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Actor Domiziano Arcangeli honored by 72nd Annual Southern CA Motion Picture Council

By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally have a moment to catch my breath and upload some pix from the 72nd Annual Southern CA Motion Picture Council's Awards Ceremony Socal logo honoring Actor Domiziano Arcangeli Arcangeli_Domiziano_0263 with a Golden Halo Award for Acting Achievement due to his acting work in Italy and the United States in more than sixty films, ten Television series and numerous theatrical productions, nationally and internationally.

Here's a close-up of the award. Isn't it pretty? 


The Golden Halo Award was presented to Domi Domi & Margaret with award by Academy Award Winning Actress Margaret O'Brien (Meet Me In St. Louis, Little Women) who is one of the few actresses in Hollywood to be recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with four stars. If you remember, she played the daughter of Judy Garland in Meet Me in St. Louis. She continues to act to this day.

She's a Board Member I believe along with Judy Garland's only son with Producer Sid Luft named Joey Luft who also was in attendance as was Actor Jerry Maren, one of the original munchkins and recent Hollywood Walk of Star recipient. They all helped cut the beautiful cake which was delicious.

Actor Randal Malone who is the President and Chairman of the Board was the Master of Ceremonies and was delightful. Cutting the cake

For those of you old enough to remember the Dick Van Dyke Show (or catch it on cable reruns), Rose Marie, the actress who played the gruff speaking, ballsy female secretary was there and is just the same as that character going strong despite a recent hospitalization. 

Domi, rm, rm, jm

 We all were able to sit together and enjoyed numerous talented musical and dancing acts while dining. I don't think I've seen Domiziano this happy ever! He plays bad guys a lot and is always straight faced, but this honor was a nice recognition of his entire career and very appreciated.

Me & Dom best  

Actor Patrick Kilpatrick came out to support Domiziano too which was very nice.  Domi & Patrick at table Patrick is one of the celebrity guests of tomorrow's Hermosa Shorts Fest Kick Off Party at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge as well.

Here's a pic of he and I to give you an idea of how tall he is seeing as I'm 5' 10"! He plays a lot of bad guys. Can you see why?

Me and Patrick

And here he is in comparison to Actor Jerry Maren, who has a new book out called Short & Sweet: The Life and Times of a Lollipop Munchkin. Bet you didn't know Jerry was the original Buster Brown, did you?

Patrick & Jerry Maren  
Martin Nolan and Darren Julien of Julien's Auctions were honored with the Philanthropy Award that night too because of their wonderful work supporting the 72nd Annual Southern CA Motion Picture Council over the years with all their silent auctions.


Domiziano's good friends, John, Actress Emma Bering, French Director Jean Veber showed up to support him as well. Table shot

Jean elea dom

Domiziano was so touched to be introduced by Margaret O'Brien and shared a personal story of always watching Meet Me in St. Louis with his mother on Christmas Eve growing up as part of his acceptance speech. He also bought an art deco painting she created to memorialize the evening even more. It's really beautiful and will go quite well in his Hollywood Hills home.

Margaret & Domi

Here's a quick pic of me, Randal and Domiziano prior to his receiving the award.

Joy, randal, domi 2

Actress Kate Linder of The Young and The Restless surprised us because we didn't know she was there till the end of the evening. She and I met during a UCLA Class on how to secure celebrities for your events years back. She's very nice and we always enjoy seeing each other at events.

Kate domi - best

Overall, this was a really special evening filled with lots of famous legendary Hollywood stars which made it quite fun and memorable. Their next major event is a special Christmas dinner in December so keep your eyes open if you're interested in participating.

And with that, I'll leave you with this last fun picture of the Award-winning Actor of the evening, Mr. Domiziano Arcangeli! Congratulations and wishing you many more!

I am a winner

And people wonder why I don't cook at home...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Tonight I thought I'd be so smart and cook up the chicken breasts I've had thawing in my fridge over night. Well, my eyes are burning, I almost singed off all my eyelashes opening the oven door the first time to check on the birds, I've set off all the fire alarms in the entire building and my chicken still isn't cooked!

Just had to share because I think it's so funny. Now to get back to getting all the smoke out of my apartment and trying to appease my neighbors I've disturbed repeatedly tonight with all the fire alarm noises. OY!

Excuse me please.

Just another sunny day in CA - I told you so...

By Joy A. Kennelly

What you can always count on in CA is that even if you're experiencing one or two days of grey, pretty soon the sun will peep through and you'll have sunshiney weather once again. Today is no exception. Yesterday was grey and gloomy with rain showers off and on and now... beautiful weather!

Just love it. I had a very nice day yesterday with the fam and hope you enjoyed yourselves too. I promised them I wouldn't write about it, but I do have to share this funny moment because we all were laughing. My aunt who hosted the party is doing some remodeling and recently completed their beautiful new bathroom.

The big highlight of the day yesterday was learning how the new bedat works (the toilet that washes your privates - what's that called again? I'm not spelling it correctly, but you know right?)

Since everyone's faces are hidden I just have to post this one pic because it's so funny. I don't think my uncle ever figured it out, but we all had fun anyway.

Bdet lesson
What an amazing meal and lovely time was had by all. Now to decide what to do with the rest of the time off!:) Have a good one everyone!

Merry Christmas everyone! Have a blessed day...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today is Christmas in the United States and it's grey and rainy on the outside, but sunny in my heart! The sun will come out tomorrow, tomorrow, bet your bottom dollar that tomorrow, come what may, TOMORROW, TOMORROW, TOMORROW, tomorrow...

Okay, you get the point.:)

Even though I haven't received a lot of Christmas cards because I switched addresses and didn't get my cards out early enough for people to know that, I did receive a very beautiful gift in the mail that I must share real quick.

Julia Bristow designs really beautiful unique, hand-crafted, nature-inspired art jewelry and when she read my blog about Chef David Linville's involvement with the recent LA Magazine's Food Event she decided to share some with me because I didn't receive any during the show.

Well, I've been so busy and thought for sure my old post office had returned them I didn't bother to pop by and pick them up until just the other day. I love my old post box people and they were so gracious as to save them for me even though according to the contract they had every right to return them and not care.

