Tomorrow, May 2, will mark a decade for Jerry Wilkins in holding an annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast.
As has been the case throughout the event the 10th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held in conjunction with the National Day of Prayer, which is set annually for the first Thursday in May.
In its 62 years, the 2013 National Day of Prayer, according to the website www.nationaldayofprayer.org, "will have profound significance for our country. We have an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come before His throne."
"Pray for America," the theme for the 10th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast also mirrors that of the national event, which is taken from Matthew 12:21: "In His name the nations will put their hope."
The local prayer breakfast is one of the biggest fundraisers every year for the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County. Following the breakfast a year ago First Western Bank, who sponsors the event along with the City of Booneville, presented a check for $3,300 to the club. That amount included an unexpected donation.
Attendance at the breakfast typically threatens to overfill the First Baptist Church Family Life Center. About 275 were reported to be present last year, though more tickets than that were actually sold. Attendance has topped 300 before.
The breakfast will begin at 6:30 a.m. tomorrow, with a program set for 7 to 7:30. The program typically includes citizen appreciation awards including a volunteer of the year and citizen of the year.
Tickets for the breakfast are $10 and can be purchased at any First Western Bank location. Businesses can also purchase an entire table by contacting Toni Catlett at the bank at 675-3000.
Local National Day of Prayer events also include a prayer session held at noon on the steps of the South Logan County Courthouse in Booneville.