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In Memory of our beloved Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr

On this day in 2018 (actually 9 September), we lost a giant, our very own National Minister, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. He spent his adult life spreading the message of Doology to anyone who was willing to listen. He always paid homage to his beloved grandmother, who taught him things about African history and culture that she didn't teach to others. He shared a portion of his grandmother's message to First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. He was a fierce advocate for education not only in the public schools, but also in the home and in the churches.  He had credibility with the street culture, fellow clergymen and clergywomen, and the local(Rochester/ Monroe County, NY) political establishment. We  look forward to another year of the legacy of Doology in New York and Ohio (Minister Evans' state of birth) without our teacher and his Queen, Minister Akilah. Fortunately, Minister Gerald J. Evans, Minister Lawrance's twin, has stepped up and accomplished a great d…
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Schedule for the 40TH Annual Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival

The theme for this year's festival is "Looking and Seeing Hope." With the theme in mind, here are the dates and times of the four-day festival's programs:

THURSDAY JULY 11,  2019
Kanisa House II, 400 Cleveland Street, Elyria, OH
9 am and 4 pm: Fellowshipping
2 pm: Skills training class
6 pm: Lucy Battle Dinner

FRIDAY JULY 12, 2019
Lorain County Community College, College Center, 1005 N Abbe Rd, Elyria, OH
8 am-12 pm: Exhibits, Devotions, Readings
12 pm: Lunch
1 pm: Talent Show
2 pm: Skills training
6 pm: Elizabeth Coleman Dinner featuring the Hall of Fame and speaker the Honorable Malik Evans

SATURDAY,  JULY 13, 2019
Lorain County Community College
9 am-12 pm: Ewing Center for recreation and games
12 pm-9 pm at College Center
12 pm: lunch12:30 pm; arts and crafts/games2 pm: Skills training6 pm: Martha Jordan Dinner featuring speaker Dr. Lawrance Lee Evans Jr.
SUNDAY, JULY 14, 2019 
Kanisa House II
8 am; Fellowship
10:30 am: Family Hour Worship Service featuring Outreach M…

Press release for MLK event

48th ANNUAL CELEBRATION OF DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. "BUILDING A BELOVED COMMUNITY"
First Community Interfaith Institute Inc will hold its 48th annual celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr on January 27, 2019 (4:00 PM) at its headquarters, 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester, NY. 
In 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stated in his sermon, Loving Your Enemies, the following: "..With every ounce of our energy, we must continue to rid this nation of the incubus of segregation. But we shall not in the process relinquish our privilege and our obligation to love. While abhorring segregation, we shall love the segregationist. This is the only way to create the beloved community.”
Rochester City Councilman Malik Evans, son of the late Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr., will present to the members, students, and supporters of the First Community Institute Inc. "Building a Beloved Community" on January 27, 2019.
Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr had been involved in the human rights…

Kwanzaa 2018 press release

FIRST COMMUNITY INTERFAITH INSTITUTE INC.219 Hamilton Street Rochester NY 14620-1112
PHONE: 585-461-0379 ** FAX: 1-585-495-2329** EMAIL: fciirochester@gmail.com ** WEB: https://www.facebook.com/fciirochesterFor more information, contact Sister Uwimana Oni at 585.461.0379 or uwimana@fciirochester.orgPRESS RELEASE12/17/18FIRST COMMUNITY INTERFAITH INSTITUTE INC.'s FINAL WEEK OF KWANZAA
First Fruits at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc will end with the beginning of Kwanzaa according to Dr. Maulana Karenga. Starting on Wednesday, December 26, 2018  until December 31 at 6 PM, the Institute's students, members and supporters will reflect on the first six principles of the Nguzo Saba  (unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose and creativity).

Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. is now an ancestor!

The Rochester (NY) community and the Elyria (OH) community are saddened by the passing of a distinguished scholar, researcher, community organizer, teacher, case manager, and clergyman, the renowned Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr, who transitioned on Sunday, September 9. from a brief illness.

This morning (September 14, 2018) will be his homegoing service at Aenon Baptist Church, 175 Genesee Street, Rochester NY 14611.

Please keep the Minister's immediate and extended family, and the First Community Interfaith Institute of Rochester and Elyria in your prayers.

= If you are in the Rochester area please pick up a copy of the September 12 edition of the Challenger Community News. On page 2 is a beautiful article that summed up the legacy of this great man. I did not get the permission of the  Challenger Community News to reprint their article, thus, I cannot include it in the blog at this time.

The 39th Annual FCII Festival is now the Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival!

First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio, located in Elyria, Ohio (23 miles southwest of Cleveland) is once again sponsoring the newly renamed Minister Akilah Ife Evans Festival.  The festival will take place July 12-15 at two venues: Kanisa House (the headquarters of FCII Ohio) and Lorain County Community College. This year's theme is "Differences Matter." For the complete schedule, email ddfcii@aol.com.