Lakeside Chautauqua and its extended community are concerned about the health and well-being of persons everywhere affected by the worldwide pandemic and social injustice. The community lifted its voices in prayer and lit candles for peace, justice and healing on Sunday at the Steele Memorial Bandstand in Bettinger Park.
The vigil was led by the Rev. Dr. Charles Yoost, Director of Religious Life & Church Outreach, and the Rev. Karen Graham, Pastor at the Lakeside United Methodist Church. Candles were available for all participants, with prayers for the community, nation and world during this time of global pandemic and social unrest.
Lakeside remains committed to its mission to enrich the quality of life for all people, said community leaders. They sincerely desired to be part of creating a future where fear and injustice give way to an equitable society where all can live healthy in peace and harmony, and without fear.
Lakeside joined in prayer with concerned citizens across the country following the tragic death of George Floyd, said officials, and continue to pray for all those involved in seeking a cure, caregivers everywhere and all those affected by COVID-19.