Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.

And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

Ephesians 4:29-32

NAACP invites community to put souls into motion

The Richmond-Madison County Branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) will be commemorating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday, Jan. 17 through community-based service and educational programming.

In the spirit of making it a day on -- and not a day off -- the NAACP in partnership with Madison Home Inc., Room in the Inn-Berea, and the Richmond Human Rights Commission will be "Marching for the Homeless" at 3 p.m. on MLK Day. Staging and donation collections will begin at 2 p.m. at the First Christian Church parking lot on Main Street.

New or very good condition items that have been freshly washed are being sought. Madison Home is seeking men's jeans (30-34 waist), men's gloves, backpacks, and all sizes of sweatshirts, hoodies, long underwear, coats and boxer underwear.

Room in the Inn-Berea has similar needs and also requests new socks, rain gear, boots/winter shoes, sneakers, deodorant, shelf-stable high protein snacks, and deodorant for men and women. Financial donations will also be welcome.

Participants are requested to wear a mask.

Educational programming related to the civil rights leader is exceptional this year, including a 7 p.m. virtual program entitled "Martin's Voice in the 21st Century" and a county-wide middle school poster competition.

Mary Adderton, MLK Program Chairperson, is excited about this year's program which will be live-streamed from the First Baptist Church Richmond - Francis St. Facebook page.

"In our evening program this year, we will hear excerpts from three of Martin's famous speeches," Adderton said. "You will be able to hear how relevant Martin's messages are in the 21st century."

Rev. Mitch Brown, NAACP local Branch President, also is very enthusiastic about this year's programming and grateful for community partners.

"We are excited that the middle school students in Madison County will be participating in a poster contest for the Dr. King Holiday, and that the Richmond Human Rights Commission has partnered with us to provide 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes for each school," Brown said.

The criteria for the posters will be a quote from Dr. King and a gift card will be presented to the winning posters at each middle school. The deadline for posters will be Wednesday.

For more information about MLK Day programming, partnership, the Richmond-Madison County Branch or questions, feel free to contact Brown at mitchbrown1097@gmail.com.

The NAACP's mission is to secure the political, educational, and economic equality of rights in order to eliminate race-based discrimination and ensure the health and well-being of all persons.

Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church

Concord Predestinarian Baptist Church, located at 286 Charlie Norris Road in Richmond, would like to invite you to come and worship with us on the first and third Sunday of every month.

Sunday School is set for 10:30 a.m. and worship service starts at 11:30 a.m.

Come join us as we minister the word of God to Gods people. Due to the rising cases of COVID 19, we ask that everyone please respect social distancing and wear a mask and if you have any signs, please stay home.

Special notes

To all churches and civic organizations: To place your church or civic activity in this column, please send all information at least one week in advance, via the US Postal Service. 715 Bonanza Rd Richmond Ky 40475.

Announcements should be sent to my e-mail address at elderphelps95@gmail.com

Until next week, may the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus stay fresh in your minds, and in all thy hearts.

Until we meet again, God bless you.

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