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February 7, 2019 - Issue 111
Dear <<First Name>>,

This week we offer you a beautiful reflection on Black History Month by Rev. DeWayne L. Davis, who is a senior pastor at All God's Children MCC in Minneapolis.

We hope that you find the message thought provoking and compelling.

Peace,
"The Witness of Black History Month"
by Rev. DeWayne L. Davis, Senior Pastor
All God's Children MCC, Minneapolis 
 
Let truth destroy the dividing prejudices of nationality and teach universal love without distinction of race, merit or rank” —Carter G. Woodson
 
 “Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,” 
—“Life Every Voice and Sing”
 
When historian Carter G. Woodson founded Negro History Week in 1926, his vision for the observance was greeted with some skepticism and has been contested ever since. Yet, despite the concern among African Americans that a week would never be sufficient to memorialize the black past and the disinterest and indifference of the white majority about the experience of black people, Woodson’s instinct and optimism have been vindicated. While the extended Black History Month remains insufficient to capture the fullness of the contributions of black Americans to the nation, the tradition and celebration continue to bear witness to the resilience and persistence of black Americans, thriving despite their experience of enslavement, segregation, and disfranchisement.
 
The theologian James Cone understood what was at stake in the project to explore black history when he described it as “recovering a past deliberately destroyed by slave masters, an attempt to revive old survival symbols and create new ones.” The effort to reclaim a black past and share the full truth of the black experience in the United States has always been undertaken in an environment of U.S. amnesia, American exceptionalism, and the veneration of whiteness. History, like theology, with its biases, omissions, and triumphalism, is presented as neutral and universal, even as black history is intentionally ignored and denied. Woodson’s stubborn insistence on revealing, recording, and sharing the truth of black existence and contributions is a powerful counter to national denial, and we all now can join in remembering and bearing witness.
 
Nearly two years ago, our family went to Washington, DC to visit the National Museum of African American History and Culture. We did not have tickets and weren’t sure that we would gain admission, but we had this one day to visit the museum and decided to take our chances. As we gathered on the plaza in front of the museum, strategizing how the six of us could convince museum staff to let us in, an African American guard and a museum employee approached us with an invitation, “Don’t worry about tickets. You all can come in.” I believe that is an invitation to all people at this moment—come in and take the opportunity of Black History Month to center, reveal, and reclaim the voices and contributions of African Americans. Be a part of revealing and celebrating a fuller picture of history. Do not forget. Tell the truth.
Sunday's Service
at 10:00am
The Fifth Sunday After the Epiphany
"Happiness According to Jesus"

 
Can't make Sunday's Service? 
All services are live-streamed on our Facebook Page
beginning at 10 am.
From the Board of Directors

PPMCC Board of Directors Meeting, February 13th, 5pm.
The next monthly Board of Directors meeting will be held Wednesday, February 13th at 5pm in the conference room. 

Congregational Meeting, February 24th, 11:30am
The purpose of this meeting is to bring to the congregation any item needing a vote that comes from our forum on January 20th.  We will also have an election for the remaining Board of Directors position. 

Annual Contribution Statements
2018 Annual Contribution Statements have recently been sent out via e-mail.  If we didn't have an e-mail on file for you, you should have received a hard copy by US mail.  Please let Bea know if you have any questions about your statement; you can reach her by calling the office at 719-634-3771 or by e-mail. 
Volunteers Needed!
Congregational Care Team

The Congregational Care Team needs new members!  This Team Ministry at PPMCC does anything from pray for people who need special prayer, to visiting people in the hospital when they're having surgery and everything in between.  The team assists Pastor Alycia in all of the care needs of the church congregation. If you are interested in this ministry, please email Julia Wedemeyer , or call at 719-205-0359 for more information.
New Office Hours
with Pastor Alycia

TODAY!, Thursday, February 7th
4:30-6:30pm

Pastor Alycia will be available for drop-in conversations at various Coffee & Tea House locations and times around town.  Drop by and say hi or catch up - no appointment necessary.  Next Office Hours are Today, Thursday, February 7th, 4:30-6:30pm, at Java Punk (4029 Tutt Blvd.)
New Member Class

Tuesday, February 12, 6:00-7:30pm
The PPMCC Membership Class will be held Tuesday, February 12th, 6:00-7:30pm. Come find out more about Pikes Peak Metropolitan Community Church, meet others from the church, and learn how you can become more connected to the community. (Attendance to the meeting does not require that you become a member of our church.) Members officially join the church on Sunday, February 17th.  Please sign up on the back table in the sanctuary, e-mail Bea in the office, or call the church office at 719-634-3771 to register.
 
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