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Macedonia Baptist Church celebrates 115 years of service


Oct. 7 in at City Club LA

In commemoration of 115 of dedicated service and commitment to justice in the Watts community and surrounding areas, Macedonia Baptist Church, 1751 E. 114th St in Watts, will host the Macedonia Legacy Luncheon on Saturday, Oct. 7 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Club LA, 555 S. Flower St. . The event will highlight the church's enduring legacy and honor leaders who have made a significant impact in the community.

"Though Macedonia Baptist Church boasts a rich history, we are far from being stuck in the past. We may be old, but we are incredibly relevant, deeply relational, and a vibrant beacon of hope for our community. The Macedonia Legacy Luncheon is a testament to us honoring our traditions while actively shaping a brighter future for all those we serve." - Dr. Shane B. Scott, Senior Pastor

The Macedonia Legacy Luncheon will feature an impressive lineup of honorees, including Rep. Maxine Waters (CA-43).

Other distinguished honorees include:

  • Jennifer Baird, director of patient care services education and research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA)
  • Olivette Evans-Hester, a long-time choir director and former music educator
  • Gloria Morones, a local community organizer
  • Byron J. Smith, professor of music at Los Angeles Harbor College,music coordinator, organist, and choir director at Grant AME Church in Los Angeles,
  • Leandro Tyberg, president/co-founder of Primestor Development, Inc. and
  • Mary S. Eston, Center for Alzheimer's Research and Care

The Macedonia Legacy Luncheon will also feature guest speaker, Rev. Dr. W. Franklyn Richardson, chair of Virginia Union University's Board and Pastor of Grace Baptist Church in Mt. Vernon, New York. The event will be filled with engaging presentations on the church's rich history, musical performances, comedy, food, dancing and more!

Watts, despite its challenges, is a place worth embracing, as it's not a community to run from but rather one we should run to, driven by the potential for positive change and community empowerment. To combat Watts' status as a food desert, Macedonia Baptist Church hosts weekly food drives and distributes hot meals twice a week. Our consistent efforts have been instrumental in alleviating food insecurity in this underserved area, making a profound impact on the lives of our residents.

Macedonia Baptist Church's enduring commitment to the Watts community is further exemplified through its establishment of the Macedonia Community Development Corporation. Founded in 2015, the organization has been instrumental in addressing the deep-seated challenges faced by the underserved Black and Brown community of Watts, including social, political, and economic injustices, food insecurities, violence, drug addiction, and low literacy rates.