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West Valley churches come together for Martin Luther King Day service

Thursday, January 17, 20131055 views

Everyone is invited to attend an upcoming church service to celebrate diversity and unity in the community.

On Martin Luther King Day, Monday, Jan. 21, Granger Christian Church will open its doors for a special, multi-denominational event in honor of the legacy of the civil and human rights leader.

The service, which is open to the public, begins at 2 p.m. and will feature keynote speaker Daphne Gascot Arias and remarks from West Valley City Mayor Mike Winder.

Granger Christian Church Minister Pastor Vinnetta Golphin-Wilkes said the service is in keeping with the mission and message of the church.

“Granger’s commitment is to promote community and work together. We focus on the things that unite us,” she said.

Granger Christian Church is located at 4100 South 3232 West. The church has guiding values that include fostering spiritual growth, courage, integrity, respect and inclusiveness within the community.

The Martin Luther King Day service is planned to last about an hour. The congregations of other area churches – including St. Stephens Episcopal Church, St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, and Iglesia Episcopal San Esteban  – have also been invited to participate in the event.

During the event, a communion service will be held. The keynote address will be given by Gascot Arias, the wife of Regional Minister Jose Morales of the Central Rocky Mountain Region of the Disciples of Christ Church.

The mayor will open the service with remarks at 2 p.m., followed by a worship service featuring the Biblical readings that inspired the work of Dr. King at 3 p.m. and then a reception beginning at 4 p.m.

Winder, who was invited to speak as a special representative of the leadership and community of West Valley, said he is honored to have the opportunity to participate.

“One of the great things about West Valley City is its diversity, both ethnic and religious,” he said.

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