Pastor Royce Porter

L.A. Area Faith Leaders Highlight Pressing Issues for 2020

The New Year is here, along with a new decade and Los Angeles-area faith leaders shared their recommendations for a productive 2020. The following are some the responses to the Sentinel’s question: “What are some of the issues you would advise the faith community to focus on in the New Year?” Pastor Deborah Manns, Ruach Christian Community Fellowship: “Have conversations and workshops with middle and high school students on safety and social media predators. Also, nonprofits that work with children and families should be given attention and support to discuss easy snares that trap our young people on a daily basis. In addition,

Crenshaw UMC and Delta Alumnae Host Free Legal Aid Fair

The Los Angeles Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. in partnership with Crenshaw United Methodist Church will host a free Legal Aid Fair on Saturday, October 26, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., The event will be held at the church’s campus located at 3740 Don Felipe Dr., in Los Angeles. The Rev. Royce Porter Sr. is the host pastor and the Delta’s co-chairs are Alois Phillips, Evynn Davis and Winnie Young. “The need for cultural competent alternative forms of legal services are necessary to meet the affordability and access challenges impacting our communities,” said Annette Mosley Gibson,

Save Our Sons Hosts Record Cleaning Workshop

Eliminating old criminal records will be the focus of the Record Cleaning Workshop hosted by Save Our Sons Prison Ministry on Sunday, March 17, at 2:30 p.m., at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive in Los Angeles. Criminal defense attorney MaryEtta Marks will explain the various options to remove prior infractions from your history, said Pastor Royce Porter, Sr. “If past criminal records are hampering your career success, we invite you to attend this workshop and bring your rap sheet,” said Porter. “Attorney Marks will explain how to qualify for an expungement, Prop 47 relief or a certificate

Save Our Sons Welcome Porter-Smith and Duvernay

Community activists Thomas Porter-Smith and Tiffany Duvernay will be the special guests at the Save Our Sons Prison/Justice Ministry meeting on Sunday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m., at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Dr., in Los Angeles. The Rev. Royce Porter, Sr., is the host pastor. Porter-Smith and Duvernay will outline available services to assist prisoners and the formerly incarcerated. The public is welcome to attend. For information, call Crenshaw UMC at (323) 292-0141.    

Call 2 Worship – January 4

Watts Area Ministers hosts their Pre-Annual Martin Luther King Day Celebration on Jan. 6, at 11 a.m., at the Martin Luther King Shopping Center, 103rd St. and Compton Ave., in Los Angeles, said the Rev. Dr. Reginald Pope, WAM president. The theme is “Fighting to Fulfill the Dream.” The celebration includes a peace march led by the Black Diamond Drill Team, scholarships presented to students, music and refreshments. Pastor John Hopkins of the True Vine Baptist Church of Lynwood will be the keynote speaker. The public is invited to attend. Call (213) 713-7108 for information. Crenshaw United Methodist Church welcomes

Save Our Sons Ministry Features Quarles

  Attorney Vonya Quarles will outline the new laws affecting the sentences of current prison inmates at Save Our Sons Prison Ministry meeting on Sunday, October 15, at 2:30 p.m. Her presentation, which will cover legislation such as Propositions 47, 57 62, 63, 66 and SB 261, will be held at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Dr., in Los Angeles. The Rev. Royce Porter is the senior pastor. A veteran advocate of improving the prison system, Quarles brings a unique perspective to the topic as she described herself as “a formerly incarcerated woman who is the daughter of

Kamlager Speaks at Save Our Sons Meeting

Save Our Sons Prison Justice Ministry will present Sydney Kamlager, president of the L.A. Community College District Board Of Trustees, on Sunday, September 17, at 2:30 p.m., at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive, in Los Angeles. The Rev. Royce Porter is the host pastor. Kamlager will discuss “Getting an Education Without a Lifetime of Debt” and share details about tuition wavers as well as aid for former foster youth, students who are parents and some LAUSD graduates. Also, refreshments and games will be available. To learn more, call (323) 292-0141.

Save Our Sons Plans Father’s Day Event, Youth Essay Contest

Save Our Sons Prison/Justice Ministry will host a Father’s Day Family Celebration and Youth Essay Contest on Sunday, June 18, at 2:30 p.m., at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive in Los Angeles. Pastor Royce Porter announced that Terrance Stewart, M.Ed., who received the 2017 National Father of the Year from the National Fathers and Families Coalition, and James “Dat Yoga Dude” Woods, MFTI, will be the guest speakers.  The program will also include a free banquet and prizes for the essay winners who attend the event. Young people are encouraged to submit essays on the theme, “What a Father Means

Save Our Sons Feature ‘Ask a Lawyer’

Save Our Sons Prison Ministry will feature criminal defense Attorney MaryEtta Marks at their meeting on Sunday, March 19, at 2:30 p.m., at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive in Los Angeles. According to Pastor Royce Porter, Sr., Marks will answer legal inquiries and questions about the law during the presentation, “Ask a Lawyer: Everything You Wanted to Know, But Were Afraid to Ask.” Marks, who has more than 25 years of experience, is a member of the Los Angeles County Bar Association and a former Los Angeles County deputy public defender. For information about the meeting, call

Save Our Sons plans youth session on college and careers

The Straight Talk Program and the Save Our Sons Ministry presents “A Gift of Hope,” a free seminar on attending college and/or starting a career. The event will be held on Sunday, March 20, from 2:30 to 5:30 pm, at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive in Los Angeles.  All teens, especially foster and group home youth, are encouraged to attend. The program will feature testimonies from high school seniors and Straight Talk founder, Phyllis McNeal. To RSVP, email [email protected] or call (951) 272-5747.

Save Our Sons hosts film screening

Save Our Sons Prison Ministry presents “When Justice Isn’t Just” on Sunday, February 21, at 2:30 pm at Crenshaw United Methodist Church, 3740 Don Felipe Drive in Los Angeles, said Pastor Royce Porter, Sr. David Massey, producer/director and Dawn Alexander, producer/writer, will attend to discuss the film. To learn more, call (323) 292-0141