Remembering 9-11, a commemorative notebook

We'd like for you to share your memories of how you found comfort or encouragement in your church community when the horrific events of September 11, 2001 occurred.  Instead of writing a story with interview comments from a few members, we'd like for all of us to have the opportunity to write the story, together.

Please click on the comment button below and contribute your memory of 9-11.

Here are a few comments to begin the conference 9-11 Notebook:

On September 11, 2001, I was in the neighborhood hair salon getting my hair cut.  The TV was on.  Together all of us saw the second tower going down.  No one could believe it.  I didn’t know what to do except pray. I went to the Blood Center and waited six hours to give blood and be with hundreds of others to share in the grief.  I remember our church was open for prayer.  The church on Sunday morning was packed at both services.  I found the sermon that Sunday morning being a comfort, trying to explain why. -- Sharon Luther, Conference Lay Leader

I was in the kitchen of my restaurant the morning of 9/11 when my wife walked in and told us that a plane had flown into one of the World Trade Center Towers. We turned on a radio and listened in dismay as the second tower was also struck by a plane. We understood then that America was under attack. In shock, we observed a moment of silence and prayer and then reluctantly returned to work. I lowered our American Flag to half mast, and we went through the motions of working for the next few hours. Following the lunch busy time, a group of believers and I gathered for a time of sharing and prayer in the back of the restaurant.-- Dave Elyea, East Central District Chair of New Church Development.

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