Pastor Anthony Williams

88th St. COGIC and Community Groups Hold Emergency Food Distribution

The line extended far down the street and deep around the corner as hundreds of people gathered to receive free groceries at the emergency food distribution on April 14, at 88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ in South Los Angeles. The event was a combined effort of Superintendent Anthony L. Williams, senior pastor of 88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ; Robert Sausedo, CEO of Community Build, Inc. (CBI); and the Community Response System of South L.A. (CRSSLA), a coalition of over 30 nonprofits, churches and community stakeholders. Over 1,200 people were served and scores of others

‘Miracles on 88th St.’ Features Free Clothing, Haircuts, Gifts and Snow

88th Street Temple Church of God In Christ (COGIC) and L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas partnered to present the “Miracles on 88th Street” community event on Dec. 21 and more than 400 people of all ages enjoyed the variety of activities. “For our second annual event, it was important to me to make sure that I was serving the needs of our community. So, we added free winter coats, free toiletries and free haircuts for men, women and children,” said Superintendent Anthony L. Williams, senior pastor. “Also, we thank Minister Byron Luke and Ronald Graves, owner of Hair Architects. He

88th St. Temple COGIC attend L.A. Clippers ‘Faith and Family Night’

On Sunday, March 17, members of 88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ, along with their friends and families, participated in the L.A. Clippers “Faith and Family” Night. Superintendent Anthony L. Williams, senior pastor said, “This activity was wonderful for the entire family unit. We had members, young and old in attendance, all enjoying a Clipper basketball game. Also, for many of our youth in attendance it was their very first time being inside the Staples Center as well as attending a professional NBA basketball game. “ 88th Street Temple COGIC joined with other churches from around Southern California

88th Street Temple COGIC Sponsor Winter Wonderland 2019

88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ partnered with L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas to bring snow to the 89th Street and Vermont Ave. neighborhood on Jan. 5. The free event, Winter Wonderland 2019, drew many community members of all ages. Both children and adults delighted in experiencing real snow along with enjoying a range of activities. The featured attractions included a petting zoo filled with rabbits, pigs, goats, chickens and a miniature pony; a Trackless Train, which rode guests around during the event; and taking family pictures at the Free Lance Photo Booth. Pastor Anthony L. Williams and

Lillie Benbow Jackson – An Unsung ‘Shero’ for the Cause of Christ

Inspired by her parents and empowered by God, Lillie Benbow Jackson has blazed a trail of good works throughout South Los Angeles. Her unselfish acts of kindness, most notably illustrated through the weekly food program at 88th Temple Church of God in Christ, led the Women’s Group of Greater Los Angeles County (WGGLA) to recognize Jackson as an “amazing unsung shero” in L.A. WGGLA honored Jackson and 14 others during the group’s “Call for Boldness Celebration” on August 19. The event, which salutes the legacy of Bridget “Biddy” Mason, was held at the Biddy Mason Memorial Park in downtown Los

City of L.A. Honors Bishop B.R. Benbow

The city of Los Angeles honored the late Bishop Bennie Roberts Benbow on Feb. 12, by designating an intersection of South Vermont Avenue as Bishop Benbow Square. The event took place during the 100th birthday celebration service of Bishop Benbow, which was held at 88th Street Temple Church of God in Christ. He was the founder of New Light Church of God and Christ and the 88th Street Temple COGIC. L.A. County Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas made a surprise visit to the church for the commemorative occasion and he commended Pastor Anthony Williams, the grandson of the late bishop, for continuing