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Los Angeles-i Első Magyar Református Egyház
First Hungarian Reformed Church of Los Angeles

12717 York Avenue, Hawthorne, California 90250   |  310-355-1475   |  E-mail   

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Az Istentisztelet minden Vasárnap délelőtt 11 órakor kezdődik előbb angol, aztán magyar nyelven, külön textusok alapján, különböző Igehirdetésekkel.

Vasárnapi iskola
Sunday School

Minden fiatalt szeretettel várunk az Istentisztelet alatt tartott Vasárnapi Iskolába. Az iskola 11:30-kor kezdődik, tanítjuk a hittant és a magyar nyelvet. magyarul és angolul is.

Bibliaóra
Bible Study

Minden hónap harmadik vasárnapján, a Családi Vasárnap keretében, az ebéd után interaktív bibliaiskolát tartunk. Minden érdeklődőt szertetettel várunk!

Beginnigs

Although the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Los Angeles was officially founded on August 1, 1926, it was actually in 1924 that the first attempts were made to organize a Hungarian church in Los Angeles. Reverend Istvn Cspke had come to town that year to organize a Hungarian Reformed congregation. At that time, there was already the Hungarian newspaper the Californiai Magyarsg, the Hungarian Soccer Club and a Hungarian Workers Group - but no Hungarian church. Reverend Cspke brought 125 Reformed hymnals with him, held worship services, but for whatever reason was not encouraged by the results. After s short time, he departed Los Angeles, but left the hymnals with Mihly Pedry, and agreed to let them be used by those who came after him. These 125 hymnals became the foundation for what was to come.

In the summer of 1925, an official with what is now the United Church of Christ, Dr. Edward Evermeyer, encouraged a young Magyar seminarian - Albert Hady - to visit Los Angeles. Albert Hady came from from Szatmrmegye and had only been in the US only about 5 years. Albert Hady came to Los Angeles from Buffalo, New York and began scouring the LA area for Hungarians. He attended the Los Angeles Hungarian Soccer Club meetings, the Worker Group meetings, looked for Hungarian names in the phone book, and extended invitations to Sunday Worship services to all Hungarians he met.

At the end of the summer, the young seminarian had to go back to school. Encouraged by the attendance at the services organized by the young Albert Hady, Jnos Dcsmn, a former Elder from the Hungarian Reformed Church of Buffalo, now living in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter Ilonka, decided with 42 Magyar individuals to petition what is now the United Church of Christ Home Mission Board to help them establish and sustain a Hungarian Reformed Church. Along with that request, they also asked the Home Mission board to entrust Albert Hady with the Pastoral position as soon as he finished his seminary studies. Meanwhile, the congregation made Albert Hady promise to return upon the completion of his studies. The Home Mission Board granted both requests in January 1926, and in June, degree in hand, Albert Hady returned to Los Angeles and to the people he had left behind.

On Sunday August 1, 1926, after a celebratory Sunday Worship - nnepi Istentisztetel utn - the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Los Angeles was officially founded. In going through the old First Church yearbooks, we learn something about the day`s services. On that day, Reformed, Catholic, Lutheran and Hungarians of other faiths came together to sing - "rl mi szvnk, mikor ezt halljuk: A templomba megynk, Hol Istennek Szent Igjt halljuk." The congregation rejoiced and Albert Hady encouraged them - "rezztek s lsstok meg, hogy j az r!" Afterwards, 42 people - "egy szvvel, egy llekkel" - proclaimed the founding of the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Los Angeles. Jnos Dcsman, the former Elder from Buffalo became the Chief Elder. A Women`s Guild, a Bible Group and a Youth Group, the Church Newspaper and a Choir were quickly established.

Although the congregation spent their first four years meeting in an American church, the First Church bought its long-time home at 1101 West Florence Avenue in April of 1930, where they remained until 1987. The first Hungarian newspaper in California (founded in 1922) - the Californiai Magyarsg - dedicated its Friday April 11, 1930 issue to the First Hungarian Reformed Church of Los Angeles, proclaiming "Templomszentelsi kiltvny!" on the headline, in celebration of the anticipated blessing ceremony of the First Church`s new building, which was held on Palm Sunday, April 13, 1930. Dr. Edward Evermeyer conducted the English portion of the worship, Reverend Hady prayed a blessing, and a guest, friend and classmate of Reverend Hady`s from Lancaster, Reverend Antal Szab conducted the Hungarian portion of the worship. In honor of the occasion Ilonka Dcsmn sang a solo and Duci Kerkjrt played the violin. The Church Choir sang "Az egyhnak a Jzus a fundamentuma" - the foundation of the church is Jesus.

And the church grew. With the regular westward migration of Hungarians seeking to escape the hardships of the Great Depression in the Eastern United States, political difficulties in Hungary before and after WW II, the Revolution of 1956, and also with the addition of second and third-generation Hungarians, there were regular changes to the make-up of the congregation. The constant element was the strong foundation of faith in God. In the 1941 Yearbook Reverend Hady writes that "Isten dicssgre dolgozhatunk..." Let us work to the glory of God. In the 40 Year Anniversary Book, Reverend Antal Szab writes: "Akik tagjaiv lettetek ennek a gylekezetnek, azok egy testvri kzssgbe kapcsoldtatok bele, akik vrsgi egymshoz val tartozsnl szorosabban egybekapcsol a kzs hit, a kzs szrmazs, a kzs emberi vgzet. Kezdetben brmannyire is idegeneknek rezttek magatokat az uj hazban, itt nem vagytok idegenek, itt testvreket, bartokat, lelki otthont talltatok. Ha sok volt a munka s a kzdelem, ha sok volt az ldozat, nem volt hibaval, mert ltala olyan kincseket szerezhettetek, amiket nem rozsda, sem moly meg nem emszthetnek." In part, he writes - "In the beginning you may have felt like strangers in your new country, but you are not strangers here at this church. Here you have found brothers and sisters, friends and a spiritual home..."

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AZ ÚR HORDOZZON ÁLDÁSÁBAN!
God Bless All of You and See You Again Soon!
Our church`s ability to pay the bills, make repairs and keep up our building is completely dependent on God`s grace, your prayers,time and donations. May God bless everyone who supports our church!

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Egyházunk fennmaradásához bízunk Isten kegyességében, pártolóink imáiban, és adományaiban. Köszönünk minden adományt.
Our church's ability to exist is completely dependent on God`s grace, your prayers, time and donations. We are grateful for all donations.

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Egyházunkhoz - a 405-ös fwy-ről az El Segundo Blvd. lejáratnál forduljon kelet felé az El Segundo Blvd.-on. Elhagyván a Hawthorne Blvd-ot, a 6. sarok balra York Avenue (Prairie Ave. előtt). Majdnem az El Segundo és York saroknál találhatják sárga templom épületünket.
Take 405 and Exit on El Segundo Blvd.Go EAST (away from the ocean) until York Ave. Turn left at York. We are the yellow building, just in from the corner.

 
 

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