Hickory – The annual Spirit of King Community Service will be held on January 20, 2019 at 3:00pm at First United Methodist Church in Hickory, celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. A mass choir made up local choirs will sing led by Michelle Derr of Friendship Missionary Baptist Church. The annual service is a collaborative effort between the Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance and the Hickory Area Ministers.

The speaker for the service will be the Rev. Dr. Gregory Moss, one of Charlotte’s most prominent civil rights activist pastors. Moss served for 17 years as senior pastor of St. Paul’s Baptist Church, a 5,000 member African-American Church, stepping down in 2015. During his tenure at St. Paul’s, Moss was well known for empowering people in need and helping them find a voice for their issues which included homelessness, hunger, HIV and get out the vote initiatives.  He is the past president of the Lott Carey Foundation  and today serves as it’s Interim Executive Secretary-Treasurer.  The mission of the Lott Carey Foundation is to extend the Christian witness around the world. Their work includes prayer partnership, financial support, and technical assistance alongside indigenous communities to support their ministries of evangelism.

The Spirit of King Award will be given to an individual from the Hickory area who embodies the spirit of Dr. King’s legacy of inclusion of people of all races and cultures, making our community a better place to live for all people. A time of fellowship and light refreshments will follow the service.

First United Methodist Church is located at 311 3rd Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601. Contact: Rev. Antonio Logan 828-302-9991 or email fbchickory@gmail.com, President, Greater Hickory Ministerial Alliance (association of African American Church) Rev. Robert Ford, 828-308-7372, email: chaplain.hobbit@gmail.com President, Hickory Area Ministers (all churches)