Church ready to help vic­tims, fam­i­lies through painful time

Maryland Independent - - Community Forum -

As a pas­tor of a church within the St. Charles com­mu­nity, I was ap­palled and quite taken back by the atroc­ity and — let’s call it what it is — evil, that 10 young boys have fallen prey to the ac­tions of one who should have been a trusted men­tor. Many in our church con­gre­ga­tion feel as I do and we want to say to each of the fam­i­lies that we love you and are pray­ing for you dur­ing this time of con­fu­sion, hurt and even anger that you may be ex­pe­ri­enc­ing.

We are here for you if you need some­one to talk to. We are here for you in prayer. We are stand­ing by your side ready and will­ing to of­fer sup­port and com­fort in any way that we can. We have pro­fes­sional coun­selors, men­tors and spir­i­tual lead­ers who are pre­pared to stand with you in sup­port.

Je­sus tells us to “love your neigh­bor as your­self” which is the most im­por­tant com­mand­ment in the Bi­ble equal to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” (Matthew 22:37-40). In times like these, our de­sire is to stand by you and lift you up spir­i­tu­ally, emo­tion­ally, and phys­i­cally where we can. We are cer­tainly lift­ing you up in our prayers.

Please let us know at The Church At St. Charles how we can as­sist you through this dif­fi­cult time in your life and in the lives of your chil­dren.

Fred Cau­dle, Wal­dorf The writer is the se­nior pas­tor of The Church At St. Charles.

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