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Praying Today for Charlotte, NC
Posted by: Dan Rutledge on
SignUpGenius is headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina - the city that has experienced tragedy and protests as a result of racial tensions in recent days.
Our staff and families have been safe, but like a lot of you in the rest of the nation, the chaos of the last week has further brought to light the pain and challenges we face as a nation. Our heart breaks for those who continue to face racial injustice in both small and catastrophic forms. We grieve for officers and other authorities as well as their families who are working to bring peace but deal with difficult situations and opposition. And like many of you, we look internally and ask… what can WE do?
Today at noon, our staff will be pausing to pray for our city and our nation. For those affected by the tragedy of racial injustices. For those working to bring peace and unity. And for ourselves… that we would be a force of change in our own circle of influence. Will you join us? If you would, please take five minutes today at noon, wherever you are, and pray for our nation.
While we know a five minute prayer can’t solve the depth of the issues, we feel it’s a great place to start. Beyond that, we are committed to talking and listening to people in our community as we seek to understand all of our varying life experiences. And we are committed to using our resources and influence to care for and speak up for those who are vulnerable to being mistreated.
At SignUpGenius, we have the honor to rub shoulders with millions and millions of people like you who are working to bring light to their communities. We get to hear a lot of the stories that don’t make the media, and I can tell you that gives us a lot of comfort and hope. So we felt it only fitting to invite our extended family of volunteers and organizers to join us in prayer. Thanks for considering it, and thanks for all you’re doing to make an impact in our nation.
Dan and Angel Rutledge
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Posted by Rose Melillo on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:24 AM EST
Our thoughts and prayers remain with you from NJ. Keep the faith!
Posted by Michelle Sheppard on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:31 AM EST
What a wonderful thing to do. I will join you in prayer. God bless you!
Posted by Susie Whaley on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:38 AM EST
My prayers continue for this situation as well as our nation. Thank you and God bless.
Posted by Bridget Torregrosa on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:40 AM EST
ABSOLUTELY! I loved seeing the headline on the sign up page and were given the "option" to click and learn more...I did click , learned more about your organization and so glad I did. I knew from the service I received over the past it was a great company (even though I am board member of a fund raiser so have the lowest cost membership) and it is nice to know there is a is family behind this and there is compassion for our country...!! I WILL stop at noon and pray with you!!
My kindest regards and THANK YOU! Bridget
Posted by Jordan Storm on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:54 AM EST
Thank you for bringing light to a topic most are afraid to talk about. I will keep you all in the light.
Posted by Alison Beal on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:56 AM EST
I will join you in prayer at noon!
Posted by Katherine Bofinger on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:57 AM EST
We are praying for you in Philadelphia.
Posted by Jonathan Chechile on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:59 AM EST
We will be praying for you!
Posted by Theresa Brierton on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:10 AM EST
Blessed be the Lord, my rock, my mercy and my fortress, my stronghold, my deliverer, My shield in whom I trust. Psalm 144
May a peace be worked out in Charlotte.
Posted by Catherie Wood on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:19 AM EST
I absolutely believe a prayer can change a situation. I will remember to pray specifically for Charlotte at noon. Jesus Christ is the answer and until He returns to save us we will be filled with turmoil. I am thankful for your company that everyone is safe. I am in Greensboro and have been watching this as I have friends at UNCC.
Posted by Nicolette Martin on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:20 AM EST
I did not know your headquarters were in Charlotte! As a former QC resident I grieve with my city and will join you at noon as we pray for peace for our city and our nation.
Posted by Eve Mercer on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:20 AM EST
Praying with you here in Bismack, ND. I moved here from Charlotte 5 years ago and your city is in my prayers.
Posted by Jane Shutt on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:23 AM EST
Praying for the city of Charlotte, the police, the family affected and the protestors!
Posted by Britt T on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:26 AM EST
This is much needed! Praying for healing of hearts, change, and reconciliation.
Posted by Amy Bean on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:29 AM EST
Praying for you from Texas.
