Franklin Co. residents honor King's legacy at service

January 16, 2011|By JENNIFER FITCH |
  • Marcella Cardwell sings Sunday during a service honoring Martin Luther King Jr. at Central Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg, Pa.
Kevin G. Gilbert

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — It was with confidence and a clear voice that Josellynn Harrison stood before 200 people Sunday and read the words of Martin Luther King Jr.

“The opportunity was great. Everyone looks up to Dr. Martin Luther King, and the opportunity to share with the congregation was wonderful,” said Harrison, 18.

Harrison joined other youths in reading King’s words during a service Sunday to honor the civil rights leader’s legacy. The 32nd annual service in the Chambersburg area was hosted by the Chambersburg Area Ministerium, Chambersburg Area Ministerial Alliance, Evangelical Fellowship of the Cumberland Valley and United Churches of the Chambersburg Area.

The Rev. Franklin Gordon, pastor of Great Commission Deliverance Ministries in Waynesboro, Pa., provided the service’s message. In it, Gordon talked about taking on causes in harmony with other people and God.

“Don’t wait for it to come knocking at your door before you join a good cause. .. If we agree with God and we agree with each other, we can do great things in our city,” he said.

Fayetteville, Pa., residents Larry and Ethel Lee regularly attend Great Commission Deliverance Ministries and visited the Central Presbyterian Church in Chambersburg to hear Gordon’s message during the King service.

Larry Lee said he’d like to return in future years, and Ethel Lee said she appreciated seeing various denominations join together for the service.

As a former resident of the South, “I’m used to different churches coming together and uniting to do things in the community,” Ethel Lee said.

The Rev. Paul Yeun said Martin Luther King Jr.’s message of nonviolence and tolerance is especially important in the wake of a Jan. 8 assassination attempt on Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ life in Tucson, Ariz.

“His legacy lives on in the hearts, minds and souls of all of us,” said Yeun, chaplain at Chambersburg Hospital.

“We come here to show we walk together in spite of differences,” said the Rev. Allie Harper, pastor of John Wesley AME Zion Church.

Charles P. and Darlene Quivers of Chambersburg said they’ve attended the service for years.

“For me, every year there are different (presenters) who speak ... and they always add something,” Darlene Quivers said.

She said the service furthers her own education about issues of unity, which she finds especially important as a spouse in an interracial marriage.

“You always learn and hear something new,” Darlene Quivers said.

“It’s about coming together at least this one time a year,” Charles Quivers said.

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