MOUNT VERNON — A number of Knox County faith communities have joined together to prepare an inspirational community-wide Martin Luther King Jr. Day service. The service will center around the theme “How Does Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy Offer Hope Today?” It will be hosted at First Congregational Church, 200 N. Main St. in Mount Vernon, on Monday, at 7 p.m.

Rev. Scott Elliott, one of the leaders of this effort and pastor of the host church, noted that, “As a community we are lifting up and honoring Dr. King and the promise his legacy offers for our future and the future of our children. I am honored to be a part of this multi-faith community effort. It’s been a God-soaked thing of beauty to work on this event with so many local spiritual leaders.”

Scheduled speakers for the event include Dr. Sean Decatur, Susan Kahrl, Dr. Jene’ Schoenfeld, Jerry Bell, Tamara Anderson and Pastor Eddy Massey. Participating faith communities include First Congregational United Church of Christ, Gay Street United Methodist Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Apostolic Faith Church, All Souls Unitarian Universalists, Harcourt Episcopal Parish, Mount Vernon Zen Community and Kenyon College Spiritual & Religious Life.

All are invited. For more information, go to or call 740-393-1736.



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