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National Day of Prayer Kick-Off Dinner was success in Clay Co.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

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Indiana Statehouse Chaplain Matthew Barnes was the guest speaker at the National Day of prayer Kick-off Dinner.
More than 80 people attended the National Day of Prayer Kick-off Dinner, hosted by the Eliza Rizley Stacey Chapter of the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

Several local and state officials were in attendance, along with pastors from several area churches.

The annual National Day of Prayer will be recognized in Clay County Thursday as all are invited to gather on the Clay County Courthouse lawn. The event is scheduled to begin at noon.

At the dinner, a letter sent from Gov. Mike Pence welcomed attendees and recalled a brief history of prayer in the nation.

"Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom forming the nation, prayer has been at the center of our national life from President Lincoln's famous proclamation for 'humility, fasting and prayer,' in 1863, through 1952, when President Truman signed a joint resolution of Congress creating this day," the letter read.

Video messages from United States Senator Joe Donnelly and 8th District Congressman Larry Bucshon were also shown.

"Together, we put our faith in God, and our faith in the nation in His hands," Donnelly said. "Your prayers for our nation and your prayers for our country are incredibly important."

"We draw strength by being people of faith guided by worship," Bucshon said. "I am grateful for those who intercede on my behalf."

A video presentation highlighting the 84 churches in Clay County was also shown.

"The video showed all present that Christianity is alive and well in Clay County," attendee Karen Burk said. "Clay County residents should be proud."

Guest speaker Matthew Barnes, who serves as the Indiana Statehouse Chaplain, shared his story on how he came to the position. He also said Indiana is the first state to have a chapel room in its statehouse.

"Prayer changes things and prayer changes me," Barnes said. "You can't hate someone you are praying for."

Local resident Sam Glover also sang, "Somebody's Praying For Me."

In addition to Thursday's noon event, First Christian Church will host a prayer event at 7 p.m.



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