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REEDSVILLE – A multi-church prayer service in support of the Ukrainian people and peace will be held at East Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church on April 28.

The idea for the service came after congregations from three churches in Reedsville became concerned about the situation in Ukraine.

“We had people contributing to various funds to provide equipment to Ukraine. They felt that something had to be done to bring people together in the Mifflin County community. It was a thought to bring people together in prayer and meditation,” said Paul Raber, head of music and worship committee at East Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church.

Joy Kauffman, acting pastor of East Kishacoquillas Presbyterian Church, said one initiative of the church is to bring “old stories of trauma are brought into the open, then (look at them) in the light of faith.”

“A single service will certainly not be enough to eliminate feelings of anxiety and anger or frustrations and doubts. We might ask the question, where is God in all of this? added Pastor Carla Volland of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Reedsville. “At this point, we can collectively show up and pray for the Ukrainian people and for the Russian people. We can pray for all people living in war-torn areas and for refugees. We pray especially for the whole world community, including the leaders. Reedsville churches are praying together as a sign of hope for the community. People should not be alone in their fear in the midst of uncertainty.

The service, hosted by Eash Kish Presbyterian, Church Hill United Methodist and Evangelical Lutheran Church of Reedsville, will include scripture readings, time for prayer, meditation, music and hymns and will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The church is handicap accessible and located at the corner of Walnut and Church streets in Reedsville, with parking available next to the church. For more information, call (717) 936-0170 or email [email protected]

A voluntary offering will be accepted to support the church’s disaster relief funds. “We don’t focus (on donations) though. We’re just trying to bring people together.” said Raber.

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