Martin Luther King Day Events, Resources



Several United Methodist churches were involved in services celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on the weekend of the federal holiday honoring the preacher who in 1964 at age 35 became the youngest man to win the Nobel Peace Prize at the age of 35 for his nonviolent leadership of the U.S. civil rights movement.

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Bishop Cynthia Moore-Koikoi was the preacher for a Jan.15 evening worship service celebrating the life of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. at Garden City UMC in Monroeville. The 6 p.m. service, jointly sponsored by the Greensburg and Pittsburgh districts, is one of several in Western Pennsylvania during the MLK weekend. 

The Garden City Gospel Choir sang during the service. The offering received will support a new MLK Jr. Memorial Scholarship established by the Greensburg & Pittsburgh Districts to assist seminary students who have been called, have responded in active ways, and who have a deep desire to help put an end to racism.

In Ellwood City, First UM Church will host a community worship and celebration service honoring Dr. King on Monday, Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. The theme is The Prophetic Imagination of a Modern Day Prophet.  A continental breakfast and lunch will be offered as seven speakers from different denominational backgrounds, including the Rev. Dr. Stephen Tuell and the Rev. Dr. John Welch of Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, address the theme.

“We will be focusing on the whole gamut of who this revolutionary preacher was, with talks and sermons on what it meant for him to be a man, father, husband, pastor, martyr, saint, and prophet,” said the Rev. Chad Bogdewic, pastor of the Wurtemburg/Koppel Charge, who will be one of the speakers. “This American icon was this and so much more for the American people and the Kingdom of God.”

There will be a continental breakfast served at 10 a.m. with the service beginning at 10:30 a.m. and a lunch provided at noon.  The service will last until 2 p.m., with Dr. Tuell finishing up the day speaking on what it meant for Dr. King man to be a prophet in one of America's saddest times of legalized racism.

 “We want to look at how racism still exists in the world, both blatant and institutional; how we can work on making Dr. King's dream our dream, and how we can work on making it a reality for our generation and generations to come.”
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In McKeesport, the Rev. Dianne Glave, coordinator of diversity development for the Western Pennsylvania Conference, will preach on Sunday, January 15 at Christy Park UMC at 9:30 a.m., and Beulah Park UMC at 11 a.m.

A Martin Luther King Jr. Community gathering will be held Monday, Jan. 16 at The Center of Bellevue (formerly Bellevue Central UMC, 2 N. Sprague Ave., Bellevue, PA 15202), Worship is scheduled for 4 p.m., with dinner at 6 p.m. and a candlelighting at 7 p.m., For details, call Greenstone UMC at 412-761-3221.

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