Monthly archives: January, 2018

Susquehanna River prepare for flooding …

Presbyterian Media Mission went to West Pittson to show the coordinated mission disaster work by the Lackawanna Presbytery and the Synod of the Trinity with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in this area prone for flooding along the Susquehanna River.

A 2011 flood devastated communities like West Pittson is something that people there have had to face before and with the thaw of ice jams here they go again.

Here are liinks about the current situation in the river communities.

http://www.pahomepage.com/news/businesses-and-residents-near-susquehanna-river-prepare-for-flooding/937462095

http://citizensvoice.com/news/ice-jam-on-susquehanna-causes-flooding-roads-schools-closing-1.2294036

Here is the video capturing 2011 Flood stories produced by PMM …

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBDsQNIkbzI

Here is a link to Lacnkawanna Presbytery …

http://www.lackawannapresby.org/

Synod of the Trinity http://www.syntrinity.org

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance   http://pda.pcusa.org/

Our prayers are with our friends in West Pittson and other communities facing the rising waters today.


“A Holiday for All People” Dexter King

Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday and remembering what it was created to stand for is as important today as when it was first recognized by our nation on January 1986, the first national Martin Luther King, Jr., holiday was observed in January 1986.

Listen to “All God’s Children” a reflection on the man and highlights of his life on Passages by clicking on the link below.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.)[1] is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday, January 15. The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

King was the chief spokesperson for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

The idea of Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a holiday was promoted by labor unions in contract negotiations.[2] After King’s death, U.S. Representative John Conyers (a Democrat from Michigan) and U.S. Senator Edward Brooke (a Republican from Massachusetts) introduced a bill in Congress to make King’s birthday a national holiday. The bill first came to a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives in 1979. However, it fell five votes short of the number needed for passage.[3] Two of the main arguments mentioned by opponents were that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive, and that a holiday to honor a private citizen would be contrary to longstanding tradition (King had never held public office).[3] Only two other figures have national holidays in the U.S. honoring them: George Washington and Christopher Columbus.

Soon after, the King Center turned to support from the corporate community and the general public. The success of this strategy was cemented when musician Stevie Wonder released the single “Happy Birthday” to popularize the campaign in 1980 and hosted the Rally for Peace Press Conference in 1981. Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law, termed by a 2006 article in The Nation as “the largest petition in favor of an issue in U.S. history.”[2]

Senators Jesse Helms and John Porter East (both North Carolina Republicans) led opposition to the holiday and questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honor. Helms criticized King’s opposition to the Vietnam War and accused him of espousing “action-oriented Marxism”.[4] Helms led a filibuster against the bill and on October 3, 1983, submitted a 300-page document to the Senate alleging that King had associations with communists. New York Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan declared the document a “packet of filth”, threw it on the Senate floor and stomped on it.[5][6]

President Ronald Reagan originally opposed the holiday, citing cost concerns. When asked to comment on Helms’ accusations that King was a communist, the president said “We’ll know in thirty-five years, won’t we?”, in reference to the eventual release of FBI surveillance tapes that had previously been sealed.[7] But on November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, to create a federal holiday honoring King.[8][9] The bill had passed the House of Representatives by a count of 338 to 90, a veto-proof margin.[4] The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986.

The bill also established the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday Commission to oversee observance of the holiday, and the late Coretta Scott King, King’s wife, was made a member of this commission for life by President George H. W. Bush in May 1989.[10][11]

Celebrating the story of Martin Luther King, Jr.!


A Cold Night

Cold and wondering what to do for their children with Christmas soon to arrive!

On this frigid morning and temps not warming up to much lets go back to a Christmas Eve and experience a cold night for a simple family living in rural Virginia.

A cold story that will be bring out the warmth of love on Passages.

Listen to David tell in his own words about a freezing cold Christmas Eve for his family.

Stay warm!

Click on the button below to listen …

 

 


Thank You!

A car craxh gains insight about life and death for a young female reporter on KQV 1410 AM in Pittsburgh. Dennis Benson interviews the reporter about her car accident on Passages.

Click on the link here to listen to a young Elaine Effort tell for her surviving a serious car crash on Passages ….

Elaine Effort is honored for her years of reporting by Pittsburgh City Council recently. Check the link out here.

Honoring a ‘trailblazer’: Pittsburgh City Council honors KQV reporter Elaine Effort

Dan Gilman couldn’t remember her ever getting a fact wrong. Theresa Kail-Smith called her the personification of grace and class. The Rev. Ricky Burgess …

KQV one of the early radio stations to air Passages in 1981 was where Dennis Benson got his start on radio in Pittsburgh. Dennis hosted a youth-oriented conversation on the station called Rap Around. KQV at the time was one of the own and operated stations by ABC and was a top-40 m,sic station that captured that audience with some of the leading radio DJs of that time … Chuck Brinkman, Perry Marsahll, and Jim Quinn to name just a few.

KQV went silent at midnight last night as we closed out 2017! To learn more about it go to the link here.

http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/12/15/KQV-radio-going-off-the-air-Dec-31-all-news-format-Robert-W-Dickey-Jr/stories/201712150145

Passages aired this past weekend on KQV with the Roberto Clemente story from New Years Eve 1972. To listen to the Passages Roberto Clemente story click here ….

http://presbymediamission.org/2017/12/30/number-21-name-roberto/

The Passages Team and PMM thank Elaine and our many friends at KQV for allowing our stories of faith and hope to share on their airwaves with listeners  for over 35 year!