Second Baptist Church kicks-off the Health and Wellness Church Challenge during a health fair on Jan. 12, at 1:30 p.m., at 2412 S. Griffith Ave., in Los Angeles, said Pastor William S. Epps. The American Heart Association and WW sponsor the free program. The challenge includes 12 weekly sessions beginning Jan. 19.  The public is invited and there is no charge to join. To learn more, call Helen Starks at (323) 216-0230, or email [email protected].

Sinai Temple plans a Unity Shabbat honoring the legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 17, at 7:30 p.m., and Jan. 18, at 10:45 a.m., at 10400 Wilshire Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Rabbi David Wolpe. Also, the heroic deeds of nearly one dozen soldiers who liberated concentration camps during World War II will be recognized. For information, call (310) 474-1518 or visit

Shared Harvest Fund presents the Sounds of Goodness Concert Tribute on Jan. 18, at 6 p.m., at the Blackbird House of Coworking, 10600 Virginia Ave., in Culver City. Melitta Johnson, founder of Elgin Foundation for Wellness; actress Taraji P. Henson, founder of Boris Lawrence Henson Foundation; and actor/comedian Hasan Minhaj of Patriot Act will be honored as “Changemaker Ambassadors” in wellness, service and relief for people with mental health needs or student debt. For tickets, visit

Holman United Methodist Church welcomes the Rev. James Lawson as the guest preacher on Jan. 19, at the 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. services at 3320 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Interim Pastor Paul Hill. Also, Holman will host Lawson’s Nonviolence Workshop on Jan. 25, at 9 a.m. Refreshments will be served. For details on both events, call (323) 703-5868.

The United House of Prayer for All People celebrates its Centennial Anniversary on Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, at 1029 E. Vernon Ave., in Los Angeles, said Apostle Rodney Lattisaw. “Sweet Daddy” Grace founded the organization in 1919. Bishop C.M. Bailey, presiding prelate, will be the special guest. For information, call (301) 943-2457.

Yes We Can Worship Center invites donations for their distribution to the homeless on Feb. 1, at HOPICS, 5715 So. Broadway in Los Angeles, said Pastors Sherman D. Manning. Donations such as toiletries, clothing, school supplies, gift cards and financial contributions are encouraged. To participate, call (213) 858-2608 or email [email protected].

True Friendship Missionary Baptist Church salutes Pastor James and First Lady Evelyn Perkins with the 25th Love Celebration Luncheon on Feb. 8, at 11 a.m., at the Proud Bird’s Dolittle Room, 11022 Aviation Blvd., in Los Angeles. The donation is $65. To learn more, call Rebecca Kirksey-Weston at (562) 544-1530 or SaraDelois Haynes at (323) 804-7305.