Martin Luther King Day 2016

Join Your Community in Service

"An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." -Martin Luther King Jr.

Monday, January 18, beginning at 9:00 a.m.MLK day buona risoluzione
MLUC will partner with other local churches for the annual MLK Day of Service. This year, we’ll be doing something different. Led by Rev. April Martin, pastor of the Mt. Zion African Methodist Episcopal Church in Devon, volunteers (children welcome) will assemble at Saint Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church: 203 North Valley Forge Road in Devon. Rev. Martin will organize projects like collecting and delivering men’s toiletries, towels and washcloths, over-the-counter medical supplies, and non-perishable foods to local hospitals, clinics, and homeless shelters; making blankets; and making cards for sick children.

We will collect supplies at MLUC on Sundays, January 10 and January 17. Please donate if you can. View the list

Rev. Martin will lead a separate worship service on Saturday, January 16, noon, at Mount Zion Church: 380 N. Fairfield Road in Devon, followed by a fellowship meal that participants can purchase.

A Gift from Our Partner Church

A women’s group from our Partner Church, the Unitarian church in the village of Várfalva, in the Romanian province of Transylvania, sent us a gift of embroidered aprons, runners, placemats, and bookmarks to use for fundraising. The bookmarks were sold at the Annual Auction last month. The other items will be sold at a silent auction in the Atrium on December 6 and 13.

Accompanying the gift was a letter from the Várfalva varfalvachurch minister, Rev. Zsolt Barabas. He opens the letter “Dear Friends!” and explains, “In 2012–2013 the Unitarian church in Várfalva realized a very important plan: we managed to renovate the church tower. In this renovation task, the financial support provided by the Main Line UU Church was crucial. Our congregation is very grateful for your support.”

Aware of our Capital Campaign and our repair and renovation plans, Rev. Barabas says he saw “a great chance for us to contribute somehow to your task, and to give something back from the generous help we received from you.” At his suggestion, a group of women, led by Rev. Barabas’s wife, Aliz Barta, gathered weekly beginning last January and created the gift of embroidery pieces. The letter ends, “With this gift, we would like to express that your dreams and plans are important to us too, and to achieve your goals, we wish you strength and energy.”

On December 6 and 13, after each Sunday service, the Partner Church Committee will host a table in the Atrium where you can bid on the embroidery items and sign a Christmas card to the members of the Várfalva congregation. All proceeds from the auction will go to MLUC’s Capital Campaign.

Learn more about our Partner Church.