This past spring, members of St. John’s Racial Justice and Equity Committee helped to shape the first annual Scotland Juneteenth Festival and organized activities associated with the remarkable Scotland AME Zion Church. Parishioner Mark Edwards served as co-chair of the history advisory committee. This Festival told many stories of the Scotland community’s notable history and heritage to help raise funds for the church’s ambitious 2nd Century Project to repair and restore the historic 1924 church building, which was heavily damaged by devastating 2019 flooding, and to allow the congregation to grow and serve its members into the 21st century and beyond.
St. John’s has forged a strong link with this church and its surrounding community. Our Racial Justice and Equity Committee views our relationship with Scotland AME Zion church as one that must be sustained and broadened over time. Right now, one way we can help is by financially supporting a key aspect of the 2nd Century Project – raising donations totaling $5,000 towards the cost of a new waterproof foundation.
The entire 2nd Century Project budget is $5,000,000 and encompasses three phases designed to accomplish the following goals: restoration of the original church building to serve as a community service center; re-grading of the surrounding site and landscape to reduce the risk of future flooding and elevating the historic church building for increased protection from water damage; and construction of a new state-of-the-art Scotland church to allow the congregation to grow and serve its constituents. Parishioners, community residents, along with county, state, federal and other community partners, are spearheading the renaissance of this important touchstone of Montgomery County’s rich African American heritage.
Please prayerfully consider your individual charitable support of this work to what I view as a wonderful sister congregation. Your willingness to make a tax-deductible gift is much appreciated. Importantly, your gift will be matched dollar for dollar by the Glenstone Museum.
The Scotland community stands as a testament to the strength and resiliency of its past and current members. St. John’s is committed to assisting our Scotland friends and neighbors and the Scotland AME church as it rebuilds for the future. Your financial support represents an important step in supporting this long-term goal. Donate online at bit.ly/ScotlandAME-2ndCenturyProject.