Pause for prayer

Photo by Tom Underhill<br><strong>  Local residents attended a prayer vigil organized by the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) in honor of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. Those in attendance were 7th District Long Beach City Councilmember James Johnson, CHNA board member Stacey Morrison, CHNA president John Royce, local pastors Amy Aitken and Danny Bradfield, Andrea Sylvia Testa, Shelly Forcier, Jerry Caligiuri, Gillian Klinkert and Nancy Elisa Cruz.</strong>

On Friday, Dec. 21, the California Heights Neighborhood Association (CHNA) organized a candlelight vigil in honor of the victims of the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.
A total of 41 neighbors gathered quietly at the corner of Bixby Road and Atlantic Avenue for a moment of prayer in memory of the children, teachers and school staff who lost their lives in the tragedy on Dec. 14.
<strong>Local pastors Amy Aitken and Danny Bradfield, pictured in top photo, lead a prayer vigil on Friday, Dec. 14 in Bixby Knolls. A total of 41 neighbors, seen in bottom photo, gathered at the corner of Bixby Road and Atlantic Avenue for a moment of prayer in memory of the children, teachers and school staff who lost their lives in the tragedy on Dec. 14.</strong>
Local pastors, Amy Aitken of the California Heights United Methodist Church and Danny Bradfield of the Bixby Knolls Christian Church, led the group through interfaith contemplations as the gatherers shared their thoughts, concerns and inspirations.
The small gathering was organized by Stacey Morrison, CHNA board member, and John Royce, CHNA board president, who said the event was envisioned as a way to provide “gentle support and human contact for those contemplating the realities of that sad day in Sandy Hook, the heartbreaking loss of life and the terrible wound left on innumerable souls.”
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On the CHNA Facebook page, the group explained, “While we did not solve unresolved questions or make sense of the senseless, we realized, through a few moments of camaraderie and support, that despite the tragedy unfortunate souls may inflict upon us, we find ourselves surrounded by many more wonderful souls who share our world.”
Also, local residents may learn about the “Snowflakes for Sandy Hook” program by visiting momendeavors.com/2012/12/snowflakes-for-sandy-hook.html .

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