For several years now, Martin Luther King Day has been observed by many individuals and organizations as a day of service, a day of giving back to the community, instead of a day off.
Last year, Bishop Scott Mayer led a group of several dozen Episcopalians who volunteered at several different places during the day. The bishop is unable to do this again this year because of a scheduling conflict, but urges all Episcopalians to take part in the MLK Day of Service coordinated by Tarrant Churches Together.
The 2019 MLK Day of Service is Monday, January 21, at Baker Chapel A.M.E. Church with 8 am registration, 9 am worship service, and 10 am volunteer at sites. Our own 4Saints Episcopal Food Pantry is one of the many organizations you can sign up to help. Some examples of the kinds of service (this is not a complete list of opportunities to serve) include:
- West Aide, 7940 Camp Bowie West Blvd, Fort Worth 76116, to shelve and sort items for donation
- Writing Letters to Soldiers, Baker Chapel, 1050 E Humbolt, Write letters to encourage and support military service personnel stationed in the US and overseas
- St. Stephen Presbyterian Church, 2700 McPherson Ave, Fort Worth 76109, cleaning and organizing the Day School and music library
- The Welman Project,42001 Trail Lake Dr, Fort Worth 76109, organize inventory of furniture, test supplies, make small repairs, dabble in creative reuse mini projects
- True Worth Place, 10:30am to 12:45pm – 1513 E. Presidio St, Fort Worth 76102, Cleaning and serving lunch