Rolla Mayor Bill Jenks, III, signed a proclamation designating Thursday, May 2, 2013, the 62nd annual observance of National Day of Prayer.
He was joined by National Day of Prayer Committee members and area pastors for the National Day of Prayer effort in Rolla. This proclamation officially kicks off a citywide call to prayer May 2 for our nation and our town, its leaders, media, schools, churches and families.
Dr. Mark Johnson, chairman of the National Day of Prayer Committee, said that plans for National Day of Prayer with the theme “Pray for America” are underway, and the entire community is invited to the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast Thursday, May 2, from 6:30-8 a.m. in the Havener Center on the Missouri University of Science and Technology campus.
The guest speaker for the event is Stanley Bowers, who is the St. Louis Director of Christian Businessmen’s Connection. CBMC has 18,000 members and 700 teams across the United States and is active in more than 70 countries with more than 50,000 members.
Tickets for the Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast are on sale for $12 per person or $125 for a table of eight. Anyone interested in purchasing a ticket should contact Millie Street, executive secretary in the administration department at Rolla City Hall, 901 N. Elm St. She can also be reached at 573-426-6948 or at email@example.com. Tickets must be purchased before April 29.
As a part of the National Day of Prayer, the Rolla community is also invited to attend a National Day of Prayer evening service May 2 from 6-8 p.m. at First Assembly of God, 1608 N. Oak St. in Rolla. A concert prior to the service will be presented by All Nations Christian Fellowship.
In addition to the service, special music will be provided by Beverly Feller, and a short message will be given by Linda Goff and Chuck Whitmire. Goff is author of “The Skinny Budget Diet” and Whitmire is pastor of First Assembly of God, and active in the Rolla community.
For more information, call Emily Barnes, National Day of Prayer Committee member, at 364-3292.
The National Day of Prayer tradition predates the founding of the United States of America, evidenced by the Continental Congress’ proclamation in 1775 setting aside a day of prayer.
In 1952, Congress established an annual day of prayer and in 1988, that law was amended, designating the National Day of Prayer as the first Thursday in May.