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First Fruits/Kwanzaa 2014 comes to an awesome end!

The finale of our Kwanzaa Feast (celebrating the seventh principle Imani  (feast) featured a rendition of "Take Me to the King" by two very talented female teen singers,  a poem by Minister Evans' goddaughter, the memory of our beloved ancestor Minister Akilah Evans through the words of Sister Brenda Snow and Brother Malik Evans, son of Ministers Lawrance and Akilah Evans, and a beautiful display with black history books and art. But most of all we had good food, exchanged gifts and had fellowship and First Community Interfaith Institute brought on 2015 with positive vibes. ASHE!

The next event in our Kwanzaa Appeal calendar will be the Martin Luther King Jr. birthday celebration on Thursday,  January 15, 2015 at 5:30 pm, at 219 Hamilton Street. Minister Lawrance Lee Evans will give a presentation on Dr. King's contributions and our Charles Riley Tutorial Students will be on the program.

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December 2, 4-9, 11-14, 16, 18-23, 25: DAILY STORYTELLING AND PRAYER (small get-togethers)
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