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.