The Fifth Sunday after


Pentecost



Proper 7/ Year B



June 23, 2024

 

Pentecost 5-7B 062324

 

— Parish Notices —

 

You are invited to join us today for Coffee-hour served in the Lounge, immediately following the service. Members of the Episcopal Church Women are hosting today.


Bible study continues in the Lounge on Thursdays at 10:00 am. All are invited!


More volunteers are needed to staff our thriving Thrift Store. We also need volunteers to weed the garden in the Garth. Please speak with Brian if you are interested.


— Juneteenth —

 

Reprinted from the website of the National Museum of the African American History and Culture of the Smithsonian Institute.

 

On “Freedom’s Eve,” or the eve of January 1, 1863, the first Watch Night services took place. On that night, enslaved and free African Americans gathered in churches and private homes all across the country awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation had taken effect. At the stroke of midnight, prayers were answered as all enslaved people in Confederate States were declared legally free. Union soldiers, many of whom were black, marched onto plantations and across cities in the south reading small copies of the Emancipation Proclamation spreading the news of freedom in Confederate States. Only through the Thirteenth Amendment did emancipation end slavery throughout the United States.

 

But not everyone in Confederate territory would immediately be free. Even though the Emancipation Proclamation was made effective in 1863, it could not be implemented in places still under Confederate control. As a result, in the westernmost Confederate state of Texas, enslaved people would not be free until much later. Freedom finally came on June 19, 1865, when some 2,000 Union troops arrived in Galveston Bay, Texas. The army announced that the more than 250,000 enslaved black people in the state, were free by executive decree. This day came to be known as "Juneteenth," by the newly freed people in Texas.

 

The post-emancipation period known as Reconstruction (1865-1877) marked an era of great hope, uncertainty, and struggle for the nation as a whole. Formerly enslaved people immediately sought to reunify families, establish schools, run for political office, push radical legislation and even sue slaveholders for compensation. Given the 200+ years of enslavement, such changes were nothing short of amazing. Not even a generation out of slavery, African Americans were inspired and empowered to transform their lives and their country.

 

Juneteenth marks our country’s second independence day. Although it has long celebrated in the African American community, this monumental event remains largely unknown to most Americans.

 

The historical legacy of Juneteenth shows the value of never giving up hope in uncertain times. The National Museum of African American History and Culture is a community space where this spirit of hope lives on. A place where historical events like Juneteenth are shared and new stories with equal urgency are told.

 

 


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Parish Office is open Tuesday through Thursday 9:00 am until 1:30 pm.


The Thrift Store is open Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from 10am until 2pm.


The Food Pantry is open Saturdays from 11am to 1:30pm.

 

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