Come Dine with Us!
Community Outreach Dinner
November 26, 2015
12:00pm - 2:00pm
is a time to come together with family and friends to celebrate all the
blessings in our lives. No one should have to be alone on this special
day and everyone deserves a
good meal with great company. Please join us for Mount Olive Baptist
Church’s Thanksgiving Dinner, which will be held on Thursday, November 26 from 12noon-2pm in the Perry Fellowship Hall. Guests will be treated to a full Thanksgiving dinner. Please respond
by November 16 by calling the church, 201.489.6888 or Ms. Zuline Gunnells at 201.342.0457 with the name and number attending.
HISTORY OF WATCH NIGHT SERVICE
The Watch Night Services in Black communities that we celebrate today can be traced back to gatherings on December 31, 1862, also known as “Freedom’s Eve.”
On that night, Blacks came together in churches and private homes all across the nation, anxiously awaiting news that the Emancipation Proclamation actually had become law. Then, at the stroke of midnight, it was January 1, 1863, and all slaves in the Confederate States were declared legally free .
When the news was received, there were prayers, shouts and songs of joy as people fell to their knees and thanked God. Black folks have gathered in churches annually on New Year’s Eve ever since, praising God for bringing us safely through another year.
It’s been 145 years since that first Freedom’s Eve and many of us were never taught the African American history of Watch Night, but tradition still brings us together at this time every year to celebrate
“how we got over.”
COME OUT AND ENJOY OUR WATCH NIGHT SERVICE.
RING IN THE NEW YEAR WITH YOUR BROTHER'S AND SISTERS IN CHRIST!!