After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday commemorating the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national Day of Service – a “Day On, not a Day Off”.
Each year on Martin Luther King Day join us at First Baptist Church as we come together with members of Fidelity Baptist and Church of the Master to honor Dr. King. At 9:00 a.m. our day will begin with a light breakfast and a brief opening devotion. We will then divide into four groups. Two groups will stay at FBC and two groups will go out into the community.
Group 1 – Hymnal singing with residents in nursing care at Judson Park, designed for older kids, teens, and adults.
Group 2 – Interactive fun, winter party with families living at Family Promise, designed for ages from 2 to 92.
Group 3 – The White Cross Bandages project has become a tradition for MLK Day of Service whether we are at FBC or Fidelity Baptist. Ages from 9-90 will have fun working together as we rip and then roll bandages.
Group 4 – A work project inside FBC will be for adults. The group will be doing easy maintenance projects inside the church building.
Noon to 12:45 lunch, 12:45 – 1:15 time to share & reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. led by Evon Gocan.
The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy... MLK, Jr.
Address delivered at Nobel Peace Prize Recognition Dinner, 27 January 1965
Men’s Shelter Wish List
Are your closets too full, with items you really do not need?
In connection with celebrating MLK Day of Service, we are collecting the following items for the Men’s Shelter at 2100 Lakeside.
- Toiletries, full size or hotel size
- Single Bed Blankets and Sheets
- Washable Men’s Winter Clothing
- Sweat Shirts
- Winter Coats
- Hats, Gloves & Scarfs
- Long Underwear
- New Underwear
All items should be freshly washed and can be placed in the container found in the Fairmount Hall by Sunday, January 14th or when you attend MLK Day on the 15th here at First Baptist Church.