Cumberland Times-News

Opinion

April 9, 2014

National Day of Prayer events begin April 30

The Cumberland National Day of Prayer Committee has finalized plans for the 63rd annual observance, with a prayer rally, a breakfast, an outdoor worship ceremony and youth rally planned April 30 through May 2.

Dr. Elmer Towns, who is the best-selling author of dozens of books, co-founder of Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., and a popular seminar lecturer, will be the main speaker.

The annual Prayer Rally, which is free and open to the public, will be held April 30 at 7 p.m. at Central Assembly of God Church, 2020 Bedford St. Dr. Towns will address the audience and The Witmer Sisters will sing.

The 18th annual  Day of Prayer Breakfast will be held May 1 at 8 a.m. in the Ramada hotel, formerly the Holiday Inn, 100 S. George St. Dr. Towns will deliver an inspirational message to those at the popular event.

City, county and state officials have been invited to the prayer breakfast, as have law enforcement agencies, area pastors, businesses and sponsors.

The Mountainside Marines will assist in the prayer breakfast. Tickets are required to attend. For tickets, please call 301-697-6777.

Special music will be performed at the breakfast by Mandy Hawkins of LaVale United Methodist Church and Servants Heart, a Southern gospel trio from Memorial Heights Baptist Church in Cumberland.

A worship program, free and open to the public, will be held May 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the Downtown Cumberland Mall at Centre and Liberty streets. Area youth will lead praise and worship in song and dance from 11 a.m. to noon, with prayers for local, state and national leaders from noon to 1 p.m. with the theme, “One Voice, United in Prayer.”

The ceremony on the mall will feature Miss Cumberland Maria Pifer, who will sing. Also performing will be The King’s Company Praise Dance, coordinated by DeEtta McGreevy, and the Will’s Mountain Cloggers, under the direction of Beth Toner. A “human video” will deliver a message by the LaVale United Methodist Youth.

The color guard of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 172 will then proceed to City Hall, where the observance will officially conclude.

Dr. Towns has written a Prayer Journal Bible, which will be available at the events he attends.

In addition, a youth rally will be held May 2 at 7 p.m. at Allegany High School, 616 Sedgwick St., with Nick Veterello, a rapper/evangelist, speaking and performing. The event is free and open to the public and young people of all ages are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you at these important interdenominational activities.

Paulette Porter

Cumberland National Day

of Prayer Committee

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