MLK Day

Riverside Church hosts Monday celebration

Gorge residents are invited to participate in a musical celebration of the life, work and dreams of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on Monday at 6:30 p.m.

The theme of this year’s celebration, sponsored by Gorge Ecumenical Ministries (GEM) is “The Dreams of Martin Luther King Jr. Live On: Building a Community With Justice for All.” The event will feature music from a community-wide Gospel Choir, directed by local musician Tim Mayer.

The musical event will be preceded by a potluck dinner for friends and members of GEM, which will begin at 5 p.m.

“On the MLK holiday we will gather to reflect upon and celebrate the spirit-filled, justice-oriented work of King,” said Rev. Vicky Stifter. “We will also lift up the injustice and unfulfilled dreams that exist in the lives of many in our own community.”

In addition to the music, several area youth will share words of inspiration and challenge and participants will have an opportunity to create and share their own “I Have a Dream” message.

The MLK events will take place at Riverside Community Church, located at 4th and State Streets in downtown Hood River. They are free of charge and open to the public. Donations will be accepted to support GEM’s work with children and youth, including Peace Village, an interfaith program that introduces children and youth in our communities to the principles and experience of non-violent conflict resolution.



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