Martin Luther King Jr. Service Rescheduled for February 24
Mercersburg Academy will host the third-annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service on Sunday, February 24, at 4 p.m. in the Irvine Memorial Chapel. The service is held by the Mercersburg Ministerium Association to commemorate the life and ministry of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. All are welcome to attend.
The service was originally scheduled to be held Sunday, January 20 (one day prior to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day federal holiday), but was postponed due to weather conditions.
At 3 p.m., a Unity March will take place beginning at Mercersburg’s Borough Hall and continuing to the Chapel. Academy Carillonneur Jim Brinson will play the carillon, and a chorus made up of members of the local churches in attendance will sing during the service.
The Ministerium Association is made up of 10 churches within the greater Mercersburg area.
This year’s guest speaker is Rev. Tabitha P. Ssonko, pastor at Monumental African Methodist Episcopal (AME) Church in Steelton, Pa. Ssonko has pastored there since 2015 and is leading the church in a major capital campaign, “Be Monumental,” to rebuild the spiritual and physical infrastructure of the oldest African-American congregation in the Borough of Steelton (near Harrisburg).
Ssonko is a native of Baltimore, Md., and graduated from Coppin State College with a bachelor’s degree in African history and a minor in political science in 2001. She received a master’s of divinity from Duke Divinity School in May 2011.
In 2017, along with other church leaders, Ssonko started the AAMA Community Garden to address Steelton’s identification as a food desert. She is a community pastor with a heart for people, and her work in the parish centers around women’s faith leader empowerment and faith-based community organizing.
“We are honored to host the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemorative Service for the third year,” said Rev. Will Whitmore, Mercersburg’s school minister. “It is a blessing to get to celebrate the life of this great man with members of our community. We are excited for Rev. Ssonko to join us and preach within the chapel.”
On January 21, Mercersburg students marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day by participating in workshops and discussions across campus on topics of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice. The discussion groups were led by faculty, alumni, and even the students themselves.
Founded in 1893 in the heart of Pennsylvania and the Mid-Atlantic, Mercersburg is a private, coed, college preparatory boarding school with approximately 435 students (15 percent are day), grades 9-12 and postgraduate.
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