First AME Church of Los Angeles

First AME Hosts MAX-VAX COVID Response

First AME Church of Los Angeles and USC Pharmacy will mount an attack against the COVID-19 virus by hosting a testing and vaccination event.

First AME to Host City’s African American Heritage Month Worship Service

The city of L.A.’s annual worship service commemorating African American Heritage Month takes place on Sunday, Feb. 14, at 10 a.m., at First AME Church of Los Angeles.  As in the past, L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti and Our Authors Study Club will join with Pastor J. Edgar Boyd and the members of FAME to sponsor the virtual celebration. The service, which can be viewed online at, will focus on the theme, “National Healing in a Time of Global Challenge.” According to AAHM Chair Mike Davis and Pastor Boyd, special recognition will be extended to leading health scientists and medical

Jones Shares How to Find Hope When Dealing with Grief

When pain occurs repeatedly, faith and trust in God is the only lifeline. At least, that’s what saved Alicia S. Jones.In her new book, “Sentenced to Live,” Jones recounts the grief and sadness of losing her first two babies to health complications and birthing a third child, who has cerebral palsy. But instead of constant mourning, Jones relies on her unwavering faith to emerge joyful and encouraged. “This book is an insight into my journey through motherhood.  My goal is to offer hope for those who are going through grief and loss. For me, it was prayer, purpose and patience that

Through Christ, Williams Moves Smoothly Between Ministry and Academia

Life has been a memorable journey for the Rev. Dr. Helen Easterling Williams. From picking cotton in South Carolina and attending revivals at Morning Star Baptist Church, she’s now an associate minister at AME Church in Los Angeles and dean of the Graduate School of Education and Psychology at Pepperdine University. While some may be surprised by her trajectory, Williams is not in that number. In her opinion, understanding her past has served as a springboard to her future and she credits “humble beginnings as a major factor in my development of strong and positive character traits and of a

Call 2 Worship – February 6

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 Sara Delois Haynes at (323) 804-7305. Holman United Methodist Church observes Anniversary Sunday on Feb. 9, at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m., at 3320 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Interim Pastor Paul A. Hill. On Feb. 23, at 4 p.m., the Holman choir presents the 60th Annual

Call 2 Worship – January 30

The United House of Prayer for All People celebrates its Centennial Anniversary 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 S. Broadway in Los Angeles, said Pastor 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]. The

Call 2 Worship – December 19

First AME Church – L.A. holds their annual Christmas Giveaway on Dec. 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m., at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor J. Edgar Boyd. Gently used coats, jackets, sweaters, hats, gloves and scarves will be distributed. For information, call (323) 735-1251. Grant AME Church sponsors their 11th annual Toys, Clothes and Food Giveaway on Dec. 21, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at 10435 S. Central Ave., in Los Angeles, said Pastor J. Arthur Rumph. Also, on Dec. 22, at 9:30 a.m., the Christmas Music and Arts Worship Service takes place in the

Call 2 Worship – December 12

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

Call 2 Worship – December 5

First AME Church – L.A. sponsors a free mental health forum entitled, “Coping with Stress and Loss During the Holidays,” on Dec. 7, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., in FAME Church’s Allen House, 2249 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor J. Edgar Boyd.  The Rev. Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, a licensed psychologist, will offer tips to minimize anxiety and stress. On Dec. 15, at 4 p.m., Sunday School Department will present their annual Christmas musical, “Straight Outta Bethlehem,” on the FAME plaza level, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles. On Dec. 21, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.,

Life of Alna ‘Pearl’ Brown Illustrated Beauty in Service

Alna “Pearl” Brown’s life illuminated the finest qualities of a beautiful “lady in service.” During her campaign for chapter president of the Top Ladies of Distinction, Ladera Chapter, Pearl often quoted, “Well done is better than well said.” For 34 years, Pearl was immersed in being a “Top Lady,” serving in a myriad of positions including area VI director for the Western States; Top Teens advisor; second vice president and liaison to the American Heart/Stroke Association. On November 8, 2019, Lady Alna “Pearl” Brown passed away. A celebration of her life will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, at 11

FAME Premieres Voter Suppression Documentary

  “Suppressed: The Fight To Vote,” a documentary about the 2018 midterm elections in Georgia, will make its West Coast premiere on Thursday, Oct. 3, at 6 p.m., at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles. Pastor J. Edgar Boyd said that Brave New Films partnered with FAME to present the movie, which weaves together personal stories of voters in Georgia, “to paint an undeniable picture of voter suppression…and the threat it poses to or elections all across the nation in 2020.” A panel discussion will follow the screening. Admission is free and open to the public, however, attendees must

Call 2 Worship – September 12

Carson Community Deliverance Center Church holds a Women’s Prayer Service on Sept. 14, at 10 a.m., at 555 E. 220th St., in Carson.  The public is invited to attend for worship and prayer.  For information, call (310) 835-7905. First AME Church presents its 9th Annual Gospel Comedy Explosion on Sept. 14, at 4 p.m., at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor J. Edgar Boyd.  Ramona Stephens will serve as host. The donation is $10 in advance and $15 at the door.  For information or tickets, call the FAME Business Office at (323) 735-1251. Save Our Sons Prison Justice Ministry discusses “Kids

Call 2 Worship – September 5

Crenshaw Christian Center hosts the book release of “Behind the Seen” on Sept. 8, at 12:30 p.m., at 7901 S. Vermont Ave., in Los Angeles. Pastor Frederick K. Price authored the book and will sign copies during the reception. The book, which aims to help believers in their walk with Christ, outlines how activities in the spirit realm can affect actions that occur in the physical world. To learn more, visit St. Mark AME Church celebrates Friends and Family Day on Sept. 8, at 2:30 p.m., at 12923 S. Avalon Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Kirkpatrick Tyler. Pastor