Saturday, February 25, 2023

'Light, love and joy': Standing-room crowd fills church to celebrate life of slain Columbia girl

Elaina Smith 

On Saturday afternoon, at Lampeter United Methodist Church, where Dwayne's father is a pastor, Elaina's family held her Celebration of Life. With at least 300 people in attendance, the parking lot outside was full, with at least a dozen cars parked scattered across the grass. People from all walks of life honored the family's request "to honor Elaina's vibrant personality" in a colorful variety of dress, from suits and ties to jeans and sneakers. 

The church's Praise Team offered music throughout the service, which was led by Rev. Andrea Brown, Rev. Catherine Williams and Rev. Jennifer Freymoyer, including Hillsong Worship's "Shout To The Lord" and Michael W. Smith's "Above All," and hymns such as "Joyful, Joyful, We Adore Thee" and "There's a Friend for Little Children." 


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