Posted by suzanne valdivia on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:31 AM EST
we are meeting as a school today to discuss these recent events and try and build unity. we will be thinking of charlotte and will hope to take some real steps in a positive direction.
Posted by Emily Crouch on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:33 AM EST
Thank you for your thoughtful comments - I love the heart you have for all concerned. I will join my prayers with yours at noon today.
Posted by Carmen Presti on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:33 AM EST
Love your product, and love this reach out to your community through your site. Our hearts ache for all who are suffering.
Posted by Nicole Amato on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:33 AM EST
Prayer is powerful, Thank you for the invite to pray with you. May God's love shine through all humanity.
Posted by Dan Lundstrom on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:34 AM EST
May peace be upon the city of Charlotte, NC. For the safety of protesters, officers, families, and all those supporting justice, safety and fairness. For the family and soul of the Keith Scott.
Thanks to all that work at signupgenius and the service you provide. I pray that your fine city, the citizens of North Carolina, and all in our nation can work to understand each other.
Posted by Amanda Walck on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:39 AM EST
Thoughts and prayers from PA. We all need to put aside differences and come to together if we are to repair ourselves.
Posted by Jessica Simons on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:41 AM EST
Yes. Beautifully said.
I will most certainly join you in prayer today.
Thank you. Prayer is most assuredly the best place to start. (2 Chron 7:14)
Posted by Margie Wheelock on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:45 AM EST
We will pray for your city and our nation! Prayer is powerful!
Posted by Kris Casariego on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:47 AM EST
This is really classy. Peace to you all.
Posted by G W on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:51 AM EST
Thanks for your statement. Hoping for a better times in USA
Posted by Robyn Correale on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:52 AM EST
Joining you in prayer from DE at noon!
Posted by Tavie Allan on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:52 AM EST
It's SO encouraging to see business owners turn to the One who can help heal our country! Praying with you. Be strong and courageous as you shine The Light!
Posted by Pam Parrish on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:53 AM EST
Joining you in prayer
Posted by Weaverville PTO Volunteer Team on Friday, September 23, 2016 9:58 AM EST
Wow. I hate to admit that I forget there are REAL PEOPLE behind this amazing website that I use all the time. It puts the news stories in a different light. Yes, I will join you at noon. Thanks for all the work you do to bring people together in helpful ways. I was already a fan, and now I'm a bigger one. -Jennifer B.
Posted by St. Martin in-the-Fields on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:01 AM EST
Thank you for this suggestion and for your thoughtfulness in mentioning it and reaching out. We'll join you in prayer today.
Posted by Sheila Coker on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:01 AM EST
Joining you in praying for our nation. I am praying that all of God's people who are called by His name will humble themselves and pray and seek His face....
Posted by Rachel Dietzel on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:08 AM EST
Thank you for taking this stand. I will join you in praying for our country.
Posted by Tracy Oswald on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:10 AM EST
I will absolutely join you and love that you all are people of prayer. XO
Posted by Ann O'Keefe on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:16 AM EST
What a wonderful reminder to pause and pray for those who need to be lifted up. Thank-you!
Posted by Kimberly Whitlock on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:16 AM EST
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the community. We will pray for peace for our nation and unity and strength for all of the people in our communities and police enforcement to rise above the tension and strive for a better tomorrow. I know we as Americans are one nation under God who can do this together.
Posted by Sallie Mannix on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:23 AM EST
Praying with and for you.
Posted by Misti Scott on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:39 AM EST
Joining you in prayer for our nation! Be a light and love like Jesus loved!
Posted by Terri Elmore on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:39 AM EST
Continued prayers from AL for your city and our nation.
Posted by Diane Ellis on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:44 AM EST
I didn't know you were based here in the city. I will be in prayer with you.
Posted by Donna Youraine on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:57 AM EST
We are also praying for you here in Morehead City NC. Stay safe.
Posted by Gene Brooks on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:57 AM EST
We so much appreciate your call to prayer and join you. Our family has many friends in Charlotte, and we grieve with you and pray for repentance, justice, resolution, and revival with you.
