It’s going to be a double celebration at the Liberty City Church of Christ Aug. 24 through Aug. 30. That when the congregation and former members of the church at 1263 NW 67th St., will celebrate the church’s 75th anniversary and the 35th ministerial anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Freeman T. Wyche Sr. and his wife Anna M. Freeman.
The anniversary celebration will kick off at 7 p.m. on Aug. 24, with a celebration banquet to be at the Miami Shores Country Club, 10000 Biscayne Blvd. The black and white formal event will honor the Wyches. The theme for the anniversary celebration is "Let the Church Say Amen".
"Truly the Almighty God has blessed this congregation and brotherhood in its ministry because of the loyalty, dedication and hard work of our minister and his lively wife," said Bernadette Wiggins, a spokeswoman for the church. "Minister Wyche is an incredible minister, evangelist, teacher and counselor."
Wiggins said in addition to teaching and preaching the Word of God, Wyche also enjoys reading, fishing, golf and "teaching people how to be fishers of men."
"Our First Lady Anna is an awesome speaker and teacher in her own right," Wiggins said. "She also is chairwoman of South Florida Bowser Women, an organization that raises funds for scholarships to help youth in the church attend Southwestern Christian College in Terrell, Texas; a mentor to many and a member the national sorority Phi Delta Kappa Inc. She also loves to bowl and is a counselor. Most importantly, she loves God, her family and loves to give to others."
The church anniversary worship services will be at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Aug. 25 at the church. On that day, Wyche will also be celebrating his birthday. The Keynote speaker will be Minister Wesley T. Leonard of the Southside Church of Christ at Orlando. Special music will be performed by Revelation, an a capella musical group.
Weekly gospel meetings will be at 7 p.m., Aug. 26 through Aug. 30 at the church, and will feature speakers from the church’s sister congregations from throughout Florida.
Everyone is welcome to participate in the celebration. Tickets for the banquet are $50 each. For more information and to RSVP for the banquet, call Wiggins at 786-991-8665.
It seems to me that when we had devotion time in the schools, with school children having a few minutes to pray and/or meditate for a few minutes to help get their day off to the right start, life in our schools was less chaotic. But all that’s changed now, and neither children nor their teachers are allowed to pray in the classrooms.
But there’s still hope. On last Sunday, at The Church of God Tabernacle at 1351 NW 67th St. in Liberty City, Evangelist Essie L. Baker, who was celebrating her ministerial anniversary, took the time to call to the altar all the young people in the congregation for special prayer as they prepare to go back to school. Prayer was also offered for teachers and other school personnel.
And at Faith Mission for Christ, 4213 NW 17th Ave. there will be a "Back-to-School Worship service at 11 a.m. Sunday, to pray for all children and teens and for their "spiritual growth in God."
The church will pray for children to earn good grades; top pass the FCAT and other standardized tests, and for their protection. The sermon will be preached by elder George N. Gibson. Mother Barbara Steward is the pastor and overseer of the church.