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First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.'s First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

Below is the schedule for 2013 First Fruits/Kwanzaa as celebrated at First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. in  Rochester. All events take place at 219 Hamilton Street unless otherwise noted.

FIRST FRUITS (Dec 1-25)


  • Sunday, December 1: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program, 4 pm: Minister Evans' adult students will promote their events that will take place Dec. 26-January 1. We will discuss what First Fruits and Kwanzaa are all about, and start the 32 day long ritual of candle lighting and storytelling. We will also discuss what ROCtheday is and how people can help the Institute. Donations will be collected.
  • During the week (Monday-Saturday) there will be a daily storytelling, prayers and candle lighting session at 5:30 pm.
  • Prayers and candle lighting are included at the end of Sunday's Student Doology hour on Sundays (12/8, 12/15, 12/22).
  • Sunday, December 15: African Mothers Day, 11 am and 4 pm: 11 AM program is sponsored by longtime Institute supporter, Ester Gliwinski, and will take place at the Ryan Community Center complex, 500 Webster Avenue. Flowers will be given to all females by the men. The 4 PM program will be at 219 Hamilton Street, and flowers will be given to those females who do not attend the morning service.
KWANZAA (Dec. 26-Jan. 1)
All events this final week take place at 6 pm at 219 Hamilton, except for the Kwanzaa Feast and Ujamaa
  • Thursday, December 26: Umoja
  • Friday, December 27: Kujichagulia
  • Saturday, December 28: Ujima
  • Sunday, December 29 (4 pm): Ujamaa
  • Monday, December 30: Nia
  • Tuesday, December 31: Kuumba
  • Wednesday, January 1, 2014: Imani (Kwanzaa Feast),  6 pm, St. Johns Home auditorium, 150 Highland Avenue

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Complete First Fruits/Kwanzaa schedule

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December 1: Kwanzaa Appreciation Program--open house, kickoff of 32 day First Fruits/Kwanzaa season; dinner will be served December 2-3, 5-10, 12-14, 16-17, 19-24: First Fruits storytelling, prayer and lighting of candles December 4, 11, 18, 25: Student Doology Hour--4 pm Sunday service, prayer after service; dinner will be served December 15: African Mothers Day--500 Webster Ave (School #33)-- females will receive flowers from men; program begins at 5:30 PM; refreshments available December 26: Umoja December 27: Kujichagulia December 28: Ujima December 29: Ujamaa December 30: Nia December 31: Kuumba January 1, 2017: Imani-Kwanzaa feast-- 150 Highland Ave (St Johns Home)--exchange gifts, bring dish to pass (non pork), entertainment; starts at 5:30 PM

We had a succesful First Fruits/Kwanzaa!

In Rochester, we just concluded a wonderful Kwanzaa season. From the folktales  and proverbs told during the 25 day First Fruits celebration; the African Mothers Day program on December 15 where the men presented the girls and women with flowers amid a last minute venue change due to inclement weather; to the stories about the various African nations told by Minister Evans' adult students between Dec. 27-30,;to Minister Evans' daughter Sasha Eloi-Evans' talk about her educational journey from Dominica to the US Virgin Islands to the mainland US, ulltimately ending up at the University of Rochester, where she is currently employed and working on her PhD, and to the finale on January 1 (our Kwanzaa feast), where we enjoyed some delicious food, exchanged gifts and a surprise donation of $1000 was given to the Institute! We thank all those who came to the Institute and/or St. Johns Home during the past 32 days, whether it was one time or from December 1 to January 1.




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.