It was a day of fellowship when First Missionary Baptist Church hosted its inaugural “Juneteenth/Block Party/Community Health Fair” Celebration on Monday, June 20. Participants of all ages enjoyed taking their chances in the cake walk, door prizes and bingo and then trying the hamburgers with fixings or the cotton candy, sno cones and popcorn. Representatives from Massac Memorial Hospital provided health checks, information and COVID-19 vaccines and boosters, while those from Hope Unlimited provided information on the Metropolis family care center. MMH nursing staff administered 19 COVID-19 booster shots and one initial COVID-19 vaccination, bringing the total number of vaccinations administered at the church’s Community Life Center to 69 since November 2021. While a few kids’ activities were available outside, the bulk of the event was held in the center due to the heat. And, whether inside or outside, Dylan Chambers kept the music flowing. Rev. Dr. Orlando McReynolds, the pastor of First Missionary Baptist Church, called the day “a success. The goal of ‘Unity in the Community’ was met as some 200 persons of all ages and walks of life passed through the doors.” Juneteenth marks the date when word about the Emancipation Proclamation reached Galveston, Texas, on June 19, 1865; it was made a federal holiday last year.

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