Midweek Message

LABC Update – February 10, 2023

Carolyn Matthews

February 9, 2023

A few words related to African American History Month


“It is not our differences that divide us.  It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” Audre Lorde


“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” Maya Angelou


From Jemar Tisby

Five reasons to celebrate Black History Month


Celebrating honors the historic leaders of the Black Community

Celebrating helps us to be better stewards of the privileges we’ve gained

Celebrating provides an opportunity to highlight the best of black history and culture

Celebrating creates an awareness for all people

Celebrating reminds us all that Black History is our history.


Jemar Tisby is president of The Witness: A Black Christian Collective where he writes about race, religion, and culture. He is the author of The Color of Compromise: The Truth about the American Church’s Complicity in Racism.


“It was slavery and the slave trade that provided the initial thrust to the American economy. It was slavery that built Monticello and Mount Vernon and Boston and Charleston and New Orleans. Slavery shaped the white founding fathers. It shaped and molded the fundamental compromises of the U.S. Constitution. It shaped and molded the Westward movement and the Civil War. Slavery, in sum, was a major formative influence in the development of America, and it is impossible to understand the black man or the white man or America without a prior understanding of that institution…”  (from, The Shaping of Black America by Lerone Bennett)


The book this month for LABC reads is, American Sirens: The Incredible Story of the Black Men Who Became America’s First Paramedics, Kevin Hazzard.  As long as we continue to discover the ways that African Americans have contributed to the every day life and survival of all the people in our nation, the emphasis for this month will be needed – especially in light of  growing lists of banned books that tell this history.


“So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest time, if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)


Here is the brochure for this year’s African American History Month activities (2023 AAHM Brochure).

The fourth Sunday will be “hat” Sunday and the soul food dinner.  Please purchase your ticket(s) for the dinner in advance so we can plan for this event. The tickets are $10.00 each (see Sheila Sims). We need your help for the dinner (set up, servers, clean up). If you can help us out that day, please let Sheila or Pastor Carolyn know.


Tomorrow, Saturday, February 11

Time for Prayer (10:00 AM on ZOOM)
Forever Young will meet in Family Room at 1:00 pm (1:30 on ZOOM)


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