Pastor Kamal Hassan (left) of Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church and Pastor J. Alfred Smith Jr. of Allen Temple Baptist Church. Photo by Joe L. Fisher, Black American Political Action Committee (BAPAC).
By Kia Croom
Sojourner Truth Presbyterian Church celebrated 40 years of Christian service and ministry Saturday, Sept. 8 at the DoubleTree Inn in American Canyon.
The theme of the event was taken from Ephesians 4:3-4; “One heart, one mind, one spirit – Lord make us one.”
Rev. Dr. J. Alfred Smith, Jr. from Allen Temple Baptist Church was keynote speaker, challenging worshippers to remain united in faith, inclusive in prayer, and purposeful in striving for peace.
Other highlights included a praise dance by Aminta Mickles and solo performances by Doris Sykes and Nathaniel Coleman. Terrence Linesey was master of ceremonies.
The church received a proclamation from City Councilmember Corky Booze.
Musical entertainment was provided by George Spencer, Michael Spencer, Terry Hilliard, and Don Ramsey.
“We are grateful to God who has been our guide and our shepherd for these 40 years,” said Reverend Kamal Hassan, Pastor/teaching Elder of the church.
“We are grateful to the people who have heeded the voice of God. We look forward to the future, as we will continue to be led by the spirit of God, which encourages us to join with others to build a new heaven and a new earth,” said Hassan
Sojourner Truth, at 2621 Shane Drive in Richmond, holds Sunday worship services at 11 a.m. The church conducts a community food distribution every third Saturday of the month from noon to 2 p.m.
The church will hold a Village Festival to celebrate health, faith, education and the arts 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29. The keynote speaker will be Richmond Mayor Gayle McLauglin. Admission is free.