As we head into Black History Month be prepared to celebrate this rich heritage at First Baptist Church.
Sunday Feb. 6 - 4 PM - Joint Communion service with Second Baptist Church downtown Detroit. We will leave from FBC-D and carpool, see the signup sheet in the narthex.
Sunday Feb. 13 - 4 PM - The Courville Concert Choir will be at FBC-D. Plan to invite a friend as your guest for this great group of talented young people.
Sunday Feb. 27 - Brotherhood/Sisterhood pot luck after worship; see the bulletin or web site for details;
Also during February,on Sunday the 20th at 6 PM in the Conference Room, I will hold a book discussion of The House at Sugar Beach, by Helene Cooper.
From the liner notes:
This book is a memoir of a descendant of one of the black freemen who founded Liberia. Helene Cooper and her sister, including a foster sister who was her best friend, Eunice, grew up in a world of privilege and prestige among the “Congo” class. She lived with her family in a 22 room mansion by the sea. In April 1980 a coup left the Liberian President Talbert and his entire cabinet executed and the entire “Congo” class on the run. Helene, a sister and her mother came to America while Eunice was left behind.
From high school in Tennessee, to a career reporting from everywhere except Africa as a foreign correspondent, Helene managed never to return to the trauma of Liberia. But she couldn’t forget the sister she had to leave behind. Finally, a near death experience in Iraq told Helene that her homeland—and Eunice- -could wait no longer.
The House at Sugar Beach is a personal memoir and the story of one brave woman’s long voyage home. It is available in libraries and at local bookstores.
On another note, we are almost home with Chris’ chemotherapy. Two more cycles and she will have completed her course of treatment. Keep her in your prayers.
Peace and Grace,