Congregations in Green Country sending support and hope to Connecticut

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 12/17/2012 10:35 am Published: 12/16/2012 7:37 pm

The tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut remains on the minds of Oklahomans and is weighing heavy on their hearts.

“Why did this happen, why the little innocent children and to the people who dedicated their lives to educate them,” said Mandy Shaw.

26 lives were taken at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut on Friday. On Sunday, Oklahoma parishioners came to the pews of Park Plaza Church of Christ looking for comfort and answers.

Senior Minister for Park Plaza Church of Christ, Mitch Wilburn, told FOX23 he could see the pain and sense the sadness amongst his congregation. He says he hopes the church can provide comfort for those who are grieving.

“I hope they can release the sadness and mourn and know that it is okay to hurt,” said Wilburn, “We are at a loss and this is a good place to begin for healing.”

The minister says, regardless of denomination, it is important to be understanding and to show love and support for those who are hurting.

“I think it’s for our entire nation to remember to hold who we love tightly and remember what this is all about,” said Wilburn.

Many in attendance told FOX23 the sermon was just what they needed to hear.

“We were able to reach out to each other which was a great comfort,” said Stev Harrold.

The church is putting emotions to paper. A banner filled with messages of hope and support will be sent to Newtown on Monday.

The church hopes that the gesture will provide a sense of support from Green Country.

“I hope it will let them know that there are people, hopefully all over the world, that are thinking about them and wishing them hope and some peace,” said Jade Harrold.

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