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Dec 18, 2012 12:55 AM by Dustin Klemann - Q2 news

Local pastor remembers time in Newtown, honors victims

BILLINGS - While law enforcement and news organizations try to dissect the motives of Friday's tragedy, two local churches combined efforts Monday to provide comfort for people still trying to deal with the Connecticut school shootings.

A vigil at Mayflower Congregational Church honored the victims lost and provided hope moving forward.

For 20 years, Rev. Steve Gordon led a congregation in quiet Newtown.

Miles separate his new home of Billings but he still remembers.

"It was a shock. Somebody from back east called us, 'Steve, do you know what's happening in Newtown?' and we immediately went on the news. We were just simply in shock. We began to talk to people and we heard from people back there. It's just unbelievable to think this has happened in the town we lived in."

Rev. Steve Gordon served 500 members as pastor of Newtown Congregational Church for two decades.

Gordon is in his sixth year of serving MayFlower Church here in Billings.

Still, people called on Gordon for reassurance and guidance.

Monday night's vigil saw about 100 people honoring 20 students, six teachers.. And a broken country.

Parents squeezed their children tight.. and wiped many tears from their eyes.

"This is a wonderful community. Just like tonight, people rally around where there is brokenness, where there is hurt. It's one thing I truly love about this church and this community, if you look out there, you see people doing great things for each other. We need to continue to care for each other and love each other. And remind each other how much we love them every single day."

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