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People’s Independent Church Gives Back to Community
By Cora Jackson-Fossett
Published October 14, 2015
Areva Martin

Areva Martin

Pastor Michael J. Fisher

Pastor Michael J. Fisher

Bishop Craig Worsham

Bishop Craig Worsham

People’s Independent Church of Christ’s (PICC) history of community service will highlight their 100th anniversary service set for Sunday, October 18, at 4 p.m.

The celebration, which takes place in their edifice located at 5856 West Boulevard in Los Angeles, will feature financial donations to St. Jude Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and the Special Needs Network, a nonprofit headed by Areva Martin that focuses on raising awareness about autism as well as people with disabilities.

Joining the celebration will Pastor Michael J. Fisher and members of Greater Zion Church Family. Also, the Gospel Music Workshop of America (GMWA) – L.A. Chapter and the L.A. Inner City Mass Choir will perform.

“Community outreach has been an integral part of this ministry since PICC’s founding in 1915.

Our members have consistently contributed thousands of dollars to organizations that are making a difference in the quality of life for so many,” said Bishop Craig A. Worsham, senior pastor.

“These two groups do a tremendous job, especially for the youth and parents in Los Angeles. We want to assist their efforts with a tangible donation to help continue their work.”

Over the years, PICC has spearheaded various community projects and assisted developing businesses such as the Golden State Life Insurance Co. and the Liberty Building and Loan Company. Under Pastor Maurice Dawkins, the Peoples Independent Federal Credit Union opened and still operates today.

“Our credit union offers small signature loans and auto loans to its members and aims to expand its services in the near future. In addition, our Scholarship Guild, established 50 years ago, awards full grants for college to all qualifying church youth,” noted the bishop.

“As we move forward to future we will continue to build on our foundation of making the Word of God become flesh via outreach programs and services concerning health, housing, youth, education and economic empowerment,” he added.

People’s Independent’s Sunday schedule includes worship at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., breakfast at 9:15 a.m., Sunday School at 9:45 a.m., and Children’s and Youth Church on the 1st, 2nd and 3rd Sundays at 11 a.m. During the week, Wednesday Bible Study is held at 12 p.m. and 7 p.m., Men’s Bible Study and Women’s Bible Study every 2nd Saturday at 10 a.m., and Young Adult Bible Study every 1st Friday at 7 p.m.

For information, call the church office at (323) 296-5776.

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