Grace United Methodist Church

Call 2 Worship – November 28

Grace United Methodist Church welcomes volunteers to assist with their annual distribution of 500 dinners to the homeless on Nov. 29, said Pastor Cedrick Bridgeforth. Participants should meet at 9 a.m., at Grace UMC, 4112 W. Slauson Ave., in Los Angeles, to assemble the dinners and then volunteers will travel to skid row for the distribution. To learn more, call (323) 294-6653. Mount Tabor Missionary Baptist Church observes their 61st Anniversary with several events at 6614 S. Western Ave., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Ticey Brown. On Nov. 30, at 4 p.m., an All-Male Revue is planned with performances by

Call 2 Worship – August 22

Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church plans its Renewed Praise Concert on Aug. 24, at 5 p.m., at 950 E. 45th St., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Albert Nicholas. The theme is “A Night of Renewed Praise” based on 2 Corinthians 5:17. The public is invited to attend. Brookins-Kirkland Community AME Church presents Annual Stewardesses Day on Aug. 25, at 3 p.m., at 3719 W. Slauson Ave., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Mary S. Minor. The theme is “Keep Busy Working For the Lord” based on James 1:25. Pastor John E. Cager III of Ward AME Church will be the guest preacher.

Hill Appointed Interim Pastor at Holman UMC

The Rev. Paul A. Hill is the new interim pastor of Holman United Methodist Church, the largest African American UMC congregation in Southern California.  A retired elder in the UMC denomination, Hill brings significant expertise in the areas of pastoral care, church administration, creative ministries for children, youth and seniors, and innovative HIV/AIDS outreach. Hill has served in senior-level capacities at many churches and universities in Texas, the east coast and Southern California, including seven years as associate pastor at Holman UMC. Most recently, he was the pastor at Grace UMC in Los Angeles. He also headed congregations at Bowen

Call 2 Worship – May 23

  Grace United Methodist Church plans a “Karaoke Fundraiser” on May 25, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at 4112 W. Slauson Ave., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Cedric Bridgeforth. The program, open to all ages, will feature Stan the Prayed-Up Man, music, line dancing, games and refreshments. The donation is $10 for adults and $5 for youth. On June 29, the “Back-to-Church Comedy Show” takes place at 5 p.m. Lester Barrie and Friends will perform along with professional comedians. All ages are welcome. The donation is $20. To learn more about both events, call (323) 294-6653 or visit

Call 2 Worship – May 16

COGIC Southern California First Jurisdiction Business & Professional Women present their annual BPW Phenomenal Women’s Personal Development Conference on May 18, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 6161 Centinela Ave., in Culver City.  The theme is “God’s Unlimited Power Unleashed in the Lives of Women@Work.” L.A. Superior Court Judge Patricia J. Titus will be the keynote speaker. Bishop Joe L. Ealy and U.S. District Court Judge Andre Birotte, Jr. will be honored. The donation is $40. Call (323) 293-7737 for details. Crenshaw United Methodist Church holds the Save our Sons Prison Ministry meeting on May

Call 2 Worship – May 9

First AME Church commemorates the 30th Anniversary of the Annual Walk to End Hunger on May 11, at 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor J. Edgar Boyd. The Sarah Allen Women’s Missionary Society sponsors the event. Registration begins at 7 a.m., and the ceremony at 7:30 a.m. The walk will begin at 8 a.m., starting at FAME Church.  To participate or obtain information, call the church at (323) 735-1251. West Angeles Church of God in Christ presents “A Day in May with Lady Mae” on May 11, at 9:30 a.m., at 3045 S. Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles.

