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Chambersburg Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service set for Jan. 20

Clergy and laity will help celebrate the ongoing spiritual impact of King's life and ministry

January 09, 2013

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — The annual Chambersburg Community Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Service will be Sunday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. at St. Paul United Methodist Church at 750 Norland Ave. in Chambersburg.

The service, which celebrates the ongoing spiritual impact of King’s life and ministry, will be led by clergy and laity from the community. The speaker will be Robert L. Hewitt, professor emeritus of social work at Shippensburg (Pa.) University.

Music will be presented by members of the Chambersburg Area Senior High School chorus, directed by Elizabeth Stahl.

Hewitt served with the U.S. Department of Defense in the Republic of Panama while teaching at Panama’s Nova University. He later taught at Messiah College in Grantham, Pa., and Shippensburg University.

In 2007, Hewitt received the first Phi Alpha National Social Work Honors Society Faculty Award for outstanding commitment and service to Shippensburg University students. He also is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Jr. DREAM Award, given by the African-American Organization of Shippensburg University.

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During the service, there will be a presentation of student essays written in honor and recognition of King’s contributions, compiled in a project supervised for the Chambersburg Area School District by Yvonne Taylor and Principal Gladys Leon.

A reception will follow the service in the church social hall.

The service is being co-sponsored by the Chambersburg Area Ministerial Alliance, Evangelical Fellowship of Cumberland Valley, Chambersburg Ministerium and the United Churches of the Chambersburg Area.

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