Posted by Lisa Lontai on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:58 AM EST
My daughter lives in Charlotte and I pray for all of you. Violence and destruction of property is never the answer, and I hope that this ends for you all soon.
Posted by Marc Rotman on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:59 AM EST
Sending prayers from Chicago, IL
Posted by Deanna Zamiska on Friday, September 23, 2016 10:59 AM EST
Southern California, Huntington Beach is praying for you, Charlotte! Keep the faith!! We can do all things through Christ who gives us strength!!
Posted by Delcia Mendez on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:00 AM EST
Thank you for caring.
Posted by Hadyn Boyte on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:07 AM EST
I am tearing up seeing your call to humble ourselves and pray. Thank you, Rutledge family, for spurring all of us on toward respect, love, and grace. God bless you.
Posted by Gina Stephens on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:08 AM EST
I've been praying for this great nation and state for sometime. I will gladly join you today. Keep the faith!
Posted by r c on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:09 AM EST
We are here with you from Dallas and understand the shock.
Posted by Sarah Slobozien on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:11 AM EST
This is fantastic! I will be joining you in prayer from PA.
Posted by Kay Cooper on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:17 AM EST
Yes, I will join you in prayer. Thank you!
Posted by Levent Kilic on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:17 AM EST
Hope all this nonsense stops soon. Our prayers are with everyone affected.
Posted by Mackenzie Price on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:48 AM EST
Liberty University School of Nursing is praying for you all...
Posted by Catholic Action Center on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:51 AM EST
Continued thoughts & prayers for Charlotte and our nation from Lexington, KY. Peace be with us all!
Posted by Kathryn M on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:53 AM EST
I will be praying with you. "Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." ~Psalm 46:10
Posted by Sarah JONES on Friday, September 23, 2016 11:53 AM EST
Liked SignUpGenius before, LOVE now. Thank you! Yes, I'll pray with you.
Posted by Amelia Ozcilingir on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:06 PM EST
Sending love and wishes of peace to Charlotte and everywhere it is needed. <3
Posted by Verena Bergen on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:06 PM EST
We are praying with you for peace and reconciliation. With love from Canada.
Posted by Cindy Butler on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:08 PM EST
Praying with you for Charlotte...our country...and our world. Thank you SignUp Genius for making life easier for so many; love you!
Posted by Mrs. Ingram SignUp on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:15 PM EST
What a beautiful message! We are all praying for your city and for all of us as people to come together.
Thank you for this wonderful message of prayer and hope.
Posted by Andrea Dolan on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:26 PM EST
Thank you for posting this! I continue to pray for Charlotte and our great nation!
Posted by Meisha Wide on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:26 PM EST
Sending prayers for your staff and your community from Indianapolis, Indiana!
Posted by Dan Goebel on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:27 PM EST
Great idea! Thank you for taking a step in the right direction and encouraging others to do the same!
Posted by Rocio Chartier on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:40 PM EST
Our thoughts and prayers are with you - THANK YOU - for speaking out and caring <3
Posted by Marianne Henning on Friday, September 23, 2016 12:46 PM EST
Praying for you here in Colorado.
Posted by Riverside Presbyterian Church on Friday, September 23, 2016 1:05 PM EST
I have loved SignUp Genius from the day I discovered it, but I love it even more for demonstrating such love and corporate concern. Thank you, thank you, thank you! I will join in the prayers and I am going to announce your wonderful initiative during our "Prayers and Concerns" at Sunday worship.
Posted by Debbie Hillner on Friday, September 23, 2016 1:13 PM EST
Posted by Debbie Hillner on Friday, September 23, 2016 1:14 PM EST
Posted by Kandy Leak on Friday, September 23, 2016 1:31 PM EST
Prayers for you all that this will end soon in peace....Hugs
Posted by Valerie Devine on Friday, September 23, 2016 1:34 PM EST
Blessed to live in this wonderful city, please lets all share in the fellowship of a beautiful city.