Call 2 Worship – December 20

Truth and Love Christian Church plans “A Christmas Miracle” on Dec. 21, at 7:30 p.m., at 1129 E. Dominguez St., Suite B, in Carson, said Pastor Walter Tucker III. The program will feature music, songs and a short Christmas play. To learn more, call (310) 635-3550. Brookins-Kirkland AME Church sponsors a Christmas Program on Dec. 23, at 8 a.m., at 3719 W. Slauson Ave., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Mary S. Minor. The Christmas Day worship starts at 9 a.m. For information, call (323) 296-5610. West Angeles Church of God in Christ, led by COGIC Presiding Bishop Charles E. Blake,

Call 2 Worship – December 13

Trinity Baptist Church plans its 11th annual Homeless Blanket Drive on Dec. 15, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in their garage parking lot at 2040 W. Jefferson Blvd., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Alvin Tunstill and homeless activist Brian Ferguson. Donations of new full, queen or king size blankets and pillows will be collected. On Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., a Christmas celebration takes place with the Mass Choir and friends. Call (323) 735-0044 for information. Second AME Church hosts a “Christmas Festival of Music and the Arts” on Dec. 16, at 3 p.m., at 5500 Hoover St., in

Call 2 Worship – December 6

  Crenshaw United Methodist Church plans “Holiday Family Movie Night” on Dec. 7, at 6 p.m., at 3740 Don Felipe Dr., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Royce Porter. Also, Christmas Worship takes place on Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m., followed by a holiday meal. For information, call (323) 292-0141. Carson Community Deliverance Center Church holds a Women’s Prayer Service on Dec. 8, 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. The Guibord Center presents “Holy Days of Light: Roots of Hanukkah and Christmas” on Dec.

Call 2 Worship – November 29

Crenshaw United Methodist Church hosts a “Tree Lighting and Community Sing-Along” on Nov. 30, at 7 p.m., at 3740 Don Felipe Dr., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Royce Porter. Also, “Holiday Family Movie Night takes place on Dec. 7 at 6 p.m., and Christmas Worship will be held on Dec. 23, at 10:30 a.m., followed a holiday breakfast. For information, call (323) 292-0141. Fannie Lee Hamer Institute plans the 63rd commemoration of the arrest of civil rights icon Rosa Parks on Dec. 1, at 1 p.m., at the Justice Center in Leimert Park, 3343 W. 43rd St., in Los Angeles. Parks’

Call 2 Worship – November 22

Pleasant Hill Baptist Church will hold Thanksgiving Worship on Nov. 22, from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., at 2009 W. Martin Luther King Blvd., said Bishop Sylvester Washington, pastor. To learn more, call (323) 293-6448. Covered California 2019 Enrollment Event takes place Nov. 26, at 6 p.m., at Vermont Slauson Economic Development Corporation, 1130 W. Slauson Ave., in Los Angeles. A certified agent will explain medical and dental insurance plans for individuals and businesses. To register, call Leslie Elliott at (323) 789-4515. Word of Life Christian Bookstore hosts author Tierra Burns on Nov. 30, from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.,

L.A.-Area Ministries Highlight Thanksgiving Events

In the midst of several calamities recently hitting the Southland, congregations of all faiths still retain their trust in God.  No doubt the Thousand Oaks killing of 12 people, the massive destruction by fire of homes and businesses and the ongoing violence gripping many communities has led to suffering and sadness, yet belief and dedication to the Almighty hasn’t wavered and has led many churches and ministries to host Thanksgiving services and events to express their gratefulness to the Lord. The following lists some of the faith-based Thanksgiving activities occurring in the area that are open to the public. Brookins-Kirkland

Call 2 Worship – November 15

West Angeles Performing Arts Theatre hosts “The Clean Komedy Explosion” on Nov. 17, at 7:30 p.m., at 3020 S. Crenshaw Blvd., in Los Angeles. The advance ticket donation is $12 for adults, $10 for seniors, $5 for youth ages 12-to-17, and $5 for children ages 11 and below. All tickets are $20 at the door. Call the box office at (323) 733-8707 for information. Crenshaw United Methodist Church hosts “2018 Homecoming – All In – Part Deux – A Motown Affair” on Nov. 17, 4 p.m. to 7 p.m., at 3740 Don Felipe dr., in Los Angeles, said Pastor Royce