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Prayers for country, community

Friends organize event 

A critical election that looms in the not-too-distant future, along with economic troubles that don’t seem to be going away and other pertinent issues facing American culture are all of concern to a local group of friends, who have stepped up to organize an event to rally their community under the context of faith.

This group of nine individuals has been working for the past six weeks to organize a community prayer time slated for 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday at Brown Park.

“Our problems are too big for us to solve, and probably too difficult for any of our leaders to handle,” members wrote in a Letter to the Forum submitted to the Bellefontaine Examiner.

“So what can be done? We decided that the only person we know who can help us to find our way is God.”

Invitations for the prayer time have been extended to about 100 churches in the area by the group, which is made up of city residents Larry Mawhorr, Tom Reynolds, Tim Harman, Ron and Deb Baker and Gordon Shellaberger, West Mansfield resident JoAnn Bayliss, Jim Burkholder of Lakeview and Iris Raines of DeGraff. 

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