Monday, June 29, 2015

Remembering Minister Akilah Ife Evans (Gwendolyn Vivian Evans)

On Friday July 3, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will host a benefit to raise funds for our upcoming trip to the 36th Annual FCII Festival next week in Elyria, Ohio. The benefit, subtitled "A Tribute to a Cultural Warrior," will take place at 219 Hamilton Street in Rochester at 6 PM.  The benefit will feature musical performances by Brother Johnny Brown and his daughter So-So, along with the poetry of Brother Jurrell Ellis II.

On June 26, 2012 Minister Akilah, the wife of Minister Lawrance Lee Evans, joined the ancestors after a long bout with cancer. She was laid to rest on July 3, 2012.

We hope to see you this Friday. Spend part of your holiday weekend with a church that promotes education for all.

Ministers Lawrance and Akilah Evans

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fathers Day program at First Community Interfaith Institute (Rochester)

This year First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will sponsor a Fathers Day program. The program, on June 21, features a presentation by Minister Lawrance Lee Evans called "A Culture that Nurtures Black Fathers: Eliminating 'Hands Up!' and 'I Can't Breathe!'" Please come and celebrate Fathers Day at 4 pm at 219 Hamilton Street and listen to Minister Evans. All faiths are welcome. Families are encouraged to attend this important event.

Friday, June 12, 2015

36th Annual FCII Festival is coming soon!

This is the press release sent by our Elyria chapter regarding next month's FCII festival:

News Release

First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio (FCII of Ohio)
P.O. Box 1616 Elyria, Ohio 44036 R.S.V.P. 440.366.3244
For more information contact:
Dana Burns, 440-366-3244



36th Annual FCII Festival - July 9, 10, 11 and 12
First Community Interfaith Institute of Ohio (FCII of Ohio) is submitting this News Release about the 36th Annual FCII Festival to be held July 9, 10, 11 and 12, 2015 at LCCC and Kanisa House. The Theme for this year’s FCII Festival is “We’re the World”. FCII of Ohio has delivered vital services to the communities. The 36th Annual FCII Festival brings people of differing nationalities and faiths together to live, learn, work and play during the four days Event.

The FCII Festival is comprised of banquets, speakers, workshops, exhibits, and etc. Some of the highlights of this year’s FCII Festival are as follows:

* The Reception for the BSN (Business Support Network)
* Tatiana’s Summer Fest
* Red Carpet Hair Cuttin’ Salon (on site)
* Charleston Heritage United Percussion Section
* Elizabeth L. Coleman Awards Dinner
* The Martha Jordan Cultural Dinner
* Minister Akilah Ife Evans Sr. Hour Project, and others


The FCII Festival is not like any other Festival in the World. Putting the Festival together has been a work of love and art with mutual respect for each other to serve the community.


All FCII Festival Events are free of charge. However, meal tickets must be purchased at Kanisa House, located at 142 Cleveland Street in Elyria, Ohio on Sundays between the hours of 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday’s between10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and Fridays 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. The deadline for ordering FCII Festival meal tickets is July 6, 2015. For more FCII Festival information, please call Gerald J. Evans at (440) 366-3244.




We appreciate your time in considering this news release. Please contact Gerald J. Evans or Dana Burns for more information at 440-366-3244.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

"Doology: The Honorable Marcus Garvey's Whilwind Has Come" on June 6

On Saturday June 6, First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. will honor the memory of Minister Evans' maternal grandmother, Martha McMiller Jordan, with the annual Legacy Day celebration. At 7 pm, Minister Lawrance Lee Evans' keynote address is "Doology: The Honorable Marcus Garvey's Whirlwind Has Come." He will discuss upcoming Institute events and programs. Funds raised on June 6 will go towards the upcoming FCII festival in Elyria, Ohio and the educational programs at the Institute.

Everyone is invited to the Legacy Day program, which will be at 219 Hamilton Street.

Below is a video from the Malcolm X observation on May 19, which served as a Doology workshop.