Shelby's MLK service in larger building

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New St. John’s structure can handle bigger crowd

By Lisa King

Shelbyville’s 15th annual Martin Luther King Day service will be Monday, and organizers say they are hoping for a great turnout now.

“We have always had a pretty good crowd, but we are hoping that this year will be even better,” said Robert Marshall, pastor of St. John United Methodist Church at 212 Martin Luther King St. in Shelbyville, where the service will take place at 1 p.m.

“Before we moved into the new building [in 2013], we would fill it up, and we had about a hundred and fifty folks, but we’re hoping that with our new sanctuary that holds two hundred and fifty, that we’ll occupy all that space,” he said.

The community-wide service always features a guest speaker, and this year it will be Robert E. Houston, pastor of First Baptist Church in Frankfort.

Marshall said he hopes that people from all across the community will attend, not just people from the church’s neighborhood, because, to him, the spirit of Martin Luther King embraces all people.

“It has deep roots as far as the day is concerned,” he said.

Marshall said he also plans to attend the 50th anniversary Civil Rights March in Frankfort on March 5 and plans to take a group from Shelby with him.

Shelby County Park and Recreation officials say they do not plan an MLK documentary for this year like the one that was held last year at the Miller Education Center.

Janice Harris, president of the Shelby County Chapter of the NAACP, said the event at St. John’s on Monday is the only one she knows in Shelby County.

 “We are really looking forward to that program,” she said


MLK Day event


WHAT: Community worship service for Martin Luther King Day

WHEN: 1 p.m. Monday

WHERE: St. John United Methodist Church, 212 Martin Luther King St. in Shelbyville