NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – An ice storm on Monday, Jan. 21, prevented the Bethel College community from holding its annual celebration of the life and legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. The service has been rescheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the Administration Building chapel (note change from earlier location).
Bethel students and staff from the Multicultural Club and the office of Student Life have planned the event, which campus pastor Amy Barker says will “have the feel of a Gospel service, with music throughout.”
Four Bethel students – seniors Adam Gabriel, Monrovia, Calif., and Tarson Powers, West Covina, Calif., junior Angelo Garibaldi, Tyrone, Ga., and freshman Krishna Phifer, Springfield, Va. – will reflect on King’s legacy in their own lives.
Huron Breaux, Wichita, who has participated in a number of Bethel’s King Day celebrations, will sing and also lead congregational singing. Sharon Cranford, Wichita, will join him as a soloist on “Eternal Life, A Prayer…,” an arrangement of the well-known “Prayer of St. Francis of Assisi.” The Holy Savior Men’s Ensemble from Holy Savior Catholic Church in Wichita will sing “Guide my Feet.”
“This will be our Bethel College celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King’s life and his legacy in our community,” said Barker.
There will be refreshments after the service in the Ad Building lobby. The event is free and open to the public.
Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and was the highest ranked Kansas college in the national liberal arts category of U.S. News & World Report’s listing of “America’s Best Colleges” for 2008. For more information, see the Bethel Web site at www.bethelks.edu.