Pastor Michael J.T. Fisher
By Cora Jackson-FossettSentinel Religion Editor
Greater Zion Church Family Recording artists JAI and J. Kingdom will join Pastor Michael J.T. Fisher and Greater Zion members for the ‘NYE 2011 Concert Bash' on Saturday, December 31, at 10 p.m., at the church located at 2408 North Wilmington Avenue in Compton.
Also, the award-winning Voices of Destiny will perform at the free event along with the L.A. Inner City Mass Choir and comedian Aaron Edwards. For information, call (310) 639-5535.
Christ the Good Shepherd Episcopal Church Christmas Eve service will be held on Saturday, December 24, from 10 p.m. to midnight, at 3303 West Vernon Avenue in Los Angeles, said Pastor Joseph Oloimooja.
"It is a time for us to answer the questions that non-Christians are asking when they come to church this holiday season. We will to explain to people who don't know God about the bad news in Genesis as well as the good news in the Gospels so that they, too, can enjoy the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ," he said.
Metropolitan Baptist Church"Experience a unique, one-of-a-kind, first-of-its-kind New Year's Eve celebration on Saturday, December 31, at 10 p.m.," expressed Pastor Elton Johnson who will host the service at 4200 South Hooper Avenue in Los Angeles.
The ‘Cross-over Experience' service will include Pastor Darnell Dyson and Greater Faith Baptist Church, Pastor William Davis and Rock of Faith Church, Pastor Terry Brooks of Bayview Baptist Church in San Diego, Pastor Theo Wilkins and Sounds of Praise, and comedian Barry Brewer. Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist ChurchPastor George E. Hurtt invites the L.A. community to attend Mount Sinai's 'Joy to the World' Christmas Day worship service, at 9 a.m., at the Four Points Sheraton LAX, 9750 Airport Boulevard in Los Angeles.
"We will celebrate the birth of our Lord with music, praise dancing, drama?and the preached Word, followed by refreshments, fellowship and gifts," said Pastor Hurtt. For information, contact the church office at (323) 291-1121.
New Antioch Church of God In ChristYoung people will present their Christmas program on Sunday, December 25, at 9:30 a.m., followed by Mass Worship Celebration at 10:30 a.m., announced Elder Jeffrey M. Lewis, Sr., senior pastor of New Antioch Church of God in Christ.
To bring in 2012, Watch Night Service will be held at 10 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, and New Year's Worship on Sunday, January 1, at 10 a.m. All events will take place at the edifice at 7826 South Vermont Avenue in Los Angeles. More details are available by calling (323) 778-7965.
Redeemer Baptist ChurchDr. Robert L. DeFrance, Jr., and the Redeemer family will hold a Mass Celebration of Christ with Dr. Larry D. Reliford and Greater Mount Carmel Missionary Baptist Church on Sunday, December 25 at 11 a.m., at 2003 West Jefferson Boulevard in Los Angeles.
"Christmas is God's vivid reminder that amid the uncertainty, God shows up to bring healing, peace, joy, hope, and wholeness. Tis the season of great joy and thanksgiving as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child, when God sent His Son, Jesus into the world to be born," said Dr. DeFrance. For information, call (323) 735-9274 or email
Saints of Value MinistriesA Christmas Eve celebration featuring praise and refreshments will be held Saturday, December 24, at 5 p.m., at 12110 East Firestone Boulevard in Norwalk.
Dr. Vickie Lee-Johnson, CEO of the faith-based nonprofit group, said SVM will also sponsor a New Year's Eve Brunch on Saturday, December 31, at 11 a.m. For information and directions, call (562) 864-4474.
West Angeles Church of God In ChristBishop Charles E. Blake and West Angeles Church of God in Christ will hold one service only at 10 a.m., on Christmas Sunday, December 25 at the West Angeles Cathedral, 3600 Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. Several special guests are slated to attend.
Watch Night Service is set for Saturday, December 31, at 10 p.m., and Bishop Blake said, "This is a time to remember the year's past and praise our way into the New Year!" Call the church office at (323) 733-8300 for more information.