Letter from Ginny Cetuk on the Princeton University Facebook page, 3-21-2018

Dear Friends, Grace and Peace to you in name of Jesus Christ. As you may be aware, an armed man entered Panera Bread on Nassau Street this morning. Several Panera customers and employees immediately left the store and no one was hurt. Police responded quickly and a several hour stand-off ensued. Princeton Police department advised that persons remain inside with doors locked during the hours involved. Consequently, the church was locked for a few hours. Unfortunately, the day ended with the death of the armed man...

I have sat here now for 10 minutes thinking about what I want to say. Sometimes in life we feel different things about a single event. I am very grateful for the speedy response and skill of the Princeton Police Department. Being married to Norm and knowing something about the challenges police face in the discharge of their duties, I admire their dedication to our collective safety and their willingness to put their own lives on the line to that end. And I am grateful that no Panera employees or customers were injured.

At the same time, I am deeply saddened by the death of the man. We are called to pray for him and for his family. We cannot know the desperation he knew that led to his actions, but God does.

Please join me in praying also for all involved today. No doubt the shock and trauma of their encounter with such a volatile and violent situation will last for a long time. The next time you visit Panera Bread, I hope you will express your concern for the employees you encounter.

And, finally, let us pray for all who have some kind of mental illness that leads them to feel lost and hopeless. They and their families need our support and prayers.

On another note, given the weather predictions for tomorrow the church building will be closed for the day. This includes the office and all other areas of the church.

May God bless you and keep you. I look forward to seeing you in church on Sunday.

Blessings in Christ,