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National Tragedy Turns Into A Story Of Triumph For Mount Vernon Church

The Allen Temple AME Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y.
The Allen Temple AME Church in Mount Vernon, N.Y. Photo Credit: Courtesy of Derickson K. Lawrence
Reverend Hugh B. Marriott, the pastor of the Allen Temple AME Church.
Reverend Hugh B. Marriott, the pastor of the Allen Temple AME Church.

MOUNT VERNON, N.Y. -- Rocked by the national tragedy which left nine members from the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C. dead, Allen Temple AME Church will see a major transformation of the edifice on Saturday.

The congregation’s drive is fueled by its new pastor of 24 months – Hugh B. Marriott. The members of this local congregation and its leadership have received outpouring support, which is reaching greater heights this Saturday, Aug. 15.

"These killings have allowed us to see that collectively we are not a black church, or a white church, or an Hispanic or Asian church, but instead a RED church covered by the blood of Jesus, and because of these killings, today we are all AMEs," pastor Marriott proclaimed during his sermon.

Upon hearing this, the congregation and visitors were inspired to do something in response to the tragedy. This something became the restorative work for the church, hence the reason for the celebration this Saturday.

The Stanwich Congregational Church, One Life Missions Foundation, Asociacion Ministerio Vision Mundial La Ultima Llamada, Igreja Assembleia de Deus Ministerio Vision Mundial, Sampson Funeral Services, Pivot Ministries, Wallauer's Design Center, Saccente's House of Printing and the City of Mount Vernon are churches and organizations helping to restore this AME church.

Despite the many negative stories that permeate communities today, this collaboration of churches demonstrates how a tragedy can be turned into a story of triumph. To commemorate this occasion, the door at the side of the Allen Temple AME Church will be painted red as a symbol of ecumenical unity and in honor of the shared Christian Faith.

The celebration will take place on Saturday from 12 noon to 5 p.m. at 322 Franklin Avenue in Mount Vernon. All are welcome.

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