LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- A place of prayer and worship was transformed for the night into a place of advocacy and change.

“We've got some dark times we're living in right now, especially here at JCPS,” said Sue Foster, JCAESP president.

JCPS teachers, employees and community members filled the pews at King Solomon Baptist Missionary Church in West Louisville hoping this time their prayers will be heard by the state.

“If you feel like things are not working, work with me to make it better. Don't come trying to takeover,” said Karen Mattox, nutrition services.

Last month interim Kentucky Education Commissioner Wayne Lewis released his recommendation for a state takeover of Jefferson County Public Schools. With about 20 days left for the school board to appeal that recommendation, the Jefferson County Teachers' Association urged people to express their opposition to a state takeover.

“We hope that people will come away with a better understanding of what the process is, what it means for their ability to have an elected leader who is responsive to them in the school system and what they can do to try to impact the decision,” said Brent McKim, JCTA president.

For these JCPS supporters, they are praying for a divine intervention that doesn't include the state intervening.

JCPS Board Chair Diane Porter was also at the meeting. She said she didn't want to say much because they are now beginning their “legal journey” and she didn't want to say anything that could jeopardize the board's next steps.

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