Church ministering to families after school shootings

BETHEL, Conn. (AP) — The Rev. Clive Calver says five families in his Connecticut church are mourning children who were killed Friday by a gunman at Newtown's Sandy Hook Elementary School.

As president of World Relief before becoming senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, Calver dealt with disasters around the world, but this time he says it's painfully "close to home."

His 3,500-member church is raising money and offering counseling to victims' families.

Calver says he prays that the tragedy will turn many hearts to Jesus Christ in a region where the Christian heritage has faded.

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255-a-10-(The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, in AP interview)-"our own people"-The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, says his congregation has been impacted by the Newtown school shootings. (17 Dec 2012)

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258-a-09-(The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, in AP interview)-"to do so"-The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, says people often turn to God when tragedy strikes. (17 Dec 2012)

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259-a-13-(The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, in AP interview)-"need comfort today"-The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, says this is a time to turn to God in prayer. (17 Dec 2012)

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257-a-08-(The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, in AP interview)-"to get disengaged"-The Reverend Clive Calver, senior pastor of Walnut Hill Community Church, says many people are looking to God for answers after the Newtown school shootings. (17 Dec 2012)

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