St. Michael’s to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, the first church in Lee County and one of the first Episcopal churches in Florida to integrate, will hold its fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration on Jan. 20 at 6 p.m.
The keynote speaker will be the Rev. Mother Adrienne Hymes, missioner for the Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida’s Church Extension and priest-in-charge at the Wesley Chapel Episcopal Church.
Her ministry is broad, including church planting in Pasco and Hillsborough counties. Hymes is a clinically trained chaplain, having completed a full-time one-year Clinical Pastoral Education residency at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, and one year as an ER trauma chaplain at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. A life-long Episcopalian, she earned her Master in Divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary in Alexandria and her bachelor’s in rhetoric and communications studies from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.
Free and open to the public, the event will include a performance by the Victorious Dance Ministry of the First Assembly Cornerstone in Fort Myers and an appearance by the Gospel group, The Spiritual Voices of Fort Myers. It also features 14-year-old Zaire Saldana, a freshman at Dunbar High School who will appear for a fifth time to give a memorized recitation from King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.
Under the direction of Minister of Music Hank Glass, the St. Michael’s Parish Choir will begin the program with two spirituals, “Ain’t a That Good News” and “Ride the Chariot.” It will conclude with the Spiritual Voices and parish choir leading the audience in a sing-along of “We Shall Overcome.”
The celebration is followed by a reception in the Parish Hall.
For more information, call 239-472-2173 or visit saintmichaels-sanibel.org.
St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church is at 2304 Periwinkle Way, Sanibel.