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Judge Rules Against Harvest Rock Church — Again

Dec 22, 2020

A U.S. district judge has once again ruled against a Pasadena church that continues to meet illegally despite a debilitating surge in coronavirus infections that threatens to overwhelm intensive care units. 
In a ruling issued Monday, Judge Jesus Bernal denied a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Gov. Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home orders.

Judge Denies LA County Church’s Request to Can Indoor Worship Ban

Dec 22, 2020

A federal judge Monday again denied a California church’s request to block state restrictions on indoor gatherings, saying the church is still free to hold outdoor religious services and that lifting the rules would likely contribute to the spread of Covid-19. 

As LA County tops 600,000 coronavirus cases, officials lift ban on indoor worship

Dec 19, 2020

As 13,756 new cases reported on Saturday, Dec. 19 pushed Los Angeles County’s total past the sad milestone of 600,000 since the pandemic began — public health officials announced they are modifying stay-home orders to allow for indoor and outdoor worship, in response to recent Supreme Court rulings.

Los Angeles County reverses ban on indoor religious services after Supreme Court decision

Dec 19, 2020

Los Angeles County health officials reversed a ban on indoor religious gatherings Saturday after the Supreme Court sided with a Southern California church in its challenge to state coronavirus rules.

California Church Asks Judge to Lift Pandemic Restrictions on Indoor Services

Dec 18, 2020

Weeks after the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a federal judge’s ruling on Harvest Rock Church’s challenge to California’s indoor gathering restrictions, an attorney for the Christian church said in district court Friday the state unfairly targeted religious gatherings with “harsh treatment.”

CA Churches File Reply in District Court

Dec 17, 2020

Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry filed its response today to the federal district court of California seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction against Governor Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional orders. 

Interview on Daystar About the Supreme Court's Responce to Lawsuit

Dec 11, 2020

Interview originally aired on Daystar on December 9th, 2020.

Court Refuses to Hear Harvest Rock Request, Grants Newsom Delay

Dec 9, 2020

After successfully petitioning the U.S. Supreme Court to vacate a lower court ruling, lawyers for Harvest Rock Church took a victory lap and immediately requested an injunction that would allow the Pasadena church to continue meeting indoors. But in a 10-minute hearing on Tuesday a district court judge refused to hear that request and instead granted the state a delay so officials could file a brief by Monday, followed by a hearing on Dec. 18.

CA Churches Return to SCOTUS

Dec 9, 2020

Liberty Counsel filed a renewed application to the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry asking for an injunction in their federal lawsuit against California Governor Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional worship ban and discriminatory treatment.

US Supreme Court sides with Pasadena church over COVID-19 restrictions

Dec 3, 2020

From his Pasadena church podium, Pastor Che Ahn told his congregation about the possible impact of a recent U.S. Supreme Court case. He said that “a Jewish synagogue and a catholic church sued Governor Cuomo in New York for locking down their church.” He explained that the Justices ruled 5-4 against New York’s COVID-19 restrictions on houses of worship. He seemed pleased and told his parishioners that it “sets a precedent for us”.

Supreme Court sides with California religious ministry against state Covid restrictions

Dec 3, 2020

The Supreme Court on Thursday sided with a California ministry that argued the state’s Covid-related restrictions on indoor services violated its religious liberty rights, the court’s second such ruling on pandemic guidelines for churches in two weeks.

Supreme Court Vacates Lower Court’s Ruling Against Pasadena-Based Harvest Rock Church

Dec 3, 2020

A Pasadena church won a major victory Thursday when the U.S. Supreme Court vacated a lower court order denying the church an injunction that would allow its congregation to meet indoors while the church sued the state in a First Amendment lawsuit.

Supreme Court gives temporary win to California churches over coronavirus restrictions

Dec 3, 2020

The Supreme Court gave a positive sign to a California church fighting Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions on the number of people allowed at houses of worship due to the coronavirus pandemic. In a Thursday order, the court vacated a District Court ruling against Harvest Rock Church with instructions to reconsider their challenge in light of the Supreme Court’s recent rejection of restrictions on prayer services in New York.

U.S. Supreme Court sides with challenge to California's COVID-19 religious service curbs

Dec 3, 2020

The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday delivered a blow to California Governor Gavin Newsom’s pandemic-related ban on indoor religious services, siding with a church that defied the policy and challenged it as unconstitutional religious discrimination.

