Midweek Message


Carolyn Matthews

February 8, 2024

Book Discussion (In the Sunday forum we will be discussing Grimes’ book, Bronx Masquerade. Copies of the book are still available.)


My introduction to Nikki Grimes was through her poetry.  It was in recent months I discovered her work as a novelist.  As you will read in the bio below, she refers to herself as a Poet. In the book for the forum, and in her memoir, Ordinary Hazards, she tells  a story using prose and poetry.


About Nikki Grimes


Nikki Grimes does not consider herself a bona fide storyteller, but, as she told an audience at the Library of Congress, she is happy to own the title Poet. Born and raised in New York City, Nikki began composing verse at the age of six and has been writing ever since that time.


A bestselling author and a prolific artist, Nikki has written many award-winning books for children and young adults including the Coretta Scott King Award winner Bronx Masquerade; the Coretta Scott King Author Honor books Jazmin’s Notebook, Talkin’ About Bessie, Dark Sons, The Road to Paris, and Words with Wings; Horn Book Fanfare for Talkin’ About Bessie; ALA Notable books What is Goodbye? and Words with Wings; the popular Dyamonde Daniel chapter book series, and numerous picture books and novels including The New York Times bestseller Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope and, most recently, Garvey’s Choice, One Last Word: Wisdom from the Harlem Renaissance, and A Walk in the Woods.


In addition to her work for children, Ms. Grimes has written articles for such magazines as Essence, Today’s Christian Woman, Book Links, and Image, Journal of Arts & Religion.


An accomplished and widely anthologized poet of both children’s and adult verse, Grimes has conducted poetry readings and lectures at international schools in Russia, China, Sweden and Tanzania, while short-term mission projects have taken her to such trouble spots as Haiti.


Nikki has been honored with the NCTE Award for Poetry and the 2016 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award from Kent State University. In 2017, she was presented with the Children’s Literature Legacy Award for her “substantial and lasting contribution to literature for children.” In 2020, Nikki was chosen to receive The ALAN Award for outstanding contributions to the field of adolescent literature. In 2021, she was pleased to be presented with the 2022 Virginia Hamilton Lifetime Achievement Award. She won the Printz Honor and Sibert Honor for her memoir Ordinary Hazards. Her latest titles include Garvey’s Choice: The Graphic Novel, a School Library Journal 2023 Best Book; Lullaby for the King, one of Book Riot’s 25 Best Christmas Books of All Time; and A Walk in the Woods, recipient of 8 starred reviews, and eleven Best Book listings for 2023, including the New York Times, NPR, and Smithsonian Magazine. Ms. Grimes lives in Corona, California.



Weekly Schedule and Upcoming Events

Saturday, February 10 (ZOOM)
10:00 AM – Time for Prayer
12:30 PM – Forever Young (will include a music concert by Julian Nesbitt and Justin McCoy)


Sunday, February 11
10:00 AM – Worship (in person, ZOOM, livestream)
11:45 AM – Forum – Book discussion, Bronx Masquerade (family room, ZOOM)


Tuesday, February 13 (ZOOM)
6:00 PM –  Bible Study


Wednesday, February  14 (Lent begins – Ash Wednesday Vigils)
7:00 AM – 8:00 AM – Vigil
10:30 AM –  Prayer and Bible Study (ZOOM)
Noon – 1:00 PM – Vigil
5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – Vigil


Thursday, February 15
6:00 PM – Handbell Ensemble Rehearsal
7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal


Lakeshore ZOOM Information

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