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    Charleston Shooting: Bay Area Unites in Prayer for Emanuel AME Church



    The unspeakable tragedy that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church have left the Body of Christ heartbroken – but even in the midst of grief, national leaders and clergy area leading the call to action in churches cross American. The Bay Area will come together Thursday, June 18th for services in remembrance of the nine lives lost, continued prayer for the Charleston community, and each other.

    ABC US News | World News

     “The senseless tragedy at Mother Emmanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, SC, speaks to the cloaked sickness which continues to move across our country. While in a traditional prayer gathering, which is common among many congregation, evil waited for an opportunity to bring pain into the Community of Faith, the Body of Christ,” said Dr. Harold Mayberry, Senior Pastor, First AME Church. “The AME Church as a denomination and as the Body of Believers continue to turn to God who is our strength and support. We wish to thank the numerous persons, both Clergy and Concerned Citizens, from throughout the Bay Area for your prayers and support”.

    The alleged shooter, Dylann Roof, has been captured and is being held without bond. Names of each of the victims have been identified ( three were men and six were women). Our thoughts and prayers are with each of their families:

    • Rev. Clementa Pinckney, 41
    • Rev. Sharonda Singleton, 45
    • Myra Thompson, 59
    • Tywanza Sanders, 26
    • Ethel Lee Lance, 70
    • Cynthia Hurd, 54
    • Rev. Daniel L. Simmons Sr., 74
    • Rev. DePayne Middleton-Doctor, 49
    • Susie Jackson, 87
    Bay Area Services being held tonight:
    • 6pm
      First African Methodist Episcopal Church
      3701 Telegraph Avenue, Oakland, CA
      Dr. Harold R. Mayberry, Senior Pastor
    • 7pm
      City of Refuge United Church of Christ
      8400 Enterprise Way, Oakland, CA
      Bishop Yvette Flunder, Senior Pastor


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