CHMBell Friends Church
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Brief History of the Church:  California Yearly Meeting called James and Daisy Morales in 1973 to initiate a new work in the city of Bell.  The ministry of brother James lasted from 1973 through 1976.  Another brother who helped to enlarge the church was brother Conrado Illanes.  He began his ministry in 1977.  His pastorate lasted 10 years.  Also, Isaias Cordero pastored for 4 years and currently ministering are Amilcar and Lorena Sosa along with their children Amilkar and Kenny (working in the musical group) and Lizzeth (working as a teacher under the Christian Education department).

In 1999 the church achieved its status as an official church in the June Yearly Meeting sessions and was the first Hispanic church to reach this status in our organization through the work and effort of evangelization and preaching in southern California.

The work has multiplied and strengthened with different ministries that have originated in the church including:  2 musical groups, a leadership department, a "MOPS" program for children, "after-school" tutoring, a music institute with "solfa", a Bible Institute (I.H.P.L.A.), and a project to care for children of single mothers.

Currently we have 98 active members and between 190 to 210 people in attendence on Sundays.  A parsonage was just purchased with a value of $190,000.00.  The Sosas have been members of the church for 6 years.

Place:  4100 E. Gage Ave.
     Bell, CA.  90201
     Tel:  323-560-1429
     Fax:  323.560.1031

Senior Pastor:
  Amílcar Sosa 

Pastor: Lorena Sosa 
Church Administrator Pastor: Manuel Ortiz
Assistant Pastor: Adolfo Oliva 
New Church Development:  Douglas A. Portillo 
Number of Members:  98
Number in Attendence:  195-210


Bible Instititue: I.H.P.L.A. I & II from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
Worship service at 7:30 p.m. 

Bible Institute: I.H.P.L.A. I & II from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.,
School of Music from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Worship of Societies (Children, Ichthus, Youth, Young Adults, and Adults) 7:30 p.m. 

Sunday School at 9:30 a.m.
Devotional Service at 11:30 a.m.
Once a month Praise and Worship at 6:30 p.m. 
Amigos de Bell
Friends from Bell - Pastor Amílcar Sosa with wife Lorena standing behind at the right.
Pastor Amilcar Sosa

        Special Projects:
1.  Continue helping the new fields of Friends Church Southwest.
2.  Project "After School Tutoring" using computers with children of limited resources from the community.
3.  Missions Department.
4.  Beneficiary Project "Extend your Hand"
5.  Special child care project for single mothers in order for them to work or attend school.
6.  Counseling with professional and official assistance for children, youth, couples and those on probation during special office hours during the week.
Note:  Currently our senior pastor, Amilcar Sosa, is the director of the D.L.I.A. (Latino Department of Friends Churches) and of the New Church Development Program.
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