Local Church Files Reply With High Court

Dec 1, 2020

Lawyers for a Pasadena church asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant an injunction that would allow members to continue meeting in person while the High Court hears its case claim their client has “suffered under the unconstitutional yoke” of Gov. Gavin Newsom’s order prohibiting all indoor religious services since July.

CA Churches File Reply at SCOTUS

Dec 1, 2020

Liberty Counsel filed the final reply brief to the U.S. Supreme Court regarding Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry’s emergency petition for an injunction pending appeal in their federal lawsuit against California Governor Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional worship ban and discriminatory treatment. Justice Elana Kagan issued the order to Gov. Newsom to respond yesterday in response to the churches’ request.

SCOTUS Orders CA Gov. Newsom to Respond

Nov 25, 2020

Justice Elana Kagan has ordered California Gov. Gavin Newsom to respond to an emergency petition filed by Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry for an injunction pending appeal in their federal lawsuit against Newsom’s unconstitutional orders. Gov. Newsom must respond by 4:00 PM this Saturday.

California churches joining the fight against COVID restrictions on houses of worship

Nov 25, 2020

Pastor Che Ahn of Harvest Rock Church and attorney Mat Staver argue California Gov. Gavin Newsom implemented the ‘worst restrictions of any state.’

CA Pastor Calls Out Newsom: ‘Blasphemy’ To Say Jesus Christ Not Essential

Oct 28, 2020

Ché Ahn, senior pastor of Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California, called Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom’s designation of churches in the state as “nonessential” blasphemous.

Harvest Rock Lawyers Want Full Ninth Circuit To Hear Appeal

Oct 21, 2020

Lawyers for a local church denied an injunction that would have allowed members to continue gathering inside the church while  an earlier decision barring those meetings is appealed want their case heard by the full Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.

Religious Institutions Law Update: October 2020

Oct 15, 2020

In Harvest Rock Church, Inc. v. Newsom, No. 20-55907, 2020 WL 5835219 (9th Cir. Oct. 1, 2020), the court ruled that a church failed to demonstrate that the district court abused its discretion by declining to grant the church’s motion for preliminary injunction against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s executive order restricting in-person worship during the COVID-19 pandemic.

California Churches Press on After 2-1 Ruling

Oct 1, 2020

 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals issued a 2-1 decision in a case brought by Liberty Counsel on behalf of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry denying an emergency injunction pending appeal against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional orders. The Court of Appeals heard oral argument on September 21. 

Governor Newsom Champions Violence while Silencing the Church

Sept 18, 2020

In the latest attack on the Church, democratic California Governor Newsom prosecutes Harvest Rock Church of Pasadena and its leaders for exercising their constitutional right to worship. Founding Pastor Ché Ahn, among every other member of his congregation, is now facing criminal charges.

Harvest Rock Church Emits Boundless Faith and Goodwill in Pasadena and Beyond

Sept 17, 2020

Despite many hurdles, Harvest Rock Church’s philanthropic mission continues to expand. The church’s City Care Project seeks to extend financial help to struggling small businesses and families. “It’s our desire to sow the love of Jesus Christ in a very practical and tangible way,” says founding pastor Ché Ahn.

Pastors Under Fire: Special TBN Broadcast

Sept 14, 2020

On a special TBN broadcast, “Pastors Under Fire.” Mat Staver and Tom Newman are joined by pastors across the nation, including those represented by Liberty Counsel, to discuss the government overreach and persecution they have faced.

The Persecution of the Church -- California Style

Sept 14, 2020

In the not too distant past, it would have been difficult to imagine a scenario in the United States where government officials would have the temerity to threaten churches for holding indoor worship services. However, as the coronavirus pandemic abates, and the nation returns to work, certain states and cities continue to reveal a startling level of bias against churches.

California Church Appeals Newsom’s Ban on In-person Worship

Sept 9, 2020

The California based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, with the help of the religious rights law group Liberty Counsel have filed a lawsuit to appeal and challenge California Gov. Newsom’s ban on in-person worship services.  

