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THE RIVER - JANUARY 15, 2016
Celebrate King In
Speech And Song
St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal
Church on Sanibel invites the
entire community to join in its Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration,
to be held in the church’s Sanctuary
beginning at 6 p.m. on Monday,
January 18. As the first church in Lee
County – and one of the first Episcopal
churches in Florida – to integrate, St.
Michael’s is especially pleased to host
this important event.
The celebration features a unique
performance by the Housing Authority
of the City of Fort Myers Youth Choir,
in its Sanibel debut. Comprised of 72
children, ages 5 to 17, who reside in
the family development of the Authority
and the Norstar Accolade company,
this choir is the first choral group of its
kind in the nation. For med in summer
2014 and sustained entirely by numer-
ous monetary and in-kind donations, the
choir performs at community events and
at functions promoting the mission of
the Authority. The choir made its debut
August 30, 2014 at Dunbar High School
to commemorate the Southern Christian
Leadership Conference Civil Rights
Movement’s 50th Anniversary. It has
since appeared at such venues as Holiday
in the [Roberto Clemente] Park, and the
Lee County Black History Society’s annu-
al Juneteenth/Father’s Day celebration.
Most recently, it per formed at the Fort
Myers Miracle baseball game on August
4, 2015, singing the National Anthem.
Forty of the group’s singers will appear at
the King Day Celebration.
Youth Choir Director Darlene Mitchell
is a well-known area singer and vocal
coach. A graduate of Hodges University
and member of the Client Services staff
at the Housing Authority of the City of
Fort Myers, she has been recognized for
her achievement in the arts and in com-
munity activism, as a Dr. Martin Luther
King Hall of Fame inductee, sponsored
by the Dunbar Festival and the Lee
County Black History Society, and recipi-
ent of the Southwest Florida Puerto Rican
Chamber of Commerce’s 2010 Most
Powerful Women Award. Mitchell has led
the HACFM Youth Choir since its incep-
tion in 2014.
Keynote speaker for the evening is
The Very Reverend Dr. Michael Battle.
Currently Herbert Thompson Professor
of Church and Society and Director of
the Desmond Tutu Center at General
Theological Seminary in New York,
Battle ear ned a bachelor’s degree from
Duke University, a master of Divinity
from Princeton Theological Seminary,
a master of Sacred Theology from Yale
University and a Ph.D . in Theology and
Ethics from Duke. Ordained in 1993 by
Anglican Archbishop Desmond Tutu, he
has served as vicar at St. Titus Episcopal
Church, Durham, North Carolina, rector
at Church of Our Saviour, San Gabriel,
California, and St. Ambrose Episcopal
Church, Raleigh, North Carolina,
and interim rector or associate priest
with churches in North Carolina and
Cape Town, South Africa. He has also
served as chaplain to Archbishop Tutu,
Congressman John Lewis, the House of
Bishops and, in 2008, for the Lambeth
Conference of Anglican Bishops.
Battle has published nine books,
including Reconciliation: The Ubuntu
Theology of Desmond Tutu, and the
book for the Episcopal Church’s General
Convention, Ubuntu: I In You and You
In Me. In 2010, Battle received one of
the highest distinctions of the Anglican
Church, that of Six Preacher, conferred
by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan
Williams. This recognition, originating
with Thomas Cranmer in 16th-century
England, is awarded only to those few
clerics who demonstrate exemplary dedi-
cation to the Church. Battle and his wife,
Raquel, were married by Archbishop
Tutu. Tutu baptized their two daughters,
Sage and Bliss, and their son, Zion, as
The evening, which is free and open
to the public, also includes a performance
by the St. Michael’s Parish Choir, under
the direction of Music Minister Hank
Glass, and a memorized recitation, by
12-year-old Zaire Saldana, of King’s
famous “I Have A Dream” speech. To
conclude the celebration, the Parish Choir
will lead the audience in a sing-along of
We Shall Overcome.
The event will be followed by a recep-
tion in the Church’s Parish Hall.
To inquire about special events at St.
Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church,
contact Rector Ellen Sloan at 472-2173
or visit saintmichaels-sanibel.org.
For further information, contact Jan
Holly at 472-3594 or janholly4@gmail.
The HACFM Youth Choir, under the direction of Darlene Mitchell, will sing at the King
Organizers for the event are, standing from left, Don Adams, Music Minister Hank Glass
and Yvonne Hill, and seated from left, Rector Ellen Sloan, Wendy McLaughlin, David Bath
and Roberta Winters
The Reverend Dr. Michael Battle will deliver
the keynote address
January 1 welcomed in a new year
and Hope United Church in Fort
Myers welcomed a new pastor, Rev.
Kevin Morris and his wife, Kim.
On January 3, Rev. Morris shared
the worship service with Rev. Dr. Lou
Thompson as Lou delivered a final ser-
mon of his brief pastorate at Hope. And
on January 10, Rev. Morris lead his first
worship at Hope for what is expected to
be the beginning of a long pastorate.
Join the congregation at Hope in
January as we begin this new pastorate
and welcome Kevin and Kim to our com-
munity. Be sure to wear your name tag.
Rev. Morris and Kim moved to the
Estero area on December 29. They have
leased a home in Estates at Estero and
will be living there as they get better
acquainted with the area.
Hope United Church is located at
7470 Hickory Drive in Fort Myers, Call
267-3331 for more infor mation.
On Tuesdays and Fridays from 9
to 11 a.m ., St. Vincent de Paul
Church operates a food pantry at
2073 Lafayette Avenue on the corner
of Grand, one block west of the City of
Palms baseball stadium.
To be eligible for food assistance, you
must have a photo ID and meet USDA
eligibility requirements. You are eligible to
receive food once a week if your house-
hold meets the income guidelines avail-
able at the food pantry or participates in
any of the following programs:
• Supplemental Nutrition Assistance
• Temporary Assistance to Needy
• Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
You only need to meet one of these
requirements to be eligible to receive
Volunteers and food donations are
always welcome. Contact the church at
334-9225 to donate and/or volunteer
For more information about local food
pantries, go to www.foodpantries.org/ci/
On Monday, January 18, Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birth-
day, the City of Fort Myers’ Solid
Waste Division will have no change in
residential and commercial collection.
All trash, recycling, horticultural and
bulk pick up will be collected as regularly
The City of Fort Myers’ Utility Billing
Office and all city offices will be closed
in observance of Dr. Martin Luther King,
Jr.’s birthday on January 18.
If you have any questions concern-
ing your service, contact the Solid Waste
Division at 321-8050 .
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