But they do which is why I'm giving out a shout to the little Post Office & More on the corner of 26th and Wilshire in Santa Monica located at 1158 26th Street. If you need a mailbox, go there. You'll be so happy with their service - I miss them already. lol

Back to my new earrings. They're really beautiful and delicate green earrings that I have decided are my favorite. I'll try to take a pic to share soon. She also enclosed a beautiful fruity broach which I shared with my friend Lauren because I'm not a broach girl. Just know it was very whimsical and adorable too which Lauren is enjoying.

I have to rush because I'm meeting my parents to drive to San Diego to spend time with my relatives, but just wanted to say Merry Christmas! I've been having a wonderful Christmas season and will try to upload some pix for you here. If you're on Facebook (click my new link to mine on the left and add me!), I've uploaded some there.

That's all for now! Have a good one and God bless.

Forgiveness was the theme of today - Seven Pounds, church, friends...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Today was such a nice day spent with friends I haven't seen in a long time and those I see on a weekly basis which was so pleasant. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season it's easy to get caught up in all the parties, shopping, eating, playing, lights, and forget the true meaning of Christmas - Christ's birth and spending quality time with family and friends.

I was trying to make my 9am service and was so late I decided to stay for the 11am instead. It was a good decision because then I wasn't rushed during the break and was able to spend time with friends. I popped by another friend's home to deliver a Christmas card and surprisingly enough they were home!

That was fun too because I don't get to see them as often as I used to which made me happy. Then popped back to church for the service and it was a continuation of the forgiveness theme entitled, "Forgetting."

I really liked this sermon because Pastor Jimmy spoke and really explained what Jesus thinks about our sin once we ask for forgiveness using King David as an example. Now you may be wondering how King David applies to the Christmas story, but read on and you'll see.

Now you've probably heard the story of David and Bathsheba right? Well, if you haven't, it goes like this - at least this is my interpretation - correct me if I'm wrong. King David saw Bathsheba bathing and decided he wanted her. He called her to his room, lay with her and she became pregnant.

Now David felt guilty and thought, let's cover this up. So he called for Uriah to come home from the war thinking Uriah would lay with Bathsheba and would never know the difference. However, Uriah was an honorable man and chose not to do so out of respect for his men who were still fighting.

David then decided to have him killed and when he went back to battle had him stay at the front while everyone retreated. The enemy killed Uriah and David's secret was kept. Now what I found fascinating about the rest of the story is that the baby that was born from this illicit affair ended up dying.

What I never knew is that the next child that they conceived together was Solomon, one of the wisest men in the Old Testament, and Jesus came from that lineage. Isn't that amazing? Well, it is to me. What I always find fascinating is that even when we mess up God always can use our lives for something positive if we let Him. Here's the verse (I'm moving it up from the sermon, but it fits here:)

Matthew 1:6:

   6Jesse was the father of David the king. David was the father of Solomon by Bathsheba who had been the wife of Uriah.

Here's the sermon notes now that you know the back story.:)


Matthew 1:21-22:
21She will bear a son, and you shall call his name Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins. 22All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet:

2 Corinthians 7:10:

    10For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.

What Pastor Jimmy said about these verses is that Jesus came to save us from our sins and we need to let go of the shame and guilt. I think that's hard to do, don't you? Letting go that is. That's why Pastor Jimmy shared this with us.


1. Accept what cannot be changed.

2 Samuel 12:22-23:
22He said, "While the child was still alive, I fasted and wept, for I said, 'Who knows whether the LORD will be gracious to me, that the child may live?' 23But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he will not return to me."

I never knew this child was his illegitimate son and when it was explained it made total sense. I kind of chuckled inside when I heard number 1 because that's part of the 12-step prayer - "God, Grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, (the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.)"

What I also liked about this sermon was the forward thinking. At a certain point after what has happened you need to just say, that was stupid, or that hurt, or whatever, and then make a decision to move forward rather than continue to wallow in it. You become so much freer when you can accept God's forgiveness of whatever is holding you back and release it.

One of the things we may not do is forgive ourselves too. I realized that was the case with certain life situations I've been in and now that I'm aware of it I plan to work on it more.

I went to see Seven Pounds this afternoon too and man, what a prime example of the need to forgive yourself. I won't spoil the film for you, but Will Smith is definitely a man with forgiveness issues!

I kind of had a sneaking suspicion that was what it was about, but it played out very differently than I expected which I always like. Unlike Gran Torino which I think I totally know everything about now that I've seen their preview, I liked that you don't really know where Seven Pounds is going until near the end.

I was determined not to cry, but have to admit when Rosario Dawson is crying I just had to join in with her. She is really good in this film and I could relate to her character in certain respects. The thing that kept echoing through my mind was the film critic's review from CNN last night which is why I didn't fully allow myself to feel the film until the very end, but I think it is very interesting, if not a little far-fetched.

Now where was I about forgiveness? Oh yeah, accept what's happened and stop beating yourself up ok?

One way to do that is:

2. Give it up to God.

2 Samuel 12:20:
20Then David arose from the earth and washed and anointed himself and changed his clothes. And he went into the house of the LORD and worshiped.

I liked hearing that David accepted what had had happened to his child and chose to move forward trusting God. I remember when a former friend stole all my belongings after I had entrusted them to her I couldn't stop sobbing all day long over the betrayal and loss.

I also couldn't stop singing a song through my tears I had learned at my church which is so weird, but I had nowhere to turn at that moment except God and trusted that there was a reason for my having to experience that. That was probably one of the most surreal days of my life.

For many years after I would reach for something only to realize she had it and I would never see it again. I'm not materialistic, yet certain things held such memories for me and it was like losing part of my past. I've since forgiven her and moved on from that experience.

I don't know why I remembered that now, but thought I'd share because trust me, I've been right there with you in wondering if you'd ever get over a situation or loss or betrayal, but I always do. I hope you will too.

What I loved hearing Jimmy say about this next verse is that generally it's when times are the darkest that we see God isn't it?

