Coudersport, Pa. church to reopen this weekend
First services to be held since Dec. 2 murder of organist during worship
January 4, 2013
First United Presbyterian Church of Coudersport, Pa., will reopen this weekend, just over a month after the church’s organist was shot and killed during worship by her ex-husband.
The 71-member congregation ― part of Northumberland Presbytery ― will gather for a candlelight prayer vigil Friday evening (Jan. 4). A short ceremony on Saturday will mark the reopening of the church. Worship on Sunday will be led by the Rev. Evon Marie Lloyd, Coudersport Church’s pastor.
On Dec. 2, church organist and choir director Darlene Sitler, 53, was gunned down during Sunday worship. Her ex-husband remains in jail, charged with the murder.
Story based on Associated Press reports.
- Agency: Presbyterian Mission Agency