Ché Ahn's Church Takes Worship Ban to Court of Appeals

Sept 7, 2020

Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry have appealed their case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding Gov. Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional orders. The governor’s orders prohibit all worship, including home Bible studies and fellowship with anyone who does not live in the home. Yet, Gov. Newsom continues to encourage mass gatherings of protesters throughout the state.

Joy Ahn Ngu's Latest Hit On God TV - Equipping The Saints With Ché Ahn

Sept 7, 2020

Joy Ahn Ngu is the fashion-forward mother of two who has helped her parents, beloved Pastor Ché Ahn and his dynamic wife Pastor Sue Ahn, add and develop a media brand to their internationally-recognized Christian networks including Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California and HIM International Ministries which comprises tens of thousands of churches worldwide. Poised for success, Joy was raised in the Christian ministry from the early days when her parents would hold services within their own home for just friends and family.

Ché Ahn's Church Takes Worship Ban to Court of Appeals

Sept 4, 2020

‘Don’t the bishops realize what a scandal it is that those who do not believe in the real presence of Jesus in the sacrament are more zealous to participate in worship than are the Roman Catholic bishops?’

CA Church Takes Worship Ban to Court of Appeals

Sept 4, 2020

Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry has appealed its case to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals regarding Governor Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional orders. The governor’s orders prohibit ALL worship, including home Bible studies and fellowship with anyone who does not live in the home. Yet, Gov. Newsom continues to encourage mass gatherings of protestors throughout the state. 

Harvest Rock Church Champions the Voices of the Unborn Through New 1RACE4LIFE Initiative

Sept 4, 2020

On Tuesday of last week, the Republican National Convention featured Abby Jonhson, a former director of Planned Parenthood and current anti-abortion activist, who exposed the real motives of the billion-dollar abortion business. Johnson shared a powerful story that transformed her views on abortion as she recalled the moment which changed her life.

Harvest Rock Church Champions the Voices of the Unborn Through New 1RACE4LIFE Initiative

Sept 2, 2020

On Tuesday of last week, the Republican National Convention featured Abby Jonhson, a former director of Planned Parenthood and current anti-abortion activist, who exposed the real motives of the billion-dollar abortion business. Johnson shared a powerful story that transformed her views on abortion as she recalled the moment which changed her life. During her time as a medical assistant for Planned Parenthood, Johnson was assisting a physician in an ultrasound-guided abortion. “Nothing prepared for what I saw on the screen. An unborn baby fighting back desperate to move away from the suction. The last thing I saw was a spine twirling around in the mother’s womb before succumbing to the force of the suction, “Johnson remembered. “I’ll never forget what the doctor said next,” she paused, “beam me up, Scotty.”

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The Church vs. California - Pastor Ché Ahn's Story

Sept 1, 2020

After preaching in some of the most dangerous countries in the world, Pastor Ché Ahn is being persecuted right here in America for sharing the Gospel. Read on to learn more about the Harvest Rock Church case against CA Gov. Gavin Newsom.

California continues crushing churches

August 26, 2020

A church in Pasadena is facing criminal threats from its city – something one Christian attorney maintains is unconstitutional.

Pastor Promises to Pay Tickets If Members Are Cited for Attending Indoor Church Service

Aug 25, 2020

Harvest Rock Pastor Ché Ahn said in a video released on Facebook Tuesday that the church will pay for citations received by parishioners defying city and state orders to attend his church.

Harvest Rock Church Receives Criminal Threats

August 14, 2020

The City of Pasadena’s Chief Assistant City Prosecutor has now threatened daily criminal charges against Harvest Rock Church if it continues to hold in-person worship services.

Churches across the U.S. Sue over COVID-19 Restrictions

Aug 17, 2020

Throughout the pandemic, churches across the nation have been defying government restrictions on houses of worship as many believe religious freedom is being suppressed.

Los Angeles Health Department Sends Monitors to Target Westside Christian Fellowship

August 14, 2020

Government COVID restrictions on churches have led to growing legal battles in recent months, with many of them taking place in California and Nevada.
The churches say it’s a matter of religious liberty. Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena, California is requesting a preliminary injunction against California Gov. Gavin Newsom over his COVID church bans, church attorneys call them “unconstitutional.”

California county becomes ‘sanctuary’ for faithful to worship together during COVID-19

Aug 12, 2020

‘I strongly feel that it would be against the interest of justice for us to punish criminally citizens choosing to worship God or whatever religion they have,’ a district attorney said.

