Winterstown UMC to host ecumenical fundraiser to pay for Corey Haley headstone

It isn’t every day that Catholics, Methodists, Lutherans and other nondenominational Christians come together for Sunday fellowship.

christBut the Rev. Keith Coco felt it was time. The praise and worship pastor at Winterstown United Methodist Church in North Hopewell Township organized the event at 7 p.m. Sunday. Winterstown UMC is located at 12184 Winterstown Road.

“I believe that God does not want us to be separated because of street names or different view on how to worship him,” he said in an email. “Seeing all these churches coming together is an incredible thing to witness and to be part of.”

A former New York City police officer, Coco said he brought different denominations together for worship events prior to moving to York County. It is important for Christians to be united, he added.

“The way the world is today, as Christians we need to come together and show unity and show people the things that we are for instead of the things we against,” Coco said.

Participating churches include: St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, Grace Church in New Freedom, Red Lion Zion UMC, Christ Lutheran Church of Spry, and the Agape Fellowship of Dallastown.

The eventing is expected to include plenty of praise music. In addition, the church will collect donations for a headstone for Cory Haley, a firefighter killed Christmas Eve when he was struck by a car while jogging.

Pastor Keith Schmuck said Haley was a member of the church, and that’s why the church community decided to collect donations for a headstone. The donations will go into a fund started by North Hopewell-Winterstown Fire Company, where Haley was a firefighter.

About John Hilton

I grew up in Susquehanna County, Pa. and graduated Syracuse University with a dual degree in journalism/political science in 1998. After working for nearly three years for a weekly paper in upstate New York, I came to southcentral Pennsylvania. I spent 13 years as a reporter and editor for The Sentinel in Carlisle and joined the York Daily Record as religion reporter in September 2011.
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One Response to Winterstown UMC to host ecumenical fundraiser to pay for Corey Haley headstone

  1. Audrey Kreider says:

    Very nice article and Rev Coco is Awesome!

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