Good Shepherd Christian Church, located at 9571 Shepard Road in Macedonia, is putting action to their prayers this Christmas.

Rev. Melanie Harrell Delaney, pastor, challenged the congregation to fold 1,000 paper cranes as a symbol of 1,000 prayers for peace in our families, neighborhoods and around the world. The challenge was first made on Sunday, December 2nd. Since then, the small congregation has folded over 700 cranes.

"We've been praying for peace for a long time now. It was time we prayed with our hands and feet, too," says Pastor Melanie.

Since hearing about the Sandy Hook tragedy in Newtown CT, the members of Good Shepherd Christian Church have been folding peace cranes for victims, their families, and students and teacher everywhere.

The congregation intends to mail all 1,000 completed cranes to Sandy Hook Elementary or a sister church near Newtown. "We want the people to know our prayers are with them," says Pastor Melanie, "1,000 colorful cranes for peace will be waiting for them when they are ready to return."

Good Shepherd Christian Church would like to invite the community to join them in their effort. If you have some paper cranes to donate, bring them to the church at 9571 Shepard Road before Monday, December 24th at 7:30pm.

The cranes will be on display that evening for their annual Christmas Eve service at 7:30pm.

Call 330-467-5644 or email for more information