On Sunday, Oct. 30, at 10:00 a.m., in the Meetinghouse, FCCOL will hold a Sacred Jazz worship service led by Dr. Michael White and his New Orleans Jazz Ensemble.

In announcing the worship service, Senior Minister Rev. Steve Jungkeit said, “The music of Dr. White and his band reaches back to the very origins of jazz, which emerged from churches every bit as much as it did from barrooms.  But their music reaches back even farther than that to a great river of song that sustained countless people through unimaginable difficulties, persecution and hardships.  As we heal from the wounds we have sustained during COVID, but even more so from the wounds that continue to fester from the racial injustice of the past and present, Dr. White will lead us to that sacred river of song, where healing and hope can be found.”

During the weekend of Oct. 30 and 31, FCCOL will be holding a special, three-part community event entitled “The Rhythm of the Saints: A Gathering of the Graces in Word, Song and Film,” which will enable area residents to:

  • mourn loved ones lost during COVID, when memorial services were unable to be observed;
  • attend a movie screening and discussion of “City of a Million Dreams,” Jason Berry’s moving documentary about the jazz-funeral tradition in New Orleans; and
  • take part in a Sacred Jazz Sunday morning worship service led by Dr. Michael White and his New Orleans Jazz Ensemble.

All events are free and open to all area residents.  Seating is available on a first come, first served basis. Masks are required, as well as proof of vaccination or a negative COVID test obtained within 72 hours of the event.