Martin Luther King Jr. Day, held every year on the third Monday in January, is a celebration of the life and legacy of the civil rights icon of the same name.

MLK Day was observed for the first time in 1986 after a bill, signed by President Ronald Reagan and proposed by Rep. Katie Hill of Indiana, established the day as a federal holiday in 1983.

United Methodist Churches around the Arkansas Conference are celebrating this holiday, this year on Jan. 20, in different ways. Check out the list below to see where you can find a MLK Day event near you.

Christ of the Hills UMC – Hot Springs Village, AR

Christ of the Hills UMC in Hot Springs Village is hosting a Martin Luther King Jr. celebration service on Sunday, Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. in the Sanctuary. Pastors from Village, Mountainside and Haven UMC’s, as well as the Haven UMC Praise Team, are also participating in this event. All are welcome to join in this celebration. Christ of the Hills is located at 700 Balearic Road in Hot Springs Village, AR.

Highland Valley UMC – Little Rock, AR

Dr. Mark DeYmaz of the Mosaic Church will be here Sunday, Jan. 19 for the 8:30 and 10:50 worship services. He will be preaching on “Shine: Moving From Dreaming To Being.” All are welcome to join us in this time of celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and Human Relations Sunday

Pulaski Heights UMC – Little Rock, AR

Pulaski Heights will be shuttling groups from their church to the MLK Day Marade in Little Rock on Jan. 20. Anyone who would like to march in the parade can meet at the Lee St. Parking Deck by 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 20. They will also be helping with a service project at Shorter College from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteers will help with sorting books for children, community clean up, sewing projects, putting together hygiene kits, and more. Food donations and jacket/coat donations are encouraged.

Is your church celebrating MLK Day this year? Let us know by sending in your event details to cfc@arumc.org. If you have post-event pictures, please send those in as well!