NHCC E-lert August 8 2013

New Hampshire Council of Churches
August 8 2013 

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Grace Episcopal Church Presents
East Concord Annual Pork Festival


WHEN:   Sunday, August 18, 2013

TIME:      12 noon to 2:30 p.m.

WHERE:  Grace Episcopal Church/Merrill Park

WHAT:    Bring your family and friends to this year's fourth annual East Concord Pork Festival at Grace Episcopal Church in East Concord. Enjoy a delicious meal of BBQ pork, hamburgers, hot dogs, potato salad and tasty desserts. Food sponsored by the Quality Cash Market and the Windmill Family Restaurant. Family fun includes music and games for children.


This event is free to the public but donations are welcome. Proceeds go towards our Take-A-Tote ministry to feed Concord's hungry schoolchildren.


For more information, visit the event website at http://www.concordporkfest.com 

New Hampshire's Death Penalty
repeal is now gearing up
Join us August 22


    The Seacoast area coalition is looking for folks join the Coalition members for a little bit of social time, some food, and focused conversation on August 22nd at the Portsmouth Public Library, in the Levenson Community Room. Leadership will share their strategy for victory, including a Campaign Launch when the legislation is filed in September, and other events this fall and winter.


      Please consider attending on August 22nd and get involved as a member of the NH Repeal Campaign, because we do need your help!  We will gather for a half an hour of social time and some snacks, and the meeting will start promptly at 6:30 PM and will end at 8:00 PM.  To register to attend the meeting click on the link below or email you intent on attending. For more information,  visit their event site. 

The New Hampshire Council of Churches

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Let Freedom Ring "from the Prodigious Hilltops of New Hampshire"


Calling Congregations to Ring Bells

on Wednesday August 28, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. 

    On Wednesday, August 28, 1963, Dr. Martin Luther King first uttered one of the most powerful and memorable phrases in American history, "I have a dream." Dr. King's I Have a Dream speech marked a crucial turning point in the American Civil Rights movement and asserted his absolute commitment to a nonviolent approach to confronting America's entrenched system of racial bias. In it, he urged Americans to let freedom ring "....from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire." His words resound through the years, celebrating the progress America has made in the quest for racial justice, and recalling us to the challenges that still confront us as a nation. 

Some ideas from the NH HUMANITIES COUNCIL

       In the spirit of what Dr. King called "the fierce urgency of now," the King Center for Nonviolent Social Change invites people across the country to celebrate the Civil Rights leader's vision by ringing bells at 3 p.m. on August 28th, the 50th anniversary of his speech. New Hampshire is the first state in the nation to announce participation in this anniversary, which will be the subject of an upcoming national campaign by the King Center. 

      Some suggestions for marking the anniversary from the King Center--Get your community engaged!

1.  Ask every church in your community (and other organizations  possessing a large bell)  to ring it on August 28th at 3 p.m.

 2.  Gather people in your community to read or watch Dr. King's speech and pause at 3 p.m. to ring bells.  

3.  Contact your local school to suggest that they organize a viewing or reading of the speech and a bell ringing ceremony at 3 p.m.

4.  If your community doesn't have a facility with a large bell, play a recording of bells ringing.  

5.  Organize other related events including talks by members of the community who were involved in the Civil Rights movement,  

a discussion of a book or film related to Dr. King or Civil Rights, or  

 a vigil that will culminate in the ringing of bells at 3 p.m.     


In addition, please let us at the NHCC know what you have planned, if you are ringing you bell/s-- this will help us track responses and keep others informed. Thanks for your participation. You can contact us at info@nhchurches.org 


New Hampshire Council of Churches 
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