Has California Become A Place Faithful Christians Cannot Live?

August 13, 2020

A California judge, nominated by President Barack Obama in 2012, denied a church’s request to block Gov. Gavin Newsom’s COVID-19 orders prohibiting “all indoor worship services, including home Bible studies and fellowship,” claiming that churches are not deemed “essential” and that no singing or chanting is allowed.
Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry, represented by Liberty Counsel, argued their case in a federal district court on Wednesday, claiming that Gov. Newsom’s orders were unconstitutional and hypocritical. The church opted to appeal their lawsuit concerning the ban on small and large gatherings for worship and singing on full merits once they heard the judge’s response

Faith Leaders Protest Gov. Gavin Newsom’s Order Barring In-Person Worship

Aug 10, 2020

Dozens of worshippers participated in a church service Sunday in San Diego, one that also served as a protest against California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s (D) coronavirus orders prohibiting indoor worship, including gatherings in people’s homes.

Equipping the Saints with Ché Ahn on GOD TV

August 10, 2020

Equipping the Saints with Ché Ahn hosted by Harvest Rock Church founding pastor Ché Ahn airing every Tuesday on GOD TV. The show addresses a variety of topics and attempts to answer many foundational questions that we ask every day. On the show, Ché Ahn with his daughter and co-host, Joy Ahn Ngu, engages in eye-opening conversations with many notable guests such as Cindy Jacobs, Dr. Michael Brown, Eric Metaxas, James Goll, Dr. Arleen Westerhof, and many more.

The Federalist editor warns divided America is ‘moving closer and closer to mob rule’

Aug 7, 2020

“They’re going to go after churches and places that refuse to shut down,” he said. “Places like Harvest Rock [Church in Pasadena] ]that are suing the state of California and saying that they have a right to gather, [a] First Amendment right to gather, just like the protesters do. It’s a double standard completely.”

Dominionists Portray California Health Restrictions as Sign of End Times Persecution of Christians

August 4, 2020

New Apostolic Reformation leader Ché Ahn is one of several religious-right figures challenging California Gov. Gavin Newsom’s restrictions​ on public gatherings to slow the spread of COVID-19. ​Ahn, whose church is being represented by the anti-LGBTQ religious-right legal organization Liberty Counsel, talked about the lawsuit in a four-part appearance on the Charisma podcast network ​last week with his longtime associate Larry Tomczak, who serves as an adviser to Liberty Counsel and a board member of the pro-Trump Intercessors for America.

Che Ahn Hosts Debut TV Show “Equipping the Saints with Che Ahn” On GOD TV Every Tuesday

July 27, 2020

Papa Ché Ahn will be joined by his daughter, Joy Ahn Ngu, to co-host their debut TV show, Equipping the Saints with Ché Ahn. It will premiere on July 28 on GOD TV at 8:30 pm EST leading people into an encounter with the Holy Spirit.

Church Sues After Newsom Bans Home Bible Studies: 'The Governor Is Not the High Priest Over All Religions'

July 21, 2020

A California church is suing Gov. Gavin Newsom for banning all indoor worship services, including Bible studies, and singing, saying the restrictions violate their religious freedom.
Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry filed the lawsuit in an attempt to block enforcement of Newsom’s orders which target churches.

California church network sues Gov. Newsom over ban on worship, home Bible studies

July 20, 2020

‘We’ve been essential for 2,000 years,’ pastor said in message to governor.
A network of California churches filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday, defying the state’s coronavirus lockdown orders against holding indoor church services while state officials encourage protests.

Second Singing And Chanting Ban Lawsuit Filed Against Governor Newsom

July 20, 2020

Harvest Rock Church suit argues that ban violates First Amendment, freedom of religion.
During the weekend, Pasadena-based Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry filed suit against Governor Gavin Newsom, seeking a temporary restraining order against the Governor’s house of worship singing and chanting ban.

Pasadena church seeks injunction against state ban on indoor worship services

July 19, 2020

A lawsuit seeking an injunction against a state ban on indoor worship services during the coronavirus pandemic has been filed on behalf of the Harvest Rock Church in Pasadena.
“It was kind of discouraging when our governor locked down everything except for the essential services like stores, etc. And yet he didn’t declare the church to be essential,” Harvest Rock Church leader Ché Ahn said. “As I pastor, I believe that we’ve been essential for 2,000 years.”

