POINT PLEASANT — Mason Countians will have an opportunity to participate in the 66th National Day of Prayer, locally, at the Mason County Courthouse.
The local observance will take place on the court house steps at noon, this Thursday, May 4. The theme this year is “For Your Great Name’s Sake! Hear Us… Forgive Us…Heal Us!” This year’s verse is Daniel 9:19 – “O Lord, hear; O Lord, forgive; O Lord, hearken and do; defer not, for thine own sake, O my God: for thy city and thy people are called by thy name.”
The itinerary is as follows:
National Anthem followed by a welcome by Point Pleasant Mayor Brian Billings. The Pledge of Allegiance will be led by Bowen DeWeese of Leon Elementary School.
Then, the following “prayer representatives” will pray for the following:
Government – prayer led by Lew Nazarewycz, Fairview Church, Letart. Military – prayers led by Rev. Josh Searls, pastor of College Hill Church, Gallipolis Ferry. Family – prayers led by Oscar Click, Gospel Lighthouse Community Church, Mt Alto. Pro-Life – prayers led by Wayne Sanders, Mason County/Putnam County Right to Life president and West Virginia state treasurer.
(A song will then be performed by Rick Towe of New Life Church of God, Gallipolis, Ohio.)
Education – prayers led by Robin Casto, Roosevelt Elementary School, Point Pleasant and Creston United Methodist Church, Leon. Business – prayers led by Cathy Riggs, Riggs Pharmacy, New Haven and Faith Baptist Church, Mason. Media – prayers led by Gary Rickard, Point Pleasant Nazarene Church, Point Pleasant. Church – prayers led by Rev. Andrew Parsons, Pastor of Silver Memorial Church, Gallipolis.
(Another song will then be performed by Rick Towe of New Life Church of God, Gallipolis.)
Then, there will be presentations of the Erewanna Jefferies Outreach Award and the Rev. Paul J. Chapman Shepherd’s Recognition Award.
This event is brought to the public by several volunteers, including John Bonecutter who does the sound, Denise Bonecutter who is the Mason County event coordinator and WJOS TV’s Pete and Brenda Barnhart who help broadcast the event.
In case of rain, the event will be moved inside at the Mason County Library.
Thursday’s National Day of Prayer observance lasts from noon until 1:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair.
Information for this article provided by Denise Bonecutter.
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