Local clergy join efforts with service, fund-raiser

WARREN -- Some 20 local members of the clergy, who have joined in a Hurricane Katrina relief effort, will conduct a nondenominational worship service and fund-raiser for the hurricane victims at 6 p.m. Sunday in the riverfront amphitheater in Perkins Park.
During the service, the clergy will inform the community how it can help the disaster victims. The service will also recognize those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.
Government and civic leaders, business owners and the public are invited to the service.
"We're trying to build unity, but we're also trying to make everybody aware that, regardless of what's going on, we still believe that there is a God who watches over us and is able to bring us through anything," said Orneil Heller, a city firefighter and associate pastor at New Jerusalem Fellowship.
The service will include remarks from Mayor Michael O'Brien or his designee and various local clergy members and a short sermon preached by Heller. The New Jerusalem Fellowship Choir will sing at the outdoor service.
Cash donations for the hurricane relief effort will be accepted at the service, but donations of materials should be taken to New Freedom Missionary Baptist Church, 1590 Tod Ave. S.W., daily from 1 to 4 p.m. Items accepted there will include toothpaste, disposable diapers, toilet paper, bottled water and other nonperishable items.
"We want to encourage the citizens of our community to come together to assist in meeting the economic, physical and spiritual needs of the Hurricane Katrina victims," said Pastor Gerald Morgan of Hoyt Street Flourishing Ministries Church of God in Christ.
At least 20 Trumbull County churches are participating in the relief effort, the Rev. Mr. Morgan said.
"We hope to raise the level of commitment and contributions in the effort to help those victims in Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama," he said. "We want to make sure that our community has done its part in lending a helping hand in a time of need."

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