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Services, dinners to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. birth

January 18, 2002

Services, dinners to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. birth



By MARLO BARNHART

marlob@herald-mail.com

Activities are being planned for the coming weekend to commemorate the birth of slain civil rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.

- The Hagerstown Seventh-day Adventist Church will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by featuring guest speaker Johnny Johnson at the 11 a.m. service Saturday. His topic will be Instant Forgiveness and Unconditional Love.

Johnson has held the positions of head of California's Department of Veteran's Affairs under then-Gov. Ronald Reagan, vice chairman of the Civil Service Commission under the late President Richard Nixon, and assistant secretary of United States Navy under the late President Lyndon Johnson.

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Johnson is the founder of the prayer breakfast at the Rayburn Building, U.S. Capitol, and is the author of the book, "Beyond Defeat."

A fellowship dinner will follow.

- St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Lappans will honor King's life in all services Sunday. Those services begin at 8, 9:15 and 11 a.m.

The purpose of the services is to offer appropriate prayers to call attention to racism and to the need for Christians to fight racism and bigotry in all forms.

- The annual scholarship/fund-raiser dinner sponsored by the Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Committee will be a Calendar Tea beginning at 3 p.m. on Sunday at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center at 109 W. North Ave.

The tea takes the form of a banquet where a group, organization or individual sponsors a table using the theme of one of the months of the year.

That table will be decorated with a theme from the month chosen. Tickets are sold for each table at the cost of $10 each for adults and $5 for children under 8.

For more information contact Ruth Monroe at 301-790-0203.

- St. Paul United Methodist Church, Chambersburg, Pa. The annual Martin Luther King Jr. memorial service will begin at 3 p.m. Sunday.

Darin Donalle Mency, assistant pastor of Greater Campher Temple for the King's Apostle Holiness Church of God in Hagerstown, will speak.

The service, now in its 21st year, will include special music by choirs in the community.

The winners of a Martin Luther King essay contest will be announced. A reception will follow.

The official national holiday observance of King's Jan. 15, 1929, birthday is the third Monday in January. This year, a number of agencies will be closed for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Monday, Jan. 21.

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