(from left) Lois Hines, Luncheon Co-Chair; Bernice Riley, honoree; and Mary Porter, Luncheon Chair.
Rev. Dr. Harold E. Kidd
By Margaret Wheeler, Contributing Writer
St. Paul’s had much to celebrate, having represented church, family, and forum in the community for 100 faith-filled years!
After a series of fetes in recent months, Los Angeles’ own St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church at 5100 Coliseum St. commemorated its 100th Anniversary with a momentous celebration luncheon Saturday, October 23, 2010, at Knox Presbyterian Church. Rev. Ann Hayman is the Interim Pastor.
Our speaker for the 100th Anniversary Luncheon was the Reverend Dr. Harold E. Kidd, Pastor of First Presbyterian Church, Inglewood. He blessed the congregation with a message, “From Generation to Generation,” Matthew 1:1-7, 16-17. We are grateful to God and give all praises to Him for the Word.
Dr. Kidd is a graduate of San Francisco State University. Dr. Kidd received his Master of Divinity degree from Howard University School of Divinity. Pastor of First Presbyterian Church since 2002, Dr. Kidd also serves as coordinator of Pacific Presbytery Mission workers to aid New Orleans and a PCUSA delegate to Ghana and Jordan.
Mrs. Bernice Riley, an active member of St. Paul’s Presbyterian Church, was honored for 45 years of commitment, dedication, service to the community and many other contributions.
Program participants were the Howlett Smith Trio, Eric Drew, soloist and Master of Ceremony; Gary Rowland, soloist; Peter Roberts, pianist; Debbie Lawrence, pianist; Shannon Peace, historian; and Jordan Brewington.
Guest clergy in attendance were Re. Dr. Leon E. Fanniel, Pastor Emeritus; Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Steele, Rev. Virginia Brown, Rev. John Cager, Dr. Bill Hazen, Rev. Calvin Moore, Dr. Kikanza Nuri, Rev. Donald Wilson, Rev. Hugh Wire, and Rev. Kerry Allison.
As the members of St. Paul’s, we will continue to observe this historic moment in the life of the church. We thank all former members, friends, and the greater Los Angeles community who helped us to celebrate with great food, wonderful music, terrific memories and we praise God for His blessings and sustaining power. “We’ve Come This Far By Faith.”