Martin Luther King, Jr., celebration includes community worship service

Sharon Hannum has a dream she hopes comes true one day.

One year she wants a capacity crowd to turn out for the Martin Luther King, Jr., Community Worship Service. This year’s event, held on Jan. 16 at the First Baptist Church of Maryville, drew between 200 to 250 to hear the Rev. Ezra Maize from the First A.M.E. Zion Church in Knoxville.

Hannum said Maize is a younger preacher who is very passionate about Christ. The service is a special time for Hannum that she hopes more will take time to participate in each year.

“I’m always hopeful we’ll have a capacity crowd,” she said. “That is a dream of mine, that people are going to want to be part of the worship service.”

The theme of this year’s series of events for the Martin Luther King Celebration was “Reviving the Spirit and Realizing the Dream.”

Hannum said several people left the church in a different place spiritually than when they entered. “We had people who found the Lord or rededicated their lives,” she said. “To me that is one of the most awesome things that could happen.”

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