Midweek Message


Carolyn Matthews

January 25, 2024

African American History Month 2024


The planning committee has been hard at work making plans for February.


First Sunday Coffee Hour and Forum

For this first Sunday we are inviting people to wear traditional African inspired attire and after worship join us for a special coffee hour.

The forum for the first Sunday, beginning at noon, will be Pastor Allison in conversation with Channing Nesbitt.



Preaching this year are:  Pastor Jim, Pastor Carolyn, and Rev. Dr. Dwight Webster, pastor of Beth Eden Baptist Church.



Forums will take place at 11:45 am on the second and third Sundays with the  themes:

Literacy (2nd Sunday) – The ability to read is a powerful tool; this is why it was forbidden, by law, to teach the enslaved to read. The book chosen to showcase the theme of literacy is, Bronx Masquerade, by Nikki Grimes. This is a teenage/young adult novel, that explores the power of the spoken and written word. We will have copies available in the church library that may be borrowed.

Music (3rd Sunday) – Music is important in the African American experience, in both secular and religious life. By way of video clips and group singing, we will explore the power and meaning of music in helping to understand the life, history, and theological context of African Americans.


Children’s Stories

The children’s stories this month will feature interviews with people who are educators.


Soul Food Dinner and Hat Sunday

The soul food dinner is being planned for the fourth Sunday February 25. As we did last year, we will have a set menu and ask people to provide food for the dinner. More information and details will be found in the brochure. The program will feature members and friends of all ages. It is also hat Sunday. We encourage you to wear a favorite hat or head wrap.


Library Display

Please take the time to check out the display of books in the narthex from the church library and some on loan from the personal collection of members and friends.


Recommended Reading

Below is a partial list of books recommended by church and committee members. Please send us your suggestions which will be shared with the church.


  • Take My Hand, Dolen Perkins-Valdez
  • Bronx Masquerade, Nikki Grimes
  • White Lies: The Double Life of Walter F. White, J. Baime
  • Time on Two Crosses: The Collected Writings of Bayard Rustin, Bayard Rustin
  • The House of Dies Drear, Virginia Hamilton
  • The Personal Librarian, Marie Benedict, Victoria Christopher Murray)
  • In the Shadow of Liberty: The Hidden History of Slavery, Four Presidents, and Five Black Lives, Kenneth C. Davis
  • Homegoing, Yaa Gyasi
  • Reading While Black: African American Biblical Interpretation as an Exercise in Hope, Beau McCaulley


Forever Young

Forever Young will meet in February with a special musical presentation from Julian Nesbitt and Justin McCoy.


LABC Reads

The book for February is, My Face is Black is True: Callie House and the Struggle for Ex-Slave Reparations by Mary Frances Berry. “Acclaimed historian Mary Frances Berry resurrects the remarkable story of ex-slave Callie House who, seventy years before the civil-rights movement, demanded reparations for ex-slaves. A widowed Nashville washerwoman and mother of five, House (1861-1928) went on to fight for African American pensions based on those offered to Union soldiers, brilliantly targeting $68 million in taxes on seized rebel cotton and demanding it as repayment for centuries of unpaid labor. Here is the fascinating story of a forgotten civil rights crusader: a woman who emerges as a courageous pioneering activist, a forerunner of Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr.”


Weekly Meetings and Events

Saturday, January 27 (ZOOM)

9:00 AM – LABC Reads (The Great DeChurching: Who’s leaving, Why are They going, and What Will it Take to Bring Them Back?, Ryan P. Burge)

10:00 AM – Time for Prayer


Sunday, January 28

10:00 AM – Worship (in person, ZOOM, livestream)

Congregational Meeting after worship

Adult Bible Study will meet after the congregational meeting (library, ZOOM)


Tuesday, January 30 (ZOOM)

6:00 PM –  Consensus Training


Wednesday, January  31

10:30 AM –  Prayer and Bible Study (ZOOM)


Thursday, February 1

6:00 PM – Handbell Ensemble Rehearsal

7:00 PM – Choir Rehearsal