Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls

FAME’s Women’s Ministry Holds Special Service

First AME Church of Los Angeles’ Women’s Ministry will host a worship service entitled, “Women Who Slay,” on Saturday, June 8, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., at First AME Church, 2270 S. Harvard Blvd., Los Angeles. The Rev. Dr. Cecilia Williams Bryant, a spiritual leader, teacher, preacher, author and missionary, will lead the service, based on the scripture 1 Timothy 2:1-3.  This service is the first of three under FAME’s Women’s Season series of programs. “In this long overdue season of women’s empowerment and engagement sweeping through America, I am proud and honored to support the FAME’s ‘Women Who Slay’ mini-conference,”

Top Faith Community Stories in 2018

  Jan. – AME Church Responds to Trump’s Racist Rhetoric In a scathing rebuke of recent racist comments reportedly stated by President Donald Trump, the AME Church Council of Bishops issued a strong statement signed by Bishop Clement W. Fugh, president; Bishop Vashti M. McKenzie, president of the General Board; Bishop Frank M. Reid III, chair of the Commission on Social Action; and Senior Bishop McKinley Young. “The AME Church has consistently opposed the racist rhetoric and social policies of the Trump Administration. We will continue to speak out and hold the United States government accountable as our faith commands

FAME Hosts #Votefest in Hopes of Registering 10,000 New Voters

First AME Church of Los Angeles is making a bold move to register 10,000 new voters by the mid-term election on Nov. 13.  The initiative, headed by FAME Pastor J. Edgar Boyd, is part of the African American Get – Out The Vote (AAGTV) campaign to increase voter registration by 10 percent. To kick-off their effort, Boyd and FAME members hosted #VoteFest on September 30, in collaboration with Corvette of Choice Club, the United in Peace Foundation Bikers and other specialty car clubs. The event, which also included a rally and resource fair, featured more than scores of motorcycles and classic

L.A. Community Gathers for Sauls’ ‘Sending Forth’ Celebration

The Rev. Kelvin Sauls and the Rev. Judi Wortham Sauls gathered with family, friends and community members before launching the next phase of their ministry. The “Sending Forth” Community Celebration featured written commendations, verbal well wishes, delicious food and fancy dancing as people from all walks of life came out to salute the Sauls,’ who just completed a six-year tenure as the senior pastor and first lady of Holman United Methodist Church in the West Adams district of Los Angeles. Going forward, the couple will remain in Los Angeles with the Rev. Judi joining the ministerial staff at First AME

Johnson Headlines Holman UMC Prayer Breakfast

  Philanthropist and author Cookie Johnson shared excerpts from her memoir, “Believing in Magic,” at the prayer breakfast sponsored by Holman United Methodist Church on April 14. The theme was “Reset: Prayer, Power, Purpose.” The program featured food by G’s Catering, entertainment by Jubilant Voices, Greg Walker, KJLH Radio Free Voices and Lura Daniels-Ball and video presentations by AIDS Healthcare Foundation, Ethiopian Airlines and the Black Cooperative Investment Fund. Also, Holman members Lillian Farrah, Theodore King and Lisa Nicholas participated and Aundrae Russell, KJLH-FM broadcaster, served as emcee.

Holman UMC Hosts ‘WOMEN RISING!’

Holman United Methodist Church will host “Women Rising: Organizing Power for the Advancement and Achievement of Racial Justice, Gender Equality and Economic Equity” on Saturday, March 31, at 9 a.m., on its campus located at 3320 W. Adams Blvd., in Los Angeles. According to Pastor Kelvin Sauls, the purpose of the free event is women empowerment and the goal is to educate, promote, and uplift all women of Los Angeles. “This 2018 Women Rising event is a platform to provide women with inspiration, motivation, validation, and information related to women’s issues. Women will learn about health and wellness, how to

TOS Gospel Stage Draws Thousands with Powerful Praise

The spirit of the Lord descended with power on the Brenda Marsh-Mitchell Gospel Stage at the 12Hezekiahth Annual Taste of Soul Family Festival (TOS) on Oct. 21. The incredible praise party attracted the largest crowd ever with thousands of people on hand to hear regional and local artists deliver joyous music filled with worship, hope and the love of God. With KJLH broadcaster Aundre Russell and Christian comedian J Redd serving as emcees, L.A.-area gospel singers kicked-off the first half of the program. The audience rose to its feet upon hearing selections such as “Thank You, Lord, For Blessing Me

Prayer Today and 25 Years After L.A.’s Civil Unrest

Pastor Kelvin Sauls opened Holman United Methodist Church’s annual prayer breakfast on April 29 with a strong message highlighting the anniversary of the L.A. civil unrest. “Our purpose is to celebrate the power of prayer, and to come together to remember what happened 25 years ago,” declared Sauls, referring to the uprising that occurred on April 29, 1992 when citizens erupted in anger following the acquittal of the LAPD officers who viciously beat Rodney King. “We hope you will be inspired, excited and allow yourself to be and become what God has called you to do. Friend-raising and faith-raising are

Connecting faith and quilting leads to beautiful results, spiritually and literally

To the average mind, a link between faith and quilting is hazy at best. But, the Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls clearly sees a connection. “Just like God use us as ordinary people to do extraordinary things, we can take scraps of fabric and create beautiful pieces of art called quilts,” she said. A quilter for 20 years, Wortham-Sauls credits her relatives with acquainting her to the craft. As a teen, her great-aunt showed her how to make quilts with handmade stitches and another aunt nourished her interest by teaching her additional skills. After marrying Pastor Kelvin Sauls of Holman United Methodist

Reid Ready to Lead as AME Bishop

The Rev. Dr. Frank Madison Reid III stopped in Los Angeles on June 12 to campaign for bishop in the African Methodist Episcopal Church. AMEs from all over the world will meet in Philadelphia, PA in July for the 50th Session of the General Conference. Six people will be elected to serve at the episcopal level and Reid hopes to be one of them. A familiar and popular figure to many in the area, Reid was the pastor of Ward AME Church in Los Angeles from 1980 to 1988. For the past 28 years, he has served as the spiritual

Wortham-Sauls Speaks at Park Hills Women’s Day Service

Park Hills Community Church, Reformed Church in America, will celebrate their 29th Annual Women’s Day on Sunday, May 15, at 11 a. m. The theme is “Women Embracing God’s Promises,” based on Philippians 4:6-9.  The Rev. Lawrence K. Dove is the senior minister. The guest preacher is the Rev. Judi Wortham-Sauls, first lady of Holman United Methodist Church, who has been on the move all her life. As part of a military family, she traveled throughout the United States, settling in Southern California where she earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology at UCLA. She immediately began a career

Recent Events in the Local Faith Community

  L.A. Community Celebrates Bishop Kirkland’s Retirement Hundreds of people attended the retirement celebration for Bishop Theodore and Episcopal Supervisor Mary Kirkland on March 11 at the Los Angeles Airport Hilton Hotel. L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti (right) was among the many elected officials on hand to present commendations. (photo by Clayton Everett/FAME Church)   L.A. Councilman Curren Price and U.S. Congresswoman Karen Bass presented proclamations to Bishop Kirkland during the celebration. (photo by Clayton Everett/FAME Church) Bishop and Supervisor Kirkland pose with their daughters, grandson and sons-in-law. (photo by Clayton Everett/FAME Church) Holman United Methodist Welcomes Attorney General Harris The Rev. Kelvin Sauls,