Friday, December 18, 2015

First Community Interrfaith Institute will celebrate Kwanzaa in eight days!

First Fruits, as celebrated by First Community Interfaith Institute Inc.,  will usher  the 47th Annual Kwanzaa Celebration on Saturday, December 26, 
2015 and will terminate Friday, January 1, 2016 with a feast. All events 
will be held at 
First Community Interfaith Institute Inc., 219 Hamilton Street in the South Wedge neighborhood of Rochester, at 5:30 pm with the exception of the 
feast on January 1, 2016 (6 PM) at St. Johns Home, 150 Highland 
Avenue, Rochester, New York.

Each day a principle will be highlighted: December 26 is Unity (Umoja)
December 27 is 
Self determination (Kujichagulia), December 28 is Collective work and 
responsibility 
(Ujima),December 29 is Cooperative Economics (Ujamaa), December 30 is Purpose (Nia), December 31 is Creativity (Kuumba), and January 1 
is Faith (Imani).
The Kwanzaa celebration will start at 5:30 pm every day, led by a student of Minister Lawrance Lee Evans,except on January 1, 2016, which will be at 6 PM at St. Johns Home. 

All questions or information can be obtained by calling 585-461-0379.

First Fruits was the prelude to the Kwanzaa celebration. Kwanzaa was 
started in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga. 

The theme for this year for the Kwanzaa celebration is “Showcase of 
Talent.” The operating principle is Doology, as developed by Minister 
Lawrance Lee Evans Sr. In 1958. The spiritual manifestation is First 
Fruits, reflected in the culture of African people and 
manifested in the Old Testament.

Monday, December 7, 2015

We are now in First Fruits season!


On December 1, we kicked off our First Fruits/Kwanzaa season (32 days long) with the amazing Kwanzaa Appreciation Program: Showcase of Talent.

The Appreciation Program was tied in to our simultaneous 24 hour participation in the United Way of Greater Rochester's "ROCtheDay online fundraiser that benefits nonprofits in the Rochester area such as First Community Interfaith Institute Inc. The Showcase was split in two sections. The 5 PM section featured folktales and singing primarily. The 7 PM section, coordinated by Sister Elizabeth Cooper, was gospel oriented and her family participated in the program. We all enjoyed ourselves with the outstanding musical selections.


The second of the three key events in our First Fruits/Kwanzaa  is our African Mothers Day, in honor of the late Minister Akilah Ife Evans. This dynamic event will  take place on December 15, 2015 at School #33, 500 Webster Avenue (6 PM).  The theme is: Showcase of Talent.  Our students will show all their talents. The great entertainment and delicious delicacy will be in the cafeteria of School #33.  You do  not want to miss this event. On  African Mothers Day we will give flowers to the females. But you will receive much more. Come and see the beautiful Ryan Community Center.

Below are pictures of the 2nd Showcase on December 1. We thank all those who attended the program and donated either via ROCtheDay or in person at the Institute.