Pleasant Hill Baptist Church plans the 5th Annual Jingle Jam Toy Giveaway on Dec. 14, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., 2009 W. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Bishop Sylvester Washington, pastor. In partnership with Ella’s Foundation, 400+children will receive toy bags and bikes. Also, music, food, games, a VIP Pamper Pop Up, interactive Christmas stories will be offered. For details, call (323) 293-6448.

First AME Church – L.A. presents a Christmas musical, “Straight Outta Bethlehem,” on Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor J. Edgar Boyd.  The Sunday School Department sponsors the event. On Dec. 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., the annual Christmas Giveaway takes place. Gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves will be distributed. For information on both events, call (323) 735-1251.

Victory Bible Church holds their 15th Annual Scholarship Fundraiser on Dec. 15, at 6 p.m., at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center, 188 Campus Drive in Arcadia, said Bishop Milton White, Sr., pastor. Proceeds will benefit the VBC Scholarship Fund, which awards grants to college-bound students. Actors Boris Kodjoe and Nicole Ari Parker Kodjoe will emcee and gospel recording artist Shawn McLemore will appear with a 100-voice community choir. Also, a professional choral ensemble and musicians from Arcadia High School will perform. For concert tickets and sponsorship opportunities, visit

Miracle Temple Church of God Pentecostal host their annual Community Christmas Luncheon on Dec. 21, at 1 p.m., at 109 W. Buckthorn St., in Inglewood, said Bishop Johnny Young, senior pastor. The event will be held in the fellowship hall and is open to the public.

Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church plans Christmas Musical on on Dec. 21, at 3 p.m., at 3719 W. Slauson Ave., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Mary S. Minor. The Music Ministry sponsors the event. On Dec. 22, at 7:45 p.m., an intergenerational Christmas program will be held in the sanctuary, followed by Christmas worship at 9 a.m. The public is invited to attend. To learn more, call (323) 296-5610.

McCarty Memorial Christian Church holds Christmas worship service on Dec. 22, at 10:45 a.m., at 4101 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Edward Anderson. At 5 p.m., a Christmas concert will be held with guest performers the Extended Ensemble and the Dozier Family Singers. To learn more, call the church office at (323) 731-4131.

First United Methodist Church of Compton presents musician and composer Charles Barnes in concert on Dec. 29, at 10 a.m., at 1025 S. Long Beach Blvd., in Compton, said Pastor Arnetha Inge. Barnes just released a new CD, “You’re So Good Thank You Lord.” For information, email [email protected].