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2017 Annual BE THE PEACE Banquet

Put on your dancing shoes and join us for an evening of music, dining, and an inspiring message. The annual BE THE PEACE Banquet will be held Tuesday, April 25, beginning at 6:30pm at Best Western Premier in Harrisburg (800 E. Park Dr.).

 We are pleased to welcome Dr. Drew Hart, professor at Messiah College, author of Trouble I’ve Seen, and racial justice activist. Drew (@DruHart) will be joined that evening by @etowncollege jazz band, Quintessence. We will recognize outstanding achievements in peacemaking by community members, and also enjoy a Silent Auction as part of the festivities.

Register online today to reserve your space, as seating is limited. Cost is $50 per person, 8 people per table.

Click here for the Sponsorship Packet that includes sponsorship levels, benefits and a sponsorship pledge form to our Spring Events.

Strike Out Violence With a Fun Bowling Event!

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bcmPEACE is hosting a Bowl-A-Thon on Sunday, February 12 from 2-5pm at Red Crown Bowling Center in Harrisburg. Now is the time to start forming teams, raising funds, and planning costume themes for prizes.

Visit our event page to learn more and to connect with our FirstGiving registration page. You can plan to bowl, join an existing team, make a donation to the event as a virtual bowler, or just gather more information to share with your friends by clicking HERE.

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Are you a local business owner interested in sponsoring the event? Click HERE to find out how to become a corporate sponsor for bcmPEACE’s Strike Out Violence Bowl-A-Thon, Winter 2017.

Zumba Glow Party

Wear your brightest work out clothes and your comfiest shoes. Whether a first-timer or old hat, male or female, youngish or oldish, we want you to join us for our first ever Zumba Glow Fitness Party! Click HERE for registration information, or to make a donation or sponsor someone who is registered to dance.
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Highmark Walk a Huge Success Despite Rain

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No one melted.

A little rain can’t stop a collection of determined people who are out supporting their favorite charitable organizations. We had a great turnout at the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on the campus of HACC, and we reached our financial goal of raising $15,000!  Thanks to everyone who helped us finish in 9th place in funds raised out of the 47 participating organizations….and there were some pretty large organizations like Salvation Army and Penn State Hershey Medical Center participating.  The average nonprofit raised $7,400, and we doubled that!

Highmark sponsors this event each year, and pays all set-up and overhead costs on behalf of the charities that participate so that 100% of the donations go straight to the organization of choice. bcmPEACE is proud of the overwhelming support our friends showed by coming out in inclement weather to represent us to the wider community and help us raise money. The money raised by this and other fundraising events each year provide leadership, program costs, and community development through our many programs

For a complete list of our programs and services, click here.

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“Wear Orange” Rally Raises Awareness, Helps Community Grieve

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Each T-shirt symbolizes a Harrisburg resident who lost their life to gun violence.

Members of bcmPEACE youth leadership development program Agape-Satyagraha gathered together in an “Orange-Out” celebration at the State Capitol building on June 2. Along with our youth, representatives from the Harrisburg Chapter of Heeding God’s Call, Mom’s Demand Action, and members of Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren and other local faith communities, also joined in. The Capitol Building lit up in orange for the event.

The rally was organized as part of the national Mom’s Demand Action’s “Wear Orange Thursday,” where supporters of gun violent prevention reform gathered in communities across the country to protest gaps in gun violence prevention laws, stand up against gun violence, and show support for families of gun violence victims.

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Teenagers from bcmPEACE;s Agape-Satyagraha peacemaking program showed their support.

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Register Now for May 21 Highmark Walk 2016 at HACC

Registration is now open for the annual Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community. Click HERE to join our team, make a donation, or become a business sponsor. Saturday, May 21, at HACC (Harrisburg Area Community College), A 5K Walk begins at 9:00 am and a one-mile Walk starts at 9:15 am. Here are five ways to support bcmPEACE from now through May 21:

  1. Sign up to walk on behalf of bcmPEACE.
  2. Bring a friend with you to walk for bcmPEACE.
  3. Make a donation, either yourself, or through your business. Donor businesses get some publicity out of it!
  4. Make a donation to support a specific walker who will represent you at the event.
  5. Pray for bcmPEACE, that God will pour out abundant supply of all the finances the ministry needs to do its work in Allison Hill. #BeThePeaceDotti Square

Excellent Resources From or About Dr. King

As promised, we wanted to share with you a collection of reviewed resources related to Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In this selected bibliography, you’ll find resources for children, biographical information about Dr. King, and commentary about his teaching, as well as his own written or recorded work.

We will periodically visit and review these resources throughout the year, so keep checking the blog for updates. We welcome any reflections or insights you glean as well. If you have positive, encouraging and helpful ideas to share, please email bcmPEACE and we’ll partner with you as a guest blogger. We support healthy, non-offensive sharing or testimonials in a spirit of cooperation and community building.

