Pastors and parishioners from Maranatha Church and the First Presbyterian Church, as well as community members, gathered on Wednesday in Gansevoort Park on North James Street to hold a prayer vigil earlier this week.
The Not in My City prayer vigil — led by the Rev. Maritza Perez, the pastor at Maranatha Church and the Rev. Sam Pendergrast, the paster at the First Presbyterian Church — was held on Wednesday in the wake of recent shootings in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio.
The pastors and dozens of parishioners and community members gathered to pray for the people and first responders in those communities and also for the greater Rome community as well as the men and women of the City of Rome Police and Fire Departments.
Perez and Pendergrast said the event was designed to help the community come together and send the message that the local churches and members of the local community look out for one another, regardless of church affiliation or other perceived differences.
While the Not in My City prayer vigil was a special event, the pastors and other vigil participants say that the spirit of the event can be carried on every day by watching out for others and by keeping that sense of community close.