Corley to speak at MLK  observance Jan. 21

Corley to speak at MLK  observance Jan. 21Pastor Bill Corley gives the invocation at last year’s MLK observance. Also pictured in the background are Pastor Eddie Thomas and Melissa Constant — Photo by Laura Austin


“What is at the heart of Dr. King’s message? Personally, for me, it is to gain an understanding that we are all God’s children, created by him as individuals to serve Him and to keep his greatest command at the forefront of our minds — to love one another as He loved us,” said Eddie Edwards, member of the committee that will host a “Day of Unity” on Monday, Jan. 21, to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Representatives of local churches gather each year to host the celebration, which highlights Dr. King’s dream of uniting hearts and minds. This year’s observance will be held at Crossroads Community Church, starting at 11 a.m., and will feature Pastor Bill Corley as the keynote speaker.

Local musician and teacher Heidi Costanzo is bringing together a community choir for the event. Michelle Findley and a group of local musicians will collaborate with the choir to perform a classic Beatles anthem, which resonates with the theme of the MLK celebration, “All You Need Is Love.”

“Dr. King said, ‘The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy,’” said a member of the steering committee.

“Where do you stand? We agree that we can’t change the world, but together we can change Ridgecrest one relationship at a time.

We would like to invite you to take a stand with us during the annual Martin Luther King program, where we take the opportunity to celebrate what unites us and encourage unity in our community.”

The public is invited to attend.

Story First Published: 2019-01-11