Saginaw HIV/AIDS task force observes week of prayor for the healing of aids

Saginaw will mark the National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS with special worship and educational programs beginning Sunday, March 4.

Several faith-based institutions in the community will join thousands of faith communities across the nation in observance of the National Week of Prayer in an effort to bring attention and awareness to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. These institutions also hope to encourage more dialog on HIV/AIDS education, treatment and care through their programming.

"Every faith-based institution in Saginaw has the power and responsibility to change the course of the HIV/AIDS epidemic," say Rev. Charles Coleman from New Faith Temple Church of God In Christ. "Our goal is educate every person about this disease and provide prayer, leadership, compassion and educational information to help families in our congregation as well as people living with HIV/AIDS."

Programs will take place at the following locations:

Kick-off Concert

Time: 4 p.m. March 4

Location: 608 E. Remington, Saginaw

Details: Sponsored by Greater Williams Temple Church of God in Christ, Bishop H.J. Williams. Starring Gospel Lady Vicki Hill, M.C. Open to the public. Gospel Concert with local, national and international artists

"Next Generation of Leaders Youth Group"

Time: 4-6 p.m. March 5

Location: 310 S. Washington St., Saginaw

Details: New Birth Missionary Baptist Church, Pastor Larry Camel. Hosting prayer, devotion, information and discussion on HIV prevention. Open to youth and parents.

Evening Prayer and Discussion

Time: 7-8 p.m. March 6

Location: 915 Federal, Saginaw

Details: St. John Lutheran Church, Pastor Paulette Cummings. Evening Prayer and discussions around the church's role in reducing stigma related to HIV/AIDS. Open to all.

My Denomination's Views on HIV/AIDS

Time: 12-2 p.m. March 7

Location: Gamez Community Health Center, 501 Lapeer, Saginaw, MI 48607

Details: Saginaw Community HIV/AIDS Task Force. Supported by Gospel against AIDS. Interfaith forum and discussion is open to all.

In Commemoration

Time: 7-8 p.m. March 8

Location: 2720 Tuscola, Saginaw

Details: St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Pastor Judy Boli host prayer and worship service in commemoration of National Week of Prayer for the Healing of AIDS, open to all.

Prayer Intention Cards

Time: 7-8 p.m. March 9

Location: 6045 Mackinaw, Kochville Township, Saginaw

Details: Saginaw Community Christian Reformed Church, Pastor Nathan Gritter host a reading of Prayer Intention Cards. Open to all.

National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

Time: 11 a.m.-1 p.m. March 10

Location: Dawn of A New Day Coffeehouse and Cafe, 210 S. Washington St., Saginaw

Details: Sponsored by the Saginaw County HIV/AIDS Task Force. Sharing of poetry expressions regarding HIV/AIDS.

For more information please call the staff of Hearth Home at 989-753-9011.

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