Churches and others around the Rim Country are planning a series of events Thursday, May 2 to mark National Day of Prayer throughout the day in Payson and Pine.
The event in Payson will start with a 6:45 a.m. to 7:45 a.m. service at Crossroads Church, 114 E. Cedar in Payson, starting with a continental breakfast at 6:45 a.m. and prayers starting by 7 a.m., led by Pastor Gordon Hauptman.
Robert and Kim Ballam will lead prayers at Pine Elementary School, 3868 N. Pine Creek, from 7 a.m. to 7:30 a.m.
This year middle school student Chelsea Frewin will lead prayers at the Payson High School football field, 517 W. Longhorn, from 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m.
Meanwhile in Pine, The First Baptist Church will host a Pastor’s Prayer Breakfast from 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
The Gila County Courthouse prayer will be led by Jann Durst at an area close to the chamber of commerce building from 8:15 a.m. to 9 a.m.
The Pine Community Center prayers at 1886 N. Beeline Highway will last from 11 a.m. to noon, led by Pastor Dr. John Lake.
Rob Linkey will lead the large noon event at Rumsey Park, 328 N. McLane Rd., where the Payson Community Christian students will be praying along with pastors and other spiritual leaders. This part of the day’s events will conclude at 1 p.m.
Another new event this year will be at the Messinger Payson Funeral Home, 901 S. Westerly Rd., from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m., led by David Reisdorf, with an emphasis on prayer for spiritual cleansing through love and forgiveness.
Payson’s Ponderosa Baptist Church is also planning an event from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Payson and Star Valley mayors, the Gila County supervisors, Gov. Jan Brewer and President Obama all proclaimed May 2, 2013 National Day of Prayer.
The theme for this year’s NDP is “Pray for America” based on Matthew 12:21.
If you have questions, or if more information is needed, contact Jerry Green, Gila County NDP coordinator, (928) 472-8178, or the NDP Web site.