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October 8, 2012

Prayer rally planned: Event held in response to recent violent crimes

— A group of the faithful will gather on Wednesday and pray for the betterment of Johnstown.

The rally, called “Save Our Town and Our People,” will take place from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. inside Pleasant Hill Baptist Church at 206 Peelor St.

It is being held in response to recent violent crimes that organizers, including Rev. Sylvia King and the Rev. Reginald C. Floyd, feel have negatively impacted the safety and economic well-being of the community.

“This is a chance for the church to raise its voice,” said King, pastor of Christ Centered Community Church in the Kernville section of the city.

“Our stance can’t be one of silence. We have to be the loudest voice.”

Anybody interested in praying for the city is invited to attend the nondenominational event.

“I believe we’re more alike than we ever would know. ... We can agree on one thing; we all need help and the church has the answer,” said King.

Three other rallies already are scheduled: Johnstown Grace Brethren Church on Nov. 14, St. James Missionary Baptist Church on Dec. 12, and Grove Avenue United Methodist Church on Jan. 9.

Organizers are looking for other churches to host future prayer gatherings.

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