Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins likes to think if he had not been reelected in November, the annual Booneville Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast would have continued.

The 16th annual Mayor’s Prayer Breakfast will be held Thursday at the First Baptist Church Family Life Center at 6:30 a.m.

Assuming Wilkins completes his fifth term in office it will be at least four more years before that belief can be substantiated.

Wilkins, with the help of Shirley Young and First Western Bank, started the breakfast in 2004, selecting the National Day of Prayer — the first Thursday in May — as the date for the annual event.

Since its inception the event has been a fundraiser for the Boys & Girls Club of South Logan County and the event is approaching the $40,000 mark in funds raised.

Obviously some years are better than others, political years for instance. Last year was the best year as more than 300 people made their way to the First Baptist Church Family Life Center and $3,300 was raised for the club.

As is also tradition, the theme for the 2019 breakfast matches the theme of the National Day of Prayer, which is “Love One Another,” and is taken from John 13:34, which says “Love one another. Just as I have loved you.”

Tickets for the breakfast are $10 for individuals, or businesses or organizations may reserve a table for $100.

Breakfast will be served from 6:30 to 7:30 a.m. with a program running from 7 to 7:45.

For more information, contact Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins’ office at 675-3811.

The breakfast is the first of two National Day of Prayer events in the city. At noon, anyone who wishes can attend a prayer service on the courthouse lawn.