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May 14th & 28th

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7:00 PM

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May 21st

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May 21st, 2023

SBC LA Senior Ministry
Were you born in or before 1973? Has AARP contacted you yet ?
Are you near retirement, or thinking about it soon?
If you responded "Yes" to any of the questions above, you are a Second Baptist Senior.
Please contact one of the following members to add your name and information to the membership list!
*Barbara Webb 310-429-9179
*Gail Quarles 323-754-0724
*JoEvelyn Payne 323-678-1338

May 7, 2023

May is the fifth month of the year. Thank you for attending the Zoom informational meeting on Sunday, April 16, 2023 at noon. I trust that the presentations made you aware of what the leadership of the congregation has been doing since the pandemic and the unexpected structural damage in preparation for our return to our sacred space.    


We will keep you posted about the continued progress that is being made to return to our sacred space. We had a meeting with representatives from the African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund. They are working with us to prepare a comprehensive strategy to maintain our relevance and viability. They are preparing a video along with the strategies. When that is done, we will schedule a meeting to inform you of the progress. 


Thank you for your patience and perseverance as we navigate our way through the protracted anomaly occasioned by the pandemic and its effects, the unexpected structural damage and its repair, and the return to our sacred space once we get the clearance from Building and Safety. 


Our Social Media Committee has been doing a phenomenal job. They keep us connected and informed through Zoom meetings, weekly newsletters with pertinent information on the church's website ( and with inspirational messages to engage you as you continue to foster your faith during these challenging times. Our diaconate and trustee ministries, auxiliaries, Christian Education and Sunday School leaders have been faithful in fulfilling their responsibilities to keep us functioning as a fellowship of faith, continuing our 8:00 am broadcast on KJLH 102.3 FM Radio Free, through the internet with Zoom, Pastor’s chat, grief recovery and special Zoom programs for special occasions.


There are a few special occasions I would like to call to your attention which are being made available to you through the aforementioned means of communication.


Sunday May 7th is Communion Sunday.


Sunday May 14th is Mother's Day. This day is a reminder that life is a precious, priceless gift through a process that requires discipline and sacrifice which produces wonder.  The birth process, with all of its phases and stages, evoke the most enduring emotions. Remembering mom, the one through whom people enter this ephemeral reality, is a natural response to the realization of what you have been given which has made possible the potential for your living.


Sunday, May 21st is the 138th Church Anniversary of this congregation of believers in Christ. We have maintained an uninterrupted presence in the Los Angeles community since 1885 and 97 years at our current location. Our legacy continues with the commitment, faith and love with which we began. We say with the psalmist, "This is the Lord's doing; it is marvelous in our eyes. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it," Psalm 118:23-24. We rejoice and praise the Lord for 138 years of continuous witnessing to the reality of the Presence of the Lord in our lives as a fellowship of faith. 

Sunday, May 28th is observed as Memorial Sunday. We acknowledge the observance of Memorial Sunday and the sacrifices that have been made by those serving in the armed forces of the United States, past and present, as well as our members whose contributions to the church are remembered.     

Let me thank you for your continuing commitment to this congregation of believers in Christ with your generosity and graciousness. I am appreciative that you give through the internet app on your phone or the website, mail your contributions to Second Baptist Church at 2419 Griffith Avenue Los Angeles, CA 90011, or bring them to the church office which is operating from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm, Monday through Friday.  Be sure to give a dollar for every year of the existence of our congregation of believers in Christ, 138 years or whatever you would like to give would be appreciated.

We are on our way to inherit the promises of God. Come with us and you will share in all the good things the Lord will do for us. The best is yet to come. 


Dr. William S. Epps, Senior Pastor

"Service is the price you pay for the space you occupy"

An update on our


Keith McDonald & Valerie McDonald

(click here to READ ARTICLE)

Second Baptist Church will host a free Financial Seminar

Monday, May 8th at 7:00 PM

(click the link below to join)



Saturday, May 13th

9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

*vaccination clinic ends at 11 AM

If you'd like to volunteer to help with this food giveaway or future giveaways, please send an email to and your name will be forwarded to Ella Quinlan-Oatis and Jackie McMahon.

If you'd like to pre-register for the vaccine, click here. It is recommended that participants bring their ID and insurance card if there is any.


Please submit a photo of yourself with your mother, to be included in a video presentation. Simply reply to this email with the photo attached, or bring your photo to our in person service on May 7th. Photos will be collected until Wednesday, May 10th!

Sunday Afternoon

May 14th

Grief Recovery

1:00 PM

Meeting ID: 825 6198 0320 

Passcode: 043262

Dial-In: 1-669-900-6833

Hello Second Baptist Church Family! The SBC Prayer Wheel is still TURNING! Please continue to pray for the following prayer requests:

1. Church Leadership
2. Church Congregation
3. Worship Site
4. Building Repair
5. Church Finance
6. Henderson Building
7. Plans To Return Back To Our Sacred Space

And Moses said to Hobab the son of Reuel the Midianite, Moses' father-in-law, "We are setting out for the place of which the LORD said, "I will give it to you." Come with us, and we will treat you well, for the LORD has promised good things to Israel."  Numbers 10:29

Our prayers are with those who have recently lost loved ones. May God give you strength and comfort during this time of bereavement.

***We regret to announce the passing of Frederick Reginald Hines, the husband of member Yolanda Hines and the brother of member Linda Wilson. The service of memory is scheduled for Friday, May 26th at 2:00 pm, at Mc Kay's Funeral Home, 3918 Marine Ave., Lawndale, CA 90260. Condolences may be sent to Yolanda Hines & Family, 16008 Arcturus Ave., Gardena, CA 90249; Linda Wilson & Family, P.O. Box 451727, Los Angeles, CA 90045

***Georgia Taylor and James Dancy lost their brother, Benny Dancy, and a cousin, John Jolly. Condolences may be sent to the Taylor Family at 747 Avery Place, Long Beach, CA 90807, and the Dancy Family at 4520 Don Felipe Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90008.

***Deborah Washington lost her cousin, Valerie Harvin. Condolences may be sent to 2919 W. 85th St., Inglewood, CA 90305.

***Amelia Jones lost her uncle, Melvin Hamilton.

Spring into Reading!

The Back to School and Education Ministry hosted its first “Springing into Reading” event on Saturday, April 8, 2023! It was a major success and enjoyed by all. The event was held in conjunction with the Los Angeles Public Library. Our library assistants informed us that SBC was the first church to sponsor a reading event in this community.


The children and adults were allowed to choose books or comic books…to keep. In addition, children could sign up for library cards. Each child was also given a “treat bag” containing book markers, pencils, lanyards, candies and other treats. The day proved to be very enriching and informative for all. A special shout-out to Jimmie Johnson and his daughter for their “beyond the call of duty” assistance! We look forward to our next event! Kicking off summer reading with you – so stay tuned!

-The Committee

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On Thursday, May 4th, members Ella Quinlan-Oatis and Jackie McMahon attended the U.S. Department of Labor Employment & Training Administration listening session at the Pacific Gateway Economic Development office in Long Beach. This session focused on applying for and implementation of Federal, State and Local grants. They are pictured here with other attendees.

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COVID-19 At-Home Test Kits are back!

You can now order another round of free rapid COVID-19 test kits through the government, A total of 4 test kits can be ordered per household.

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