Isaiah 6:1:

    1In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting upon a throne, high and lifted up; and the train of his robe filled the temple.

Lastly, as an encouragement to whatever you're going through right now, remember to:

3. Focus on what is left, not lost.

2 Samuel 12:24:

   24Then David comforted his wife, Bathsheba, and went in to her and lay with her, and she bore a son, and he called his name Solomon. And the LORD loved him.

Isaiah 43:18-19:

      18"Do not call to mind the former things, Or ponder things of the past.  19"Behold, I will do something new, Now it will spring forth; Will you not be aware of it? I will even make a roadway in the wilderness, Rivers in the desert. 

Matthew 1:21-22:

   21"She will bear a Son; and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins." 22Now all this took place to fulfill what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet:

When we blow it, our lives aren't over. God is a forgiving, caring God. Let Him care for you like He has so often to me. Like today.

I was totally planning to go Downtown to help, but my car was making a really weird noise and I thought better of it. I ended up going to meet up with my friend Mobolaji to see his new African Cowboy clothing line in person since I've been meaning to see him forever and it just hasn't worked out till now.

He has a really beautiful girlfriend and the shirts are one-of-a-kind. I love this statement about his line taken from his Linked In site: "African Cowboy is dedicated to creating a new cross-cultural dialogue about Africa that moves beyond conversations about AIDS, warfare, famine, and animals to seeing Africa as a cutting-edge contributor on the global stage - not only in the arena of culture and fashion, but also conscious business and commerce."

Now is that positive or what? I've always loved African fabric because it really is beautiful and so unique. However, I only have seen it in traditional African clothing which isn't really street ready, but now with Mo's clothing line, you can be fashionable and African centric in a subtle, sophisticated, hip, fun way. I love it! He is a really great guy and I encourage you to support his new clothing line - great Christmas gifts!

I had time and decided to hit the movie before my friend's Christmas gathering which was a nice way to slow down too. This movie is really measured and takes time for the story to be revealed. 2.5 hours long I believe!

The Christmas gathering was fun and it was nice to meet everyone's spouses and kids. I was worried I'd feel uncomfortable being one of the few singles there, but it was very nice. I have some really great people in my life this year. I'm very happy and grateful.

Watch out 2009. This is going to be a great year, I can sense it already. Okay, that's all for now. I need to upload some pix from all the parties and fun I've been having, but need my beauty sleep.:) My heater keeps going off at the oddest times which is waking me up.

Just something else to add to the list to have checked right? LOL Have a good one! Sleep well and have a great Christmas week - can you believe this year is almost over? I sure can't!

See ya!

If you're looking for a Christmas service today - Church of the Beach Cities

By Joy A. Kennelly

I'm going to be late getting there, but if you're not sure where to go to hear a Christmas Service, please consider joining us at Church of the Beach Cities located at the Manhattan Beach Elementary School on Redondo and Manhattan Beach Blvd in Manhattan Beach just below Polliwog Park.

See you there! I'm late - gotta run. Have a great Sunday whatever you end up doing! I'm also going to hit the Dream Center's big toy giveaway at the USC Galen Center - join me there too! They need volunteers and are giving away presents to over 10,000 needy families!

You missed yesterday's wonderful Beach Cities Toy Drive which was our communities gift wrapping party at the Jocelyn Center - but trust me, it was really special. Very wonderful how everyone in Manhattan and Hermosa comes together to help by donating new toys, wrapping and then distributing them to so many needy charities.

God bless Sam Edgerton for starting it I believe with Pete Tucker and God bless all of you who participated because that's what Christmas is all about - giving of ourselves, our time and our resources with love. God is love and sent his son to die for you and your sins. Accept his free gift today and be forgiven. God bless!

Have a wonderful Sunday - Now I'm really late!:)

I'm going to the Inauguration! What an amazingly great day!

By Joy A. Kennelly

For those of you who have known me for awhile, or have been reading this blog for awhile, it may come as a shock to your system to hear that I've been accepted to receive a ticket to attend the Inauguration, but join the club! I'm right there with you!

Like I told my chef tonight, I feel like if Obama loves me, then f all the rest. (Sorry Christian friends, I have a problem with swearing, but I'm working on it.) I think it's a huge honor and definitely going to be the most exciting day of my entire life to date to participate in such a historic swearing in. Now to figure out all the details because I never in a million years expected to be accepted, but am so thrilled now that's it's a reality! I have so much to organize!

I also was invited to attend the pre-Inaugural brunch and I pushed the envelope to see if I could bring the adoptive parents and my 9 year old son who live out near DC too because I'd love for Eli to have this life experience and realize he can aspire to be whoever he wants to be in this world.

I'm not sure they're even available because I know Jeff just retired from the Pentagon and their whole life is in a huge transition. He may have a new job by then and who knows where they'll be living. I just really, really hope everything works out on all sides because nothing would make me happier.

For those of you who don't know, my son Eli is mixed - half Nigerian and half me. What's so cool is that the adoptive couple are interracially married and you'd never know he wasn't their natural born child. I looked for a very long time to find this couple and God was totally in our adoption. He is one happy, smart kid. I haven't seen him in awhile and would love to spend time with him doing this. We shall see!

The other cool thing that happened today is my good publicist friend, Lynne Hasty of Green Galactic throws an annual Christmas party for all the cool women in her life and believe me she knows a ton. She's an amazing music/arts publicist and so generous, loving and kind.

I just love her and always try to make her events because they are gauranteed to be among some of the hippest, most unique, artistic, musical, interesting events you'll ever attend. If you are looking for a music publicist, look no further and call her ok? You'll be so glad you did. She's awesome!

Tonight was her 17th Annual Christmas gathering that I would say over 30 amazingly accomplished women attended. Although I was later than I anticipated because I was having the best brainstorming session with my new "power partner" (that's Business Networking International speak for someone who's your best referral giver and receiver), Ryan of My Website Design, I still caught my favorite part of the evening which is when we go around the room telling a little about ourselves to help facilitate networking afterward.

I saw some friends I haven't seen in years, the lovely, talented Lynne of course, made some new friends, and the best part was finally able to share face-to-face with live people that I got to attend the inauguration! I believe there was a collective gasp and then excitement for me which was very gratifying.

