We received this email from InMenlo reader Kristy Holch, who is a member of First Church Christ, Scientist on Ravenswood and Middlefield in Menlo Park:
“I thought it might be interesting news how local churches are supporting the situation surrounding Merrill Newman, the Palo Alto man being held in North Korea.
“Setting the Captive Free is the subject of our weekly Wednesday evening service at 7:30 tonight at our Christian Science church in Menlo Park. The person who leads the service (a layperson we elect) has put together Bible readings on the topic so we can all think prayerfully about the situation. Our Wednesday meetings are an hour long; the first half is Bible readings, and the second half is quiet prayer or people standing up to share how they have prayed about similar things.
“In the happy case Merrill is released, the service will continue as scheduled. Not only in gratitude, but also for everyone who suffers from any sort of captivity, whether of this sort, or to addictions, poverty, anything.
“Anyone is welcome to just walk in and grab a seat and listen.”
Photo courtesy of First Church Christ, Scientist, Menlo Park