Bethlehem Apostolic Temple Holds Service to Remember Lives Lost in Charleston Shooting


On Sunday morning a local church honored and remembered those nine lives lost in Wednesday night’s church shooting in Charleston, South Carolina, calling for people to come together despite their skin color.

Dozens gathered inside of Bethlehem Apostolic Temple in Wheeling to show unity and support for the people who lost their lives in the tragic shooting.

During the service, Reverend D. W. Cummings said that God never intended for there to be a white church and a black church,  and that he would want everyone to worship together. “We believe God’s goal is for us to come together and that’s what we’re trying to do to remind us to come together that we’re all in this together,” he said.

Blair White and his mother came from another church to be at the Sunday service. His goal was to show that serving God doesn’t need to be a white or a black thing. “Just endless suffering because of the color of our skin and its just wrong we have to stop it and we don’t do it by separation we do it by coming together,” he said.

Reverend Cummings says although the shooting did not happen here, it can, and that’s why it’s important to talk about issues like this. “We don’t want to be reactive, we want to be proactive. So we are speaking out in advance and remind us all that we all need each other.”

During the special service, members black and white joined hands to show their commitment to each other and the church.

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