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Asbury Memorial Church
Orange Ribbons for a Reason
Karl Graham & Randy Canady afix ribbons on the fence to represent those killed by gun violence this year in Savannah
On Wednesday, July 1, 2015, two weeks after a mass shooting at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, SC, the congregation of Asbury Memorial UMC began hanging these orange ribbons on the fence. The ribbons represent the individuals who have been killed by gunfire in Savannah since January 1, 2015. The ribbons that are a lighter shade represent individuals who were under the age of 18.
The ribbons remind us to pray for the family and friends of these individuals, to pray for policy makers to create common sense gun laws, and to pray for ourselves as we seek to make this a more peaceful world.
Will you too, pray with us?
Lord, make me an instrument of Thy peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.
- Attributed to St. Francis of Assisi
Mom's Demand Action for Gun Sense in America
Presented at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church, Savannah, GA, Sunday, July 5, 2015 by Anne Allen Westbrook.
For more information got to momsdemandaction.org
Reading of the names of those killed by gun violence in Savannah this year
Sermon "The Power of Showing Up" was given by Rev. Billy Hester, Sunday, July 5 brings out the importance of showing up for an enlightenment, a blessing or a cause. One of the causes; "Ribbons for a Cause".
Sermon: "Words and Action"
Rev. Billy Hester discusses the issues with gun violence.
Reading of the names of those killed at Emanuel AME Church, Charleston, SC
on June 17 at our worship service, Sunday, June 21.
Ribbons on the fence at Asbury Memorial along Henry Street just west of Waters Ave to represent those killed by gun violence this year in Savannah
Additional Links to Articles and videos from the local media
WJCL TV, July 2
... Orange ribbons to represent gun violence victims
WSAV TV, July 2
... Ribbons for a Reason: Asbury Memorial UMC calls for an end to gun violence, stricter gun laws
Savannah Morning News July 5, 2015
... Savannah church members speak out against gun violence, promote firearm awareness
Savannah Morning News, July 2, 2015
... Asbury Memorial for 19 slain Savannahians heralds call to end gun violence
Anne Allen Westbrook, Savannah Leader of "Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America" speaks at the Orange Walk rally held December 12, 2015 at Asbury Memorial United Methodist Church.
Report on WTOC TV from August 23, 2016
'Ribbons remembering those lost to gun violence' ... A Live report by Sean Evans on the 11 pm news