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A Hope+Elim MLK Celebration: The Beloved Community

Hope+Elim (2500 University Ave. DSM)
Monday, Jan 16, 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Please join us as we celebrate and live out Rev. Martin Luther King’s vision of The Beloved Community, from the very stage Dr. King spoke from 64 years ago!

The celebration will include powerful worship, an inspiring message from keynote speaker, Sam Acho, musical performances by local talents Bridges to Harmony, Genesis Youth Foundation, and other Des Moines voices!

A book signing will follow the service and to-go meals are available as you leave.

To continue Dr. King’s desire for service, please bring non-perishable food items for our neighbors in need. All donated food items will be shared with local food pantries and to support Hope+Elim’s Community Night.

This event will also be livestreamed on Hope+Elim’s YouTube channel.

Sam Acho

Sam Acho, Event Keynote Speaker 

ESPN Football Analyst, Nine-Year NFL Veteran, Author, Humanitarian and Ambassador for International Justice Mission

Sam’s second book, "Change Starts With You" comes out March 7.

Pre-order book

Bring your proof-of-purchase to our MLK Celebration and you will receive an advanced copy of the book. A book signing will follow the celebration.

A final version of the book with a nice jacket will be sent after the March 7 release.

MLK Service Day

Saturday, Jan. 14, 9:00-11:00 am at Hope+Elim (2500 University Ave. DSM)

Please join us as we come together at Hope+Elim to care for our community in a variety of ways. All are welcome and encouraged to join us as we serve!

We are partnering with Meals from the Heartland to package meals, preparing teacher appreciation gifts to share joy with our schools and collecting non-perishable food items to share with our neighbors in need. We hope you, your family, neighbors or co-workers will join us as we do a small part to serve our community.

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Honoring Rev. Martin Luther King

I’ve been involved in several celebrations of Dr. King’s legacy and each time it is a reminder to me of his courage, humility, and sacrifice.  
For me, honoring Dr. King and his legacy is more than an event, it is a rite of passage that recognizes and reminds us of the foundation of the Civil Rights Movement.  

Honoring Dr. King’s legacy is also an opportunity for an awakening for younger generations who are unaware of Dr. King’s contribution to American history.  

I have been personally and professionally inspired by Dr. King’s life and his body of work as a leader.  

When I am the only person of color in a classroom, boardroom, or leadership forum, I am reminded of Dr. King’s Dream and the sacrifices made for me to have access. I am also challenged to do my part in providing more opportunities for the next generation and not be content. Dr. King stood in the gap for many who were oppressed, mistreated, and  devalued. He did so with great strength and humility as a man of faith and disciple of Jesus Christ. As a preacher, teacher, and activist, he stood up for what was right and did not allow the hatred and bigotry of many to impact his love and commitment to God and his fellow man.

Dr. Brian Brown
Co-Pastor Hope+Elim