I've always, always, always said I'm a moderate and despite my rabid Republican politicking during this campaign, I love that I will be participating in such an auspicious occasion in our country's history. Now I understand what my African friend in England was trying to tell me the night of the election. It may take me awhile, but I do eventually get it.

My good friend Shana who is such a staunch Democrat her very young boys talk about politics (which cracks me up) teased me today and said she can see me becoming Democrat yet! I laughed at that because although I really do see value in both parties, I still lean way more right than I ever will left. However, that said, I respect others who do and love the diversity of the friendships in my life because of that fact. I LOVE politics. Who knows? Maybe while I'm back there I'll look for a job! LOL

Stranger things have happened. All I know is, I'm ecstatic and regardless of anything else I'm also very proud to be included. Makes all the pain, heartache and other struggles I've encountered holding strong to who I am and what I believe in all worth it.

The other really cool thing that happened recently is that one of my best friends from high school who I always had the best time with, accepted me on Facebook as a friend which touched me deeply, deeply, deeply because he recently married his gay partner. His acceptance by reaching out and accepting me in friendship despite our differences continues to move me even today.

When people can look beyond politics, religion, and everything else that can divide us as people and simply love and accept each other as individuals, that's what love is all about. He blessed me on a day I really needed to feel loved and I will be very grateful to him for that for a long time.

God always knows when we need to feel His tender touch through humans and sometimes it doesn't always come in the package or way we expect it. I totally didn't expect my friend to accept me and when he did, I just broke down crying.

What was a little embarrassing is just then I received a call on my landline which I never get and had to check who would be calling me. It turned out to be the woman who had interviewed me to be a press agent for the Academy Awards telling me that although she really wanted to hire me, due to budget cuts they weren't able to bring anyone on after all. She was so sweet about it too. What a great boss she would have been! But who knows, maybe that will come true later on in the year. You never know.

What's so amazing looking back on this call now, is if she had called to say yes, we want you, I might have been working rather than free to attend the Inauguration! Isn't that amazing how God works? He replaced one wonderful thing for something even more wonderful! I am truly blessed.

So, that's all for now. Just wanted to share and would have shared earlier except for the fact I couldn't get into my blog for some reason. Thanks for reading. I love having a place to vent. As I was driving home from Downtown tonight all I could think about was either dancing, running around on the beach, having a bite, singing loudly, or blogging. Ok, I'll admit, sex too. LOL

I always know I'm going to have a great night if I'm driving and my favorite Cold Play song, Viva La Vida, comes on. When I'm singing at the top of my lungs and driving fast it's the greatest feeling in the world. Makes me feel like all is well in my world. Hearing it tonight I felt it was just another great addition to an already great day.

It's great nights like these that I miss having someone special to share these moments with. So gentle reader, for tonight, you are my someone special. Thanks for being in my life.:)

That's all. I really must get to sleep because I have another busy day tomorrow and three parties in the evening. I'm having the best Christmas season this year! I'm telling you!

Merry Christmas everybody! Happy Hanukah too!

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

By Joy A. Kennelly

Isn't this verse encouraging? Psalm 30:5b "Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning."

So true, so true. Nothing like a good cry to clear out the toxins and the blues. I have some very loving friends who really comforted me and I'm very grateful to them. One invited me to have a glass of red wine with her and spill my guts which surprisingly was very helpful.

Who knew if it was the chance to chat, or simply the wine, but I felt so much better afterward I'm tempted to include red wine every time I get the blues!:) What a sweetie Greycie is to so many!

She runs Luna G and offers the most wonderful designer clothing for men and women right here in Hermosa Beach. I promised to give her a proper write up soon, but wanted to give her a shout out now in the meantime.

Then, my Thai neighbor Lotus gave me a professional mani/pedi in the comfort of her home rather than her salon while we watched the stupid film, Van Wilder. I forgot how crass it was, but it felt good to laugh at the stupidity. I love bulldogs! LOL

Lotus is available to come to your home too if you're local! Shoot me an email and I'll hook you up (if you're I feel so pretty now - nothing beats a great mani/pedi to feel pampered I always say.

Today, another good friend, Angelique, came over to help me organize my piles of paperwork that have been overwhelming me forever. What a sense of accomplishment and peace to be so organized once again.

Thank you Angelique aka my angel. She's an excellent Executive Assistant who was recently downsized and is available for personal assistant work if you need some help. Let me know and I'll shoot over her resume.

Like my friend Georgine says, she's using this time to get ready and it's all about your attitude. I totally agree. Keep a Positive Mental Attitude like my former PE teacher from 8th grade always used to say. I also always get a great boost from attending my Business Networking International Beach Cities Professional group - motivated, positive, encouraging, supportive people.

Thanks BCP colleagues and friends! I needed you all in my life!

In any case, hope you had a great day today too.

It's been awhile, hello old

By Joy A. Kennelly

I always feel better once I've blogged and seeing as I haven't in awhile due to a distraction that was pleasant, but not longlasting kind of like gum, here I am again. Aaaaahhhh... I need the mental stress release and you might enjoy taking one with me, right?

Thanks for popping by. My new church, Church of the Beach Cities, has been running a series entitled "Christmas is Forgiving". You might think, that's an odd topic for a church to cover at this time of year, but if you really think about it, isn't this when all your hurts and pains come rushing to the forefront of your memories?

Friends who have hurt you, or you've hurt and would normally be exchanging gifts with - gone. Friends you trusted only to be betrayed by their selfish actions - gone. Other "friends" who only want to use you for your contacts and business relationships - so over that! Family members you've tried to reconcile with, but have given up on - who avoid celebrations like Christmas just to keep their distance. Relationships you thought had a future, disappointing you, and you're alone again during the holidays.

Now do you see why all the pastors are preaching on this topic? Now doesn't it make sense? Real quick, here are the last two week's sermons for your reading pleasure. May they bless you as they have me:

By Youth Pastor, Ken Ballard

(He leads a great youth group and is a very warm loving African American man who has experienced the pain of family rejection personally which made this sermon that much more thought provoking and heart warming. Nice to know he's speaking from personal experience and has the same struggles we face.)

