Community involvement is an essential part of our expression of faith. Congregants are encouraged to be involved with Neighborhood Watch and the North Hills West Neighborhood Council. Folding the monthly Neighborhood Watch newsletters has become a fun opportunity for our members of all ages to get together and bless our community.
As a church, we stay connected with our local Police Department, making our facilities available for their use, reporting crimes in the area, and sharing the responsibility of watching over the safety of our neighborhood. Some church members have also become certified by the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Community Emergency Response Team C.E.R.T. to aid their families and neighbors in the event of a disaster.
Our facilities have been used for all sorts of community events such as art shows, choir performances, and as a polling facility for elections.
Our school, Centers of Learning, is another major avenue of our community involvement. Activities that the school has hosted include canned-food drives, Sparks Of Love toy drive, E-Waste collections, Earth Day clean-up, visiting the nearby Veterans hospital, and Christmas caroling door-to-door.
Magical Christmas Caroling Truck
The Magical Christmas Caroling Truck is a local caroling tradition in the North Hollywood area. It began at the end of a studio recording session on Christmas Eve, 1984, when about 12 people decided to jump on the back of an old dump truck and go Christmas caroling. On the truck, they put a generator, a couple strands of lights from the reception area of the studio and went out armed with their musical instruments and the three Christmas songs they knew by heart. The response from the 10 mile route was overwhelming and every Christmas Eve since, the Carolers and the truck have made their appearances in the same neighborhoods. Today, the sixty-two foot tractor trailer, decorated with Christmas scenes and thousands of sparkling lights, carries close to 100 carolers, all volunteers. This non-profit event is supported by community donations and through The Living Word, who administrates the truck and its volunteer carolers and crew.
Independence Day Show
For over two decades, Church of the Living Word has been honoring our nation by producing a Fourth of July Fireworks Show at the Shiloh Amphitheater in Kalona, IA. Every July members of our audio, video, and production teams pack up and head east to America’s heartland to celebrate our country’s independence. It has become a Southeast Iowa tradition where friends and family sit under the stars, listen to beautiful music, and watch the sky become a canvass of color in one of the area’s largest fireworks displays. The Richmond Shooters, a local pyrotechnics team, work together with the production staff to synchronize the show so each individual firework is in perfect time with the music. This is always a tremendous evening for the community and honoring of our great country.