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Blessings and hope


HANOVER–As Jeanne Ohms, lay pastor at Hanover United Presbyterian Church, thought about how best she could respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and all the uncertainty facing church members, she felt God calling her to act.

On Thursday, March 26, Ohms turned to the oils she’d ordered several months ago through a Christian store–virgin olive oil, oil of Frankincense and myrrh, and decided she would bless members’ homes, offering a prayer on the exterior of the house, while the members stand indoors and pray for their families, both immediate and extended.

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“The way the world is today, we definitely need to keep our God-focus,” said Ohms, as she joined with her friend Lorraine Speer in blessing Patsy Geiger’s home in Hanover on Friday.

Ohms asked God to keep everyone healthy and safe and free from the deadly virus.

Ohms blessed five homes on Thursday, seven on Friday and still have several others to reach out to schedule a time. She said she even had a non-church member ask for a blessing as well.