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The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, is offering spiritual direction to individuals once a month for one hour, scheduled at the convenience of the director and directee. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 913-906-8990.

A spaghetti dinner to raise funds for the Sisters, Servants of Mary, will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 4, at St. Patrick Parish Center, 94th and State Avenue, Kansas City, Kansas. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 10. Carryouts will be available.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will observe the third Sunday after Epiphany at 10 a.m. Jan. 21.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

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KCK celebrates Dr. King’s legacy

Theory Bryant, a student at V. Lindsay SDA School, wowed the crowd with her impassioned recitation of the “I Have a Dream” speech. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

by Brian Turrel

A crowd of around 750 braved the ice and cold to honor the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. at the Reardon Convention Center in Kansas City, Kan.

The Rev. Calvin Butts III of the Abyssinian Baptist Church of New York City gave an address, placing King’s vision within the long line of biblical and modern prophets in calling for equality, peace and health. He related each of those visions to contemporary political and social issues.

Butts exhorted the crowd to “go to work” using King’s vision as a blueprint, specifically commending Kansas City’s Mount Zion Baptist Church for their work in building homes.

Thirty-five Wyandotte County students received the Rev. C.E. Taylor-Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarships, and over $13,000 toward the scholarship fund was collected from the crowd and from business and church sponsors.

Stanton Parker II, a scholarship recipient in 2008 and now a consultant with the Ernst & Young accounting firm, addressed the students. He offered three of them a choice between $100 and his business card. Each of the students chose the business card, demonstrating Parker’s point that connections were important to future success.

The mass choir sang several gospel hymns that had many in the crowd clapping and singing along. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Newly installed KCK mayor David Alvey reiterated King’s message of Christian faith. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

The Rev. Calvin O. Butts III gave the keynote address. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

Stanton Parker II posed after the celebration with Tyler Whitmire, who took the initiative to ask for (and get) Parker’s $100. (Photo copyright 2018 by Brian Turrel)

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To send in items for the Faith News, email information to news@wyandottedaily.com. Please include your name and contact information. In the event of inclement weather, contact the church or organization to see if the event is still being held.

The Keeler Women’s Center, 2220 Central Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, is offering spiritual direction to individuals once a month for one hour, scheduled at the convenience of the director and directee. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 913-906-8990.

“Continuing through Love and Peace in Times Like These” will be the theme of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday celebration Monday, Jan. 15, at the Reardon Center, 5th and Minnesota, Kansas City, Kansas. Pre-service events start at 10:45 a.m. with the formal program beginning at 11 a.m. The Rev. Dr. Calvin O. Butts III of New York, N.Y., is the featured speaker. He is the pastor of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem. He and his church are active in civil rights, social justice and economic development. Since 1999 he has served as president of the State University of New York at Old Westbury. The event Jan. 15 will begin with a Motorcade for Hunger at 9 a.m. at Mount Zion Baptist Church parking lot, 4th and Richmond, leaving at 10 a.m. and arriving at the Reardon Center. Persons are encouraged to donate canned goods. Scholarships will be awarded at the event. For information on choir rehearsals dates and times contact Alicia Saunders at saundersong@aol.com.

Members of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 1300 N. 18th St., Kansas City, Kan., will observe the third Sunday after Epiphany at 10 a.m. Jan. 21.

Wyandotte United Methodist Church, 7901 Oakland Ave., Kansas City, Kansas, will hold a Community Blood Center blood drive from 2:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Feb. 20 in the Fellowship Hall. To schedule a donation, visit www.esavealifenow.org or call 816-753-4040.

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