Join us for a special inter-generational breakfast
at 8:00 am this Sunday, May 29, 2016
We will honor our veterans and pay homage to our roots. 
All are welcome!

Pastor's Weekly Message                                       May 29, 2016

"Memorial Day and Roots"

This Monday is Memorial Day and for many of us this Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial beginning of summer.  This is the time that we enjoy -- when the pools open-up, barbecue grills are fired-up and we gather with family and friends to celebrate the Lord's goodness.  However, Memorial Day originally commemorated soldiers killed in the American Civil War (1868).  Its observance later extended to all those from the United States who died in war.
 
As we observe Memorial Day, we remember the men and women who have sacrificed their lives that we might live in freedom. We honor them and their families who mourn their loss. Let us pray that we may never take for granted the precious freedom that is the legacy of those men and women who died.
 
We also on this Memorial Day weekend, with an airing of a new version of the television series "Roots," reflect upon slavery and its profound impact upon our nation.  The new version of "Roots" will air on the History Channel beginning on this Monday, May 30 and run through Thursday, June 2. As background, when the original TV series "Roots" aired 40 years ago, nearly half of the U.S. population watched (130 million viewers) and it was the first time that a television series awakened a national consciousness about slavery, race, identity, family, and freedom.  
 
 The new "Roots" series seeks to reach a new generation and this is important because too many are unfamiliar about the realities of slavery. Furthermore, many of the issues confronting us today are direct offshoots from slavery. These issues include economic inequality, the significance of Black Lives and the urgent need to spread the love of Christ for all people.  In particular, in order for our young people to be able to effectively shape their future, they need to have a keen understanding of the past.
 
Therefore, I encourage you and your family to watch "Roots," to re-discover your heritage, and most importantly to know that just as God was able to deliver African American ancestors from slavery, God is also able to deliver us from current day shackles through His son Jesus the Christ!   

Peace and Blessings,
Pastor Kip Banks, Sr.

EVENTS THIS WEEK AT EWHBC:

MEMORIAL DAY (Church office closed) - Monday, May 30, 2016

GOSPEL CHOIR REHEARSAL -Tuesday, May 31 - 7:30 p.m.

FIRST WEDNESDAY IN THE WORD - Wednesday, June 1 - 6:30 p.m.

CLOTHES CLOSET - Thursday, June 2 - 10:30 a.m.

BROWN BAG BIBLE STUDY - Thursday, June 2 - 12:00 p.m.

SANCTUARY CHOIR REHEARSAL - Thursday, June 2 - 7:30 a.m.

CHRISTIAN EDUCATION -Saturday, June 4 - 10:00 a.m.

CHILDREN & YOUTH CHOIR REHEARSAL - Saturday, June 4 - 12:00 p.m.



 
Prayer Conference Call Number - 
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