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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).
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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.


Supporters Day in Honor of Charles Riley is on Feb 17

PRESS RELEASE 01/22/2018 BLACK HISTORY MONTH AT FIRST COMMUNITY INTERFAITH INSTITUTE INC.
On Saturday, February 17, 2018 (6 PM), the First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., located at 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY, will highlight its Black History Month with its “Supporters Day in Honor of Charles Riley.” The classes at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will concentrate on the classic book by Dr. Carter G. Woodson, The Miseducation of the Negro.
”Supporters Day in Honor of Charles Riley” (February 17, 2018, 6: 00 PM) will accent the importance of the foot soldiers who have helped to make our history and our leaders. The late Charles Riley (1958-1997) is an example of many foot soldiers who helped make our community better. The Charles Riley Tutorial Program is named after Charles Riley, who was a strong supporter of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. and volunteered his time, energy and money to help with the after-school program at First Community Interfaith Institu…

2017 First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

All events are at 219 Hamilton Street at 6 PM EST unless otherwise specified
First Fruits (Dec 1-25)
December 1: KWANZAA APPRECIATION PROGRAM (kickoff and introduction)
December 2, 4-9, 11-14, 16, 18-23, 25: DAILY STORYTELLING AND PRAYER (small get-togethers)
December 3, 10, 17, 24: STUDENT DOOLOGY HOUR at 4 PM, 219 Hamilton
December 15: AFRICAN MOTHERS DAY-- 6 pm, School #33  cafeteria (500 Webster Ave, all females receive flowers from the men)

Kwanzaa (Dec 26- Jan 1) 6pm except for Sun Dec 31
December 26: Umoja (unity) presenter: Minister Lawrance Lee Evans will speak on "Reducing Inferiority by Promoting Unity"
December 27: Kujichagulia (self-determination) presenters: Brother Zeb Coleman and Brother Brian Griffin
December 28; Ujima (collective work and responsibility)
December 29: Ujamaa (cooperative economics) presenters: Sister Uwimana and Sister Brenda Snow
December 30: Nia (purpose) presenter: Brother Leo White
December 31: Kuumba -- 4pm Student Doology Hour (creativit…

Hot off the press: Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations from Minister Lawrance Lee Evans is available

Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, Sr. 's legacy is finally out in a book format.  One of his adult students, Sister Brenda Snow, active in the Institute for three years, was so inspired by Minister Evans' lessons and the audio lessons of his late queen, Minister Akilah Ife, that she decided to write her debut book Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations from Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Sr.  The book is now available for purchase for $15.00 USD. A prolific writer, Sister Snow uses various Biblical verses to express her love for the Evans family and explain the discipline of Doology. Sister Brenda is currently interning with Minister Evans for one year in preparation to become a minister in her own right.

Here is a link to the order form that you can download and print to order the book:

Pre-order Doology: My Meditations and Inspirations

On Saturday, October 21 at 11 am, the Rochester and Ohio chapters of the Institute will hold its annual trustee meeting and open house at 219 Hamil…

Minister Akilah's Cultural Extravaganza is on Sept. 23

The month of September is very important at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. We resume our after school portion of the Charles Riley Tutorial Program.Some members of the extended Evans family have birthdays in September. The late Minister Akilah Ife Evans, the First Lady of First Community Interfaith Institute in Rochester, was born in September and married Minister Lawrance Lee Evans in September 1967, while both were still in college.

On Saturday, September 23 at 6 PM, we will celebrate Minister Akilah's legacy with the annual Minister Akikah Ife's Cultural Extravaganza at 219 Hamilton Street. The final performer's lineup has yet to be confirmed, but it s safe to say that you will have a good time while watching the finest in music and poetry from our community. We encourage one and all to participate on September 23. Food will be served. If you want to participate or have questions, please come to Student Doology Hour on Sunday at 4 PM at 219 Hamilton Street.

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