Community Prayers for Unity scheduled for Thursday at park

The entire Port Aransas Community is invited to Community Prayers for Unity on Thursday, May 12.

Pastors from Trinity-by-the- Sea Episcopal Church, First Baptist Church and St. Joseph Catholic Church will lead the community in prayers at 5:30 p.m. near the flagpole by one of the baseball fields at the Port Aransas Community Park.

“We will be praying for elected officials, city employees, first responders and the entire community,” said James Derkits, rector at Trinity-by-the-Sea Episcopal Church.

He said he has heard from several people in the community concerned about the divisive feeling of the political climate.

“It seems to have trickled down from the national level to the community,” Derkits said. “We will bring everyone together to remind us we are one community.” He said that he has reached out to all the candidates involved in the mayoral and council election through Facebook messenger. At press time, five candidates had responded that they will be there.

Derkits said he will keep reaching out to them to try to get all the candidates there.

“I have invited all the candidates because no matter who wins we are all part of the community and need to work together,” he said.

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