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Black History Month @ Germantown Church

To a first-time visitor, it may seem odd that the Germantown Church of the Brethren is a predominately African American congregation. However, it is a historic "Mother Church" of our denomination and was founded by members who were fleeing persecution in Germany. When the demographics of their community changed, the church felt called to stay and change its ministry and identity to be able to continue the work of Jesus in Germantown.

This Black History Month our common history, present, and future were celebrated and Rev. Richard Kyerematen, was quoted as saying,

"This [Black History Month] really helps the reconciliation of the church. We as a culture are moving towards healing. For years many churches have highlighted just one culture. Yet, we should become aware of each other’s cultures. In that way we learn to respect and preserve the cultural history of all of us."

Read more about their celebration at:

For more history of Germantown Church of the Brethren, go to:

Bittersweet Gospel Band
2016 Pennsylvania Tour
March 29 April 3

From the beginning there has been a partnership between Intercultural Ministries and the Bittersweet Gospel Band, which has included featuring them at Annual Conference. This month they are touring Pennsylvania, sharing their unique worship and praise that combines elements from many different cultural traditions. We hope to see you at one of the concerts!

Click here for a link to their schedule

Take pictures of the band, of you with the band, and share on Facebook and Twitter @GreatMultitude.

From Gimbiya's Desk

If you are like me, Black History Month kind of "snuck up" on you. All year you know it’s coming, then suddenly it’s February! I want to do a good job, a perfect job, which means I spend a lot of time thinking about it, but waiting do something until I have time do something amazing. This year, it passed before I knew it. However, I would like to share a few resources that have been part of my study and prayer this Black History Month:

Why I Celebrate Black History Month by Peter Chin (article)
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Trouble I’ve Seen: Changing the Way the Church Views Racism by Drew G. I. Hart (available at Brethren Press)
Remembering Ten Black Christian Leaders by Clarence B Jones (article)
Two Americas a Speech by Dr. Martin Luther King (video)


Contact: Gimbiya Kettering
1451 Dundee Avenue, Elgin, IL 60120