Category Archives: Cheers & Jeers

Cheers & Jeers is a list of things to celebrate in the community and things still needing transformation.

Jesus Is the Reason…


You’ve probably heard it said, “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Jesus Christ is the heart of Christmas; His birth is central to our belief that He is Emmanuel, God with us. “God with us” means that we’re not alone on earth, that there is supernatural power, help and love available to us through faith.

Jesus is more than just the reason for Christmas, though. Here at bcmPEACE, Jesus is the reason we do everything we do. The Bible says that we love because He loved us first. When we distribute food to the hungry, or clothes to the cold; when we teach parents how to set good examples and make good choices for their children, or teach someone how to use a computer; when we provide affordable housing or helpful referrals, we are loving people with the same love God has shown us through Jesus Christ.

John 3:16 says, “God loved the world so much that He gave His only Son so that anyone who believes in Him will not decay and die, but live forever.” The next verse is so encouraging. John 3:17 assures us, “For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.” 1 John 3:1 declares, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!”

Not only at Christmas, but all year long, at bcmPEACE Jesus is THE REASON. He is the reason we love our community. He is the reason we serve all year long. You could say that He is the Reason for all Seasons! #bcmPEACE #BeThePeace @bcmPEACE

 2014 Peacemaker Awardees



Rabbi Ron Muroff

After a devastating fire in 2009 that completely destroyed their synagogue; Rabbi Ron led the Chisuk Emuna congregation through the process of purposefully rebuilding within Harrisburg to follow their mission to Harrisburg and inspire, in Rabbi Ron’s words, “a vision of a future that’s more peaceful, more respectful, and better than the world we live in now.”  He is involved nationally with Jewish Women International in raising awareness about sexual and domestic violence and clergy abuse in the Jewish community; and locally with the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding G-d’s Call, an interfaith effort to saves lives through gun violence prevention.

Hector R. Ortiz, Ph.D.

Hector has been working for many years on human and civil rights, equity, equality, socioeconomic disparities, diversity, and inclusion.  Hector has founded/co-founded Estamos Unidos de Pennsylvania; the Latino/Hispanic Professional Association of Central PA; and the Latino Hispanic American Community Center.

Kay Pickering

Kay has made her mark on our community with her extreme dedication to volunteer service, most notably through her service as a Housing Counselor at the Harrisburg Center for Peace and Justice and with her conflict medication work with Neighborhood Dispute Settlement.  She’s been a member of the Religious Society of Friends since she was 10 years old.

Starla J. Williams

Starla has served as Executive Vice President for Child and Family Services in a statewide private non-profit agency servicing over 1300 children and youth in foster care. She often addresses community groups and professional organizations on important topics, including leadership development, diversity in the legal academy and racial equity in child welfare.



Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community Update:

You helped us raise $15,162 for the people of the South Allison Hill neighborhood and surrounding area.  Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!!!

Here are some pictures from the event…

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Congrats to Tatiana Bullock (and her family). She’s an active participant in our Agape-Satyagraha youth initiative. Yesterday she graduated from her high school! We helped Tatiana (with the help of Brethren Housing Association (BHA)) address her family’s emergency housing needs through our Pathway to Prosperity initiative and identified a suitable high school for her to enroll in and restart her education. What a great day it was to see her smiling from ear to ear. We don’t know if she’ll ever take off her cap and gown


Cheers & Jeers of Community Ministry

Cheers for Janet Batdorf  and all her volunteers who planned and carried out neighborhood Vacation Bible School. This was the best attended VBS in years.

Cheers for Celly for having camp reminder letters and scheduled prepare ahead of time for neighborhood children going to Camp Swatara this summer.

Cheers for the BCM Board for hiring Vladimir and Joanna Beaufils’ SSYS to do development work for us.

Cheers for Lily Smith, Karen Johnson and Amy Ostott for a great start to our summer program for 5-11 year old children called Friends for Ever.  This ministry takes place on Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. Cheers also for YouthWorks which is providing weekly volunteers for this ministry and for Channels Food Rescue who will be providing breakfast and lunch each day.

Cheers for Bekah Leeper for getting this new BCM website up and running.

Cheers for Nautica Greenslade who completed the White Level of Agape-Satyagraha Training last week.

Cheers for the Third Annual Mennonite Youth Explosion at the Steelton Mennonite Church on Saturday, June 26. One of the workshops presented was on Agape-Satyagraha Conflict Resolution Training.

Cheers & Jeers in Community Ministry

Cheers for Sasha Simpson who shared her ideas for a child safety project, Saving Our Neighborhood, at the June Weed and Seed meeting.

Cheers for all those businesses, organizations and individuals who made it possible by their donations to purchase bicycles for Harrisburg Police Officers. The police bicycles provide the advantages of walking patrols with the quick response of vehicle patrol.

Cheers for Jalen Shaw who completed the Green Level of Agape-Satyagraha Training last week.

Cheers for Lily Smith, Karen Johnson and Amy Otstott as they shape up the BHA, BCM, FCoB children’s summer program, Friends for Ever.

Cheers for Amber Cruz at Premier Property Management for continuing to check out the best way to repair the sprinkler system in BCM’s Derry St. property.

Cheers for Mariama Adamou-Souley who earned a refurbished desk top computer by completing ten different session of our Introduction to Computer Class.

Cheers for Waverly Chadwick, Kevin Webb and Rosa Landau who have volunteered over 50 hours to BCM in the first six months of 2010.

Cheers for Alyeshya Weidman, Charles Alton, Shinel Richardson, and Eden McGarvey all of whom have over 20 weeks of perfect attendance at Agape-Satyagraha Conflict Resolution Training.

Jeers for the gun shops in the Harrisburg area that do not take reasonable measures to prevent straw purchases thus allowing guns to get in the hands of youth and criminals.

Jeers for the lack of affordable anger management counseling in the Harrisburg area. BCM is receiving requests for such counseling.