Thirty years ago, in 1986, the United States celebrated the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the first time as a national holiday. Continuing in that tradition, our school and schools across the country are closed today to commemorate the life of an ordinary man – a husband, a father, and a pastor – whose extraordinary impact on this country and the world cannot be overstated.
When Dr. King was presented with the 1964 Nobel Peace prize, the committee had this to say about him:
Though Martin Luther King has not personally committed himself to international conflict, his own struggle is a clarion call to all who work for peace.
He is the first person in the Western world to have shown us that a struggle can be waged without violence. He is the first to make the message of brotherly love a reality in the course of his struggle, and he has brought this message to all men, to all nations and races.
Today we pay tribute to Martin Luther King, the man who has never abandoned his faith in the unarmed struggle he is waging, who has suffered for his faith, who has been imprisoned on many occasions, whose home has been subject to bomb attacks, whose life and the lives of his family have been threatened, and who nevertheless has never faltered.
We've asked several members of the community to share their thoughts with us as we celebrate Dr. King's life and legacy:
Juice Boxes for All-School Chapel This Week
Our friends at the St. James’ Food Pantry have asked for our help collecting juice boxes. These boxes are an important part of the “quick bags” that are given to individuals that have no means to cook. Please bring in you donation on Thursday, January 21. You can drop them off on your way into All-School Chapel on that day.
A Confirmation class will be offered for 6 Sundays from February 14 – March 20, in preparation for Confirmation, which will take place during the Easter Vigil on Saturday, March 26. We recommend that those wishing to be confirmed be at least 12 years of age. Classes will be held between the services from 9:10–10:20 a.m. For further information, please contact the Rev. Jenifer Chatfield at (213) 388-3417 ext. 106 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Medication Recall Alert
Perrigo Company of Dublin, Ireland, announced that, following the recent recall of certain dosing cups by its supplier, it has initiated a voluntary product recall in the U.S. of 2 batches of its children's guaifenesin grape liquid and 3 batches of its children's guaifenesin DM cherry liquid sold in 4 oz. bottles with dosage cup in a box under the store brand products listed in the full article from the FDA. This recall is being initiated because some packages contain an oral dosing cup with incorrect dose markings.
Acolytes needed for St. James' Episcopal Church on Sundays
Any 4th-, 5th-, or 6th-graders who are not members of the St. James' Children's Choir and are interested in serving as acolytes during 10:30 a.m. services on Sundays should contact the Rev. Aidan Koh (email@example.com). Acolytes serve from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. New acolytes need one hour of training prior to their first service.