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First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule for Dec 2011-Jan 1, 2012


First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. invites the public to our 32 day First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule of events. Events in bold are the major highlights of the 32 day season.

FIRST FRUITS (DECEMBER 1-DECEMBER 25)
Thursday, December 1: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program, 6 PM, 219 Hamilton Street
Friday, December 2 and Saturday, December 3: Kwanzaa prayer session and candle lighting, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Sunday, December 4: 4 pm, 219 Hamilton Street (Students Doology Hour, our weekly Sunday service)--also repeats on Dec. 11, 18, 25
Monday, December 5-Saturday, December 10: Kwanzaa prayer session and candle lighting, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Monday, December 12-Wednesday, December 14: Kwanzaa prayer session and candle lighting, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Thursday, December 15: African Mothers Day, 6 pm, School #33, 500 Webster Avenue (All females at the program receive a flower)
Friday, December 16-Saturday, December 17: Kwanzaa Prayer session and candle lighting, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Monday, December 19-Saturday, December 24: Kwanzaa prayer session and candle lighting, 6pm, 219 Hamilton Street
KWANZAA (DECEMBER 26-JANUARY 1)
Monday, December 26: Umoja, 6 PM, 219 Hamilton Street
Tuesday, December 27, Kujichagulia, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Wednesday, December 28, Ujima, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Thursday, December 29, Ujamaa, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Friday, December 30, Nia, 6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Saturday, December 31, Kuumba,  6 pm, 219 Hamilton Street
Sunday, January 1, 2012, Imani, 6 pm, St. John's Home, 150 Highland Av (KWANZAA FEAST--Bring dish to pass; also gifts are given, primarily educational, to the children)


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We're coming to the end of the Kwanzaa Appeal

Obtaining resources to finance an organization is difficult. Since 1970, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.  has helped many families, organizations and individuals by our Charles Riley Tutorial Program (after school program), our cultural programs/activities, case management services and small business developments.
You can help by: 1. Donating bottles for our bottle campaign 2. Sponsoring Supporters Day: In Honor of Charles Riley--sponsorship is at least a minimum of $300.00 3. Giving a small donation of any amount 4. Advertising in our Program Booklet for Supporters Day.  Whole page $100; 1/2 page $50 and 1/4 page $25 5.Attend Supporters Day: In Honor of Charles Riley on February 17, 2017 (6 PM) at 219 Hamilton Street, Rochester NY 6. All of the above 7. Attend a special tea which will be held on February 18, 2017 (6 PM) at 219 Hamilton Street. RSVP only.