A silent candlelight prayer vigil for peace and non-violence will be held at 6:00 p.m. on the steps of St. Paul United Church of Christ, Columbia, IL  on the evening of the Ferguson grand jury announcement.  If the announcement is made on Wednesday, the vigil will still take place and the Community Thanksgiving Service will begin at 7:00 p.m. as planned.

Both Pastor Kris Avise-Rouse and I feel that this is the appropriate action for our congregation, as well as for all Christians, all people of faith, all citizens of a land that believe in justice, as our region faces these crucial times.

Pray for peace.  Pray for non-violence.  Pray that this is God’s time for racial reconciliation throughout our region.

Sincerely in Christ,

Pastor Bob Goddard,   Senior Pastor

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