This year as we remember, commemorate, and observe the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the African Descent Lutheran Association Delaware-Maryland Synod Chapter is encouraging members of ELCA congregations to participate in the official day of service. In the past, ADLA has sponsored commemorative programs that focus on worship, learning, and dialogue. These experiences have been uplifting, but most of them involved us gathering in one place, behind closed doors, ministering to ourselves. This year we are following the goals of the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, which focuses on us going out into the community to show and live the values within Dr. King’s philosophy of love and non-violent protest.
Here are some resources to help you, your congregation, your ministry or your program consider how to serve on January 21. We encourage all congregations to acknowledge Dr. King’s work and legacy during your regular worship services as well.
- The Meaning of the King Holiday by Coretta Scott King.
- Civic Works (Baltimore) needs 200 volunteers for their Real Food Farm team, Community Lot team, and Elder Services team. Click here to learn more and sign up to volunteer on Monday, January 21 from 8:30 a.m.-noon.
- The Montgomery County Volunteer Center will host service projects benefitting area nonprofits, educational sessions, and information tables for individuals, families, and groups, with service opportunities in Bethesda, Silver Spring, Germantown, Gaithersburg, Olney, and Rockville. You can click here to learn more and register.
- The United Way of Frederick County will be making hats, no-sew blankets, and encouraging cards for terminally ill patients from 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and register.
- The Delaware Art Museum (Wilmington) will have activities including tours of the collection, art-making, mentorship opportunities, and more from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Click here to register.
- Click here for a list of celebrations around the state of Maryland, and here for events happening in Delaware.
- On The King Center website, you can submit a pledge to serve.
- Find a service opportunity anywhere in the country through the Corporation for National and Community Service by clicking here.
- Youth can find or register service opportunities through Youth Services America by clicking here. That page also includes lesson plans and activity sheets for students.
- Points of Light offers a search tool for volunteer opportunities, downloadable project guides, and a conversation guide for hosting a Sunday Supper, all found by clicking here.