Genesis 45:1-2:

Genesis 45

Joseph Deals Kindly with His Brothers

   1Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, "Have everyone go out from me." So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.

   2He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it.

Three Choices That Will Heal Your Broken Heart

1. Choose to pray.

Luke 23:34a

   34But Jesus was saying, "Father, forgive them; for they do not know what they are doing " 

Acts 7:59-60:

   59 As they stoned him, Stephen prayed, “Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.” 60 He fell to his knees, shouting, “Lord, don’t charge them with this sin!” And with that, he died.

What do we pray?

A.  Pray for God to heal their hurt.

B. Pray for God to forgive them.

C. Pray for God to bless them. Pray for their success.

Luke 6:28:

Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you.

2. Choose to forgive them.

Matthew 6:14-15:
14For if you forgive people their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

    15But if you do not forgive others their trespasses [their reckless and willful sins, leaving them, letting them go, and giving up resentment], neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.

A. How do you forgive someone when are so angry and broken over their sin? You forgive by remembering how much God has forgiven you.

Colossians 3:13:
13Be gentle and forbearing with one another and, if one has a difference (a grievance or complaint) against another, readily pardoning each other; even as the Lord has [freely] forgiven you, so must you also [forgive].

Romans 12:19-21:

19Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave the way open for [God's] wrath; for it is written, Vengeance is Mine, I will repay (requite), says the Lord. 20But if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals upon his head. 21Do not let yourself be overcome by evil, but overcome (master) evil with good.

(And people think being a Christian is easy - not on your life! It's really hard to forgive people who have hurt you. Especially when it's a fresh wound and cuts like a knife. However, God is gracious and in the business of healing. Heavy sigh. Just wish I didn't need to seek it at this time of year. No one is invulnerable to this though which helps.)

Luke 6:27-28:
27But I say to you who are listening now to Me: [in order to heed, make it a practice to] love your enemies, treat well (do good to, act nobly toward) those who detest you and pursue you with hatred,

    28Invoke blessings upon and pray for the happiness of those who curse you, implore God's blessing (favor) upon those who abuse you [who revile, reproach, disparage, and high-handedly misuse you].

3. Choose to bless them. Look for ways to bless their life. 

What's ironic is that since we've been having these teachings, I keep seeing people from my past who've hurt me who I would normally never see since our paths haven't passed since the incidents. That's why I avoided the recent fireworks display at the MB pier - not in the mood to see more painful memories walk by. lol

This past Sunday's sermon continued the theme with Connection Group Pastor, Billy Rios, sharing his wisdom on Initiating Forgiveness. He's Brazilian and leads our Portuguese speaking service on Sunday nights at 7pm in our church office located at 1807 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Call 310 379-0339 or email them at

We have a special Christmas service this next Sunday, December 21, at 9am and 11am if you care to join us to hear these pastors teach in person. Church of the Beach Cities meets at the Manhattan Beach Middle School located at 1501 Redondo Ave, Manhattan Beach, CA 90266 on Sundays.

Initiating Forgiveness

Matthew 5:23-25:
23So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you, 24Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift. 25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way traveling with him, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Four Steps to Make it Right

1. Let the Spirit of God bring situations to your memory.

Matthew 5:23
23So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you,

John 16:8:
8And when He comes, He will convict and convince the world and bring demonstration to it about sin and about righteousness (uprightness of heart and right standing with God) and about judgment:

John 14:26
But the Comforter (Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, Strengthener, Standby), the Holy Spirit, Whom the Father will send in My name [in My place, to represent Me and act on My behalf], He will teach you all things. And He will cause you to recall (will remind you of, bring to your remembrance) everything I have told you.

Luke 19:8b if I have cheated anyone out of anything, I [now] restore four times as much.

2. Acknowledge those you have hurt.

Matthew 5:23-25:
23So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you,

    24Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.

    25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way traveling with him, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

A. We judge others by their actions.

B. We judge ourselves by our intentions.

3. Drop everything to make it right. Do it now!

Matthew 5:23-25:
23So if when you are offering your gift at the altar you there remember that your brother has any [grievance] against you,

    24Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.

Matthew 5:24b-2524Leave your gift at the altar and go. First make peace with your brother, and then come back and present your gift.

    25Come to terms quickly with your accuser while you are on the way traveling with him, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison.

Proverbs 6:2-5:

      2If you have been snared with the words of your mouth,
         Have been caught with the words of your mouth,
      3Do this then, my son, and deliver yourself;
         Since you have come into the hand of your neighbor,
         Go, humble yourself, and importune your neighbor.
      4Give no sleep to your eyes,
         Nor slumber to your eyelids;
      5Deliver yourself like a gazelle from the hunter's hand
         And like a bird from the hand of the fowler.

    A. Do it face-to-face.

Galatians 2:11:

11But when Cephas came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he stood condemned.

B. Do your part and trust God to do the rest.

Romans 12:18:

   18If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.

4. Give your heart and gifts to God.

Matthew 5:24b

   24first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and present your offering.

Romans 12:1:

   1Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.

For personal study and small group notes, download from Hope to see you next Sunday!

Here's a prayer from one of my favorite online devotionals too to bless you:

Dear Lord, In times of grief, help me remember You are my Hope and You are right there with me. I pray You open my eyes and heart to others who are hurting and help me remind them of the Hope. Please give me boldness and compassion during this season to introduce the ultimate Hope to others in need of hope. In Jesus' Name, Amen.

And lastly, from another friend I love a lot who always sends me the best stuff:

With 2 weeks before Christmas REMEMBER:   
Jesus is Better than Santa

Santa lives at the North Pole.
JESUS is everywhere.

Santa rides in a sleigh
JESUS rides on the wind and walks on the water.
Santa comes but once a year
JESUS is an ever present help.

Santa fills your stockings with goodies
JESUS supplies all your needs.
Santa comes down your chimney uninvited
JESUS stands at your door and knocks..
And then enters your heart.

