River of Living Water UMC celebrated Hispanic/Latino Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, 2015. Each Sunday had scripture reading and a song in Spanish as well as a Spanish theme/emphasis.
The highlight of the month long celebration was held on October 11, 2015, with guest preaching from Rev. Jeanet Berruecos Xicohtencatl
, Director of Hispanic Ministries for North Alabama Conference. Rev. Berruecos spoke from the theme "Challenge to Peace." She shared from her life’s story and the scripture, calling on churches to reach persons of the Hispanic and Latino community. Special music in Spanish was provided by Koji Nishida, her husband and Spanish professor at Alabama A&M University.
The congregation also held a fellowship meal in celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the start of six new Sunday School classes.
Sermon topics during Hispanic Heritage month by River of Living Water senior pastor, Dr. Richard L. Stryker, included "Jacob’s Family: Economic Migration and the Trek to Egypt"
(Genesis 45-47) “Famous Refugees of the Bible”
Pastor Stryker, speaking of the celebration notes, “We welcome the growing Hispanic/Latino population to be a part of our regular worship and a part of the life of the congregation. We hope members and visitors alike have found the services spiritually rewarding and a sign of our continued focus on reaching all ethnic groups for Christ.”
National Hispanic Heritage Month, observed in the United States from September 15 – October 15, celebrates the culture and traditions of Hispanic Americans. The observance begins in mid-September because the 15th is the anniversary of independence of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua; the 16th for Mexico; and the 18th for Chile.
(General Board of Global Ministries