The life of Pasadena is guided by our mission, our vision, and our core values. Our core values are: Love (Belovedness), Acceptance, Diversity, Community, and Hospitality. As a way to live into these, as well as, our commitment to lifelong learning in our Vision, we are beginning to recognize and celebrate diverse Heritage months.
This will look different from month to month and hopefully grow into meaningful celebrations and acknowledgments. You may see things on bulletin boards in the Narthex and Sanctuary, read facts or fun trivia in the Thursday Times, participate in church events, and be made aware of community events.
National Hispanic and Latin Heritage Month
September 15 to October 15
This will begin this month, from September 15th to October 15th; we will celebrate National Hispanic and Latin Heritage Month — which honors the culture, heritage, and contributions of Hispanic Americans every year. We see this as a way to celebrate our community and diversity, both within the members and attenders of PCC, and also extending to our broader community, as well.
In 1968, Congress declared a National Hispanic Heritage Week to celebrate the contributions and achievements of the diverse cultures within the Hispanic community in the United States. Those dates were chosen based on two important historic events: (1) Independence Day, honoring the formal signing of the Act of Independence for Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua (September 15, 1821) and (2) Mexico’s Independence Day, which denotes the beginning of the struggle against Spanish control (September 16, 1810).
However, it was not until twenty years later in 1988 that the week-long event was expanded to a month-long celebration. This was thoughtful to include: El Dia de la Raza on October 12, which celebrates the influences of the people who came after Christopher Columbus and the multicultural, multiethnic society that evolved as a result; Chile’s Independence Day on September 18 (El Dieciocho); and Belize’s Independence Day on September 21.
Pasadena Community Church is celebrating National Hispanic and Latin Heritage Month:
With Fiesta Friday! This outdoor event hosted by the Servant Evangelism Team will be on October 8, 2021, at 6:30 p.m.
It will feature salsa dancers, salsa lessons, fun drinks, crafts, hopefully, a Loteria (Mexican bingo), and more!