Long-time CRCDS supporter and friend, pastor and community activist Rev. Dr. James L. Cherry Jr. recently announced his retirement from Aenon Baptist Church located at 175 Genesee Street, Rochester, New York. A celebration for Dr. Cherry and his wife, Mrs. Eunice Cherry, will be held at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center on October 10, 2014. Information about the event and tickets may be purchased here: http://www.aenonbaptistchurch.org/
Dr. Cherry, a Pennsylvania native, has been a minster for 54 years and a tireless advocate for his community. He was installed as pastor at Aenon Baptist Church on July 6, 1981. A partial list of Dr. Cherry's accomplishments during his service include:
- Paying off the first mortgage of the church, located at 175 Genesee Street
- Establishing the Aenon Christian Education Department
- Instituting the Children's Church, Youth Church Ministry and Performing Arts Ministry
- Implementing the Male Chorus and the Psalms of Praise Choir Ministries
- Developing an Evangelism Ministry
- Launching the church's website
- Strong community activism and support of groups, causes and events, including involvement with Urban League, Habitat for Humanity, Crop Walk, Scouting, Black Leadership Commission on AIDS, Community Health Awareness Food Kitchen, Monroe County Women's Health Partnership Program and United Way. In addition, Dr. Cherry has championed several community initiatives allowing individuals coping with addiction, poverty, prejudice and homelessness to find a way to overcome these obstacles and who have since become role models and mentors for others, especially youth.
The CRCDS community is proud and grateful to have the support and friendship of Dr. and Mrs. Cherry, and wishes them many happy and healthy years ahead.
CRCDS: Faith. Critically engaged, the bi-annual Bulletin of Colgate Rochester Crozer Divinity School, is now available online.
Articles include highlights from the Spring Lecture Series, including Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Wright Jr.'s lecture, a BMTS profile and a piece describing the generous $1M gift to CRCDS.
Click the link below to read the Bulletin online. http://issuu.com/crcds/docs/2030crcdsspringsummerbulletin2014fo
To receive a printed copy of the Bulletin, or to share your comments, please email email@example.com.
As many of you know, Dr. McMickle traveled to Virginia Beach in early June with his wife, Peggy. During his trip, Dr. McMickle experienced health issues related to a respiratory infection and spent a little over two weeks in the hospital while recovering. Dr. McMickle received excellent medical care and has since returned home to Montgomery House feeling very much improved and thankful for the return of his health.
Dr. McMickle and Mrs. McMickle sincerely thank everyone for their support, messages of encouragement, jokes and especially the heartfelt prayers extended to them both during his hospitalization. They are glad to be home in Rochester and look forward to spending a low-key Fourth of July followed by a few weeks of rest and recovery.
True to form, however, Dr. McMickle is back to doing one of the things he loves best: writing. As a regular contributor to the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog, he authored a post almost immediately upon his return to Rochester. You can view the post here: http://www.blogs.democratandchronicle.com/unite/2014/06/30/uniting-humanity-is-a-constant-challenge/
Dr. McMickle was also interviewed by WXXI radio for today's broadcast regarding the 50th Anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act. We will post that link to our website as soon as it becomes available.
We are deeply saddened to announce the passing of CRCDS Life Trustee Rev. Archie D. LeMone (Crozer Theological Seminary '65). A man of many gifts and talents, Rev. LeMone was a dedicated pastor, teacher, husband, father and servant. Rev. LeMone made his home in Silver Spring, MD and spent much of his career working in the Washington D. C. area. As some of you are aware, Rev. LeMone had been dealing with some health issues over the last few months and was unable to travel to attend our May Board meeting.
He served as the Associate Director for Public Policy in the Washington Office of the National Council of Churches and was the former Executive Director of the Home Mission Board of the Progressive National Baptist Convention. He served on several committees including the Washington Office on Africa, the National Council of Churches’ General Board, and was a staff member with the World Council of Churches in Geneva, Switzerland, where he lived and served for 15 years.
Rev. LeMone was a guest instructor at several Caribbean universities. He also taught public high school and was a consultant with the Alexander Institute, an educational and psychological organization in Washington D.C. He earned his Bachelor of Arts in history from Morgan State University and his Masters of Divinity from Crozer Theological Seminary.
Rev. LeMone was elected to the CRCDS Board of Trustees in 1999, served as Crozer Board Chair and elected as a Life Trustee in March 2011.
As we keep ‘Archie’ and his family in our prayers, if you wish to send a note of condolence to the family or attend the service, please note:
Services will be held on Saturday, July 19
Fraternal Service @ 10:30 a.m.
Memorial Service @ 11:00 a.m.
Location of services:Florida Avenue Baptist Church, 623 Florida Avenue NW, Washington, D.C.
Eulogist: Wm. J. Shaw
Mrs. LeMone’s home address is: 3840 Tremayne Terrace, Silver Spring, MD 20906
Don't forget to check out Dr. McMickle's newest post on the Democrat and Chronicle's Unite Rochester blog. Click the link below to read and comment on his entries: