Lutheran MLK Day of Service 2017
Organized by the ELCA Southeastern Synod, Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta, Lutheran Services of Georgia
Monday, January 16, 2017 from 8:30 AM to 1:00 PM (EST)
A Day of Service for all to honor
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
on January 16
from 8:30am to 1:00pm
You are invited to celebrate the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday by participating in the Lutheran MLK Day of Service on Monday, January 16, 2016. Youth and adults will gather at Rock of Ages Lutheran Church in Stone Mountainto learn how to stand for welcome with refugees and immigrants and to work on the following projects:
- Project 1 - Rice for Refugees
- Project 2 - Letters and Cards of Hope
Partners for this Collaboration:
- ELCA Southeastern Synod
- Lutheran Services of Georgia
- The Lutheran Theological Center in Atlanta
8:30 AM - Registration Opens
9:00 AM - Gathering & Welcome
9:45 AM to 11:00 AM - Service Project Time: Engage in Acts of Compassion
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM - Learning Time: Training for Immigration Advocacy - We Stand for Welcome
Jessica Jones, Esq., Acting Director of Advocacy, and the Rev. Kevin Jacobson, Assistant Director for Outreach, are coming from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service in Washington, D.C./Baltimore to equip participants to take a stand with refugees and immigrants as we learn to advocate together for just and fair laws and policies. See more info below.
This is a free activity open to all who wish to serve. You are not required to bring anything other than your willingness to serve.
The following information may be useful as you plan for your day of service.
- MLK Day of Service begins with our gathering promptly at 9:00am.
- Individual projects are scheduled for 1+ hours (estimated completion). All projects should be complete before noon.
About the Projects
Project 1 | Rice for Refugees
Before you come: Collect bags of rice and bring them with you Larger bags are more economical | Rice will be re-packaged into family-sized bags to be distributed to newly arrived families being resettled by Lutheran Services of Georgia. Admission is free but you are encouraged to contribute rice and zip lock bags for this project
Volunteers will repackage rice into usable packages that will be given to refugee families in the Atlanta area.
- For each 5 pounds of rice you bring, you should also bring 1 box of quart size zip lock bags.
Project 2| Letters and Cards of Hope
Writing Letters and Cards of Hope for immigrants detained in U.S. Immigrant Detention Centers
Write letters and cards of hope and encouragement to immigrants in U.S. Immigrantion Detention Centers
Be a compassionate presence to immigrant detainees in U.S. Immigration Detention Centers by writing letters to adults in Georgia’s immigration detention centers and making cards for mothers and children in family detention centers who are visited by Lutheran partners in Texas.
About the Advocacy Training
Coming from Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Service (LIRS) in Washington D.C./Baltimore
Jessica Jones, Esq. - Acting Director for Advocacy
The Rev. Kevin Jacobson - Assistant Director for Outreach
Justice goes hand-in-hand with mercy in following God’s call to care for our neighbors. For LIRS staff and supporters, seeking justice for migrants and refugees means bold advocacy to create systemic change in how the United States treats immigrants and refugees. We engage in dialogue with the White House, Congress, and federal agencies in coalition with other faith-based, service, ethnic, and immigrant rights organizations to reform laws and promote fair and humane policies that welcome newcomers to the United States.
Grassroots advocacy is critically important to the LIRS advocacy strategy. The support of local groups and individual advocates adds strength to our voice on Capitol Hill. Lutheran and other faith-based advocates partner with LIRS to visit members of Congress, write op-eds, hold vigils and rallies, and send thousands of messages to lawmakers. Learn from Jessica and Kevin how to to take a stand with refugees and immigrants to advocate together for just and fair laws and policies. http://lirs.org/act/advocacy/
Coming from the Coalition of Refugee Services Agencies (CRSA) in Atlanta
Stephanie Ali, LMSW - Communications and Policy Coordinator, New American Pathways
Learn from Stephanie how you can engage in advocacy on a local and state level through participation in the New American's Day at the Georgia State Capitol on March 7, 2017 sponsored by the CRSA. https://www.facebook.com/CoalitionOfRefugeeServiceAgencies/