On Jan. 20 there was an Ecumenical Service for all the churches of Sandusky.
The 3 p.m. service was at Ebenezer Baptist Church on Pierce Street. The service was "Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2008, Pray Without Ceasing." The attendance was fair.
Through the efforts of the Sandusky Area Ministerial Association, President Rev. Kimberly Secrist Ashby of First Presbyterian Church, this was the "Celebration of 100 Years of Unity!"
The sermon was given by the renowned Pastor Thomas Darden. The message was one of inspiration, love, hope and serving unto all others. Choirs from Ebenezer and New Jerusalem Baptist churches helped in leading those members present in hymn singing and anthems. Steve Kraus, of First Presbyterian Church, sang a solo "American Trilogy," and he was well received for his rendition of this song.
The Rev. Clyde Mayberry, President, Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance, the Rev. Dan Miller, First Baptist, the Rev. Barbara Stephens-Rich of Columbus Avenue United Methodist, the Rev. Amariah McIntosh of Porter's Memorial CME, the Rev. Ashby and the Rev. Clyde Mayberry all participated in this moving service of unity and Brotherly Love! There was a an offering taken, to be divided between Care and Share of Erie County, and world disaster relief through the World Council of Churches.
I hope that this kind of service will serve more people in the near future. To all our community brothers and sisters, we need this unity. We need this throughout Erie County!
William K. Kraus