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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.

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

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.

YWCA YouthBuild Volunteers

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