Midweek Message


Carolyn Matthews

February 22, 2024

Literacy – Science Fiction Writers

Any reader of science fiction growing up in the 50’s and 60’s knows the names of Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Theodore Sturgeon to name a few. As we approach the last week of African American History Month, let us take a brief look at a few authors of science fiction who are African American.


Octavia Butler (1947-2006) In 1979, Butler had a career breakthrough with the novel “Kindred.” She won the Hugo Award for her novelette, “Bloodchild” and a Nebula for the novel, Parable of the Talents. Butler uses the phrase, “Make America Great Again,” as the presidential campaign slogan for a dictator named Andrew Steele Jarret in her 1998 dystopian novel, Parable of the Talents. In 1995 she became the first science fiction writer to receive the MacArthur Fellowship, nicknamed, the Genius Grant.


Samuel R. Delaney (1942) Delaney is an award-winning writer, editor, professor, and literary critic. He is the first major African American science fiction writer as well as one of the most influential writers of this genre in the United States. Delany received four Nebula Awards for science fiction:  “Babel-17,” “The Einstein Intersection,” and two of his short stories. Hugo Awards went to the novella “Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones” and his autobiography.


N. K. Jemison (1972) Jemison is the first science fiction writer to win the Hugo Award three years in a row for her Broken Earth Trilogy (The Fifth Season; The Obelisk Gate;  and The Stone Sky). Her win for the novel, The Fifth Season, was the first awarded to an African American in that category.  Jemisin was a recipient of the MacArthur Fellows Program Genius Grant in 2020.


Special Announcements


This Sunday is the last of African American History Month.

It is Hat Sunday.  All are encouraged to wear their favorite hat or head wrap to church.

And following worship is the soul food dinner. Cost is $15.


Lakeshore Handbell Ensemble Needs a Ringer. Consider becoming a part of the LABC Handbell Ensemble. We meet on Thursdays at 6:00 pm in the church sanctuary for rehearsal. No experience necessary, just a willingness to learn. Please contact Pastor Carolyn if interested.


UPDATE ON UKRAINE – February marks the 10th anniversary of Russia’s war on Ukraine and the second anniversary of its latest assaults. On Tuesday, February 27, at 6 p.m. on Zoom, Dr. Monica Eppinger, Lakeshore’s resident expert on Ukraine, will offer an update. Join us to learn more and think about how we can work for an end to violence in Ukraine.


Memorial Service for Rod Murray
Saturday, March 2, 1:00 pm


Weekly Meetings and Events

Saturday, February 24 (ZOOM)
9:00 AM – LABC Reads (My Face is Black is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations by Mary Frances Berry)
10:00 AM – Time for Prayer
11:00 AM – Set up for Soul Food Dinner (Barnett Hall)


Sunday, February 25
10:00 AM – Worship (in person, ZOOM, livestream)
Hat Sunday; Soul Food Dinner after worship


Tuesday, February 27 (ZOOM)
6:00 PM –  Update on Ukraine. Dr. Monica Eppinger, Lakeshore’s resident expert on Ukraine, will offer an update.


Wednesday, February  28
10:30 AM –  Prayer and Bible Study (ZOOM)


Thursday, February 29
6:00 PM – Handbell Ensemble Rehearsal
7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal