State College churches plan prayer service

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STATE COLLEGE -- Several State College churches, including the church Jerry Sandusky attends, plan to hold a public prayer service this coming week for people affected by the child sex assault scandal at Penn State University.

The Rev. Edwin Zeiders of St. Paul's United Methodist Church, which Mr. Sandusky has long attended, said the service will take place at Grace Lutheran Church on South Garner Street at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday. Additional details are still being finalized but the service will be open to the public, Rev. Zeiders said.

He said the service is part of a management plan kept by all United Methodist churches, which tend to gather for prayer in times of crisis.

Rev. Zeiders has asked journalists not to report on additional services held at St. Paul's, saying he would like to protect the privacy of church members as they cope with the news that Mr. Sandusky has been charged with sexually assaulting eight boys. The pastor said his congregation has been praying on its own for Mr. Sandusky, a former assistant football coach at the university, and for all others affected by his alleged actions.

Liz Navratil: or 412-263-1438.


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