Posted by Kevin Keach on Friday, September 23, 2016 1:53 PM EST
Not a praying man, but we should always remember: We are fighting injustice, not each other.
Posted by St. Vincent on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:12 PM EST
We are praying for your community here in Indiana. I so appreciate your willingness and encouragement to call others to join you in prayer. We can make a difference in our own circles. And when we unite, we can change the world!
Posted by Nancy Baker @ ZPC on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:12 PM EST
Your community is in our prayers.
Posted by Lydia Fichtman on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:30 PM EST
My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.
Posted by Leslie Fravel on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:30 PM EST
Sending prayers of peace
Posted by Ashley Shaffer on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:36 PM EST
Posted by Margaret Tyler on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:38 PM EST
Yes prayers will be said here in Baton Rouge. I currently use Sign Up Genius to schedule Food teams to cook for volunteers who are coming to Baton Rouge to help with flood relief for the many thousands who were effected by the devastating floods.
We know about unrest and the scared feeling that the citizens of Charlotte must be feeling. In July we, too went through wrongful shootings followed by protest and unrest then followed by the ambush of police officers on a quiet Sunday morning. Prayer will help you get through this and perhaps it will open a conversation. My prayers are with you and all the citizens of your lovely city.
Posted by Joshua Pappas on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:41 PM EST
I will be with you all in spirit praying for peace at 12:00 God bless us all.
Posted by Lynnette Dobberpuhl on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:43 PM EST
I am a little late, but am sharing your post and adding my own prayers, for peace and for justice.
Holy Trinity United Methodist Church, Prior Lake, MN
Posted by Robin Lutz on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:51 PM EST
What a wonderful thing to do! I didn't read your request until after 12, but I am joining you in prayer for Charlotte and for our nation.
Posted by Adele Buffington on Friday, September 23, 2016 2:51 PM EST
I will pray! We have been following the news (in San Diego) the past few days about Charlotte. Only God can change the hearts of those who are involved. Praying for peace for all.
Posted by Sister Rachel Benjamin on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:01 PM EST
Praying with you (retroactively) and for the nation! God bless America!
Posted by Jonathan Packer on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:04 PM EST
You are in our thoughts and prayers from Columbus Ohio! Blessed Be!
Posted by Jesse Fry on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:14 PM EST
Keep the faith and love unconditionally. Thanks SignUp Genious staff and stay safe!
Posted by Janette Mejia on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:15 PM EST
" god, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, courage to change the things I can, and wisdom to know the difference" my favorite, to those in NC from Illinois.
Posted by Stacy Gittleman on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:25 PM EST
I am so sorry to hear about the unrest of Charlotte, a city that was home to my sister-in-law and her family for many years where I visited and had many good times. Let us hope that cooler heads prevail. A peaceful weekend please.
Posted by Cara McCallum on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:29 PM EST
Thank you for this very thoughtful, and human, note and request. We all need to work together to make changes that matter in our community. I am grateful that a company like this is willing to show their face, their pain, and their desire to reach out positively and have us join together. I, like you, do not believe that a 5 minute prayer will solve the nation's problems, but it is indeed a great way to start the solution and I will join you as well.
Posted by Sarah Gray on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:38 PM EST
Thank you for sharing.
Posted by Eliza Partington on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:40 PM EST
Praying for you all and for unity and brotherly love!!!
Posted by Suhasini Yeeda on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:41 PM EST
Thank you for inviting others, me, to pray for your city and our world!
Thank you for stopping together as a community to pray together!
Thank you for being an example of goodness, that is SO desperately needed in our world!
I missed the 12:00 appt but I stopped and prayed right now and...God is in it all! He is with us and wants us to be with him...
Posted by Matt Brunner on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:43 PM EST
Praying for you, your community, and our nation! True hope is found in the Gospel, and I pray that's our primary message now and always.
Posted by Joni and Rick Stanchfield on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:44 PM EST
This is a time of prayer, our thoughts from CT are with you all in Charlotte, NC.
