Bridging the East Shore/West Shore Divide
Christian Churches United (CCU) is sponsoring an event on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – January 21 – to begin to bridge the divide commonly expressed and experienced between the East Shore and the West Shore of the Susquehanna River. Titled, “Lift Every Voice: One River, Two Worlds,” this event will honor the legacy of
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and continue his work of dismantling racism.
The event will be held Monday, January 21, at First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) at 442 Hummel Avenue, Lemoyne, from 6:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., and is being planned by a collaboration of churches and organizations convened by Christian Churches United. Market Square Presbyterian Church is a CCU-member church and the Presbytery of Carlisle is one of the sponsors of this event.
CHRISTIAN CHURCHES UNITED
Christian Churches United of the Tri-County Area, of which MSPC is a member church, is an ecumenical partnership with over 100 churches in Dauphin, Cumberland, and Perry counties. The organization serves over 10,000 individuals in the area and “provides assistance to many more people in need than one church could provide on its own.” CCU oversees several critically-needed ministries in our community
HELP Ministries, which provides emergency services including shelter referrals, rental assistance, PPL and home heating fuel assistance, travel and prescription assistance and clothing vouchers;
the Prison Action Committee, CCU’s oldest ministry, serves as a voice for those incarcerated and coordinates both staff and volunteer pastoral care for inmates at area prisons. The PAC also provides 25% of the funding for the Associate Chaplain position at the Dauphin County Prison;
Established in 2009, Susquehanna Harbor Safe Haven is dedicated as home for 25 of the community’s single men who have had two or more bouts of homelessness and who have a diagnosed mental illness. Susquehanna Harbor provides a safe haven of permanent housing for men to regain physical and mental wellness, develop self-sufficiency skills and to find hope. Susquehanna Harbor’s program provides numerous on-site “wrap-around” services which ultimately will help these men to obtain gainful employment and move into their own apartments. It also has a separate wing as the home for downtown churches’ overnight emergency winter ministry, for which MSPC provides funding, coordination, and volunteers;
Begun in 2013, Project A.S.K. (Assisting Students and Kids) exists to engage the local community in providing dignity and basic need support to students in the West Shore School District (WSSD), in partnership with the school district. The program currently works with the WSSD social worker and nurses to provide support to children in need. The ministry supplies emergency clothing and food items to nurses in each of the 14 schools in WSSD.