The Downtown Church

The News from the Pews - OCT 4Β πŸƒπŸ‚πŸ

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Greetings from The Downtown Church! This is a bi-weekly email with information about events, updates, and other fun things from the leadership of the church.

In 2018, I spent hours walking through the Museum of African American HIstory in Washington, D.C. It was there, standing in front of a replica casket and looking at the picture of a beaten, dead body that the person of Emmett Till became real to me. I knew the story, but I had made it someone else’s history.

Today, as I stood and read the new marker in Park Central Square, a remembrance of the shameful lynchings there in 1906, I decided that no longer was that story someone else’s. It is mine. It is ours. Horace B. Duncan, Fred Coker, and William Allen are people I will remember.

The words on the plaque begin: β€œOn Good Friday, April 13 1906.” I don’t think I ever got the implications of this before. It was on Holy Saturday that thousands gathered and cheered, β€œLynch them!”

These three men had their lives brutally taken from them on one of the holiest days in Christendom. And then those who cheered and took souvenirs of the event home, got up and went to church on Easter Sunday. Some probably came to the place we now call The Downtown Church. This was a Methodist Episcopal Church South, a denomination where racism was a matter of course. And I am grieved.

We have to own our history in order to never repeat it. We have to repent of the sin of racism and never let it define us again. Lord Jesus, forgive us.

Now go. Love God and all the neighbors. Period.

See you Sunday (or tonight!),
Lori

Tonight! Tonight! We're partying tonight!
Join us as we welcome the Springfield Chamber Chorus. They'll sing several full choir songs, but also break up into smaller ensembles and soloists to add a little variety to the night. And don't forget: kids get to paint their own pumpkins to take home. We'll also have popcorn and lemonade (and maybe some coffee it it's chilly). And it's all FREE!

Hey youth in grades 6-12! Let's get together this Sunday night, OCT 6, from 6-8pm. We'll have food, fun, and music...and then go to 1984 Arcade from 7-8pm. We can't wait to see you there. And we promise you will not beat the leaders in Tetris or Galaga. Trust us.

We're coming up on the last week of our Sunday Morning study on the Psalms. Join Heather Blair as she leads this 9am group in the basement. After we wrap up the Psalms, Kevin Pybas will lead a study on the book of Galatians. All are welcome to this multi-generational group on Sundays at 9am.
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