The Myrtle Baptist Church of West Newton

Rev. Brandon Thomas Crowley, MDiv, STM | Senior Pastor
Rev. Howard Haywood | Pastor Emeritus

21 Curve Street West Newton, MA 02465 | 617.332.5870


Announcements – March 23, 2014

Categories: Announcements,Church,Events,Litany

Myrtle Spring Institute Class Schedule

Please be advised that Spring Institute Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 26.

The schedule of classes for that evening is as follows:
Yoga (Deacon Walter Cooper): 5:45-7:00pm, Agape Room

Discussing the New Jim Crow (Judge Sonja Spears): 6:30-7:30pm, Christian Education Center

Church Vision: Spiritual Philanthropy 2.0 (Deacon Adrian Haugabrook): 6:30-7:30pm, Christian Education Center

Savior, Sex and Scripture
(Deacon Peter Goddard & Rev. Alicia Johnson): 6:45-7:45pm, Christian Education Center

Black Ecclesiology (Rev. Brandon Crowley & Min. Chavis Jones): 7:30-8:30pm, Agape Room

Today is the last day to purchase tickets to the Daughters of Myrtle Anniversary Luncheon. The luncheon will be held on Saturday, April 5, 2014. The speaker is Myrtle’s own Dr. Malia Lowe. Tickets to the luncheon will be available after morning worship, at a price of $20.00 each.

The Daughters of Myrtle will meet today following the morning worship service in the Agape Room.

During the season of Lent, we will hold weekly prayer conference calls on Wednesdays at 6:00am led by members of our congregation and church leadership. The dial-in number is (605) 562-3000 and passcode is 458869. We will be led in prayer by Rev. Carrington Moore. Don’t miss this opportunity to draw closer to God and one another in prayer!

The next Pastor’s tea is scheduled to be held on Wednesday, March 26, 2014 from 7:15-7:45pm. It is very important that everyone who plans to attend RSVP via email or phone to Sis. Ayeesha Lane no later than Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at or (617) 329-5044 so that appropriate provisions can be made.

The Inspirational Chorale will rehearse on Thursday, March 27 and Thursday, April 3 at 7:00pm. All choir members are encouraged to attend.

On Saturday, March 29, the Trustee Board will be sponsoring a Church-Wide Cleanup beginning at 9am. All helping hands are needed to help keep our church building and grounds beautiful. The focus for this cleanup will be the following areas:

-Clean the hallway/entrance on the side of Church (off from the rear of the Sanctuary)
-Repair and paint walls in the main entrance hallway of the Church
-Replace broken or soiled ceiling tiles in Sanctuary and Agape room.
-Clean pews in Sanctuary
-Cleanout bulkhead stairway
-General dusting and cleaning throughout the Church

LYFE Youth Ministries will be sponsoring an opportunity for the teens of Myrtle to go and see the upcoming movie Noah. Youth will have the opportunity to fellowship at the movies together and then enjoy a healthy conversation over dinner regarding the similarities and differences between the biblical account of Noah and the motion picture facilitated by our Minister of Christian Education Justin Reed. Please see Youth Pastor Cary for more information.

Join us on March 30 for Youth Demonstration Sunday, “Amplified Praise”. All members are encouraged to dress down and show their school spirit as we are led in worship by our youth.

The Usher Board meeting originally scheduled for Sunday, March 9 has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 30 immediately following service in the Christian Education Center. All ushers are asked to attend.

Myrtle Celebrates Women’s History Month
Fannie Lou Hamer

“Sometimes it seem like to tell the truth today is to run the risk of being killed. But if I fall, I’ll fall five feet four inches forward in the fight for freedom. I’m not backing off.”

Fannie Lou Hamer was born into poverty, the youngest of twenty children to sharecroppers Lou Ella and Jim Townshend in Ruleville, Mississippi in 1917. By the age of six, she was working in the fields and was forced to leave school at age twelve because she could no longer afford to attend. In 1944, she married Perry Hamer, and the couple worked in the fields of plantation owner B.D. Marlowe until 1962 when injustice led Fannie Lou down a new path.

Enraged over an unauthorized surgery that left her unable to bear children, Fannie Lou Hamer attend a meeting in the summer of 1962 to hear activists from the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC). The speakers were encouraging people to register to vote, and Hamer was inspired to do so although she had not previously known that Blacks had the constitutional right to vote.

After she began her quest to secure her rights as a citizen, she received death threats, was fired from her job and lost her home on the Marlow plantation. Continuing her work with SNCC, she succeeding in passing the literacy test given to Blacks in order to register in 1963 and became a field secretary for the organization. In June 1963, she and several other black women were jailed and severely beaten for sitting in a ‘whites-only’ bus station restaurant in Charleston, South Carolina.

In 1964, Hamer co-founded the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party (MFDP) and spoke at the Democratic National Convention at which she called for mandatory integrated state delegations. In 1968, she became a member of Mississippi’s first integrated delegation. Fannie Lou Hamer was also known for her work to economically empower African Americans. In 1969, she established the Freedom Farm Cooperative of Sunflower County which lent land to Black farmers until they had enough money to buy it and a “pig bank” to provide free pigs for Blacks to breed, raise and slaughter. She also founded “Head Start in the Delta” and acquired federal funding for housing projects. In 1971, Hamer helped to found the National Women’s Political Caucus.

Through her entire life, her Christian faith was the source of her strength, and she became known in the civil rights movement as a captivating preacher and singer, inspiring others with her moral and physical courage. Fannie Lou Hamer continued her civil rights activism until her death in 1977 at the age of fifty-nine.

Source materials from
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Morning Litany

Leader: This little light of mine, I’m going to let it shine. The youngest of twenty children and having worked in the fields in the Mississippi Delta since the age of six, civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer was tired of being tired. After attempting to register to vote she found herself without a job and place to live, but, with Jesus on her side, she fought for the rights of her people.

People: I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Lord, I ain’t gonna let them get me down. No Lord, I ain’t gonna let them get me down.

Working for political, social and economic equality, Fannie Lou Hamer, the granddaughter of a slave, was outraged and thoroughly disgusted with the unfair voting practices in Mississippi. After failing the voter registration test three times, she went back every thirty days until she passed. She was a woman with purpose.

People: I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Lord, I ain’t gonna let them get me down. No Lord, I ain’t gonna let them get me down.

Leader: Jailed and beaten almost to death, Fannie Lou Hamer’s political activism was her calling, her mission. God called, and she answered. A member of the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party, registering over 60,000 people in Mississippi, Fannie Lou Hamer endured physical, psychological and emotional pain to stand up for human rights.

ALL: I am sick and tired of being sick and tired. Lord, I ain’t gonna let them get me down. No Lord, I ain’t gonna let them get me down.

The Morning Litany was written by Minister Inez Dover.

Author: myrtlebaptistchurch

Myrtle Baptist Church, founded by freed slaves in 1874, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2008 and exists as one of the oldest black churches in New England.

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