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Group set to pray against drug abuse

June 05, 2000|By MARLO BARNHART

Area residents will employ the power of prayer in the battle against drug abuse in Washington County in a Prayer Walk Against Drug Abuse on Saturday, according to organizers of the event.

Siri Young, who works in addiction prevention and is vice president of the Community Enrichment Coalition, is one of the organizers of the effort. Young said she and others felt the downtown churches could lend strength to the battle against drug abuse, a battle often waged on the streets, in the shadow of some of those churches.

"We decided we'd never had an approach involving the churches before and it was time we did," Young said.

Following a free 9 a.m. continental breakfast at Asbury United Methodist Church on Jonathan Street, walkers will proceed to Christ's Reformed Church on Franklin Street where they will stop and pray, said Ingrid Backman, another walk organizer.

Backman, who works in foster care at the Department of Social Services, said the walkers will proceed to St. Mary's Catholic Church on West Washington Street for more prayer.

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The group will move from there to The Presbyterian Church of Hagerstown at Washington and Prospect streets, and then to St. John's Lutheran Church on South Potomac Street.

After a prayer stop at Congregation B'Nai Abraham on Baltimore Street, the prayer walk will conclude back at Asbury.

"We decided that we needed to get an ecumenical effort going in the community," Young said.

The event, which will be held rain or shine, will donate two-thirds of funds raised through free-will offerings to the Washington County Council of Churches Social Services.

Young said all churches in Washington County have been invited to participate, as well as anyone who believes in the power of prayer. Organizers encourage those who are unable to participate in the walk to contribute funds.

For more information, call 301-791-3054.

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