Saturday, December 29, 2012

Obituary of Patricia Ann Holmes (1942-2012)

The complete obituary of Sister Pat Holmes, who  joined the ancestors on December 23, can be found here. A small but beautiful funeral service was held at Congregation Shema Yisrael in Rochester on December 28. For those unable to attend the funeral, there will be two other opportunities to pay your respects: at the Kwanzaa feast on January 1, 5: 30 pm, 150 Highland Ave, Rochester (at St. John's Home Auditorium), and on January 6, on what would have been her 71st birthday, at 4 pm at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Happy Kwanzaa everyone!

Here at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. we have ended our 25 day First Fruits season, where we learned that the First Fruits belong to God--the first creations and humans belong to God. We begin celebrating the seven day Kwanzaa as popularized by Dr. Maulana Karenga.

Unfortunately, we lost one of strongest supporters at the Institute over the weekend. Sister Patricia Holmes, who was close to the late Minister Akilah, passed on December 23. Sister Holmes was a student of Minister Lawrance Lee Evans and participated in every major Institute function over the past six years. Kwanzaa/First Fruits was  her particularly favorite time of the year. We will publish her obituary in this blog when it becomes available. Please keep her family in your prayers. RIP Sister Holmes.

This is our Kwanzaa schedule for the next seven days:
December 26: 5:30 pm (Umoja)--unity; speaker is Minister Lawrance Lee Evans
December 27: 5:30 pm (Kujichagulia)--self-determination; speaker is Brother Zeb Coleman
December 28: 5:30 pm (Ujima)--collective work and responsibilty; speaker is Brother Brian Griffin
December 29: 12 pm (Ujamaa)--cooperative economics--Minister Evans will participate in a panel at the opening of Respect for Life Bookstore, 569 Jefferson Avenue, Rochester NY
December 30: 4 pm (Nia)--purpose--our weekly Student Doology Hour worship service
December 31: 11am-4 pm (Kuumba)--creativity--Sister Eulla will hold a yard sale and give a presentation at 5:30 pm
January 1: 5:30 pm (Imani)--faith; Kwanzaa feast at St. John Home Auditorium, 150 Highland Ave, Rochester NY; Sisters Shiminege and Uwimana will give their presentations, Dr. John Walker (Brother Talik) will give a 15 minute presentation on Black history, and Minister Myra Brown will be the guest vocalist. Everyone is welcome to bring a nonpork dish to pass.

This video is from African Mothers Day, 12/15/12



Tuesday, December 4, 2012

"ROC The Day" for First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. on 12.12.12!

On Wednesday Dec 12, you have 24 hours (from 12 am to 11:59 pm) to log on to the online event http://roctheday.org and make a generous donation as possible to the First Community Interfaith Institute's tutorial program. To save time this is the direct link to the Institute's donation page:


ROC the Day is an opportunity for donors everywhere to choose a nonprofit of their choice  that is based in the Rochester NY metropolitan area in a convenient and secure online mechanism. Your donation is tax deductible and you will receive an immediate notification that you can use when filing your 2012 tax returns. It is the brainchild of the Rochester United Way and sponsored by various Rochester based businesses and organizations, as well as the local government.

The Institute is one of the few African-American nonprofits or churches that is participating in ROC the Day. This is our second year. You will be a "ROCstar" if you donate to us on Dec.12.