You have to stand in line to see Santa
JESUS is as close as the mention of His name.
Santa lets you sit on his lap
JESUS lets you rest in His arms.

Santa doesn't know your name, all he can say is
"Hi little boy or girl, What's your name?"
JESUS knew our name before we did.
Not only does He know our name,
He knows our address too.
He knows our history and future and He
even knows how many hairs are on our heads.

Santa has a belly like a bowl full of jelly
JESUS has a heart full of love.
All Santa can offer is HO HO HO
JESUS offers health, help and hope.

Santa says "You better not cry"
JESUS says "Cast all your cares on me
for I care for you.

Santa's little helpers make toys
JESUS makes new life, mends wounded hearts,
repairs broken homes and builds mansions.

Santa may make you chuckle but
JESUS gives you joy that is your strength.

While Santa puts gifts under your tree
JESUS became our gift and died on the tree.
It's obvious there is really no comparison.
We need to remember WHO Christmas is all about.

We need to put Christ back in Christmas.
Jesus is still the reason for the season.
May the Lord Bless and Watch over you and
your loved ones this Christmas 2008

And may He prosper and bless the work
of your hands in the New Year.

Wishing you one of the best Christmas's EVER!

Uploaded all the fun details of the Hermosa Beach Christmas Village...

By Joy A. Kennelly

Check out for a pictorial story of the day and events. Thanks for coming out to those who did! Many stores are still offering special discounts and if you missed Sunday, I'm sure you would be able to catch some another day too.

Lastly, it's not too late to contribute either financially or physically with cash or food items to Project NEEDS over at St. Paul's Church in Redondo Beach, CA. We're still collecting stuff over at The Shore and you can drop donations at Becker Surf too. Project NEEDS served 1,000 people last month alone and your help is definitely needed.

For more information about Project: NEEDS, contact:

St. Paul’s UMC 310-370-4319
Rev. Cheryl Kelly 310-370-4319
Adriana Romero 310-370-4319
Pat Hyink 310-370-0332

A Homeless Outreach Ministry of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
2600 Nelson Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

That's all for now. Thanks for popping by. Have a good one y'all.


By Joy A. Kennelly

Finally! I can announce to the world the wonderful Hermosa Beach Christmas Village that we've all been working so hard to put together for everyone which will also benefit Project NEEDS, our local food bank.

I am so proud of everyone who is involved because this is just another example of how generous Hermosa Beach residents and business owners really are to the community. I'm donating my time and expertise to promote it which is a lot of work, but well worth it.

Lots of goodies, deals and fun stuff - read on for more!

Is this a cool, hip, beach community or what?
Come on down and see for yourself! Bring a canned good or non-perishable food item too ok?

Mark your calendars - this Sunday, December 7, 2008 from 12pm -8pm. Don't miss it!

Contact: Joy Kennelly

The Joy Writer PR & Marketing

WHO: The South Bay Professional Connection welcomes you to the First Annual Hermosa Beach Christmas Village in Hermosa Beach, CA. Free admission. Benefiting Project NEEDS.

Christmas window

Participants include: Omaggio Art Glass, Luna G, RE:Style, Splashin’ Gifts, Nü Shüz, Out of My Tree Candles and Bath, Beachy Keen Bay, Fernando’s, Hermosa General StoreMani Pedi Cutie!, Mimosa, AR Salon, Bo Bridges Gallery/Spit Studio, Pilates Place, Fritto Misto, Paciugo Gelato Café, Sangria, Dragon, Hennessey’s Tavern, The Lighthouse Café, The Coffee, Bean & Tea Leaf, Lotus Yogurt Bar, Breathe, Sharkeez, Buono Vita, New Orleans Cajun Café, Union Cattle Company, Zane’s, Café Boogaloo, Girlfriend’s Clothing & Salon, Hermosa Chiropractic, Treasure Chest, Patrick Molloy's, Becker Surfboards, Gum Tree, Yari, The Shore Restaurant and Lounge, and Pedone’s Pizzeria. (Italics indicate Project NEEDs collection locations.)

WHAT: Hermosa Beach Christmas Village is a shopping and dining extravaganza with over 35 stores, restaurants, and businesses participating. Holiday gift specials, Christmas decorations, special celebrity appearances, and discounted food and drinks throughout Hermosa Beach, CA.

Special Attractions:

  • A canned goods and non-perishable food drive for Project NEEDs, a local food bank

  • A holiday Dessert Competition at The Shore Restaurant and Lounge featuring Chef David Linville, Chef Annette Gallardo, Hermosa Beach City Councilman, Michael DiVirgilio, and Project Needs/St. Paul Pastor, Cheryl Kelly, 3pm – 6pm

  • Live samba dancing to Brazilian music at Breathe
  • Free bull rides at Union Cattle Company with Project NEEDS donations
  • Free pictures & autographs with X-Games Gold Medal Freestyle Moto, Nate Adams and Jeremy (Twitch) Steinberg at Bo Bridges Gallery/Spit Studio to first 25 guests
  • One-of-a-kind, unique gifts and holiday specials at all the local establishments
  • Christmas cheer with family and friends…

WHEN: Sunday, December 7, from 12pm – 8pm

WHERE: Pier Ave in Hermosa Beach down to Pier Plaza and along Hermosa Ave.

WHY: To bring the community and visitors together in a Christmas celebration with lots of specialty gifts, one-of-a-kind designer items, and eco-friendly home décor shopping opportunities, and discounted delicious holiday food and drinks at participating locations.

The Christmas Village benefits Project NEEDS, a local South Bay food bank.

Christmas Village Sponsors include: The Shore Restaurant and Lounge, Baja Sharkeez Hermosa, Union Cattle Company, Sangria, Paciugo Gelato, The Joy Writer PR & Marketing



Omaggio Art Glass is recognized globally for unique and elegant Italian hand-blown designs in glass including art, chandeliers, pendant lights, sconces, sculptures, accessories and gift pieces that are distinctive and sophisticated. 10% discount offered on all items; a donation of all sales of the evening will be made to Project Needs. 423 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 877-701-7375.

