musician and producer, as he prepares for the role of Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar this Easter on NBC! He says, because of his Christian upbringing he has been preparing for this role his whole life! John is one of many celebrities who follow Jesus and we have to be asking the Lord to give him continued strength, wisdom, favor and Christlike love for the people he works with.
 
John Legend's Christian Roots and Faith
 
 
Pray for the Hearts of Young People
Pray for our young people who spend hours and hours a day playing violent video games. There is a controversy about whether there is a connection between our country’s gun violence and the effect of violent video games, and either way our prayers are needed for the hearts of our young people. We want you to know that HPN believes that many video games are wonderfully educational, creative and mind challenging. But, we need to wisely pray for discernment as parents and children make purchasing and playing choices. To learn more, check out the book “Assassination Generation: Video Gamers, Aggression, and the Psychology of Killing” by Dave Grossman below.
 
Assassination Generation by Dave Grossman
 
 
Pray for Kevin Smith and Chris Pratt
Pray for comedian Kevin Smith, who at 40 years old, is recovering from a massive heart attack last month. Also pray for Chris Pratt who sent a tweet to Kevin, saying that he’s praying for him and got flack from fans who were uncomfortable with Chris praying publicly. Let’s pray for Kevin’s healing and for Chris’s faith to grow, as he encourages and ministers to his friends and associates! As you pray, read Director James Gunn’s response to the negative tweets about prayer. 
 
 
 
Black Panther Cast and Crew
Pray for Ryan Coogler and Letitia Wright, the Director and star of the recent blockbuster film Black Panther. They are both committed believers and are shining His light as they do interviews and articles about the film. They are two of hundreds of wonderful role models and Ambassadors of Christ in Hollywood and we want to pray for encouragement, strength, wisdom and continued love in their lives. As you pray, read about Letitia Wright and how her faith helped her through depression. And let’s pray for the presence of Christ to imbue the lives of ALL Hollywood professionals. Here's a brief report from Relevant Magazine on the set of Black Panther being "like church."
 
 
 
Pray for A Wrinkle In Time
The film A Wrinkle In Time opened this past Friday, March 9th. It is very controversial, both in its storytelling and in its faithfulness - or lack thereof - to the Christian messages that the author, Madeleine L’Engle, wrote in her best selling novel in 1962. Here’s an article on the historical controversy of the story. Pray for the Gospel truth of L’Engle’s message to come out to all the people who worked on the film and that audiences all over the world will be curious about God because of seeing this film. Let’s also pray for director Ava DuVernay, who is the first woman to direct a $100 million film and ask the Lord to touch her heart with His unconditional love!
 
 
 
Pray for the Cast and Crew of I Can Only Imagine
Pray for actor Dennis Quaid as he stars in a film about the redemptive true story of Bart Millard (J. Michael Finley), entitled I Can Only Imagine, based on the life of the lead singer of MercyMe. Movies don’t only impact the audiences who watch them, but they can affect every single person who works on them. So let’s ask the Lord to use the story and characters of this film to transform Dennis’ heart!
 
"I Can Only Imagine" Trailer
 
 
Pray for Marriages in Hollywood
We have to constantly pray for marriages in Hollywood! Every week there is another announcement of a separation, divorce or “conscious uncoupling.” As you pray, would any of you couples consider becoming HPN One-To-One Prayer Partners so that we can match you to an Christian industry couple to pray for them? It’s so important to pray as a couple, for a couple, so if you would like to pray, check out the link below about our partnerships and then email erin@hpnemail.org. And if you're an industry couple who would like prayer, email Erin and let her know. 
 
HPN's Prayer Partnerships
 
 
Pray for Entertainment Believers in Toronto
The film industry is growing in Toronto, Canada, and so if you are from Toronto or you know someone there who would like to meet other creative professionals, we want to connect the entertainment believers. Also, a small group is looking for a place to meet and would love a church in the city to open their doors to them to pray and build their creative community. If you have any referrals please email info@hpnemail.org.
 
 
 
Join YouVersion: HPN Prayer Devotional
Join the YouVersion App for the Hollywood Prayer Journal Devotional. Our next 7-day devotional is on "Patience!" More great topics are already available to every HPN member and friend. Just go to YouVersion and type in "Hollywood Prayer Network," or find them all on our website under "Devotionals." 
 
HPN's Devotionals
 
 
We thank you for praying this month and trust that as you pray for us and with us, you’ll experience more discernment and understanding for Hollywood and what God is doing in this industry.

With great appreciation,
Karen, Erin, Kim and Li Mei
 
 
 

Upcoming Events:
 
 
 
Mar. 15th: Christian Women in Media
A networking event hosted by the Christian Women in Media Association is this Thursday, March 15th. Online reservations close Wednesday night, but tickets are available in person at the door. Music by Larissa Lam, Comedy by Kerri Pomarolli and keynote by Brenda Crouch – all with a 5 course dinner. Click here to register
 
 
 
 
Mar. 24th: Navigation Sessions
The Hollywood Connect Navigation Session, for all new people coming into Hollywood who want to learn how to get plugged in, where to meet people, and find work, come on Saturday, March 24th to the CBS Studio City lot from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Click here to register.
 
 
 
 
HPN Member Special - Private Pilates Sessions
If you would like private Pilates sessions in your own home, contact LAPPS, an HPN member who offers private sessions, any time, any place – just for HPN members. Be sure to tell them HPN sent you and the network will receive 25% of the proceeds! Email LAPPS HERE.
 
 
 
Movie Giveaway
For the first four people who have read this far, we will send you a free, brand-new Blu-Ray of Same Kind of Different As Me, starring Renée
Zellweger and Greg Kinnear. Just email erin@hpnemail.org with your name and mailing address. 
 
 
 
Community Calendar
Check out our HPN community calendar for more local events! Email us at info@hpnemail.org if you have an event to add.
 
Go To Calendar
 
 
 
Verse Of The Month
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:18
 
 
 
 
Quote Of The Month
“I became a Christian, and I felt secure.  I felt like I didn’t need validation from getting a part. My happiness wasn’t dependent on acting, it was dependent on my relationship with God.”
— Letitia Wright
Actress in Black Panther
 
 
 
 
Book Of The Month
The New Copernicans: Millennials and the Survival of the Church
By HPN member David John Seel, Jr.
Read a great review HERE

 
 
 
 
Tip Of The Month
Why You’re Not Getting a Job in the Entertainment Industry
(Or Anywhere Else)
Read tip from Phil Cooke HERE
 
 
 
 
 
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