St. Michael & All Angels to Celebrate MLK in Speech and Song

provided to Santiva Chronicle

St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church invites the entire Sanibel/Captiva and Ft. Myers region to join in its fifth annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Day Celebration, 6 p.m., Monday, January 20, at the church. 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 annual event.

Keynote speaker for the evening is The Rev. Mother Adrienne Hymes. Hymes is the Missioner for Church Extension, Episcopal Diocese of Southwest Florida, and Priest-in-Charge, Wesley Chapel Episcopal Church. Mother Hymes’s broad ministry includes church planting in Pasco and Hillsborough counties.

Hymes is a clinically trained chaplain, having completed a full-time, one-year Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) residency at Morton Plant Hospital in Clearwater, and one year as an ER trauma chaplain at Bayfront Medical Center in St. Petersburg. Her more than 13 years of experience as a seasoned public relations and marketing executive in Los Angeles and Washington, DC, have uniquely equipped her to engage and access frontiers traditionally closed to the Church. Leveraging these skills has enabled her to develop frameworks for the revitalization of existing ministries and the development of new ministries. She is an internationally published advocate for the specialized practice of workplace chaplaincy, and has studied the practice extensively in the U.S. and the U.K.

A life-long Episcopalian, Hymes earned her Master in Divinity degree from the Virginia Theological Seminary, Alexandria, and her B.A. degree in Rhetoric and Communications Studies from the University of Virginia in Charlottesville.

Hymes leads the Wesley Chapel Episcopal Church, a vibrant worshiping community in the rich Anglican tradition, located in the Tampa Bay area.

The event, which is free and open to the public, includes a performance by the Victorious Dance Ministry of the First Assembly Cornerstone in Fort Myers, and an appearance by the popular Gospel group, The Spiritual Voices of Ft. Myers, Florida. The program also features fourteen-year-old Zaire Saldana, a freshman at Dunbar High School, who, by popular demand, appears for a fifth time, to give a memorized recitation from King’s famous “I Have a Dream” speech.

Under the direction of Minister of Music Hank Glass, the St. Michael’s Parish Choir begins the program with two spirituals, Ain’t a That Good News and Ride the Chariot. The event concludes with the Spiritual Voices and the Parish Choir leading the audience in a sing-along of “We Shall Overcome.”

The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration is followed by a reception in the Church’s Parish Hall.

To inquire about this and other special events at St. Michael & All Angels Episcopal Church, contact Priest-in-Charge Alan Kelmereit, 2304 Periwinkle Way, 472-2173/

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