Yari offers a well-rounded selection of women’s clothing and accessories. A Project Needs collection location.327 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 937-9800

Luna G is a high end men and women’s specialty boutique offering personal shopping, one-of-a-kind, hand-crafted jewelry, designer clothing, custom signs and unique gifts. Offering holiday drinks and a raffle for $100 gift certificates. 323 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-3641

Becker Surfboards first opened in Hermosa Beach in 1974 and they've been bringing the public great boards, threads, and gear ever since for all their surfing and lifestyle needs. Phil Becker has shaped over 100,000 boards; more than anyone in the history of the sport. Project Needs collection location and discounts. 301 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-6419.

Gum Tree offers unique home décor, baby & kids toys and gifts, jewelry and eco friendly “green” products. Selling holiday ornaments and decorations; offering cider and cookies. Also a Project Needs collection location. 238 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-8744.

RE:STYLE, in Hermosa since ’81, has always been one of the most fashion forward, cutting edge stores in the Los Angeles area and is a showcase for the newest up-and-coming designers of shoes, clothing and accessories for men, women and children. 20% off almost everything storewide. 138 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 798-1534.

Splashin’ Gifts offers a diverse range of organic bath and body products, soy candles, gifts, trendy children and adult sleepwear/clothing. Offering discounts and giveaways. 132 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-7270.

Nü Shüz, guiltless shoe pleasures for the serious shoe addict, offers the newest style shoes, boots, and fashion accessories at import prices.  New shipments every week.  30% discount and holiday drinks & snacks. 112 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-3338 

Out of My Tree Candles and Bath carries natural organic candles and bath products. Offering free samples. 1134 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 561-6019

Beachy Keen Bay girl’s boutique offers swimwear, shoes, clothing, denim, hats and accessories. 20% discount off entire store; serving cider and cookies. 1038 Hermosa Ave,  Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-4416  

Fernando’s offers an eclectic collection of men and women’s clothing and accessories, as well as, custom designed clothing and home décor including custom-made pillows and blankets, . New shipments delivered daily. Offering “BFD – Big Fernando Deals” $30 jeans, hoodies and more. 1242 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-7906

Hermosa General Store offers Hermosa Beach souvenirs, clothing, gifts, sandals, beachwear, tiki mugs and furniture. 10-75% storewide discounts. 1284 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 376-4666

BREATHE carries Olympic Gold Medal Winner, Kerri Walsh’s volleyball clothing line - K Active and several different women’s fitness wear lines from Brazil which pair unique Brazilian fashions with high performance material. Offering discounts while serving hot chocolate, warm cider and Christmas cookies; holiday music from Brazil and a live Samba dancer. A Project NEEDS collection location.1312 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 374-7445.

Treasure Chest is a unique specialty store offering year-round costumes, beach clothing and accessories, novelty gifts and Hermosa Beach souvenirs. A Project Needs collection location; also offering holiday drinks and food. 50 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 372-5644


Mani Pedi Cutie! is an eco-friendly, natural nail salon for men, women and children using only organic, pure products. Serving eggnog and offering $30 peppermint pedicures. 507 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 376-9988

Hermosa Chiropractic, in Hermosa since ’93, offers quality, comprehensive chiropractic care, deep tissue, sports, pregnancy, and relaxation massage and live foods. A Project Needs collection location and offering discounts, free adjustments and live food samples. 440 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-4200.

Mimosa, featured on Dr. 90210 and Split Ends, has set the standard for hair and nail salons in Hermosa Beach for over five years with a full staff of stylists, estheticians, and nail techs. 15% off hair care and make-up (Bare Minerals), complimentary nail polish changes, and a raffle for blow-outs. 405 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-9411

Girlfriend’s Clothing & Salon is a sexy, hip men and women’s clothing boutique and hair salon. 30% discount storewide on clothing, cut-n-go haircuts $25, free haircut with any color service, holiday blow-out and style $50 and 25% discount on all facials and waxing; A Project Needs collection location. 1138 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 937-3337

AR Salon is an award-winning full-service salon. 25-40% off all hair products; giving away $10 gift certificates. 1046 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 374-4896

Bo Bridges Gallery/Spit Studio Photographer Bo Bridges travels the globe shooting clients like Pepsi, Campbell’s, Ford, T-Mobile, Sobe, and Coors. His work can be seen in Sports Illustrated, Outside, ESPN Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Maxim. First 25 guests receive free pictures & autographs with X-Games Freestyle Moto Gold Medalists, Nate Adams and Jeremy (Twitch) Steinberg. 1246 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 937-3764

Pilates Place, located upstairs in a historic 1920’s building just steps from the Pacific Ocean, offers the widest variety of private sessions and group classes. There are seven reformers with room for up to 20 students per class. Purchase a package of ten classes and receive one free; open till 3pm on 12/7. 1221 Hermosa Ave, Suite 210, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-0444


Buona Vita is a unique Euro-style restaurant serving Italian cuisine. 10% discount with Project NEEDS donation; a Project NEEDS collection location. 439 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 379-7626.

Fritto Misto is a Cal-Italian restaurant serving pasta, and vegetarian meals - “fantastically good food at rock bottom prices” Zagat.(2) Lunch for two certificates in a raffle. 316 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 318-6098

New Orleans Cajun Cafe serves authentic Cajun and Creole dishes prepared fresh while you wait. All seafood and sausages are flown fresh direct from the "Big Easy" (New Orleans). Serving free fountain drinks; a  Project NEEDS collection location. 140 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-8970

Main Booths - UCC

Union Cattle Company offers quality steaks, seafood, chicken, and s’more’s. This award-winning restaurant offers ocean view decks, a Texas-style lounge and main dining room (see above). Free bull rides and ½ off any appetizer offered from 4pm -8pm with Project NEEDS donations. 1301 Manhattan Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 798-8227

Zane’s offers a premium dining experience with signature appetizers, entrees and desserts prepared fresh daily. Slate flooring, mahogany wood tones and chocolate walls frame the restaurant’s sleek, full bar. Raffles for $25 gift certificates; a Project Needs collection location. 1150 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 748-3314.

