MLK Day ON!

MLK Day ON!

ML:K Day ON!

Monday, January 18, 2021

As Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. stated

Life’s most urgent question is
What are YOU doing for others?


Our nation has been through much turmoil recently and many people are looking for hopeful and helpful ways to respond. With this in mind, Manchester United Methodist Church is offering a special opportunity for us to celebrate and continue the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

While many of us may have the day off from work or school this Martin Luther King holiday, it’s a great time to put ON our caring hearts and minds to serve others. Let’s answer Dr. King’s question by participating in a special event, called “MLK Day ON” happening on Monday, January 18, 2021.

This free online event is open to the public and includes activities for all ages. In addition to a live prayer service in the morning and a live music concert in the afternoon, multiple live learning sessions on a variety of relevant topics will be offered. So, whether you have 30 minutes or the entire day available, we hope you will mark you calendars now and decide to participate in this special opportunity. No registration is necessary and you are welcome to invite others.

Together, we can make a difference and oppose hate in its many forms.

The Social Justice ministries is thrilled to revive the “Faith In Action” tradition. This will include a series of events throughout the year that will help us prepare for the mission work and engagement in our community. We are kicking off the “Faith in Action” series with this special event!

MLK Day On! Agenda

Monday, January 18

10 a.m.Children and Families begin at-home learning packet.
Download Resource A and Resource B
NOTE: Printed copies of the above resources will be available for social distanced pickup along with free craft supplies on Sunday, Jan. 17 from Noon to 2 p.m. at the west entrance of the Manchester UMC church building.
10:30 a.m.Diversifying Your Family Library with Chessey Brenton
on Manchester Children & Family Ministries Facebook Group
11 a.m.Service of Reflection and Remembrance
on Manchester UMC Facebook Live
1 to 1:50 p.m.Learning Session One:
ZOOM Meeting ID: 987 1246 1252
Passcode: 369297 (Choose one group to attend)

NOTE: Due to the nature of the discussion, minors participating in these online learning sessions 1 or 2 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian please.

1) School to Prison Pipeline
Presenters: Susan Sneed & Metropolitan Congregations United
Metropolitan Congregations United puts faith into action by developing leaders who move their congregations, organizations, and communities to change public policy for the common good. Organizer, Susan Sneed, will invite us into MCU’s continuing work to break the school to prison pipeline and protect juveniles in the St. Louis area.

2) The History of Race in St. Louis
Presenter: Nick Reinhardt-Swierk, Dir. of Young Adults & Social Justice
We can’t address inequity and disconnection in our community until we understand how it got this way. In this session, Nick will examine the history of race relations in the St. Louis area.

3) Mission Leader Panel
Presenters: Barb Zenser, John Heskett and Moe Parisien
A panel of MUMC mission leaders reflect on their work in the community, sharing moments of challenge and change in their perspective and expectations. We will especially highlight these ministries: Habitat for Humanity, Sneakers with Soul, Epworth, and the Peabody Literacy program.

4) Community Responsive Care
Presenter: Hannah Shanks
Social Worker, writer, organizer, and Methodist leader, Hannah Shanks will help us incorporate psychology, social work frameworks, and justice-oriented theology into our community engagement while also caring for ourselves. This session will be especially impactful for those who want to engage in mission work, but are uncomfortable with the charity models that we are used to.
2 to 2:50 p.m.Learning Session Two:
ZOOM Meeting ID: 998 7226 8643
Passcode: 038616 (Choose one group to attend)

NOTE: Due to the nature of the discussion, minors participating in these online learning sessions 1 or 2 should be accompanied by a parent or guardian please.

1) City and County Divides
Presenter: Nick Reinhardt-Swierk, Dir. Young Adults & Social Justice
Nick will help us understand the St. Louis city/county divide. Most importantly, we will discuss and plan ways to build bridges across this divide that has been a part of our city from the very beginning.

2) Talking to Racist Relatives
Presenters: Shared Streets Leaders
Many of us know that racism is a problem, but we don’t know what to do when we hear something problematic. Join our Young Adult leaders as they share strategies for engaging those we love in conversations about inequity and social justice.

3) Community Responsive Care
Presenter: Hannah Shanks
Social Worker, writer, organizer, and Methodist leader, Hannah Shanks will help us incorporate psychology, social work frameworks, and justice-oriented theology into our community engagement while also caring for ourselves. This session will be especially impactful for those who want to engage in mission work, but are uncomfortable with the charity models that we are used to.
3 p.m.Youth Q & A
Download Resource C
ZOOM Meeting ID: 955 4645 8481
Passcode: Youth

Youth (grades 6-12) are invited to a Learning Session JUST FOR THEM on Zoom at 3:00. We will offer a Q&A to answer questions about previous sessions OR any general racial justice questions they might have. We will also discuss the recent upheaval in Washington DC and brainstorm how we can help heal the long-standing divisions in our country.
5:00 p.m.Modern Worship Civil Rights Concert
on Manchester UMC Facebook Live

Want to take it to the next level?

Diaper Drive

Jan. 19 – 22

9a – 4p

With the chaos of COVID, there is a great amount of need in our community for diapers. Our missional partners, LifeWise STL and Circle of Concern, need diapers and wipes to distribute to new mothers in our community.

In order to reach this need, we will be coordinating a no-contact, drive-up donation for diapers and wipes in connection to the MLK Day ON! activities. All sizes and unopened supplies can be dropped off in the blue donation bins at the MUMC’s north entrance on Tuesday, Jan. 19 through Friday, Jan. 22 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Want to take a stand?

At Manchester UMC, we extend God’s love and grace to ALL people (see our Welcome Statement). In that spirit, Manchester UMC is offering “No Hate” yard signs for $5 each featuring the below image for display at the homes of those who wish to take a stand against hate in our communities. Learn more and order online.

Want to get more connected?

Join our Manchester UMC Social Justice Facebook group to see our updates, service suggestions, and get access to our other racial justice resources throughout the holiday weekend.

May 1, 2021 – Save the Date!


For questions, please contact Nick Reinhardt-Swierk.


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