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Wrap-up of 40th anniversary of First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.

On October 30, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. hosted our Ohio chapter for the Minister Lawrance Lee Evans Luncheon. Hosted by Brother Anthony Giordano, the Luncheon featured the Charles Riley Tutorial Program students performing "Reciprocity," their daily ritual honoring important figures in Black history; Minister Evans' adult students performing libation; a review of the financial reports from both the Ohio office and Rochester office, a summary of the 2009-2010 fiscal year programs and activities from both chapters, and a lecture by Minister Evans. We also celebrated the birthdays of Minister Gerald Evans and his granddaughter Afiya Evans.

On November 7, to a packed house,  we celebrated Minister Lawrance Evans'' birthday and the Institute's 40th anniversary. Halfway through what is now "Students' Doology Hour," Sister Ester Gliwinski, a long time Institute supporter and family friend of the Evans', gave a dynamic presentation of what First Community Interfaith Institute is all about. She used a box of items donated to our needs corner to describe what the Institute represents:  a water bottle to talk about our recycling program, a pack of batteries to represent the never ending work the Ministers Evans do every day; a fluorescent bulb to demonstrate the importance of being up to date on technology; a bottle of white out to show that we learn from mistakes and start over; a magnifying glass to show that students at the Institute learn to examine everything carefully; a bottle of glue to represent how Minister Akilah, Minister Lawrance's wife of 43 years and the Regional Minister, is the glue that has held the Institute together since 1970; a box of graham crackers to represent our healthy eating program; and a box of tissues to show that we are not crybabies at the Institute. Minister Evans had nothing but praise for Sister Gliwinski for the duration of service.

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