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Ousley United Methodist Church of Lithonia Shares the Gift of Survival during Black History Month
Ousley United Methodist Church of Lithonia Shares the Gift of Survival during Black History Month

Lithonia, GA--  (submitted by Ousley UMC)

Black History Month 2011 takes on special meaning this year, as Ousley United Methodist Church honors the notable achievements of Black people and their contributions to every sphere of life from science and the arts to politics and religion. The theme for this year’s celebration is “How We Got Over: Educating, Encouraging and Empowering for Change”

Committee Chair, Mrs. Loydia Webber, explains, “In spite of the oppression we have experienced historically, Black people have not only survived, but thrived. Our faith in God gave us the gift of survival and the strength for living that has not only sustained us through it all, but equipped us to get over, in good times, but especially in bad.”

It is this gift of survival and the strength for living that is the focus of Ousley’s commemoration of Black History Month 2011.

Black History Month celebrations at Ousley take on the international flavor of its congregation. The church family is comprised of more than a dozen cultures spanning the continents of Africa and South America, the islands of the Caribbean, Europe, and from coast to coast in North America. Wherever they may come from in the Diaspora and regardless of the peculiarities of their individual and community experiences, the ever-present thread connecting their stories is how their faith in God carried them through.

Each Sunday in February, the congregation will examine the Disciplines of “Music and Arts”, “Patriotism”, “Education”, and “Leadership”, and consider how each Discipline served to strengthen the Black community. The lessons which will be revealed are even more relevant today, as America and the rest of the world wrestles with economic and political challenges that have blindsided the international community and left social upheaval in their wake.

In keeping with the church’s mission to move beyond the walls of Ousley, Sunday worship services during Black History Month will feature participation from individuals and groups from the metro-Atlanta community, as they share in this message of survival. All are welcome to join with the Ousley United Methodist Church and take a fresh look at the contribution and achievements of Black people, not only here in the United States of America, but worldwide.

For more information, please visit www.ousleyumc.org, or call the Church Office, 770-981-0180.