FREEDOM SUNDAY—The Pittsburgh NAACP hosted its 7th Annual Freedom Sunday Worship Service at Bethel AME Church in the Hill District Oct. 18. The theme was “NAACP: 100 Years—Bold Dreams, Big Victories.” The guest speaker was Rev. Jason Barr Jr., pastor of Macedonia Baptist Church in the Hill. There was also a Pastor of the Year Award given to Rev. Brenda Gregg. The Rodman Street Missionary Baptist Church Mass Choir was the guest choir. Above are some of the community who came out to worship with them, including Mayor Luke Ravenstahl.

Reign celebration

NOV. 19—The Reign Church, 7202 Kelly St., Homewood, will host a 4 Years in the Ministry Celebration at 7:30 p.m. at Mt. Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave., East Liberty. The theme is “We Made It Again.” The celebration will run through Nov. 20 and include special guests Pastor Donnie McClurkin, Apostle Karl L. Edmonds, Coko, gospel comedian Broderick Rice and the Reign Church Arts Department. There will also be a service Nov. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the Reign Church. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Men’s breakfast

NOV. 21—Sixth Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 6556 Shetland St., East Liberty, will host their Annual Pre-Thanksgiving Men’s Breakfast at 8:30 a.m. This is an interdenominational breakfast open to men of all races, from all over the city. Reverend John Welch, chaplain for the Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, will be the guest speaker and Pittsburgh Chief of Police Nathan Harper will be honored for his strong leadership under a national spotlight in the city.

Turkey drive

NOV. 21—Abyssinian Capernaum Baptist Church, 7515 Tioga St., Homewood, will host their 2nd Annual Turkey Drive from 1-2 p.m. This event provides a turkey to families in the community who have been gravely affected by the economy. Turkeys will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. For more information, call 412-371-0459.

Community worship

NOV. 21—The Martin Luther King Jr. Cultural Center will host a Community Worship service from 3:30-4:45 p.m. at Bethel AME Church, 2720 Webster Ave., Hill District. The theme is “The Evidence ‘Not’ Seen!” This is a service of affirmation and renewal that the Upper Hill District residents are the heart, body and soul of the MLK Center. The  sermon, “That MLK Faith,” will be preached by Rev. Calvin Bush. All are welcome. For more information, call 412-681-0461.

Choral concert

NOV. 21—The Pittsburgh Gospel Choir will host their Fall Choral Concert at 4 p.m. at East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty. The theme is “Oh Come Let Us Adore Him in Song.” This is in honor of their first year anniversary. The choir, under the direction of Herbert V.R.P. Jones, will give a concert that will be a blessing to the ears and the spirit. Admission is free, but donations will be accepted. For more information, call 412-613-5825.

Installation service

NOV. 29—New Grace Missionary Baptist Church, 7711 Tioga St., Homewood, will host the Installation Service of Rev. Aaron L. Watt Sr. at 4 p.m. at Shiloh Community Missionary Baptist Church, 6940 Frankstown Ave., Homewood. The preacher will be Rev. Hubert D. Hutcherson, along with his choir and congregation.

LIVE service

ONGOING—Mount Ararat Baptist Church, 271 Paulson Ave., East Liberty, will host their “Saturday Night LIVE Service” from 7-8:30 p.m. Every Saturday night tune in and get the word either in person or listen online. Dr. William Curtis is the senior pastor. For more information, call 412-441-1800 or visit

ONE church

ONGOING—ONE Church will host Sunday Services at 1 p.m. at 937 Liberty Ave., Downtown. The Rev. Deryck Tines is the pastor. This is the service where everybody gathers as ONE in worship. Services will be held every Sunday. For more information, call 412-261-1692 or e-mail

Tai chi classes

Ongoing—The Health Ministry of East Liberty Presbyterian Church, 116 S. Highland Ave., East Liberty, will offer spring Tai Chi classes every Thursday from 6-7 p.m. Judy Crow will be the instructor. The class will also be offered every Tuesday at 10 a.m. A donation of $3 per class is requested. It is open to the public. For more information, call Rev. Patrice Fowler-Searcy at 412-441-3800, ext. 30.

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