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2023 Black History Month - Our Voices

February 26, 2023
Glynis Pegram-Higgs gives us the origins of Black History Month and her experiences during that time.
Mrs. Pegram-Higgs explains that she experiences mixed emotions during Black History Month. Her dream, very similar to that of Dr. Martin Luther King's, is that one day we won't need to celebrate just in the month of February, but that the experiences of African Americans will blend into the fabric of American History.


Sunday, February 19, 2023
Blossom Roach, William Hymes and Penny Thomas give lively reflections on their trip to the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

As we continue to celebrate Black History Month, reflections were made by three of the participants of our Northeastern Presbyterian field trip held in August. There is a prominent section of America that refuses to identify what has been recorded; however, our witnesses shared their experiences.  Sharing was Penny Thomas, William Hymes, and Blossom Roach.

Mrs. Thomas introduced us to Clara Brown, who was a former enslaved woman from Virginia and Kentucky. She was known as the 'Angel of the Rockies' and made her mark as Colorado's first black settler and a prosperous entrepreneur during the Colorado Gold Rush. By 1866, she had accumulated $10,000 and began to actively search for her family.

Mr. Hymes introduced us to Robert Smalls, the enslaved man who, in the absence of the white captain and his two mates, slipped a cotton steamer off the dock, picked up family members at a rendezvous point, then slowly navigated their way through the harbor.  Serving as captain, he commandeered a heavily armed Confederate ship and delivered its 17 black passengers (nine men, five women and three children) from slavery to freedom. (

Mrs. Roach introduced us to Marie Van Brittan Brown who was an American nurse and innovator. In 1966, she invented a video home security system along with her husband, Albert Brown, an electronics technician. In the same year, they applied for a patent for their innovative security system, which was granted in 1969.


Sunday, February 12, 2023
Ian Thomas explains with vigor why he loves his black heritage.
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Sunday, February 5, 2023
Elder Frank Enty gives a compelling presentation on the great contributions African Americans have made to American sports.


NEPC Family & Friends visit NMAAHC


The Northeastern Church Adult Sunday School Class convenes Sundays at 9:00 a.m. via conference call.

You are cordially invited to join in the discussion of timely topics as taken from The Present Word Adult Bible Lessons.

Please dial in at (267) 807-9601; Passcode 828-160-800 to participate in lively conversations with church members.




We need volunteers to help with Sunday Service.  

Here is your opportunity to learn how to broadcast our services over zoom and eventually streaming online.  We will be willing to train those who are interested.  You can sign up as an observer to see how it is done.  We are also looking for liturgists.  This is a perfect way to give of your talents.  You can sign up on the link below. Once you select your date and role, please hit the submit button at the bottom of the page.  

If you have any questions, please see a member of the technology team - Shawn Thomas, Chair or Worship and Music - Pam Gessessee, Chair.  Looking forward to working with you all.