Prayers for peace, grace and mercy, it is not black against white, police against people, IT IS Satan the darkness against the Light of Christ. We are all children of God.
Posted by Deborah Carusone on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:46 PM EST
Like you said in your message, this is a great place to start! Thank you for bringing focus to this issue in such a positive way!
Posted by Skyline Gridiron on Friday, September 23, 2016 3:48 PM EST
We have family members and friends also in the Charlotte area. We will continue to pray for everyone involved for a safe resolution and peace back to the community
Posted by Beth Butler on Friday, September 23, 2016 4:23 PM EST
You, your families, and your community members will be in our prayers today and in the near future and beyond.
Posted by Lee Muir on Friday, September 23, 2016 4:31 PM EST
Thank you for the opportunity to join you in prayer. I pray that the love and compassion in our hearts will prevail against the fear and anger that divides.
Posted by Carol Otte on Friday, September 23, 2016 4:55 PM EST
Thank you for being bold in your prayers and for inviting everyone to do the same!
Let us all turn to God!
Posted by Valerie Lockwood on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:04 PM EST
Praying for Charlotte and our nation.
Posted by Cynthia C on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:31 PM EST
Woodbridge VA is praying for Charlotte NC. May we all find the much needed PEACE in this world <3
Posted by Robin Pugh on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:37 PM EST
Thanks for your words. I pray for Charlotte and our country as we begin to recognize the systemic racism that pollutes our country.
Posted by Nanette Ballbach on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:50 PM EST
Praying from Philadelphia for peace in Charlotte! Thank you for encouraging us to bind together and pray. God hears us!
Posted by Carla Stahley on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:52 PM EST
I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. John 16:33
The darkness in the world is from the absence of light. Let us be God's light. Prayers abound for your great city and our great nation.
Posted by Honey Bears on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:53 PM EST
prayers to all
Posted by Marcia Cody on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:57 PM EST
Pacific Grove, CA is praying for Charlotte!!!
Posted by Campisano Family on Friday, September 23, 2016 5:58 PM EST
Thank you for this perfect opportunity to join together in prayer. Be assured of our prayers now, and know they will continue in abundance. May God bless all.
Posted by Margarita Kouzev on Friday, September 23, 2016 6:04 PM EST
Praying with you for Charlotte, the US and the world!
Posted by Lisa S on Friday, September 23, 2016 6:09 PM EST
Prayers from Lansdale, PA to Charlotte
Posted by diann luebker on Friday, September 23, 2016 6:22 PM EST
Posted by virginia Sorrells on Friday, September 23, 2016 6:35 PM EST
Posted by Connie Beard on Friday, September 23, 2016 6:40 PM EST
Praying for the people of Charlotte. Thank you for supporting your city in prayer. It is a tribute to the character of your company.
Posted by mary sullivan on Friday, September 23, 2016 6:59 PM EST
Houston is keeping you all in our hearts and prayers.
Posted by Kimberly Carter on Friday, September 23, 2016 7:54 PM EST
Ditto and well said, Kris Casariego
Posted by Darlene D on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:07 PM EST
Praying for all of you in Charlotte that peace and understanding will unify the people of Charlotte like never before. Prayer is the best place to start! :)
Posted by Anne Brown on Friday, September 23, 2016 8:39 PM EST
Thank you for sharing your thoughts about this. I will join you in praying for the people of Charlotte and our nation.
Posted by Paul Alexis on Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:00 AM EST
Amen. I will.
Posted by Janine Rocke on Saturday, September 24, 2016 12:35 AM EST
Praying for Charlotte, NC as well as the rest of our nation!
Posted by Dan Rutledge on Monday, September 26, 2016 2:20 PM EST
Thanks so much to those that prayed and commented. It meant a lot to our team here. We're thankful for the many people that are concerned and want to pray and be involved for positive change. On behalf of the SignUpGenius team and our families in Charlotte -- we appreciate you!!
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