Pastor's Corner – June 19th, 2023
June 19 is Juneteenth, also called Emancipation Day or Juneteenth Independence Day,
a holiday that celebrates the end of slavery in the United States
Although President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863—freeing over three million slaves in the United States—news of its ratification didn’t reach most slaves until much later.
On June 19, 1865—over two years after the ratification of the Emancipation Proclamation—Union soldiers arrived by boat in Galveston, TX, and announced to the slaves that they were freed from slavery. When the former slaves learned they were free, they “immediately began to celebrate with prayer, feasting, song, and dance.”
Juneteenth has been celebrated annually on June 19 since 1865 and is an official state holiday in 46 states.
Faith Church celebrated both Juneteenth and Father’s Day throughout this past weekend. On Saturday, over 600 individuals received food and vegetables from our Leaf Food Pantry and on Sunday, the wonderful women of Faith, honored the men of Faith with a hearty breakfast before worship. The entire weekend was one of service and love.
I pray that you’ll join us this Sunday as we continue with our special summer worship format. The entire worship experience is packed into one hour of praise, prayer and preaching. It all begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends at 11:00 a.m. Don’t miss a minute! We look forward to seeing you this Sunday.