One of the most celebrated days in the life and function of the African American church is the Church Anniversary. I always remember the church anniversary was an exciting time of year. A “Godly pride” was on display. Ministries, auxiliaries, church clubs, and singers all prepared for that day with an enthusiasm that had an electric-like energy about it. It was a time for remembering and affirming who the congregation was, from whence they had come, and what they planned to be and do in the future through her founder Jesus Christ. It was an acknowledgment of their survival against all odds.
When I grew up guest preachers and choirs were invited. A special theme was chosen. There were special colors selected and worn by the members. Friends and former members were in attendance. All of this was done in thanksgiving to God and to show all worshippers “what the Lord had done in the life of the congregation.” For sure, it was a time for celebration.
New St. Hurricane, like most African American churches, was birthed out of oppression and discrimination on the Hurricane Slave Plantation of Pine Bluff. Founders of the church would talk and record their struggle, how they had once been allowed to worship in a place granted to them by their masters. However, after Emancipation they moved that white wooden structure to free ground. It is out of this kind of oppression that the church anniversary became and remains a time of grand celebration and remembrance.
On Sunday New St. Hurricane will Celebrate 161yrs. I hope you are as excited about it as I am. Let’s celebrate Sunday morning and that afternoon at 3pm….Pastor Eric Alexander and St. Luke Baptist Church will be our special guest.