Ban on Worship and Home Bible Studies Faces Legal Challenge

July 18, 2020

Liberty Counsel filed a lawsuit in federal court seeking a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction on behalf of Harvest Rock Church and Harvest International Ministry against Governor Gavin Newsom’s unconstitutional COVID-19 orders prohibiting all indoor worship services, including home Bible studies and fellowship, while encouraging mass gatherings of protestors throughout the state. 

Church With Branches in Pasadena, Irvine and Corona Sues Over Singing Ban

July 18, 2020

Harvest Rock alleges that public health guidelines unfairly target places of worship over other institutions, because Newsom supported protests over George Floyd’s in-custody death and police brutality that included chanting during the pandemic.

City Care Project Expands Outreach To Downtown Los Angeles

June 9, 2020
In an unprecedented season of global despair, people As communities across the US continue to go through the toughest times, Harvest Rock Church is on a relentless commission to heal the nation’s wounds. Last month, the church launched City Care Project, dedicated to the economic recovery of its hometown of Pasadena, California. Now, in a new mission, the church is focusing on reconstructing small businesses in downtown Los Angeles which has seen recent downfalls due to both the delayed closures of Covid-19 as well as recent rioting in the area.

Harvest Rock Church Reopens During Prophetic Times

June 4, 2020

In the midst of nation-wide protests and riots coinciding with a world pandemic and economic recessions, worshippers are congregating at churches seeking a guiding light. Last Sunday, Harvest Rock Church welcomed back worshippers on the Day of Pentecost. After months of live streaming sermons on YouTube, the church has finally been able to reopen to hold in-person services. Following safety guidelines issued by the State, the church allowed worshippers to congregate on this major Christian holiday with great efforts to minimize health and safety risks. The church’s decision to reopen was met with outpouring support and overwhelmingly positive response from the community as they have long anticipated for it.

Harvest Rock Church Launches City Care Project with $50,000 Donation to Hometown Small Businesses

May 28, 2020

Pasadena, CA – Harvest Rock Church (HRC) led by Pastors Ché and Sue Ahn has launched “City Care Project” as part of their coronavirus city-wide relief efforts. Beginning this week, they will be donating $50,000 to small businesses who have financially suffered during the lockdown in Pasadena, CA.

Pasadena Churches Cautiously Reviewing Governor’s Reopening Guidelines

May 26, 2020

Gov. Gavin Newsom has given the go-ahead for churches and other houses of worship to resume in-person services if their local health departments approve religious services in their jurisdictions.

He issued guidelines Monday, which would, in part, limit attendance to 25 percent of building capacity or 100 people, whichever is lower.

Local Churches at Crossroads: Some Vow to Reopen, Defying Governor’s Orders

May 22, 2020

“The church has been called to reopen by the people, who in this dark time are in need of the in-person pastoring of the church leaders,” Harvest Rock spokesperson Adelheid Waumboldt wrote in an email to Pasadena Now. “The church, to this day, has been faithful to the laws of the State of California and to the Constitution of the United States, going above and beyond to protect both the community and congregation by using caution and suspending in-person services for the last 10 weeks.” apostolically in your current sphere of influence.  

Pasadena Church Expands International Legacy of Service During Covid 19

May 21, 2020

Sozo is a Greek word that means “you were made to be free, saved, healed and delivered.” Harvest Rock Church (HRC) has indeed freed, saved, healed and delivered hundreds of thousands of people from all corners of the globe, advancing the kingdom of God. HRC’s vision is to “empower, equip, and release revivalists and reformers into their destiny and fulfill the Great Commission.” HRC, a worldwide charismatic movement, initially started with prayer meetings at the home of its founder Ché and Sue Ahn in Los Angeles.

A Vision of Hope: Pastor Ché Ahn is Dedicated to Serving His Community

May 20, 2020

In an unprecedented season of global despair, people around the world are searching for relief anywhere they can find it. For Christians throughout the last 2000 years and beyond, relief and healing have been granted through the calm reassurance of the church – positively impacting both congregations and the communities they reside in throughout the world. Even scientists agree that weekly church attendance boosts your immune system and decreases blood pressure.

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