United Methodist Church constituencies from two ethnic and cultural communities will bring the spirit of Christmas to Downtown Los Angeles on Saturday, Dec. 13.

The Chinatown Children’s Choir, composed of 54 children and youths ranging from ages 6 to 18, will offer a medley of Christmas carols and holiday tunes at the Little Tokyo Galleria, 333 S. Alameda St. (at Third Street), beginning at 2 p.m.

Formed in 1993 as an outreach music ministry of the Chinese United Methodist Church in Los Angeles, the choir performs throughout the year at various church, community and cultural events throughout Southern California.

Later in the afternoon beginning at 3 p.m., La Oportunidad, a United Methodist outreach ministry in the MacArthur Park area, will sponsor an annual posada featuring traditional foods, music, and cultural experiences befitting the Latino Christmas tradition. Supported by the Downtown Mission Area of United Methodist congregations, La Oportunidad provides a hot food ministry to individuals and families on a daily basis in and around MacArthur Park.

The public is invited to celebrate the Christmas season this Saturday by taking in these joyous events that reflect the rich multiculturalism and lively spirit reflected in these ministries of peace, justice, joy and hope.

The Downtown Mission Area of United Methodist Churches includes the following congregations and ministries: Centenary United Methodist Church (Little Tokyo); Chinese United Methodist Church (Chinatown); First United Methodist Church (City Center); La Plaza United Methodist Church (Olvera Street); La Trinidad United Methodist Church (Boyle Heights); United University Church (USC); and Urban Foundation of Los Angeles.

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