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Ecumenical Services to Commemorate Birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Several ecumenical services will be held throughout Santa Monica over the weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday.

The public is invited to join with Calvary Baptist Church at Beth Shir Sholom, 1827 California Avenue, at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, January 12.

On Saturday, January 13, Father Mike Gutierrez of St. Anne’s Catholic Church, 2017 Colorado Avenue, has invited 10 youth from Calvary Baptist Church, Beth Shir Shalom, First Unitarian and Shira Council (Islam), as well as other local worship centers, to an interfaith gathering sponsored by the Santa Monica Interfaith Council from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. The theme is “Who’s your neighbor?” They are being facilitated by the Cornerstone Theatre Group as well as help from Michelle Wittig and her students from Cal State University, Northridge (CSUN). This is part of a new beginning and beautiful experience in the community.

The commemoration celebration continues during morning worship at 10:45 a.m. on Sunday, January 14, at Calvary Baptist Church, 1502 20th Street, where Reverend Herman Kemp is pastor and host. Also participating will be the Delaware Avenue 7th Day Adventist Church Choir and congregation, along with Reverend James E. Patterson, pastor, and the Beth Shir Sholom Choir and Congregation with Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels as the special guest speaker.

Singing along with the Voices of Calvary Choir, the Beth Shir Sholom Choir and the Delaware Avenue 7th Day Adventist Choir will be guest soloist Betty Doss, a member of Greater Community Baptist Church of Pacoima (where Dr. D. D. Chatman is pastor).

Reverend Herman Kemp and Rabbi Neil Comess-Daniels have been instrumental in bringing about positive changes in Santa Monica and across the country. Reverend Kemp is asking all communities to remember “The King” and acknowledge this year’s National King Motto, “A Day On – Not a Day Off.” Everyone is encouraged to take a moment and remember Dr. King’s service to humanity with the hope that by observing the holiday in this way, citizens may re-dedicate themselves and their lives to their Beloved Communities in which Dr. King so believed.

For information, call Calvary Baptist Church, 310.829.3291 or e-mail

(Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., was a vital figure of the modern era. His lectures and dialogues stirred the concern and sparked the conscience of a generation. The movements and marches he led brought significant changes in the fabric of American life through his courage and selfless devotion. This devotion gave direction to thirteen years of civil rights activities. His charismatic leadership inspired men and women, young and old, in this nation and around the world.)

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