Rev. Carolyn Baskin-Bell

L.A.-area Ministers Encourage a Spirit of Thankfulness

In the midst of so many troubling issues, the question arises, “What do we have to be thankful for as we prepare to observe Thanksgiving Day?” The Sentinel contacted four local ministers for their insight and response.

AMEs to Hold 95th SoCal Annual Conference

Hundreds of AMEs representing 50+ churches in Southern California and Nevada will unite with Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church, and Episcopal Supervisor Alexia Butler Fugh, for the 95th Session of the Southern California Annual Conference. The event, which includes business sessions, workshops and worship services, opens Wednesday, Oct. 23, and concludes Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Hilton Los Angeles Airport Hotel, 5711 W. Century Blvd., in Los Angeles. Pastor J. Edgar and Mrs. Florence Boyd, along with the members of First AME Church of Los Angeles, will host. Women In

Words of the Week -Wake up, Pray!

Scripture: Matthew 26:36-46     We have discovered while traveling on this faith journey as members of God’s family, we must practice prayer. As we run this race with Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, we must be in constant communication with the Lord. We have also learned that prayer is a communicative process involving one individual talking to God or the corporate body/Congregation talking to God. Please don’t forget that listening is an important function of the prayer process. The Psalmist reminds us to, “Be still and know that I am God.” Obedience requires the listening prayer. This type

Shaw Headlines Women in Ministry Prayer Breakfast

The Rev. Ann Champion Shaw will be the guest speaker at the Rev. Jarena Lee Prayer Breakfast presented by the AME Church’s Southern California Conference Women in Ministry (SCCWIM). The event takes place on Saturday, March 17, 9:30 a.m., at Carson Community Center, 801 E. Carson St., in Carson. The Rev. Dr. Charolyn J. Jones is the SCCWIM coordinator, the Rev. Carolyn Baskin-Bell is the AME Fifth District WIM president, and the Rt. Rev. Clement W. Fugh is the presiding bishop. “Rev. Shaw serves as the Fifth District Women’s Conference Dean and is renowned for her powerful, Christ-affirming messages,” said

Women in Ministry Plan Luncheon and Fashion Show

Music, fashion and fellowship will highlight Summer Gospel Luncheon and Fashion Show sponsored by the AME Church’s Southern California Conference Women in Ministry (SCCWIM). The event is set for Saturday, August 12, at 11:30 a.m., at Second AME Church, 5500 S. Hoover St., in Los Angeles. The Rev. Carolyn Baskin-Bell is the host pastor. “We are planning an inspiring and fun afternoon that women and men will enjoy,” said the Rev. Dr. Charolyn J. Jones, SCCWIM coordinator. “In addition to live toe-tap’n gospel music, delicious food, classy fashion designs and  surprise models, we will recognize five people with our prestigious

AME Women in Ministry Plans Prayer Breakfast

The AME Southern California Conference Women In Ministry (SCC WIM) will hold the Rev. Jarena Lee Prayer Breakfast on Saturday, April 8, at 9:30 a.m., at the Carson Community Center, 801 E Carson St., in Carson. Bishop Clement W. Fugh, presiding prelate of the 5th Episcopal District of the AME Church, will be the guest speaker and recipient of the Rev. Jarena Lee Award for the Support of Women Preachers. A native of Memphis, Tennessee, Fugh was elected as the 131st bishop in 2012 and assigned to the current position in 2016. Previously, he led several churches in Tennessee, Kentucky and

AME Women In Ministry Plan Annual Day Events

The AME Southern California Conference Women In Ministry (SCCWIM) plan two events for their Annual Day observance on Monday, October 24, at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel, 5711 Century Blvd., in Los Angeles. Activities will begin with a breakfast program at 10 a.m., featuring the Rev. Dr. Teresa Fry Brown and Dr. Michele Stewart Thomas as special guests. The ticket donation is $65. At 7 p.m., a worship service takes place with the Rev. Dr. Fry Brown as the guest preacher. “We invite women and men of all faiths to come out for these inspiring events where you will hear

Following God’s Move Opens Doors for Pastor Baskin-Bell

Being open to the move of God works well for the Rev. Carolyn Baskin-Bell and has led to great experiences throughout her ministry. As the pastor of Second African Methodist Episcopal Church in Los Angeles, she serves as the first female spiritual leader in the congregation’s 108-year history. Bishop Theodore Larry Kirkland, presiding prelate of the Fifth Episcopal District of the AME Church, made the significant appointment in October 2015. Her assignment is just one of many memorable moments since she accepted the call to preach in 1996. Ordained an itinerant deacon in 1999 and an itinerant elder in 2001,