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Prayers sent from Telferner to Oklahoma (video)

By Sonny Long
May 22, 2013 at 12:22 a.m.
Updated May 23, 2013 at 12:23 a.m.

The Rev. George Barcus leads a prayer vigil for those affected by recent tornadoes in Oklahoma  and Texas at the United Methodist Church in Telferner. All donations will be given to relief efforts.

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Danette Wagner bowed her head in prayer as photographs of tornado destruction flashed across the screen at the front of her church.

"I can't look at those pictures on TV of all of that mess and not want to do something," Wagner said.

"A lot of us don't have a lot of money to give and can't just jump in the car and go up there. So, I figured the best thing to do was come here and pray for those people."

Wagner was one of about a half dozen people who took part in a prayer vigil at Telferner United Methodist Church for those affected by the recent tornado in Moore, Okla.

The Rev. George Barcus, who has been pastor at the church for four years, said a member of the congregation approached him about how the church could help.

"They asked me, 'Can we pray for them?' and I said of course," Barcus said. He then set up the date and time for the prayer vigil.

Jody Staff also took time out to pray for the tornado victims, families and emergency responders.

"I'm here to offer whatever I can to help and to contribute a little to the relief effort," Staff said.

Monetary donations received were earmarked for the United Methodist Committee on Relief that will assist in the cleanup and rebuilding effort.

The Telferner church has between 30 and 40 active members.

After welcoming those in attendance Wednesday, Barcus said, "When there is a tragic incident with children involved, it seems like it's so much worse and more devastating."

Before the vigil, Barcus and Wagner lit 24 candles at the front of the church.

The 24 candles represent the 24 lost in Moore, said Barcus.

"I don't have names for them, but I know a God who knows every one of their names, and he's holding every one of them right now."

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