MARTIN LUTHER KING JR DAY OBSERVANCES

MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY PEACE WALK
Noon • Departing at noon from Eagles Way (parking along Eagles Way – the access road to Kennett HS – will be available).
Walk proceeds north along Rte 16 sidewalks for 2.6 miles to Schouler Park, North Conway. A closing Peace Circle will occur at Schouler Park approximately within time frame 1:30-2:15. SOCIAL DISTANCING AND MASK WEARING is requested and will be monitored at all Being Peace MWV events.A PEACE TREE for writing and hanging messages of peace will be at both live events.
More info or to follow along virtually: On Being Peace Mount Washington Valley:  www.beingpeacemwv.org

VIRTUAL MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY DAY CELEBRATION
(World Fellowship Center & UUFES Co-Sponsor)
6pm •  Zoom link required.

  • For more information, please call Andy Davis at 603.452.4446. For the link to attend the event, contact andy@worldfellowship.org.
  • FB event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/1571401533057894
  • The evening’s featured speaker, Arnold L. Farr, is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Kentucky. He is also founder and President of the International Herbert Marcuse Society. Arnold has published dozens of articles and a couple of books on race, critical theory, and a wide range of other social issues in social/political philosophy. He is a member of the state coordinating committee for Kentucky Poor People’s Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival and several other activist and political organizations. With a passing comment Dr. King once made to Harry Belafonte as a springboard, Dr. Farr will reflect on living with dignity, aplomb, courage and resistance in the current social and political climate.
  • Also featured will be Rhode Island-based storyteller Valerie Tutson, who has been telling stories in schools, churches, libraries, festivals and conferences since 1991. She draws her stories from around the world, with an emphasis on African traditions. Her repertoire includes stories and songs she learned in her travels to South Africa and West Africa, and stories from African American history. Valerie is a founding member and Director of the Rhode Island Black Storytellers, and FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling. Valerie has received numerous awards for her work using storytelling to foster community. She has appeared at the National Storytelling Festival, and the National Black Storytelling Festival and Conference.
  • Shana Aisenberg will round out the program with a variety of musical offerings.

ALSO: Wednesday, January 20, (Inauguration Day). PEACE VIGIL
At Schouler Park, 10 am – 11:40 am  Being Peace through sitting and walking meditation. Closing Circle to follow meditations.   Instruction in meditation available. More info or to follow along virtually: On Being Peace Mount Washington Valley:  www.beingpeacemwv.org

SUNDAY, JAN 17 SCHEDULE

Note: MLK PROGRAMMING UPDATES
will be provided in separate message. 

SUN, Jan 17

  • INTERFAITH GATHERING
    8am • Zoom link required.
    Join us for poetry, prayer and conversation. Zoom-only.
  • CHOIR PRACTICE
    9am • Zoom link required.
    Welcoming new members! Join us to prepare songs for the coming year.
  • VIRTUAL WORSHIP (Zoomon MLK WEEKEND
    10:30am •  Zoom link required.
    • Join us for worship with music, scripture, prayer and reflection.
    • Peace & MLK themes with Rev Gail.
    • Stay for virtual coffee hour (via Zoom only).
    • In-person attendance not recommended for this Sunday, as we will not have an on-site facilitator (Alan Labrie will provide live music at church, though).
    • Service will also be live-streamed to website and Facebook (if technology supports this function on the day of event). Afterward, recordings of worship service will be posted to FacebookVimeo.com channel & Youtube.com channel.
  • RING BELL
    Noon • Jackson Community Church
  • RACIAL JUSTICE WORKING GROUP
    7pm • Zoom link required.

NOTE: ANNUAL MEETING on Wed, Jan 20 @ 7pm

  • Zoom Link required.
     

From Jan 17-20, the church building will be locked for public safety.

BUILDING CLOSED

  • ZOOM PROGRAMS CONTINUEWorship (Jan 17) and Annual Meeting (Jan 20)
  • IN-PERSON ACTIVITIES at CHURCH SUSPENDED through Wed, Jan 20

Unfortunately, churches at a nationwide level received notification this weekend to be cautious about opening and using our buildings for any reason, especially on Sun, Jan 17 and Wed, Jan 20. Local police also passed along caution. Apparently some churches and faith communities — including UCC churches — are considered potential targets during this period of social and political unrest.

Notably, the NH Conference of the UCC (United Church of Christ) has investigated further, checking in with Homeland Security, FBI and NH State Police, and finds that threats to churches and faith communities in our state are not considered credible or active. Yet caution is recommended.

The JCC church council has chosen to keep the building closed, including locking the front doors, for safety from Jan 17-20. This is the first time in five years we have intentionally locked our sanctuary. We remained open even through COVID-19.

Zoom programming will continue as planned, including worship and our annual meeting. As of now, however, all in-person activity is suspended through Wed, Jan 20. Rev Gail will lead worship remotely.

We regretfully request that no one enter the building. Even if you have a key, you are asked not to use it. We will keep everyone posted during the week.

  • Worship will take place on Sunday via zoom.
  • The JCC annual meeting will continue as planned for Wed, Jan 20 @ 7pm via zoom, unless a national emergency arises, in which case the council reserves the right to postpone an annual meeting. Please watch your email on Wednesday for any updates.
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