By Darien Velasquez
Ingham County Chronicle
INGHAM COUNTY – From 6-7 p.m. April 3, Jehovah’s Witnesses from all around Ingham County will gather at the Jehovah’s Witnesses East Lansing and Okemos Congregation for the annual memorial of the death of Jesus Christ. This meeting takes place once each year in thousands of locations around the world. The meeting are open to the public and seating is free.
According to Jehovah’s Witness Rafela Nygard, adherents hold meetings twice a week that are open to the public. At these meetings, Witnesses examine the Bible and apply its teachings to their daily lives. “You can expect a lot of friendly people, they would welcome anyone, and anyone is welcome to come as is,” said Nygard. The Congregation calls this the biggest event of the year.
“Since this only happens once a year, it’s a day when you can expect to see the most people,” said Nygard. Almost 20 million people worldwide observed this event last year. The meeting serves as a celebration of Jesus’ death and is also a way for others to meet.
According to Jehovah’s Witness Teodora Palamo “What outsiders can expect isn’t anything out of the normal, the witnesses welcome anybody and this meeting is open to the public so they can learn why Jesus died for us and would be very welcomed here.” Palamo continued “We are trying to reach as many people as we can, this is the biggest celebration that the Bible has.”
Jehovah’s Witnesses meetings begin and end with song and prayer. You don’t have to be a Jehovah’s Witnesses to attend a meeting. Seats are free. No collections are ever taken.