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April 30, 2014

Breakfast, Bible marathon mark local Day of Prayer observance

MILLEDGEVILLE — The annual community prayer breakfast will kick off local activities marking the 63rd observance of the National Day of Prayer.

The annual breakfast is slated for 6:30 a.m. Thursday at the Family Life Center at Freedom Church, located at 500 Underwood Road, off of South Elbert Street.

There is no charge for breakfast.

The event is organized through the Maranatha Mission Outreach and Freedom Church.

This year’s guest speaker will be the Rev. Gus Cooper. Special music will be provided by the Rev. Andy Adams.

The national prayer observance was approved by Pres. Harry S. Truman in 1952 in a joint resolution introduced by Congress. Pres. Ronald Reagan amended the law in the 1980s, designating the first Thursday in May as the official observance. Since then, the day has been observed by every president.

The program typically lasts about an hour and includes a full breakfast, music, remarks and opening and closing prayer.

While providing an outlet for the community to come together in prayer, the local event also serves as an opportunity to give to the ministries operated Maranatha Outreach, which includes temporary housing at Maranatha Home and treatment at Serenity Home. The facility is located on Allen Memorial Drive.

This year’s National Day of Prayer theme is "One Voice, United in Prayer"

and is based on Romans 15:6, which states: “So that with one mind and one voice you may glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

In conjunction with this year’s local observance, the annual Bible Reading Marathon kicks off at 6 p.m. Thursday on the steps of the old courthouse in downtown Milledgeville. This year marks the seventh Bible Reading Marathon in Baldwin County.

According to event organizer Ruth Larson, local churches and individuals will begin with the book of Genesis and read publicly and continuously in 15-minute intervals segments of the Bible until the last chapter. The program will take approximately 90 hours to complete the entire Bible reading.

Churches are encouraged to take blocks of time where members can read consecutively and individuals are encouraged to sign up to read. Those interested in participating are asked to call Larson at 478-453-1827.

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