Thank you to the contributors of the ENGLEWOOD REVIEW for compiling this list, and dividing it into four parts — Books by Rev. Dr. King, Books about Rev. Dr. King, Books about the faith of Rev. Dr. King, and children’s resources about Rev. Dr. King. Something for everyone!

Martin Luther King, Jr. – Reading List

Allison Hill MLK Day of Service Brings Out the Best In Us

Since it’s true that “Everybody can be great because anybody can serve,” bcmPEACE partnered with many wonderful local organizations to host a Day of Service in Allison Hill in cooperation with a nationwide day dedicated to community improvement. Houses of worship, organizations, teams, and individuals of all ages and ethnicities- in all 50 states – donated time on Monday, January 18, 2016 to provide services in their neighborhoods.

Dennis Saylor of Brethren Housing Association and Daryn Bullock of First Church of the Brethren

Approximately 160 willing servants attended the Allison Hill MLK Day of Service. The program opened at Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren, which was one of the partner organizations for the event. Other partner agencies include Hamilton Health Center, Latino Hispanic American Community Center, and Tri County Community Action.  Additionally, students from the Netherlands visiting Messiah College came as part of a cross-cultural experience, and volunteers through the YWCA’s YouthBuild program also joined in.

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YWCA YouthBuild Volunteers

Each year, members of the Allison Hill community who teach and model Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s philosophies and ethics are honored with the Drum Major Award from the Corporation for National Community Service. This year Ronald Johnson, Claude Phipps, and the executive director of bcmPEACE, Rev. Ron Tilley, were presented with Drum Major Awards. Pennsylvania Senator Rob Teplitz of the 15th Senatorial District and Harrisburg City Councilman Jeffrey Baltimore participated in the Day of Service.

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Senator Rob Teplitz presenting Ron Tilley with a MLK Drum Major for Service Award from the Corporation for National and Community Service

Why a “Drum Major” Award? In 1968, as Dr. King preached, he stated, “Yes, if you want to say that I was a drum major, say that I was a drum major for justice. Say that I was a drum major for peace. I was a drum major for righteousness; and all of the other shallow things will not matter.”

In the words of Rev. Tilley, “My favorite quote of Dr. King is, ‘We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a garment of single destiny.’ The reality of our existence is that we are interconnected in the most profound manner. That inter-connectedness means that what happens to one of us affects all of us.”

The Allison Hill Day of Service will occur again next year Monday, January 16, 2017. In the meantime, continue following this blog as we introduce our readers to a collection of significant works by or about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dedicate time in 2016 to study his teachings and how they relate to our current context, and look for other opportunities to serve the community.

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Students and Community Members who worked on their day off to improve the neighborhood

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! The song with that title talks about kids jingle-belling and folks greeting each other with heartwarming phrases like, “Be of good cheer!” Here in Pennsylvania, winter is around the corner, and the night time temperatures are dropping lower and lower.

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Pastor Belita D. Mitchell preaching during Advent 2015, Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren.

bcmPEACE is grateful for the Harrisburg Food Ministry, Central PA Food Bank, and Christ Community Church’s warm clothing drive, and other agencies throughout the area who are giving away coats, hats, scarves, gloves/mittens to under-resourced neighbors in our community. We seek to practice that level of generosity all year long, not just at Christmas.

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Winter Coats, Scarves, Hats, and Gloves ready to be distributed on Friday, December 11, 2015.

Brethren Community Ministries, now known as bcmPEACE, partners with Samara to offer parenting classes, local food banks to distribute food weekly, Agape-Satyagraha and On Earth Peace to teach local youth how to effectively resolve conflict and eliminate violence, the PSU Extension and EFNEP to provide food and nutrition courses, Harrisburg First Church of the Brethren to offer opportunities for worship and Bible Study outside of a traditional Sunday morning format (in English and Spanish), and many other wonderful benevolent agencies in our community who assist with housing placement needs, utility discounts, and other financial aid.

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Sister Waverly Chadwick ending her weekly Friday morning Bible Study with a closing circle of prayer and praise.

The most wonderful time of the year? Any time our volunteers and staff are partnering with other churches and organizations to improve the quality of life for the good people of Allison Hill and the Greater Harrisburg Area. Be of good cheer! Thank you for your ongoing prayers, volunteer hours, and financial contributions. Be the Peace! @bcmpeace #BeThePeace

Many Reasons to Give to bcmPEACE #GivingTuesday

Tuesday, December 1, is #GivingTuesday. After Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Biz Saturday, and Cyber Monday, many people have spent their wad. The cash is gone. It’s all either been eaten or materialized.

Giving Tuesday is an opportunity for generosity. For those with expansive hearts who want to see their money go to something worthwhile, Giving Tuesday is a reminder that some of the best gifts we give are intangible, and that giving money to a good cause has far-reaching implications, feels more satisfying, and for faith-based initiatives like ours, has eternal significance.

Visit www.bcmpeace.org, or call 717-234-0415, extension 20, to arrange for your year-end tax-deductible contribution. Be the peace. Support Brethren Community Ministries today. #likeandshare #GivingTuesday #DonateNow

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