NEXT Sunday, January 14, 2018, we will gather for worship with our friends and neighbors from Westminster   Presbyterian, Union Avenue and Pilgrim UCC to celebrate the life and reconciling ministry of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Union Avenue will host our ecumenical service, beginning at 10:45 a.m., followed by a fellowship luncheon served in the Fellowship Room.

The guest preacher will be the Reverend Ayana Watkins Johnson, who serves as the Director of the NBA Incubate Initiative. In this role, she seeks out and supports the development of new health and social service ministries as well as the Disciple social entrepreneurs who are starting them.  Ayanna’s work centers around giving shape to the Incubator Initiative by identifying and encouraging new ministry projects, connecting ministry entrepreneurs to resources and information, and engaging the church and community around new ways of serving our neighbors.

Ayanna has served Park Manor Christian Church as youth pastor and Family of Hope Christian Church as church planter — both of which are located in the Chicago area. For five years, she was the Director of Community Life at Chicago Theological Seminary, a United Church of Christ seminary. Ayanna also has been an active social worker, serving as a community organizer, a counselor for at-risk youth and mentally-ill adults, and an advocate for public aid clients. She earned her B.A. in Sociology from Yale University before going on to complete both the Master of Divinity and the Master of Arts in Social Service Administration at the University of Chicago.

She has been an ordained minister in the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) since 2004. Along with her husband, Rich, she calls Memphis home.

Pilgrims are asked to bring desserts to share.  Your contributions will be appreciated.