July 1, 2020
Prayers for the Entertainment Industry
Dear HPN members,
Happy Fourth of July!

Welcome to summer in Hollywood! It’s been hot, yet there’s been our “June gloom”– both in the sky and in many hearts! So, we are happy to reach out to you again and ask you to continue to pray for the thousands of working professionals and hopeful professionals in our city who are trying to figure out what’s next: how to launch their newest project, how to get back into production without putting people’s health at risk, how they can earn a living, if their careers can have a restart, and even if they should move away to somewhere more affordable? We want you to also join us in believing that the God of the Universe is in control, and He has plans to prosper all of us and not to harm us. We ask that you pray that His HOPE will replace fear and that we can all experience His PEACE that surpasses our understanding. THANK YOU for your faithful prayers for the world’s most influential industry! We need you!
Christians Making Content

We praise God for all of you and the ways you have reached out to help our community in the past three months! During this time of quarantine and racial awareness, HPN has loved to share all of the many encouraging songs, films, books, videos, shows, performances and even events that you’ve sent us, for Christian industry pros to get involved with or just enjoy. And we thank you all for your suggestions. One example is the movie Emanuel, which was produced by HPN members about the Charleston, NC shooting. It’s coming out soon and we wanted to share the trailer with you.
Los Angeles Film Studies Center

After 29 years of education, ministry and vision-building, we want to honor the Los Angeles Film Studies Center (LAFSC) for their incredible work and service in our Hollywood Christian entertainment community. LAFSC has been one of the faithful Hollywood ministries for the past two decades and they are closing their doors. We THANK them for their service and we celebrate all of their alums who are currently working in entertainment all over the world. You did a great job, LAFSC and we will miss you! More information on the details of suspension of the
Carl Reiner

Yesterday the world lost a comedy legend, Carl Reiner, at the age of 98. We want to ask that you pray for his son Rob, his other family members, his friends and fans around the world whom Carl impacted, cheered up, inspired and challenged by his work as a comedy writer and comedian. We ask that the Lord draws people to Him as they mourn Carl’s death. May this loss in our culture lead us to a miraculous encounter with God our creator.
Carl Reiner
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Steve Bing

Let’s pray for the family members and friends of Steve Bing, a Hollywood executive producer/writer who committed suicide this month. The suicide rate in entertainment is extremely high compared to other industries, and we need your prayers that industry professionals can hear about God’s love, hope and abundant life through Jesus. Please ask the Lord to send loving believers to entertainment professionals like Steve, who can offer the life transforming Gospel to them before they lose hope.
Writers Guild of America

The Writers Guild of America (WGA) is facing a possible writers strike, which would be devastating to our already hurting industry: “Talks between the WGA and the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers launched six weeks ago on a remote basis due to the COVID-19 pandemic after two start dates were vacated. Representatives are facing a June 30 expiration of the current film and TV contract — and the lack of a deal has prompted worries among studios that a strike could be in the works if no agreement is reached.” Please pray for the decision-makers who impact an already devastated industry due to the coronavirus. Because of COVID-19, many writers are already selling their homes, moving out-of-state or trying to find other jobs. Your prayers are needed to keep people financially able to take care of their families and pay their bills.
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AMC Theatres

AMC Theatres have postponed their planned limited opening due to the number of COVID-19 cases in the cities in which they had hoped to open. Please pray for the decision-makers at AMC, the world’s largest movie theater chain, as they choose the right time to open and the best way to handle their openings. The two major films that planned their release in AMC Theatres are Christopher Nolan’s Tenet and Disney’s Mulan. We ask that you join us in praying for wisdom and discernment for the filmmakers, the theater owners and the public as they all navigate these unclear waters in our nation and around the world!
Thanks so much for praying with us during the fourth month of the COVID-19 quarantine. We need your prayers to lift up our Hollywood entertainment industry professionals and community so that we can OVERCOME! Thank you that you are calling out to Jesus, on our behalf, so that He can do miraculous works in our community. We are so grateful!

And enjoy all the ways that we continue to celebrate life in Hollywood through our Upcoming Events and our Features below. You will be encouraged to see all of the continued creativity and opportunities. And have a safe Fourth of July weekend!

With love,
Karen, Kaelyn, Virginia and Kim
HPN Weekly Friday Prayer Call
Fridays | 12-1 p.m. Pacific | Zoom or phone call
Please join our Friday prayer calls! They are a powerful time of praise, prayer and community connection from HPN members globally!

Hamilton Premiere
July third is a big day for musical lovers across the country who have wanted to see Hamilton and either couldn’t get to New York to see the original cast, or their tickets were cancelled due to COVID-19. Disney+ is streaming a film of the original Broadway cast production to celebrate the Fourth of July, and so we hope you can all find someone to watch it with on the evening of July third and enjoy this musical that changed the landscape of Broadway musicals and broke through racial stereotypes.

Film Industry Support Group
Tuesdays | 7-9 p.m. Pacific | Online
HPN member Tina Collins is hosting this weekly prayer and support group for those in the film industry.

An Evening with Kevin Olusola of Pentatonix
Thursday, July 9 | 6:00 p.m. Pacific | Online
Hosted by Pastor Albert Tate of Fellowship Monrovia.

Soul Coaching
HPN member Yolanda Miller is offering a limited number of complimentary soul coaching sessions to HPN members impacted by the pandemic. These sessions will help create a safe space to tell your story, locate God in it, and begin to discern what He's inviting you to next.

Local Events
Don’t miss our other (virtual) local events on our Hollywood Community Calendar. VIEW LOCAL EVENTS>>
  • Christian Youth Film Festival films: WATCH NOW>>
  • Barbra Streisand honors essential workers during COVID-19: WATCH THE VIDEO>>
  • Karen Covell was featured on the Counter Culture Podcast>> 
  • Check out the new podcast from Mastermedia International leaders Dan and Peggy Rupple’s “Life Offscreen," interviews with Hollywood Christian couples. WATCH NOW>>
You have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven… let heaven fill your thoughts. Do not think only about things down here on earth!” 
Colossians 3:1-2
 "I want the presence of God Himself, or I don't want anything at all to do with religion... I want all that God has or I don't want any.”
A.W. Tozer

Life is hard and we need strength, wisdom, character, and hope to make it through and to end well. That takes perseverance. God talks a lot about perseverance and tells us how important it is and how to get it. This week, let’s focus on strengthening our faith through building perseverance, so that we can run a good race.
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