Approximately 125 people attended the Alle-Kiski Valley Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Service on January 29, 2006 at the Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lower Burrell. This was the 39th annual such service in the Valley and was sponsored by the local chapter of the NAACP and the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches. The offering at the service supported the King Memorial Scholarships program which has given 136 scholarships since 1968.
The Moderator for the service was Rev. E. Philip Wilson, a retired Methodist minister.
The Choir of the host church was the first to sing during the service. They sang "The King Is Exalted" and "We Are Marching In The Light Of God."
The Rev. Dr. James Legge, pastor of the Bull Creek Presbyterian Church offered the invocation as the President of the Allegheny Valley Association of Churches.
Sister Linda Ross Brown read the scripture lesson for the day.
The gathered congregation from a number of area churches sang "Lift Every Voice And Sing."
The Rev. Elaine Hower, pastor of the host church welcomed the gathered congregation. Rev. Asa Roberts, pastor of the Mount Calvary Missionary Baptist Church in New Kensington, brought greetings from the Alle-Kiski branch of the NAACP.
Minister Darryl Manley, Associate Minister of the World Overcomers Ministry in New Kensington sang musical selections that included "Great Is Thy Faithfulness."
Mr. Ronald Altany led the congregation in a responsive reading of Dr. Martin Luther King's "I Have A Dream" speech.
The Abundant Life Mass Choir of the Abundant Life Fellowship in Arnold sang musical selections that included "Seasons."
I introduced the offering which would fund the scholarship program.
Rev. Elaine M. Hower, the host pastor, brought a message about the significance of the legacy of Dr. King.
The gathered congregation sang "We Shall Overcome" as the final hymn.
Rev. Warren Metzler, pastor of the St. James Catholic Church in Wilkinsburg spoke about the significance of Dr. King's contribution to the peace movement, and offered the benediction.
Following the service there was a reception downstairs in the social hall of the Bethesda Evangelical Lutheran Church. Do you think this service might have happened in Steelers country?