I'm thankful for all of the prayers that you are offering on behalf of the families here in Aurora. There was a prayer vigil held tonight and Jesus was definitely lifted up. Thousands were in attendance. There were a lot of thanks given out, but I'm sure there are many more acts of kindness that will be needed over the coming months while the families try to put their lives back together.
We eventually learned that there were at least 33 folks from our congregation in those two theaters that night. Most were in the adjacent theater and were mostly hit only by debris as bullets came through the walls, but 6-8 teenagers were in the theater with the gunman. Thankfully, none were seriously hurt. My heart breaks for the families of the ones that were killed.
Dozens of churches are rising up to try and meet the needs of the community, including our fellowship which had reporters from a couple of different outlets visit this morning as our pastor tried to comfort everyone. My pastor (Ed Taylor) specifically asked us not to lift up our church, but to lift up Jesus. If you'd like to read the brief articles, here are the links:
(Dallas Fort Worth news) http://www.wfaa.com/news/national/Congr ... 55996.html
(LA Times) http://www.latimes.com/news/nation/nati ... 6921.story
Love you all!