Paciugo up close

Paciugo Gelato Caffe, voted Best Ice Cream Shop in LA, offers Italian-roast coffee and espresso based drinks and a distinctive array of 32 authentic wholesome Italian gelato and sorbet flavors made by hand with fresh natural ingredients daily on-site. Buy one cup or cone and get one free. Free gourmet hot chocolate samples. 1034 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 379-2525.

Sangria, a Spanish/Mexicali restaurant, serves blackened shrimp, fish, steak, and baja inspired favorites enhanced by live entertainment. Sangria has helped raise over 3 million dollars over the years for local charities., 20% discount on all food; open 4pm – 10pm on 12/7. 68 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-4412


Baja Sharkeez Hermosa Beach is a Mesquite-Mex restaurant with fresh food, great music and 50 HD Plasma screens for the serious sports fan and those who enjoy the taste of Baja. Offering 20% off fish tacos; a Project NEEDS collection location. 52 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 318-0004

Patrick Molloy’s, is an Irish Pub in the truest sense of the word serving breakfast, lunch and dinner to sports fans who rave about the fish and chips. A Project NEEDS collection location. 50A Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA, 90254 310 798-9762

Dragon Restaurant is an upscale, newly renovated restaurant serving American Asian cuisine with a new tapas menu and great daily specials.  $10 appetizer platters; buy three tapas and get 4th free. 22 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 920-4106.

Hennessey’s Tavern is an Irish Pub/Restaurant known for their award-winning burgers and fries with an upstairs patio (voted Best Patio by locals) which overlooks the entire ocean. Hennessey’s prides itself on being the neighborhood meeting place. Offering two-for-one turkey dinners with all the trimmings. 8 Pier Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 372-5759

The Lighthouse Café is a world-renowned jazz club dating back to the 1940’s. Offering live music 7 days a week, notable performers have included Miles Davis, No Doubt, members of Guns & Roses, Howard Rumsey and many others. Offering two-for-one entrees. 30 Pier Avenue, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-9833

The Coffee, Bean & Tea Leaf is a family-run specialty company selling coffee beans, rare teas, and accessories. Serving sample cups of coffee.1225 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254  310 379-9249

Lotus Yogurt Bar is a self-serve frozen non-fat yogurt shop with lots of fruit and dessert toppings. 20% off one frozen yogurt per customer. 1316 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa  Beach, CA 90254 310 798-9868

Café Boogaloo is one of the oldest blues clubs in Los Angeles and serves Louisiana influenced cuisine with live entertainment Thursday through Sunday. Blues legends Son Seals, Tab Benoit, Big Daddy Kinsey, and Lazy Lester are just a few who have performed here. Offering reduced price appetizers; a Project NEEDS collection location. 1238 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 245-4988

Empty shore from the front

The Shore Restaurant and Lounge, voted Best California Dining in LA, serves internationally inspired California comfort cuisine courtesy of award-winning Chef David Linville. The main Project Needs collection location and host of the Holiday Dessert Competition from 3pm -6pm. Serving ½ price appetizers all day. 1320 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-0414.

Pedone’s Pizzeria is an award-winning Italian restaurant serving pizza, pasta, wings, salads and a kid’s menu. Voted #1 Pizza by locals, Pedone’s, has been a South Bay and Los Angeles favorite for over 35 years. 25% off all children’s meals and 15% off entire check, also a Project Needs collection location.1332 Hermosa Ave, Hermosa Beach, CA 90254 310 376-0949

Project: NEEDS

Project: NEEDS now offers two main services to the needy in our community. Every Tuesday night a hot meal is available to anyone who is hungry. We also have a food pantry that distributes groceries to needy families and homeless people twice a month. Currently we serve on the average 120 meals every Tuesday evening, and approximately 300 families per month benefit from our food pantry.

In our approach, special attention is placed on making the homeless and hungry feel special and important and promoting “one on one” relationships. Every person who comes for a meal or groceries is served with dignity and respect. We strive to show all persons that they are valued.

Project: NEEDS provides the foundation for change in our local community. We are a grassroots project that is community supported. We have local churches and interfaith groups that volunteers and provide resources. We are proud to have established a long-going relationship with philanthropic and civic organizations throughout the South Bay.

Although Project: NEEDS is a church program, faith is not the primary issue concerning this project. We serve those in need without concern for religion, race, sexuality, health or city of residence. We hope to show our faith by turning our words into actions. Pastoral support and counseling is available to anyone expressing interest.

Volunteers are always needed, please contact Adriana at the church office if you would like to donate your time.

For more information about Project: NEEDS, contact:

St. Paul’s UMC 310-370-4319
Rev. Cheryl Kelly 310-370-4319
Adriana Romero 310-370-4319
Pat Hyink 310-370-0332

A Homeless Outreach Ministry of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church
2600 Nelson Avenue
Redondo Beach, CA 90278

Ongoing Needs…

 Financial Contributions
 Toiletries
 Sturdy Paper Plates (Dinner & Dessert)
 Sturdy Bowls (Soup & Dessert)
 Hot & Cold Beverages Cups
 Paper Napkins
 Paper Place Mats
 Foil
 Zip Lock Bags
 Paper Towels
 Sponges
 Bleach
 Salt & Pepper Packets
 Coffee
 Sugar
 Creamer
 Dish Soap
 Salad Dressing
 Lemonade
 Margarine
 10 Cans of Vegetables, Ravioli, Soup, Beans, Fruit, Tuna.
 Baby items, such as diapers, baby food and formula
 Clothes

o All appropriate items should be purchased with concern for the environment.

The South Bay Professional Connection©


The South Bay Professional Connection’s (TSBPC) mission is to promote the interests of the South Bay as a whole to the media, the public, businesses, and residents.


TSBPC provides a wide variety of community, professional, social and business opportunities for professional groups, companies, and others interested in connecting with South Bay businesses, residents, visitors, and cultural, entertainment and educational institutions.


The South Bay Professional Connection achieves these goals through membership, special events, a comprehensive calendar of events, local, state and national government advocacy, public-private partnerships, and public relations/marketing for members.


For more information, please contact:

Joy A. Kennelly, Founder

310 714-2077