Diverse tasks unite people on King holiday

2/11/2011


Coordinated by Cameron Campus Ministry in Lawton
Clockwise from lower left, volunteers work at UM Redemption Church, the Boys and Girls Club, Salvation Army Thrift Store, and Lawton Food Bank.

In Lawton, mission projects and more marked Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Jan. 17, through efforts by Cameron Campus Ministry/Lawton Wesley Foundation.

Revs. Montie and Galeda Jones are directors of the campus ministry at Cameron University. Montie said the three-part program on that national holiday sought to engage the university community in volunteer service during “a day on” instead of “a day off.”

A total of 367 volunteers worked on 11 projects for community agencies during the Day of Service segment that morning.

One group of 25 went to Lawton’s Redemption Church site. The students, Wesley board members, and community members cleaned three vans, cleaned and repaired all the windows in the building, completed plumbing repairs, cleaned pew cushions and oiled the woodwork—and closed out their work with a gospel-fest in the sanctuary.

Back at the university, an afternoon panel discussion and evening banquet were open to the public. Keynote speaker was national TV commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who is a Columbia University professor and author of “Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life.”

Photos by Jeff Dixon of The Lawton Constitution

One group of 25 went to Lawton’s Redemption Church site. The students, Wesley board members, and community members cleaned three vans, cleaned and repaired all the windows in the building, completed plumbing repairs, cleaned pew cushions and oiled the woodwork—and closed out their work with a gospel-fest in the sanctuary.

Back at the university, an afternoon panel discussion and evening banquet were open to the public. Keynote speaker was national TV commentator Marc Lamont Hill, who is a Columbia University professor and author of "Beats, Rhymes, and Classroom Life."

 


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